“lifts himself up over everyone who is called “god” … [and sits down in Beth’el]. — 2 Thessalonians 2:4
Why I adore the Atlantic: Biblical references abound amidst astute observations on the politics of Syria.
“Obama is about to walk the road to Damascus: the president who sought to end Middle Eastern conflict will convert to the goal of violent regime change.” Continue reading
Solve a riddle: Put your heads together and figure out the meaning of the number of the Beast. It’s a human number: 666.
Whats the use of the most literal translation?
Here is where wisdom comes in: Let the one that has intelligence calculate the number of the wild beast, for it is a man’s number; and its number is six hundred and sixty-six.
STRONGS NT 5585: ψηφίζω
ψηφίζω; 1 aorist ἐψηφισα; (ψῆφος, which see); to count with pebbles, to compute, calculate, reckon: τήν δαπάνην, Luke 14:28;τόν ἀριθμόν, to explain by computing, Revelation 13:18. (Polybius,Plutarch, Palaeph., Anthol.; commonly and indeed chiefly in the middle in the Greek writings to give one’s vote by casting a pebble into the urn; to decide by voting.) (Compare: συγψηφίζω, καταψηφίζω,συμψηφίζω.)