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Jerusalem was destroyed by the Romans Titus, in A. D. 70, and the Jews were scattered and exiled. The Jews tried to regain their freedom in A. D. 132 under Bar Cochba, but they were crushed by the armies of the Roman Emperor Hadrian. This time Jerusalem was devastated even more completely than it had been by Titus. The site of the city was ploughed under and a new city, named in honour of Hadrian, was built upon the ruins. (tn) (57:1)

The Jews were banished. Many of them, exactly as had been foretold by Christ, fell "by the edge of the sword." They fled, scattered, and were "led away captive into all nations.".. (57:5)

The Romans were the first aliens (Gentiles) after the time of Christ to tread down the holy city of Jerusalem. The next aliens to seize and hold it captive were the Muslims. They conquered Jerusalem in A. D. 637 and upon the foundation of the Temple of Solomon, they raised the Mosque of Omar. During their period of occupation, Jews were largely excluded from their homeland, the few remaining being proscribed. (tn) (57:6)

This restriction came to an end in the year 1844. Remarkable! (57:7)

..the strict exclusion of the Jews from their own land enforced by the Muslims for some twelve centuries was at last relaxed by the Edict of Toleration and the "times of the Gentiles" were fulfilled. (57:8)

Worth Smith.. mentions this Edict in his Miracle of the Ages. He points out: "In the year of A. D. 1844.. the (Muslims) under the leadership of Turkey were compelled by the Western Powers, notably England, to grant religious toleration to all (nations) within their borders." (tn) (57:9)

..The date on this document was March 21st, 1844. (57:10)

..strong confirmation in the New Testament itself that 1844 was the year intended by Christ for the fulfillment of His second promise concerning the "times of the Gentiles.".. came from the Book of Revelation.. (tn) (57:11)

"And the Holy City (Jerusalem) shall they tread under foot for forty and two months." (30 days per month times 42 months equals 1260 days - or years - the year 1260 on the Muslim calendar is the year 1844 on the calendar of the West). [-ed] (57:12) 91

..In the next verse of Revelation this period of time is given in yet another way. It is said that is will last for "1260 days." (57:13)

1. In the study of biblical prophecy, the period of time called a 'day' becomes a 'year' when calculating the passing of time: (tn) (57:14)

2. This theory was supported by the following prophecies. (57:15)

A. Numbers xiv. 34."Even forty days, each day for a year." (57:16) see

B. Ezekiel iv. 6."I have appointed thee each day for a year." (57:17) see

. C. Hudgings in his Zionism in Prophecy writes: "A solar year, of course, contains a fraction over 363 days, but in computing 'symbolic time' as it is set forth in the Scripture, students of prophecy find that the writers simply divided the year into 12 months of 30 days each.. a time or a year in Scriptural symbology refers to 360 solar years-- each day representing a year.".. (57:18)

..The axiom of 360 days for a year or a time was derived from the following verses: (57:19)

1. Genesis 7:11. -- The waters of the flood came on the 17th day of the second month. (57:20) see

2. Genesis viii. 4 -- The waters abated and ceased on the 17th day of the seventh month. Genesis 7:24 -- The waters prevailed upon the earth 150 days. (57:21) see

From the 17th day of the second month to the 17th day of the seventh month was exactly five months. These five months took exactly 150 days.. five months of 30 days each.. (57:22)

According to the second promise of Christ, these Gentiles (Romans-Muslims) would tread the city underfoot until the hour of His return which would be 1260 years.. The year 1260 of the calendar of the Muslims coincides with the year 1844 of the calendar of the Christians. (Thief in the Night, Geo. Townshend) (57:23)

Abomination of Desolation (58:0)

Christ's 3rd Proof: This third promise was again given in direct answer to the questions of His (Christ's) disciples: (58:1)

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