A Beast of Daniel
A connection with the Apocalypse. John knows Daniel. Both have a beast with “ten horns” which should fit with history in the same way. This requires a close look at the King of the North and the King of the South. The fourth beast of Daniel was diverse from all the beasts and must show up somewhere in history.
A Great City
A whore hated by the beast with ten horns. Constantinople can be found no more at all. It is a mystery and likely to remain so. It is the only city to satisfy all the characteristics of Babylon the Great: seven hills, many waters, merchants, and is fallen, is fallen. Constantinople is Babylon the Great.
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 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 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 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 Big Part
A key to understanding the Apocalypse. They reigned with Christ a thousand years. The Byzantine Empire has all the pieces. Babylon the Great. Seven Heads. Ten Horns. Two Beasts. All the pieces fit. The numbers fit. They fit with Daniel. This is where you start.
A High Priest
A candlestick and olive tree. Two witnesses. A search for two olive trees leads to Zechariah 4:3 and that leads to Zerubbabel a governor who is always associated with Joshua a high priest. Church and state. History has two Christian empires; the Byzantine Empire and the Holy Roman Empire. Both were defeated by the horns of the second beast. The Byzantines actually used Greek Fire coming out of the mouths of animal figures mounted on the boats to defeat the Muslim attackers.
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.