Empire in Prophecy
the four angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates. And the four
angels were loosed, which were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month,
and a year, for to slay the third part of men. Rev. 9:14, 15.
The history of nations that one after another have occupied their allotted
time and place, unconsciously witnessing to the truth of which they themselves
knew not the meaning, speaks to us. To every nation and to every individual
of today God has assigned a place in His great plan. Today men and nations
are being measured by the plummet in the hand of Him who makes no mistake.
All are by their own choice deciding their destiny, and God is overruling
all for the accomplishment of His purposes. . . .
prophecy has foretold as coming to pass, until the present time, has been
traced on the pages of history, and we may be assured that all which is yet
to come will be fulfilled in its order.
year 1840, another remarkable fulfilment of prophecy excited widespread interest.
Two years before, Josiah Litch, one of the leading ministers preaching the
second advent, published an exposition of Revelation 9, predicting the fall
of the Ottoman empire. According to his calculations, this power was to be
overthrown "in A.D. 1840, sometime in the month of August;" and
only a few days previous to its accomplishment he wrote: "Allowing the
first period, 150 years, to have been exactly fulfilled before Deacozes ascended
the throne by permission of the Turks, and that the 391 years, fifteen days,
commenced at the close of the first period, it will end on the 11th of August,
1840, when the Ottoman power in Constantinople may be expected to be broken.
And this, I believe, will be found to be the case."--Josiah Litch, in
Signs of the Times, and Expositor of Prophecy, Aug. 1, 1840.
very time specified, Turkey, through her ambassadors, accepted the protection
of the allied powers of Europe, and thus placed herself under the control
of Christian nations. The event exactly fulfilled the prediction. . . . A
wonderful impetus was given to the advent movement.