The following is a discussion of the numbers in the Apocalypse by Christopher Wordsworth (1807-1885), the Bishop of Lincoln, from his Lectures on the Apocalypse. 
In Daniel 7, four beasts are described, that are easily identified with the four successive world dominating cultures of Babylon, the Medes and Persians, the Greeks, and the Romans.
In John W. Gregson’s interpretation of Revelation 12:15, 144,000 Jews flee across the desert pursued by a turbulent flood of water that threatens to drown them. Apparently Gregson believes that literal water is meant. The water is absorbed in the desert sand. Gregson wrote: 
Ford C. Ottman (1859-1929) was a Presbyterian pastor in Stamford Conn. In his commentary on Revelation 12:7-17, he interpreted the woman in this chapter as the Jews, and the flood from the mouth of the serpent in Revelation 12:15 as armies which attack Jerusalem. He said the Jews will flee to a literal desert in order to escape their enemies.
Clearly, the flood from the mouth of the serpent is not an army of men, as the serpent is a symbol of Satan. I suggest that Ottman’s flawed interpretation, presented below, is part of the flood from the mouth of the serpent foretold in the prophecy. His book contributed to a flood of books and preaching promoting dispensationalism during the late 19th and 20th centuries, that carried away the churches, especially in America.
Herbert L. Peters (1946-2007) was the owner of an insurance business in Lake Isabella, Calif. He was the founder of the Bible prophecy website Fulfilled Prophecy. He became interested in Bible prophecy after reading Hal Lindsey’s books. Peters thought that he had found a flaw in the dispensational interpretation of the events in the final week of Daniel’s 70 weeks. He noticed that in Daniel 12:7, the time, times and a half extends to the end of the age. In that period the power of the saints is scattered. This he took to be referring to a final three and a half year tribulation, when the seven seals of Revelation would be opened, and the seven trumpets would be blown. First a treaty of some kind would be made between a European union of 10 nations and the Jewish state in Palestine. Peters tentatively identified this treaty or covenant with an obscure document, called “Recommendation 666,” which involved an agreement referred to as the “European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument” (ENPI). He wrote a book about his idea that this might be the treaty referred to in Daniel’s prophecy.  Peters wrote on January 2, 2007: 
In a blog post a few years ago about What happens to the Land in the NT?, Chris Tilling offered the following five suggestions:
Structure of the prophecy:
‘A nation is come up upon my land’ – Joel 1:1-6
The desolation of the land – Joel 1:7-20
Description of the army – Joel 2:1-2:11
Call to repentance – Joel 2:12-17
God’s blessings – Joel 2:18-32
Judgment scene, involves all nations – Joel 3:1-15
God dwells in Zion – Joel 3:16-21