“Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.” (Revelation 13:18)
There is a great deal that can be said about the way that the modern versions have handled the 13th chapter of Revelation. In this article I will only talk about verse 18 here. Other articles relating to this chapter will appear in the future. The worst corruption of this verse, and most blatantly deceitful, is to be found in the most popular “Bible” on the market today, that is the New International Version. The NIV has given us the following “translation” straight out of the pits of hell.
“This calls for wisdom. If anyone has insight, let him calculate the number of the beast, for it is man’s number. His number is 666.”
I put translation in quotation marks because no legitimate biblical language scholar takes the NIV seriously. It is the translation of the semi-literate masses of the age of top 40 radio, sitcoms, and New Times best sellers, not of educated Bible perverters who lack spiritual discernment, but at least have some philological skills. Even the RSV is a better excuse for a translation, since its committee actually included some philologically competent scholars (but spiritually corrupt). The NIV is only exceeded in silliness by some of the real lunatic fringe versions like those of The Message, and similar abominations. It should not surprise us that the perversion that has removed the name of Lucifer from its pages and has used footnotes to conflate Lucifer with Jesus would remove the Beast from the text as well. It also should not surprise us that this is one of two (of which I am aware) to actually go so far as to translate diorthosis in Hebrews 9:10 as “new order”, which, as I stated in an earlier article, a reflection of the Nazi roots of the dictionary used by most modern pseudo-translators.
The word in question, anthropos, which is in the genitive form in this example (anthropou), can be used to refer to all of mankind, as it does in the phrase that God’s inspired translation preserves as “son of man” and man in a broad sense in Luke 4:4. Therefore, if we take the moronic approach of ignoring the contexts of verses, this verse might be justified. If we choose to take the intelligent approach of a thinking adult with an attention span longer than that of the average MTV zombie, reading this verse will be like hitting a pothole while driving down a country road in a car with poor shocks.
We do have several verses that come before this one that tell us about two beasts, one of whom will require all to get a mark or accept his name or number. Do the liars, witches, sodomites and sodomite-loving, atheists, New Agers, and sundry other apostates on the NIV committees expect us to believe that we are the beast? Apparently they do. They do not explain exactly how it is that the number of all of us is six hundred threescore and six, nor do they explain where the Antichrist and false prophet who are the subject of the chapter went.
What makes this sorry perversion of verse 18 even sillier is the fact that the NIV completely contradicts itself by translating Rev. 15:2 correctly in regard to identifying the beast as being one man, rather than mankind in general.
Rev. 15:2 “And I saw what looked like a sea of glass mixed with fire and, standing beside the sea, those who had been victorious over the beast and his image and over the number of his name…”
The NIV “translators” could not justify translating this one as they did the verse from chapter 13 because the word for man does not show up in this verse. What the translators appear to have hoped is that the average NIV user, with his 30 second attention span, will not make the connection between the two verses. This shows that the clowns on the NIV committee are guilty of both the worst kind of deceit and the worst kind of incompetence.
What is truly amazing is that people who claim to be Christians will read this wicked perversion and not even feel any of those many deep potholes in the road such as this one. This verse, like so many others, should be enough to awaken almost anyone from their slumber. The fact that it does not is another strong indication that the church in America is largely dead, and that only a remnant remains. It is also another piece of evidence that demonstrates that Christian America, as represented by the NIV (and other modern versions), contemporary “Christian” music, slaying in the spirit, canned sermons, spiritually vacuous TV evangelists, and prosperity message and purpose driven church heresies, is no more intellectually alive than the rest of our sorry nation.
It should be noted that the owner of this vile attack on God’s word is Rupert Murdoch, pornographer and spreader of Hollywood filth through Twentieth Century Fox, the Fox Network HarperCollins, and numerous other media ventures. Aside from the fact that the word FOX represents 666 in occult numerology, this network appears to have produced more satanic programming than any other.
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The majority of Twentieth Century Fox films, like most other Hollywood film companies, have numerous subliminal, but easy to spot, 666’s planted in them. HarperCollins, the parent company that owns the NIV, published satanic, pro-sodomite attacks against the nature of Christ. Isn’t it interesting that the man who owns these companies owns the Bible that has removed the warning to us about the identity of the Antichrist? Of course, the average church-goer today thirsts for any excuse to go along with the world that he can find. Murdoch and his cronies are more than happy to oblige them.
John Hinton, Ph.D.
Bible Restoration Ministry
A ministry seeking the translating and reprinting of KJV equivalent
Bibles in all the languages of the world.