In symbolic prophecy what length of time is represented by a day?
"After the number of the days in which you searched the land, even forty days, each day for a year, shall
you bear your iniquities, even forty years!' Num. 14: 34. See Eze. 4: 6.
NOTES - A time in prophecy being the same as a year (see Dan. 11:13, margin, and R.V.), three
and one-half times would be three and a half years, or forty-two months, or twelve hundred and sixty days,
since the calendar year Of 360 days, or twelve months of thirty days each, is used in prophetic chronology.
As each day represents a year, the period, the end of which was to mark the limit of the time of the
supremacy of the little horn, the Papacy, over the saints, times, and the law, would therefore be twelve
hundred and sixty years. .
The decree of the Emperor Justinian, issued in AD. 533, recognized the Pope as "head of all the
holy churches." (Justinian's Code, book 1, title 1. Baronius's Annals, AD. 533) The overwhelming defeat of
the Ostrogoths in the siege of Rome, five years later, AD. 538, was a death-blow to the independence of
the Arian power then ruling Italy, and was therefore a notable date in the development of papal supremacy.
With the year 538, then, commences the twelve hundred and sixty years of this prophecy, which would
extend to the year 1798. The year 1793 was the year of the Reign of Terror in the French Revolution, and
the year when the Roman Catholic religion was set aside in France and the worship of reason was
established in its stead. As a direct result of the revolt against papal authority in the French Revolution, the
French army, under Berthier, entered Rome, and the pope was taken prisoner February 10, 1798, dying in
exile at Valence, France, the following year. This year, 17o8, during which this death-stroke was inflicted
upon the Papacy, fittingly and clearly marks the close of the long prophetic period mentioned in this
prophecy. Any standard history of the time may be consulted in substantiation of the facts here stated.
8. How did Christ show from the Scriptures that the promised Saviour of the world must be both human and divine?
How much was included in the gift of Christ for the salvation of man?
Is there danger of delaying correction too long?
What was in the ark, under the mercy-seat?
What is said of the stability of God's character?
What title was given to the fourth state of the church?
In how many things may we ask help from God?
Questions & Answers are from the book Bible Readings for the Home Circle