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by Dr. John Thomas
530-3) was all devoted to the building up and strengthening of the Catholic Church; while the legislation of the National Assembly (a.
1790-3) was all directed to its destruction.
It is a remarkable fact that these two mutually antagonistic and subversive systems of legislation flourished exactly 1,260 years apart from epoch to epoch, and that the one hour of 30 years added to it, or 1,290, brings us to the beginning of the outpouring of the sixth vial (a.
1820) upon the great River Euphrates.
' Is this, indeed, the true ending of Daniel's 1,290?
And, if so, is a.
1865-6 the ending of the 1,335, as well as of John's forty and two months?
If it be, then there is an epoch upon us of four years in any day of which Christ may come as a thief.
This appears to me, at this writing, to be the correct interpretation of the times.
It is, of course, impossible to say that the interpretation is without error.
The ensuing years will determine this point beyond dispute.
While I write, it is the most satisfactory to my own mind.
I have thought that Daniel's 1,290 terminated in 1864, and his 1,335 in 1909.
But in writing the exposition of this chapter, the fact of the great earthquake-resurrection of the witnesses being exactly 1,260 years after the promulgation of the civil law of the city, and the hour of 30 years added, bringing us to the beginning of the pouring out upon the desolator of the Holy Land, that which is determined (Dan.
9:27), or 1,290 years afterwards -- I do not feel at liberty to persist in rejecting my original conviction that the 1,290 ends in 1820; and the 1,335 forty-five years after, or in the epoch current with 1865-6 or thereabouts".
800 came the restoration of the Roman empire of the west, or establishment of the little Latin Horn of Daniel, and two horned beast, and the image, of the Apocalypse.
This was 270 years from the publication of the Justinian code; and 240 from the settlement of Italy, according to the articles of the Pragmatic sanction, by which "Rome was degraded to the second rank" among the cities of the empire.
The fourth trumpet, which proclaimed the smiting of the sixth head of the Beast in its jurisdiction over a third part of the Roman territory, still continued its soundings.
The events which pertained to it yet showed themselves in the wars between Justinian and the Vandals, Goths, and other people, until Italy was depopulated of many millions of its inhabitants.
Under this trumpet, the sovereignty of the eternal city suffered a total eclipse; so that the imperial day shone not upon her "for a third part of it, and the night likewise".
This was a day and night of years, the minimum of time demanded by the nature of the eclipse.
A day of years, and a night of years, are each 360 years long; for as a day in symbolic time represents a year, or 360 days, so if the decorum of the symbol require it, each of these days may represent a year.