(Note one continued)
Invaded by the barbaric tribes from the north, the old Roman Empire fell to pieces (AD 351-476). From the ruins arose several independent nations. Scott, in his notes on Daniel, says, "It is, however, certain that the Roman Empire fell, rather than was divided into ten kingdoms, and though they might be some times more and sometimes fewer, yet they were still known by the names of the ten kingdoms of the Eastern Empire." The ten kingdoms which seem to fulfill all the conditions of the prophecy are as follows:- Alemanni, Franks, Suevi, Vandals, Burgundians, Ostrogoths, Visigoths, Anglo Saxons, Lombards, and Heruli. For more than fourteen centuries these separate nations of Europe have existed, and although repeated efforts have been made to unite them this divided condition exists as foretold in the prophecy, and will exist until the setting up of the Kingdom of God.
Note Two:-. The "Catholic Mirror", September 23, 1893, says, "The Catholic Church, for over a thousand years before the existence of a Protestant, by virtue of her divine mission, changed the day from Saturday to Sunday." Cardinal Gibbons said in the same paper. "Of course, the Catholic Church claims that the change was her act. It could not have been otherwise, as none, of those days, would have dreamed of doing anything in matters spiritual and religious without her, and the act is a mark of her ecclesiastical power and authority in religious matters."
Note Three:-. These words fittingly describe the great empire of Rome which was different from any previous government and literally broke in pieces the nations of the earth.