A Treatise on Revelation 13:18 :: By Nick Lagos

Our focus should always be on the Lord Jesus Christ, Iesous Christos (Greek), Yeshua Hamashiach
(Hebrew). Names are important. This essay is not meant to kindle a fascination or lifetime hunt for the
Antichrist. Merely that we should be watchers, and if we find wisdom, tellers! So here we go.

Let’s establish some baselines.

Daniel the prophet wrote, “But you, Daniel, roll up and seal the words of the scroll until the time of the end. Many will go here and there to increase knowledge” (Daniel 12:4).

This was given to him by the angel Gabriel; it is an end-times message. Yes, transport has increased. We have the ability to travel faster from place to place; and yes, our knowledge of the world in all professions has advanced. Almost all have increased exponentially in the last 100 years or so.

But what about our knowledge of the Bible?

Yes, that too has increased. Many are the writers, pastors, ministers and elders that have expounded their views of particular verses of scripture, opening their meaning. From this we can put the puzzle pieces together from many sources to get the big picture. But never have I read, seen, or heard anyone who has put together the puzzle pieces of the most enigmatic number (in my opinion) in scripture. Let’s read it first and break it down.

I have an advantage in that my heritage is Greek, and I can read the original ancient Greek. This is important as one word can change the entire context of a verse. I am also an Engineer and know how technology fits in this puzzle. Here is an example: The English word “love” translates at least 6 ways in the Greek. When the writers of the King James Version converted the Greek word for “love” to English, they weren’t too accurate in their application in context of the verse they were converting.

– Eros, or sexual passion. One kind of love was Eros, named after the Greek god of fertility, and it
represented the idea of sexual passion and desire (typically between husband and wife).
– Philia, or deep friendship ( typically between friends)
– Ludus, or playful love (typically between parents and their children)
– Agape, or love for everyone (typically for the Lord God and Jesus Christ)
– Pragma, or longstanding love (typically for your parents)
– Philautia, or love of the self (Jesus said this himself, love others as you love yourself)

Furthermore, the essence of what is being said is important in its tone. For example: If my friend played a prank on me, I’d likely say “you jerk” in a friendly playful sense of “Philia.” However, if someone greatly wronged me, that tone can come out with a vehemence you would not expect of yourself.

You have to re-read the Bible with passion. When Paul was angry, he spoke angrily; when Paul was in
prison and destitute, he spoke in a forlorn manner; when he was grieved, he spoke in a sad tone, etc. Passion can be a key sometimes. So, let’s read it in the King James Version:

Revelation 13:18, KJV “Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.”

Let’s break it down and establish some rules. Trust me; we will get there.

1) We interpret the correct meaning of this verse from the original Greek text.

2) Read it with passion; in this case, wisdom from our Lord and Savior and Teacher.

3) Look at the law of first mention. When the Lord God does something in the Bible and it’s mentioned first, the pattern is repeated in the Bible; the Bible gives us clues.

4) The verse itself gives us a clue: “He who has wisdom.” Well, who is that? No one has ever answered this satisfactorily.

Let’s start with 4, he who has wisdom. Greek – Sophia, Sophos – truth, the art of using (from Strong’s
concordance). This is for non-Greeks. To me, it’s in the feminine.

SO, who is it that has Wisdom? Let’s make some groupings and statements.

The Lord God, The Lord Jesus Christ, the Holy Ghost, the angels in Heaven, Lucifer and all his fallen
angels and spiritual minions (yes, they all have wisdom, far more than any human being, and they already know the answer). So it can’t be talking about them, the point being that the Bible was written for us, so the Lord Jesus is saying to us “he who hath wisdom.” Therefore, this question is for us, Man, people, Christians, you and me.

Revelation is the revealing of Jesus Christ to us, so here he is revealing a secret/puzzle. And it’s up to us to figure it out with prayer and a blessing. Oh BTW, “man” is what The Lord God named us: Mr. and Mrs. Man; Adam named his wife Eve (Hava in the original). I told my wife that man is the human race’s last name, essentially, Adam Man and Eve Man.

So, do we all have wisdom? We do, in varying degrees. He in Greek means to me whosoever or any who has wisdom. This indicates that there are some who don’t have wisdom. Who would that be? Easy – the Bible is the source of wisdom; all who read it gain its invaluable wisdom. So, Christians only have God- given wisdom; secularists (they, them) only have their worldview wisdom; then it really depends what you do with it.

HATH means has already; this means Christians who already have wisdom. Now, who would that be? Admittedly this is a hard one, but we can rule out some demi groups of Christians. How does one judge who has wisdom and who doesn’t?

Wisdom is the ability to discern and judge which aspects of knowledge are true, right, lasting, and
applicable to your life.

Anyone who hath the Holy Ghost with them, guiding them, inside them and actually listening to the Holy Ghost already has wisdom. The Holy Ghost is HE who has wisdom, and he imparts it to those looking for answers. Consider that the Holy Ghost is the restrainer; and until HE is taken out of the way, things will remain as they are. That means we absolutely require a Pre-tribulation rapture scenario. I will expound on this later using Game theory.

OK, it’s a number, not 600, 60 and 6. In mathematics, 1 number means number 1! I know this isn’t
profound, but many have tried to say it’s 600, 60 and 6. No, it’s a number; it’s quite clearly 666. Where
else does this number appear in the Bible (law of 1st mention), and do they have anything to do with our puzzle? This will help our understanding.

Daniel 3:1, 10 “Nebuchadnezzar the king made an image of gold, whose height was threescore cubits, and the breadth thereof six cubits: he set it up in the plain of Dura, in the province of Babylon… Thou, O king, hast made a decree, that every man that shall hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, and dulcimer, and all kinds of music, shall fall down and worship the golden image [Height 60 Cubits, Breadth 6 Cubits, 6 instruments to sound out worship].”

1 Kings 10:14 “The weight of the gold that Solomon received yearly was 666 talents.”

2 Chronicles 9:13 “The weight of the gold that Solomon received yearly was 666 talents.”

I Samuel 17:4-7, Goliath of Gath. Goliath’s height was six cubits; he had six pieces of armor; and his spear’s head weighed six hundred shekels of iron.

Ezra 2:13 “The children of Adonikam, six hundred sixty and six.” [Adonikam means “my Lord has arisen.]

OK, let’s see what it is not.

Some advocators have said its real number is 616. We can prove this wrong instantly. Lucifer likes his
symbols and numbers, so you would expect him to use them to identify what’s “his,” and his followers
would use it to broadcast their allegiance. This ‘change’ happened after The Lord God changed the
languages. Lucifer found a way around this by using symbols which can’t be changed. A Square is always
a square, etc.

Can we find this evidence in the modern world in which Lucifer is currently the king? Yes, we can (something Barack Obama liked saying; just reverse it, play it and you’ll see).

Can we see the use of 666 and not 616? Remember, 666 is a whole system and multidimensional in its
application and not just a man.

-The UPC, universal products code. 3 double bars at the beginning, middle and end

-The sisterhood of Avalon symbol

-The pope’s title VICARIUS FILII DEI in Latin (add the numbers = 666).

-The ancient Greek word for “the Latin speaking man” is LATEINOS (add the numbers = 666).

-In Hebrew, ROMITI means the Roman Man (add the numbers = 666).

-This doesn’t mean that the current pope is the antichrist; it just means it’s a part of the system.

-Razer gaming hardware symbol

-Monster drinks: those 3 slashes are Hebrew for 3 sixes – 666 (monster = beast?).

The Google Chrome symbol; Adobe symbol; Walt Disney; Vodaphone. Actually, there are hundreds using 666. All I see is 666, no 616.

These are just a few examples to establish the fact that there are companies out there who very well know what they are doing and whom they want to be blessed by. This helps us with our clues, knowing that the enemy is already on track and knows that 666 is their number. Not 616.

OK, having established who has wisdom already and that 666 is the number, let’s see who it isn’t.

It’s not anyone who is dead; it’s future prophecy. I know this sounds obvious, but many say it was Nero or Hitler, etc. These men were types of, but not THE Antichrist. So it has to be a man (not a woman) currently living or yet to be born. Why a man? Because Lucifer copies The Lord God’s plans, and this man will be a false Christ copy of The Lord Jesus Christ. (Not a woman; sorry girls). The scriptures are clear that it is a man.

In my opinion, it’s not any former president or current president or future president or prime minister or king etc., of any country. I don’t care whom the book writers currently write about, but this generation is not and will not be impressed by any politician. This son of perdition is going to be god-like with extraordinary powers and will burst on the scene like a superhero; in fact, he will falsely claim to be The Lord Jesus Christ (God in the flesh) midway into the 7-year tribulation.

Many naysayers say that it’s a mystery and not for us to know. However, Revelation is the book that specifically reveals mysteries! It is written to us, for us. Logically, why would the Holy Ghost even tell us
about it if only to have it remain a mystery? And when we are Raptured and gone, it needs to be easily
explainable to those left behind so they can work.