A Reason for Prophecy
A search for understanding. Why, Where, Who, When, and What????? The answers should make sense. All the questions must be considered. For the most part we are limited to speculation which should be consistent with what we do know. The first question is Why. Why was the Apocalypse written?
A connection with prophecy. Different interpretations have led to over 60 different English bible translations. They all seem to agree on numbers. They all agree on a thousand years, 666, ten horns, seven heads, and five are fallen. Numbers can be used to connect history with prophecy which is the only way to verify the fulfillment of prophecy.
A suggestion that “the heads are seven successive dynasties” can be found in Sir Isaac Newton’s Daniel and the Apocalypse. The seven dynasties of the Roman Empire are listed here. The ten dynasties of Islam are listed here. Both are a fit with history. The Byzantine Empire started with the fifth dynasty of Rome and ended with the tenth dynasty of Islam.
A Horn of Plenty
A connection to Daniel. The “ten horns” of the fourth beast of Daniel are tied to the second beast of the Apocalypse. The ten dynasties of Islam must be consistent with Daniel as well as with the Apocalypse. They are. They fit. The source, Islamicart, is no longer available but a hard copy of it has been saved.
A Sea of Marmara
A Greek fire on the Sea of Marmara, which was like a sheet of glass is a good fit with “a sea of glass mingled with fire”. Constantinople used Greek fire on the Sea of Marmara against the Islamic attack. The year was 666. Historians will never agree on this date but Gibbon got real close to it.
A Julian Calendar
A Hijri marked the beginning of Islam in 622 of the Gregorian calendar which didn’t start until 1582. Before that, the Julian calendar was in effect. The common year, 44 BC, has the Hijri in 666 of the Julian calendar. Most bible translations calculate this number. A sea of glass mingled with fire is an interesting fit.
A Problem with Dates
A history of Rome by Gibbon. Go ahead, pick an Islamic calendar converter and put 46 in it. You get 666. 46 is the number Gibbon used. 46 years after the Hijri year Constantinople was attacked. A date is a mark. Gibbon notes the problems with dates. There are other ways to get to 666. Stay tuned.
A date, a beginning, a start, a mark. Nearly every product sold today has a date marking its beginning. The word “number” in Daniel refers to years. Historians are good at ignoring what may have happened in the year 666 but we do know Islam was getting ready to attack Constantinople about that time.
A Great Sultan
A fit with Daniel. Saladin came out of 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.
A Red Sea
A great sword and power to take peace from the earth. Mohammed is the rider, the Antichrist and the father of Islam which is the fourth beast of Daniel and the second beast of the Apocalypse. The other threat to Christianity is Marxism. Marx, the rider of black horse, is the father of Communism from the Black Sea.