For many people, just saying the number sends shivers up their spines, as it conjures up ominous images of secret occult ceremonies and the cataclysmic final days of Bible prophecy.

Some have even refused to accept phone numbers, license plates, and credit cards containing “666.” There is even a very long word made up for the sole purpose of describing this superstitious phobia — “hexakosioihexekontahexaphobia.”

For instance, Highway 666, which runs from Gallup, New Mexico, to Monticello, Utah, is nicknamed the "Devil's Highway" because of the Scripture that identifies this number with of the beast power of Revelation. “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 and sixty-six” (Revelation 13:18).

This satanic connotation combined with Highway 666’s unusually high fatality rate convinced some people that the highway was cursed. And the problem was compounded because Satanists were chronically stealing the highway signs as souvenirs. So in 2003, the U.S. highway department decided to renumber Highway 666 as U.S. Route 491.

Yet, we don’t have to be afraid of this number. Indeed, it’s the natural number that follows 665 and precedes 667. And it doesn’t have to be a mystery either — as you’ll find out when you explore! The Bible is abundantly clear on what 666 has to do with prophecy …

Some Interesting Facts About 666
Still, you might be interested to know that mathematically, 666 is a very unique number that’s found abundantly in mathematics. For instance:

  • It is the sum of the first 36 whole numbers (1, 2, 3, 4 … on up to 36 = 666). This also means all the numbers on a roulette wheel total 666! But while going to the casino might cost you dearly, you will not automatically receive the mark of the beast playing this game.

  • Organic molecules are based on carbon-12, with 6 protons and 6 neutrons in the nucleus, surrounded by 6 electrons.

  • If you add up the first six Roman numerals, IVXLCD, the total is, you guessed it, 666.


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