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or time of the end." It would, therefore, seem natural to suppose that the three and a half times would mark the limits of this period, when explained.
Now, our discovery shows that it has a double signification, or has two distinct lengths; and that one of them is 1,708 years long, and the other is 1,810; and one ended in 1776, and the other will end in 1878,
TWELVE HUNDRED AND NINETY AND THIRTEEN HUNDRED AND THIRTYFIVE DAYS.
As each symbolic vision has an interpretation, so has the vision of the length of the desolation of the nationality of God's Israel. And it will confirm our views above given.
1. Interpretation." And I heard, but I understood. not; then said, O my Lord, how long shall be these latter times, or latter wonders?" Such is Bishop Newton's translation of the passage, and it is very accurate.
Daniel had seen and heard what was to be upon the people of God, and the exact length of the time of their sufferings is now emphasized in his ears, but he does not. understand the terms used, and he asks for an explanation, and the explanation of the times is given. The reply to him is, that the words are closed up and sealed till the period of their fulfillment; but still the whole vision is briefly repeated, and the times explained in a different form.
2. Interpretation.-"The words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end. Many shall be purified. and made white; but the wicked (kingdom) shall do
wickedly; and none of the wicked (kingdoms) shall understand, but the wise (nation) shall understand. And from the time the daily sacrifice shall be taken away, and the abomination that maketh desolate 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." In these pasages are repeated: first, the fact that there is to be a period at the close of the sufferings of God's people, called the time of the end. Secondly; the sufferings of God's people through this long period of depression, is again mentioned. Thirdly; the wickedness of Rome is reaffirmed. Fourthly; in the end the people of God are to understand the prophecy with great profit. Fifthly; the Roman monarchies are not to understand or to believe in it. Sixthly; the 1290 and 1335 days represent the very same periods as the three and a half times. This must be so, because they are given in explanation of these very three and a half times. One length of the three and a half times must, therefore, be equal to 1290 days; and the other the 1335 days. Here we see that the times are resolvable into days. Now, the 1290 days are equal to 1708 years, and the 1335 days to 1809 years.
3. The time when these days were to be dated, is plainly at the destruction of Jerusalem; for the text most emphatically and constantly, throughout the vision, pins the beginning of these days right down to that epoch. The "wonders; " the "time of scattering the power of the holy people," and "the indignation," all begin right there; and the interpretation reiterates that there is the place and time to begin the days; for they
are to begin at the cessation of the daily sacrifice, and at the setting up of the desolation over Israel.
How any expositor could venture to begin these days at any other epoch, away from the destruction of Jerusalem, is very singular, and demonstrates that the words were truly closed up and sealed to all such violators of the plain words of holy writ.
APPLICATION OF THESE TIMES.
The destruction of Jerusalem by the Romans, occurred in the year 68 A. D. On the 14th of the month Nisan, the Roman army encamped at Jerusalem, but had entered Palestine somewhat earlier. On the 7th of Jyar, or on the fifteenth day of the siege, the Romans got possession of the first wall. The whole city was encompassed by a wall some time within the months of Jyar or Sivan. This wall was the cause of the great desolation by famine. On the 17th of Panemus, the daily sacrifice ceased; on the 10th of Ab, the temple was burned; on the 8th of Elul, the city was burned, and, about the middle of Tisri, the walls and whole city were demolished. The period of the destruction of the daily sacrifice, and the setting up of the desolator, occupied, as near as can be estimated, about six months.
It will be allowed that the period represented by these days may begin within the limits of the time the Roman army entered Judea and finished its conquests. No reasonable person would require a more specific point than this to begin with.
Now, the 1290 days are equal to 1708 years, and if we add this to A. D. 68, it brings us down to the year 1776 A. D. And, as three and a half times also equals 1708, we are also brought by this down to 1776. These two, therefore, coincide, and point to 1776 as the beginning of the restoration of Israel, or restoration of the saints or Christians to nationality; and also the beginning of "the time of the end," or "last end of the indignation."
Again; the 1335 days are equal to 1809 years, and if we date these at the close of the Jewish war, or the time when the desolator was established, or 683 A. D., we are brought down to about A. D. 18783. Then, as the three and a half times are equal to 1810 years, if we date them at the beginning of the war, or 683 A. D., we are brought down to 1778 A. D. These coincidences must be esteemed wonderful, and we may look to 1878 as the close of the time of the end; as the finishing point of the indignation; as the victory over monarchy; as the possession of the world by the Christian democracy; and as the end of war forever, and the erection of the Millennial republic.
"Go thou thy way till the end be; for thou shalt rest and stand in thy lot at the end of the days."
EPITOME OF DANIEL'S PROPHECIES AND THEIR MUTUAL
The four great visions of universal empire given by Daniel, all coincide with each other, point to point; the last two visions leaving out Babylon, which had passed away at the time they occurred. In the first two, the four metals and four beasts coincide in representing the four great monarchies; and after these two, leaving out Babylonia, they all agree together.
The gold head, and lion, both symbolize Babylon; the silver breast and arms, the bear with the two sides, the ram with the two horns, and the king of Persia, all coincide with the Medo-Persian empire; the belly and thighs of brass, the leopard with four wings and four heads, the he goat with one horn, divided into four horns, and the mighty king of Grecia, and the kingdoms of Syria and Egypt, all coincide with the Macedonian empire and its four divisions, ultimating in two.
The legs of iron, the fourth beast; the little horn from the he goat, or king of fierce countenance, and the willful king, or ARMS, all coincide with the Roman empire. The iron and clay, the little horn and ten horns, the fierce king understanding dark sentences, the willful king and his new god, all coincide with church and state union in the Roman empire. The ten toes and the ten horns coincide with the broken state of the Roman empire. The fall of the whole monarchy image, the taking of the fourth beast, the fall of the fierce king,