Simeon liked figuring out puzzles. “Hey, let me try.” After looking at the numbers he said, “There’s no way we can get 666 out of this. Let’s try it this way. We worked on it for a few minutes and decided we needed an expert. “Let’s go ask Grandma,” he said.
Anna was with Grandma in the fifth wheel, learning how to sew.
Grandma went back and forth between Hebrew and sewing until Anna asked, “How do we know that’s his real name?” When everyone looked up at her, she continued, “Well, maybe when he was a boy, he went by a nickname, you know, like Teddy instead of Theodore.”
I groaned at the thought of still more combinations, but Simeon looked hopeful. “Let’s check.” He pulled out his phone and asked, “What are all the names ever used by our president?”
Near the top of the list, we found “Soetoro.” Grandma Gladys helped us do the gematria on that name. We all knew the book of Revelation reveals the number of the Antichrist as 666 (six hundred three score and six) the number of a man.
“Look!” Anna said excitedly. “It’s 660! That’s so close!”
“Yeah, but the first name messes everything up,” complained Simeon.
Grandma’s eyes widened. “I just remembered something. She wrote out S-o-e-t-o-r-o, then spelled it out in Hebrew, this time adding another letter. “Sometimes Hebrew uses a vav when there is a long “o” sound. That would make it look like this.” She wrote out the letters and their corresponding numbers: samech = 60, vav = 6, tav = 400, reysh = 200 = 666. “So,” Grandma concluded, “if we just use his last name, we get six hundred threescore and six, just like the Bible says.”
“He is the Antichrist! I knew it!” I said.
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