The symbols (666) John saw wasn't numbers.
People are easily led astray when the key ingredient (ie., wisdom see: Rev 13:18) is lacking.
In the first place; "666", or more correctly "600 60 6", or more precisely in Greek "Chi Xi Stigma", is not a number. And if you find this hard to believe, please let me explain.
Rev 13:18 starts with the phrase, "Hode este sophia", or "here is wisdom". It is the colloquial way of saying, "Here is a riddle". And if there ever was a riddle in the history of humanity, this is it. It is the mother of all riddles.
A riddle is a phrase that can be read in more than one way. Grammatically (or logically) it is called an, "amphiboly".
Rev 13:18 "Here is the wisdom! He who has understanding, let him calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man, and his number is 666"
YHWH [God] isn't interested in Numerology, as numerology is used by witches. It is witchcraft, so counting the numbers isn't solving the riddle.
Photo: These are copies of that fragment of text in the Codex Vaticanus that dates from 340AD. And shows what the "Chi Xi Stigma" looks like in original handwritten Greek.
At the moment, this is our thoughts and understanding of The Number of the Beast. Upon further research, we may come to deeper knowledge and understanding, and will update the post accordingly, but for now, this is where we are at.
If we translate the Greek words "psephizo" & "arithmos" from Rev 13:18, it should actually read more literally "Here is a riddle. Let him that has understanding determine the multitude of the beast; for it is a multitude of men, and [this] multitude is chi xi stigma"
What is "chi xi stigma"? In Greek, it means the numbers 600, 60 and 6.
John was told in Rev 1:19 [to] "Write therefore what you have seen, both what is now and what shall take place after these"
So he wrote what he saw. What John saw was not "666". What he saw was, "Chi Xi Stigma".
That phrase, (Chi Xi Stigma) is a multi-lingual palindrome. A palindrome is a word that read the same backwards and forwards. The Bible has a few of them that have had significance in prophecy throughout the ages. But to our knowledge, this is the only multi-lingual palindrome in existence.
The two languages are Greek and Arabic. Which is fascinating because the word that Chi Xi Stigma spells in Arabic didn't even exist when John wrote Revelation! And we believe it is a very explicit example of the true and prophetic nature of the revelation itself.
So, what does Chi Xi Stigma spell in Arabic? It spells the word "Bismallah". And Bismallah means, "In the Name of Allah".
"Here is a riddle. Let him that has understanding determine the multitude of the beast: for it is a multitude of a men; and his multitude [is] in the name of Allah."
And what is the significance?
Islam is the only distinctly anti-Messianic (anti-Christ) religion to have ever existed on this planet.
So, in our opinion, Islam is the beast.
The "beast" symbolizes a king/kingdom of ruling power... Daniel 7:17.
If the "beast" is Islam, that makes the "false prophet" Muhammad.
Above: Please see this 7 minute video where Walid Shoebat explains the topic