1 Kings 10:14, The Love of Money

The weight of the gold that Solomon received yearly was 666 talents

//Since I write often about Revelation, I hear just about every possible interpretation of Revelation’s beastly number, 666. Here’s another one, taken straight from the Old Testament. This story of Solomon collecting 666 talents of gold annually is corroborated in the book of Chronicles.

What did Solomon do with all his money? He made thrones and goblets of gold, he accumulated chariots and horses, he imported apes and baboons. So great was Solomon’s love of money that he became known for his riches as much as his wisdom. Says the book of Kings, Solomon was greater in riches and wisdom than all the other kings of the earth. The whole world sought audience with Solomon to hear the wisdom God had put in his heart.

Revelation, however, turns this accomplishment on its head. 666 becomes evil. Says Revelation, echoing the story of Solomon, All inhabitants of the earth will worship the beast. And who is the beast? As Solomon was the King of Taxation three thousand years ago, today’s King of Taxation is … whichever president is currently asking for our money, of course.

Know any other 666 tales? Share them with me!

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