As for the 666 designation being equal to 66% as in your Zechariah 13 reference, two-thirds is never equal to an even number of 66 or 666 - it is equal to 66.6666 / 666.666, or 666 and a fraction. And the number of the beast is "the number of A man" (singular) as in Rev. 13:18, not MEN (plural). I'm afraid the Zechariah reference of 2/3 and 1/3 of men is not addressing this point. Zachariah 13:7-9
is a perfectly supporting scripture reference, or AS NEAR perfect as you would ever get with any other scriptural teaching in God's word, with other doctrines, for three reasons:
First, equation is as near perfect as one can get, say what you will, but it is true; and secondly, the PEOPLE FIT~the righteous and wicked; and lastly, end results fit, destruction for the wicked and the righteous inheriting the land. If these scriptures were not given for the sole purpose of giving us an understanding of God's mysteries, then there are not such scriptures available for us in all of the word of God, and we all are at lost as to how we must use the scriptures to search out and uncover the mysteries of God. 3~"R", they fit too perfectly to discard them. The world is wondering in darkness and scared to death over the possibility of them being tagged with 666
in any way, because of all the strange teachings that they have heard from false prophets, when the truth is HIDDEN in the scriptures right under their nose.
However, it is IMPOSSIBLE for total depravity to be equal to the mark of the beast, simply because there are those individuals described in Rev. 20:4 who did NOT receive the mark. The mark of the beast is represented in Revelation as a decision that was made by an individual to receive it - which cannot be said of total depravity. No one since Adam has had a choice in the matter of whether they wanted to be conceived as a sinner or not.
3~"R" you are wrong~It can be said that we received not the mark of the beast when we refused to not fellowship, and not agree with this world system, in both its religion and what it has to offer as a way to have happiness, peace, and contentment as it uses it entertainment (lust of the flesh) and all its goodly merchandises (lust of the eyes) and all it has to offer (pride of life)...to allude us to do so. We have been called out of this world by God's grace, and also God continuously calls out of Babylon (this world system and all of its temptations it has to offer us........
Revelation 18:4~"And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues."
This call by John is the VERY SAME ONE that he gave already here:
1st John 2:15-17~"Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever."
To believe that they are different is to be deceived, for they are not, but are one and the same. Now, by nature we ALL were children of wrath even as others, but once the Spirit of God quickens us to life, we refuse to fellowship and agree with this world and its false religion headed up by Devil, whom you reject as even having a part of this world since 70 A.D. Of course, you and I will disagree on almost everything when it comes to Eschatology.
John's Revelation borrowed heavily from Ezekiel's prophetic language. Ezekiel described Jerusalem's first death under the Babylonians, and John described Jerusalem's second death under the Romans. This mark in Revelation and all that it entailed comes from an already-accomplished episode in history, with no threat of it hanging over our heads today. The man that this number of the beast referred to has already perished by an assisted suicide back in AD 68.
Your corrupt doctrine leaves
many that accepts it unprepared
for the evil days coming.
And the number of the beast is "the number of A man" (singular) as in Rev. 13:18, not MEN (plural).
I just remembered that I forgot to say something concerning what you said concerning the number of he beast.
"the number of A man"
The sense of that is this: It is the number of A MAN that is void of the Spirit of God
, or, a man that lives according to the course of this present world and all that it has to offer...or, a man that said~WHO is the Lord that "I"
should obey him; or A MAN that said, who is wiser than "ME".
Yes, we too know that it is a number of THAT MAN! That man that is part of the 2/3, or the majority of the world, in contrast of the small remnant. Selah