You have been presenting the case that 666 is a code for “Nero Caesar”? Can’t 666 be applied to any number of people? Why are you convinced that it applies to the name “Nero Caesar”?
(1) Theoretically the numerical value could fit many names. But the fit must be relevant.
(2) John specifically declares the events of revelation “must shortly take place” (1:1; 22:6) because “the time is at hand” (1:3; 22:10). The papacy arose hundreds of years later.
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(3) John is writing to seven historical, first-century churches (1:4, 11; chs. 2 and 3) who are presently undergoing trials (1:9). One of the cries in Revelation is “how long” (6:10). The answer: “a little while longer” (6:11).
(4) The numerical value of Nero’s name fits both the form accepted in the text (666) and the important variant that appears early in history (616). The 666 value uses a Hebrew spelling (in a very OT oriented book composed with an Hebraic grammar); the other (616) uses a Latin spelling (apparently to help non-Hebrew readers to understand it).
Note: Read the preceding articles to get the context of this summary statement.