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Evidences for the Coming of the Lord in 1873: Or the Midnight Cry
"Behold the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him."
ROCHESTER, N.Y., 1871.
Those desiring books, address DAVID T. COOPER, 72 Mount Hope Ave., Rochester,
N.Y. Price, single copy, 25 cents: $1.80 per doz. $12.00 per hundred.
In presenting the following pages to the consideration of those who are waiting
for the coming and kingdom of our Lord, the writer is not unmindful of his utter
inability to do justice to the subject he has attempted to handle. Notwithstanding
he has held these views in the main as here presented, for many years, he has held
back, hoping and praying that God would raise up men more capable, and better
prepared to bring these things before the world in a less objectionable way, and
one more likely to command attention. But as he humbly believes that God has
given him some little light on the prophecies which has not been proclaimed to
the world, and which has an important bearing on His people at the present time,
he dares therefore no longer refuse to sound the alarm. N.H.B.
The Time of the End 3
Definite Time 15
The Parable of the Ten Virgins 20
Views held in 1843 39
The Chronology 50
The Appointed Time 69
The Judgment on the Papacy 82
The 2300 Days 92
"But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end:
Many shall run to and fro and knowledge shall be increased."
This language of the prophet implies that time will have an end. Not that the earth will
ever cease its circling course around the great central orb, but that time allotted to
mortals, like all human, earthly things, will end. God hath measured and fixed its bounds
and declared its end, from the beginning. And having "declared it," he has revealed it: for
"surely the Lord God will do nothing but he revealeth his secrets to his servants the
prophets." And if revealed, it "belongs to us and to our children."
Time is a measured or definite portion of duration. An end, if the extreme point or
conclusion of a series, says Webster. Therefore "the time of the end" must be a series of
points, or ends. And this definition is in harmony with the events associated with this
phrase, wherever it occurs, in the book of Daniel.
It is the time during which God is closing up the prophetic periods. Some terminating at
its commencement, others scattered along through, and still others, reaching to its
consummation. Thus the language, "time of the end" is full of meaning. And events, to a
few of which we shall refer in brief, point to the present for its fulfillment.
But first, I would have the reader so connect the present with the past, that
in one comprehensive view, the whole of the world’s history, from Eden lost, to paradise
regained, may pass before him.
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After which I promise, by stubborn facts, which none can question, to prove that we are
living in the little space of time mentioned in our text, and marked out as one of
preparation, for both God and man; and ending, ends the sweet story of the gospel.
Come, then, and for a few brief moments look at the dim past, through the telescope of
inspiration; and like a vision, time’s picture, with all its long forgotten years, shall pass
before you.
I warn you, the vision will be one of sorrow, death and woe. For scarcely had man, fresh
from the molding hand of God, tasted of the sweets of life, ere death began to feed upon
him. But as the picture, except a few brief sands of time, is all behind us, hope gives us
courage; and the contrast adds new luster to the brighter future.
The line through which the promised Seed, the world’s great Life- giver should come,
numbers ten human lives, from Adam to Noah’s flood: and measures a thousand six
hundred and fifty- six years of primeval history. So God informs us. But I
will not stop to give the proof, since chronology is reserved for a future chapter.
At the flood, the human race reduced to a single family, sad consequence of sin, begins
the second act in the great drama of man’s probation.
Noah, the father of the new world, is followed by a line of patriarchs, twelve in all, whose
united ages, lapping more or less, measure off six hundred ad fifty- nine years more of
the stream of time- beginning at the flood, and ending with Jacob down in Egypt.
At Jacob’s death, the twelve tribes of Israel received the scepter, and became a nation,
God’s chosen people. And as they pass before us we see them crushed to earth by hard
Egyptian bondage, their children slain, their hopes cut off. And yet in this their darkest
hour, God hears their cry, delivers
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them from bondage, and with a mighty hand brings them in triumph through the sea.
"Then sang Moses and the children of Israel this song: I will sing unto the Lord for he has
triumphed gloriously; the Lord is my strength and my song, and he has become my
salvation." This song will again be heard from the sea of glass at our deliverance. Rev.
From here we follow them through the wilderness into the promised land, under their
judges and kings, down to their captivity in Babylon; which, from Jacob’s death, makes a
thousand two hundred and seven years more to be added to the past.
Here the four great empires, human institutions, aptly represented by the image of a man,
complete the picture.
Babylon, the head of gold, or lion of the prophet Daniel’s vision, is the first, and holds
universal sway for seventy years. As the conquerors of Judah, they require of them a
song. But their tongues refuse: for how can they sing the song of Zion in a strange land?
Their harps hang idly by the willows, and the voice of weeping is their only answer.
There is a Lion soon to come, "the Lion of the tribe of Judah," at whose command the
glad songs of Zion shall again be heard, until the echo of those golden harps shall ravish
every ear.
The second universal empire of the image, Medo- Persia, fills up two hundred and ten
years more of the prophetic page, and the world’s history. After which, "a mighty king
stands up"; the great Alexander, who overruns the Persian empire, and with an army of a
few thousand men, scatter their hosts of millions like chaff before the wind.
Here the third kingdom, Greece, has its origin, and for the short space of one hundred and
seventy years controls the scepter of the world. After which the "legs of iron" exalt
themselves: and Rome, the fourth and last of earth’s universal
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kingdoms, stands up against the Prince of princes. "The kings of the earth stood up, and
the rulers were gathered together against the Lord, and against his Christ."
Rome, in its imperial or pagan form, holds the world in its iron grasp six hundred and
ninety- three years.
Early in this period, in the days of Augustus Caesar, the long promised Messiah makes
his advent, and as the "man of sorrow" bore our sins upon the cross. His second coming,
which is as certain as was the first, will be in different form; now he is to come as "King
of kings, and Lord of lords."
As the reckoning of time began with Adam, so at the end of four thousand
one hundred and twenty- eight years, it began again with the second Adam, as the year
one of the Christian era.
But the world’s history still went on unbroken. Imperial Rome numbered its full term
and then papal Rome, or "the abomination that maketh desolate," was "set up."
If you would find the age of the human race at any particular year during the Christian
era , add the last number we have given to that year, and you will find it; but in adding up
the world’s chronology, leave it out.
The "abomination" once "set up," had power to continue forty and two months prophetic,
or one thousand two hundred and sixty of our years; when its dominion should be given
This leaves us five thousand nine hundred and twenty- five years from Adam, or at the
close of the year 1797 of the Christian era . In this chronology we follow Jewish time, or
from spring to spring. Therefore, the year 1797 ends not till the spring of 1798, by
common reckoning.
In 1798, as we all know, the papal power was broken. And we are told by inspiration,
that when broken, it should be consumed and destroyed unto the end. The gradual
consumption of its dominion since then has completely answered to the prophetic
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