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TANATA is devoted to discussing the paradoxes and the mysteries of life, among which is the paradox of the coexistence of good and evil. “God is love,” John tells us. Evil exists, we would suggest, not because God is detached or unconcerned, but because free will exists which is required for true, unforced love to exist. Still, it is painfully hard to reconcile this paradox. We believe that all evil one day will be judged and destroyed, until then we must pray.

DANIEL 7:13-14

13 “I was watching in the night visions, and behold, One like the Son of Man, coming with the clouds of heaven! He came to the Ancient of Days, and they brought Him near before Him.

14 Then to Him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom, that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and His kingdom the one which shall not be destroyed.

REVELATION 1:7

7 Behold, He is coming with clouds, and every eye will see Him, even they who pierced Him. And all the tribes of the earth will mourn because of Him. Even so, Amen.

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« Are the 666 Verses in Mark ... Coincidental? »

Is it coincidence that the total number of verses found in the Gospel of Mark comes out to 666? If this is not a coincidence, that is, if the total number of verses in the Gospel of Mark adding up to 666 is someone’s idea of a joke, when would the redactions have had to occur in what manuscripts at what approximate time to escape detection? 

If this peculiarity is not a coincidence but intended, what statement, if any, would the editor (or the author) have been trying to make? 

What does the presence of 666 verses in the Gospel of Mark do to our understanding of the possibility of or the necessity for a Q document? In other words, is it possible that omissions were made to the Gospel of Mark after Matthew and Luke consulted this Gospel to bring the verse count to 666?

If tampering accounts for the 666 verses, what other evidences of tampering (erroneous omissions or additions) are there in the Gospel of Mark?

We are presented with the number 666 in Revelation 13:18, which reads “This calls for wisdom. If anyone has insight, let him calculate the number of the beast, for it is man’s number. His number is 666.”

What possible link might John Mark have had to the book of Revelation?

Do you know of any forms of scholarship where this matter has been addressed?

Noting that the description of the nude and fleeing “certain youth” in Mark 14:51-52 is vague, as well as odd, with little to do with the narrative … might these two verses be evidences of tampering?

Combining the narratives of the Gospel of Mark and the Gospel of John into one continuous narrative is there a strong likelihood that the “certain youth” in Mark 14:51-52 could perhaps also be “the other disciple” in John 18:15-16?

I would really appreciate your thoughts.

Reader Comments (2)

No number is as unknow as the number 666. In reality the 666 has so many different meanings. But above all it is the number of Jesus, the sun. In the tree of life the sun is sephirah 6 what means that it's magic square in 6x6 fields. The numbers 1 - 36 count together are 666. Now, this is also the composition of the atom of carbon. Element 6 has 6 neutrons, 6 protons and 6 electrons.
But above all is says 6 and double 6 what means 6 and 12. So fist of all a child is a baby till 6, gets a child and dies as a child at 12 to become an adult. The loss of virginity, the deadly sinn will kill the child and with girls this concerns those where there is no blood at the door. Once the door is opende and the breathe of god goes in there, the child gets killed and becomes and adult. It gets excluded from Eden to come to earth and suffer. The letter 6 of the Hebrew alphabet is Vav and it symbolizes the sexual fire, the 12 letter is Mem and symbolizes the womb. So those two aspects can be used for procreation between two beings or for the pleasure and lust. It is thus a number of man and of the biest. The Uterus is the head of the horny goat and what we play with that tool, most of us know and most of time it has nothing to do with making babies only.
April 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterShamael Ben Sabbathai
In the early 1200s, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Stephen Langston, added the chapter divisions to the common text of the Bible.

In the 1500s, Robert Stephanus added the verse divisions. These divisions (both chapter and verse) are late additions and not divinely inspired. They are human inventions used to easily reference the Scriptures.

So, yes. It is coincidental. The author didn't divide his gospel into chapters or verses. The chapters were divided first, and then eventually into verses.
March 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJay

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