Q. Revelation 13:18 says, “Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man: His number is 666.”
I understand that in the Jewish alphabet, each letter has a number also. There are many in these last days, who think Javier Solana is the anti-Christ in the making. Does his name add up to 666? I also read that the EU presidency used to rotate every 6 months. But resolution 666 made Solana the president. What do you think?
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A. As far as I can tell, no one has legitimately applied the rules of gematria to calculate the numerical equivalent of Solana’s name either in Hebrew or Greek. Both these Biblical languages give numerical equivalents to their letters. Since the Revelation was written in Greek, I prefer the use of that language.
Much is made of the fact that Solana’s power derives from the Western European Union Assembly’s resolution 666. This is one of many fascinating circumstances that make Solana one of the world’s most popular candidates for the anti-Christ, but I’m skeptical about accepting resolution number 666 as the fulfillment of Rev. 13:18. Besides, Rev. 17:11 says that the anti-Christ is an eighth king, not one of the seven, which are Egypt, Assyria, Babylon, Persia Greece, Rome and the Revived Roman Empire.
And Daniel 7:7-12, speaking of Rome in the last days, describes it as a beast with 10 horns. But then another horn, a little one, rose up among them and uprooted three of them. This little horn is the anti-Christ, who was not part of the 10 horned beast, but rose up among the 10 horns.
These two passages lead me to believe that the anti-Christ will not come from among the current leadership of the European Union, but will emerge suddenly to assume power over it.
Based on this, I don’t think we’ve met the anti-Christ yet.