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The Bible, AD 570, and AD 1830

The Bible said the true church would be lost in AD570 and restored in 1830. This graphic sums up why 570 was so important.

the church and Rome, around the year 570

How can you be sure this is right? Because the Bible is simple. Let's look at the big picture - beginning long before 570 and ending long after.

The Bible does not deal with obscure events. It deals with the most important events in the history of the world. To start with, here are the milestones in the history of the church from Moses to the Second Coming:

Independence Assyria, Babylon Persia, Greece Rome Dark ages Last days
United Israel. A period of stability from the time of Moses through to the judges and kings. Fall of Israel, 721 BC, to the Assyrians. Fall of Judah to the Babylonians, various invasions beginning one hundred years later. Return of Jews, thanks to the decree of Cyrus and later Persian rulers. Rome is the great opponent of the church. Most important, this sees the First Coming of Christ. All the prophets foresee a great apostasy before the eventual triumph. Stage 1:
From humble beginnings, the stone (in the vision in Daniel chapter 2) begins to roll.
Stage 2:
The gospel is fully restored, the church is cleansed of iniquity, the sanctuary restored.
Stage 3:
A blessed period of peace and rest, with the Second Coming and the Millenium.

This corresponds to the great phases of world history (from the book "The History of Western Civilization" discussed elsewhere):

Independence Assyria, Babylon Persia, Greece Rome Dark ages Last days >> >>
The ancient period, to the Bronze Age and Iron Age. Most people are farmers. The Greco-Roman period of great empires. Begins with the foundation of the Greek City States, from the eighth to fifth centuries BC. Ends with the end of the Roman Empire, replaced by Byzantium, Islam,and Papal Europe. The Medieval period The Modern period of invention and discovery.

This all corresponds to the great dated prophecies of Daniel and Revelation:

Independence Assyria, Babylon Persia, Greece Rome Dark ages Last days >> >>
Period of stability and self rule Fall of Israel
721 BC
Return of Jews
457 BC
The Messiah
AD 27-33
Beast overcomes saints
AD 570
Stone begins rolling
Sanctuary restored
Blessed period

Key scriptures

These are the key scriptures. For more detail, see the summary page.

Daniel 2:31-45 This gives the essential background to all the visions that follow. The sequence of world history is as follows:
Babylon > Persia > Greece > Rome > kingdoms after Rome > Kingdom of God.
This last kingdom appears after the breakup of the Roman empire (verse 44) and grows to fill the earth.
Daniel 7:25

Daniel 12:7

Revelation 11:2

Revelation 12:6

Revelation 12:14

Revelation 13:5

1260 "days": This is the key - it is repeated more times than any other prophetic number in the Bible. Six times! 1260 "days" is equivalent to 42 "months" of 30 days each, or 3 1/2 "years" (or "times"). "Days" in this context symbolize years - the web site shows why.

1260 years is the time when Satan overcomes the church. It begins when the "little horn" gains power (the sign is that it subdues three of the kingdoms that came after Rome), and drives the church into the wilderness and the "man child" (the priesthood) back to heaven. Historically this was fulfilled in AD 570. AD 570 saw the last barbarian invasion of Italy, the start of the career of Gregory the Great, the birth of Mohammed, the loss of the priesthood (as far as can be determined), the transition between the Greco-Roman and Medieval worlds, and so on.

AD 570 plus 1260 = 1830.

Daniel 9:24-27 This is perhaps the best known dated prophecy. It was to be 490 years from the decree to restore Jerusalem (457 BC) until the Messiah was to come (and the other dates also add up)
Daniel 8:14 2300 years for the vision in Daniel chapter 8. This is the prophecy that has caused the most excitement among Bible students. Millions of people were convinced that the world would end in 1844. But if they read carefully, they would have seen that in fact the sanctuary (the church) was simply to be cleansed in that year. This happened as the great prophet sealed his testimony with his blood, completing the process of restoration. 2300 years from when Persia left Daniel's story (the decree of 457 BC) was 1844.
Daniel 12:11 1290 years from the end of the continuous state to the abomination in question. The book of Daniel ends with the key dates that take you from beginning to end. From the end of Israel's "continuous state" (wrongly translated as "daily sacrifice") to the start of the Dark Ages is 1290 years. Israel's period of stability ended in 721 BC. 721 BC plus 1290 years (there is no "year zero") takes us to AD 570.
Daniel 12:12 Daniel finishes by being told that if you wait for another 1335 years you will be blessed. The blessed period of church history, the "sunshine of goodwill" as President Hinckley called it, began in the twentieth century. Specifically, the year 1905 was when the church turned the corner. The worst persecution ended, the church stopped running for its life, it got out of debt, and stopped being under others' political control. 570 plus 1335 takes us right to 1905.

But it's not just about numbers. The web site also gives over a hundred different Bible prophecies that are fulfilled by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and by no other church.

The Bible is basically a tract for the Mormon church!


Most churches don't want to admit that the Dark Ages happened

If this is so obvious, why doesn't everyone teach it already? Because traditional Christianity traces its roots through the Dark Ages. If they accept everything the Bible says, they have to accept that they do not have the whole gospel.

Some Bible readers do accept that an apostasy was predicted, but they are afraid to follow this to its conclusion.

Daniel makes clear (chapter 2, especially verse 44) that the final kingdom of God will appear in the days of the kingdoms that come after Rome. Rome fell long after New Testament times. So the final kingdom of God cannot be a continuation of the first century kingdom of God. There must be some kind of loss of the church for it to appear again at this later stage. The first century church was not going to survive the Dark Ages!

the key to the major prophecies is dating the start of the Dark Ages, the transition between Roman and Medieval worlds. Here the historians are very helpful. Everything points to the late sixth century in general, and 570 in particular.

Look at the words in italics

Some words in the King James Bible are in italics. These words were not in the Hebrew text, but the translators added them because they thought that would be helpful. Most of the time the additions are helpful. But sometimes they change what the Bible said. For example, one of the most confusing prophecies is about "taking away the daily sacrifice". Yet the word "sacrifice" was not in the original Hebrew. The original Hebrew just said something like "taking away the continuous state". Once we start looking at what the Bible actually says, it all become a lot clearer.

There is a lot more than this in the web site, but this is probably the most amazing part: that the major events in the history of the church are clearly set forth, to the precise year, two thousand years before they happened. Now that's what I call prophecy!

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