End-timers, those who yearn for the end of the world when Jesus will return and destroy all the evildoers and save the virtuous (and such people are convinced that they will be among the saved), are continuously on the lookout for signs of the impending apocalypse. One of those signs is the arrival of the anti-Christ and it is said that he will have the ‘mark of the beast’ that according to chapter 13 of that wacky Book of Revelation will have the numerical value of 666.
Needless to say, these religious people have a great fear of that number and a news report describes one person Walter Slonopas, who became a born-again Christian 10 years ago who, much to his chagrin, seems to be getting assigned that number. First the human resources office of the company he worked for mistakenly assigned him the number 666 when it should have been 668. He complained and got a new number. But when the company changed its time-clock systems, he got assigned the number 666 again. Then two weeks ago, he got his W-2 tax form and it too had the number 666 on it. The third time was the last straw for Slonopas and he quit his job.
People have been trying to figure out who the anti-Christ is and over time various candidates have been proposed such as Adolf Hitler, Ronald Reagan, Barack Obama, and Barney the Dinosaur. Even corporations like IBM and Proctor and Gamble have been named because after all corporations are people, my friends.
But to me the evidence seems pretty clear that Walter Slonopas is the anti-Christ because as the Bellman said in Lewis Carroll’s The Hunting of the Snark, “What I tell you three times is true”, though Barney would have been my preferred choice.