A Passage In Daniel
A calculation not a count. Two calendars and two solutions. 666 of the Julian Calendar is the beginning of the Islamic Calendar. 666 of the Gregorian Calendar is the Islamic attack on Constantinople. Daniel suggests ‘number’ refers to years. It’s just another place to look. So look.
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 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 count in some bibles. Another example where the translators can’t agree on the Word of God but they are in complete agreement with numbers. Only numbers can be trusted to tie what has been prophesied to historical events that confirm the fulfillment of those prophecies. You can count on them.
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 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 Year In History
A historian named John Julius Norwich gets 666 in his book “Byzantium” with a calculation. “The ensuing strife continued until 661, when Ali’s own assassination left Muawiya supreme. For the next five years the Muslim world would be in ferment – and Byzantium could breath again.”
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 Mark Of Mark
A date of origin. Mark marks the beginning of the gospel. The most common mark is a date “that no man might buy or sell” without it. So 666 was a date of the beginning. Of what? Of what calendar? Using the Julian calendar and 44 BC that date would be 622 CE of the Gregorian calendar that started in 1582.
A Calendar Conversion
A number from Gibbon. “Forty-six years after the flight of Mahomet from Mecca, his disciples appeared in arms under the walls of Constantinople.” Put 46 in an Islamic Calendar converter and you get 666. Where did Gibbon get this number 46? An easier calculation is adding 44 BC to 622 CE, the Hijrah, in the Julian calendar and you get 666.