666: many people tend to assign to this number a negative connotation. They think of Apocalypse 13:18 where this number is associated with the beast.
There you can read: “It puts under compulsion all people—the small and the great, the rich and the poor, the free and the slaves—that these should be marked on their right hand or on their forehead, and that nobody can buy or sell except a person having the mark, the name of the wild beast or the number of its name. This is where it calls for wisdom: Let the one who has insight calculate the number of the wild beast, for it is a man’s number, and its number is 666.”
Now, as I can imagine, you will ask: what’s the beast? Many scholars connect it with the political power. In fact, the number 666 is connected to the sun godship as well as to political powers. The rulers of the world undoubtedly expect all people will worship the sun and not the Almighty, Creator of the heavens and the Earth. To reach their goal, the sun has been put in the center of the cosmos. This is the motivation for why the Earth is described as a globe.
You could easily understand the reasons behind this explanation when considering, just to show an example among many others, the icon of the black Madonna. It is considered to be a representation of the goddess of the night, the black Egyptian Isis, keeping on her knees the little Horus, the sun god. He is sometimes represented as holding a globe in his hand. The globe was originally the solar disk. So the sun is worshipped under the guise of a little child, the son of Isis. All the biblical teachings have been counterfeited by paganism in order to muddy the waters.
But let’s remember how we obtained since the beginning that number. We started with Eratosthenes’s experience. He wanted to measure the circumference of the globe Earth and its radius and he obtained 6378 km. We know that, in a flat geometry, he measured not the radius of the Earth but the height of the sun. Moreover, as I have always asserted, the height of the sun must be described with the number 6660 to describe the bigger fractal and to harmonize the general mathematics found in all creation.
Consequently, you should remember that all human political organizations which are putting the sun (666) in the center of the cosmos are described in the Bible as the beast. Every action in the history, which was made with the aim of putting and preserving the sun in the center of the universe, is an action of the beast, regardless of the person which is the author of the action, and no matter if he or she has acted or is acting consciously or not. So, we discover that 666 is the number of the sun, a number which was knowingly hidden. Alike, 666 is the number of the beast that creates the icon of the globe, to promote the worship of the sun.
A classical image of the beast is represented by the chariot of Dionysus. The chariot is sometimes drawn by different beasts such as panthers, horses, bulls or griffins. The god is crowned with ivy and holds a thyrsus in one hand. The pine-cone tipped staff is in itself a representation of the solar analemma. It’s similarly the magic rod of fairies. In other iconic representations, for instance in an ancient Greco-Roman Mosaic in Tunisia, Dionysus is accompanied by the winged goddess Nike and rides a chariot drawn by four tigers. The god is crowned with a fruiting grapevine and holds a pine branch in his hand. To his left stands, a Satyr cloaked in a leopard-skin cape, bearing a wine-amphora on his shoulder. Maenad strides before the god beating a tambourine. Below a leopard sips from a cup of wine and a satyriscous rides a lion.
To establish a scriptural basis, just to link matters, in the temple of Solomon, in Jerusalem, there came to be the horses of the chariot of the sun. Josiah, the righteous king, eliminated all of the horses, pulling them out of the doors of the temple and burning the chariots with fire. 2Kings 23:11 reads the following:
“He also made unfit for worship Topheth, which is in the Valley of the Sons of Hinnom, so that no one could make his son or his daughter pass through the fire to Molech. And he prohibited the horses that the kings of Judah had dedicated to the sun from entering the house of Jehovah by the chamber of Nathan-melech the court official, which was in the porticoes; and he burned the chariots of the sun in the fire.”
Knowledge of this can help to understand the icon of the beast depicted by John in Revelation, the one related as having the number 666. The writer gives a description of the woman that is remindful of the image of the chariot of Dionysus. Revelation 17:3 reads: “And he carried me away in the power of the spirit into a wilderness. And I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet-colored wild beast that was full of blasphemous names and that had seven heads and ten horns. The woman was clothed in purple and scarlet and she was adorned with gold and precious stones and pearls, and she had in her hand a golden cup that was full of disgusting things and the unclean things of her sexual immorality.”
The imagery of the harlot has many points in common with the icon of Dionysus. The purple colors are generally associated to Bacchus and wine. He was wearing a red mantle. The cup, together with sexual deregulation, is typical of the thiasus of Dionysus, which always has been considered a religious organization. Dionysus is a god, the same as his companions. So, the beasts are political symbols which support the religious role performed by the harlot. Religions are always mixed with politics and vice versa. Politics always used to find support in religion and religions in politics. All these things considered, then, being Dionysus a sun god, the harlot herself is enlightened with the sun. Many religious symbols have been since the past intermixed with solar symbols. Think for instance to the rays of the mass ostensory, of the colonnade of St. Peter, the sun on the canopy of Bernini inside St. Peter, the chi-rho labarum of the pope, which was a solar symbol…
Ancient and modern people always worshiped the sun. They worshiped the beast as well. Think for instance of the story of Beauty and the Beast. Many songs, films, Disney films, musicals, lyrics, soundtracks, soap operas, TV series were created to represent this fairy. The same Prince charming of fairy tales, that’s he, the sun. You’ve there the two sides of the sun, Dionysus, and Apollo, the beast, and the prince. They are two faces of the same coin. Many well-known artists, poets, writers, singers, painters have created their masterworks to honor the beast and to pay homage to the sun. Think of solar symbolism and related imageries in poetry. Think of Shakespeare, Sonnet 33 and maybe this number 33 could ring you a bell, couldn’t it? It’s certainly one of the best passages in Shakespeare…
Full many a glorious morning have I seen
Flatter the mountain-tops with sovereign eye,
Kissing with golden face the meadows green,
Gilding pale streams with heavenly alchemy;
Anon permit the basest clouds to ride
With ugly rack on his celestial face
And from the forlorn world his visage hide,
Stealing unseen to west with this disgrace.
Even so, my sun one early morn did shine
With all triumphant splendour on my brow;
But out, alack! he was but one hour mine;
The region cloud hath mask’d him from me now.
Yet him for this my love no whit disdaineth;
Suns of the world may stain when heaven’s sun staineth.
Not only poets could not be initiated to their art without paying their tribute to Apollo, philosophers did the same. In the Apology, Socrates maintains that he, like all the rest of the Athenians, worship the sun. Upon being urged by Glaucon to define goodness, Socrates professes himself incapable of doing so. Instead, he draws an analogy and offers to talk about “the child of goodness“. Socrates reveals this “child of goodness” to be the sun, proposing that just as the sun illuminates, bestowing the ability to see and be seen by the eye, with its light, so the idea of goodness illuminates the intelligible with the truth.
So, since the most remote antiquity, the sun has been worshiped. The same happens today. Think of songs like “O sole mio”, by the Italian Caruso or of many songs by the Jazz composer Louis Armstrong. You certainly will remember of such masterpieces as Sitting in the sun, That lucky old sun, East of the sun (And West of the Moon) or Sunshowers.
To the ancient Greeks belongs the honor of separating for the first time cosmology from theology. Philosophy starts from the Universe and aims to comprehend how it works. Homer speaks of waters as the origin of everything. Thales of Miletus speaks of the earth as a circular disk in the waters of the ocean. He was the first to separate theology from cosmogony. Anaximander found the first principle in the infinite or indefinite apeiron. From there comes the idea of the universe as being an infinitely expanding space. To put it according to Giordano Bruno, the universe has to be infinite, like God that is infinite. But the Bible never says God to be infinite. The word infinite cannot be found through all the Bible. God is a spiritual person in the heavens. He fills the earth and the skies in the sense he creates them, filling with life. He is not a nature God. Billions of people deify nature but deny the Creator of it. Baal is worshiped today as it was in the past. No difference at all.
In the course of a few years, heavens were transformed again to be of the nature of fire. Philosophers started to believe the sun is much far away from the earth, more distant than all the fixed stars. All this was made in order to change the original conception, in order to prepare the ground for the coming of the concept of the earth as being a globe. In Plato, the sun becomes the symbol of the good. He chooses the sun as the first of symbols because it is a natural visible counterpart of the invisible and impresses deeply the notion that light equals truth. Dante also saw in the sun the most appropriate symbol of God. “There is no sensible thing in all the world more worthy to be an image of God than the sun”, Alighieri wrote in Convivio. From all this, you can easily understand why Revelation says nobody will be able to buy or sell except a person having the mark, the name of the wild beast and the number of its name.