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Revelation and the Mark of the Beast: 666 or 616?

Briefly to summarize the last two posts on The Revelation to John; John writing to the

Fragment from Papyrus 115 with number 616

Fragment from Papyrus 115 with number 616

churches in Asia Minor explains in code, utilizing large amounts of Hebrew bible imagery to great effect, on how God will bring down Rome and Nero (after his return), an oppressive ruler of Judeo-Christians. Babylon is code for Rome and the mark of the beast, 666, is code for Caesar Nero—or is it? Continue reading

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The Revelation to John: Αποκαλυψις, an unveiling!

English: Bust of Nero at the Capitoline Museum...

Bust of Nero at the Capitoline Museum, Rome 

Interpreted in its historical context we can gain some useful insights about what message John is trying to get across to his audience. So what on earth does context even mean in the case of ancient human artifacts? Understanding of the historical context of any bible text means understanding the social, economic, political; and often with apocalyptic literature, the oppressive circumstances it is being written under. This oppressive arrangement cannot be stressed enough here. Continue reading

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The Revelation to John: Written on an Acid Trip? What about Authorship?

St. John on Patmos, B.M. ADD. MS. 11870, Fol. ...

The claim that The revelation to John was written on an acid trip can be found all over the atheist and skeptical blogosphere, as well as many podcasts and surprisingly made by the occasional historian (who should know better!). Continue reading

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