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tures, the “ holy people." It is evident that the Savior, in Matthew, alludes to the “ transgression of desolation," the Papal power, and not to the “ daily," or Paganism. The Papal power commenced, as we have seen, 538, when the time of trouble, more especially, began, to the people of God. There has been great tribulation to the church during the 1260 years. " The severity of this tribulation," says a recent writer on this subject, "began to be broken before the 1260 years expired; that the church was to remain in the wilderness. [See Rev. xii. 6.] The kings began to make war on that desolating power, [See Rev. xvii. 12— 16,] before the whole period allotted to it had expired; and the Reformation commenced about the same time, and thus the days in the violence of persecution were shortened, for the sake of the elect,' the church.”
THE TIME OF THE END.
The objection which is so strenuously urged against fixing on the time of the end, is without foundation in the Scriptures. God has . measured out time to his people, by days
months, and years, as every student of the Bible must acknowledge.
The prophecy of Noah is the first chronloogical prophecy on the record of God's word, and one of interest to us who are living at the closing period of the time of the Gentiles. Our Lord refers to it as descriptive of the world previous to his second advent. Gen. vi. 3. " And the Lord said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh, yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years." This passage is explained by a parallel mode of speech, in Neh. ix. 30. "Yet many years didst thou forbear them, and testified against them by thy spirit in thy prophets." It is very evident that the passage in Genesis implies that God had long borne with the antedeluvians, but all to no purpose. The end of his forbearance is now determined by the 120 days. "My Spirit shall not always strive with man;" i. e. shall not keep up the process of judgment, rebuke and mercy. At the time appointed it shall cease.
Here is a prophetical date fixed for a merciful purpose, for a warning to those on whom the judgment should come, if they repented not. The time is here specified, — a hundred and twenty days.
Other dates are determined by the wisdom of God, for equally important purposes as this.
Mr. Habershon, in his Guide to the study of chronological prophecy, has divided the chronological portion of it into eight parts, as follows:
PROHHECY. From the call of Abraham, and Gen.xv.12–14 from the mockery of Isaac to Israel's See also Acts deliverance out of Egypt, 430 years, vii. 6, 7. from 1921 to 1491, B. C. And 400 Ex. xii. 40, 42. years from 1891 to 1491, B. C. See Gal. iii. 1.
PERIOD II. From the first year of Ahaz, to Isa. vii. 1,9. the final overthrow of the kingdom of Israel, 65 years, from 742 to 677 B. C.
PERIOD III. From the commencement of Ju- Jer.xxv.8-12. dah's captivity in Babylon, to the xxix. 10. decree of Cyrus, 70 years; from 606 to 536, B. C. And from the destruction of Jerusalem to the decree of Darius Hystaspes, 70 years from 588 to 518 B. C.
Period IV. From the edict given to Ezra; in Dan. ix. 1, 4, the seventh year of Artaxerxes, to 20, 27. the death of Christ, 490 years from 457-6, B. C. to A D. 33, or 34.
| PROPHECY. This admits of a double appliction. Lev.xxvii.14
First, to the kingdom of Israel. 28.31-33, 40, From the final destruction of the king-41, 42, 44, 45. dom of Israel to its restoration, 2520 Dan. iv.16,23, years, from B. C. 727, to A. D. 1793 ; 25, 32. and from B. C. 677, to A. D. 1843—4.
Second application, (Judah,) from the dethronement of the house of David, and the destruction of the kingdom of Judah, to the millenium, 2520 years ; from B. C. 677 to A. D. 1843–4.
PERIOD VI. From the edict given to Ezra in the Dan. viii. 7th year of Artaxerxes, to the cleansing of the sanctuary, 2300 years, from B. C. 457 to A. D. 1843–4.
PERIOD VII. From the giving of the saints into the hands of the Papal power to its Dan, vii. Rev. fall; and from the formation of the xi.1, 2: xii.10, ten Papal kingdoms to their destruc-11. tion, 1260 years, from A. D. 533, to 1793; and from A. D. 583 or 4, to 1843 or 4.
The above periods of prophecy are introduced here to show that God has measured these events by time. They have a beginning and ending—and may be considered as the several great outlines of Jehovah s administration in the world.
The sixth Period including the 2300 years, is of the most importance to our subject. By examining the following class of prophetical numbers in Daniel, it will be seen that God has revealed time clearly in the vision.
1. Seven Times-Daniel In Revelations we have iv. 16.
the following notes of 2. Time, times, and the time. dividing of times.--Daniel1. An hour, a day, a vii. 25; xii. 7.
month, and a year.-Rev. 3. Two thousand and ix.15. three hundred days.-Dan. 2. A thousand two hunviii. 14-26.
dred and three score days. 4. Seventy weeks.--Dan. -Rev. xii. 6. ix. 24.
3. Forty and two months. 5. A thousand two hun-A-Rev. xi. 2: xii. 5. dred and ninety days.- 4. Six hundred and sixDan. xii. 11.
ty-six.-Rev. xiji. . 6. A thousand three hun- 5. In Ezekiel, Three dred and five and thirty hundred and ninety days days.—Dan. v. 12. and forty days.-Ezek. iv.
Here is time which God has revealed in his word, most of which essentially relates to the question of Daniel—How long shall be the vision? And to the answer, “ Unto 2300 days." The events included in this vision is sufficient evidence to every one acquainted with the history of these events, that they could not be ac