The purpose of the Revelation was to comfort the Church with the assurance that God was in control, so that even the awesome might of the Dragon and the Beast would not stand before the armies of Jesus Christ. Christ was wounded in His heel on Friday, the sixth day, the Day of the Beast – yet that is the day He crushed the Drag-on’s head. At his most powerful, St. John says, the Beast is just a six, or a series of sixes; never a seven. His plans of world dominion will never be fulfilled, and the Church will overcome through her Lord Jesus, the 888, who conquered on the Eighth Day(Chilton, 1987)
Land Beast(Behemoth) – Job 40:15-24
Sea Beast(Leviathan) – Job 41:1-34.
The LXX translates “Behemoth” as “Therion”, the word used for “Beast” in John’s Apocalypse. Likewise, “Leviathan” is translated “Dragon”, the word John uses in his Apocalypse. What is interesting is that John reverses the order of the appearance of these beasts in Job.
Order in the book of Job:
1) Behemoth (Job 40)
2) Leviathan (Job 41)
then finally, the true Sovereign:
3) God (Job 42)
So in John, we have a Satanic reversal of this order.
1) Satan(Dragon, Leviathan)
2) Sea Beast(Image of the Dragon, The satanic synagogue system and the Roman Catholic Church, both of whom are in collusion with “Rome”, the evil political empire that demands worship. The Roman Church and the synagogue systems are the images of the Dragon, just as Christ is the image, covenantal representative, of God. In each case, these ‘images’ rule as representatives and vice regents of their masters). The Son of God is the image of the Father(Jhn. 1:18, Col. 1:15), in whom we are conformed to Christ’s image(Rom. 8:29, Eph. 4:24; Col. 3:10). The synagogue of Satan, the false Church, is likewise animated by Leviathan, the Dragon(Rev. 13:15).
Chilton denies that 666 refers merely to Nero on the throne. It refers also, he argues to the Roman government. Here is Chilton’s explanation:
“…Nero’s name is not the primary reference of 666; rather, the number of the Beast is based on several strands of Biblical data which point ultimately to the Roman Empire. The name Nero Caesar by no means exhausts the significance of the riddle. The Bible itself gives us enough information to allow us to identify Rome as the Beast, the fulfillment of 666.We begin with the simple number 6, which is associated with both Beast and Man from the beginning, since they were both created on the sixth day of the week (Gen. 1:24-31). Six days out of seven are given to man and beast for labor (Ex. 20:8-11); the Hebrew slave was in bondage for six years before his release in the seventh year (Ex. 21:2); six cities of refuge were appointed for the accidental slaying of a man (Num. 35:9-15). Mx is thus the number of Man, i.e. a human number. Lenski explains:“John writes the number not in words but in Greek letters: X’=600, f’= 60, <’= 6, thus 666. This is the number 6, plus its multiple by 10, namely 60, again plus its multiple by 10x 10 (intensified completeness), namely 600 – thus 666, three times falling short of the divine 7. In other words, not 777, but competing with 777, seeking to obliterate 777, but doing so abortively, its failure being as complete as was its expansion by puffing itself up from 6 to 666.”24 Six is thus the number Man was born with ,the number of his creation; the repetition of the number reveals Man in opposition to God, trying to increase his number, at-tempting to transcend his creaturehood. But, try as he might, hecan be nothing more than a six, or a series of sixes(Chilton, 1987)
He identifies other instances of 666 throughout the Old Testament as well. Goliath, for example:
people, is a stall as’’six cubits and a span’’(l Sam. 17:4) –i.e.,six, plus a hand grasping for more; the head of his spear weighs 600 shekels of iron. (Goliath is, on several counts, a Beast; as the seed of the Dragon, he wears scale-armor, 1 Sam. 17:5; but the Seed of the Woman destroys him by inflicting a head-wound, 1 Sam. 17:49-51.) Another striking example of this pat-tern takes place when King Nebuchadnezzar erects an image of himself measuring 60 cubits high and 6 cubits across (Dan.3 :1).2S The impact of this is magnified when we consider that the numerical value of the Hebrew letters in Daniel 3:1 (which describes Nebuchadnezzar’s image) add up to 4,683 – which is 7 times 666 (4,662), plus 21, the triangular of 6 (triangulation will be explained presently).A brief digression here will serve to place this point in its larger symbolic framework, for– in contrast to the multiplied sixes of Nebuchadnezzar’s image — the names of Daniel and his three friends who refused to worship the idol add up to 888 in Hebrew. This is also the number of Jesus in Greek. The Fall of man occurred on the seventh day of creation (man’s first full day of life); Jesus Christ, the Second Adam, spent the seventh day in the grave, to pay for Adam’s sin. His Resurrection took place on the eighth day, which becomes the replacement Sabbath for the New Creation.
The numeric value of Jesus – 888
The numeric value of the Beast/Nero – 666