Revelation 13:18 addresses the mark of the beast that Revelation 20:4 talks about. So, what does 666 mean? You may be surprised. Yet, another interpretation. Many have tried. This is me trying.
v18 Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six [Revelation 13:18 KJV].
Let us dissect the Scripture in the language in which it was written, Greek. The opening phrase “Here is wisdom” was a colloquialism for “Here is a riddle .” For two millennia, man has tried to decipher the number 666. Therein lays the riddle, it means something else .
Other than the opening phrase, the two major words in Revelation 13:18 that might lead one to a different interpretation than intended is “count and number.” To bottom line this narrative, the word “count” in the Greek is Psephizo, which means to determine or decide. The word “number” in the Greek is the word arithmos , which reduces to an “indefinite number” or is better translated as “multitude.”
We must remember that especially today when we see 666, we are seeing Arabic Numerals. However, God told John to write down what he saw . Because 666 is a number and a name , John did not see the Arabic Numerals 666 . What John saw was “Chi Xi Stigma,” which is Chi = 600, Xi = 60, Stigma = 6 . What makes this such an incredible prophecy is that the word that “Chi Xi Stigma” spells, did not even exist in John’s day.
The characters “Chi Xi Stigma” are Arabic for “Bismallah,” which means “In the name of Allah.” You can Google these characters Online . Now, let us transpose Revelation 13:18 with our transliterations and see if we can make it a little less cryptic.
v18 Here is a riddle. Let him that hath understanding determine the multitude of the beast: for it is a multitude of men; and his multitude is in the name of Allah [Revelation 13:18 translated from the KJV Bible].
Today, as we speak, Turkey has already re-instituted Islam’s ultimate goal of a Caliphate. You will find the “Chi Xi Stigma” on all banners, arm bands, head bands, and flags in all of Islam. The characters Chi Xi Stigma look like the capital letters X E C with small curly tails. In addition, I might note that the character Stigma also has a literal meaning of scar, mark, or badge of service. The crossed swords (X) also represent Jihad and Islam. I postulate that the beast is Islam and the Bismallah is the mark.
Lord, thank you for saving us from the coming wrath of God. Thank you that if we wait upon you during the Tribulation, we will renew our strength and mount up as with wings of eagles and they will carry us home to the safety of the sky and into your loving arms. In Jesus name, AMEN.
Fear not; I am the first and the last. 
 hode este sophia
 An amphiboly, which means that it has more the one meaning.
 Arithmos is where we get the word arithmetic. Strongs G706
 Revelation 1:9
 This is a multi-lingual palindrome, Greek and Arabic. (A palindrome is a word or phrase that says same thing forward and backward.
 When John received the revelation of the Book of Revelation, he was on the Island of Patmos in 95 AC (After Christ). Arabic numerals were created in the sixth or seventh century and not introduced to Europe until the 12th century. There is no way John saw the Arabic Numerals 666. Remember now, what Jesus told John on the island, “write the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter; (Underline mine.)
 In the first century, the stigma’s value was 6. You can see the text in the original manuscripts and is what John saw and wrote on Patmos. Codex Vaticanus
 Walid Shoebat and Simon Altoff Websites. Both were once Jihad terrorists who converted to Christianity and are now evangelists.
 Revelation 1:17d