June 5, 2006

666.

Tomorrow's the big 666 day. June 6th, '06.
It all started with Revelation 13:18 in the Bible: "This calls for wisdom: let him who has understanding reckon the number of the beast, for it is a human number, its number is six hundred and sixty-six."
If there is a God, do you think there's a chance in Hell that he smiles on your superstitiousness?

This calls for wisdom...

Why doesn't that phrase get more attention? Wise up, people! Numerology, in all its manifestations, is utterly pathetic.

Do you think there are people in this world who think I'm an agent of Satan for writing this post? I do!

33 comments:

Simon said...

Even if the prophecy in revalations was true, wouldn't the date anticipated be 6/6/06 by theJulian calendar, not the Gregorian calendar?

Dave said...

Yes, there are ignorant people out there who will think you the devil's handmaiden.

I like Dispatches From the Culture Wars' take on the whole issue:

Am I the only one who has heard more than enough about tomorrow being 6-6-6 on the calendar? They're releasing the new Omen movie tomorrow to take advantage of that date. Ann Coulter is releasing her new book tomorrow as well, which only goes to prove that she really is the devil (I've had my suspicions for years). And there are reports of pregnant women who are supposed to deliver soon demanding c-sections to be done today to avoid giving birth on this allegedly important date. For crying out loud, how freaking stupid are people? Even if you believe that hallucinatory nonsense about the anti-christ and 666, that has nothing whatsoever to do with the date of June 6, 2006. If you're really afraid that your child will be demonic if they're born on a certain day, you're too stupid to have children.

Palladian said...

Yes, Simon, I think the "real" 6/06/06 was sometime in 2002.

Nels said...

Perhaps this was meant as a joke for the Romans officials who would translate the text, searching for signs of insurgency, as DCLXVI (roman numerals, sequentially backward) as a code is about the equivalent of the "1-2-3-4-5" air shield combination from Spaceballs.

downtownlad said...

I can't believe these morons are getting worried about a silly day.

And yes - those who believe this "666" stuff ARE morons.

Because we all know the real number is "616". It's June 1st we're supposed to be scared of! Me - I flew back and forth from Australia the other day to make sure I missed that day entirely.

http://www.religionnewsblog.com/11134

Jim H said...

Of course I don't think you're an agent of Satan for writing this post.

I think you're an agent of Satan for shifting your endorsement to Taylor Hicks.

MadisonMan said...

I would think that children conceived tomorrow would be the evil ones.

Still, if the phone rings at 6:06 tomorrow, I'm not answering!

Mark the Pundit said...

All I know is I sure would not want you to grade my exam tomorrow!

If I was a student, that is...

Johnny Nucleo said...

But Althouse is an agent of Satan!

You know who else is an agent of Satan, who in fact might be the Sixer himself? The magician Criss Angel. I was watching his show Mind Freak on A&E yesterday or last month (I forget which) and he did a trick where he levitated from one building to the next. I did some research on the Internet and confirmed that this is impossible. At Demonology Camp I learned that the Antichrist will be able to do stuff like that. So I'm pretty sure Criss Angel is the guy. And He wears black eyeliner and seems to enjoy the Heavy Metal music. And he spells "Chris" weird.

Anyway, just to be safe, I've started to praise him along with Althouse, Bush, and Satan.

Mark Daniels said...

You're right on, Ann. The Bible condemns all superstitiousness, although there are images or ideas sometimes represented by numbers.

Forty, as in forty days and forty nights and forty years, is thought to have meant "a long time," as in contemporary phrases like "a month of Sundays." (That doesn't preclude forty references from being taken literally.)

"Seven," because of the Genesis 1 account of creation is the number of completeness, remembering that on the seventh day, God declared all His creative work, "very good." (And given the wonders of the universe, who can disagree with that assessment?)

In the Gospel of John, "eight" as in "eight days later" or "on the eighth day" represents the new creation that issues from Jesus' resurrection for all with faith in Him. The eighth day is God giving all creation another chance at wholeness, a state of being marred by the condition of sin.

"Six," because of the same Genesis account, sometimes represented incompletion or even alienation from God.

Most interpretations of the New Testament book of Revelation are hogwash that pay no attention to the book's historical context or the fact that it's a "Johannine" document, its authorship attributed to John the Evangelist, who employed a rich mixture of Hebrew and Greek images and philosophical ideas in his writing.

Many ancient texts have the number in Revelation as "616" anyway. But whether that or "666" is irrelevant. Numerology isn't Biblical or Christian.

Mark

Mark Daniels said...

God actually declared everything "very good" on the sixth day, according to the Genesis 1:1-2:3 account of creation. But on the seventh day, He rested at the conclusion of this perfect week.

Troy said...

Agent of Satan from this post? Come on Ann, everyone knows your satanic agency is due to other reasons.

Wickedpinto said...

If theres a god, he wouldn't do this to begin with.

But as for 666,and I think it's called "demontria?" the numerological pursuit of "666" in everyday things in order to define the mark of the beast, is just COOL! for a fun little twist in the next end of days movie that gets made. If this superstition helps make good horror, I'm all about it. Thank you god.

chrisburp said...

Uh oh. Gonna' get warm in the Althouse house tomorrow!

Dean said...

And why doesn't the fact that it's the 62nd anniversary of D-Day get more attention?

Maxine Weiss said...

You can't have an apocolypse on a Tuesday. Too inconvenient.

Doomsday is always Friday, or Sunday, after all the Saturday evening partying.

Peace, Maxine

reader_iam said...

n the Gospel of John, "eight" as in "eight days later" or "on the eighth day" represents the new creation that issues from Jesus' resurrection for all with faith in Him. The eighth day is God giving all creation another chance at wholeness, a state of being marred by the condition of sin.

This immediately put me in mind of what, in my opinion, is an under-sung novel by more-known-as-playwright Thornton Wilder.

Mark, in particular, if you've not read it, perhaps you might want to consider doing so. It came in the latter days of Wilder's long career, and won a National Book Award, well deserved, IMHO.

reader_iam said...

I do recommend the book generally. Though there would be no problem if it were, it's not a specifically "religious" book, in the sense that people of that now.

But it does deal with issues of rebirth; second chances; received, earned and personal wisdom; and so forth.

Then there's that little thing about just being a good story and read ... .

Finn Kristiansen said...

Having grown up in Christian conservative churches, the number 666 was not considered a date really, but rather a mark that would be placed on your hand or forhead.

Those who worry about such things tend to feel that the mark represents some type of world economic system (run by the anti-Christ), that people will have to submit to, or work around to survive.

Hence you will find many conservative and/or conservative Christian types very wary of anything that involves national ID cards, or implanting ID numbers in the skin.

Funny thing is, due to identity theft and other crime, invariably our numbers will ultimately take a more biological form, thus freaking out a whole subset of the population.

And Ann is an agent of Satan, but due to another post, where she uttered the words, "Sean is adorable", which, if said backwards, means, "Take the mark of the beast and you will be beautiful and win Apprentice". I am never reading this blog again! Until, like, you know, tomorrow.

Michael Farris said...

"I'm an agent of Satan"

I'd assumed you were a mere minion, when did you get the promotion? Is it like tenure?

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Ricardo said...

Isn't this just pseudo-numerology, since there have been other dates with these numbers and nothing happened? Isn't the real date we have to worry about 12/12/2012 when the Mayan calendar says that time runs out?

knoxgirl said...

I can't believe they remade the Omen, the first one was perfect in its cheesy creepiness. *And* it has Gregory Peck.

Dawn said...

I thought "666" was the number of nuts, bolts and assorted hardware that I'm missing from this damn Ikea chest of drawers I'm attempting to build for my oldest daughter!

Roy Lofquist said...

As noted above, the Roman numerals DCLXVI translate to the Arabic notation 666. Since the Arabic positional notation (derived from Indian culture) did not come into widespread use until the 8th century I think it quite clear that "the number of the beast" refers to the Romans.

BrianOfAtlanta said...

Whether it's 666 or 616, it's still Nero. So don't burn any DVD movies today, OK?

Ruth Anne Adams said...

Maxine says: You can't have an apocolypse on a Tuesday.

9/11/2001 fell on a Tuesday.

Alan Kellogg said...

VI VI VI: The Beast in Rome.

666 #6: The Beast's apartment.

110 110 110: Microsoft.

FreeThinker said...

6-6-06. This is fun, but in a make-fun-of-the-superstitious-people kind of way. Of course, there's no such thing as gods, demons, angels, ghosts, et cetera.

Abakua said...

All's well. Patmos a Roman red state. John wrote as an empire blue-stater. As he took dictation from his id(almost wrote "yid") it appeared his side was a goner.Consider the destiny of his era's Bush dynasties.

Anonymous said...

I THINK EVERYONE SHOULD BE FOCUSED ON THE POPE.... WHO IS THE TRUE ANTI-CHRIST!!! ANYBODY EVER PAID ATTENTION TO THE WRITING ON HIS HAT? IT SAYS "VICTUS FILI DEU" LOTS OF PEOPLE THINK IT IS LATIN.. WELL SORRY TO INFORM YOU ALL THAT IT IS INFACT ROMAN NUMERALS.... AND WHEN YOU ADD IT ALL TOGETHER IT EQUALS 666!!!!!!!! HOW CONVIENIENT THAT THE CHURCH WHO HAS CORRUPTED THE WORLD HAS BEEN INFILTRATED BY THE ANTICHRIST. COINCIDENCE I THINK NOT!!!

Lucy said...

Firstly, in response to Johnny Nucleo: Criss Angel isn't Satan. I believe he's a Greek Orthodox Christian. He spells his name "Criss", one can assume, for marketing purposes. And since when does the devil wear balck eye liner? That's the most retarded thing I've heard, along with the concept of "demonology camp". Many other weirdos go around in black and listen to heavy metal. Are they Satan? Criss Angel admits that everything he does is fake and that it's merely an illusion.

Secondly, in response to the random person saying stupid stuff: The Roman Catholic Church isn't satanic. That is so, Latin or maybe Greek. I could translate it, but I'm lazy. And FYI, if you try hard enough almost everything can total 666, which by the way, is the number code for NERO, not the devil, you crazed baboons. Nero, was an evil emperor guy who the Jews feared, ere go, they gave him the code name 666. Take the word "dumb" for example. Flip the d around to get a b. b looks like a 6, so now we have a 6um6. um, once translated to some other text, would most likly equal 6. Valid conclusion: 666 means nothing. And the pope isn't the antichrist, you twit, and church hasn't corrupted the world. In fact, the catholic church alone does more charity than any other organization. It's the poorly educated people who think 666 is demonic that are really taking a toll on humanity.

All of you who are offering weird quotes from revelations or are claiming the 666=satan-stupid stuff, go actually READ the book of revelations and stop taking snippits out of context. Maybe learn some history, while you're at it.