666 = SSS' The Mark *************************

Stigma Enigma

 

Other people before me seem to have also noticed that SSS equals 666. As time goes by, knowledge is increased, and matters sealed until the time of the end are revealed, the 666 number seems more and more to be the SSS number. The Greek letter ς (pronounced sigma) is related to the numeral 6 and the letter S. 

SSS in Greek is ςςς sigma sigma sigma. The New Testament including the book of Revelation were originally written in Greek. Now 666 in Greek can be written as ςςς.’  An apostrophe like mark after the sigma ς’ indicates that it is the number 6 instead of the letter sigma of the Greek 
alphabet.  ς = sigma, ς' = 6 = stigma.  The little apostrophe like mark after a character, tick mark, is how the Greeks used letters to represent numbers as you can see at the following webpages among others: 

www.indopedia.org/Ionic_numeral_system.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stigma_%28letter%29
Greek Alphabet from Science Fair Encyclopedia
www.bibleword.org/revelation12.htm

The Greek letter alpha α matches the letter A of the English alphabet. The letter beta ß of the Greek alphabet matches the letter B of the English alphabet. The word alphabet comes from Alpha beta which are the first 2 letters of the Greek ABCs. The Greek letter Sigma ς matches the letter S of the English alphabet. Websites above tell how the Greeks represented numbers by letters of their alphabet followed with a tick mark. i.e. ς = sigma, ς' = 6 = stigma. Notice the similarity in appearance between ς and 6. Notice the similarity in the sound and spelling between Six and Sigma. The letter sigma is also written as σ which looks like a 6 with a short top. 

Various sources trace the 
origin of the letter S and ς to ancient depictions of a coiled serpent. The hissing sound made by pronouncing the letter S is suggestive of the sound a snake makes. It seems to reflect the origin of S and why S is pronounced as it is. 

The bible uses serpent to symbolize Satan per these links - 


Rev 12:9 This great dragon—the ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, the one deceiving the whole world—was thrown down to the earth with all his angels. 

Rev 20:2 He seized the dragon—that old serpent, who is the devil, Satan—and bound him in chains for a thousand years. 

Using the search terms “Social Security System” SSS in a google search of the web gives thousands of matches. Some of the matches are to www.ssa.gov which is the US government social security site. You can click the link below to see the matches: 
Google "Social Security System" SSS

Interestingly, the search terms "Social Security System” 666 in a google search of the internet also gives thousands of matches per link below: 
Google "Social Security System" 666

If you have ever tried to open a bank account, get a job, get a credit card, or conduct business you know that the SSS number is required for it. 


If you applied for jobs as a youngster before you had an SSN you may remember potential employers telling you that you needed to have an SSN before you could be hired. 


The SSN is the number needed to be employed, to do business involving the exchange of money, to buy and sell, just as prophesied at Revelation 13:17 - 
no one could buy or sell unless he had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of his name. 

Revelation 15:2 tells of those who will overcome the beast and the number of his name. 

=> Several months after I posted the message 666 = SSS’ in Greek I discovered the following information between the dashed lines below from Number in Scripture written by E. W. Bullinger (1837-1913) who died about 20 years before the Social Security System SSS came into existence: 
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This letter ς (called Stigma) is used for the number 6. Why this letter and number should be thus associated we cannot tell, except that both are intimately connected with the ancient Egyptian "mysteries." The three letters SSS (in Greek ςςς) were the symbol of Isis, which is thus connected with 666. 
http://philologos.org/__eb-nis/chap03.htm#49

666 was the secret symbol of the ancient pagan mysteries connected with the worship of the Devil. It is to day the secret connecting link between those ancient mysteries and their modern revival in Spiritualism, Theosophy, etc. The efforts of the great enemy are now directed towards uniting all into one great whole. The newspapers, worldly and religious, are full of schemes as to such a union. "Reunion" is in the air. The societies for the re-union of Christendom, and the Conferences for the re-union of the Churches, are alike parts of the same great movement, and are all making for and are signs of the coming Apostasy. During this age, "Separation" is God's word for His people, and is the mark of Christ; while "union" and "re-union" is the mark of Antichrist.


The number 6 was stamped on the old mysteries. The great secret symbol consisted of the three letters SSS, because the letter S in the Greek alphabet was the symbol of the figure 6 (see page 49). a = 1, b = 2, g = 3, d = 4, e = 5, but when it came to 6, another letter was introduced! Not the next—the sixth letter (z, zeta)—but a different letter, a peculiar form of S, called "stigma" (V). Now the word stigma (stigma), means a mark, but especially a mark made by a brand as burnt upon slaves, cattle, or soldiers, by their owners or masters; or on devotees who thus branded themselves as belonging to their gods. It is from stizw, stizo, to prick, or brand with a hot iron. Hence it came to be used of scars or wound-prints, and it is thus used by Paul of his scars, which he regarded as the tokens of his sufferings, the marks which he bore on his body for the sake of his Lord and Master, and marking him as belonging to the one who had bought him (Gal 6:17). 
http://philologos.org/__eb-nis/13666.htm#666
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=> E. W. Bullinger apparently devoted much rigorous study to numbers and figures of speech found in the bible. There is much more information about numbers in scripture and their meaning at the web site above. 

The books of Daniel and Revelation shed light on what the mark of the beast is. These verses show that beast means kingdom:

Daniel 7:17 The four great beasts are four kingdoms that will rise from the earth. 

Daniel 7:23 "He gave me this explanation: 'The fourth beast is a fourth kingdom that will appear on the earth.' 

Rev. 16:10 The fifth angel poured out his bowl on the throne of the beast, and his kingdom was plunged into darkness. 

=> The verses above show that beast represents kingdom. Now a kingdom is a nation ruled by its top official and his subordinates. It includes the area controlled by the nation's government. Therefore the mark of the beast is the mark of the nation's government. Now with what do the nations' governments mark their citizens ? What must an immigrant accept to become a naturalized citizen ? The answer is the 666 number, the SSN, the Social Security System number. 

The SSS did not originate in the USA but is a product of the International Social Security Association (ISSA) founded 1927 in Brussels, Belgium. The ISSA is the principal international organization bringing together national social security administrations and agencies. The ISSA currently has its headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, in the International Labor Office (ILO). 


The USA is by no means the only nation using SSS. There are over 150 nations using a social security system. The SSS covers practically all people of all nations which matches Rev 13:16 - 
He required everyone great and small, rich and poor, slave and free to be given a mark on the right hand or on the forehead

=> The mark of the beast being on the forehead seems to mean the SSS number being memorized in the forehead. The right hand is used to write a check, handle a credit card, sign forms, and conduct business. The bank or credit card company issuing the credit card or handling the check must have your 666 number (SSS number) before they issue a card to you, let you open a bank account, write checks, or do business with them.


Similarly, you cannot be hired into a job without providing your SSS number to the employer. Buying, selling, employment, doing business, or exchanging money is difficult or impossible without the 666 number; see Revelation 13:17 - 
no one could buy or sell unless he had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of his name. 

=> Rev 13:17 tells us the mark can be either of two things: 
1 - The mark can be the name of the beast. 
2 - The mark can be the number of his name. 

As previous scriptures show, beast means kingdom, government, or nation. Therefore the mark can be the name of a nation. The phrase "In the name of" means "by authority of."  The "name of the beast" can therefore mean "by authority of the government." 


The currencies of all nations have the name of their nation on their currency. The only legal authorization to print the currency is from the government of the nation whose name is on the currency. Paper money therefore fits the criteria of "the name of the beast." ..no one could buy or sell unless he had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of his name. That is, the mark can be the legal authorization of a nation to buy or sell. This reminds of what is printed on US currency: "This note is legal tender for all debts public and private." 

The "number of his name" means the number authorized by the nation. Practically all nations now have an SS System which assigns numbers to the citizens/subjects of their nation. Therefore "the number of his name" means the individual number assigned by a nation's government to individuals within the nation. For many types of buying and selling, SSS numbers are required to do business. 

Prior to about 1900 most people were a great deal less literate than today and many could not read and write. A man often would "make his mark" with an X to endorse a check or sign for something. Mark can also mean endorsement or signature or authorization. 

Until relatively recent times monetary value was measured by weight of gold or silver. In the time Daniel or Revelation was written, paper money was unknown. Today each government authorizes and approves its own paper currency which has the mark (signature authorization) of the nation's (beast's) leading treasury official; Secretary of the Treasury in the case of the USA. The currency has the name of the nation printed on it, therefore the money has the name of the beast printed on it because beast means nation or kingdom or government as verses above clearly show.

 

Cash (currency) is often used instead of credit cards or checks to buy and sell. The buyer and seller typically handle the currency with their right hand and in doing so they have the mark of the beast in their right hand. To buy or sell you must use either currency, card, or check. Currency carries the name of the beast (nation) on it. Cards and checks require an individual's SSN (number of the beast) to be on file with the bank issuing the checks or cards. 

The number 666 appears at 3 places in the bible outside Revelation. At two of these 3 places, 666 is the number of talents of gold -
 1 Kings 10:14 and 2 Chronicles 9:13. The oldest and most universally accepted standard for money is gold.  Here again, 666 is connected with money which is necessary for buying and selling. 

The third place where 666 appears outside Revelation is Ezra 2:13 where 666 is the  

number of men descended from Adonikam (children of Adonikam)

Various references give the Hebrew meaning of Adonikam as "Lord of the enemy." By this association Ezra 2:13 connects 666 with children of the Lord of the enemy - children of the devil. This puts 666 opposite to the seal of God.  Who was Jesus talking to when he called them children of their father the devil at John 8:44 ?

In all three places where 666 appears outside Revelation it is connected with either money or the number of men. 

The unit of currency in Germany is the mark, but it's being replaced by the Euro. The German mark is not called the mark of the beast by the German government, but none the less, the mark is the money authorized and printed by the German government. 


The bible has many warnings against money and riches and it appears the time of the end is a time to be especially wary. Money is necessary in buying and selling whether in the form of check, card, or cash. 

The SSS number is necessary to get a job, open a bank account, get a credit card, receive social security payments, conduct business, and do things that involve money, buying and selling.  The 666 number is closely connected with money, buying and selling - it is man's number. His number is 666 (SSS) -
 Revelation 13:18

People may have many numbers, i.e. phone numbers, street numbers, drivers license numbers, apartment numbers, credit card numbers, and so forth, but a phone number can be and often is reassigned to someone else as with a room number, street number, etc. Not so with the SSN. The SSN is assigned to you until you die. The SSN is truly man's number. It is the number the beast / kingdom / government uses to mark its people. 

Stigma Stigma Stigma equals 666 or SSS but because stigma also means mark, 666 can mean SS Mark. The SSN is the number we are marked with by the beast (government). 

The 2 verses below from Revelation suggest that what we need, to escape the mark of the beast, is the seal of God. 

Revelation 7:3 "Do not harm the land or the sea or the trees until we put a seal on the foreheads of the servants of our God." 

Revelation 9:4 They were told not to harm the grass of the earth or any plant or tree, but only those people who did not have the seal of God on their foreheads

The 2 verses below from Exodus seem to suggest what that seal of God is. 

Exodus 13:9 This annual festival will be a visible reminder to you, like a mark branded on your hands or your forehead. Let it remind you always to keep the LORD's instructions in your minds and on your lips. 

Exodus 13:16 This ceremony will be like a mark branded on your hand or your forehead. It is a reminder that the power of the LORD’s mighty hand brought us out of Egypt.” 

The 2 verses above from Exodus about a mark on the hand or forehead are talking about the Passover ceremony and the blood of the Passover Lamb. Those who are covered by the blood of the Lamb have the seal of God on them. Those who have faith in Jesus, the Lamb of God, as their Savior are covered by His blood. 


Clicking the 3 links below searches related terms in the bible to help show what the seal of God means. 

Seal God  - - Seal Spirit - - Seal Blood 


Jesus offered himself as our sacrificial lamb when He shed his blood for us on the cross.  If we believe that Jesus is our savior, Jesus gives us his Holy Spirit.  If we accept the invitation to follow Jesus and become a Christian, it is answering the Lord's call. 

 

Accepting Jesus also means accepting the invitation to the wedding supper of the Lamb.  Only the firstborn will be at the wedding supper of the Lamb in the first resurrection. When the blood of the lamb covered the homes of the ancient Israelites in Eygpt, it protected the firstborn.  The death angel killed only the firstborn who were not protected by the blood of the lamb. Those who were not firstborn were unaffected.

 

There is also a prophecy about a mark on the forehead at Ezekiel 9:4-5

 

Summary: 
=> SSS in the English alphabet matches ςςς in the Greek alphabet and Revelation was originally written in Greek. ς is pronounced as Sigma.  ς' = stigma = 6. Stigma also means a bad mark, scar, or blemish which is undesirable or disgraceful. So, 666 can translate from the original Greek as SSS or Stigma, Stigma, Stigma or bad mark, bad mark, bad mark or some combination of these such as SS mark. The criteria of the 666 number and the mark of the beast described in the Bible fits the SSN like a glove fits a hand.

 

Rev 15:2 says some will overcome the beast and the number of his name. The blood of the Lamb with faith in Jesus is how we can overcome the mark of the beast. 

 

The article above explains what the mark of the beast symbolizes in the book of Revelation.  End time prophecy talks extensively of 4 strongly connected subjects:

 

1 - The Beast with 7 Heads and Ten Horns

2 - Mystery Babylon, the Great Whore which Rides the Beast

3 - The Mark of the Beast

4 - The Image of the Beast

 

These 4 subjects are linked at the bottom of their respective webpages.  The links below give additional info:

 

   The End Time Beast

   Mystery Babylon

   Image of the Beast