DCLXVI

Or VIVIVI

After all that’s how thing were written.
PS: Another post will be up later today.


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DCLXVI — 122 Comments

  1. 666 Number of the beast
    668 Neighbor of the beast
    660 Approximate number of the beast
    DCLXVI Roman numeral of the beast
    666.0000 Number of the high-precision beast
    0.666 Number of the millibeast
    1010011010 Binary number of the beast
    29A Hexidecimal number of the beast
    -666 Negative number of the beast
    00666 Zip code of the beast
    $665.95 Retail price of the beast
    $699.25 Price of the beast plus 5% state sales tax
    $769.95 Price of the beast with all accessories and replacements
    $656.66 Wal-Mart price of the beast
    $646.66 Next week’s Wal-Mart price of the beast
    $333.00 After-Christmas sale price of the beast
    $222.00 Going-out of business liquidation price of the beast
    Phillips 666 Gasoline of the beast
    Route 666 Way of the beast
    665 Older brother of the beast
    667 Younger brother of the beast
    666 UP Soft drink of the beast
    20/666 Vision of the beast
    1-800-666-6666 Toll-free number of the beast
    999 Australian number of the beast
    6″X 6″X 6″ Lumber of the beast
    666i BMW of the beast
    666-66-6666 Social security number of the beast
    6/6/66 Birth date of the beast
    WD-666 Spray lubricant of the beast
    66.6 MHz FM radio station of the beast
    666 KHz AM radio station of the beast
    Chanel No. 666 The beast’s favorite perfume
    666% What the beast gives in his game
    666 666 = Son of the Beast
    6……….6……….6, y’all = Southern Beast
    SIC SIC SIC = Errors of the Beast
    (sick, sick, sick) = Diagnosis of the Beast
    Haiku of the Beast
    So quickly spotted
    being identified by
    the mark, six six six

    ELDER 666 = Missionary of the Beast
    666MHz – Outdated CPU of the Beast
    6.66 GHz – Soon to be the CPU of the Beast
    666.000THz – in 666 years, the CPU of the Beast
    666 yard relay – Olympics of the Beast (Track and field)
    666 lbs – Olympics of the Beast (Weight Lifting)
    666 = Mark of the Dyslexic Beast
    25.8069758 = Square Root of the Beast
    18 = Sum of the Beast
    666™ = Logo of the Beast
    666 AM = Beast Talk
    www. 666. com =Website of the Beast (see also: www. hillary2008.com)
    VIVIVI = The Beast when in Rome
    668 = Next door neighbor of the Beast
    666ºF = Roast Beast
    666 999 666 999 666 999 = Beast on a Roll
    665.95 = Price of the Beast if you act NOW!
    678 = Mark of the Beast, after his stutter was cured

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  2. drstevej,
    I love that! Thank you. Question for a theologian: What number will actually appear on the forehead. The original numbers as written by the Romans, etc.

    Frankly, I think it means something else entirely but I am having fun with this thanks to GBTC.

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  3. The most important Greek manuscripts have it written out like this, without numerals:

    ἑξακόσιοι ἑξήκοντα ἕξ (Rev. 13:18)

    Six hundred sixty six

    Some manuscripts do have numerals, where it appears: χ ξ ς

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  4. drstevej,

    Well that just opens a bunch more questions right before the weekend. Seventy weeks that are actually years? And 69 have occurred since the writing of Daniel, even though it was written over 2 thousand years ago and no math of 7 X (7 or less) comes up to more than 490 years.

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  5. DD:
    drstevej,

    Well that just opens a bunch more questions right before the weekend. Seventy weeks that are actually years? And 69 have occurred since the writing of Daniel, even thoughit was written over 2 thousand years ago and no math of 7 X (7 or less) comes up to more than 490 years.

    Not if you’re Seventh-Day Adventist.

    They hold that the first 69 weeks went down as scheduled. (According to SDA numerology, 69 weeks of years from the time of Daniel leads to either 0 BC or 33 AD.) At which point, God put Week 70 on hold for the Church Age to be activated for the Tribulation and Second Coming. (The choreography of which is unique to the SDA.)

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  6. Or VIVIVI
    After all that’s how thing were written.

    Still are if you’re Jerry Jenkins, Greatest Christian Author of All Time(TM).

    In Left Behind (don’t know exactly where, maybe the prequel trilogy of Volumes 14-16, AKA “The Antichrist’s Baby Pictures”) he had a character named “Viv Ivins” (“VI-VI-VIns, get it?”)

    I have read a LOT of BAD fanfic over the years, but I have never encountered anyone with GCAAT’s ability to coin really STUPID “See How Clever I AM?” character names. (Though some of the character names you find in Furry Fandom come real close.)

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  7. Stop people..just stop. It’s all a mistake. I know that’s going to just mess up the whole Fundamentalist Inerrancy tussle.

    It’s really a typo. It’s 616, not 666, but the handwriting was so rushed it was sorta slanted.

    It’s why the Beast is so upset. It’s his big reveal and the bulletin got messed up at the printer’s again.

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  8. DD: Can I go on a tangent here? I never understood the love for that book series, it wasn’t particularly good writing.

    I’m with ya! I really, really tried to read the first book. After all, I used to sing in the choir with ol’ Jerry. But I just couldn’t do it. My in-laws had copies of some of his earlier books, kind of a christianized Hardy Boys series. Oh man . . . not to be mean, but I think he should stick to Poker.

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  9. “PS: Another post will be up later today.”

    You realize now that poor drstevej is going to be stuck under your table the rest of the day, waiting nervously?

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  10. DD:
    Headless Unicorn Guy,

    So do they know how long it will be put on hold? The numbers are very specific about everything until they get to the ‘on hold’. I guess this is where customer service gets it?

    This is from 40-year-old memory, but:

    The SDAs calculate a period of 1320 years (Daniel’s “Time, Times, and Half a Time” = 3 1/2 years of years) counting from Constantine legalizing the Church (and becoming a prototype of Antichrist by forcing “Sunday Keeping” as well as Romish Popery) to the Reformation, then some other calculations added (which I don’t remember) that brought them to 1844, where their original church (then called the Millerites) staged several of what are now called “Rapture Scares”.

    Remember the one about waiting on top of a hill (so you wouldn’t have as far to Ascend) wearing your white Resurrection robes, waiting for the predicted time? THAT ACTUALLY HAPPENED WITH THE MILLERITES IN 1844. AT LEAST TWICE. (With some bizarre add-ons; one woman had a steamer trunk full of the latest fashions wrapped in white to Ascend with her; another dressed her cows in white robes and led them atop the hill so her children would have milk in Heaven. Both sound kinda unclear on the whole concept.)

    After what became known as “The Great Disappointment”, the Millerites reorganized into the Seventh-Day Adventists, reinterpreting the 1844 calculation as Christ not returning just yet but entering the Heavenly Temple to prepare for His return (“Cleansing the Temple”) and there would be an indeterminate period between 1844 and when the End Times kick off.

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  11. Perhaps this is not the time or place for a semi serious comment/question. It appears the surviving early copies of Revelation are all in very high quality Greek. This doesn’t seem appropriate for an uneducated Jewish fisherman, even with the help of the Holy Spirit. Does anyone have an insight about this? If the Apostle John actually wrote this the likely language is Aramaic. The Hebrew numbering system was a cousin of the Roman numeral system using letters to represent various numeric values. If our decimal 666 is represented in the Hebrew/Aramaic number system does it have a meaning as a word in the appropriate language?

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  12. Headless Unicorn Guy,

    Interesting, at least to me. I didn’t grow up ‘in the church’ and was left to my own devices figuring spirituality out. I do know there tends to be renewed interested in the apocolypse around each turn of a century which I find fascinating in a ‘what are they thinking’ kind of way.

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  13. Well, it seems to me that you’re all looking for the perfect church.

    What I would say is, if you ever find the perfect church, don’t join it because you’ll spoil it!

    Yours,
    Arnold Smartarse

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  14. I think you’re missing the point. Didn’t Jesus say the beasts of the field would be too numerous for you?

    God bless,
    Arnold Dummarse

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  15. Bah. We all know nobody gets to post here unless they’ve got 666 tattooed on their a***.

    You’re all rubbish.

    Up Yours,
    Roger Bombast

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  16. OldJohnJ: Perhaps this is not the time or place for a semi serious comment/question.

    Why wouldn’t it be?

    OldJohnJ: This doesn’t seem appropriate for an uneducated Jewish fisherman, even with the help of the Holy Spirit. Does anyone have an insight about this?

    If John was indeed an uneducated fisherman, you’re right, the plausibility is not there. But then again, how do we know that John was always an uneducated fisherman?

    Without established fact, one person’s speculation is just as good as another’s.
    Which is why I like to believe as William Blake did, that Jesus really did travel to Brittania as a teen with Joseph of Arimathea.

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  17. Oh, and there’s a lassie on the train here who looks a lot like the fireproof lassie off Game of Thrones.

    This being Scotland, we’ve no shortage of lookalikes for Ginny Weasley or the ginger lassie from Brave. Oddly enough, there was a lassie in my son’s year at school who was the spitting image of Luna Lovegood.

    Also most of the laddies over about 25 have great hair just like me.

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  18. Muff Potter: Which is why I like to believe as William Blake did, that Jesus really did travel to Brittania as a teen with Joseph of Arimathea.

    which is no more implausible than writing Revelations in fluent Greek.

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  19. Muff Potter: Which is why I like to believe as William Blake did, that Jesus really did travel to Brittania as a teen with Joseph of Arimathea.

    That’s quite true. While he was over here, he temporarily went forward in time and founded Liverpool Football Club. He also turned water to beer – that’s real ale comes from. Before that, it was all lager.

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  20. Anyway, back to the topic of 666.

    Way back in my Cambridge days, the first heavy metal album I bought was Killers by Iron Maiden. Listening to the various tracks, I couldn’t help but notice that they were all about violent death. Apart from one track called Ides of March – it was an instrumental. Though even there, the violent-death-vibe was definitely in evidence.

    So, there’s another Maiden song called “Trooper” – Wartburgers may be familiar with it – which is a narrative set, I think, during the English Civil War. It’s basically a story, narrated in the present tense and in the first person. Here’s the thing, though. At the end of the song, the narrator – in the grand Maiden tradition – dies violently. But if the narrator is dead… who’s really narrating the song?

    I think we should be told.

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  21. Nick Bulbeck: Oh, and there’s a lassie on the train here who looks a lot like the fireproof lassie off Game of Thrones.

    She have any dragons with her?

    (Though over the past 20 years, my hair has gone from Baratheon to Targeryen…)

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  22. OK. Let’s get serious now.

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    011100110110100101111000001000000110100001110101011011100110010001110010011001010110010000100000011000010110111001100100001000000111001101101001011110000111010001111001001000000110000101101110011001000010000001110011011010010111100000010100001010

    1010011010

    29A

    1232

    363636

    and for good measure

    f6f6f6
    or
    E289A740C8A495849985844081958440E289A7A3A84081958440E289A7

    And let’s finish with

    ________ ________ ________
    / _____// _____// _____/
    / __ \/ __ \/ __ \
    \ |__\ \ |__\ \ |__\ \
    \_____ /\_____ /\_____ /
    \/ \/ \/

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  23. A hearty thank you to Dr Steve J for causing me to laugh until I cried. Well done.

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  24. Ken F (aka Tweed): we need to introduce some Piper tweets.

    No matter the topic here, someone can always bring it round to dear ol’ befuddled and befuddling Pastor John.
    Mebbe I should oughta start a tweeter meself! Lacking a tweeter, I’ll try one here if I can think of something sufficiently inane.

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  25. His Wildebeest was wild as the wilderness in her heart–his cleavage as clever as Antichrist’s cleaver. He viceroyed the virgins’ visions as they visited the river, moreover. Red rover. Bed of clover. Clever clover. Oh– and ladies– make sure you respect the masculinity of the stranger asking directions in your BACK yard!

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  26. Pastor John,

    Oh, Pastor John, you’re a hoot– maybe you’re the beast and don’t know it. BTW did you know I was an ordained minister and never had the kiddies call me “Pastor” Rogers? Maybe you could go back to being Mr Piper?

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  27. GuyBehindtheCurtain: Oh, well. The last one needs a mono space font to really work.

    Did you realise your WordPress version / plugin set / whatever supports the <code> tag?

    Anyway, I’ll give it a try:


    ________ ________ ________
    / _____// _____// _____/
    / __ \/ __ \/ __ \
    \ |__\ \ |__\ \ |__\ \
    \_____ /\_____ /\_____ /
    \/ \/ \/

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  28. dee: Sounds like you are having fun tonight!!!

    I was on a late train hame fae Enbruh…

    As a matter of interest, we had a team night out at a restaurant near the Marriot hotel. I thought of you!

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  29. So, I changed the password on my laptop – as one is supposed to do reasonably often – and for some reason I keep typing the old one.

    #Bah

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  30. Nick Bulbeck: I changed the password on my laptop – as one is supposed to do reasonably often – and for some reason I keep typing the old one.

    That’s what happens to folks who are indoctrinated in aberrant faith. They can’t get it out of their mind!

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  31. Max: That’s what happens to folks who are indoctrinated in aberrant faith. They can’t get it out of their mind!

    I think god has probably sent a strong delusion to punish me for my support for gay marriage. Or maybe someone else’s support for gay marriage. I’m sure the pickled piper will have the explanation.

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  32. BrianD,

    You all are making me laugh. I knew this would be fun as well as a bit thought-provoking. For those of you who believe the beast will make his followers have 666 on their forehead, what version of 666 will it be?

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  33. Merc,

    I am attempting to illustrate the problem with using wooden literalism to interpret the Bible. Google ” 666 and the Bible” and you will see the controversy surrounding this number which is associated with Satan and the end of time.

    A other example: I once mentioned that the gate with the huge pearl in it was a metaphor for heaven being the pearl of great price. I had a woman who insisted that there is a literal gate and a literal pearl. Sadly this interpretation misses the entire reason for the passage.

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  34. Pastor John: Oh– and ladies– make sure you respect the masculinity of the stranger asking directions in your BACK yard!

    I have a challenge for you. *The* pastor John fancies himself a poet. Can you turn your comment into poetry?

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  35. Of course, since The Church has been well-schooled in the mark of the beast thanks to Lindsay and Jenkins, one might suspect that the whole technology-derived mark just might be a decoy.

    Perhaps accepting the mark of the beast, or the rising of the quintessential anti-Christ, looks something like putting one’s faith in an anti-Church, replete with anti-Christ teaching by false shepherds . . . of course, that is difficult to imagine.

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  36. dee: Do you know how many times I have thought of our dinner at the pub and you getting a haggis burger?

    No, don’t tell me – six hundred and sixty-six times?

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  37. TS00: Perhaps accepting the mark of the beast, or the rising of the quintessential anti-Christ, looks something like putting one’s faith in an anti-Church, replete with anti-Christ teaching by false shepherds . . . of course, that is difficult to imagine.

    Quite impossible to imagine. You’d have to have a load of young men leading churches, and a culture whereby thousands of christians thought charisma and wealth were the necessary first evidence of the call of God. Also you’d have to have hundreds of separate denominations all competing against one another for the souls of their adherents.

    It’ll never, never, never happen.

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  38. dee: Most Calvinists are amillenial. I, though not a Calvinist, am amillenial as well.

    Can there be such a thing as an Idontcareian with regard to eschatological belief systems?

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  39. Muff Potter: Can there be such a thing as an Idontcareian with regard to eschatological belief systems?

    I’ve heard it called “Pan-Millenial”, i.e. “It’ll all pan out.”

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  40. dee: Interesting. Are you telling me that you adhere to a premillenial, pretribulation eschatology? Most Calvinists are amillenial.

    But Born-Again Bible-Believing Evangelicals are Pre-Mil, Pre-Trib, Secret Rapture Any Minute Now.
    (I did not know there was any other way until I was out of the bubble.)

    And it strikes me that Hal Lindsay eschatology and More-Calvinist-than-Calvin theology is a REAL bad combination.

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  41. dee: For those of you who believe the beast will make his followers have 666 on their forehead, what version of 666 will it be?

    Of course, John didn’t write that folk would have the number of the beast on their hand/forehead, but that they’d have the mark of the beast.

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  42. Nick Bulbeck: I think god has probably sent a strong delusion to punish me for my support for gay marriage. Or maybe someone else’s support for gay marriage. I’m sure the pickled piper will have the explanation.

    Nah– god has sent the strong delusion to teach the pickled piper to glorify him more better– just like tornadoes and Bridge collapses!

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  43. dee: For those of you who believe the beast will make his followers have 666 on their forehead, what version of 666 will it be?

    It’ll probably be the Vitamin String Quartet cover version of the original Iron Maiden song.

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  44. Though, strictly speaking, the Iron Maiden track is called “The Number of the Beast”, not “666”.

    The Vitamin String Quartet version is on TubeFace here. Sounds surprisingly celtic, actually; I rather like it.

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  45. dee: Do you know how many times I have thought of our dinner at the pub and you getting a haggis burger?

    Before I retired, I worked for a consulting firm which had an office in Scotland. The first time I saw a Scottish colleague eat haggis, I felt like leaving the table (but stayed out of respect for them and their culture). There’s just something about a dish consisting of sheep’s or calf’s offal mixed with suet, oatmeal, and seasoning and boiled in a bag that just ain’t right. I would need a lot of seasoning and a healthy dose of ketchup to attempt sampling it!!

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  46. Headless Unicorn Guy: But Born-Again Bible-Believing Evangelicals are Pre-Mil, Pre-Trib, Secret Rapture Any Minute Now.
    (I did not know there was any other way until I was out of the bubble.)

    In my experience, although the Calvinist pastor is almost without doubt amil or postmil, he is fully aware that much of his congregation is pre-trib, pre-mil, secret rapture, etc. and prefers not to touch this third rail. In other words, they mostly just keep their mouths shut as to eschatology, often asserting that it simply doesn’t matter.

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  47. TS00,

    I found my pastor’s responses to private questioning as to his beliefs on this, and other matters very illuminating, if you’ll pardon the term. When I asked why he never came out and stated publicly what he believed, he stated ‘Because they would all leave.’ Very odd, for a determinist; but then, so is all of life. And the mindset of these illuminated anointed ones is that the pew just can’t handle the whole truth, so you only give them bits and pieces, carefully couched in plausibly deniable terminology.

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  48. TS00: When I asked why he never came out and stated publicly what he believed, he stated ‘Because they would all leave.’

    In their heart of hearts, I believe the New Calvinists know they are doing something wrong. They sneak around like children testing their boundaries. If they are wrong about their version of the gospel – and they are – they will stand in judgment for preaching another gospel. Many of them preach a popular message, all along doubting it. If my whosoever-will-may-come belief is wrong, then I will stand before Jesus confessing that I loved everyone too much, hoping and praying that everyone would come to Christ. But, if I’m right and the new reformers are wrong, they will have to give an account for not taking the Gospel that saves to every person they could reach while they had breath.

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  49. TS00: When I asked why he never came out and stated publicly what he believed [about tribulenialapturism] he stated ‘Because they would all leave.’

    I realise I’m quoting this a bit out of context, but a part of me has some sympathy for this position. If people will leave an organisation over that, then it’s a kettle of hornets’ nests that I wouldn’t grasp by the horns
    either.

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  50. dee: I have a challenge for you. *The* pastor John fancies himself a poet. Can you turn your comment into poetry?

    He wandered, searching, as
    He wondered, perplexed, as
    To the address he pondered
    Of the 9 beastly marx

    Nobody out in the streets of the city
    But a few mangy doggies and one mangy kitty
    Then he spied the goodwoman out back in her yard
    He was on a good mission on behalf of the Lord
    So as not to be late
    He went through the gate
    Goodwoman, pray tell me
    Is the goodman at home?
    Alas, kindly sir
    He has left me alone
    So he asked for directions
    Defying conventions
    What paths must take my feet
    To Sixth Avenue and Sixty-sixth street?
    Then she carefully told him
    So as not to embolden
    Any unmasculity
    In the nearby vicinity
    The directions she sweetly
    to Piper did tell
    To the 9 beastly marx
    At the gateway to hell

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  51. Pastor John: unmasculity

    Oh my– unmasculinity!
    speaking of which
    The worship at church this morning had a masculine feel… and a voice from God is heard… and women are loving this… oh my!

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  52. GuyBehindtheCurtain: OK. Let’s get serious now.

    // introduces my comments/guesses, ?? indicates no solution

    0011011000110110001101100001010 // 0666 as char string in ASCII printed in binary (but missing a zero in the 7th hex digit?)

    011100110110100101111000001000000110100001110101011011100110010001110010011001010110010000100000011000010110111001100100001000000111001101101001011110000111010001111001001000000110000101101110011001000010000001110011011010010111100000010100001010 // ??

    1010011010 // decimal 666 in binary

    29A // decimal 666 as hexadecimal
    1232 // decimal 666 as octal
    363636 // 666 as 3 ASCII chars in printed in base 16 (hex)
    and for good measure
    f6f6f6 // 3 strings of 6 1s separated by 2 0s
    or
    E289A740C8A495849985844081958440E289A7A3A84081958440E289A7 // ??

    In the spirit of this comment here is one for you that didn’t solve any of yours.
    01000100001001101

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  53. Nick Bulbeck,

    Nick Bulbeck: I realise I’m quoting this a bit out of context, but a part of me has some sympathy for this position. If people will leave an organisation over that, then it’s a kettle of hornets’ nests that I wouldn’t grasp by the horns
    either.

    Okay, but for a determinist? Can you possibly ‘lose’ any who are ‘elect’ by being honest? My point is that no one actually thinks or acts as if determinism is true, else they would be completely demoralized and unmotivated. If whatsoever is going to happen, and I have absolutely no means of affecting events, what is the point of caring, praying, hoping or doing anything? If people are going to leave, it is because God determined it to be so – or does he use my ‘less than complete truthfulness’ as the means to keep them there? Determinism, if truly believed, would always lead to a sense of pointlessness, or a complete lack of concern about how your words or actions might affect others.

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  54. TS00… no one actually thinks or acts as if determinism is true, else they would be completely demoralized and unmotivated…

    I’m sure you’re right; and TBH, how many people – other than those literally living in bunkers – really take seriously their own theories on The_Millennium?

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  55. Anyway, back on topic.

    Writing out 666 as the product of its prime factors:

    2 x 3 x 3 x 37

    So: there are three prime factors, the middle being raised to the power of the first, but all three of them subservient in magnitude to the largest, which is nevertheless lower than the number of books in the Old Testament by an amount equal to the lowest prime factor. That lowest prime factor happens to be the same as the number of lenses in John Piper’s glasses: 2. That is, you have one false factor that elevates itself to a high place, but the truth is: it’s not a holy number, just a counterfeit. This proves conclusively that the pope is the antichrist.

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  56. Muff Potter,

    “Which is why I like to believe as William Blake did, that Jesus really did travel to Brittania as a teen with Joseph of Arimathea.”
    +++++++++++++++

    perhaps you like the English hymn/anthem “Jerusalem”?

    it’s beautiful.

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  57. elastigirl: it’s beautiful.

    Yes it is, in both inspiration and actual what if.
    Imagining those beautiful feet, Almighty God himself walking on England’s shore fills me with emotion I can’t place or describe.

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  58. elastigirl: perhaps you like the English hymn/anthem “Jerusalem”?
    it’s beautiful.

    I know it well. The music that makes it so was written by Charles Parry, who also wrote a tremendous arrangement of Psalm 122 (here sung at St Paul’s Cathedral in that London, recorded at Charles and Diana’s wedding way back when).

    Parry himself was not overly taken with the British-Israelist sentiments of Blake’s poem. But, presumably, he didn’t mind too much given Jesus’ invention of real ale.

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  59. GuyBehindtheCurtain: 011100110110100101111000001000000110100001110101011011100110010001110010011001010110010000100000011000010110111001100100001000000111001101101001011110000111010001111001001000000110000101101110011001000010000001110011011010010111100000010100001010

    E289A740C8A495849985844081958440E289A7A3A84081958440E289A7

    The binary string as 8 bit ASCII is: “six hundred and sixty and six”

    The hex string as 8 bit EBCDIC is: “Six hundred and Sixty and Six”
    I consider this obscure. Where in your experience did you come in contact with it? My initial (and only) experience with it was with early IBM 360 computers available at the Triangle Universities Computation Center, TUCC, in my Duke grad student days in the mid 1960s. It took a long time for some old neurons to re-awaken.

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  60. elastigirl:
    Pastor John,

    you are HILARIOUS!

    On Spiritual Sounding Board I commented on a post about the real Pastor John just by stringing together things he’s really said.
    Someone got mad and cussed me out, maybe thinking it was really him… er… me.

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  61. Somewhereintime:
    Headless Unicorn Guy,

    Hey!That’s my birthday!!!!

    If I could be PROVEN to be The Antichrist by giving a measurement in metric, you can be PROVEN the same by having that birthday.

    That’s how silly “Pin-the-Tail-on-The-Antichrist” gets. Even Aslan of Narnia’s been there, and when you get to PROOF that Aslan is The Antichrist, we are all officially in a South Park episode.

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  62. Pastor John: On Spiritual Sounding Board I commented on a post about the real Pastor John just by stringing together things he’s really said.
    Someone got mad and cussed me out, maybe thinking it was really him… er… me.

    There most unkind thing one can do to Piper is quote him.

    His fans shout ‘That’s not very nice!’and never see the irony.

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  63. Headless Unicorn Guy: That’s how silly “Pin-the-Tail-on-The-Antichrist” gets. Even Aslan of Narnia’s been there, and when you get to PROOF that Aslan is The Antichrist, we are all officially in a South Park episode.

    One of my other favorite theories: That that which we call ‘reality’ is often scripted by the same guys who write South Park – and all of our ‘programming’.

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  64. TS00: One of my other favorite theories: That that which we call ‘reality’ is often scripted by the same guys who write South Park – and all of our ‘programming’.

    Better South Park than Family Guy.
    At least South Park isn’t being scripted by manatees in a bingo-ball tank.

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  65. OldJohnJ: ??

    EBCDIC

    The character set used by IBM mainframes. It was a derivative of the way they punched 80 column cards.

    For some of us this was the character set we first used on computers.

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  66. OldJohnJ,

    OldJohnJ: EBCDIC is: “Six hundred and Sixty and Six”
    I consider this obscure. Where in your experience did you come in contact with it? My initial (and only) experience with it was with early IBM 360 computers

    If you started playing with computers in 72 much of the universe computed in EBCDIC. For a long time. Those mainframes ruled for a long time. Still do in some strange ways. 🙂

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  67. At the park-and-ride place I use, all the stalls are numbered.

    I often park in stall 666 because its usually one of the last to fill up.

    “Anywhere you go,
    See three sixes in a row —
    PARANOIA!”

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  68. And in one of the many bad End Times Novels, the Mark in one illustration went like this:

    *0110*
    *0110*
    *0110*

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  69. Pastor John:
    His Wildebeest was wild as the wilderness in her heart–his cleavage as clever as Antichrist’s cleaver. He viceroyed the virgins’ visions as they visited the river, moreover. Red rover. Bed of clover. Clever clover. Oh– and ladies– make sure you respect the masculinity of the stranger asking directions in your BACK yard!

    Now the first part of that could actually work as avant-garde “weird poetry”…

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  70. senecagriggs:
    The problem is; we have the means to make the world a cashless society where a chip implant under the skin is how you buy goods and services.It is EXACTLY what the Book of Revelation predicts.

    https://www.cnet.com/news/chip-implant-gets-cash-under-your-skin/

    Even if legit, this has already been discredited by a generation or two of End Time Prophecy types Crying “WOLF!!!!!”
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BiNRdsgFjMY

    Funny how Revelation some 2000 years ago specifically-mentioned computer-chip implants and NOBODY knew about it until now… (Just like thermonuclear-tipped ICBM “falling stars” and helicopter gunship “Demon Locusts.”) Especially when “giving the Mark” after a Loyalty Test was a schtick done by a control-freak Caesar around the time of writing…

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