|V. Solving the Revelation 13:18 Riddle : 666 is the Ultimate Idolatry
The number 666 has another meaning that signifies evil in the Bible. When we dig deeper into 666 in the Bible we uncover more clues to decoding the Riddle and to the meaning of 666. We see 666 relating to idolatry.
The sin of idolatry breaks the first and second commandments.
Adonikams(sp) came back from Babylon with 666 of his descendants and he was a high priest from Babylon and his name means my lord stands or rises and stands means like on a pedestal of gold.
When we think of golden images we cannot forget the golden calf that Aaron made in Exodus 32 from the golden earrings everyone wore and contributed.
In the book of Daniel. Nebuchadnezzar‘s idolatrous golden image was 60 cubits high by 6 cubits wide, thus 66. Here we see idolatry in the golden image. Daniel was thrown into the fiery furnace for not worshipping the image. We see a parallel in Revelation 13:15, which states,” He was granted power to give breath to the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak and cause as many as would not worship the image of the beast to be killed.” Just like Nebuchadnezzar we see Antichrist set up his idolatrous image. The book of Daniel makes it very plain that the Antichrist will set himself up as a god. We see the number 666 linked with idolatry.
The tribe of Dan, which is the tribe the Antichrist descends from was given to idolatry. The Antichrist will have Jewish ancestry and will rise from the tribe of Dan, for more on the Antichrist see my book the Antichrist of Revelation:666. Dan set up Micah’s idol made of silver.
To understand the idolatry piece of the Tribe of Dan we must first look to Rachel, Dan’s mother who bore him through a surrogate or a concubine.
Rachel, the wife of Jacob was both beautiful and like most Biblical patriarchs had her area of sin. Rachel could not have any children and became jealous of her sister Leah who bore Jacob four sons while she sat childless. She became angry at Jacob and blamed him for her childless state. In Rachel’s jealousy she grabbed her maid Bilhah, and gave her to Jacob as a surrogate to have children for her, and Bilhah bore Dan. Jealous rivalry continued between Rachel and Leah. Rachel’s maid bore a second son to her: Naphtali.
When Jacob left the home of his father in law, Rachel stole his idols and lied to her father as he searched for them so that he would not find them. She also kept this secret from her husband Jacob who did not know that she had stolen the idols from her father. Rachel’s attachment to the idols was so great that she stole them and lied to protect them. No doubt she was thrilled over the birth of Dan and doted over him and he followed her in the area of her idolatry.
Judges Chapters 17 and 18 tells the story of Micah an idolater who lived in the mountains of Ephraim and who employed a renegade, idolatrous priest. Dan and 600 of his men went searching the land for an area to settle in and came upon Micah’s house. Notice the number 600 in this story. They forcibly took his idols and his priest to serve them. They then went into Laish took the land by murdering its inhabitants, renamed it Dan and set up Micah’s idol and employed idolatrous priests to serve them until their captivity.
Dan set up idolatry in defiance of Israel’s God. King Jeroboam, Israel’s northern kingdom’s first king who the Bible mentions over and over as “the man who caused Israel to sin” placed two golden calves, which he set up for idolatrous worship. He placed one in Bethel and the other in Dan, which both lay on the extreme southern and northern part of the kingdom. (I Kings 29-30) Bethel afterwards became a center for Idolatry. Dan already existed as one, which is why Jeroboam placed a calf there. Amos foretells Israel’s captivity, in Amos 8:14 God’s declares judgment on Dan for its allegiance to its false gods.
The Bible well establishes the idolatry of the tribe of Dan. This is one reason it is not mentioned among the 12 tribes in Revelation chapter 7 and is the lineage of the Antichrist. The Antichrist sets himself up as a god via his cloned avatar in the Jewish Temple, which he causes the world to worship and commits the ultimate idolatry and abomination. We see idolatry in the Antichrist’s lineage, to his demand for worship of his idolatrous image to his claiming to be God. All through the Bible we see 666 associated with idolatry. The Bible tells us that demons are in the idols and with idolatry comes a curse. See Deuteronomy 32:16-17, 1 Corinthians 10:20, Deuteronomy 27:15.
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