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Bitcoin’s 666,666th Block Has This Chilling Message

A spine-chilling message from the Bible has been included in Bitcoin’s block with the “number of the beast”.

Bitcoin’s 666,666th block was mined on Jan. 18 at 11:28 p.m. UTC by mining pool

Whoever was responsible for producing it encoded a chilling message from the Bible that reads:

Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good — Romans 12:21.

The line comes from the Epistle to the Romans, the sixth book in the New Testament. It was embedded in the OP_RETURN script that allows storing up to 80 bytes of data.

Notably, the output addresses also contain the words “God” and “Bible.”

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Bitcoin’s most famous secret messages

Messages are usually left on the blockchain withing a coinbase transaction, the first transaction that occurs in every block. One is able to encode up to 100 bytes of arbitrary data.

The genesis block — which was mined on Jan. 3, 2009 — contains the iconic The Times headline about bank bailouts that was encoded by none other than Satoshi Nakamoto himself:

The Times 03/Jan/2009 Chancellor on brink of second bailout for banks.

The theme of excessive government spending also persisted in 2020, and block 629,999, the last one with a reward of 12.5 BTC, says that the Fed’s plan exceeded its effort in 2008:

NYTimes 09/Apr/2020 With $2.3T Injection, Fed’s Plan Far Exceeds 2008.

Bitcoin’s 659,678th block also immortalized the Reuters headline about the cryptocurrency reaching a new all-time high against the backdrop of the plummeting U.S. dollar.

Reuters 01/Dec/2020 Dollar plummets on U.S. stimulus hopes; Bitcoin hits all-time peak.

Bitcoin as a new religion

Bible references aside, Bitcoin itself is deemed as the first religion of the 21st century by Bloomberg’s Joe Weisenthal.

In his recent newsletter, he argues that it has a prophet (Satosh), a sacred text (the White Paper), original saints of the likes of cryptographer Hal Finney, and even special holidays like the halving.

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