A hatred thereof. The Ottaman Empire, the tenth dynasty of Islam, ended the Byzantine Empire by attacking Constantinople where they reigned with Christ a thousand years. It started with the fifth of the seven dynasties of the Roman Empire. Check the numbers: a thousand, 666, ten, seven, and five. Numbers can verify your interpretation.
A Fulfillment of Prophecy
A victory over the beast. Constantinople used Greek fire on the Sea of Marmara, like a sheet of glass, and the year was 666. The problem with dates was noted by Gibbon. His 46 years gets you 668 but put it in an Islamic calendar converter, a calculation, and you will get exactly 666. An amazing fit with Revelation 15:2.
A Dating Tool
A common year. 666 of the Gregorian calendar, which didn’t start until 1582, will be a different year in a different calendar. The common year for the Julian calendar was 44 BC. 622, the year of the Hijra, would be 666 in the Julian calendar. That does require a calculation and not a count as stated in some bibles.
A start, a date, a year, a number. 666 Look for number in Daniel. It refers to years. So what happened in the year 666? Nothing. Historians are careful about that year. Dating is difficult without a calendar. A date is the most common mark on a product. Its origin. So what started in 666? What calendar should we use?
A Beginning of an Empire
A tenth dynasty ended it. Constantine started the fifth dynasty of the Roman Empire. Constantinople fell to the tenth dynasty of Islam. The Roman Empire had seven dynasties. The beast had seven heads and ten horns. Here are three numbers; 1000, 10, and seven that tie history to prophecy. There are more like 666.
A Reliable Word
A consistent interpretation. Numbers are one of the few things all 60 English versions of the bible agree on. They all agree on “a thousand years”, 666, “ten horns”, and “seven heads” . Can we find historical events that have all these numbers in a meaningful way? Start with the biggest number. A thousand years.
A bible passage fulfilled. A sea of glass mingled with fire. They used Greek fire on the Sea of Marmara, which was like a sheet of glass, and the year was 666. Historians stay away from the year 666 but there is no doubt as to what was going on at that time. Islam was attacking Constantinople.
A Year 666
A mark, a beginning, a Julian calendar starting in 44 BC. 622 of the Gregorian calendar starting in 1582, marked the beginning of Islam. The Hegira marked the beginning of the Islamic calendar. 666 also marked the beginning of the attack on Constantinople if we look at Gibbon and his history.
A Thousand Years
A beast at the end. The Byzantine Empire was preceded by the Roman Empire and ended by the Ottoman Empire, the tenth dynasty of Islam. The ten horns that shall hate the whore. The seven heads are the seven dynasties of the Roman Empire. Another fit. What about the number 666? Will that fit?
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?