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If there wasn’t a difference between Ezra 666 and Nehemiah 667, then Adonikam could not be the solution John had in mind. He required a count to the name. Subtracting 667-1=666 is a “count” by “removing a pebble”.

5585 ψηφίζω psephizo {psay-fid’-zo}
Meaning: 1) to count with pebbles, to compute, calculate, reckon 2) to give one’s vote by casting a pebble into the urn 3) to decide by voting-Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance Dictionary

Also, John said its a man’s name, not man’s character therefore he couldn’t have had “imperfection” in mind as the solution.

John says “here is wisdom”, it likely means what it does here:

9 And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth.
10 And there are seven kings: five are fallen, and one is, and the other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space.
11 And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition. (Rev 17:9-11 KJV)

One must “critically discern” how the seven heads are both seven mountains AND seven kings.

In Daniel both “kings” and “mountains” refer to kingdoms.

Mountains in scripture symbolize kingdoms (Is. 2:2; 41:15; Jer. 50:1; 51:25; Dan. 2:35, 44).

Kings represent kingdoms and in visions are merged into single entities (Dan. 7:17, 23; Rev. 13:1-2, 5).

So the seven kingdoms that impacted Israel in history are:
1) Egypt; 2) Assyria; 3) Babylon; 4) Medes and Persians; 5) Greece 6) “One Is” Rome; 7) British Empire whose mandate over Palestine was only a short while (Rev. 17:10-11).

Scripture is required wisdom for the critical mind to solve the riddle, “he that hath understanding of scripture can critically discern the answer.” Its a challenge to Christians, not Jewish Mystics therefore Gematria is most likely irrelevant. Given apostolic attitude toward Jewish fable (1 Tm. 1:4-6; 4:7; 6:4; 2 Tm. 2:23; Titus 1:14; 2 Pt. 1:16), its very unlikely John would classify Gematria as “wisdom.”

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