A Big Number
A place to start. A thousand years is real. A time when they reigned with Christ. He promised to be with us when we gather in His name. If they were reigning when they gathered in His name, they reigned with Christ. That was the case with the Byzantine Empire, a Christian empire, that lasted a thousand years.
A reliable connection between prophecy and history. Your interpretation not so much. All the different translations of the bible seem to agree on numbers. Especially a “thousand years” when they reigned with Christ. Not the “reign of Christ” which will get over 5 million hits on the internet. Not so much with the bible. 0 Bible results for “”reign of Christ”.” Something to think about.
A Kingdom of God
A reference to the millennium. The word “kingdom” cannot be found in Chapter 20 . It is not the “reign of Christ”. They “reigned with Christ”. A thousand years has a beginning and an end. The Kingdom of God will not end. Way too many think the thousand years will begin with the Second Coming. They need to check history.
A covenant between God and the earth. The rider of the white horse had a rainbow in his hand and is from the Mediterranean aka the white sea. Constantine made the world safe for Christians. He started a Christian empire that lasted a thousand years where they reigned with Christ.
A Great Empire
A reign with Christ. The Byzantine Empire lasted a thousand years. The Holy Roman Empire is the other witness where the Church and state worked together. The two olive trees are the two states being led by the candlestick which represents the light of the Church. The laity must restore the light.
A Christian Empire
A reign with Christ. The Byzantine Empire was a Christian empire that lasted a thousand years. They reigned with Christ. This is where to start. Will the other numbers fit? 666, ten, seven. Daniel can help us with “ten horns”. The fourth beast of Daniel is the second beast of John. What do we know about beasts?
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. 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.
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 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 Reliable Connection
A translation problem, with so many different bibles, is further aggravated by interpretation issues that force most prophecies into the future. Numbers are the only way to reliably connect historical events to what has been prophesied. Start with a big number like a thousand years. There is only one where they reigned with Christ. The Byzantine Empire.