A Common Year
A new calendar starting in 622 would be 666 of the Julian Calendar starting with 44 BC. The Hijri year is 622 and the start of the Islamic calendar. A search of Daniel shows number refers to years. John knows Daniel is the place to go for clues. Follow the numbers.
A number ten connecting prophecy with history. The tenth dynasty of Islam ended a thousand year reign of Christians. Fall of Constantinople. Not proof. Just another piece of the puzzle that fits. Need more numbers like the “seven heads” and the seven dynasties of the Roman Empire to support this hypothesis.
A calculation. 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. Also noted is the Greek fire used to defeat the attackers.
A clue from Daniel 9:2 where number refers to years. History shows Islam getting ready to attack Constantinople in the year 666. Based on 44 BC, 666 in the Julian calendar is 622 in the Gregorian calendar (started in 1582) and the beginning of the Islamic calendar. Gibbon also had a problem with dates.
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 fulfillment of prophecy in history. Count them. Better yet calculate them. A better translation. The number 666 must be calculated. It is a date. A year which depends on a calendar. You can count the different calendars but a conversion from one to another requires a calculation. A mark is a beginning. Start there. Even calendars have a beginning.
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 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 number to connect them. You can trust numbers. Interpretation not so much. We have way too many bible versions because translators can’t agree on the Word of God. Somehow they all agree on the numbers. Use them and history to confirm the fulfillment of prophecy.
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.