The title link is from a stltoday.com story regarding Tuesday's date:
Most modern scholars attribute the writing of the book of Revelation to John of Patmos. He is said to have received visions on a Greek island in the
Aegean Sea, most likely around 90 A.D., that make up the book's contents.
But here, Tuesday is likely to be just another day - especially since the Gregorian calendar was not adopted by most of Christendom until 1500 years after Revelation was written.
For those not familiar with the history of the modern calendar, our current calendar system is known as the Gregorian calendar, and was adopted by the Catholic world on the orders of Pope Gregory in 1582. The purpose of this new calendar was to correct the correlation between Easter and the Vernal Equinox. (It was believed that under the old Julian calendar, Easter had drifted 10 days from it's proper date.) As part of this correction, the days Oct 5 -
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John writes that the beast places a mark on the right hand or forehead of all but the servants of God. It is that mark - 666 - that has so intrigued people through the centuries. Most scholars now agree that what John was up to was gematria, or Hebrew numerology.
"Back then there were no separate symbols for numerical values," said the Rev. Louis A. Brighton, a professor of New Testament interpretation at Concordia Seminary. So letters did double-duty as numbers. The Hebrew consonants that spelled out "Nero Caesar," in the Greek form of the name, add up to 666. (Transliterated into the Latin form of Nero Caesar, the numbers add up to 616.)
Keep in mind, John, the author of Revelations, was a Christian of Jewish origin who supposedly received the visions while on a Greek island. He sent his Revelations to 7 churches in what is now modern day Turkey. Thus, deriving John's number of the beast would involve trying to correctly identity which translation of "Nero Caesar" should be converted into a number and then guessing which calendar that number would be relevant to. Assuming it is even possible to do this 2000 years after John had these visions, we still come back to the fact that the so called mark of the beast isn't directly related to a date in the Book of Revelations and is instead described as an identifying mark for those who are not servants of god. No matter how you look at it, today's date of