E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Number of the Beast.
It is the number of a man, and his number is Six hundred threescore and six (Rev. xiii. 18). This number has been applied to divers persons previously assumed to be Antichrist; as Apostts, Benedictos, Diocletian, Evanthas, Julian (the Apostate), Lampetis, Lateinos, Luther, Mahomet, Mysterium, Napoleon I., Nikts, Paul V., Silvester II., Trajan, and several others. Also to certain phrases supposed to be descriptive of the Man of Sin, as Vicar-General of God, Arnoume (I renounce), Kakos Odegos (bad guide), Abinu Kadescha Papa (our holy father the pope), e.g.