A Number –
A connection with prophecy. Different interpretations have led to over 60 different English bible translations. They all seem to agree on numbers. They all agree on a thousand years, 666, ten horns, seven heads, and five are fallen. Numbers can be used to connect history with prophecy which is the only way to verify the fulfillment of prophecy.
A Sea of Marmara –
A Greek fire on the Sea of Marmara, which was like a sheet of glass is a good fit with “a sea of glass mingled with fire”. Constantinople used Greek fire on the Sea of Marmara against the Islamic attack. The year was 666. Historians will never agree on this date but Gibbon got real close to it.
A Julian Calendar –
A Hijri marked the beginning of Islam in 622 of the Gregorian calendar which didn’t start until 1582. Before that, the Julian calendar was in effect. The common year, 44 BC, has the Hijri in 666 of the Julian calendar. Most bible translations calculate this number. A sea of glass mingled with fire is an interesting fit.
A Problem with Dates –
A history of Rome by Gibbon. Go ahead, pick an Islamic calendar converter and put 46 in it. You get 666. 46 is the number Gibbon used. 46 years after the Hijri year Constantinople was attacked. A date is a mark. Gibbon notes the problems with dates. There are other ways to get to 666. Stay tuned.
A Year –
A date, a beginning, a start, a mark. Nearly every product sold today has a date marking its beginning. The word “number” in Daniel refers to years. Historians are good at ignoring what may have happened in the year 666 but we do know Islam was getting ready to attack Constantinople about that time.
A Prophecy Fulfilled In History –
A number to connect them. Numbers have survived translation errors and agenda driven interpretations. Numbers can be reliably used to identify historical events that seem to fulfill prophecies. Look for all the key numbers like a thousand, 666, ten, and seven. See if they fit. See if they make sense.
A Mystery Babylon The Great –
A great city that can be found no more at all. Constantinople fits like no other. It was the capital of a Christian empire that lasted a thousand years. It was attacked in the year 666. It ended with the tenth dynasty of Islam. It started with the seven dynasties of the Roman empire. It has all the numbers. You can count on them.
A Greek Fire
A significant passage in the Apocalypse. In defense of Constantinople they used Greek Fire on the Sea of Marmara which was like a sheet of glass and the year was 666. A sea of glass mingled with fire: and them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name. Islam.
A date, a mark, a beginning. A common year 44 BC. The Julian calendar preceded the Gregorian calendar which didn’t start until 1582. The Islamic calendar started in 622 CE and that would be 666 of the Julian calendar which was in effect at that time. The Hegira marks the beginning of Islam.
A history of the Roman Empire by Gibbon. Go ahead, pick an Islamic calendar converter and put 46 in it. You get 666. 46 is the number Gibbon used. 46 years after the Hijri year Constantinople was attacked. A date is a mark. Gibbon notes the problems with dates.