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#35 - What are the significances of 888 and 666?

by Robert Nguyen Cramer

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Recently I was reading on the internet and discovered that the name Jesus in Hebrew adds up to 888. Do you think this means the number 666 adds up to a name? If so, what do you think it could be.


Obviously your question relates to Rev 13:18, which reads:

In modern times the significance of 888, 666, and 616 has been known since at least 1910, as described by R.H. Charles in his classic work, International Critical Commentary: The Revelation of St. John (see Volume 1, Edinburgh: T&T Clark, page 365-366.)

The literature on this subject is quite voluminous, but there is general agreement among scholars as to the following:

For further details, you can refer to:


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