A Fulfillment –
A historical event. Only history can confirm the fulfillment of a prophecy. Based on your interpretation. Can it be trusted? Can your bible translation be trusted? Can 60 different English translations of the bible be trusted? They don’t agree on the “word of God”. Do they agree on anything? Maybe numbers.
A Color –
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 bible translators. Who can you trust? Historians. What can you trust? Maybe numbers. Historians may have trouble with dates but they do get close enough.
A Sea –
A location. The color of the horses is a clue from whence they came. Start with the Red and Black seas. The white sea is a little tricky. The Mediterranean and Aegean seas are also known as the white sea. Like numbers, colors are translated accurately. No room for interpretation. The translators all agree on numbers and colors.
A Mark –
A bible passage fulfilled. A sea of glass mingled with fire. They used Greek fire on the Sea of Marmara, which was like a sheet of glass, and the year was 666. Historians stay away from the year 666 but there is no doubt as to what was going on at that time. Islam was attacking Constantinople. The number of his name connects the passages.
A Number in Daniel –
A key to understanding the Apocalypse. John knows Daniel and Daniel knows the number of years. The numbers John uses have been preserved in nearly all of the bible translations. They can be trusted in identifying historical events that might be a fulfillment of prophecy. Not just one number but all the numbers must fit. And colors.
A History –
A fulfillment of prophecy. Only history can verify the fulfillment of prophecy. Only numbers can verify the interpretation of prophecy. The translators and interpreters of the bible can’t seem to agree on most of the words but somehow they agree on the numbers. The word of God may vary but not His numbers. Follow the numbers. And colors.
A Premillennialist –
A thousand year “Reign of Christ”. They “reigned with Christ” is what is in the bible. That is a big difference. Look for a thousand years where they reigned with Christ. They did the reigning in a Christian empire that lasted a thousand years. Like the Byzantine Empire. It’s the only one. Check it out. It fits with the other numbers. And colors.
A Canon –
A redaction at the turn of the fifth century. Jerome defined the bible when he finished the Vulgate which would become the official bible of the Church. It contains the oldest existing copy of the Apocalypse. We can only speculate on what it looked like before that time based on other older existing documents.
A “Reign Of Christ” –
A problem with the bible. The “Reign of Christ” cannot be found in the bible. “Reign of Christ” will get millions of hits if you Google it. Just another example of how the bible is misinterpreted. Who can you trust? What can you trust? Numbers. Interpretation is unavoidable but you should at least have the numbers to back it up. Or colors.
A Christian Empire –
A bishop extraordinaire was in Ephesus to replace seven corrupt bishops at the beginning of the fifth century. John Chrysostom, who never quoted the Apocalypse, could not ignore what John the Apostle may have left there. At that time Jerome could have been looking for a reliable copy of the Apocalypse. He was finishing the Vulgate.