a head, a horn 

A Dynasty 

A commentary by Newton who saw the connection between the Apocalypse and Daniel.  He also believed the “ten horns”  they had in common referred to dynasties.  Same for the “seven heads” so the historian should be looking for beasts with seven or ten dynasties.  Only historians can count them.  

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A Folly 

according to Isaac Newton.  Even translators of the bible are interpreting the written word.  Can you trust them?  What can you trust?  Numbers and history.  We have at least 59 different English translations and somehow they all agree on the numbers.  Apparently numbers can be interpreted literally.  

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your interpretation 

A Folly 

according to Newton.  What is your interpretation based on?  The bible?  Which translation?  There are 59 different English translations plus revisions.  They don’t agree.  The differences are significant.  Many are uncomfortable with the word interpretation because somehow they understand the original intent of the written word.  Who or what can you believe?  



A Design
“Amongst the Interpreters of the last age there is scarce one of note who hath not made some discovery worth knowing; and thence I seem to gather that God is about opening these mysteries. The success of others put me upon considering it; and if I have done any thing which may be useful to following writers, I have my design,” a quote that can be found in “Observations On Daniel and the Apocalypse of St. John” by Sir Isaac Newton, an online book that is searchable. Newton spent a lot of time investigating the Apocalypse and his views should be considered by anyone who wants to understand.

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A Historian 
who did not appreciate interpretation. “The folly of Interpreters has been, to foretel times and things by this Prophecy, as if God designed to make them Prophets. By this rashness they have not only exposed themselves, but brought the Prophecy also into contempt. The design of God was much otherwise. He gave this and the Prophecies of the Old Testament, not to gratify men’s curiosities by enabling them to foreknow things, but that after they were fulfilled they might be interpreted by the event, and his own Providence, not the Interpreters, be then manifested thereby to the world.”
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