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sume and to destroy it unto the end.” Dan. 7:26. This judgment began in the Reformation of the Sixteenth Century, and today is being executed with divine authority. The result is that the beast-power is diminishing, and it will continue so till the end."
The Dark Ages—Night.
Compared with the clear morning glory of the church, this awful period is well expressed by night. The clear light that shone so brilliantly in the apostolic age was eclipsed by the darkest superstition and errors that men and devils have ever invented. The earth was flooded with false doctrines of every kind. Image-worship, prayers offered to the Virgin Mary, licentious popes regarded as infallible, prayers offered for the dead, the Bible chained to the pulpit, martyred saints branded as heretics, and a thousand other things of like character were rife during that time.
“What are termed the Middle Ages commenced with the fifth and terninated with the fifteenth century. Of those the first six are do nominated the Dark Ages. But throughout the whole period Christianity suffered a long eclipse of a thousand years." -Goodrich's Church History, page 478. This period was thus foretold in prophecy: “Watchman, what of the night?” The watchman said, “The morning cometh, and also the night.” Isa. 21:11, 12.
Isa. 21:11, 12. As before observed, the morning here referred to was the ushering in of the Christian era, the clear, transplendent light of the gospel and the church of God in the beginning of this age. But it was foreseen that night would follow the morning. "The morning cometh and also the night.” In the natural day night does not follow the dawn of morning; but in the day here referred tothe gospel day-night was to come immediately after the morning. And true to prophecy, "the people of God's holiness, possessed it but a little while.” The morning glory of the church was early eclipsed by the great apostasy, and there followed a long dark night of more than one thousand years.
The Length of the Papal Reign Measured by
“And he shall speak great words against the Most High, and shall wear out the saints of the Most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.” Dan. 7: 25. The power here referred to was the papacy. The saints were to be given into his hand; that is, that power was to rule over them for'a time and times and the dividing of time.” In Dan. 12:7 the same period is allotted to this beast-power, which was to scatter the power of the holy people “a time, times, and a half.' What does a "time" signify? By turning to the fourth chapter of Daniel we find an answer. Here is given an account of King Nebuchadnezzar's being driven from men and living with the beasts of earth. The period of his humiliation is called seven times, in verses 23 and 32. That was seven years. So a time signifies a year. Times would be two years. It can not be less, and if more, the numerals would be given, as three times, four times, etc. The dividing of time, or a half time, would be one-half of a year.