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seen above, was the pagan sacrifices offered in Rome, 1290 days were to elapse from the time they ceased to be offered, to the fall of papal rule. Paganism ceased in Rome A. D. 508. 1290 years (for we are to reckon those days, years) would bring us to 1798, when the papal dominion fell.
Verse 12: “ Blessed is he that waiteth and cometh to the 1335 days.” From the same period, the taking away the daily, to the end, should be 1335 days or years. The daily was taken away 508. 1335 years added to that, will bring us to A. D. 1813. “But go thou thy way till THE END BE; for thou shalt rest, and stand in thy lot at the end of the days.” At the end of 1335 years, then, the end will come, and Daniel will stand in his lot, with all the sanctified.
A few more remarks, and this division of the subject shall be dismissed. We have already seen that Daniel was directed to shut up the words and seal the book to the time of the end ; and afterward, when he wished to understand further respecting the prophecy he uttered, he was told that the words were closed and sealed to the time of the end. Now let this fact be compared with Acts i. 6, 7. When the disciples asked the Lord, “ Wilt thou at this time restore the kingdom to Israel ?” he replied, “It is not for you to know the times and seasons which the Father hath put in his own power.” The time of the end had not then come, therefore they were not permitted to understand the times foretold by the holy prophets. See also 1 Pet. i. 10–12. There we are told that the prophets searched and inquired diligently, what, and what manner of time, the Spirit of Christ did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ and the glory that should follow-everlasting glory. But it was revealed to them that they ministered, not to themselves, but to after generations. And how applicable are these remarks to Daniel. The Spirit of Christ taught him, and then directed him to close the words and seal the book to the time of the end ; and the words were shut up and the book sealed to the time of the end. BUT THAT TIME HAS COME. SECTION VI.
THE THREE WOES, AND THE TWO WIT
ENCOURAGEMENT FOR STUDYING THE BOOK OF
As the limits I have prescribed for myself in this work will not admit of my entering so fully into an examination of the book of Revelation as I could wish, I shall content myself with remarking upon some of the most important (if it is proper to use the term) points presented in that most deeply interesting book.
I am not unaware of the prejudice existing in the Christian world, against the study of this book, with the idea of understanding its meaning; but so long as I believe it to be, what it professes in its introduction to be, “ THE REVELATION OF Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to show unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John; who bare record of the word of God;" so long shall I feel justified in studying this sacred book. And again, while it is recorded, “ Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein," I shall
be encouraged, whatever my fellow-creatures may think of it, to endeavor, according to my ability, to read and understand these words; for God has pronounced his blessing on such a work. Can we ask, then, for stronger encouragement for reading and endeavoring to understand the book? It is Heaven's own book, and as such, it is every way worthy of our perusal. We will, therefore, enter on the examination of one of the subjects presented in this interesting prophetic book, viz., the sounding of the three wo trumpets spoken of in the 9th, 10th and 11th chapters. I have selected this particular subject, because it affords some striking and tangible evidence of the near approach of the everlasting kingdom of the Lord Jesus Christ. For, when the sixth angel has done sounding, the second wo will be passed, and the third wo and the seventh trumpet will come quickly. And when the seventh trumpet does sound, and third wo come, then, “the kingdoms of this world shall become the kingdoms of our Lord and his Christ; and he shall reign forever and ever."
THE ANGEL OF THE BOTTOMLESS PIT, REV. IX.
" And the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star fall from heaven unto the earth : and to him was given the key of the bottomless pit. And he opened the bottomless pit; and there arose a smoke out of the pit, as the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air were darkened by reason of the smoke of the pit. And there came locusts out of the smoke on the earth; and unto them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power. And it was commanded that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads. And to them it was given that they should not kill them, but that they should be tormented FIVE MONTHS.”
There is a very general agreement at the present day, among prophetic expositors, that the subject of this prophecy is Mohammedism. I shall not, therefore, enter into a particular explanation of the various figures used in the prophecy, but take it for granted that those who thus apply it are correct, and confine myself principally to the examination of the prophetic periods mentioned in the chapter, and endeavor to show their fulfilment. If this can be done, it is in itself the strongest evidence that a right application is made of the prophecy, when it is applied to Mohammedism.
The first prophetic period which occurs in the chapter, is in the 5th verse ; "that they should be tormented five months.” A prophetic month consists of 30 days, as in Rev. xiii., and each day represents a year. Five months will amount to 150 years. During 150 years the lucusts (or warlike armies of horsemen) which came out of the smoke, (the Mohammedan errors,) for the propagation of his religion, were to torment a certain nation of men. But what nation? And when were they to begin the work? These are questions to be settled. · I shall endeavor to determine the first question by settling the second. When, then, were