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of whom he speaks in the language of the Old Teftament. Now, as the reign of Antichrist ends in 1260 years, and the Millennium commences in 1335 years, this intermediate number of 1290 years refers to the conversion of the Jews. For, without all controversy, they are members of the Millennial church, in common with the Gentiles, and therefore must be converted before the 1335. Again, there is no event which we can suppose more interesting to a person of Daniel's difpofition, than the restoration of his brethren to the favour of God. Besides, no event takes place betwixt the close of Antichrist's reign and the commencement of the Millennium, so important as the conversion of the Jews. It is therefore most probably the cvent intended. If so, it takes place thirty prophetic years after the fall of the Pope's tempo. ral sovereignty ; and as the temporal sovereignty falls in the year 1998, their conversion shall happen in the year 2028'. '
I am the more inclined to this calculation, from the parallel stated by the Apostle, betwixt the conduct of God to the Jews, and his treat. ment of the Gentiles. “ For as ye (the Gen
(1) The difference betwixt the civil and the prophetic year, is so finall in the course of thirty ycars, that it is not material to reckon it, for it does not amount to ono whole year.
pc tiles) in times past have not believed God, ^ yet have now obtained mercy through their “ unbelief. Even fo have these (the Jews) " now not believed, that through your mercy, “ they also might obtain mercy. For God hath “ concluded all (that is Jews and Gentiles) in "" unbelief, that he might have mercy upon " all,” Rom. xi. 30.–32. To make the pa. rallel exact, it is meet that the Jews should remain in unbelief, as long as the Genciles did, The Gentiles remained excluded from the ordi. nances of the true religion for 2000 years, from the call of Abraham to the coming of Christ The Jews must remain in unbelief for the same period.
The prophet Hofea appears to me to have the conversion of Judah and Israel in view. " Af. " ter two days will he revive us ; the third day - he will raise us up, and we shall live in his 66 fight,” (chap. vi. 2.). Conversion is frequent: ly represented in fcripture by a resurrection, The conversion of Israel, in particular, is described by this figure, Ezek. xxxvii. A day in prophetic language has yarious acceptations. It is put sometimes for a natural day, sometimes for a year; and at other times it signifies a thousand years, according to that of the Apostle Peter. « One day is with the Lord as a thou“ fand years, and a thousand years as one day,"
(2 Pet. iii. 8.) If taken in this last fenfe, it intimates, that the Jews, after remaining excluded from the ordinances of the true religion, and continuing strangers to the influences of the Spirit of God for 2000 years, shall immediately, as these end, partake of the Spirit of God, and be admitted to the privileges of his children, The unbelief of the Jewish nation commenced about the time of Christ's personal ministry; and he was considerably advanced in his personal ministry, in the 28th year of the common reckoning, which answers to the 32d year of his age. Their unbelief, therefore, ought to end about A. D. 2028.
Time of the Battle of Armageddon.
The battle of Armageddon most probably will take place forty years after the conversion of the Jews. My reasons for this opinion are,
First, It requires a considerable time to collect the allies of the beast. The emissaries dispatched by the dragon, the beast, and the false prophet, “go forth to the kings of the earth, and of the " whole world.” These kings must be persuaded by “ lying wonders,” Rev. xvi. 14. 16.
After they are persuaded severally, it requires time to concert together, and to bring up their forces to the place of Armageddon.
Secondly, It requires time on the other hand, to instruct the Jewish church, after their converfion, and previous to their settlement in Judea, when they are to be the model of the several Christian churches spread over the earth.
Thirdly, I suppose these words of the prophet Micah to be applicable to the period which elapses betwixt the conversion of the Jews, and their settlement in the promised land. “ Accord"ing to the days of thy coming out of the land “ of Egypt will I shew unto him marvellous “ things,” (Mic. vii. 15.) As the days alluded to were forty years, and the Jews are again settled in Judea, in consequence of the battle of Armageddon, I conclude, that the like number of years shall run betwixt their conversion and the time in which the battle is fought. By adding therefore forty to the year 2028, we have 2068, as the year in which the battle shall be fought.
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Time in which the Millennium begins.
Tue Jews take poffefsion of the land given their fathers, in consequence of the victory obtained in the battle of Armageddon: But wars follow, in order to destroy the system of Babylon, and subdue the remaining power of the kings who supported it. I suppose these wars take up five years, which, in conjunction with the former forty, make up the number 1335. 'At the end of which the Millennium begins, (Dan. xii. 12.); that is 45 years after the con'version of the Jews; 75 years after the close of the 1260 years of Antichrift's reign, or the fall of the Pope's temporal sovereignty; and 1335 prophetic years from the commencement of his reign, in the year 756. At that period the Church being triumphant over the world, and peace universally established, the spirit of prophecy begins to reckon the Millennium, A. D. 2073; or, in regard the odd days and hours by which the civil year exceeds the prophetic, amount in 75 years to one whole year, by deducting these, the Millennium will commence A. D. 2078.