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of years; and that he shall then stand in his lot. John tells us, that as soon as the war closed, there was a first resurrection, and he then describes a final one, occurring a thousand years later. The resurrection, occurring immediately after the days of great tribulation, coincides with the words of Christ. He says, "immediately after the tribulation of those days, shall the sun be darkened, * * and the powers of heaven be shaken, and then shall appear the sign of the Son of Man, in heaven."
Second. "And they that be wise, shall shine as the brightness of the firmament, (or the sun) and they that turn many to righteousness, as the stars forever and ever." This is explained and enforced by the Saviour's words, "The Son of Man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom (on earth) all things that offend, and them which do iniquity, and shall cast them into a furnace of fire. Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun, in the kingdom of their Father."
THE SEALING OF THE VISION, AND THE DISCOVERY.
"But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end; many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased. Go thy way, Daniel, for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end."
First. The words to be sealed were those which related to the willful king, and the history of the world, during his existence, down to the time of his destruction.
This must be so, because, a part of the interpretation is expressly literal, and it is almost perfectly so, in every word, down to the destruction of the Hebrews by the willful king, or by ARMS. Here it changes into symbolic prophecy, or interpretation, and we are left altogether in the dark about both. As the prophecy of this period is said, by the angel, to be an interpretation of all the others, of the same period, it is evident, that if this was understood, all the rest could be; and if any others, of the same period, could be interpreted, this could be also; hence, it follows, that all prophecy of that period of the world, between the destruction of Jerusalem, was to be clearly understood by no one, "till the time of the end." Of the truth of this affirmation we need not write, for the whole Christian world agrees to the proposition, and all hold the book of Revelation, itself, to be a mystery, and yet all know that it predicts the great features of this period. Who has written a clear explanation of Daniel's visions of this period? Who has explained the times, and days, and months of the prophets? Who, that has adhered to prophetic expositions of this period, but has been obliged to hold his views as mere speculations, for want of any certain evidence upon which to ground them? Every thing, on all sides, has proved that the words relating to this great era were closed up and sealed.
Since the German reformation, many men have applied to the study of these predictions, yet they have seldom agreed together, and have done little more than to prepare the way for a final discovery; in some cases, they were very nearly right, yet he who follows them, will find he is following as much error as he is truth, for
the words were to be sealed until a later period, and in the age of the Medes and Newtons, there was still a vail over the law and the prophets.
Second. The words were to be sealed until a certain period, called "the time of the end." This appears, very plainly, to be the period between the 1290 and 1335 days. That the signification of the prophecy was then to be understood, seems not to be doubted, since the sealing “till” the time of the end, leads us to imply, necessarily, that their mystery would be then understood. Again, it is also stated, that they shall be understood by the wise, and not by the wicked. These terms are to be taken in their widest sense, and, of course, refer to nations, for they are prophetic terms of multitude. They seem to affirm that Israel restored will understand them, and Christian democracy generally, but that the monarchy system will not; and that they will not, because they are so wicked that they shall still be blinded, and shall hasten to their ruin.
They were to be understood in an age of "running to and fro;" that is, in an age of great travel, and trade, and emigration, and discovery; such as the present.
They were to be understood in an enlightened age, or one of great knowledge, as is the present.
Lastly; it was to be made by somebody, and not by chance, and its very delay was to be promotive of immense good to the church and the world. Its benefits will be without limit. The discovery of the mystery of this period we profess fully to have made; and if we are not mistaken, the great mass of people in our country will agree to our views.
LENGTH OF THE “INDIGNATION. ,,
We now come to the exact number of years during which the willful king was to domineer over the people of God. This number of years is affirmed in the vision, and is then repeated in an interpretation. Their beginning and ending are each distinctly stated, so that no difficulty can possibly occur on these points. We shall first take up the vision, and then the interpretation.
THREE AND A HALF TIMES.
First. Period of Wonders.
Vision." And one said to the man clothed in linen ** How long shall it be to the end of these wonders?"
The wonders here spoken of, can not date farther back in the vision than the destruction of Jerusalem by ARMS," or the Romans, for all the previous part of the vision is literal, and not mystic, or wonderful. This is proved, also, by the passage which immediately follows, explanatory of the term wonders, which says, "and when he shall have accomplished to scatter the POWER of the holy people, all these things shall be finished." In this passage, the pronoun "he" is represented as the scatterer of Israel's power, and plainly refers to the willful king, or ARMS; and, of course, the period of the Roman power from the destruction of Jerusalem is referred to, because the first we hear of this power of ARMS, is when he is casting down the sanctuary. Again;
the period of the destruction of the nationality of God's people is expressly affirmed to be the period of the wonders. The term, power, as here used, represents nationality; for it can have no other sense. "The powers that be, are ordained of God," means the governments. ordained of God; and in the above passage the word is used in the very same sense.
This period, also, plainly coincides with that which is called the period of "indignation," which is so frequently repeated, and which all know is synonymous with the destruction and desolation of Israel's nationality, or with the "times of the Gentiles upon Jerusalem.”
Second. Exact length of the period of the scattering of the nationality of Israel.
Vision." He held up his right hand and his left hand unto heaven, and sware by him that liveth forever and ever, that it shall be for a time times and a half."
The solemnity of this oath leads us to consider how very definite the length of this period was to be, and how important an era would transpire at its close.
The end of it was to be signalized by the cessation of the broken condition of the POWER or nationality of the saints or Christians. Of course, the reorganization of God's Israel into nationality is plainly taught; for the cessation of scattering is the beginning of union, and also the consummation of it. This gathering is also synonymous with the deliverance, by Michael, of those written in the book; and coincides with the great predictions of Israel's restoration.
The restoration to nationality must require considerable time, and is called "the last end of the indignation,