Following a previous blog post on the differences between partial preterism and historicism, I thought it would be interesting to deal with the mysterious number, 666. There have been many interpretations of this verse but I want to focus on two major views within postmillennialism. The partial preterist view is that 666 is the calculation of Emperor Nero’s name in Hebrew (Nrwn Qsr). Each Hebrew letter has a number associated with it and when added up it equals the number of the beast. The other view is the historicist interpretation, which I will explain after critiquing the partial preterist view…
The reasons why Nero is not the beast, as explained in the above-mentioned article are, briefly:
1. The Name is calculated from Hebrew instead of Greek.
2. The calculation of the 666 is not for a specific individual.
3. “Nrwn Qsr” is not the common Hebrew spelling for Nero’s name.
4. “616” manuscript variant should be rejected.
5. There are no early church interpretations that fit the Neron Kaiser interpretation.