666 The Gothic Number Of The Beast
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666 the number of the beast in the christian bible:
Revelation 13:11-18: And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon. And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed. And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men, And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live. And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed. 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."
666 the number of the beast in history:
666 is also the number of nero caesar. If you write the "Nero Caesar" in Greek, then transliterate it into Hebrew and add up the letters, you will get 666. The notorious tyrant who persecuted the Jews and Christians in sadistic ways like burning, drowning and make them fight in the gladiators` arena against soldiers and other dangerous animals.
666 the number of the beast in our culture:
As the time passes from the days of the bible, the association of the number of the beast - 666 with darkness, evil, satan and bad prophecies pervaded to our believes and culture. "Hexakosioihexekontahexaphobia" means 666-pobia, a fear of the number 666. People who has this pobia avoids from this number by all means. they also afraid of the date 06/06/06 and preffer to stay at home. but they are not the only one who avoid this evil number. In our daily life we encounter the dark 666 pretty much everywhere like the streets, the roads, the house address and phone numbers.
666 the number of the beast in mathematics:
666 is the sum of the squares of the first seven prime numbers:
22 + 32 + 52 + 7 2 + 112 + 132 + 172 = 666
666 = 16 - 26 + 36
666 = 6 + 6 + 6 + 6³ + 6³ + 6³
To many the mentioning of 666, the Beast, abruptly brings to mind the English occultist and magician Aleister Crowley. Although Crowley had never been classified as Gothic, or a Goth, one familiar with his character and works would probably agree that he would fit into the subculture. As a youngster he admired his father a retired brewer and a strong preacher for the Plymouth Brethren, a Christian fundamentalist sect in nineteenth century England. As a child Crowley become a fervent little Plymouth Brother who studied the Bible eagerly. The prophetic passages in the Book of Revelation of the Beast 666 and the Scarlet Woman particularly fascinated him. He readily imagined himself a servant of God battling Satan and his hordes.
He was not an unhappy child until after his father’s death. It is uncertain what caused his change of behavior, but certainly a contribution factor was his mother’s and his move to his maternal Uncle Tom Bishop’s London resident. Of his uncle he wrote: "No more cruel fanatic, no meaner villain ever walked the earth." And, of his mother: "...her powerful maternal instincts were suppressed by religion to the point that she became, after her husband’s death, a brainless bigot of the most narrow, logical and inhuman type" It seemed that her son’s mischievous behavior had prompted her to call him "the Beast." One quickly recognizes that even in childhood the evil influence of religion on Crowley.
The term "the Beast" had a great influence upon Crowley’s entire life, an influence which was entirely opposite of what his mother desired. She wanted the name to shame him into servitude; instead it rallied him into defiance. At times he called himself the Antichrist. To express Crowley’s views would consume a website, and there are many on the Internet doing so for those interested. In summation, he considered Christianity as the destruction of human freedom and the worshipping of death; whereas, he considered the religion of Thelema, which he founded, the bringing together of the spiritual with the material for the liberation of humanity.
The point is not whether one agrees with him or not; it is that Crowley had both his admirers and his enemies. One could even say his own mother became his enemy, whether she solely or greatly influenced his life is debatable but she was part of the discrimination which he felt. But the most important point is this discrimination failed to stop him; the number 666 accompanied by it title, the Beast, just speared him on. He took solace in his endeavors to liberate himself and others. This is why I think the Beast should be mentioned. When preparing this article I did some research on the web on Gothic culture, I really found the discrimination against Goths there too, some not even discrimination just plain stupidity. Crowley is an example, criticism maybe there, but belief in yourself and your way of life can overcome that.
Thanks to: Alan Hefner