Unleash the Beast

An online post has suggested that Monster Energy Drink – with its slogan “Unleash the Beast” – has some connection to the mark of the beast in the Book of Revelation. They point out that the “M” made of slashed claw marks that is their logo looks like three of the Hebrew letter vav, which [Read More...]

Flight 666 to HEL

I missed this when apparently it made news headlines back in September. The airport code for Helsinki is HEL, and there is a flight 666 that serves that destination, flying between there and Copenhagen. And so you really can take flight 666 to HEL! [Read more...]

What, No Wacky Theories Today?

I just noticed that today is June 6th, 2013. That’s 6/6 in the year 2+0+1+3=6. And yet nowhere have I spotted in the blogosphere or on Facebook someone suggesting that today the world will end, the antichrist will arise, or anything else of the sort. Could it be that most people are finally tiring of [Read More...]

Numberphile on 666

Today in my Bible class the topic was apocalyptic literature – Daniel and Revelation. The student who presented included a segment of the above video on the number of the beast, and I thought it was worth sharing with a wider audience. I now have my lecture on this topic online, so that we can [Read More...]

Barney the Antichrist

As readers will know if they watched my recorded lecture about the Book of Revelation, I offer a lighthearted look at some of the proposed identifications of the Beast, including the suggestion that it could be Barney. To be fair, a purple dinosaur is obviously more like the monster depicted in the book than most [Read More...]

That’s Not Taking Revelation Literally

One media outlet described the man who quit his job over a form with the number 666 on it as taking Revelation literally. Fred Clark had this to say, with his characteristic combination of sarcastic wit and religious insight:   No. No, no, no, 666 times no. Believers like Slonopas do not “take the book [Read More...]

Interesting License Plate

What do you think? Accidental or specially ordered? Real or Photoshopped? Uninteresting or really cool symbolism about trust in God making one unconcerned about end times mania? HT Mike Beidler on Facebook [Read more...]

How to Make a Liberal Bible Scholar

Today’s “Quote of the Day” comes from Greg Carey: The best way for conservative churches to produce “liberal” biblical scholars is to keep encouraging young people to read the Bible…Reading the Bible is a terrific cure for fundamentalism. That’s exactly how many of us so-called liberal Bible scholars got our start. Those quotes are from [Read More...]

The Root of All Evil?

If one’s viewpoint is that 666 represents all that is evil, then it may be useful to know that 25.80697580112788 is then the root of all evil. HT Jim West   [Read more...]

The Significance of 666 Revealed

For some people, it is not clear why the number 666 was chosen to represent a power hostile to Christianity. But the photo below (HT Hemant Mehta) explains it: [Read more...]


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