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It is of paramount importance for us Christians to perfectly understand this number because the Bible categorically states that anyone that receives this number shall partake in Gods wrath(Rev 14:9-10)
God is Spirit
God is spirit and we are flesh so we cannot understand what he says without his guidance(John 4:24).
In order to better understand this number we have to stop using our own logic to decipher it and let Gods spirit reveal it to us.If You notice in Rev 13:18 The bible says:"Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast."That means he that doesn't have understanding(and this understanding comes from God)cannot understand this number. 2 Corinthians 3:6 says
Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.Romans 7:6 also says :"But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter."

These verses are trying to tell us that in order to understand Gods words perfectly we need to have a spiritual understanding of them and not a logical understanding.The Jews used logical understanding to try to interpret Elijah's prophesied return and that was why they didn't recognize him when he came(Mark 9:13 But I say unto you, That Elias is indeed come, and they have done unto him whatsoever they listed, as it is written of him.)

-John 7: 27:"Howbeit we know this man whence he is: but when Christ cometh, no man knoweth whence he is".

The Jews also didnt recognize Jesus as the Messiah because they tried to interpret his coming based on logic and till date judaists still expect the messiah(John 5:43:"I am come in my Father's name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive. "(Notice it says come in his own name.The beast doesnt bear Gods name but its own name (rev13:17) So they await the man with the " beast image" not Gods image)

Understanding what the number means:
In order for us to have a proper understanding of This number we need to be spiritual. God didn't make us to have a physical and carnal understanding, Mans fall did.
God always speaks in spiritual terms as we see in 1 sam 16: 7 "But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart".Man is more interested in the outer meaning and appearance of things.God is more interested in the inner meaning and appearance of things

What does the number of the beast mean:
Notice that the bible says in rev 13:18 that ' it is the number of a man'; This means that the number 666 is a number borne by man(not a single man but carnal humanity in general).Lets look carefully at the places that the number 6 and 666 occur in the bible to have a better understanding of what the number means

-If You read Genesis chapter one You will realize that man was created on the 6th day and on that 6th day he was given dominion over Gods creation so 6 is the number of Man in control.
-God commanded man to work for 6 days and rest on the 7th day in the book of exodus so 6 is the number of mans works and 7 the number of Gods rest resting from the rebellious works of our hands and submitting to God.

Now if 6 is the number of man who governs and 7 is the man submitted to God and doing Gods works(in his rest read Hebrews 4) it means man is incomplete without Gods spirit living in him(col 2:10: And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power)We are only complete in God so 6 is the number of an incomplete man.
Hence if man is in control of his life (1st 6), it means he hasn't submitted to God and is rebellious(2nd 6)and is therefore incomplete and doesn't bear Gods image(3rd 6)

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