12. 2,300 EVENINGS AND MORNINGS.
Daniel 8:13 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?
In other words: Form the time the anti-christ takes away the daily sacrifices and places to abomination that causes desolation in the holy place, how long until all the events mentioned in this vision have come to pass?
Daniel 8:14 And he said unto me, until two thousand and three hundred days; then shall the sanctuary be cleansed.
The N.I.V. translates verse 14 as,
He said to me, “It will take 2,300 evenings and mornings; then the sanctuary will be reconsecrated.”
So 2,300 days after the abomination that causes desolation is place in the holy place, the fulfilment of the vision shall be completed, then sanctuary will be cleansed and the temple rededicated to God by the children of Judah and the children of Israel.
In Genesis chapter 1 the term evening and morning is clearly used six times to indicate one-day. So we can safely say 2,300 evenings and mornings, means 2,300 days. Understanding this helps us to understand the connection between verse 14 and verse 26.
Daniel 8:26 And the vision of the evening and the morning which was told is true: Therefore, you shut up the vision; for it shall not be for many days.
When Daniel wrote this vision of the 2,300 days it was about events that would happen in the distant future, and therefore at that time it was of no concern to the readers of the Bible. Therefore the understanding of the vision was to be closed up. But when Jesus Christ came, he broke open the seal so that we can now understand the visions and dreams recorded by Daniel the prophet. Not only can we, but Jesus Christ expects us to understand them.
Matthew 24:15 Therefore when you see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place, (let the reader understand:)
The sanctuary (that is the holy place) will be cleansed 2,300 days after the setting up of the abomination that causes desolation has been set up in the holy place.
As there are 2,625 days from the day the forces of the anti-christ enter Jerusalem and set up the abomination in the temple, until the day his forces are defeated and the anti-christ is thrown into the lake of fire, but only 2,300 days until the temple is cleansed. This means that the Jews will take back control of the temple, at least 325 days before the anti-christ ultimate defeat at the battle of Armageddon.
Summing up of the days recorded in the book of Daniel.
According to Daniel chapter 12 verses 11 to 12: After the daily sacrifices are taken away, there will be 1,290 days, then 1,335 days, making a total of 2,625 days. Then in verse 13: Daniel is told that he will be raised from the dead at the end of days, meaning at the end of the 2,625 days.
From the taking away of the daily sacrifice, we are told there will be:
• Until the end of the seven-year covenant. 1,290 days
• Until the court is called together in the sky. 1,290 days
• Until the sanctuary is cleansed. 2,300 days
• Until the resurrection at the End of Days.
(The resurrection at the Last Day.) 1,290 + 1,335 = 2,625 days
Note: Before we nail down the number of days, we need to consider Jesus Christ statement about cutting short those days for the sake of the elect. (Matthew 24:22) This we will do in the next chapter.
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