Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Get Your Kicks On Route 666

Nathan JonesBy Nathan Jones

If you need a smile today at the expense of many state Department of Transportation offices and their somewhat humorous problem, then this Southeast Outlook article by Lisa Griffin (Oct. 9, 2009 ed.) is for you. The title says it all — "Signs With 'Mark of the Beast' Become Targets for Theft."

The number 666 long has been claimed by Christians as the mark of the anti-Christ who will rule the Earth in the last days; the one who "... forced everyone, small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on his right hand or on his forehead, so that no one could buy or sell unless he had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of his name" (Rev. 13:16-17). Scripture reveals the connection to the number: "... If anyone has insight, let him calculate the number of the beast, for it is man's number. His number is 666" (Rev. 13:18).
Authorities in New Jersey aren't too keen on the numerical association, as metal signs at mile marker 66.6 on the New Jersey Turnpike and the Garden State parkway are disappearing as fast as replacements can be erected. Officials don't know whether the thieves are religious individuals who are upset about the numerical association, Satanic worshipers or college students, perhaps in search of dorm decorations.
Other states that have experienced similar thefts repeatedly have adopted the solution of renaming the locations slightly and using signage with numbers such as 66.61.
For now, New Jersey officials say they plan to continue replacing the signs, which cost about $50 each.

OK, I'll admit, I had a Yield sign in my room as a kid. Who gave it to me I can't remember, but I think it made its way back. So, if you're out for kicks to get a highway sign with a prophetic bent to decorate your garage or bedroom, the DOT would like them back please. For those who have a genuine problem with signs that bear the "666," then check out this previous post — Stop Panicking Over the Mark of the Beast.


Anonymous said...

I don't think the number of the beast is something to take lightly or joke about. The more people think of the number of the beast as a "joke" the more they are willing to blow it off as insignificant. At the same time Christians shouldn't panic if they get a license plate, a shopping bill total, etc. with that number. But people who think having that number around them because it's "cool" due to it's reputation are playing with fire. That fire could literally be an eternal one if they take that "cool" to the next level and recieve it as the mark of the beast. No, the number of the beast is NO JOKE!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for your insights, you are doing a great job. I look forward to reading your work daily.

Andy said...

Having a microchip placed under the skin of your hand or in your forehead would be a good idea (worldly speaking). It would place the purchasing power of an individual back into their own hands and cure the identification theft problem easily enough. Unfortunately, God has already said in the Bible that those who take the mark 'will drink of the wrath of God forever' (Rev. 14:9-11). Soon it will become evident what the mark of the beast really is, and only those who have studied the Bible will even understand the full ramifications of it. The chip is already in the works! It's just a matter of time!!!