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John Michell Mysteries

~ MYSTERY ARCHIVES ~
~ BOOKS BY JOHN MICHELL ~


Welcome to John Michell, a best-selling author and world authority on the mysteries of existence. John writes regular weekly articles for my page in the Daily Mirror newspaper. Now those articles can be read on this site. It is a thrill to have John writing for us about unexplained phenomena. I have been an admirer of his work since I was a teenager. I hope you enjoy his thought-provoking work. Jonathan Cainer

ARCHIVE for Wednesday 17th October 2001 - 666 The number of the beast

"Let him that has understanding count the number of the Beast: for it the number of a man, and his number is 666."

These are the last words of St John's prophecy in chapter 13 of Revelation. They refer to a great leader - the Beast or Antichrist - who will arise in a time of trouble. He will rule the whole world by force, and everyone will be marked on their hands or foreheads with his symbol and the number of his name. Then there will be a great war between nations. The Beast and his empire will be destroyed, the Heavenly City will appear on earth and peace and happiness will prevail.

Who will be this terrible tyrant with the number 666? That question has been asked ever since St John foretold his coming. Whoever it is will have a name whose letters add up to 666. In Greek, the language of the New Testament, each letter also stands for a number. The first letter, alpha, is 1, the last, omega, is 800, and the number of the Beast is given by three letters, chi 600, xi 60 and sigma 6.

In St John's time, the earliest days of Christianity, the dominant nation was Rome. 666 was then thought to be the number of the Roman emperor. Later it was applied to the Roman Church. Protestant writers believed it meant the Pope. Catholic mystics said it was Mohammed. Other candidates have included Hitler, Stalin and Napoleon. In every case, if you fiddle with the letters a bit, you can get a result of 666 or thereabouts. But really this is all nonsense, just a game. It is quite possible that a world-dictator will some day arise. But there is no sign of him yet.

I have fiddled with the letters of Osama bin Laden's name, but they do not add up to anything near 666. Yet behind the nonsense there is a genuine mystery. The early Christian scholars used a code in which the holy names were also numbers. The Greek letters in the name Jesus add up to 888, and the Holy Spirit is 1080. These numbers were also represented in the names of the pagan gods. The whole system came from an ancient tradition of spiritual science. For that reason it was suppressed by the Christian Fathers, and little is known of it today. But many old secrets are now coming to light. These are times of revelation and the fulfilment of prophecies.

They may be dreadful times, but I am grateful to be living in them.

John Michell


If you have a favourite mystery subject - from spontaneous human combustion to ancient Celtic ritual sites, write to John, suggesting a theme. And if you have any answers or theories about the mysteries John will be highlighting, he would particularly like to hear from you.

Email jon@cainer.com with subject heading: John Michell
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John Michell is a prolific author. Below are just two of John's books which might interest you. We have arranged with our friends at The Daily Mirror for website visitors to order books mentioned on this site.

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Unexplained Phenomena, A Rough Guide Special
(co-author Bob Rickard, rrp 12.99) at the special Mirror Direct price of 9.99 + p&p.
Who Wrote Shakespeare?
(Thames & Hudson, rrp 8.95) for the Mirror Direct special price of 6.95 + p&p.
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