A reason why the third temple has not been built. The Dome of the Rock is preventing it. Jesus mentions the holy place, Daniel, and the abomination of desolation. This is a clue that must not be ignored. What is more important than the temple? Interfering with the temple makes the beast a beast worth mentioning.
A Beast of Daniel
A connection with the Apocalypse. John knows Daniel. Both have a beast with “ten horns” which should fit with history in the same way. This requires a close look at the King of the North and the King of the South. The fourth beast of Daniel was diverse from all the beasts and must show up somewhere in history.
A beast in the making. What makes a beast a beast? Daniel knows beasts and the abomination of desolation mentioned by Jesus. Babylon destroyed the first temple. Greece desecrated the second and Rome destroyed it. Islam and the Dome of the Rock is preventing the third. The four beasts of Daniel.
A desolation. The abomination of desolation, spoken of by Jesus, leads us to the abomination in Daniel. They shall take away the daily sacrifice. That’s the Temple. The first one destroyed by Babylon. The second desecrated by Greece and destroyed by Rome. Islam is preventing the third. That is what makes a beast a beast.
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 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.
A Reason for the Apocalypse
A preparation for the Way, the Truth, and the Life. This was a job for John the Baptist. He knew the Lamb. He knew Daniel. He knew the Old Testament. He bare record. He was the first John. John the Apostle was the second. Chrysostom was the third. It’s complicated but it can be explained.
A Passage in Daniel
A reference to years. What happened in the year 666? What calendar do you use? What calendar was in effect? John understood Daniel. Daniel understood by books the number of the years. John sends us to the Old Testament for clues. John understood by books. John understood the Lamb of God. Do you understand?
A Julian Calendar
A beginning in 44 BC. 622 in the Gregorian calendar, which began in 1582, was the beginning of the Islamic calendar. 666 in the Julian calendar marked the start of Islam. A number in Daniel 9:2 refers to the number of years. That is what Daniel understood by books.
A Him Or An It
A translation problem. Can you find the beast if you are looking for a “him” instead of an “it”? In Revelation 13:1; 20 have “his horns”, 20 have “its horns”, 15 have “It had ten horns” . We need Daniel 7:7 to clear this up. “it had ten horns” is a clear winner. You need to look for an “it” and not a “him” to find the beast. It makes a difference.