Hmm.. A surprise in the Gospel of John…

The Catholic Me

We often hear tell of “The Mark Of The Beast” – the number 666 – being associated with the Pope and, by extension, the Catholic Church. This is used in an effort to show the ‘true satanic nature of the Church of Rome’.

Before I get to my point, I think it would be interesting to learn exactly how that number is arrived at.

Jimmy Akin tells us the origin in an article on Catholic Answers:

…we are told that the number of the beast is 666 and that this is the number of a man’s name (13:18). Not coincidentally, the persecuting, pagan Roman Empire was headed in the A.D. 60s by Caesar Nero, whose name happened to add up to 666 in the Hebrew system of letters and numbers. (In Hebrew, “Caesar Nero” = “NRWN QSR” = N 50 + R 200 + W 6 + N 50 +…

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