The Days of Daniel
By Dr. John Edgar, of Glasgow, Scotland, Delivered in Chicago, August 21, 1906
While this address was not delivered at either of the conventions, it properly belongs with them, being one of the series of discourses given by Brother Edgar on the time features of the Bible. He said in part as follows: Dear Friends: -I am very happy to meet you all. I have been looking forward to coming to the home of Bro. McPhail; you know Bro. McPhail was with us over in Scotland. The friends in Glasgow wished especially to be remembered to you all; they have a very warm sympathy with all the friends here. The discourse tonight is on "The Days of Daniel."
I DID not discuss it at either of the two conventions. I shall require to take for granted that you know a good deal about the Days of Daniel, described in the 3rd Vol. of Dawn and the 70 weeks of Daniel, described in the 2nd Vol. of Dawn.
You will notice at the end of this chart, the true Millennium-the Kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ, and you will also notice how, leading up to that Millennium, there are various "days of waiting." In the Book of Daniel 12th chapter, these are called the 1260, 1290 and 1335 Days of Waiting, and I suppose you all know that each of these days was a day for a year. You also understand that during the course of the Gospel Age, there has been the counterfeit of Christís Kingdom, namely, "Antichrist," which means not only "against Christ," but more particularly "instead of" on a "counterfeit of Christ." His Kingdom, therefore, is a counterfeit of Christís Kingdom.
The remarkable thing is that this Kingdom of Antichrist endured for exactly the same length of time as will that of the true Kingdom of Christ, namely, one thousand years. As there will be a true millennium, there also has been a counterfeit of this, namely the papal millennium. Another remarkable thing is this: Just as there were 1260, 1290 and 1335 Days of Waiting and also 70 weeks of favor to Spiritual Israel, before the establishment of the true millennium, so there were 1260, 1290 and 1335 Days of Waiting, and also 70 Weeks of Favor for the Apostate Church, before the establishment of the counterfeit millennium. That is what I want to bring to your attention tonight. We should thank the Lord, that, in addition to furnishing the various types in the Jewish dispensation, He has caused even the enemy to thus foreshadow the events leading up to the establishment of the Kingdom of Christ.
Referring to the chart. All these arcs above the horizontal line refer to the true Kingdom, and all the arcs below that line refer to the counterfeit. -When you understand this chart, you get a birdís-eye view of the history of the Church during the Gospel Age.
Just before I begin, I wish to read a chapter from 2Th 2:1-10: -"Now we beseech you brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, that ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand."
The Apostle was telling these Thessalonians away back at the beginning of the Gospel Age, that they were not to imagine that they were near the millennial kingdom. "Let no man deceive you by any means; for that day shall not come, except there comes a fall away first." In other words, there must be this apostate church first, before the day of Christ. "And that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God." You see the counterfeit. "Remember yet not, that when I was yet with you, I told you these things? And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his own time."
There was something that was preventing the establishment of this kingdom.
"For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. And then shall that Wicked be revealed whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, and with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved."
There are two points to notice, namely, 1st point-this counterfeit system could not be established until something which was blocking the way was taken out of the way. The second point is that lie calls tills counterfeit. system the work of Satan.
With regard to the, first point, I will read from Millennial Dawn II, page 288: "The Apostle Paul foretold that this iniquitous principle would work secretlyí for a time, while some opposing thing stood in the way, until, the hindrance being removed, it could have a free course, and progress rapidly to the development of the Antichrist. He says. ĎOnly he that now hindereth will hinder, until he be taken out of the way.í 2Th 2:7. What does history have to show in fulfillment of this prediction? It shows that the. thing which hindered a rapid development of Antichrist was the fact that the place aspired to was already filled by another. The Roman Empire had not only conquered the world and given it politics and laws, but, recognizing religious superstitions to be the strongest chains by which to hold and control a people, it had adopted a scheme which had its origin in Babylon, in the time of her greatness as ruler of the world. That plan was, that the emperor should be esteemed the director and ruler in religious as well as civil affairs. In support of this, it was claimed that the emperor was a demigod, in some sense descended from their heathen deities. Such he was worshipped and his statutes adored; and as such he was styled Pontifex Maximus-i. e., Chief Priest or Greatest Religious Ruler. And this is the very title claimed by and given to the pontiffs or popes of the Roman Hierarchy since this Antichrist obtained Ďthe power and seat and great authorityí of the former ruler of Rome." -Ro 13:22.
It shows that that which hindered and blocked this counterfeit system from gaining the power was the Roman Empire, pagan Rome; this is the first point.
In regard to the second point, that this great counterfeit system is the workmanship of Satan; we are not to forget that Satan could not have established this great apostate system had not God permitted it. Before proceeding further, I wish to emphasize the fact that though the Antichrist is the workmanship of Satan, nevertheless, the chronological features of this system formed no part of his plan. We are to understand that God in permitting Satan to accomplish his work, so overrules affairs that events connected with its rise and fall occurred at such times as suited Godís purposes. His desire was to show to the world hereafter that He had been working all things after the counsel of his own will and has been causing even the wrath of man to praise him, and so our confidence in His wisdom and power is strengthened. Could Satan have had his way, he would have begun the great papal system much sooner.
How do we know this? We know the date of the establishment of this system; it was in AD 539. We are told definitely in the book of Daniel that it was God that prevented that system from establishing itself in power until that date. (Da 11:27.) There we are told that there were two kings sitting at one table telling lies to each other.
These represent the clerical and civil powers of Rome. The civil power had the mastery, the clerical power was trying to get it, but God did not allow their schemes to prosper at that time; because the end was to be at the time appointed. That was In the 3rd century AD If God had allowed this clerical power to gain control in the 3rd century, it would have meant that his plan would have been wholly upset; that the 1260 days, beginning in the 3rd century would have ended two or three centuries before they were due to end. Satan wanted to establish his system in the 3rd century AD , but God would not permit him to do so until 539 AD God then let Satan establish himself in power, because it suited Godís purpose at that time.
Again, it was not Satanís wish that events connected with the fall of Antichrist occurred at the time they did, or occurred at all for that matter. On the contrary, he did all he could to prevent the overthrow of Antichrist by sending forth the flood, to destroy the reformed church. See Revelation and Dawn 3. But God interfered. So it has been in Godís workings all the way. We are not to understand that God interferes with manís freedom of will, but he prevents man from doing evil until the time when it will suit His purposes. Ultimately all men will see that God has teen causing the wrath of man to praise Him, that He has been overruling all things for their good.
Having seen that Satan would have established his power much sooner, we also know that Satan would not have ended it in 1799, but would have carried it on much longer. We see them, friends, that while the time features are in Godís hands, the working out of the various features are performed by man and permitted by God.
To get the corresponding dates on this chart, we should notice that the time from the beginning of the papal millennium to the true millennium is exactly 1075 years. It follows then that any date in the Antichrist system -will have its corresponding date in the true system, exactly 1075 years later. Suppose we take the beginning of the counterfeit Days of Waiting and measure to the beginning of the true Days of Waiting, we shall find the interval is exactly 1075 years. And so it is with any other corresponding dates on the chart.
Now, we shall consider the 70 weeks. You all know, I suppose, that prior to the coming of Christ Daniel received a message of comfort from God. He was told that the people of Israel would get 70 weeks of favor; that at the beginning of the 70th week, Messiah would come, that He would be out off in the middle of the week, and that at the end of the 70th week, the favor would cease. What favor? The favor of the High Calling, the favor of being joint-heirs with Jesus Christ. During the 70th week, no one was allowed to be a partaker of the High Calling unless he were a Jew. In October AD 26, Cornelius the first Gentile convert became a, partaker of the High Calling and a prospective member of the Body of Christ. These 69 weeks of waiting for the coming of Christ at His first advent have a parallel of 69 weeks of waiting for the coming of Christ at His second advent, the beginning of the true millennium, and also a parallel of 69 weeks of waiting for the coming of the Antichrist, the beginning of the papal millennium. The beginning of the 69 weeks in the Gospel Age, viz., the year 1391, was the date Huss received his commission to carry on the work of the reformation, and corresponds with the date in the Jewish Age when Nehemiah received his commission to build the walls of Jerusalem. It was Huss who made the reformation a national force, and so built the walls of the Spiritual Jerusalem. His work was preceded by that of Marsiglio in the years 1324 to 1328. Marsiglio was the first of the reformers. It was he who organized the reformation, and his work corresponded with the building of the temple under Zerubbabel in the Jewish age. Marsiglioís work began in 1324 and ended in 1328. The middle of this period is the year 1326 when he made his compact with King Lewis of Bavaria. We shall find that there were corresponding 69 weeks before the papal millennium; the two dates that correspond with the work of Marsiglio and of Huss are 251 AD and 316 AD It was in the year 251 that the great falling away began. Even in the time of the Apostles the spirit of Antichrist was working, but the work of organizing was not permitted until 251 AD This was the date of the definite fall of the true church. Here is the proof. This little extract gives the history of the Church during the first three centuries of the Gospel Age, showing the rise of the Church of Rome, which is, of course, the fall of the true Church.
The Visible Unity of the Catholic Church
"Papal supremacy, however, was the natural result of the view taken by Cyprian, and subsequently generally adopted as to the unity of the Church.
"Three stages of opinion can be traced on this sect during the first three centuries: "The first, or primitive view made the bond of union, a changed life..
"The second view formed the basis of union in a definite belief. The Catholic Church-expression first found in the epistles of Ignatius-consisted of those who held the true, and only true tradition of Christian teaching. This seems to have been the received view until the time of Cyprian.
"The third of Cyprianic view held that the unity of the Church implied unity of organization as well as unity of belief. According to Cyprian, in his treatise on the Unity of the Church, written AD 251, the Catholic Church was founded from the first by Christ on St. Peter alone, that, while the Apostles possessed equal power, the.unity of the Church might be maintained. She has ever since remained one in unbroken episcopal succession, and out of this church, with its order of bishops and its center in Rome, there can be no true Christianity," In 1391 Huss received his commission to build the walls of spiritual Jerusalem, which corresponds with the commission given to Constantine in 316. Constantine was the Emperor who removed the seat of government to the East and founded Constantinople. We know that Constantine embraced Christianity and made the Roman Catholic religion the religion of the empire. It was in this way that he built the walls of this counterfeit system.
He united church and state and so buttressed this great system that was rising up. What was the year when he received his commission to do this? It is not known exactly, but we know that in 312 Constantine engaged in a great battle and won that battle. On his deathbed, he ascribed his victory to a cross he said he saw in the heavens, on which were the words, "In hoc signo" (by the conquerer). Then in the next year, 313, he issued the edict of Milan, by which he granted liberty to the Christians and many think he was then a Christian but this is not so, this edict allowed all religions to be practiced. He did not at that time regard Christianity as the only true and saving religion. In 324 when he became sole emperor, he then established laws which show that he was then a Christian and that he then thought Christianity the only true and saving religion. It was therefore sometime between 313 and 324. It is suggestive that the year 316 falls between these dates. This formed the beginning of the 69 weeks.
The next stage in this great counterfeit system was the work of 539 AD , and that, as you see (chart) is the beginning of the 1260, 1290 and 1335 days of Daniel, when papacy received its power and the city of Rome was presented to the papal system. Up to that time, the Church had been a Church system, but had no temporal dominion. In order to properly consider this subject, I would like to bring in the counterpart events of 539 AD and 536 BC , the beginning of the True and Counterfeit Days of Daniel. First-what happened in 536 AD ?- the edict of Cyrus, liberating the Jews from Babylon. Before that year, in 606, Nebuchadnezzar had attacked and destroyed Jerusalem and had carried away the Israelites to Babylon and kept them there for 70 years. It was in 536 B, C. that Cyrus came, overthrew Babylon and allowed the captive Israelites to go free. He enjoined them to return to their land and build the temple. This period of 70 years in Babylon represented a time when Israel was in captivity under a Gentile power. I understand the number 70 is symbolic, made up of 7 and 10. 7 represents perfection and 10 represents numerical completeness, you cannot number above 10. Ten in the Scriptures seems to refer to governments, the ten toes, the ten horns, etc. So, I understand this period of 70 years in Babylon was symbolic, representing a complete time during which Spiritual Israel would be in captivity. Up to 539 AD , the Church was in captivity under Gentile power, and it was in the year 539 that Rome was captured from the Ostrogoths by Justinian, just as it was in 536 BC that Babylon was captured by Cyrus, and just as the captive Israelites were set free by Cyrus, so the captive spiritual Israelites were set free by Justinian, and just as Jerusalem the typical seat of government was presented to the typical people in 536 BC , so in this year, 539 AD , Rome, which is the counterfeit antitypical seat of government was presented to this apostate Church. And just before 536 BC Jerusalem was literally laid waste by Babylon, so before 539 AD , Rome was spiritually laid waste by the pagan power. Cyrus was emperor of the whole world at this time and his word was law, and so was Justinian emperor of the whole world at this time and his word was law, lastly just as the typical holy nation was set up as power in Jerusalem, but were still under the sovereignty of Cyrus, so the coun-terfeit holy nation, the apostate church was set up in power in Rome, but was still under the sovereignty of Justinian. We are told distinctly in the Bible that the true church must be subject to the powers that be, waiting for the coming of Christ to set up His Kingdom. The apostate church fell away in this regard; they were tired of waiting for Christ and they thought the kingdom should be established by the church In the flesh and that they should be kings and priests now. It was in 539 when they began to have dominion on this earth. That year was the beginning of the 1260, 1290 and 1335 days of waiting. The question may be asked: Why when Rome was captured and the Apostate church freed from captivity did this counterfeit, lowly nation set up its power in the same city? The answer is that Pagan Rome, became Papal Rome because God wished it to be known that he regarded this great anti-Christ system as really one of the phases, and a very important phase of the Gentile powers. That is why he calls it Babylon the Great (Re 17:5), and that is why it was represented in Daniel as the feet of the great image, and as the little horn growing from the head of the fourth beast.
The End of the Days of Waiting
First-I will point out what terminate the true days of waiting. Bro. Russell tells us in the third volume. The 1260 days terminated in 1799. That was the end of the lease of power to the anti-Christ system. The year 1799 not only terminated the 1260 days of waiting, but was also the last year of the papal millenium. It was the beginning of the time of the end of this great Gentile system. I want you to understand that this apostate church system, this counterfeit kingdom of Christ, while it claimed to be Christís kingdom, is really a Gentile kingdom, and is so regarded by God. The time of the end will last 115 years.
In 1870 the Papacy lost all temporal dominion, yet in that same year the Pope claimed infallibility. By October 1914 the end will come. This term of 115 years besides showing a gradual fall of the Gentile powers, shows also the gradual rise of the Kingdom of Christ. When we go back from the end of the counterfeit days we find the period from 724 to 840 showing the time of the end of the Pagan power and the time of the preparation of the anti-Christ kingdom. The 1260 days brings it to 1979. Nothing very marked happened at that date, but ten years before that date, something very marked did happen, the French revolution, which brought about the end of this great Gentile power. We are told in the 12th chapter of Daniel, that the vision would not begin to be understood until the "Time of the End." We find it was only after the year 1799 that the people in general began to get more educated and to read the Scriptures. Daniel tells us that the 1290 days would bring us to 1829, the time when the "wise should understand," and when many would be purified and made white and tried. That was exactly what happened. It was in 1829 that Miller first began to understand these days of Daniel and he and his following began to expect the near approach of the Kingdom of Christ. He did not understand the matter fully at that time, for he fixed the date for coming of Christ at 1844, which was 30 years before the true time. So the second part of the prophecy was fulfilled in 1844, for it was in this year that many were purified and made white by a great trial because the things that were looked for did not happen. There was a great disappointment because the Kingdom of Christ was not established.
The 1335 days extended to 1874, which is the beginning of the millenium, the time for the return of our Lord.
That was the time for the true understanding of the Days of Daniel. No wonder Daniel burst forth with the exclamation: "Oh, the blessedness of him who cometh to the 1335 days;" because that was the time for the unfolding of the truth, the time for Christ to come and the time for the millenium to commence. We, dear friends, are living in that time when these truths are due to be known, but the kingdom will not be fully established until 1915 when all the present kingdoms will be destroyed. So you see these days of Daniel take you to the following important dates:
1260 to 1789 and 1799. 1290 to 1829 and 1844. 1335 to 1874 and 1915.
The Antichrist has corresponding dates. As from 1789 to 1915 there has been a gradual rise of the true church and in 1915 Christ will become King of Kings and Lord of Lords, so history shows that from 714 to 840 there was a gradual rise of the Papal system, and in 840 the Pope became king of kings and lord of lords. The latter period is called the period of Charlemagne. It is so called because the events of that time centered around his name chiefly. There were several causes for the overthrow of Pagan Rome and the establishment of Papal Rome. One was that from the days of Constantine there was a growing estrangement between the people of the west and the east. About the year 724 the Emperor Leo issued an edict forbidding the worship of images in the church. It was the quarrel over images that brought the estrangement to a head. The Pope took advantage of this edict and told the people that the emperor had fallen away from the faith and was not to be obeyed. Pope Gregory II wrote a letter to Emperor Leo in 726 AD telling him that if he were to enter a grammar school and show himself an enemy of image worship, the simple and pious children would throw their books at his head.
That was the beginning of the fall of the Pagan power and of the rise of the great Antichrist system. It corresponds to the time at the end of the true 1260 days when Napoleon, the head of the civil power made the Pope prisoner. Another thing which led to the establishment of the Antichrist system was that the people at this time were awakened out of their lethargy and superstitious Paganism and converted to Christianity. The great missionary of the time was Boniface; he did a great work among the wild tribe of Germany and was called the Apostle of Germany. But instead of bringing the people to Christ he brought them to the Pope, and instead of using the truth, he used frauds, etc. His work began in 715 and he died in 754. Afterwards Charles the Great carried on the work, and the way he did it was to war against and defeat a tribe and then order his soldiers to lead the captives to a river and baptize them, claiming they were Christians. A corresponding missionary and enlightening work but in a true sense has been going on by Christ and His church during this present time. Just as the people in the eighth century learned that they did not require to fear the power of the emperor, so the people in the nineteenth century learned that they did not require to fear the power of the Pope.
Another work of the eighth century was the growing power of Papacy. It was during that time that the idea became universal that punishments for sin may be bought off by liberal gifts to the church. This led to the acquirement of great wealth. Many of the people had been Druids and transferred to the Pope the great veneration which they had for their chief priest, who had power over civil as well as religious matters.
Now let us study the history of the Franks. The people of the west were becoming more and more estranged and the Pope of Rome took advantage of this. We read in the Scriptures of the woman Jezebel, and how she secured her alms, not by her own power, but by her influence over her husband, King Ahab. A womanís tongue is her strongest weapon. So with the church. which is represented as a woman. Her only power was with her tongue, her mouth, a mouth speaking great things. The church wanted to establish herself as a world-wide empire, as the kingdom of Christ on earth. She could only do it by overcoming that which hindered this, namely, Pagan Rome, and the only way she could do this was by influencing the Franks, the most powerful tribe in the west, originally under Clovis, a powerful king. The successors of Clovis, however, had become so degenerate that the prime minister, called the mayor of the palace, had become the real king. One of the first of these mayors of the palace was Charles Martel (Charles the Hammer) the grandfather of Charles the Great. He was the first who formed an alliance with Papacy; and in this way laid the foundation of the Papal supremacy.
Martel was appointed to his office in 714, corresponding with 1789.
"Charles Martel Laid the Foundations of that Central Power of the Church in Western Christendom. He was the first of the new princes beyond the Alps who was invited by the Bishop of Rome to interfere in the affairs of Italy.
Thus the Foundation of the Frank Alliance Was Laid. From that time the Franks came to be looked upon as the natural protectors of the Popes. Without the name of king, Charles Martel was the second founder of the Frank kingdom.
There the foundation was laid, the beginning of the end of Pagan Rome, 714.
When Charles Martel died, his son Pepin became mayor of the palace. He said: I am really the king, except in name. What he needed was the Popeís sanction. So he sent word to the Pope, who said to himself: What will benefit me the most? At this time, the Lombards were enemies of the Pope and wanted to take away the Papal power, so he said to himself: If I advocate the rights of the king, it will gain me nothing, but if I favor Pepin, he will help me. So he made a compact with him. That was 754, which corresponds with 1829. In 754 the Pope crossed the Alps, deposed the king, put the crown on Pepin and anointed him with holy oil.* This deposition of Childric III was the first instance of such interference on the part of the Popes. It was the first exercise on the.part of the Popes to a claim to change the allegiance of subjects, to authorize the removal of one king and the election of another. Though Pepin avoided an open breach with the Emperor Constantine, he had, nevertheless, struck at the slender chain which united East and West. He had commenced the schism which his son should consummate. And, to him, as to Charles, the way of doing so was suggested by the Papacy. Understand the force of this: the year 1829 was remarkable for the fact that it looked as if the coming of Christís kingdom was near at hand, and so it was at the time of Pepin in the corresponding year 754 when the Pope deposed one king, anointed another and had territory presented to him; it looked as if the anti-Christ kingdom was about to be established, as if it were near at hand; so we see the parallelism between these two dates.
* In return Pepin accompanied the Pope across the Alps with an army and in this year subdued the Lombards, took certain territory from them and presented it to the Papacy. This territory is called the Papal States and was the first possession of land outside of Rome acquired by the church.
Year of Great Disappointment
Now we come to the year 1844, the year of great disappointment, corresponding to the year 769 as the year of great disappointment to the Papacy. From the year 754 onwards, Pepin strengthened his alliance Ďwith Pope and the Pope was daily growing in hope that his kingdom would soon be established. Then in 768 Pepin died. His two sons Charles (afterward Charles the Great) and Carloman had the kingdom divided between them, and the result was that they began to quarrel with each other. Naturally the Pope looked to these two sons to continue the alliance, so he -was anxious when the two sons began to quarrel, and especially when, in 769, he had word that one of the brothers was trying to make an alliance with the Lombards, who were the bitter enemies of the Pope. He also heard that this one, In order to seal the alliance and make it sure , was going to marry the daughter of the king of the Lombards and to give his sister in marriage to the son of the king of the Lombards.
The Pope realized that if this compact took place, if his great benefactor, the king of Franks, made an alliance with the Lombards, it meant that Rome would be taken from him and all of his hopes would be blasted. What did he do? In order to overcome and break this alliance, he wrote a letter to the brothers, as follows: "Do the brothers not know that all the children of the Lombards are lepers, that the race is outcast from the family of nations? St. Peterís anathema on the impious union and all who may be consenting to it. For these, there is neither part nor lot in the heavenly kingdom. May they broil with the devil and his angels in everlasting fire!"
He wrote this letter for a great purpose-in order that the alliance might be broken, but judge of his disappointment when the alliance was made and the marriage did take place. So, in 1829, it looked as if the Kingdom of Christ was about to take place, and in 1844 there was the great disappointment. Those who remained true to their faith were made white but the others fell away. So in 754 the Pope degraded one king, anointed another and acquired great territory, and It then looked as if the kingdom was about to begin, but in 769 came the great disappointment. Soon afterwards, Charles, having gained all he wanted and having come across another woman better to his taste, divorced the Princess of the Lombards. The result was that the king of the Lombards was indignant, and Charles waged war on the Lombards, defeating, and established himself as their king.
Once more he made an alliance with the Pope, and the Popeís hopes began to revive, just as after 1.844, the faithful class once more took heart and began to look for the Kingdom of Christ.
The 1335 Days.
This period ended in 1874, the beginning of the millenium, and from time up to 1915, the king has been present; nevertheless the times of the Gentiles not having expired, Christ will not establish his kingdom until October, 1914. At that time, a Great Time of Trouble will take place, the spiritual kingdom will be set up, and Christ will become of King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
Look back to the Papal millenium-a wonderful resemblance. Beginning 799, from that time onward, the Pope was the spiritual head of Western Europe, but nevertheless was still subject to the emperor, first Charles the Great (Charlemagne) and afterwards his son, Louis the Meek. In 840, corresponding to 1915, Louis died and the Pope became ruler. In that year there was a great time of trouble and the great empire of Western Europe was split up into many parts.
In 1874 our Lord came to his own and his own received him not. At the corresponding time, the Pope was practically a one-man governor over Rome. A large section of the people objected to this and rebelled. The Pope had to flee for his life. His friend at this time was Charles, who wished to establish himself as emperor of the west, but God had till now prevented him from attaining his desire. It was in 799 that the Pope fled to Charles and told him that his enemies had taken hold of him, gouged out his eyes and pulled out his tongue, but that in the night the blessed St. Peter restored them. It was in that year that the Pope and Charles made the compact with each other, that Charles would come to Rome and the Pope would anoint him emperor of the West, and that the Pope in return was to be made the spiritual head of the West. This compact was made In 799 and formed the beginning of the Papal millenium. The next year Charles went to Rome and at Christmas in the great church of St. Peter he was crowned the Emperor of the West. It was given out as though it were the impulse of the moment, but really the result of the scheme laid the year before. After Charles died in 814, Louis, his son, became emperor, and retained his supremacy until his death. During the reign of Louis there was trouble because he had three sons and he had given territory to each of them; afterwards he had married again and had another son. His wife induced him to gradually give more and more property to her son, until her son was getting more than the others. The others objected. Finally in 830 and again in 833 they made their father prisoner for a short time. The trouble in 833 was more accentuated than that in 830. There was more or less trouble till 840, but the emperor retained his supremacy till his death in that year. Then general trouble broke out. The three sons waged war against each other and the result was dismemberment of the empire and the opportunity for the Pope to become king of kings and lord of lords.
Notice the corresponding dates, to 830, 833 and 840, namely, 1905, 1908 and 1915. Should we expect trouble in 1905 and 1908? Nineteen hundred and eight is still future, but seeing that certain things did take place in 1905, we can look for them in 1908. What happened in 1905? Ask any man on the street and he will probably say nothing special happened. It is only when your mind is drawn to the question, namely, the people rising up against the governments in some -way. What do we find? First, the condition of Russia last year as a result of the war between Russia and Japan, the people rose up in rebellion against the government.
Again, France was the great power that supported Papacy, and last year, 1905, we find a separation took place between church and state.
In Norway the people asserted themselves against the king and separated themselves from Sweden.
In Austria-Hungary the same thing very nearly occurred in Germany the socialists became very strong.
In Britain, previously the labor members in parliament were only two or three in number, but now there are 40 or 50 labor members, because the power of the people is growing.
In America there was the beginning of the investigation into insurance and people asserting themselves.
We may probably expect to see the same things in 1908 on a larger scale, and there will be more or less trouble until the climax in 1915, the great time of trouble.
I hope. what I have said will help to establish your faith in Godís Word. As you see God has been supervising everything in the past and that things occurred on the very dates he wanted them to occur, so we may look forward with confidence to the year 1915. It will not do for us to say that it may be then, or it may be 100 years afterwards. It matters a great deal, dear friends; it means that if we are sure 1915 is the year for the great time of trouble, we will arrange all our affairs according to that. It means also that we, aro now !it the harvest, and that we ought to be doing the harvest work, namely, "gathering the Lordís Saints together unto him, those that have made a covenant with him by sacrifice."
Lastly, it means that the time is now very short for us to make our calling and election sure-a very solemn thought. By the very latest, eight years to 1914, and why possibly it may be earlier, possibly by 1912, everyone of us who are overcomers, who are to be joint-heirs with Christ will have passed beyond the vail. Yes, we know that if we are faithful followers of Christ that in six or eight years we will be beyond the vail, and we have only that short time to make our calling and election sure. We are not to be over-anxious, dear friends; it does not depend upon us. A verse that I have had a great deal of comfort from is: "In quietness and confidence shall be your strength." Not quietness and confidence in yourself, but quietness and con in the Lordís strength shall be your strength. It means that you are not to rest upon yourselves but upon the Lord, and instead of being discouraged and over-anxious, yet will be the very reverse, and you will rejoice that you will soon be with the Lord. You will be anxiously waiting for that time and will lift up your heads and rejoice knowing that your deliverance draweth nigh.
Summary of the AboveThe Seventy Weeks
Fleshly IsraelThe Counterfeit Israel The Reality
BC 519. AD 251 AD 1326
Building of typical temple Organization of Organization of
under Zerubbabel. Papacy under Cyprian. Reformed Church
69 weeks. 69 weeks.
BC 454. AD 316 AD 1391.
Commission given to Conversion of Conversion of
Nehemiah to build the Constantine Huss to the
walls of Jerusalem. to Papacy. Reformed Church
AD 29. AD 799 AD 1874
Advent of Messiah. Beginning of Papal Beginning of the true
The Days of Waiting
The Reality The Counterfeit
536 B.C. 539 A.D.
The Counterfeit Prior to this date, Prior to this date, Rome, the seat of
Jerusalem, the typical seat of government of the Apostate Church,
government of the children of God, who profess to be the Church of God,
was laid waste, and the fleshly was spiritually laid waste, and the
Israelites were in captivity in Babylon. spiritual Israelites were in captivity in
At this date Babylon was captured by At this date, Rome was captured by
Cyrus and by his edict Jerusalem was Justinian, and by his edict Rome was
presented to fleshly Israel, now set presented to the counterfeit spiritual
free in order that they might set up the Israelites, now set free, in order that they
House of God might set up the counterfeit House of God
the "Abomination of Desolation."
714 A.D. 1789 A.D.
"Accession of Charles Martel to the The French Revolution.
Mayoralty of the Palace." His alliance This led to the overthrow of Papal Rome
with the Papacy led to the overthrow and the establishment of the Kingdom of
Pagan Roman Empire and the Christ.
establishment of the Kingdom of
724 A.D. 1799 A.D.
The end of the 1260 days and the The end of the 1260 days and the
beginning of the Time of the End of beginning of the Time of the End of
the Pagan Roman Empire. Papal Rome (Babylon the Great), the
last of the Gentile Kingdoms.
754 A.D. 1829 A.D.
The end of the 1290 days when the The end of the 1290 days when the wise
wise would understand. It was in this would understand. it was in this year
year that the Pope deposed King that Miller began o understand the
Childeric III, and crowned Pepin, the prophecy of the "days of waiting" and
son of Charles Martel. This, the first the true Church began to expect the near
exercise of such authority by the approach of the Kingdom of Christ.
Papacy, together with the presentation
to Papacy of additional territory (the
Papal States) by Pepin, caused the
Apostate Church to expect the near
approach of the Kingdom of Antichrist.
769 B.C. 1844 A.D.
Alliance of Pepinís son, Charles the Failure of Millerí s prediction
Great, with the Lombards, the enemies regarding the coming of Christ in
of the Papacy, and consequently bitter this year, and consequently bitter
disappointment and great trial to the disappointment and great trial to the
Apostate Church. true Church.
799 A.D. 1874 A.D.
End of the 1335 days and the Papal End of the 1335 days and the beginning
Millennium. of the true Millennium.
840 A.D. 1915 A.D.
Great time of trouble resulting in the Great time of trouble resulting in the
dismemberment of the great empire of dismemberment of Christendom, and the
the West, and the final overthrow of final overthrow of Papal Rome. By this,
Pagan Rome. By this the Pope became Christ will become the "KING OF
"King of Kings and Lord of Lords." KINGS and LORD of LORDS."
God Be With You