It is meaningless. It was always meaningless, mainly because it was a mistranslation in the first place. The "number of the beast" came from a book written by someone who was almost completely out of his or her mind. If you read Revelations it sounds like someone's worst acid trip! Blood rain, swarms of locusts, whores running countries, murders and devastating catastrophes, all at once, all to "punish" the "wicked." And yet stating only 144,000 innocent people exist on earth and are saved! of course the Beast is a symbol of some powerful man rising from the sea (the people) and becoming a king (tyrant) over all the earth by fooling people. Well, doesn't that describe about every politician ever? For years everyone has been trying to figure who this is. The number has been assigned to every president, CEO, dictator or mass murderer ever known. Meaning? the number is meaningless. Unless you are a Jewish Mystic Numerologist from 36 CE (AD) then you can't figure out what the number meant. But it was not 666.