Seventh-day Adventists and 666
… by Bob Stanley, slightly re-edited and formatted for this blog, used with permission
Seventh-day Adventists and the Number 666 : What They will Never Tell You:
Ellen Gould White, the prophetess of Seventh-day Adventism wrote many books, some of which preach hatred of the Catholic Church. One book in particular titled, ‘The Great Controversy’ is almost entirely devoted to this subject.
This group equates the Pope with the dreaded number of the beast, 666, as recounted in Revelations 13:18 and 15:2. They use as so-called ‘proof’ a document called, the ‘Donation of Constantine’, written between 750 and 800 A.D.. In this ‘document’, the Pope is referred to as the ‘Vicar of the Son of GOD’, which is ‘Vicarius Filii Dei’ in Latin. If you take the letters of this title in Roman Numeral form, they add up to 666.
Add ‘Vicarius’, V=5+I=1+C=100+I=1+U (u and v are equal in Latin)=5 is 112.
Add to it ‘Filii’, I=1+L=51+I+I is 53.
Add ‘Dei’, D=500+I=1 is 501.
Now add the three, 112+53+501= 666.
According to the ‘reasoning’ of Seventh-day Adventists, this ‘proves’ that the Pope is the beast of 666. To further their so-called ‘proof’, they claim the title ‘Vicar of the Son of GOD’ is engraved on the mitre of the Pope.
What they will never tell you…
1. The ‘Donation of Constantine’ is not a valid document. It is widely known as a forgery. There is no official Catholic document to ‘prove’ this charge by, and only by, Seventh-day Adventists.
2. The title ‘Vicar of the Son of GOD’ was never a title of the Pope. It is a Seventh-day Adventists twisting of ‘Vicar of Christ’, which is one of the Pope’s true titles.
3. ‘Vicar of the Son of GOD’ is NOT engraved on the mitre of the Pope. No Seventh-day Adventist has ever been able to show ‘proof’ of this charge.
4. The ‘beast of 666’ is not the number of a ‘title’, but is the number of its ‘name’ as stated in Rev 15:2: “…and those who had overcome the beast and its image and the ‘number of its name’…” Therefore even if the Pope had the title ‘Vicar of the Son of GOD’, which he never did, 666 would not apply to him as it is not his name, but a title. But there is someone whose name fits perfectly, as the beast ‘666’ of Revelation.
5. Now since 666 is the number of ‘its’ name, let us find one that matches it.
Ellen = L+L=100,
White=a double ‘U’ = 2 ‘V’s +1 =11.
Total these three numbers, and we have, 100 + 555 + 11 = 666.
So Ellen Gould White, the prophetess of Seventh Day Adventism, has a name that adds up to 666, and it is the number of a name and not of a title.
6. I would say that the number ‘666’ applies more readily to the prophetess of Seventh-day Adventism since it is the number of ‘its’ name, and not the name of a trumped up, non-existent title, wouldn’t you? Who was it that came up with the quote about stones and glass houses?
For the doubters about the double ‘U’, I suggest you consult your dictionary for the origins of the letter ‘W’:
The Romans adopted the second form (comparing Phoenician and Greek) for both the ‘U’ and ‘W’ sounds, simplifying its shape to ‘V’. As its name indicates, the letter ‘W’ is in origin a ‘double U’ (VV), often used in inscriptions from around the first century A.D. to represent the ‘W’ sound in Germanic or Celtic names. That is what my dictionary says … why don’t you look it up in your own ?