Sure Word of Prophecy
A Great Prophetic Period
Days of Daniel 8)
or the time of restoration and of judgment
IMMEDIATELY after the vision of Daniel 8, what did Daniel learn from his
study of the prophecy of Jeremiah?
"In the first year of Darius . . . I Daniel understood by books
the number of the years, whereof the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah the
prophet, that he would accomplish seventy years in the desolations of
Jerusalem." Dan. 9:1,2.
first deportation to Babylon, when Daniel and his companions were carried
captive, was in B.C. 606, and the seventy years of Jeremiah's prophecy
would therefore expire In B.C. 536. The first year of Darius was B.C. 538,
and the restoration period was therefore only two years distant from that
What did this nearness of the time of restoration from captivity lead
Daniel to do?
"And I set my face unto the Lord God, to seek by prayer and
supplications, with fasting, and sackcloth, and ashes." Verse 3.
What urgent petition of the prophet connects this prayer with the vision
of the taking away of the continual mediation and the desolation of the
sanctuary recorded in Daniel 8?
"Now therefore, O our God, hear the prayer of Thy servant, and his
supplications, and cause Thy face to shine upon Thy sanctuary that is
desolate, for the Lord's sake." Dan. 9:17.
At the conclusion of Daniel's prayer, what assurance did Gabriel give him?
"And he informed me, and talked with me, and said, O Daniel, I
am now come forth to give thee skill and understanding." Verse
What previous instruction connected with the vision of Daniel 8 was thus
being more fully carried out?
"And I heard a man's voice between the banks of Ulai, which called,
and said, Gabriel, make this man to understand the vision." Dan.
Why was further instruction concerning this vision necessary?
"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." Verse 27.
To what did Gabriel now direct Daniel's attention?
"At the beginning of thy supplications the commandment
came forth, and I am come to show thee: for thou art greatly beloved:
therefore understand the matter, and consider the vision." Dan.
is abundant evidence that the instruction in the ninth chapter of Daniel
supplements and interprets the vision of the eighth chapter. Note the
(1) Daniel did not understand the vision concerning the treading down of
his people and the sanctuary, and therefore searched the prophecies anew
concerning the period of captivity.
(2) He evidently made a connection between the period of seventy years
mentioned by Jeremiah and the twenty-three hundred days of the vision, and
he at once began to pray earnestly for the restoration of the city and the
(3) The angel Gabriel, who appeared to him at the first, and interpreted
all the vision with the exception of the twenty-three hundred days, now
appears, and again directs his attention to the vision.
(4) The events of the vision begin with the kingdom of the Medes and
Persians, the era of the restoration of the Jews to their own land. In the
absence of any instruction to the contrary, this would be the natural time
in which to locate the beginning of the period of twenty-three hundred
days; and this is the very time given for the beginning of the seventy
weeks, which are clearly a part of the twenty-three hundred days, and thus
determine the time of their commencement.
(5) The seventy weeks, or four hundred and ninety years, extend from the
restoration of literal Jerusalem and the literal temple to the preaching
of the gospel to all the world. See Acts 15:14-17. This special preaching
of the gospel was completed in one generation, and was followed by the
destruction of Jerusalem.
(6) The twenty-three hundred prophetic days, or twenty-three hundred
literal years, begin at the same time as the four hundred and ninety
years, or seventy weeks, or in B.C. 457, when the commandment to restore
and build Jerusalem went forth; and extend from the restoration of literal
Jerusalem and the typical temple service after the captivity in ancient
Babylon, in the time of the Medes and Persians, to 1844 A.D., the time for
the restoration of spiritual Jerusalem and of the knowledge of the
mediation of Christ in the heavenly sanctuary, taken away by the little
horn, after the captivity in modern Babylon. This work of restoration is
to be accomplished in one generation by preaching the gospel to all the
world (Rev. 14:6-12), and this will be followed by the destruction of the
world, or fall of all nations, of which the destruction of Jerusalem was a
heavy line represents the full 2300 year-day period, the longest
prophetic period in the Bible. Beginning in B.C. 457 when the decree
was given to restore and build Jerusalem (Ezra 7:11-26; Dan. 9:25),
seven weeks (49 years) are measured off to indicate the time
occupied in this work of restoration. These, however, are a part of
the sixty-nine weeks (483 years) that were to reach to Messiah, the
Anointed One. Christ was anointed in 27 A.D., at His baptism.
Matt.3:13-17; Acts 10:38. In the midst of the seventieth week (31
A.D.), Christ was crucified, or "cut off," which marked
the time when the sacrifices and oblations of the earthly sanctuary
were to cease. Dan. 9:26,27. The remaining three and one-half years
of this week reach to 34 A.D., or to the stoning of Stephen, and the
great persecution of the church at Jerusalem which followed. Acts
7:59; 8:1. This marked the close of the seventy weeks, or 490 years,
allotted to the Jewish people.
But the seventy weeks are a part of the 2300 days; and as they (the
seventy weeks) reach to 34 A.D., the remaining 1810 years of the
2300-day period must reach to 1844, when the work of judgment, or
cleansing of the heavenly sanctuary, was to begin. Rev. 14:6,7. Then
special light began to shine upon the whole sanctuary subject, and
Christ's mediatorial or priestly work in it.
Four great events, therefore, are located by this great prophetic
period,-the first advent, the crucifixion, the rejection of the
Jewish people as a nation, and the beginning of the work of final
What portion of the 2300 days (years) mentioned in the vision, was
allotted to the Jews?
"Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy
holy city." Verse 24, first clause.
both the 2300 years of chapter 8 and the 'seventy weeks' of chapter 9
start from the Persian period of Jewish history, in other words, as they
both date from the restoration era which followed the Babylonian
captivity, their starting-points must be either identical or closely
related chronologically."-" Light for the Last Days,"
by H. Grattan Guinness, London, Hodder and Stoughton, 1893, page 183.
"There is plainly a close correspondence between the two visions of
Daniel 8 and Daniel 9. The seventy weeks are said to be cut off for
certain distinct objects; and this implies a longer period from which they
are separated, either the course of time in general, or some period
distinctly revealed. Now the previous date (the 2300 days) includes two
events,- the restoration of the sacrifice, and the desolation. The first
of these is identical in character with the seventy weeks, which are a
period of the restored polity of Jerusalem; and hence the most natural of
the cutting off is that which refers it to the whole period of the former
vision."-"First Elements of Sacred Prophecy," by T. R.
Birks, London, 1843, pages 359, 360.
What was to be accomplished at the close of the seventy weeks?
"To finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make
reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting
righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the
Most Holy." Same verse, latter part.
"the Most Holy," the Douay version reads, "the Saint of
What portion of this period was to reach to Christ, the Messiah, or
"Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the
commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto Messiah the Prince
shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks." Verse
25, first part.
word Messiah means anointed, and Jesus was anointed with the Holy
Spirit (Acts 10:38) at His baptism in 27 A.D. Matt. 3:16.
At the end of this time, what was to be done to Messiah?
"And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cutoff." Verse 26,
How was the destruction of Jerusalem and the sanctuary by the Romans then
people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the
sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end
of the war desolations are determined." Same verse, last part.
13. What was
Messiah to do during the seventieth week?
"And He shall confirm the covenant with many for one week."
first clause. See Matt. 26:26-28.
14. What was
He to take away in the midst of this week?
"And in the midst of the week
He shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease." Same
verse, next clause.
NOTE.-Ancient Babylon took away the typical service by the
destruction of the
temple at the capture of Jerusalem. This service was restored at the
rebuilding of Jerusalem, but was perverted into mere formalism by the
Jews, and was taken away by Christ at the first advent, when He blotted
out the handwriting of ordinances, and "took it out of the way,
nailing it to His cross." Col. 2:14. He then became "a
minister of the sanctuary, and of the true tabernacle, which the Lord
pitched, and not man." Heb. 8:2. Thus He established the service in
the heavenly sanctuary. The little horn, the Papacy, as far as was within
its power, took away from the people the mediation of Christ in the
heavenly sanctuary, and substituted for it the Roman priesthood, with
the Pope as Pontifex Maximus, or high priest. Power over this truth of
the gospel and over the people of God was allowed to the Papacy because of
transgression (Dan. 8:12, R.V.), just as the people of Jerusalem were
given into the hand of the king of ancient Babylon for the same reason. 1
Chron. 9:1. Thus has the Papacy "cast down the truth to the
ground," and has trodden underfoot the sanctuary and the people of
15. How are
the judgments upon Jerusalem again foretold?
"And for the
overspreading of abominations He shall make it desolate, even until
the consummation, and that determined shall be
poured upon the desolate." Remainder of verse 27.
would be four hundred and ninety days; and as a day in prophecy
represents a year (Num. 14:34; Eze. 4:6), this period would be four
hundred and ninety years. The commandment to restore and build Jerusalem
was brought to its completion by Artaxerxes Longimanus in the seventh
year of his reign (Ezra 6:14; 7:7,8), which, as already noted, was B.C. 457. From this date the sixty-nine
weeks, or four hundred and
eighty-three years, would extend to the baptism of Christ in 27 A.D., and the
whole period to 34 A.D., when the martyrdom of Stephen occurred, and the
gospel began to be preached to the Gentiles. Before the end of that
generation Jerusalem was destroyed by the Romans, 70 A.D. The
twenty-three hundred years would extend from B.C. 457 to 1844 A.D., when
began the great second advent movement, which calls upon all to come out
of modern Babylon, and to prepare for the next great event, the coming of
Christ and the destruction of the world by fire.
question was asked in the vision of Daniel 8?
heard a holy one speaking; and another holy one said unto that certain one
which spake, How long shall be the vision concerning the
continual burnt offering, and the transgression that maketh desolate, to
give both the sanctuary and the host to be trodden underfoot?" Dan.
NOTES.-Literal Jerusalem was given into the hands of ancient
Babylon, and the
typical service in the earthly sanctuary was thus taken away. Dan. 1:1,2.
This was prophetic of the experience of spiritual Jerusalem in modern
Babylon foretold in the prophecies of Daniel and John, and of the taking
away of the mediation of Christ in the heavenly sanctuary. Dan. 7:25; 8:13. These two visions expose the work of modern Babylon, the Papacy, and
determine the limit of its permitted power over the people of God, and of
its perversion of the gospel of Christ in substituting another mediatorial
system for the work of Christ in the heavenly sanctuary.
theme upon which the book of Daniel treats is Babylon, both ancient and
modern. Chapters 1-6, inclusive, present certain historical facts
leading up to the fall of ancient Babylon, and an attempt to destroy the
prophet Daniel himself and the final attempt to destroy the people of
God,- a brief historical outline, which is in itself a prophecy of modern
Babylon. Chapters 7-12, inclusive, contain prophecies relating especially
to modern Babylon, which supplement the historical prophecy of the
previous chapters, and which enable us to draw a very exact and striking
parallel between ancient and modern Babylon. A brief outline of this
parallel may be stated thus:-
(1) In the
religion of ancient Babylon, image-worship found a prominent place. The
same is true of modern Babylon.
Babylon affirmed that the gods (or God) dwelt not in the flesh. By the
dogma of the immaculate conception of the Virgin Mary (that is, that she
herself was born without the taint of original sin), modern Babylon teaches
that God, in the person of His Son, did not take the same flesh with us;
that is, sinful flesh.
Babylon persecuted those who refused to accept her dogmas and worship
according to her laws. Modern Babylon has done the same.
(4) The king
of ancient Babylon set himself above God, and attempted to make his
kingdom an everlasting kingdom. So does modern Babylon.
Babylon rejected the true gospel as taught to Nebuchadnezzar, and the
fall of Babylon came in consequence. Modern Babylon has done the same in
her rejection of the true gospel as brought to her in the Reformation, and
her fall is inevitable and impending.
(6) The fall
of ancient Babylon came just at the time when it was giving expression to
its contempt of all its enemies, and its confidence in its own permanence.
This experience will be repeated in the history of modern Babylon.
prophetic period, therefore, extends to the deliverance of God's people
from the captivity in modern Babylon, and the restoration to them
of the mediation of Christ?
said unto me Unto two thousand and three hundred days; then shall
the sanctuary be cleansed." Verse 14.
earthly sanctuary was a type of the heavenly sanctuary (Heb. 9:23,24;
Lev. 16:29,30,33); the cleansing of the earthly sanctuary was
typical of the cleansing in the heavenly sanctuary; and this cleansing of
the sanctuary accomplished on the great day of atonement is the closing work of
Christ in His mediation for sin. And the commencement of the cleansing of
the heavenly sanctuary marks the beginning of a new era in the experience
of the people of God on earth; namely, the deliverance from the power of
modern Babylon, the restoration to them of the knowledge of the
mediation of Christ for them in the heavenly sanctuary, and a cleansing
from sin in preparation for the second advent of Christ. The cleansing of
the heavenly sanctuary involves the investigative judgment, which will be
followed by the plagues, and Christ's coming. This period, therefore,
determines the time of restoration and of judgment.
18. What is
said of those who live to see the deliverance from modern Babylon, and
the restoration of the true gospel?
is he that waiteth, and cometh to the thousand three hundred and five and
thirty days." Dan. 12:12.
1335 days (years) of Dan. 12:12 are evidently a continuation of the
1290 days (years) of the previous verse, which commence with the taking
away of the mediation of Christ, in the period 503-508 A.D. See under
question 22 in reading on "The Vicar of Christ," page 229. The
1335 days, or years, would therefore extend to the period 1838-43, the
time of the preaching of the judgment-hour, in preparation for the
cleansing of the sanctuary, and the accompanying work at the end of the
2300 days, or years, of Dan. 8:14. At that time special blessings were to
come upon those who were delivered from the errors and bondage of Rome,
and had their minds directed anew to the mediation of Christ as the great
High Priest in the heavenly sanctuary.
ON THE PROPHECIES OF DANIEL.-The second chapter of Daniel presents
in brief outline the divine program of history leading up to the
establishment of the everlasting kingdom of God. The seventh chapter of Daniel
presents somewhat more in detail the history of those earthly
kingdoms which were to precede the establishment of the kingdom of
God, the objective point of the prophecy being the little horn and its effort to change the
laws and ordinances of God, and to destroy the subjects of the heavenly kingdom. The
period allotted to the
supremacy of this power, the Papacy (the 1260 years), is also indicated. The prophecy
of the eighth chapter of Daniel covers the period
from the restoration era in the time of the Persian kings and the
establishment of the people of God in their own land, to the
restoration era just preceding the second advent of
Christ and the setting up of His everlasting kingdom. In this chapter the
leading theme is the effort of the Papacy to substitute its own
mediatorial system for the mediatorial work of Christ and the announcement of a prophetic period (the 2300 years), at the end of which the
counterfeit system introduced by the Papacy was to be fully exposed. The
remaining chapters of Daniel supplement the prophecies of the second,
seventh, and eighth chapters, and show that at the end of the first
portion of the 2300-year period (the 70 weeks, or 490 years) Messiah was
to appear and be cut off, following which would come the destruction of
Jerusalem. In the closing chapter two new periods are introduced (the
1290 years and the 1335 years), at the end of which, as with the 2300
years, was to come the movement preparatory to the setting up of God's
everlasting kingdom in the earth, In harmony with the prophecies of the
second and seventh chapters.
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