The holy ones may refer to angels or saints. The important
mystery the angels or saints want answered is “How long will
it take for the vision to be fulfilled?” The answer is
directed to Daniel.
He said to me, “It will take 2,300 evenings and
mornings; then the sanctuary will be reconsecrated.”
Since “evenings and mornings” are associated with the
daily sacrifices at the Temple, some commentators
interpret the number as 1,150 days, while others hold to
According to 1 Maccabees 4:52-59 and Wentzel’s A
Chronology of Biblical Christianity, the Holy Place was
properly restored on Kislev (December) 25, 165 B.C. On
this date, the first Hanukkah was celebrated. Working
backwards, 2,300 days from this restoration date, we
arrive at September 6, 171 B.C. Around this time, Onias
III was assassinated by Antiochus. In Mid-September 171
B.C., Lysimachus, brother of the corrupt High Priest
Menelaus, desecrated the Temple by stealing its sacred
vessels (2 Maccabees 4:31-59).
If 1,150 days are used, the starting time is Kislev
(December) 15, 168 B.C., the precise date the Temple was
desecrated by Antiochus (1 Maccabees 1:54; 4:52). Is it
possible that this prophecy was fulfilled twice?