Gary DeMar and Kenneth Gentry explain that the numbers 666 mentioned in Revelation 13:18 refers to Caesar Nero. Gary DeMar Books and Links: http://www.americanvision.org http://www.amazon.com/Last-Days-Madness-Obsession-Modern/dp/0915815354 Kenneth Gentry Books and links: https://www.kennethgentry.com http://againstdispensationalism.blogspot.com http://www.amazon.com/Beast-Revelation-Kenneth-Jr-Gentry/dp/0915815419 http://www.amazon.com/Before-Jerusalem-Fell-Dating-Revelation/dp/0915815346
This is a clip from The Great Courses video lecture called the New Testament. Professor Bart d. Ehrman breaks down the meaning of the number using hebrew gematria. Whether or not the meaning is a prophecy of things to come is not in question here. I just thought with all the hype going on right now in the religious circles on this subject that people should know what it meant to the people around the time it was written. Theres lots of early christian writings as well speculating the ressurection of Emperor Nero coming back as the antichrist. You can purchase the full course here http://www.thegreatcourses.com/tgc/courses/course_detail.aspx?cid=656 Add me on Facebook- https://www.facebook.com/adam.house.31 Follow me on twitter- https://twitter.com/TheFurrow Help support my channel- https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=LCAB9QLZC5M9S
If 666 represents Nero than Revelations is written before AD 70.
http://seedbed.com Who is the Beast of Revelation? In this Seven Minute Seminary video, Dr. Ben Witherington responds with important Bible background. It's important to keep in mind that the term "antichrist" actually only shows up in the epistles of John (1 John 2:18-22; 4:3; 2 John 1:7), where there are supposedly several antichrists already on the scene. Christians have conflated this term with one of the beasts in Revelation though, who has the famous number 666 (Rev. 13:18). Using gematria, an ancient numerical code system for concealing sensitive information, the biblical author was referring to "Nero Caesar, the Son of the Divine Augustus," which in Latin has the numerical value of 666. In the 90s, some even thought that the emperor Domitian was Nero come back from the dead. So Revelation teaches that the beast, or person who sets himself up against Christ and his church, is a Nero-like figure. Human history tends to repeat itself and may even culminate in a figure whose character resembles that of Nero.
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