Today in the Gregorian Calendar is the sixth day of the sixth month of the sixth year of the third millennium or in short it is 06/06/06 which many people especially those who believe in esotericism is the number of the beasts which was further reinforced by the Holy Bible in--
Revelation Chapter 13, Verse 18, “Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding reckon the number of the beast: for it is a human number; his number is six hundred and sixty- six.”
The number 666 which was attributed as the Devil’s number by blind followers of religious zealots is also studied extensively by mathematicians as well as cryptology and numerology enthusiasts for ages and you’ll be amazed by the hundreds if not thousands of results with both scientific and inane relevance to our beliefs and knowledge that will further lead us to think on how complex the human brain works. The study of Gematria came to the fullest here.
It has affected a lot of people and even inspired a cult among heavy metal followers, subliminal messages and all. From Black Sabbath to Metallica to Iron Maiden to Marilyn Manson, the devil is alive and kicking. It has been said in countless tales and urban legends that if you play the cassette tapes of any heavy metal and rock bands backwards you’ll hear the devil’s music in its purest form a classic example of which is said to be found in Led Zeppelin’s Stairway to Heaven and the Eagles' Hotel California. It is also said that it is also part of the 11:11 phenomena and at a time circulated in the net that the next terrorist attack in the United States could take place today at the Sears Tower in Chicago which has a zip code of 60606 perpetrated by some enterprising Conspiracy theorists.
But in the true spirit of American Capitalism, many people have actually cash in on the “Devil’s day” with a devil may care attitude and jump on the Devil‘s bandwagon and laugh their way to the bank. Case in point is the opening of the remake of the 1976 movie The Omen which opens today in many theaters across the US of A that features a boy named Damien as the Devil’s spawn with 666 written all over his scalp.
Another is when more than 5, 000 people descended into Hell for the 6/6/6/ Party some of whom arrived in style in motorcycles and hearses in this small town in Michigan which is about 45 minutes drive from Detroit. Its 72 residents overwhelmed by the sudden deluge of people who flock to Hell’s gate and earned the right to proclaim upon their return to their hometowns and cities that they have been to Hell and back.
I will posts some examples of the religious, mathematical, and hilarious trivia here for your perusal and challenge your beliefs and knowledge as well as entertain you in the process, just like killing a lot of birds with pellets from a wayward 12- gauge shotgun, Dick Cheney notwithstanding.
So read on…
Some religions opposed to the Roman Catholic Church say that the Pope is the Anti- Christ by citing the Latin “Vicarius Filii Dei” or "Vicar of the Son of God" which if you put the corresponding value of the letters in it using the Roman Numerals the total would be 666. The Catholic faithful though never called the Pope by that title but the “Vicar of Christ”.
Some religious interpreters and other self- proclaimed Evangelists have anointed today as the Armageddon or the End of Days and that the Anti- Christ will reveal himself in due time which is so far proven to be false ( I hope ). Bear in mind also that the anagram for Evangelist is Devil’s Agent.
Many famous and notorious personalities and organizations were even branded as the Anti- Christ which includes Pope John Paul II, JFK, Pat Robertson, Sun Myung Moon, Freemasonry, Illuminati, Arafat, Ayatollah Khomeini, Saddam Hussein, Gorbachev, Clinton and Bill Gates just to name a few.
In the case of Gates whose real name is William Henry Gates III, where “III” means the order of third. By converting the letters of his current name to the American Standard Code for Information Interchange (ASCII)- values and adding his “III” you will get 666 (66+73+76+76+65+84+69+83+3=666).
Also US President Reagan’s full name contains six letters each in his first (RONALD), middle (WILSON) and last (REAGAN) names, thus earning him the “lucky” number "666".
Here are some compendiums of mathematical “facts” related to the subject:
The sum of the squares of the first 7 prime numbers is 666:
666 = 2² + 3² + 5² + 7² + 11² + 13² + 17²
The sum of the first 144 (= (6+6)·(6+6)) digits of pi is 666.
A good approximation to pi is 355/113 = 3.1415929.
If one part of this fraction is reversed and added to the other part, we get
553 + 113 = 666.
The Roman Numeral representation of the number 666 (DCLXVI) uses once each the Roman numeral symbols with values under 1,000 and they occur in exact reverse order of their respective values (D = 500, C = 100, L = 50, X = 10, V = 5, I = 1).
>“Well they said the beast would appear today", the tagline used by BMW who used the date of June 6, 2006 in its promotion of its M6 Sports Car in the UK
> In UNIX and similar operating systems a file permission of 666 grants all users read and write permissions on the file.
> The Apple I, Apple’s first computer was priced at $666.66.
> 666 is the sum of all the numbers on a typical roullete wheel.
> Organic molecules are based on carbon-12, with 6 Protons, 6 Neutrons and surrounded by 6 Electrons.
> The powerful insecticide Benzene Hexachloride's chemical formula is C6H6Cl6.
>U.S. Route 666, “the Highway of the Beast”, was renumbered as U.S. Route 491 in 2003 after controversy erupts over the supposed reference to the Biblical beast, which unfortunately also made the road signs a common target for souvenir hunters.
>Hexakosioihexekontahexaphobia- the fear of number 666
So, is this the end of the road for us?
Nah, I don’t think so. I know for a fact because I am the man.
I am what I am.
I am your D’ Bill.