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· These cannot be literal days, for the dominion of the horn (Papacy,) was not taken away in that length of time.
The Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge says, "It is a remarkable fact, that the dominion of the Papacy, in that very kingdom which had been its chief stay for ages, was destroyed and disannulled by an act of the French Assembly in the year 1793, just 1260 years from its establishment." Here then we have four marks fixed, thus:
1260 years - 1793
1260 years 538
1798 Can we ask for any more proof that this application of the prophecy is the right one? In the 10th, 11th and 12th chapters of Daniel, we have a continued discourse from the angel Gabriel, conducting Daniel's view to the glorious period, when "they that turn many to righteousness shall shine as the stars forever and ever."
Two questions come up here: 1. What was taken away to make room for popery? Ans. Paganism. 2. When was it taken away? Ans. In 508, when the last of the ten kings (whose
kingdoms were the ten horns of the fourth beast) was converted to Christ.
1290 years. 508
“Blessed is he that waiteth and cometh to the 1335 days; but go thou thy way till THE END be, for thou shalt rest, and stand in thy lot at the end of the days." As the 1290 terminated in 1798, the 1335 must end in 1843.
The following Scate may illustrate the different periods. A. D. 538
From B. C. 1798
Length of the Vision 2300
Daniel enquires, How long shall it be to the end of these wonders? And I heard the man clothed in linen, which was upon the waters of the river, when he held up his right hand and his left hand unto heaven, and swear by him that liveth forever, that it shall be for a time, times and an half, and when he shall have accomplished to scatter the power of the holy people, all these things shall be finished."
And I heard, but I understood not: then said I, O, my Lord, what shall be the end of these things? And he said, Go thy way, Daniel; for the words are closed up, and sealed till the time of the end. Many shall be purified and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly, and none of the wicked shall understand. But the wise shall understand. And from the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away, and the abomination that maketh desolate be set up, there shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety days. Blessed is he that waiteth and cometh to the thousand three hundred and five and thirty days. But go thou thy way till the end be, for thou shalt rest and stand in thy lot, at the end of the days, i. e. the 1335 days, which commenced when the daily sacrifice was taken away, and the abomination which maketh desolate was set up.
Here two abominations are mentioned the daily, and the transgression of desolation: Dan. viii. 13. Both of these were desolating powers, although the latter is called, in Dan. xi. 31, and xii. 11, "the abomination that maketh desolate." The daily refers to Pagan Rome, — the transgression of desolation to Papal. The influence of Paganism, or the daily, began to decline under the agency of the preaching of the gospel, till at length, it entirely ceased, and Christianity became the religion of the Roman Empire; and Constantine gave his influence in its favor, in the fourth century. The altar of Paganism was not entirely removed from Rome, for it was not taken away till about A. D. 508, when, according to Gibbon's testimony, Vitalian, with an army of Huns and Bulgarians, mostly idolators, declared themselves the champions of the Catholic faith. Hence the taking away of the daily, or the end of Paganism. Then appears the abomination that maketh desolate, or the transgression of desolation. This abomination the Savior refers to in Math. xxiv. 15; and speaks of its standing in the holy place, and, as Paul saith, sitteth in the temple of God. See 2 Thess. ii. 4. The holy place signifies the church, the people of God, who are called, in the Scrip