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Bitcoin: a biblical message at block 666,666
Bitcoin: a biblical message at block 666,666
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Bitcoin: a biblical message at block 666,666

By Marco Cavicchioli - 19 Jan 2021

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A biblical message has been included at block 666.666 of the Bitcoin blockchain

In fact, it is possible to include text messages within the transactions that are included in the blocks

, as Satoshi Nakamoto himself did with the first block.

The number 666 is commonly known as “the number of the beast“, because in Christian tradition it is a symbol denoting a satanic character, as found in the Bible itself in a passage from the Apocalypse of John in the New Testament in reference to a beast rising from the sea and ravaging the Earth

It was BTC.com, one of the world’s leading mining pools, currently second only to F2Pool, that mined the 666,666th block. 

The transaction in which the biblical message was embedded was made yesterday, Monday, January 18th, 2021, with 0.01 BTC sent to two different addresses, one starting with “1GoD” (God) and the other starting with “1BibLE” (Bible), with a 0.001358 BTC fee. 

Since the 0.001358 BTC fee corresponds to more than $50, it probably means that the person who sent that transaction wanted it to be included in the 666.666th block, as it was sent shortly after the 666.665 block was mined.

The text on the block is a verse from the Epistle to the Romans, a New Testament text in Greek written by Paul of Tarsus and addressed to the Christians of Rome. 

The message included in the Bitcoin block

It is verse 21 of chapter 12, also known as “Romans 12:21“, and it reads:  

“Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good”. 

Chapter 12 of the Epistle to the Romans contains several precepts like this, and specifically in the last verse of the chapter, namely Romans 12:21, Paul of Tarsus calls for being strong in one’s conviction not to be overcome by evil, but to overcome evil with good. 

The thing is that the final victory over evil is foreseen in the book of Revelation, and this is perhaps what the miner was referring to when he inserted this verse in block 666.666.

It is difficult to say in this specific case what (or who) is evil, but it is possible that this is a reference to traditional fiat currencies, or central banks and their monetary policies. 

In fact, it is very likely that the good in this case is Bitcoin and that the author of the transaction wanted to suggest trumping fiat currencies with Bitcoin.

Marco Cavicchioli
Marco Cavicchioli

Class 1975, Marco teaches web-technologies and is an online writer specializing in cryptocurrencies. He founded ilBitcoin.news, and his YouTube channel has more than 25 thousand subscribers.

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