Greetings to the Community. I come seeking advice from those who currently have much more knowledge about theology than probably I will ever have.
Yesterday morning I did this with pencil and paper:
C => 100 + 0 => 0 V => 5 I => 1 D => 500 1 => 1 9 => 9 _____ Total: 616
It was a simple sum, came out on the first try. I confess that right after doing it I was a little scared by how easy it was (and of course the meaning it has). I mean, occasionally I've come across articles where complicated mathematical operations are performed to reach certain conclusions. This was not the case.
The points that I am handling so far:
The number the beast is not a number in itself but a product of its name:
Revelation 13:17: so that no one can buy or sell who does not have the mark, that is, the name of the beast or the number of its name.
The dialectic around the number 616:
The new number 616 isn’t new, it’s old, that’s the point. It isn’t one man’s opinion either, it’s written as such in the two oldest known versions of the Bible. The Oxyrhynchus papyrus you mention, but it’s written too in the Codex Ephraemi Rescriptus, both as a number and text - ‘hexakosiai deka hex’ literally translated as six hundred and sixteen. This latter book is the last of the four uncial manuscripts of the Greek Bible named after Ephraem the Syrian.
My questions are:
Could "COVID-19" be the name of the beast?
Assuming for a second that the above is true: would the set of facts related to coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) faithfully correspond to the behavior and actions of the beast, described in detail throughout the book Revelations?