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 Big Number
A place to start. A thousand years is real. A time when they reigned with Christ. He promised to be with us when we gather in His name. If they were reigning when they gathered in His name, they reigned with Christ. That was the case with the Byzantine Empire, a Christian empire, that lasted a thousand years.
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 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 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 clue from Daniel. John knows Daniel and Daniel knows number of years. Do we know what happened in the year 666? No. We do know that Muawiyah was preparing to attack Constantinople, the capital of a Christian empire that would last a thousand years, where they reigned with Christ. What does Gibbon know?
A Reason to Persevere
A hope for the future. You can overcometh. You can be sealed. Don’t give up. The problems of the day are temporary. Keep the faith and the future is yours. Eternal life is a promise for those who do. This is the message of the Apocalypse. Listen if you have an ear.
A Thousand Years
A place to start. There is only one thousand year empire and it was a Christian one where they reigned with Christ. The Byzantine Empire. This is where you start. Will it fit with the other numbers: 666, ten horns, seven heads, and five are fallen???? The “ten horns” connect Daniel and the word number.
A year or date. I started with the most famous number 666. In Daniel 9:2 number refers to years. From Wikipedia AD 666 we find the Byzantine Empire a Christian empire that would last a thousand years. What we don’t find is they were about to be attacked by a new religion, Islam. A closer look is warranted.