A Great City –
A capital of an empire that lasted a thousand years. Constantinople is Babylon the Great. The Byzantine Empire lasted a thousand years and its capital was Constantinople. At the start there were the seven dynasties of the Roman Empire. At the end there was the tenth dynasty of Islam. All the pieces fit.
A Christian Empire –
A time when they reigned with Christ. The Byzantine Empire was the only Christian empire to last a thousand years. Its capital, Constantinople, has all the characteristics of Babylon the Great. No other city has them and can be found no more at all. It is a mystery and likely to remain so.
A History –
A fulfillment of prophecy verified with numbers that don’t require interpretation. There are over 50 English translations of the bible that agree on numbers. Big numbers like a thousand is the place to start. There is only one Christian empire that lasted a thousand years and it fits.
A Dynasty –
A horn will make war with the saints and take peace from the earth. The Umayyad dynasty, the second dynasty of Islam, attacked Constantinople three times. The Ottoman dynasty, the tenth dynasty of Islam, also attacked three times and ended the thousand years when the saints reigned with Christ. Only history can confirm the fulfillment of prophecy.
A Great City –
A beast that was, is not, and is yet to come. Constantinople can be found no more at all. It comes with two beasts. It started with the Roman Empire and ended with the Ottoman Empire a thousand years later.
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 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 Dome of the Rock –
A desolation. What is in the holy place now? The Dome of the Rock is preventing the third temple and that makes Islam a beast different from all the others. The “ten horns” are the ten dynasties of Islam. Counted by Islamic sources. The Ottoman Empire, the tenth dynasty, ended the thousand year Christian empire, The Byzantine Empire, in 1453.
A Fit with Numbers
A thousand year empire starting with the seven dynasties of the Roman Empire and ending with the tenth dynasty of Islam. The first beast, Rome, whose deadly wound was healed was replaced by the second beast Islam. The Byzantine Empire fits with all the numbers you can trust. You can’t trust interpretation.
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.