The End of the Last 1260
A Date Fast Approaching

With the final terminal date fast approaching we need to determine exactly when this time period began to know when to look for its fateful fulfillment.

The Earliest Starting Date - 754
The Coronation and The Promise
In January 754 Pippin welcomed Stephen to the Carolingian royal palace. The Frankish nobles gave their consent to a campaign in Italy in April.

Roman Catholic tradition asserts that then and there Pepin executed in writing a promise to give to the Church certain territories that were not yet in fact Pepin's to give. No actual document has been preserved, but later 8th century sources quote from it.

This promise was long identified as the Donation of Pepin. When Stephen crowned and anointed Pippin in July of 754 this agreement was strengthened. The year 754 had special significance because 754 B.C. was the traditional date for the founding of the city of Rome.

The Preferred Starting Date - 755
Pepin Defeats the Lombards and Redeems his Promise
vatican12 Pepin was annointed and the promise had been made in 754. However, most expositors, like Adam Clarke (see Clarke's Commentary below), date the start of the last 1260 from the year 755. This was the year that Pepin crossed the Alps, conquered the Lombards and gave their territory to Pope Steven.

This gift established the temporal power of the Pontiff. From 755 there was no political act of the slightest importance in Europe which the Popes did not initiate or direct. This was the reign of the beast and it continues in diminished degree today.

The Latest Starting Date - 756
The Second Defeat of the Lombards and Formal Grant
In 756 Pippin crossed the Alps a second time to subdue the Lombards after their king had broken his promise from the prior year.

At Pippin's direction, the keys to a number of cities and territories in central Italy that had submitted to papal authority were collected. The keys and a list of the cities involved were placed on the altar of Old St. Peter's Basilica in Rome.

This second victory is considered to be the official Donation of Pippin also known as "the Confession of St. Peter."

A Fateful Date Fast Approaching
The Wise Virgins Will be Watching
We know from the last chapter of Daniel that at the end a wise remnant will understand the time, times and half a time. They will no doubt be watching as the last 1260 draws to a close between 2014 and 2016.

It is time to sound the cry. Most of the church is asleep in the dark. The Lord is about to return and we are to be watching with our lamps brightly trimmed. Matt 25

Adam Clarke's Commentary - 1825
Comments on Daniel 7:25
And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time. Dan 7:25

"If we knew precisely when the papal power began to exert itself in the antichristian way, then we could at once fix the time of its destruction. The end is probably not very distant; it has already been grievously shaken by the French.

In 1798 the French republican army under General Berthier took possession of the city of Rome, and entirely superseded the whole papal power. This was a deadly wound, though at present it appears to be healed.

If the papal power, as a horn or temporal power, be intended here, which is most likely, (and we know that that power was given in 755 to Pope Stephen II by Pepin, king of France)

counting one thousand two hundred and sixty years from that, we are brought to A.D. 2015, about one hundred and ninety years from the present [A.D. 1825.]"

This is quoted from Adam Clarke's Commentary in his notes on Daniel 7:25.

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