‘Very Religious’ Town Ditches 666 Area Code

by Richard on December 30, 2007

A Louisiana town has won the right to give up its 666 phone prefix

A small, highly religious town in southwest Louisiana has finally gained the right to change their 666 area code, which they consider a stigma.

For 40 years the town of Reeves, La., has battled to change the phone prefix, but has failed at least four times, Mayor Scott Walker told The Associated Press. But beginning this month, residents and businesses can apply to change their area code from 666 to 749.

“This boils down to, this is a very, very religious community,” Walker said, according to AP.

“It’s been a black eye for our town, a stigma,” he said. “I don’t think it’s anything bad on us, just an image.”

He said whenever he gives people his phone number, they pause and then warn him that he needs to change the prefix.

“That’s what we’re trying to get rid of,” he said. “This is a good town …We’re good Christian people.”

I don’t know whether to laugh or cry.

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Kim 12.30.07 at 9:47 am

Laugh.

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Steve 12.30.07 at 1:18 pm

Hi,

Of course according to QI, the earliest translation of Revelations has the number as 616. Wouldn’t that be fun if that was what it was changed to…

:)

Steve

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Methodist Preacher 12.30.07 at 2:14 pm

I used to work in a big office building in the centre of London. Every desk had a number - mine was 666.

Peaople did not notice the desk number, but they commented about the text I had printed on a piece of paper and pinned to the wall: Jeremiah 29:11-13.

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Larry B 12.30.07 at 2:25 pm

Pehaps something gets lost in the cultural translation here.

This piece of Christian “folklore” as I’ll call it, is probably one of the widest known items among the religious and non-religious here in America. Although it has morphed into a number that specifically stands for satan rather than people understanding it to be a number of a beast who is controlled by the dragon. (Never mind that revelation isn’t meant as a literal prophetic account)

Popular culture’s experimentation with satanism around the 70’s here in the states (helped out by some of our british brethren like the members of black sabbath) solidified the number 666 as an icon. Just like the number 13 is rarely used as a floor in a high rise building, the use of the number 666 is usually avoided and raises eyebrows even among the non-religious here.
So it’s not surprising at all that the town would like to have this removed.

It’s even used in movies here for dramatic affect. Wikipedia lists clockwork orange as having a police officer numbered 665 and 667 (but no 666) and in pulp fiction the brief case is opened with the combo 666.

I got a funny e-mail a long while ago poking fun at the number it is pasted below. This would be for laughing at.

666 = number of the beast
665 = older brother of the beast
660 = approximate number of the beast
66600 = zip code of the beast
1/666 = common denominator of the beast
665.95 = retail price 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
(-666) ^ (1/2) = Imaginary number of the Beast
6.66 e3 = Floating point Beast
1010011010 = Binary of the Beast
6, uh . . . what was that number again? = Number of the Blonde Beast
1-666 = Area code of the Beast
00666 = Zip code of the Beast
666mph = The speed limit 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 replacement soul
$656.66 = Walmart price of the Beast
$646.66 = Next week’s Walmart price of the Beast
Phillips 666 = Gasoline of the Beast
Route 666 = Way of the Beast
666 F = Oven temperature for roast Beast
666k = Retirement plan of the Beast
666 mg = Recommended Minimum Daily Requirement of Beast
6.66 % = 5 year CD interest rate at First Beast of Hell National Bank, $666 minimum deposit.
$666/hr = Beast’s lawyer’s billing rate
Lotus 6-6-6 = Spreadsheet of the Beast
Word 6.66 = Word Processor of the Beast
i66686 = CPU of the Beast
665.9997856 = The Number of the Beast on a Pentium
666i = BMW of the Beast
DSM-666 (revised) = Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of the Beast
1232 Octal, Apt. 29A = Beast’s hexed address
668 = Next-door neighbor of the Beast
333 = The semi-Christ

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Richard 12.30.07 at 9:35 pm

I don’t think this is down to a cultural misunderstanding, Larry. It’s just that I reckon that the word for an aversion to a particular number, whatever that number might be, is superstition.

I’d seen that email before, but you’re right — it is funny. This Mac user particularly enjoyed “665.9997856 = The Number of the Beast on a Pentium” :)

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DH 12.31.07 at 4:02 pm

So are we going to go against Scripture and say that when Revelations mentions 666 as the number of the beast that it is superstitionm? It seems rather strange to say something specific in Scripture as being superstition.

To Steve, just because a translation is earlier doesn’t make it more acurate.

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DH 12.31.07 at 4:04 pm

To Steve, just because a translation is earlier doesn’t make it accurate. We have to look at the group doing the translating. For example, if a group of Gnostics were doing a translation then we could see that it wouldn’t be a translation at all even if some parts of the translation might be older. That is why the Apostle Paul was so strict about going against false doctrine and false teaching.

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Allan R. Bevere 01.02.08 at 3:20 am

I am not going to laugh or cry. I just don’t care.

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malc 01.02.08 at 3:17 pm

come now DH, it is just a number, start counting from 1 and you’ll get there eventually. And there are infact a couple of third century sources that suggest it might be 616, and another that suggests 665.

Though I will admit 666 does have a certain rememberbility.

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DH 01.02.08 at 3:32 pm

Well Malc, I’ll stick with the 1st century source and also. If it is just a number why does Scripture mention it specifically? If it is mentioned in Scripture specifically then I have no choice but to take it at its word. I’m not going to pick and choose what is important in Scripture for everying in Scripture is important. If God didn’t think it was a big deal or that it was just a number He wouldn’t have even mentioned it in the first place. Do I know fully in the last days what 666 means? No However, I do know it pertains to the last days and that it is there to prepare those who will be around at that time. Will it be in my lifetime? I have no idea. However, it could. The 1st century church and the Apostle Paul “…anxiously awaited the return of Christ.” However, it could be over 100 years from now. For me I’m going to prepare for both and live now like it could be oputside of my lifetime and at the same time anxiously await in my lifetime Christ’s return. In fact Scripture says, “encourage each other with these words.”

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J 01.02.08 at 4:12 pm

Larry’s right; that the significance if the number 666 has detached from it’s biblical origin in American culture. The article’s observation that the town in question is “highly religious” is interesting but not entirely relevant, as I’m pretty sure no locality in the US, regardless of religiosity, would voluntarily take a 666 exchange if they could avoid it. And the fiercest resistance would come from the Chamber of Commerce, not the church. Even the most rabid atheist doesn’t want his business number to start with 666, or for that matter contain that sequence anywhere in the number. You can mock superstition all you want - failing to account for it is still bad for business. Try finding a hotel in the US with a thirteenth floor.

Some corrections to the article: It was the 666 exchange they wanted changed; there is (surprise, surprise!) no 666 area code in the US.

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DH 01.02.08 at 7:33 pm

While 666 can be superstitious, I still believe that the number is significant in the future. While I agree that for people to be up in arms about area codes being 666 or for any non-biblical reference being an issue is superstitious, that doesn’t change that that particular number will be significatant in the last days.

So I agre with J but only in part. To deny its significance in its entirety is where I take issue. However, I agree that one shouldn’t be up in arms about a phone number or whatnot being 666. That truly IS superstitious. However, like J says it is bad for business and if necessary a change is necessary irregardless if it is superstitious or not in that particular context.

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malc 01.02.08 at 9:24 pm

Come now, how could it be significant in the future… tatooed on the head of the Beast…?? No, sorry, trying to second-guess what may be is a silly path to go along, though, to quote yourself DH, “just because a translation is earlier doesn’t make it accurate.”

But you have to admit, though it’s in the Bible, it is not something that is really important. I mean, I think we’d all agree that Easter is the most important date in our Christian calander?? So when is it?? I don’t mean Easter Sunday which jumps backwards and forwards between March and April but the actual date that our Salvation was secured by Jesus’ sacrifice??

Of course, if we did know the actual date the church would probably split over whether Easter Sunday is important, should we celebrate that Actual Date or Easter Sunday, and then there’ll be splits as people disagee over which date is the actual date… maybe it’s best we don’t know!!!

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DH 01.02.08 at 10:19 pm

Well the mark of the beast is mentioned specifically as a number whereas the specific date of Jesus’s death and resurrection aren’t. So to me since the specific number of the Mark of the Beast is mentioned in Revelation then to me it is relevent to the future. To me if the specific date of Christ’s resurrection were mentioned then it would be relevent. However, since God didnm’t mention the specific date of Christ’s resurrection then the date isn’t relelvent but the fact that Jesus IS risen from the dead is.

To me if something is mentioned directly in Scripture then it is important and relevent. That goes for ALL of Scripture.

The fact remains the Mark of the Beast is relevent because there will be am Anti-Christ in the future that will prepetrate the mark of the Beast on peoples heads and wrists by people pledging allegiance to him. So to me people living during this time it WILL be relevent. Since these events could happen at anytime then to me it only makes since that it is relevent.

The date since it is not specifically mentioned is “we don’t know” and not relevent because the fact that Jesus is risen from the dead IS relevent since it is mentioned specifically in Scripture.. However, the mark of the beast is specifically mentioned and in context with future events so therefore it is relevent. Again, anything specifically mentioned in Scripture is relevent.
Does that make sense? I guess I don’t see what is so silly about taking what Scripture says specifically as being not relevent. It makes no sense to me and seems to make Scripture arbitrary which I believe one should not do.

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DH 01.02.08 at 10:22 pm

Sorry should be \”…as being relevent.\” please remove the \”NOT\”. Sorry for the typo on my part. :( :)

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J 01.03.08 at 2:09 am

“it is remarkable that all of these are intolerable”

I’m not denying it’s significance entirely or even in part - my point was simply that it has become a generic, secular reference for evil in US culture as well.

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DH 01.03.08 at 3:02 pm

I’m on page with you J. ;) :)

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DH 01.10.08 at 3:14 pm

Any thoughts about what the House of Commons did here and the connection to the Mark of the Beast?

http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20080110/od_afp/britainpoliticsreligionoffbeat

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Richard 01.10.08 at 4:34 pm

I hadn’t heard that — too funny!
The Commons didn’t do anything as far as I can see. Someone raised a motion, coincidentally numbered 666, as part of another debate, but it is unlikely that this motion will get anywhere near being discussed.

Disestablishing the CofE is a perfectly respectable and widely held position over here. It certainly isn’t part of a diabolical plot.

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Beth 01.10.08 at 9:14 pm

I have the digits 666 in my phone number. And my birthday two years ago was 06.06.06. And yesterday, I saw a cat with two heads, eight legs… and two bodies. I tell you, my friends, strange things are coming to pass…

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DH 01.10.08 at 9:35 pm

Beth, the fact remains that in Revelation the number will be used in the last days on the forheads and on the forhands of people who will accept their allegence to the antichrist.

I was really trying to be funny with the previous posting on the House of Commons. However, I do find it interesting in an illiteration sense the proposal to take the UK in a more secular route with the number of the antichrist. Why is 666 chosen as the number of the antichrist? I don’t know and that really isn’t the point. However, to some extent the number will be significant in the future.

I totally agree that the number can be taken for things outside of current reality. However, there is a future reality we mustn’t deny. I also agree for someone to take issue with your phone number or year birthday, etc. would be superstitious. However, the concept of the “Mark of the Beast” is not nor should we in the other extreme deny the future reality of the number. In what way will this number be used? We don’t know at this point but it will be evident in the future and God wants us to know about this number since it is in Scripture since “No man knows day or the hour…”

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luther walters 05.11.08 at 1:51 am

666 there is a clue three score (3)(20) if you knew what

3 and 2 symbolizes, you would know. 3 is used more than any

other in the gospels. mostly in reference to JESUS. 2 symbolizes

babies. 6 is the no. symbolizing abortion when used as 666. 144000

is similiar. you get a clue. (12) (12000) again 2 are symbolizing

babies. 1 is GOD , the FATHER. rev 14:3-6 is aborted babies. rev.

19:12 man on white horse is a abortionist. we have essays on this.

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Nevi 07.21.08 at 4:14 pm

First of all, believers are not required to delve into revelation, for the keys to the seals,are given only to the holders.
But, so that you learn a little..The beast that rises out of the sea, and out of the land..are one and the same- OIL: If you calculate the number:O = 15 ..I = 9..L = 12… The sum of these is 36 ..of which the 2 composites are 18 and 18 ,and herein, is hidden the 666..and 666 which let you know that the two references,are to one.
In this, you will also understand that OIL , is indeed ‘the weapon of mass destruction’ because you now see clearly the damage it causes across the nations,and leads nations to war…compared to what people tout as ‘nuclear’ the damage is much more widespread…this is not to say that nuclear power is not dangerous, or threatens the globe or that no other perceived weapons of mass destruction exist on the earth. The point to understand here is, do not confine yourself to physical, or very literal understandings.

In knowing this small detail, you will become more aware of what not being able to buy or sell without the mark is.

Well, perhaps I should explain that a bit more, seeing that many are so confined to literal.
‘The right hand’ ..is not physically the ‘right hand’..Listen carefully.
When you say..He’s my right hand man..it means ‘of importance’ So, to the traders ..the ‘right hand’ is actually the computer they work on. In everyday life today, in modern society, is not your every action guided by computer or mobile information?? So, that is your ‘right hand’ .

So….when it is said that all receive the mark, it really just means that NO TRADE DEAL is , or can be effected without KNOWING the OIL PRICE. Every trade commodity on this planet hinges on the daily price of oil. In knowing this , you now easily understand the mark on the forehead..this is very much simpler..Again, you have no need to hunt for a physical mark. The morons of the world, and satan’s dumbest pawns, tattoo themselves etc, and cut marks of 666 into their scalps etc..and the movies and media show you all kind of fantastic illusions ( again I say..remember who the prince of the power of the air and airwaves is) The truth however, is that this serves its purpose to really redirect people’s minds and take you on mindtrips of implants etc..Satan is really witty, and does have a laugh at how simple it is , to deceive even the faithful, and scare you off track. This is how every person on the planet is affected..whether believer or unbeliever..in the free world, or those under dictatorships (this is meant by ’slave’..and incidentally, the very ones that cry ’slavery’ are indeed slaves, but to their own minds and they will die and be erased from the earth in that belief.) To all those I shall say..Free yourself from the crutch of blaming others for the downfall of yourselves, and take responsibility and learn to make correct judgements..or perish. For the witty : ‘Slave’ applies to anyone with the chip. ”What chip ?” you’ll say. Any man can be free, and still be a slave.

All sin, and do not think that even the appointed of God do not fall in ways - what is important is corrective action, guided by the power of the Spirit. The dramatics begin, when those appointees defy correction and begin to propogate their wrongs, among the others of God, to lead them astray : Here, marks the beginning of judgement on those.

To have the mark on the forehead, is now very much simpler for you to understand. No trader really goes to bed, or rises really without wondering what the oil price will be, and that is the foremost thought on the mind of ANY international or local commodity trader. Even if you are not in direct trade, that singular factor really affects whether you post a parcel, or what price you will get if you planted carrots, or what price you will pay if you buy onions.

So , don’t go scaring yourself by thinking you’ll get injected, or secretly chipped etc..I have to admit, people can be really silly, and really lay themselves open to delusion quite easily. When you do that..then you are swept away quite easily, over the edge of a cliff, along with many. To have the mark, can easily apply to followers of the Lord too , because really in this world, you are guided by many things that are beyond your control. To have the mark of the Lamb on your forehead, means really acknowledging Yeshuah , Son of Yahweh foremost, in mind, heart and spirit. The physical mark of the Lord, emblazoned on the sons of lightning is ‘Y’ and with this comes the sign of the Holy Spirit which is really recognisable to many..Yet, even then, the world accepts others. This is the nature of man, and the reason why Jesus Christ was torn to pieces, by his own. Can you believe that?? The Lord in humility asked for their forgiveness…saying ‘they know not what they do’

What do you think the judgement of God is, for those that have been told, and live in an age of information, and really KNOW what they do ?? Your fate is sealed by ignorance in a time when there is no excuse. Do not think that many will be producing their gate pass at St Peter , or the will be a mass migration into heaven with what you have been told is a ‘rapture’..because you will be surprised to know that the church of God, will actually experience a RUPTURE, and this means that many will actually be shed from the kingdom, instead of having their lofty ideals of being spirited away selectively by the Lord. If I tell you the Sword is among you, believe that well. Who are the 7 Swords of the Lord ? You will not know, because six remain invisible to you all, and one is cut off for a time, and 7 times that…but when the 7 are together again, you know that the Hour of the Lord, is close.

The fullness is sealed up until the end..but under the authority of the Lord, some knowledge will be given to the people of the Lord, but to the true believer, no knowledge more than knowing the Lord, is necessary. Some witty dude said ‘ if they were knowers, then there would be no reason to call them believers’..something to that effect, but the essence of my meaning is this: that is the height of the wit of this world, and those that seek to pierce the Lord..all such wit will perish with you.

Beware of the many that will deceive you in ‘tongues’and rattling away in Hebrew terminology etc, rendering no explanation. If you cannot understand what is said to you in English, how will you understand what is said in another language? Those that have mastered the art of religious sounding gibber - to you I shall say this..Special punishments have been prepared for you from the moment you first thought to acquire the psychological skills to weaken many. Again, this is not to say that the Holy Spirit is inactive in the world..you who receive this warning will know exactly who you are.

Knowing more than that, is unimportant,and really not allowed to the general believer, whos command it is, to worship the Lord, in simplicity and humble spirit.

Woe to those that fiddled with the scriptural content in some backroom, on a computer, to declare war and the same to all that pervert religion, to spread terror - The Lord is watching. Further woes to those in positions of power that are advised by meddlers in the divine code - All they have done is unlock the fury of the Almighty, because even now, if the Lord were not there to intercede for fools , a portion of the earth would now already be dead, in fact a day has passed where the world leaders could have been swallowed up by the earth, never to be seen again if the Almighty were in a slightly more irate mood , because the foolishness of world leaders is now rising up to the heavens. There are cures for many things, but incessant stupidity has no cure, and is an irritation to the Father. All world leaders , that are charged with leading, but do otherwise seal their own fates, and many will escape here…but have no concept that they will be destroyed fully, because they refuse to stand in awe of the Lord,and do right!

In understanding this, you will also understand that the mark is not something tangible, or applied only to persons..so, do not try to involve yourselves in literal meanings to the high cryptics of Revelation, for it occurs on too many levels for man to understand.
People that think they can ‘crack ‘the bible codings, have already doomed themselves to fates they dictated by their own actions..so, be aware in your readings of Scriptures. It is given , so that you have a general synopsis of God’s Plan , but is not there for any to delve into, or to try to meddle with.

There is no command necessary, other than for you to believe in Jesus Christ, only begotten Son of the Almighty. Revelation unfolds in the lives of billions, without any really knowing..
Bible scholars,and theologians are lead, to give the best translation into languages understandable to mankind, but none should suppose to assign ‘meaning’ , for those things are given, only at their assigned times, by the Lord.
Even the seals,and holders of the keys, are only allowed access at their pre set designation in time, and not as man defines time, for man has no concept of time, as designated by the Almighty.
You have no need to worry about chips being inserted in your heads or all such physicalities. Those that propogate such explanations to things they do not know, also fall in danger of unnecessary judgements.
The command is simple..Live your life under the authority of the Lord,and obey the basic commands in simplicity, and you have the Mark of the Lamb not only on your forehead, but written in your heart. Keep yourself from senseless debates on the unknown, and prevent the loss of your tongues.

All that you see in the world, isn’t , and neither is all that you don’t see. Because you do not see the fiery anointing of the Lord across the earth, does not mean it is nonexistent.
As you see the morons,and even believers of the world deceived by ‘aliens’ and ‘ufo’s , remember who has the power to deceive,and is the master and prince of the air,and airwaves. Years and years of preparation, have allowed the minds of those that wish for delusion, to be deluded…and in fact, God will allow that as it is written, because a huge part of the earth will be deceived because of their need to see what seems ’supernatural’…to the believer, all you need do, is remain focused on the simple command given,and this will pass over you.
You , on this earth, are made in the image of the Creator of the Universe and there is no intellect given into any physical creation, more than given to mankind..but for those that wish to imagine their inferiority to other ‘beings’- then that is what they are. Yes, even the supposedly intelligent,and learned will fall prey to deception.

Have peace in your day, and remember the simple command you are given.
The iron laws of the Almighty, are not open to ‘modernistic interpretations’ to suit dysfunctional situations. The sword, goes out to all that shall meet, discuss, twist and adjust the commands of the Lord, to suit their own purposes on the earth. These have all bowed to the deceiver, and will follow in his footsteps,and share the judgements. Yes, the Sword of the Lord, is now at the church, and all that seek to redefine its purpose. The command, is given to all, that shall have questionable behaviour , as opposed to the law. The command, is not there to be questioned, or moulded to ‘modern living’. It is stated, and given by the ‘I AM’ for all. Defiance, is treated with warning first, as warning precedes judgement. So, as no correction has come from warning, the judgement of the Lord, falls upon the church and will be in full effect, soon. A Letter was sent to that Anglican Church of Australia, containing commands,and warnings and to be sent to all denominations of the globe. Perhaps they feel they are more subject to human authorities,and choose to delete the message - The judgement is nevertheless in effect against ALL , in the church that conspire to assign their contrived meanings, to the stated law, of the Almighty.
This letter was sent on 14/7/2008.

It would be safer for all those leaders,and bishops to extract themselves from their acquired status, and join the queues of the sinful, who have humility before the Lord,and ask for forgiveness, than to stand in the pulpits and purport to do the Will of God,and thereby evoke the fury of the Lord. In this time, a judgement has already been laid down for all these, which will be effected throughout all the world, for all to see in time.
Again, have peace in your day if you find correction..but worry, if you are told,and do not turn from your path.

Be careful, if you propose to render your own futile judgement against the Lord, and do not confuse what people do ‘In the Name of God’ with the Lord Himself. You presume to find yourself some kind of a ‘wit’, if the letters pertaining to doctorates and phd’s etc precede or follow your given name , but its wiser to think of yourself as stripped bare, in the eyes of God , because your titles,and honors mean nothing at that level.
Do not think that because you propose to judge God, by the actions of a few, that your supposedly ‘leftist’ideals absolve you from the laws of God.
If you have a problem with men, that pervert the laws of divinity, then its fine to attack those , but be careful when you begin to call the Lord, a ‘myth’ and some kind of nonexistence because of your own lack of spiritual integrity that you might find comfortable to expound as what you deem a ‘free thinker’ because like many,all that oppose the Lord, in thought and deed , will be routed , never to rise again from the dust that they all become.
You may be wiser to make decisions in things that are tangible to you,and things that you can see, rather than expounding your opinion, on things that you cannot see, or have zero inclination to understand.

Perhaps the most mystical thing, is that atheists and free thinkers that oppose the existence of the Almighty, expound on opinions from the height of social standing,and general comforts, but even these, in situations of life threatening self adversities, find themselves looking for the same God they defy.

All your human wit,and perceived intelligence, is piddly in the eyes of the Almighty God, that knows the content of every molecule known,and unknown to mankind,and even the dust that rises up to acknowledge God, is in higher esteem than all that seek to defy the existence of the supreme Almighty.

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---- 05.13.09 at 8:32 am

666 is just a number between 665 and 667 don’t wurry the number at himself won’t hurt somone..

That it is the number of satan yes I think so but the number at himself doesn’t have any power at all.
The number is only dangerous when it is getting used a bad way..

(P.S. I’m sorry for my bad englisch some times)

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