The end is, well, kind of near |

The end is, well, kind of near

Today is June 6, 2006. Or, by a slight stretch of the imagination, today is 666, the sign of the Antichrist.But do Glenwood Springs residents fear that today will herald the apocalypse?Not really.One Glenwood Springs couple, Jamie and Angie Allee, are even going to be celebrating.”We got married on June 6, 1998,” Angie said, and that makes today their eighth wedding anniversary.”We realized around New Year’s, that oh my God, it’s 2006,” Angie recalled with a laugh.So are they going to stay inside, with the blinds drawn, hoping that the world doesn’t end?Not a chance in … well, not a chance.”It’s not going to stop us from celebrating,” Angie said.”We’re not really into the whole evil talk,” said Angie, who added that though they’re practicing Christians, the numerical connotation just doesn’t bother them.She said Jamie’s going to “take a half-day, and we’re going to spend the afternoon with the kids and then go out to dinner, just the two of us.”And according to two local pastors, the couple’s lack of apprehension is completely justified.”It’s just another day,” said Keith Wood, pastor of the Glenwood Springs Apostolic Church.”The date has no relation to scripture,” said Stu Reynolds, pastor of the Christ Community Church in Basalt.But the Book of Revelations points specifically to the number, and says it’s an integral part of the End of Days. How can men of God be so unconcerned?Because it’s not a date, explained Reynolds.”It simply says that it’s the number of his name. That’s all. To try and put it into a calendar, no. There’s no reason to think that 666 stands for a date of the year,” Reynolds said.The chapter in Revelations that deals with the infamous number is chapter 13 (yet another bad omen for suspicious readers), but what it says is that the Antichrist, when he (or it) arrives, will cause a mark upon the right hand or forehead of every living human being. That mark will be the number 666, and through it, the Antichrist will control all life.That’s the part that Hollywood filmmakers love. It was the inspiration for the 1976 Gregory Peck movie, “The Omen,” in which a psychotic child with a birthmark in the shape of 666 went on a killing spree. Not coincidentally, a remake of the film is being released nationwide today.But to religious scholars like Wood and Reynolds, the latter of which has a passion for Biblical prophecies, Hollywood has simply twisted the original message of the Bible.Revelations 13:17 reads, “no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.”In other words, the Bible says the Antichrist is going to gain control of the world through economics, not violence.”Economics – that’s what makes the world go round,” said Wood.Reynolds, who takes Biblical prophecies very seriously, pointed to the possible use of microchips as a literal and current-day interpretation of this passage. He argued the chips could be implanted in the hand or forehead, and used as both a means of currency and identification.”If you had asked this 20 years ago, they would’ve pointed to bar codes and credit cards,” Reynolds said.Perhaps the end is near, after all.Contact John Schroyer: 945-8515, ext. 529 jschroyer@postindependent.comWhat else has happened on June 6? 1932: The first gas tax is levied by Congress 1933: First drive-in theater opened 1944: The launch of D-Day 1949: The first publication of George Orwell’s “1984” 1955: Bill Haley and the Comets’ “Rock around the clock” hits No. 1 1968: Robert F. Kennedy assassinated 1971: The “Ed Sullivan Show” aired its last episode 1981: A train crash in India avoided a cow but killed 600 people- from,, and

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