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 Big Number
A place to start. There is only one Christian empire that lasted a thousand years. It was attacked in the year 666. It was ended by the 10th dynasty of Islam. It was started by the Roman Empire that had seven dynasties. This is a good start. Does it fit with the other parts? We shall see. The “ten horns” are a clue in Daniel.
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 year, a starting point, a date. Nearly all products have a mark or a date marking the beginning of its existence. A beast will also have a starting point and in most cases an end point. There could be an exception. One was diverse from all the beasts that were before it. How do we identify a beast?
A Starting Point
A thousand years in history where they reigned with Christ. The “reign of Christ” cannot be found in the bible. Only on the internet. Go figure. Start with the big number. There’s only one. No interpretation required. The smaller numbers are not so hard to find.
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 Prophecy Fulfilled
A number to verify a fit. Your interpretation cannot be trusted. Only history can verify the fulfillment of prophecy. Only numbers along with history can verify your interpretation of prophecy. Only prophets can predict the future. If you need the future for your interpretation of prophecy, think again. You are ignoring history and numbers.
A guide to interpretation. You can trust numbers and maybe colors to be reliably translated. Not so much with the other words. The “words of God” are seen differently by the many different translators. Who can you trust? Historians. What can you trust? Maybe numbers. Historians have trouble with dates but they do get close enough.
A Julian Calendar
A beginning in 44 BC. 622 in the Gregorian calendar, which began in 1582, was the beginning of the Islamic calendar. 666 in the Julian calendar marked the start of Islam. A number in Daniel 9:2 refers to the number of years. That is what Daniel understood by books.
A year. A mark. A beginning. On your mark, get set, go. A date is the most common mark there is. Nearly all products have it. 666 marks the beginning of Islam. It also marks the attack on Constantinople. Revelation 15:2 ties Greek fire, the Sea of Marmara, and the year Islam attacked Constantinople. – 666 – Really.