Excerpt from The Christian Century, Vol. 35: July 4, 1918
All this story of outrage was familiar to the people for whose comfort the book was prepared. But what no one knew was the probable duration of these afﬂictions. To preserve the courage of the saints in so dark a time was the writer's purpose. So in an angelic conversation with which the scene is closed it is made known that two thousand three hundred evening-mornings, or eleven hun dred and fifty days, shall be the measure of time until the sanctuary shall be cleansed, and the sacred offices resumed. As 'three years and a half (dan. Was the usual apocalyptic measure of the time of trouble until the day of deliverance, this is probably a play upon the same idea, or perhaps an intimation that even in less than the twelve hundred and fifty days of the conventional period, the happy end should be reached. The chapter closes with the warning that the vision is not to be disclosed for a long time to come, which would account to the men of the author's day for the recent publication of the document.
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