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May 07, 2005

The antichrist doesn't live here anymore

No wonder we haven't been able to discover the identity of the Beast. We've been dialing the wrong number!

A newly discovered fragment of the oldest surviving copy of the New Testament indicates that, as far as the Antichrist goes, theologians, scholars, heavy metal groups, and television evangelists have got the wrong number. Instead of 666, it's actually the far less ominous 616.
So I guess this means that the Beast isn't R-O-N-A-L-D W-I-L-S-O-N R-E-A-G-A-N or G-E-O-R-G-E W-A-L-K-E-R B-U-S-H-J-R .

Meanwhile, Satanists are taking it in stride:

. . . [S]atanists responded coolly to the new 'Revelation'. Peter Gilmore, High Priest of the Church of Satan, based in New York, said: 'By using 666 we're using something that the Christians fear. Mind you, if they do switch to 616 being the number of the beast then we'll start using that.'

Posted by Drew at May 7, 2005 08:18 PM

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See comments posted by me earlier in response to SCO blog on "Downfall", the movie retracing Hitler's last days.

It relates to the "end times" teaching (ala "Left Behind" series) and argues that anything that makes an individual more knowledgeable (knows to a degree when the "end" will come), special (will be taken in the "rapture"), and part of an "in crowd" will always be tempting.

My business partner, recently accpeted to Fuller and Asbury seminaries to study these things in more detail, said today:

"If these people really believe the end is coming and they will not be able to buy without the mark of the beast....why don't they show it with more than just words and actually take action! Such as storing provisions for when markets are closed to Christians, starting a network with other churches to transport needed materials...basically prepare for the cataclysmic events that they preach are on the door step." [paraphrased]

Good Question!

Posted by: skibrian at May 9, 2005 11:22 PM