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 with Ten Horns
A connection to Daniel. John knows Daniel who knows beasts. The “ten horns” ties the second beast of the Apocalypse to the fourth beast of Daniel. They are kings or dynasties which are easier to count especially if you let them do the counting. The ten dynasties of Islam according to Islam.
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 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 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 dynasty. Five are fallen, and one is, and the other is not yet come. The Roman Empire had seven dynasties. Chrysostom is the only significant John during the sixth dynasty and he was in Ephesus when Jerome was finishing the Vulgate. Someone had to verify that John the Apostle wrote the Apocalypse to get it in the bible.
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.
A Number of Dynasties
A horn in the bible is a dynasty. Can you count them? Islam can. Constantinople, the capital of a Christian empire that lasted 1000 years, fell to the Ottomans which is the tenth dynasty of Islam. Can you say beast? Naming the beasts must be consistent with numbers and Daniel.
A civil and religious yoke of the Koran. Gibbon gets us close to 666 and if you use his “46 years” with an Islamic calendar converter, you get exactly 666. His problem with dates is noted. The Hijri marks the beginning of Islam, 622CE, or 666 with 44BC as the mark of the Julian calendar.