“Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.” Revelation 13:18
The prophecy says that the number of the beast, “is the number of a man.”
Bible scholars have long understood that the beast here mentioned is both a religious and worldly power. Commentary
The natural conclusion would be that the prophecy is referring to the name or title of some man who represents this particular power.
Counting the Number
The Bible instructs us to “count the number of the beast.” The practice of counting the numerical value of names has been popular throughout history. Commentary
The Number of a Man
Through out the ages, the names of men, emperor’s, kings, and religious leaders have been linked to this mysterious number. In order to determine the identity of the antichrist, who’s leader’s name can be identified by the number 666, many strange combinations of letters and numbers have been suggested in fulfillment of this prophecy. Commentary
Solving the Mystery
So many names, which is the right one? God never really intended for a person to be able to identify the antichrist and it’s leader soley on the basis of the number 666, rather the mysterious number was to be the culminating point on a thorough study of the topic. For the text starts out saying that those that have "understanding" should "count the number,"
The Bible teaches that to accurately determine the meaning of a text one must compare "line upon line; here a little, there a little" Isaiah 28:9-10