What does 666 Mean?

“Here is wisdom. Let him that has understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is 666.”

Rev. 13:18


Order of Contents

Explanatory Quotes  (2)
List of Writers who take 666 as ‘The Latin One’  (34)
Article  (1)
Book  (1)




Exlanatory Quotes

Wilhelmus A’Brakel  †1711

Not To Be Ignored: Commentary on Revelation

The Greeks calculated with their alphabet.  Their letters were also numbers.  That means that one word can represent a certain matter, place, or person, as well as a number.  This was the number 666.  The Greek letters, which were used for this number, were also a number of man, spelling a human name.  

Shortly after the time of the apostles [in A.D. 180] the number 666 [was] translated to the name LATEINOZ, the first king of the region where Rome is located.  The land was called Latium after him.  And the language they spoke was called the Latin language, as it is still called.  And so this number 666, which spells [in Greek] Lateinoz, leads as by the hand to Rome and in Rome to the pope, who established himself within the church.  

Then it was referred to as the Latin Church, to make a distinction with the Eastern Church, which was referred to as the Greek Church.  Until today [1711] the service is still executed in Latin.  The pope is still writing his bulls and decrees in the Latin language.  

This name and his number clearly show that the pope is the Antichrist, which is described in great detail in PART 1, chapter 24, § 44 until § 51.  This became clearer during the time of the Reformation.”


Francis Turretin  1661

‘Whether it can be proven the Pope of Rome is the Antichrist’, section 35

Therefore, we dismiss these [previously mentioned] opinions, while holding firmly to the popular and more commonly accepted view which maintains that the Pontiff, his rank and his rule, are correctly described by this prophecy.  In fact, we may compute his name in either Greek or Hebrew, the two languages by which God gave his oracles and prophecies (shrouding them in mystery), yet the sum of their letters will yield the same result.  

For, if the computation be made in Greek, which is quite appropriate considering the Revelation was written in Greek to Greeks, no other suitable name occurs than the name Lateinos, as Irenaeus [A.D. 130-202] conjectured.  And, if the name Romanus should be counted in the Hebrew characters, it will mean either Roman seat or Roman, as John Foxe [1516-1587] determined.  Moreover, the Hebrew term comprises the same meaning as that of the Greek term.  For Romanus or Lateinos is the name of the aforementioned Beast and is that name which the Pope imposes on all his disciples [that is, Roman Catholic].

It is on this self-same Beast that all these and additional marks of Antichrist converge; i.e., such marks as causing the whole earth, which follows him, to wonder; his blaspheming the name of God; and the great power he holds over the heads of all people and tongues, etc.  

That this name contains the number 666 in both Greek and Hebrew is not a point of dispute [the following is in the Greek alphabet]:

L – λ – 30
a – α – 1
t – τ – 300
e – ε – 5
i – ι – 10
n – ν – 50
o – ο – 70
s – ς – 200

= 666

Thus the Roman Pontiff and his Seat is undoubtedly indicated.  For he is truly Latin who holds the remains of the Latin empire and the ancient seat.  

By no small coincidence, he does not allow public worship to be conducted in any other language than Latin; nor does he publish his official documents and decrees in any other language.  Also, the Eastern Orthodox call the Roman Church by the name Latin Church, as seen in the general councils where this distinction was meticulously made between the western fathers or bishops, called Latins, while the rest were called Greeks.  

Therefore, the name Lateinos (in Greek) or Romanus (in Hebrew) is fully consistent with the fulfillment of this prophecy, in that it predicts the seat of the Beast to be Rome, where it remains to this day.  The truth is out in the open.




A Select List of Significant Writers who take 666 as Lateinos in Greek, or, ‘The Latin One’  (34)

From p. vi of Rabett’s, The Name and Number of the Beast, and other sources

Irenaeus  180                                                                
Hippolytus  †235                                                              Francis Turretin  1687
Ticonius  390                                                                        Henry More  1687
Aretas  523                                                                  Jacques Bossuet  1704
.                                                                                      Wilhelmus A’Brakel  †1711
Primasius  560                                                                Matthew Henry  1714
R.C. Cardinal Robert Bellarmine  1622                 Campegius Vitringa  1722
Johannes Piscator  1625                                                  Isaac Newton  1727
George Downame  1634                                              Phillip Doddridge  1751
Joseph Mede  1638                                                       William Whiston  1752
Archbishop William Laud  1645                                       Johann Bengel  1752
Hugo Grotius  1645                                                           Adam Clarke  1762 
John Diodati  1649                                                                     John Gill  1771
The Westminster Annotations  1657         John Brown of Haddington  1787
James Durham  1658                                                        Andrew Fuller  1815
Edward Leigh  1671                                                          Thomas Scott  1821
Matthew Poole  1679                                              William Cunningham  1861
.                                                                                                  David Brown  1871




Gonzalez, Carlos – Nero and 666: a Historicist’s Critique  n.d.  5 points in 32 paragraphs

Partial-Preterism interprets most of Revelation as happening by A.D. 70 and consequently takes the Antichrist to be Nero, making the case that one form of his name in Hebrew adds up to 666.  This article gives the brief case against this view for the following five reasons:

1. The Name is Calculated from the Hebrew Instead of the Greek
2. The Calculation of 666 is not for a Specific Individual
3. It uses an Uncommon Hebrew Spelling for Nero’s Name
4. The ‘616’ Variant Should be Rejected
5. There are no Early Church Interpretations that the Antichrist was Nero

The article, at the end, includes quotes on the majority, historic Reformed view from A’Brakel, Irenaeus, The Westminster Annotations, Hippolytus, Turretin, David Brown, Gill and John Brown of Haddington.




Reginald, Rabett – The Name and Number of the Beast: Lateinos, or, the Only Proper and Apellative Name of the Man whose Prophetical Number in Greek Numerals is 666 (Rev. 3:18), Demonstrated to be the Ecclesiastical Mark or Name of the Beast, being None Other than the Pope of Rome whose Church and Kingdom are even now are Intrinsically and Appelatively Latin.    1835, 306 pages



See Also

Historic Quotes on the Papacy being the Antichrist



Related Pages

The Antichrist


Roman Catholicism