Is ours the first (only) age when actively promoting the End of Time is in vogue? One would think that in ages past there may have been a mix of fear, superstition, and prayerful struggle to offset such nonsense. Not now.
I remember when the original 70’s series of Omen books, then movies, came out. I devoured them. It did me absolutely, positively, No. Good.
Sensitivity to 666 has increased in recent years, possibly because of the 1976 movie “The Omen” in which Damien, a boy with a birthmark in the shape of the number in his scalp, turns out to be the Antichrist.
In 1988, after 50 years as 666 N. Lake Shore Dr., the former Furniture Mart, newly converted into a condominium building, was re-numbered 680. In the mid-1990s, after four decades at 666 Elk Grove Blvd. in Elk Grove Village, the Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit got an entirely new address, 150 Lions Dr., without having to move.
Three years ago, federal officials changed the number of U.S. Highway 666 (“The Devil’s Highway”) through New Mexico, Utah and Colorado to 491.
In anticipation of June 6, T-shirts are being sold at one Web site with the logo “06.06.06/Date of the Beast.” Source
Back when I worked in a fast food restaurant, people would add something else to their order — a taco or chips — if the original total equaled $6.66. But, times have changed. Here’s a few upcoming “devil day” events:
– “Omen 666,” a remake of the 1976 movie, will open.
– The Church of Satan will host a satanic high mass, already sold out, at the Steve Allen Theater in Los Angeles.
– For unexplained reasons, at least 17 couples in the Dutch city of Enschede — more than five times the usual number — are planning to get married that day. Source
Yet, some are still spooked by the sequence. The above article mentions one woman who will be induced, another to have C-section, to prevent their babies being born on June 6, 2006.
Oh, and I love this USA Today piece where the author uses “Revelations” (instead of Revelation). That’s what really makes all this stuff authentic. Holy typos.
Just in case it soon gets edited, here tis: “As in 666, the “number of the beast” or Anti-christ in the Bible’s Book of Revelations. But that link to the agent of Lucifer certainly isn’t scaring marketers.”
Yet, this gal doesn’t even capitalize the book’s title: “Turns out, an ancient Greek scroll may have had a typo of epic proportions. Translated from Greek, the book of revelation may have actually said the sign of the beast was 616, which would make the demonic date tomorrow.” Source
She wrote that yesterday … meaning that today is
Actually, of course, for Orthodox Christians, today (this year) is: