The Number of the Beast and Solomon

In my recent post, I answered some questions about what the “Mark of the Beast” is: Reader Questions: Could the Mark of the Beast Be Transmitted Through a COVID-19 Vaccine?

This past Sunday I taught through 1 Kings 9-10 in our Desiring the Kingdom series. You can watch or listen to that message here.

In that study, we read 1 Kings 10:14, which says:

Now the weight of gold that came to Solomon in one year was 666 talents of gold…

1 Kings 10:14

This is the only time this number, 666, appears in the Bible other than in Revelation 13:18, where we read about the beast who rises from the earth and it says:

This calls for wisdom: let the one who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man, and his number is 666.

Revelation 13:18

Is this just a coincidence or is there some significance to this number having been used to describe Solomon’s annual income?

Pastor Mike and I discuss that question in this week’s Sermon Extra video:

3 thoughts on “The Number of the Beast and Solomon

  1. Futurist readings of Revelation also frequently connect the Antichrist/Beast figure with a rebuilt temple in Jerusalem, and Solomon was the famous builder of the first temple.

      1. Sure thing! You know, actually this could also be a tantalizing connection with a futurist reading of Daniel 9:27 that I’ve seen argued by J. Paul Tanner (EEC commentary on Daniel). He reads Dan 9:27 as saying that Antichrist will enforce the Mosaic Covenant in Israel before breaking it, abolishing sacrifices, and exalting himself as God. Jewish expectations of a future Messiah who would rebuild the temple and enforce the Mosaic Covenant would play right into such a scenario. (Again, this is all only appealing if you hold to the futurist perspective.)

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