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Daniel 11 Explained (condensed ‘one page’ commentary) ‘Matthew 24’ Explained (must match Revelation) The ‘Seals’ Explained (Revelation timeline revealed) Seven Churches Explained (Past & Present Church Prophecy) Note: the ‘Sitemap’ shows a complete list of all pages (by category). ‘Homepage’ gives 3 simple steps + timelines + summary.              Real Meaning of 666 in the Bible         (God’s Timeline of 37’s + more) Introduction     The ‘number of the beast’ is a riddle from God that wasn’t going to be solved until God was ready because it required info about Daniel 11, which was ‘sealed until the time of the end’.  The riddle reveals certain information about the antichrist from Daniel 11:36, which is helpful because the abomination and rapture, from Daniel 11:31, obviously come first, chronologically.  I think it’s more important to watch the signs (or verses) in Daniel 11, but I feel obligated to share my findings because God was gracious enough to reveal the information.  Revelation 13:18 This calls for wisdom. If anyone has insight, let him calculate the  number of the beast, for it is man's number. His number is 666.”  related page: ‘The 70th Seven’ (must match Daniel 11) related page: The Antichrist (Daniel 11:36) related page: The ‘Antichrist’ (Daniel 11:36) Originally written: 12-03-2015 Illustration of the 70th Seven with the blood moons and anniversaries Illustration of the 70th Seven with the blood moons and anniversaries             Side Note:   I would never have discovered God’s “Timeline of 37’s” if I hadn’t already discovered the real meaning of Daniel 11, which highlights the Shiites as the “final empire”, starting in verse 21, and leading to the ‘abomination’, in verse 31.      Honestly, it’s the only interpretation of Daniel 11 that makes any sense and it’s proving itself by continuing to happen in the Middle East.   See current events (Dan 11:31)  Solution to God’s riddle of 666   Simply put, the number 666 is divided by the sum of its digits (18) to reveal man’s number, which is “37”.  That’s why the riddle says to “calculate” the number of the beast or man’s number, but then gives a number as 666.  A person is supposed to use the number 666 to “calculate” man’s number.  Thus, 666 / (6+6+6) = “37”.  After God led me to this answer, a whole “timeline of 37’s” was revealed to prove the point, which is explained below.  Note: The ‘timeline of years’ doesn’t depend on any human calendar because it has its own logical starting point and proceeds by counting ‘years’, or revolutions of the earth around the sun. God’s timeline of 37’s   The main thing that proves “37” is the solution to God’s riddle in Revelation 13 are the events that happened in Islam and the Church, in units of ‘37-years’. [Chart below]  537 BC – God’s “Book of Truth” was revealed to Daniel   Daniel 11, God’s “Book of Truth”, was given to Daniel in the 3rd year of King Cyrus’ reign of Babylon (where Daniel was living), which was 537 BC. [Note: 1st year - 539 BC, 538, 537]    Note: I previously started the timeline at 610 AD because it was the start of Islam but this recent discovery makes even better sense because it shows that God started controlling certain events on multiples of 37-years as soon as He gave the “Book of Truth” to Daniel.  Plus, it makes better sense because God said to “calculate the number of the beast” in Revelation 13, which was written way before Muhammad was ever born.  Therefore, God already had the number ‘37’ in mind when Muhammad received his vision.  167 BC – Antiochus IV Epiphanes desecrated the 2nd Jewish Temple   Seleucid King Antiochus IV Epiphanes was different from previous Seleucid or Ptolemaic rulers (four winds - Dan. 11:4) because he forbade the Jewish religious practices, which led to a revolt.  In 167 BC, after squashing the revolt, he ordered that an altar to Zeus be set up in the 2nd Jewish Temple, and that pigs be sacrificed on the altars to punish the Jews.  Subsequently, Judah Maccabee led another revolt that defeated the Seleucids and afterwards, the Jews cleansed the Temple.  Antiochus IV Epiphanes died, in Syria, before he could enact revenge and his successor made a compromise to restore religious freedoms to the Jews.    It’s interesting that the reviled acts came exactly 777-years before the vision to Muhammad.  It’s like God was bringing one era to a finish, in 610 AD, while another era was just starting.  Note: Some people have attributed the altar to Zeus to being the ‘abomination that causes desolation’ but it couldn’t have been because Jesus refers to the abomination in the future.  Nevertheless, it was indeed a significant event, due to where it lands on God’s timeline.    Note: I must give proper credit to a loyal reader of the website, Mark S., for pointing out that 167 BC was indeed on the timeline.  It was brought to his attention because a rare coin from King Antiochus’s rule was recently discovered in Jerusalem.  The discovery of the coin was odd because excavations had ended in that area, almost 30 years ago, but it was found in a garden near the Tower of David, next to a wall, during routine conservation work.  Seeing that year on the timeline led me to the above 537 BC.  God does work in mysterious ways. 610 - Muhammad’s vision and the ‘Final Empire’ in Daniel 11   610 AD is an important year the timeline because it was the start of Islam.  That was the year that Muhammad supposedly received his vision from Allah and began preaching in Mecca.  Note: It’s not the start of the Islamic calendar because Muhammad was ridiculed for about 12 years, until he gathered his family and a few followers and moved to Medina, where they spread their new religion by force.  That particular move is the start of the Islamic calendar.  Of course, they returned later to conquer Mecca and the rest is history.  Muhammad and his 1st four caliphs, called the Rashidun Caliphate, was the original ‘king of the south’ in Daniel 11:5  Notice: From Muhammad’s vision in 610 AD to the start of Daniel’s final empire in Dan 11:21, which started in 1979, is exactly ‘37 units of 37-years’.  In other words, 610 AD + (37x37) years = 1979.  Perfection for the number of the beast!    Seriously, the ‘start of Islam’ is connected to the ‘start of the final empire’ or Islamic Revolution in Daniel 11:21, by a ‘perfect square’ of the solution to God’s riddle in Rev 13.  Can there be any doubt?  Plus, Muhammad’s vision was 666 yrs from Osman’s vision. (below) 869 - The birth of the 12th and final Imam   869 AD was the birth of the 12th and final Imam, Muhammad al-Mahdi, who disappeared at age 5 (called the occultation) but whom the Shiites believe will return to bring justice and righteousness to the world (before Jesus returns).  Note: The Sunni have a similar belief about a Mahdi, but believe it could be anyone, not the divine return of this individual.  In any event, the 12th Imam is an important figure in Twelver Islam because that’s how Twelvers got their name.  Plus, it’s the type of Shia Islam practiced in Iran and Iraq.    His birth is on God’s timeline of 37’s because: 610 AD + (7x37) years = 869 AD 1276 - Osman’s vision (connected by 666 years)   1276 was when Osman received his vision of a vast empire that stretched to three continents, mentioned in Daniel 11:14.  His descendants formed the Ottoman Empire and several generations later, the vision was fulfilled because they controlled parts of Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, for over 400 years (outlined in Daniel 11: 15-19).    What’s even more significant is that both major visions in Islam, Muhammad’s and Osman’s, were separated by 666 years:  610 AD + 666 years = 1276. 1054 & 1720 - The ‘Church’s’ connection   1054 was the mutual excommunications, which took place between the Western Church (Rome) and the Eastern Church (Constantinople), which started the “great schism.”    The ‘schism’ is on God’s timeline of 37’s because: 610 AD + (12x37) years = 1054. It effectively divided Church #3 from Church #4 in the Seven Churches of Revelation 2 & 3.   1720 has a connection because that’s when Peter-the-Great eliminated the Patriarch of Russia and replaced him with a secular assembly, called the Holy Synod (actually in Jan 1721). (It seems that Peter-the-Great wasn’t very religious.)  That was the largest eastern church at the time because Constantinople had been taken over by Islam (changed to Istanbul).  Note: The Patriarch of Russia was restored in 1917, after the Russian revolution.  Yet, it’s interesting that two major events concerning the east and west churches happened almost exactly 666 yr apart.   2016 has a connection because the leaders of the Western Church (Pope in Rome) and Eastern Church (Patriarch of Russia) met for the first time since 1054, in Cuba, on February 12, 2016. Note: They met just one day after Iran’s 37th anniversary started.  It was the first event that I noticed being in a multiple of 37-years and it caused me to start finding all the other events. 1979 - Major events in the North, South, and Israel   1979 was an important year with the Shiites of Iran, who are the ‘North’ in Daniel 11, starting with verse 21 (Islamic Revolution), and extending to the end of the chapter.  It literally brought the resurgence of Shia influence and power in the Middle East, which was almost gone.    1979 also brought changes in Saudi Arabia, which is the ‘South’ in Daniel 11:25.  The Grand Mosque in Mecca was seized by a group of 400-500 insurgents, who claimed that they were being led by the Mahdi (Sunni).  They claimed that the Saudi government was corrupt and must be disbanded, which didn’t sit well with the House of Saud.  The insurgents were eventually routed and killed, including the supposed Mahdi.  Yet, in the aftermath of the seizure, the House of Saud enacted much stricter enforcements of Sharia Law and Wahhabism, which is the jihadi or terrorist form of Islam, which they spread worldwide.    1979 also brought the first peace treaty between Arabs and Jews, when Egyptian president, Anwar Sadat, signed a peace agreement with Israeli president, Menachem Begin.    As I said, 1979 is an important year on the timeline: 610 AD + (37x37) years = 1979. Page available for printing on PDF. Current Events from Daniel 11 (matching the Middle East) Who is the Antichrist?   Briefly, the 666 potentially points to Ahmadinejad because he was the 6th president of Iran, the final empire, (which started in Daniel 11:21), and he turned 60 years old within that 37th anniversary.  That’s a lot of 6’s, considering that 37 is the solution to the 666 riddle.   Other than his age and personality, Ahmadinejad is a ‘long-shot’ to fulfill another riddle in Revelation 17 (about the eight kings), if he can become the 8th president.  Of course, that would probably be after the rapture.  Note: There are other possibilities for the 8th king (or president) but they don’t fit the riddle quite as well.  See antichrist page for more details. Illustration of the 70th Seven with the blood moons and anniversaries Illustration of the 70th Seven with the blood moons and anniversaries 537 BC 3rd year of Cyrus The Book of Truth (Dan 11) given to Daniel. Daniel 10:1 610 AD Muhammad  received his original vision that started Islam. Daniel 11:5 167 BC Antiochus IV Epiphanes ordered an altar to Zeus to be erected in the 2nd Temple. 1054 The “great schism” begins, which divides east/west (churches 3&4) of 7-churches Revelation 3&4 1276 Osman receives a vision of a great empire, which later becomes the Ottomans. Daniel 11:14 1350 peak of the black plague  in Europe (1346-1353) Rev 2: 21-23 1720 Peter the Great eliminated the Patriarch of Russia. ‘east church’ (Jan 1721) 1979 The Islamic Revolution of Iran, which started the final empire in Daniel 11:21. 2016 Many things happened, particularly Dan 11: 26-30, leading to the Abomination in Daniel 11:31 God’s Timeline of 37’s - Chart  *marked to scale (starting when Daniel was given God’s “Book of Truth” - Daniel 11) 10 units x 37 370 years 21 units x 37 777 years 12 x 37 444 years 6 x 37 222 yrs 2x  74y 10 x 37 370 yrs 7 x 37 259 yrs 1x  37y 666 years 666 years 666 years 37 x 37 years 1369 years (start of Islam to the start of the final empire) 869 AD Birth of the 12th Imam (or Mahdi) *not shown Comments on above events 666-years apart (as noted at bottom of chart)  (*I wasn’t just haphazardly linking things that were 666 years apart.) 1. Muhammad’s vision (610) and Osman’s vision (1276) are both notable visions in Islam. 2. The great schism (1054) and Peter the Great (1720) both involved the Christian Churches. 3. The black plague (1350) was a severe distress on mankind and the abomination and rapture     will bring an even greater distress (Matt 24:21) as it starts God’s wrath from Rev 8 through 19.  Note: It’s appropriate that 1350 was the middle of a 7-year period, rather than just one year,  because the abomination will also be the ‘middle’ of a 7-year period: the 70th Seven. (Dan 9:27)     The Mathematical Anomaly of “37”  (read if you like math)    As I pointed out, 3-like-6’s divided by the sum of their digits equals “37”, man’s number.    It didn’t take long (couple days) to realize that all the 3-like-digit numbers, when divided by their sum, also equaled “37”.  Yet, that didn’t dampen my spirit at all.  It just means that God could have used any 3-like-digits to make His riddle equal 37 but He chose 666 because it obviously had a second meaning, which tied to ancient Babylon’s number system of 6 and 60.    It also points to the antichrist, during end times, because the 6th president of Iran will be 60 in the 37th anniversary of Iran.  In other words, the 666 is used to find man’s number (and the timeline of 37’s) and then they tie together for another meaning, pointing to the antichrist. Let’s get philosophical    Another way to look at this is to think about the ‘3-like-digits’ as representative of the Father, Son, & Holy Spirit.  In fact, 3-like-digits (in one number) are very representative of the Trinity.  Man’s number (37) can only come by 'separating' and 'dividing', which is what Satan tries to do to Christians.  Yet, Christians can defeat Satan by bonding into One.  Let’s get mathematical    I think I’ve shown that God can make a good riddle (with multiple layers) but He’s also the Ultimate Mathematician so let’s go deeper into “man’s number” and expose what “37” really is.  [ominous laugh for effect: Ha ha haaa.]    Anyway, an e-mailer noticed the consistency with the ‘3-like-digit numbers’, all equaling 37, as noted above, but he went the extra mile and checked other ‘like-digit’ numbers, and found that they also stayed consistent (when the rule was applied) but they equaled different amounts.     For example: 2-like-digits / sum-of-digits = 5.5                        4-like-digits / sum of digits = 277.75                        5-like-digits / sum-of-digits = 2222.2    Anyway, the e-mailer pointed out that another whole number does not appear until:                        9-like-digits / sum-of digits = 12,345,679.  (No remainder)    That sparked my interest (8 digits, in order, without the 8) so I had to investigate farther.  I found that the 8 was not significant but there was definitely a ‘pattern within a pattern’.  A ‘pattern within a pattern’ that results in “what?”    My curiosity got the best of me so I did the next in the series, which I figured was 27-like-digits (factor of 3 higher) and sure enough; it came out to a whole number. (meaning no remainder) I had to use paper and a calculator to make the long division shorter, which still took 4 steps, but a definite pattern emerged.  (I used 1’s but I’m sure the rule is consistent for all digits.)      Answer: 27-like-digits / sum-of-digits = 411 522 633 744 855 967 078 189 3. (25 digits)    At first glance, it looks like it goes out of rhythm but it really doesn't.  It’s an ascending series of 3-digits but when the 9’s ascend to 10, the 1 gets carried to the previous digit, and becomes 0.  For example: after 855 should have been 966, 10-77, 11-88, and 12-99, but the 10’s got absorbed in the previous digit.  Think about it.  The last series of 1-digit, which would have been 299 got rounded up and shortened to 3, so it would have the required 25-digits, with no remainder.     That’s when I saw the ‘pattern within the pattern’ but I had to go higher, to ‘see what I could see’.  In keeping with the first pattern, I figured the next number to come out as an even whole number was ‘81-like-digits’ (a factor of 3 higher), which was a big number.     If my hypothesis was correct, it would be an ascending series of 9-digits (factor of 3 higher), with the 10’s carrying to the previous, like the other answer, with no remainder.  This time, it took two pieces of paper (10 steps) but I had to finish, once I started.  The result not only proved my hypothesis but added an interesting observation, at the beginning and end.     Answer: 81-like-digits / sum-of-digits = 137174211 248285322 359396433 470507544 581618655 692729766 803840877 914951989 0260631 (79-digits, no-remainder)    I actually checked my answer, using the ascending pattern and carrying the 10’s, and it came out the same, with the last digit in the last series being 099, which got rounded up and shortened to 1.     That’s when I saw a third pattern because there’s always ‘9 series’, with the last series shortened.  The first series will always end with 1’s, ascending to 9’s in the last, but the last set of 9’s gets rounded up and shortened to make the proper number of digits, with no remainder.     I even started the next number, which would be 243-digits, but I didn’t finish because the answer would be 240-digits long!  However, I did take it out 35-digits with a calculator, to see the pattern, and then I completed 81-digits, using the ascending rule and carrying the 10’s.     Part answer: 243-like-digits / sum-of-digits = 457247370827617741197988111  568358481938728852309099222   679469593049839963420210333 … (1st 81-digits)    As expected, it’s an ascending series of 27-digits, with 1’s at the end of the first series, which would result in 999 at the end of the 9th series, which would get rounded up and shortened, so the answer would have just 240-digits, with no remainder.  So what’s my point?    Since the pattern holds when going “up”, something interesting happens when going back “down”.  In other words, the 81-like-digits (34) resulted in an ascending series of 9-digits (32) [until the 9th series gets shortened of course].  Going on down, the 27-like-digits (33) resulted in an ascending series of 3-digits (31).  Notice how the exponent, in the result, is always ‘2 less’ than the number.  Thus, 9-like-digits (32) resulted in an ascending series of 1-digit (30).  Do you see where I’m going?  Big philosophical finish …    By the same rule, when 3-like-digits (31) results in 37, the answer is actually an ascending series of “1/3-digit” (3-1) [negative exponents go to the denominator], which is really “no digit” at all So how can a whole number have just 1/3 or no digits?  It’s a mathematical anomaly.  And when you think about it, man’s number having “no digits” is like man bringing “nothing into the world and taking nothing out”.  On the other hand, if I consider “37” as “one-third of a digit”, and multiply by 3 to make “1-digit” again, then it equals 111.  So how can 3-like-1’s be just-1-digit?  Like I said in the beginning, it’s like the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, 3-like-Individuals that are One-in-Spirit.     Plus, God took “37-years” and made a “timeline” (above), with important anniversaries, and placed ‘one clue’ in Revelation 13 (the 666), so all this could be proven at the appointed time.  Now, that’s an Awesome God, and that’s my point. The Abomination (Daniel 11:31) done Recent Events ISIS - Saudi - Turkey (Daniel 11: 24-27) Final Events to the Abomination (Daniel 11: 28-30) Shiites re-take Persia + America’s Role Begins (Daniel 11: 21-23) soon done done 2016 - Gone but not forgotten    Well, Jesus didn’t return in 2016 (or the 37th anniversary of Iran) but it was a wild year that saw Daniel 11 advance from verse 26 to 31 (just in the second half) so the abomination is closer than ever.  Here is a quick summary from Daniel 11, showing how things sped up in 2016.  Daniel 11:21 – (1979) Islamic Revolution in Iran re-established the Shiites as a regional power.  Daniel 11:22 – (2003) US defeated Saddam Hussein, Iran’s closest enemy.  Daniel 11:22 – (2011) US pulled all troops out of Iraq, as directed by an earlier deal. Daniel 11:22 – (Sept 2013) US did not fire missiles at Assad but opted to let Russia       dismantle chemical weapons instead. Daniel 11:23 – (Nov 2013) Interim nuclear deal, a historic agreement, was signed with Iran.  Daniel 11:24 – (June 2014) ISIS invaded northern Iraq and declared a caliphate. Daniel 11:25 – (March 2015) Saudi Arabia declared war on Yemen because they said       Iran was involved, and the Houthis were winning the civil war. Daniel 11:26 – (July 2016) Attempted coup in Turkey turned Erdogan away from Saudi Arabia       and more towards Russia, Iran, and Assad.  Daniel 11:27 – (Sept 2016) G20 summit: Erdogan still sat with the Deputy Crown Prince       from Saudi Arabia, Muhammad bin Salman. Daniel 11:28 – (Sept 2016) It was the first meeting of the UN General Assembly since       Iran satisfied the nuclear deal requirements and they complained that       America wasn’t holding up their end of the bargain. Daniel 11:29 – (Sept 2016) Houthis began a new offensive into southern Saudi Arabia. Daniel 11:30 - (Oct 2016) US Navy fired 3 missiles and destroyed Houthi radar sites on       the Red Sea coast.  After that, the Houthis lost ground and even pursued       a peace settlement, for a while, but the Saudis wouldn’t compromise. Daniel 11:30 - (Dec 2016) UN approved resolution 2334 that condemned Israeli settlements,       and demanded that all building stop.  On the same day, the UN funded a       ‘blacklist’ to help the BDS boycott.  (Dec 2017)  The UN voted 128-9 to       condemn Trump’s declaration that Jerusalem was the capital of Israel, thus       “forsaking the holy covenant.”   I think the verse has been satisfied. 2016 Triangular Numbers    To make a long story short, someone e-mailed me and told me that 666 was “triangular.”  Now, math was always my favorite subject, and I took a lot in college, but ‘triangular numbers’ were never mentioned.  After checking what they were, I found that a triangular numbers are just the sum of a finite, ascending series of numbers, starting with one.  Mathematically written:  T = {1+2+3+4+ … + n}   The reason it’s called “triangular” is that if you arrange coins on a table and stagger them so that each row has one additional coin, then it makes a triangle. (right)    It was interesting to me, not just because 666 qualifies, but because 666 was not the only triangular number in the Bible.  As you can imagine, the higher the number, the more extraordinary it becomes.  One occurrence might be a coincidence but several can’t be an accident.  I also read that these are the only 3-digit numbers in the New Testament.  Acts 1:15 – approximate # of people in the room = 120 = {1+2+3+4+ … +15} John 21:11 – exact # of fish caught in the net = 153 = {1+2+3+4+ … +17} Acts 27:37 – exact # of passengers in Paul's shipwreck = 276 = {1+2+3+4+ … +23} Rev 13:18 – the number of the beast = 666 = {1+2+3+4+ … +36}   I’m really not into numerology but I chose to include this because it complements the above math section.  I mean, this illustrates that God used sums of ascending numbers in the Bible, including 666.  The math section above, which started with 666, revealed ever increasing quantities of ascending digits.  Obviously, God likes things to ascend, rather than descend.    Additionally, any ‘3-like-digit’ number, divided by its ‘sum of digits’, was equal to ‘37’, but only 666 is also a ‘triangular number’, which is kind-of distinguishing from the others.    Of course, I don’t go around looking for examples of numerology but I’m aware that God created an orderly universe that operates on mathematical formulas.  It’s no wonder that He also embedded numbers in the Bible, with formulas, to show His order and control.    As a bonus: The total number of books in the Bible = 66 = {1+2+3+4+ … + 11}  The question is: Did God plan it that way? … Probably. Illustration of the 70th Seven with the blood moons and anniversaries Illustration of the 70th Seven with the blood moons and anniversaries Human Fun Facts   ‘37’ degrees Celsius is the healthy human body temperature.  I never realized, because Americans use Fahrenheit, but someone told me by e-mail.  (He knows who he is.)  I agree that it’s no accident because the Celsius scale is based on 100 units between the freezing point of water and the boiling point of water.  You can see on my page called “Creation vs. Science that water was very important in the beginning, which is why it’s found in all living things, plant and animal.  In fact, one could say that water was God’s first ‘earthly’ creation because God’s Spirit was above the ‘waters’, even before the earth had form. (Genesis 1:1-2)  Anyway, it’s interesting that the human body, which is mostly water, was designed to maintain a healthy temperature that is 37% between the two extremes.  That gives a slightly different meaning to the term “man’s number.”    Another interesting fact I noticed, while checking the conversion, is that ‘if’ the Fahrenheit scale started at zero, the human body temp would be 66.6 degrees F.  (98.6 - 32 = 66.6) In other words, the Fahrenheit scale has 180 units, between the freezing point and boiling point of water (212-32), and 37% of 180 just happens to be 66.6 degrees.  It just seems odd to me, given that there’s only been two temperature scales, throughout history, that I know of.    While I’m on the subject, a different person e-mailed me, a long time ago, and pointed out that Carbon atoms, which are found in all living things (basis of Carbon dating), have 6 protons, 6 electrons, and 6 neutrons, which is another fun fact concerning “man’s number.”