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by Dr. John Thomas
A scripture, or Jewish, day contains 12 hours; and a night likewise.
Hence, the third part of a day is four hours; and the third part of a night, four hours also.
An hour being a twelfth part is equal to 30, which multiplied by 4 gives 120 years for the third part of the day; and 120 years for the third part of the night, which added together make 240 years.
Now, if my calculation and interpretation be correct, it follows that Rome (in which there had been seven sovereignties from the foundation of the city till the fall of the Gothic kingdom of Italy in a.
553) should be no more the seat of empire, from the degradation by the Pragmatic sanction until the end of 240 years.
In other words, that at the end of that period her eclipse should terminate, and she should once more shine forth with imperial splendour.
Now, no interpretation of prophecy is worth anything which is not sustained by facts; for prophecy is not a prediction of opinions, principles, or feelings, but of tangible and stubborn facts.
What, then, are the facts in the case before us?
I give the answer to this question in the words of Gibbon.
"On the festival of Christmas," says he, "the last year of the eighth century (i.e.
799) Charlemagne appeared in the church of St.
After the celebration of the holy mysteries, Leo suddenly placed a precious crown upon his head, and the dome resounded with the acclamations of the people, "Long life and victory to Charles, the most pious Augustus, crowned by God the great and pacific emperor of the Romans!
' The head and body of Charlemagne were consecrated by the royal unction; after the example of the Caesars, he was saluted or adored by the pontiff; his coronation oath represents a promise to maintain the faith and privileges of the Church; and the first fruits were paid in his rich offerings to the shrine of the apostle".
Gibbon styles him "the Restorer of the western empire," which included France, Spain, Italy, Germany, and Hungary; and from the restoration of which "Europe," says he, "dates a new era".
Thus, Rome's eclipse passed away, and her system was again illumined by the shining forth of the imperial sun, moon, and stars over the third part from which they had been so long obscured.
529, and the pragmatic degradation of Rome is "one hour" of years, or 30 years.
I rather think that this is the period referred to in the apocalypse, saying, "the ten horns receive power as kings one hour with the beast;" that is, they co-operate for that time with the sixth head of the Beast in his war with the seventh, which continued only "a short space" of sixty years.
In the history of the period, this was the fact; for we find the soldiers of some of the kingdoms in the armies of Justinian in his Italian wars.
Thus, then, the commencement of the 1260 years is marked by the lesser period of 270 years, and their first termination by another of 103 years, from teh death of the witnesses in 1685 to their resurrection in 1789.
The diagnol number of the diagram, the 1335 years, stretches to the second termination of the 1260; and thus presents ....
(TEXT IS MISSING HERE) is matter of joy to the believers in the kingdom of God; for the dragon, beasts, and the image, musta ll be destroyed out of the way before the auspicious era of the world's blessedness can be introduced.