A Whore –
A hatred thereof. The Ottoman Empire, the tenth dynasty of Islam, ended the Byzantine Empire by attacking Constantinople where they reigned with Christ a thousand years. It started with the fifth of the seven dynasties of the Roman Empire. Check the numbers: a thousand, 666, ten, seven, and five. Numbers can verify your interpretation.
A Fulfillment of Prophecy –
A victory over the beast. Constantinople used Greek fire on the Sea of Marmara, like a sheet of glass, and the year was 666. The problem with dates was noted by Gibbon. His 46 years gets you 668 but put it in an Islamic calendar converter, a calculation, and you will get exactly 666. An amazing fit with Revelation 15:2.
A Dating Tool –
A common year. 666 of the Gregorian calendar, which didn’t start until 1582, will be a different year in a different calendar. The common year for the Julian calendar was 44 BC. 622, the year of the Hijra, would be 666 in the Julian calendar. That does require a calculation and not a count as stated in some bibles.
A Beginning –
A start, a date, a year, a number. 666 Look for number in Daniel. It refers to years. So what happened in the year 666? Nothing. Historians are careful about that year. Dating is difficult without a calendar. A date is the most common mark on a product. Its origin. So what started in 666? What calendar should we use?
A Common Year –
A new calendar starting in 622 would be 666 of the Julian Calendar starting with 44 BC. The Hijri year is 622 and the start of the Islamic calendar. A search of Daniel shows number refers to years. John knows Daniel is the place to go for clues. Follow the numbers.
A Beginning of an Empire –
A tenth dynasty ended it. Constantine started the fifth dynasty of the Roman Empire. Constantinople fell to the tenth dynasty of Islam. The Roman Empire had seven dynasties. The beast had seven heads and ten horns. Here are three numbers; 1000, 10, and seven that tie history to prophecy. There are more like 666.
A Prophecy Fulfilled –
A sea of glass. They used Greek fire on the Sea of Marmara that was like a sheet of glass to defeat the Islamic attackers. The city was Constantinople, the capital of a Christian empire that would last a thousand years. The year was 666. The Byzantine Empire survived this and many other sieges.
A Date –
A number. 666 Historians ignore that year but it is very clear Islam was getting ready to attack Constantinople. Gibbon notes the problem with dates and his 46 years reference puts it as close as 668. Putting 46 in an Islamic calendar converter results in 666. That is a calculation and not a count.
A Mark –
A beginning. A date is the most common mark on any product sold today. Consider 666 as a mark or a date. What happened in that year? What calendar? The Gregorian started in 1582 or the Julian starting at 44 BC or the Islamic calendar starting in 622? Consider them all.
A Reliable Word –
A consistent interpretation. Numbers are one of the few things all 60 English versions of the bible agree on. They all agree on “a thousand years”, 666, “ten horns”, and “seven heads” . Can we find historical events that have all these numbers in a meaningful way? Start with the biggest number. A thousand years.