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The prophecy is clear.
The signs are unmistakable.
On the 6th day of the 6th month in the year 2006 his day will come.
You've just read the tag-line for The Omen 2, set for release amongst a blaze of publicity on 6th June 2006.
So, what are the signs and what is the truth about this date with destiny? Well, whilst the movie doesn't purport to be anything other than a work of Hollywood fiction, surprisingly it does contain some tenuous links to fact.
However fragile, or in some people's opinion farcical, these links appear to be, the myth of the appearance of the Antichrist, bearing the mark of 666, is a subject touched on no less than eight times in the Book of Revelation.
Arriving bang on the heels of the 'revelation' in 'The Da Vinci Code' of the Sang Real, or Holy Bloodline, the two films are currently stirring up a veritable maelstrom of debate amongst the general populace.
Devout Christians who have never questioned the established dogma and doctrine of their faith are having to defend their beliefs to those millions who now worship at the altar of Dan Brown.
Whilst in websites, chat rooms and countless media articles across the globe people are reading about the arrival of an Antichrist and the impending start of the 'end times' as forecast in the scriptures.
So, what is the actual 'prophecy of 666'? Let's take a look.
Here are a few translations...
Revelation 13:16-18 And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a Mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the Mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
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.
In the New Jerusalem Bible translation, this text reads:
There is need for shrewdness here: anyone clever may interpret the number of the beast: it is the number of a human being, the number 666.
And in the New English Translation Bible, Revelation 13:18 is translated as:
This calls for wisdom: Let the one who has insight calculate the beast's number, for it is man's number, and his number is 666.
Although this seems pretty clear-cut, we should note that there is some dispute over the translation pertaining to the number 666.
Some Bible scholars believe this was misinterpreted and should read 616.
Also, it must be pointed out that specific references to an Antichrist do not arise in Revelation 13:18.
They only appear in The New Testament in John 1 & 2.
If the Antichrist is simply a reference to someone (or some group) who seeks to stifle the faithful, rather than the Son of Satan, then perhaps in years to come we might conceivably look back and question the timing of the writing and success of The Da Vinci Code (and indeed Holy Blood, Holy Grail and countless others).
However, rather than condemn any author as singlehandedly having corrupted Christianity, let us look more seriously at possible meanings of the prophecy.
Hebrew and Greek letters of the Alphabet each have a numerical counterpart.
These values were often written down in place of the letters of a word that they represent.
This method of translation is known as Gntria or Gematria (a synonym for the Greek word Grammeteia) which literally means " the amounting to.
" In esoteric literature deep truths were often hidden in the combination of letters.
According to the Kabbalists there are Four Ways of reading the Sacred Scriptures as written in the Book of Zohar and passed on from master to student.
The first is Pshat, the rendering of superficial knowledge.
The second is Ramaz literally 'a hint' gleaned from the words.
The third is Darash, in which the eye of the intuition is opened.
Then finally Sud, which translates as 'secret' - a method of reading which is only taught to the most advanced initiates.
These four ways of reading the Sacred Scriptures correspond to the four initiations of life - those of the physical, emotional, mental and higher planes.
The man who has passed all four initiations is said to rise above them into unity or at-one-ment called Tahar (which incidentally means Master in Sanskrit).
It could be that some deeper meaning can be derived from the texts, one that would depend on reading all the words in the Book of Revelation and deciphering them in a more allegorical fashion.
From the numerological perspective however, let me point out that 666 as a stand-alone number means very little.
In order to ascertain the more fundamental vibration or value we have to add the numbers and reduce the answer down to a single digit.
6+6+6 = 18.
Then 1+8=9 This leaves the number 9 which corresponds to the Hebrew letter T or Teth .
Admittedly the esoteric meaning of this number is said to be that of 'a hiding wall erected to guard over something precious in the midst of danger', which may prove to be a reason to watch the news headlines on 6/6/06.
Ultimately though it is the number of integrity, wisdom and leadership by example.
It is often a number associated with those whose life is one of selfless service, dedicated to their teaching.
My Life is my teaching - Mahatma Gandhi The numerology therefore, hardly points to the arrival of the devil incarnate.
It should also be pointed out that no system exists in numerology which would exclude the complete line up of numbers, so 6/6/6 would always be applied to 06/06/2006 which would be 6+6+2+6 which equals 20 and 2 +0 =2, the number of duality.
However, if we look at the Gematria of the number 666 we do discover something very interesting.
In the Hebrew Alphabet the number 6 corresponds to the letter W - WWW .
Is this the real prophecy? Is the WorldWideWeb the real 'beast', the 'entity' whose rise will cause the downfall of Christianity and the beginning of the end times? Is it the advent of the Web that has acted as the false prophet? We all tend to view our greater connectivity as an advantageous tool, one that brings us together into a truly global village.
However, it also has an obvious downside - we become less connected on a physical level, more isolated from each other and more immersed in a virtual reality.
Was this what a prophet preaching love, human warmth and kindness would have intended? Perhaps, however, the WorldWideWeb is a force for our ultimate good for Pythagorean theory views the number 6 as one of perfection.
1= Unity 2= duality 3= harmony 1+2+3=6.
Hermetic philosophy states that the number 6 vibrates in resonance with the planet Venus, the planet of love and harmony.
Does a clue lie in its other associated vibrational correlations.
The number 6 also sets up sympathetic resonance with the colour Yellow, the metal, Copper, the tone, E and, the flower, Rose.
Rose? Could that connect 666 to Rose Line, Rosslin, Rosslyn? No, just another very tenuous link.
So what have we deduced about our impending date with fate? Are the end times nigh? Is the Antichrist about to appear? Well, if one really must lie awake at night worrying what early June 2006 may bring then I believe we should worry about this - the arrival of a whole slew of highly deluded people laying claim to being direct descendants of Jesus having read The Da Vinci Code account of a surviving Holy Bloodline; a lot of hyper teenagers, fired up by an adrenaline rush from watching The Omen 2 and perhaps even an upsurge in the sale of yellow roses, tied by copper wire, in multiples of six!
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