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present for their conclusions? Let the reader judge.
Again, speaking of the various passages where the 1,260 days are mentioned, Mr. D. says, “I cannot doubt that this is mystical Babylon, whose name is written, Rev. xvii. 5, and that when the 1,260 years are accomplished, then shall that great city Babylon be thrown down, and shall be found no more at all.” Rev. xviii. 21.
Could Mr. D. have carefully read his Bible when he came to such a conclusion? Had he not read (Dan. vii. 26,) that when the period ended, they should take away his dominion, not to exterminate it, but to consume and destroy it unto the end? If it was to be destroyed first, when it was taken away, how could it be consumed afterward? If he had read Rev. xiii. 10, and onward, he would have found that the beast, after his 42 months, instead of being exterminated at once, was to go into captivity, and then another beast with two horns was to rise out of the sea, and give life to the beast that had the wound by the sword and did live; and also make an image to the beast and give it life, and cominand men to worship the image of the 80 REVIEW OF DOWLING'S REPLY TO MILLER.
beast, &c. But when the end comes, and the consumption of Babylon has fulfilled the prediction, then she will sink to rise no more at all. But hy what sort of logic he came to the conclusion that the events of Rev. xviii. were to transpire at the end of the 1,260 years, we are unable to perceive.
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THE IMPORT OF “THE DAILY AND ABOMINATION THAT MAKETH DESOLATE" - THE DATE OF THE 1,290 AND 1,335 DAYS—THEY EXTEND TO THE SECOND COMING OF CHRIST, OR THE RESURRECTION.
We shall continue in this chapter our remarks on CHAPTER V., Section 1, of Mr. Dowling's book. The quotation will be found pp. 63–67 of this work.
In replying to the above, we remark, that, although we agree with Mr. Miller in his positions with respect to the commencement of the dates of the three periods, and the events to transpire at the end of each, yet we should not entirely agree with all that is said of Daniel's knowledge of the manner of arriving at the time of the resurrection. We are rather of the opinion that it was revealed to Daniel, that he ministered not to himself, but to us, who live “at the time of the end." The date of the periods, we should say, like that of other periods, was to be found by ascertaining the time when the event took place at which it was to commence. What was the event, then, at which
the 1,290 and 1,335 days were to commence ? The answer is given, Daniel xii. 11: "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."
But what is the daily which was to be taken away, and the abomination which maketh desolate? The term sacrifice (daily sacrifice) is not in the original in any one instance where the phrase occurs in Daniel, but is merely supplied. It first occurs in the eighth chapter of Daniel, and is introduced as one of the desolating powers which should tread under foot the sanctuary and the host for the 2,300 days. Various governments have oppressed the church, but the spirit of paganism or popery has animated them in their work, and will continue to do so until the end, or coming of Christ. The daily, or spirit of paganism, began the war in the days of Nebuchadnezzar, and it was continaed under the Medes and Persians, Grecians, and imperial Romans. Then followed the papal power, which made war on the saints, and wore them out. This is the abomination which maketh desolate. But it is asked if Christ does not refer to imperial, pagan
Rome, in the twenty-fourth chapter of Matthew, when he says, “When ye shall see the abomination of desolation spoken of by Daniel the prophet?” &c. Undoubtedly he does; and refers to Daniel ix. 26, 7. "And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself; and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and sanctuary;" “and for the overspreading of abominations, he shall make it desolate even to the consummation.” Here are recognised abominations, in the plural: one of them was to destroy the city and sanctuary; abominations were to overspread and make it desolate to the consummation. Paganism (or the daily,) and abomination that maketh desolate, (popery,) have done it.
When did paganism, or the daily, give way to popery, or the abomination that maketh desolate? In Gibbon's Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, he has given the following item of history. The chronology is
[A. D. 508518.] In the fever of the times, the sense, or rather the sound of a syllable, was sufficient to disturb the peace of an empire. The TRISAGION, (thrice holy,) “Holy, holy, holy, Lord God of hosts!" is supposed, by the Greeks, to be