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interests of the world, and closed more minds against the light, by putting an end to inquiry on their part, than all that has ever appeared besides, whether by Christians, Universalists, or Infidels.
The effect of the book is not confined to those who have read it, but multitudes who have never seen the work, but have heard of it, and seen the puffs which it has received from those who are in fact as ignorant on the subject as themselves, have concluded the whole discussion is at an end, and that there is no need of their investigating it at all for themselves.
With a view to counteract this influence, the following pages have been written; and it is not saying too much to say that they have met, in the most full and candid manner, the objections and arguments Mr. Dowling has urged against Mr. Miller's views of the second coming of Christ in 1843.
The argument instituted by Mr. D. on the seventy weeks, that, taking the date of that period as the starting. point, the 2300 days would have ended in 1839, has been fully met and its fallacy exposed. The seventy weeks are clearly demonstrated to have been fulfilled when the Savior ascended into heaven. His attempt, also, to make the impression that the seventy weeks did not end until some three or four years after the death of Christ, has met a full answer.
The fallacy of making it appear that the 2300 days are only so many Jewish sacrifices taken away by Antiochus Epiphanes, who, he says, was the little horn" of Daniel,
The connection between the 2300 days of the 8th, and the seventy weeks of the 9th chapter, which Mr. Dowling denies, is fully sustained by an argument which has never before been presented to the public in any públication. It is an argument which every candid mind will at once
acknowledge to be clear and conclusive, that the seventy weeks is the key to the vision of the 8th chapter.
The items of history in chapter 5, relative to the giving the saints into the hand of the pope, and the argument showing the 1260 years of papal authority to have begun in 538 and ended in 1798, are points of prime importance, and settle that in such a manner that no one will undertake to overthrow the conclusion at which the author has arrived. With such an argument, establishing the fulfilment of that period, it does not need any long and labored effort to prove that it did not begin in 606 or 755, or any other period named by Mr. D. For if it began in 538 it did not begin afterward or before.
The date of the 1290 and 1335 days, or years as Mr. D. allows them to be, is a point on which he has expended much labor to make Mr. M. appear ridiculous. This also has received attention, and is clearly shown, from a distinct historical fact from an eminent author, to have been A. D. 508; and hence, the conclusion is irresistible that in 1843 Daniel will stand in his lot.
This will be a very valuable work for reference, and will no doubt be regarded as a standard work. It meets fairly all the weighty objections that have been, or may be brought against us.
It is now commended to the lovers of truth, and the students of prophecy.
JOSHUA V. HIMES Boston, March 12, 1842.
maketh desolate”—The date of the 1,290 and 1,335
days—They extend to the second coming of Christ, or
the resurrection, . . . . . . . . 81 .
MR. DOWLING'S ARGUMENTS RELATING TO THE
SEVENTY WEEKS, EXAMINED AND REFUTED.
THE work under consideration has now been before the public something over a year, and has already received a notice from Mr. Miller, which has been widely circulated, but still there are some points, not embraced in his reply, which it is believed demand some attention, and that a review of those points may serve to elicit some new light, and advance the great cause in which we feel so deep an interest.
The work is most certainly written with ability, however unfairly some points in his opponent's theory may have been stated. Yet, as a whole, it has many traits which commend it to the attention of the public, and have gained for it a good degree of celeb
rity in many minds. Indeed, there are many who are stumbled by the plausibility of the reasoning, and think some reply should be made, if it can be, to the positions our author has assumed. At the earnest request of many inquirers after truth, therefore, we have at length concluded to undertake the work.
We do not design to go over all the ground taken up by Mr. Dowling, but shall take up what he calls Mr. Miller's first proof that the end of the world, or second coming of Christ, will take place in 1843.
This point is taken up and discussed at large in the third chapter of Dowling's reply. to Miller, p. 40. He introduces the subject as follows:
EXAMINATION OF THE FIRST PROOF, VIZ., THE COM
PARISON OF THE SEVENTY WEEKS AND THE 2,300 Days.
Every reader of Mr. Miller's book, has doubt. less noticed the stress which he lays upon his interpretation and comparison of the visions of the seventy weeks, and of the two thousand three hundred days. This is the key to all his other dates : from the strange supposition, that these are two prophetic periods which begin at one and the same date, he fixes upon the year 1843 as the end of the world. Having obtained this date, nothing is easier than to fix the time of his other prophetic periods, by simple subtraction or addition.