Daniel 

A Link

to the Apocalypse.  Your views on the Apocalypse should be consistent with Daniel.  The “ten horns” ties the two together and suggests the fourth beast of Daniel is the second beast of the Apocalypse.  Babylon, Greece, and Rome all had something to do with the temple which makes them all a beast.  We shall see that the fourth beast also has something to do with the temple.
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Saladin 

A Little Horn 

before whom there were three of the first horns.  Saladin came out the Fatimid Caliphate, the fourth of ten Islamic dynasties, and would start the fifth, the Ayyubid dynasty.  We also have the Battle of the Horns of Hama and the Battle of the Horns of Hattin.  Saladin was involved in both of them.  He not only beat the crusaders, he beat Richard the Lionheart.  It’s a fit.  
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Fatimah

A Daughter

of the king of the south.  Don’t look for proof here.  The only thing you will find are pieces that fit.  Lots of them.  You can look for the symbolic meaning of daughter.  Good luck with that.  You can stick with the literal sense and see if it fits. That’s what history is all about.  Fatimah is history.
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the king of the north

A Commander

and not a prince or a descendant as some translations would have you believe.  Muawiyah the king of the north and the beginning of the Sunni branch of Islam would have to deal with Fatimah, the daughter of the king of the south, Mohammed, and the beginning of the Shia branch of Islam.  The word princes is used in 24 of 52 English translations which would effectively rule this out.  Can your translation not to mention your interpretation be trusted? 
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translations 

A Bigger Problem

compared to the problem with interpretation if you are looking for the king of the north.  There are eight different words in 52 different translations:  princes 24, commanders 10, officers 7, officials 5, generals 2, leaders 2, principalities 1, subordinates 1.  The word prince suggests a family member unlike the other seven words which have a common meaning.  Makes you wonder about words used in other parts of the bible.  These are major differences in words used before you get to the problem of interpreting them.  Reader beware.
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interpretation 

A Risky Business

that can lead to unfounded conclusions and those who conclude them,  unto their own destruction.  Conclusions that might include: predestination (it doesn’t matter what you do), faith alone will save you (it doesn’t matter what you do), and the pope is the false prophet (it does matter what you do).  You are being tested, a word you may not find in your bible due to translation errors.  Misinterpretation plus translation errors  prevents you from recognizing events in history that fulfill what has been prophesied.
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a billion views

A Thousand Years

is a youtube video with a billion views.  A wedding song that is not quite good enough to justify that many looks.  It must be the title.  It suggests a growing interest in the Apocalypse.  Many are looking for the “reign of Christ” that can’t be found in the bible.  What you will find in the bible is “they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years”, which is significantly different.  A good example of unjustified interpretation.  The thousand years is history.
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the Byzantine empire 

A Big Part

that has all the little parts including Babylon the Great which really isn’t that little.  It has many waters, seven heads, ten horns, and, most important, it has the beast that was, is not, and yet is. The only thing missing is the “reign of Christ”, which is also missing in the bible, but it does have those who reigned with Christ a thousand years.  Look for The Byzantine Empire.

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apocalyptic numbers

A Place To Start

searching history for the fulfillment of prophecy.  Numbers do not require interpretation.  Forget about numbers being symbolic.  If it says seven, count ’em, it means seven.  If it says a thousand years, look for a thousand years.  It’s real easy, there was only one empire that lasted that long and guess what, it was a Christian one where they reigned with Christ.  If you are looking for the reign of Christ, you won’t find it in history and you won’t find it in the bible either.

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hijacking the Apocalypse

A Cottage Industry

that goes beyond home bible studies.  It uses private interpretation of ambiguous phases in prophecy to support a particular agenda.  It ignores two thousand years of history simply because it doesn’t fit with preconceived interpretations.  History is the only advantage we have over the early fathers of the Church so why not use it?  How can we use prophecy to search history without first interpreting it?  Numbers.  Numbers and possibly colors don’t require interpretation.  Start with numbers.  Big numbers like a thousand.

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