Let's look at the world as a snap shot in time because it is in the 5th and 6th centuries that the world set themselves up for the future.
This was the time period that we left the ancient civilizations and moved into the middle ages. There were shifts going on throughout the world. But what was most important about this time was what took place in the Roman Empire.
The sixth century BC was a turning point in world history. Though mighty conquerers like Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon and Darius of Persia were expanding their boundaries, dictatorships were on the decline and democratic freedom in Europe was on the rise.
The gods of the Assyrian Empire could not protect them from the fall of mighty Nineveh in 612 BC. Babylon was at this time the greatest city in the world, but they too would fall just as memories of the pharaohs of Egypt had become faded. Roman law was codified and the Republic was established toward the latter part of the sixth century BC. I
In the Greek territories the people were forced to become self sufficient, they lived in a very rocky terrain and it was difficult for any dictator to conquer it, so freedom and independence were in the heart of the Greek people.
It is also important to note that many of the great religions of the world were born during the sixth century BC. What happened to Christianity from Jesus time on early just six years prior? Church and state sought to build the control mechanism that would last throughout time even to today.
The sixth century BC indeed saw powerful conquerors, expanding new religions, and a yearning for freedom, yet the world was being fashioned by the hand of the One who controls the destiny of mankind. Got an idea who this is? If not let me enlighten you - Satan.
The world was being prepared for the "fullness of time" in which God would send the Savior who would conquer the world through love, and deliver an everlasting message of freedom that would truly change the world. Tyranny at its best even then. People were looking for how to change.
We have studied for years how numbers are used in scripture and their meanings as to God's authority. So what does the number 6 mean? Being that it is the sixth century and things are being fulfilled from scripture and Jesus first coming it is necessary we keep in focus what all numbers mean. This sixth century was a pivotal time in setting the stage throughout history. So let's explore what number 6 means.
The Meaning of Number 6
In the Bible, the number 6 symbolizes man and human weakness, the evils of Satan and the manifestation of sin. Man was created on the sixth day. Men are appointed 6 days to labor.
A Hebrew slave was to serve six years and be released in the 7th year. Six years were appointed for the land to be sown and harvested. The number 6 is also associated with Satan in his temptation of Jesus.
The bringing together of three 6's is the number and mark of the end time Beast of Revelation. As such, it represents the very best system of governance that mankind can produce without God and under the constant influence of his chief adversary.
Man's system on earth is made up of three parts (economic, religious and governmental) all of which are influenced and led by Satan. When 666 is multiplied by 7 it equals 4662, which depicts man's total imperfection under Lucifer. When added across, 4 + 6 + 6 + 2 = 18; and 18 divided by 3 is 6.
Appearances of the number six
Jephthah (in the East) served six years as a Judge of Israel (Judges 12:7).
The Bible mentions six earthquakes (Exodus 19:18, 1Kings 19:11, Amos 1:1, Matthew 27:54, 28:2, Acts 16:26).
Jesus was accused six times of being demon possessed (Mark 3:22, John 7:20, 8:48, 8:52, 10:20 and Luke 11:15).
How is the number 6 related to Sorcery?
In the New Testament there are six references to people who practiced sorcery, which is defined as divination by the assistance of evil spirits.
In the end time, false prophets and false christs will produce great signs and wonders (sorcery) for the expressed purpose of deception (Matthew 24:24)
Apostle Paul's first missionary journey takes him to the island of Cyprus (Acts 13:4 - 52, 14:1 - 25). He meets with the island's Governor who is accompanied by Elymas (also called Bar-Jesus), a man who was a false prophet and sorcerer.
In Samaria, a man named Simon the Sorcerer observes Philip preaching the gospel and performing a number of miracles. He feigns repentance, gets baptized and follows Philip to see him perform signs and wonders. Simon sees, when Peter and John come to the city, that when they lay hands on people they receive God's Holy Spirit. Simon soon approaches the two apostles and tries to BUY the ability to give the Holy Spirit so that he can further promote his deceptions (Acts 8).
While visiting Philippi during his second missionary journey, the apostle Paul runs into a slave woman "possessed with a spirit of divination" (Acts 16:16). Her masters use her soothsaying skills to make money.
Traveling Jewish exorcists, using various charms, incantations and so on, pretend to heal people and cast out demons (Acts 19:13).
The seven sons of a Jewish chief priest named Sceva try, but fail miserably, at casting out demons (Acts 19:14 - 16).
Additional info on Biblical Meaning of 6
The word of God records that Christ was asked 6 times, most of the time by those who were self-righteous, to produce a sign to prove who he was and the claims he made.
The Pharisees demand a sign after they accuse Christ of casting out demons by the power of Satan (Matthew 12:38, Mark 8:11). Jesus' response was that the only sign that will be given is that of Jonah the prophet.
The Pharisees and Sadducees try to tempt Jesus by asking for a sign (Matthew 16:1).
The twelve disciples, on the Mount of Olives, ask Christ what will be the sign of his Second Coming and the end of the world (Matthew 24:3, Mark 13:4).
Some people who saw him cast a demon out of a person ask him for a sign from heaven (Luke 11:16).
After cleansing Jerusalem's temple at the start of his ministry, some Jews who saw what Jesus did demand a sign (John 2:18).
People who Christ miraculously fed ask him for a sign so that they may believe in him (John 6:30).
Toward the end of his life many people, primarily Jewish religious leaders, had come to believe Jesus was guilty of some kind of crime or heinous sin. Six people, however, are recorded as stating that he was innocent of all the charges leveled against him.
Those who found Jesus innocent were Roman Prefect of Judea Pontius Pilate (Luke 23:14), Herod (Luke 23:15), Judas (after the devil left him - Matthew 27:3), Pontius Pilate's wife (Matthew 27:19), one of the thieves on the cross near Christ's (Luke 23:41) and a Roman Centurion who was at the crucifixion (Luke 23:47).