<402429> Matthew 24:29, 30 ? ?But immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: and then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven?;
<422108> Luke 21:8-28 ? false prophets, wars and tumults, earthquakes, pestilence, persecutions, signs in the sun, moon, and stars, ?And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. But when these things begin to come to pass, look up, and lift up your heads; because your redemption draweth nigh.?
Interpretations of the book of Revelation are divided into three classes:
(1) the Pruterist (held by Grotius, Moses Stuart, and Warren), which regards the prophecy as mainly fulfilled in the age immediately succeeding the time of the apostles (666 = Neron Kaisar).
(2) the Continuous (held by Isaac Newton, Vitringa, Bengel, Elliott, Kelly, and Cumming), which regards the whole as a continuous prophetical history extending from the first age until the end of all things (666 = Lateinos). Hengstenberg and Alford hold substantially this view, though they regard the seven seals, trumpets and vials as synchronological, each succeeding set going over the same ground and exhibiting it in some special aspect.
(3) the Futurist (held by Maitland and Todd), which considers the book as describing events yet to occur during the times immediately preceding and following the coming of the Lord.
Of all these interpretations, the most learned and exhaustive is that of Elliott, in his four volumes entitled Hore Apocalyptic«. The basis of his interpretation is the ?time 2nd times and half a time? of <270725>Daniel 7:25, which according to the year/day theory means 1260 years or the year, according to ancient reckoning, containing 360 days, and the ?time? being therefore 360 years [360 + (2 x 360) + 180 = 1260]. This phrase we find recurring with regard to the woman nourished in the wilderness ( <661214>Revelation 12:14). The blasphemy of the beast for forty-and two months ( <661305>Revelation 13:5) seems to refer to the same period [42 x 30 = 1260, as before]. The two witnesses prophecy 1260 days ( <661103>Revelation 11:3); and the woman?s time in the wilderness is stated ( <661206>Revelation 12:6) as 1260 days. Elliott regards this period of 1260 years as the time of the temporal power of the Papacy.
There is a twofold terminus a quo, and correspondingly a twofold terminus ad quem. The first commencement is A. D. 531, when in the edict of Justinian the dragon of the Roman Empire gives its power to the
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