Number 666

🏷  Semitic hoax marker numerology pun · symbol   —   by Gerry · Aug 2020 · 888 words

The number 666, if written in 22-letter Hebrew numerals, spells out the word תרס trs, which is used for wordplay in the Book of Revelation: First, trs means “opposing”, and another Hebrew word for “opposing” is שטן šṭn Satan, so 666 became “Satan’s number”. Second, the letters T-R-S spell the Greek word θηρειος thereios “of the beast”, so 666 became the “number of the beast”. The letters also spell ταρασσω tarasso “confusion”, that’s why 666 is a hoax marker.

666 as “Satan’s number”

When written in traditional 22-letter Hebrew numerals, the number 666 spells out the word תרסו trsw. The hard consonants are T-R-S. These consonants yield synonyms for the word Satan in 2 ways:

That’s why 666 became the “number of Satan”, though that claim is not found in the Bible. It is just fancy wordplay.

Note: This is the traditional numeric encoding with 22 letters, where numbers above 400 were created with adding to 400, e.g. 600 = 400 + 200. Also, the last digit 6 here is not really needed. 660 would have yielded the same word trs, but 666 probably looked more symmetric & mystic to the spooks.

NumberHebrew numeral
400ת Tav
200ר Rosh
60ס Samekh
6ו Waw
666 = 400 + 200 + 60 + 6תרסו trswתרס trs = oppose = Satan
666 = 400 + 200 + 60 + 6תרסו trswסתור swtr = accuser = Satan

Hebrew šṭn = Satan, accuser, opponent; trs = oppose; stwr = accuser

שטן šṭn : adversary, opponent, accuser, Satan — Old Hebrew (Strong)

שטן šṭn : Satan; adversary; accuser — Hebrew (Klein)

תרס trs : to contradict, oppose — Hebrew (Klein)

סתור stwr : destroying, destroyer; accuser — Aramaic (CAL)

666 as “number of the beast”

In the original verse Revelation 13:18, the number 666 is claimed to be the αριθμον του θηριου arithmon tou theriou “number of the beast”. This is also wordplay, this time multi-lingual:

As noted above, the number 666 is written as תרסו trsw in Hebrew numerals. This yields the hard consonants T-R-S. In Greek, these are the consonants of the word θηρειος thereios “of a beast”. It’s a variant of θηριον therion “beast”.

Overall, the Book of Revelation is a very weird text, where seemingly arbitrary words & symbols appear together, so it’s very suited for pun-encryption. Very likely, the spook parable beneath is not about “beasts”, but about something completely different.

Greek therion, thereios = beast, of a beast

θήρειος thēreios : of a brute, of wild beasts — Ancient Greek (

θηρίον thēríon : wild animal, beast, savage beast — Ancient Greek (Wikt)

Here is wisdom: Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for the number is that of a man, and his number is six hundred and sixty-six.

ōde ē sophia estin, o echōn noun psēphisatō ton arithmon tou thēriou, arithmos gar anthrōpou estin, kai o arithmos autou exakosioi exēkonta ex.

Ὧδε ἡ σοφία ἐστίν, ὁ ἔχων νοῦν ψηφισάτω τὸν ἀριθμὸν τοῦ θηρίου, ἀριθμὸς γὰρ ἀνθρώπου ἐστιν, καὶ ὁ ἀριθμὸς αὐτοῦ ἑξακόσιοι ἑξήκοντα ἑξ.

Revelation 13:18

666 as “number of a man”

Do the spooks take the demonic visions in the Book of Revelation seriously? I don’t think so.

The verse Revelation 13:18 says that 666 is also the number ανθρωπου anthropou “of a man”. That makes no sense, so it’s likely silly wordplay once again: ανθρωπου anthropou “of a man” puns with εντρυφαω entruphao “mockery”. To the spooks, it’s all just mockery, as usual.

Greek anthropou = man, man’s; entruphao = contempt, mock

ἀνθρώπου anthrōpou : man, human, man’s, men’s — Ancient Greek (Strong)

ἐντρυφάω entruphaō : revel in, delight in; treat haughtily or contemptuously; exult over; to be made a mock of; use or abuse at pleasure; to mock at — Ancient Greek (

666 as a hoax marker

Why exactly does the verse say that the number 666 is for mockery? Maybe, in addition to spelling out synonyms for “Satan”, the number also spells out synonyms for “hoax”.

As explained above, the number 666 is תרסו trsw in Hebrew numerals, yielding the consonants T-R-S for Greek θηρειος thereios “of a beast”. And that is similar to Greek θρασσω thrasso / ταρασσω tarasso, which means “agitate” / “trouble” / “confound” / “confuse”.

As far as spook-enacted hoaxes go, “confusion” is indeed a synonym for “hoax” & “mockery”. The number 666 is therefore a number θηρειος thereios “of a beast”, as much as a number ανθρωπου anthropou “of a man”. The reason is that these phrases pun with ταρασσω tarasso “confusion”, and with εντρυφαω entruphao “mockery”. Since the number 666 as Hebrew numerals spells out the former, it’s a hoax marker!

NumberHebrew numeral
400ת Tav
200ר Rosh
60ס Samekh
6ו Waw
666 = 400 + 200 + 60 + 6תרסו trswταρασσω tarasso = confusion

Greek tarasso, thrasso = trouble, disturb, confound, confuse

ταράσσω tarasso : to trouble the mind, confound, agitate, disturb, disquiet, to cause confusion; to throw into disorder, to be in disorder; to agitate, distract; to be in disorder or confusion, be in an uproar — Ancient Greek (

ταράσσω tarássô : trouble, perturb; confound, create confusion; defeat the enemy, seed confusion, rout; foment trouble, discord or anarchy — Ancient Greek (Wikt)

θράσσω thrasso : to trouble, disquiet; to destroy, ruin; confuse, disturb — Ancient Greek (

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