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REVELATION Q&A: 666

Kenneth L. Gentry, Jr. —  2 Comments

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.

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Ken is a Presbyterian pastor and the author or co-author of over thirty books, most on eschatology. He has been married since 1971, and has three children and several grandchildren. He is a graduate of Tennessee Temple University (B.A., 1973), Reformed Theological Seminary (M.Div., 1977), and Whitefield Theological Seminary (Th.M., 1986; Th.D., 1988). He currently pastors Living Hope Presbyterian Church (affiliated with the RPCGA) in Greer, SC. Much of his writing is in the field of eschatology, including his 600 page book, He Shall Have Dominion: A Postmillennial Eschatology and his 400 page, Before Jerusalem Fell: Dating the Book of Revelation (his Th.D. dissertation). He contributed chapters to two Zondervan CounterPoints books on eschatological issues: Three Views on the Millennium and Beyond (edited by Darrell L. Bock) and Four Views on the Book of Revelation (edited by C. Marvin Pate). He also debated Thomas D. Ice in Kregel's The Great Tribulation: Past or Future? His books have been published by American Vision, Baker, Zondervan, Kregel, P & R, Greenhaven Press, Nordskog, Wipf & Stock, and several other publishers. He has published scores of articles in such publications as Tabletalk, Westminster Theological Journal, Evangelical Theological Society Journal, Banner of Truth, Christianity Today, Antithesis, Contra Mundum, and others. He has spoken at over 100 conferences in America, the Caribbean, and Australia. He is a member of the Evangelical Theological Society and a Church Council Committee member of Coalition on Revival.

2 responses to REVELATION Q&A: 666

  1. Kevin Klosski August 8, 2014 at 6:30

    Excellent answer Dr. Gentry….

  2. I never knew there was a postmillenial view. It’s certainly the best news of the bunch and I hope you’re right. The futurist views are depressing and horrifying. I like what I read so far and i intend to keep studying until I understand your position.

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