666 Factor: An Annotated Timeline
by Jerry A. Stevens
the years the vast majority of Bible students
have read the number 666, as found in Revelation
13:18, as six hundred sixty-six. This expression
is spelled out in most versions of the Bible. A
notable exception is the New King James Version.
It renders the term in Arabic numerals, or three
An alarming trend began in 1979. Some
Seventh-day Adventist expositors began to put a
symbolic spin on the classic interpretation.
Careful Bible students, however, have seen
Contrary to some proponents of the so-called
symbolic view, the number of the beast is not
six six six (hex hex hex), but rather
“six hundred and sixty six” (hexakosioi
hexēkonta hex). This can hardly be
overemphasized in light of the predominant
contradictory understanding among recent
revisionist historicists and
semi-historicists. The whole number (666) must
be seen as a unit, as divinely given in
Scripture, and not illegitimately split into
three equal sixes.
—Kenneth Jørgensen, 2007.
This annotated timeline examines the question
penetratingly, yet fairly. The Bible
encourages us to examine and rightly divide
the Word of truth (2 Timothy 2:15) for
ourselves. It is time for every Christian
watchman on the walls of Zion to wake up. Take
those worn-out trumpets that make uncertain
sounds. Exchange them for trumpets that warn
God’s people in very certain tones.