|Daniel 8:||1: “In the third year of the reign of king Belshazzar a vision appeared unto me, even unto me Daniel, after that which appeared unto me at the first.|
2: And I saw in a vision; and it came to pass, when I saw, that I was at Shushan in the palace, which is in the province of Elam; and I saw in a vision, and I was by the river of Ulai.
3: Then I lifted up mine eyes, and saw, and, behold, there stood before the river a ram which had two horns: and the two horns were high; but one was higher than the other, and the higher came up last.
4: I saw the ram pushing westward, and northward, and southward; so that no beasts might stand before him, neither was there any that could deliver out of his hand; but he did according to his will, and became great.
5: And as I was considering, behold, an he goat came from the west on the face of the whole earth, and touched not the ground: and the goat had a notable horn between his eyes.
6: And he came to the ram that had two horns, which I had there seen standing before the river, and ran unto him in the fury of his power.
7: And I saw him come close unto the ram, and he was moved with choler against him, and smote the ram, and brake his two horns: and there was no power in the ram to stand before him, but he cast him down to the ground, and stamped upon him: and there was none that could deliver the ram out of his hand.
8: Therefore the he goat waxed very great: and when he was strong, the great horn was broken; and for it came up four notable ones toward the four winds of heaven.
9: And out of one of them came forth a little horn, which waxed exceeding great, toward the south, and toward the east, and toward the pleasant land.
10: And it waxed great, even to the host of heaven; and it cast down some of the host and of the stars to the ground, and stamped upon them.
11: Yea, he magnified himself even to the prince of the host, and by him the daily sacrifice was taken away, and the place of his sanctuary was cast down.
12: And an host was given him against the daily sacrifice by reason of transgression, and it cast down the truth to the ground; and it practised, and prospered.
13: Then I heard one saint speaking, and another saint said unto that certain saint which spake, How long shall be the vision concerning the daily sacrifice, and the transgression of desolation, to give both the sanctuary and the host to be trodden under foot?
14: And he said unto me, Unto two thousand and three hundred days; then shall the sanctuary be cleansed.
15: And it came to pass, when I, even I Daniel, had seen the vision, and sought for the meaning, then, behold, there stood before me as the appearance of a man.
16: And I heard a man's voice between the banks of Ulai, which called, and said, Gabriel, make this man to understand the vision.
17: So he came near where I stood: and when he came, I was afraid, and fell upon my face: but he said unto me, Understand, O son of man: for at the time of the end shall be the vision.
18: Now as he was speaking with me, I was in a deep sleep on my face toward the ground: but he touched me, and set me upright.
19: And he said, Behold, I will make thee know what shall be in the last end of the indignation: for at the time appointed the end shall be.
20: The ram which thou sawest having two horns are the kings of Media and Persia.
21: And the rough goat is the king of Grecia: and the great horn that is between his eyes is the first king.
22: Now that being broken, whereas four stood up for it, four kingdoms shall stand up out of the nation, but not in his power.
23: And in the latter time of their kingdom, when the transgressors are come to the full, a king of fierce countenance, and understanding dark sentences, shall stand up.
24: And his power shall be mighty, but not by his own power: and he shall destroy wonderfully, and shall prosper, and practise, and shall destroy the mighty and the holy people.
25: And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart, and by peace shall destroy many: he shall also stand up against the Prince of princes; but he shall be broken without hand.
26: And the vision of the evening and the morning which was told is true: wherefore shut thou up the vision; for it shall be for many days.
27: And I Daniel fainted, and was sick certain days; afterward I rose up, and did the king's business; and I was astonished at the vision, but none understood it.”
This symbolic prophecy has intrigued believers ever since it was first penned by the prophet Daniel. To understand its message and how it concerns believers living in these last days we must endeavour to identify the following:
In this article I shall attempt to answer these questions and each of the following sections will bear the same number as the question it answers. For example: Question 1 will be answered in Section 1 and Question 2 in Section 2 and so on.
In short, we see in Daniel chapter 8 and several other symbolic prophecies, that ‘horns’ represent ‘spirit powers’ at work in world affairs. Horns fall into two categories:
|Hebrews 8:||5: “Who serve unto the example and shadow of heavenly things, as Moses was admonished of God when he was about to make the tabernacle: for, See, saith he, that thou make all things according to the pattern shewed to thee in the mount.”|
Am I saying that the heavenly sanctuary is to be polluted and will later need cleansing? Yes I am. According to this prophecy the Antichrist (the Little Horn) is scheduled to desecrate the heavenly sanctuary by his very presence. He will enter the sanctuary in heaven and will blasphemously challenge the Prince of the heavenly host! I quote:
|Daniel 8:||9: “And out of one of them came forth a little horn, which waxed exceeding great, toward the south, and toward the east, and toward the pleasant land.|
10: And it waxed great, even to the host of heaven; and it cast down some of the host and of the stars to the ground, and stamped upon them.
11: Yea, he magnified himself even to the prince of the host, and by him the daily sacrifice was taken away, and the place of his sanctuary was cast down.”
|Numbers 28:||: “And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,|
2: Command the children of Israel, and say unto them, My offering, and my bread for my sacrifices made by fire, for a sweet savour unto me, shall ye observe to offer unto me in their due season.
3: And thou shalt say unto them, This is the offering made by fire which ye shall offer unto the LORD; two lambs of the first year without spot day by day, for a continual burnt offering.
4: The one lamb shalt thou offer in the morning, and the other lamb shalt thou offer at even;”
The daily sacrifice of two ordinary lambs was simply a 'symbolic counterpart,' a 'shadow,' a 'figure' or 'type' of Yeshua the true Lamb of God who died on Calvary and whose blood would thereafter cleanse the contrite and repentant sinner. When Yeshua the Messiah ascended to heaven he began to officiate in the heavenly sanctuary on behalf of sinful man. There he presents and pleads the merits of his own blood on behalf of those who seek forgiveness of sin. It is not necessary for Yeshua the Lamb of God to die over and over again; but it is necessary for him to intercede - each day - on behalf of sinners who daily confess their sins and request his mercy and forgiveness. This daily procedure (the daily sacrifice) is what the Antichrist will stop! I freely admit that this drama seems so blasphemous that it is difficult to even imagine. But again I must remind the reader that that is what the prophecy is saying. It is not forecasting the stopping of the daily sacrifice in an earthly sanctuary; a sacrifice which was stopped, started, stopped and started time and again before and after Daniel's day. No, the daily sacrifice the Little Horn will stop for 2300 days is that which is made in the heavenly sanctuary! After a fierce conflict in heaven itself, the Little Horn will expel some of the heavenly host from the sanctuary above, challenge Yeshua the Prince of princes and stop the daily sacrifice! Pause dear reader and try to imagine the enormity of such a blasphemous act on the Little Horn's part. You will need to read this article again and again to appreciate what is being presented here.
|Numbers 14:||34: “After the number of the days in which ye searched the land, even forty days, each day for a year, shall ye bear your iniquities, even forty years, and ye shall know my breach of promise.”|
|Ezekiel 4:||6: “And when thou hast accomplished them, lie again on thy right side, and thou shalt bear the iniquity of the house of Judah forty days: I have appointed thee each day for a year.”|
But is it correct to say that in every prophecy involving time, one day represents one year? I don't think so. A prophetic day only represents a year if the prophetic language so implies, as in the case of Ezekiel 4:6 or Daniel 9:24. But if the prophetic language doesn't give this indication, as in the case of Daniel 8:14, Daniel 12:11-12 and Revelation 11:3, then a day equals a normal day of 24 hours and a year is a normal year. For example the Saviour prophesied in:
|Matthew 12:||40: “For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale's belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.”|
We all know that in this prophecy a day meant a literal day and not a year. In the book of Revelation we also see that a year is a year and no more.
|Revelation 20:||4: “And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.|
5: But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection.”
In short, the 2300 days mentioned in Daniel chapter 8 is 2300 ordinary days; which is about six and a half ordinary years. Believers who reckon that 2300 prophetic days means 2300 ordinary years have been obliged to place the start of this prophecy in the distant past - over 2300 years ago. To find out if they are correct in their computation we will consider the next question, which is:
Some Christian groups begin counting the 2300 day period way back in the past, (in 457 BC) which was not long after Belshazzar's reign when the prophecy was given. Why do they do this when Gabriel expressly advised Daniel to 'shut thou up the vision; for it shall be for many days:' that it would occur 'at the time of the end,' in the 'last days' when 'transgressors are come to the full?' The answer is because they believe that the 2300 day period of Daniel 8 and the 490 year period of Daniel 9 both start at the same time - in the year 457 BC. To use a common starting date for these two prophecies is a serious error which must be corrected. These two prophecies (Daniel 8 and Daniel 9) though only a chapter apart in the Bible were, in fact, given some 15 years apart; and each prophecy is distinctly different from the next. For example:
The 2300 Day Prophecy
The 70 Weeks of Years Prophecy
These comparisons make it perfectly obvious that the prophecies of Daniel 8 and Daniel 9 do not start at the same time.
The Appointed Time
Most students of Bible prophecy are well aware that the LORD God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel works to a strict Timetable in which every major event occurs at His appointed time. This fact is made clear in texts such as:
|Luke 9:||51: “And it came to pass, when the time was come that he should be received up, he stedfastly set his face to go to Jerusalem.”
|John 7:||6: “Then Jesus said unto them, My time is not yet come.”
|Galatians 4:||4: “But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law.”
|Acts 17:||31: “Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.”|
The Feast Days of the God of Israel
In the Almighty's Timetable (Diary) there are certain appointed days of extreme importance. He calls them His Feast Days (Leviticus 23). These are the sacred appointments the Almighty commands His followers to remember and observe. To ignore them is extremely dangerous. Why? Because there is a direct link between Yahweh's Feast Days and the Time Prophecies of (Daniel and Revelation). Failure to observe an appointed Feast could well result in a believer missing the divine signal and warning of which the prophecy tells. For the fact is, this 2300 day prophecy is directly linked with a Feast of Pentecost in one year and the Feast of Trumpets some seven years later. Examples of this amazing prophetic count are given at Appendix C of our booklet entitled The Sacred Calendar of the God of Israel.
Most of us have read about or witnessed the miracle of bird migration. Every year billions of earth's creatures, birds, animals, insects and reptiles migrate from place to place, often thousands of miles, to escape the rigours of extreme weather conditions: freezing winters or scorching summers. Did the Almighty create such breath- taking annual demonstrations for nothing? Or did He have in them lessons for mankind? According to His Word, the LORD God of Israel staged the miracle of ‘bird migration’ as a practical lesson for all mankind to prepare for Judgment.
|Jeremiah 8:||7: “Yea, the stork in the heaven knoweth her appointed times; and the turtle and the crane and the swallow observe the time of their coming; but my people know not the judgment of the LORD.“|
|Zephaniah 2:||1: “Gather yourselves together, yea, gather together, O nation not desired;|
2: Before the decree bring forth, before the day pass as the chaff, before the fierce anger of the LORD come upon you, before the day of the LORD’s anger come upon you.
3: Seek ye the LORD, all ye meek of the earth, which have wrought his judgment; seek righteousness, seek meekness: it may be ye shall be hid in the day of the LORD's anger.”
|2 Thessalonians 2:||3: “Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;|
4: Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.”
|2 Samuel 16:||22: “So they spread Absalom a tent upon the top of the house;|
and Absalom went in unto his father's concubines in the sight of all Israel.”
Satan and the Antichrist will do the same on a universal scale at the start of the 2300 days. Their goal has always been to dethrone Yahweh and His son Yeshua and to secure the worship of heaven's host. They will make their devilish take-over bid at the start of the 2300 days and to prove to the inhabitants of the universe just how depraved the Antichrist and Satan are, the Almighty will allow this to happen!
What will the people of God be doing during that critical time?
Believe it or not the vast majority of mankind and a major section of the church will suffer under the Little Horn's rule. They will be 'given over to believe the lie, because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.' The Antichrist will harass the people of God during this time. We read about this in Daniel chapter 7 where the Little Horn's attack on the saints is briefly described.
|Daniel 7:||21: “I beheld, and the same horn made war with the saints, and prevailed against them.”
|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.”|
Will all Yahweh’s people be deceived into believing the Lie and
handed over to the Antichrist?
Thankfully the answer is - No they will not. There will be some who will not be deceived and they will be protected from the Little Horn in a place called the ‘wilderness of the people.’ For information on where this wilderness is, see our article The Coming Exodus.
Will all this happen? You can be sure that, like all Bible prophecy, it will come to pass at the appointed time.
|Habakkuk 2:||3: “For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.”|