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Daniel 8

Outline and Background - Daniel 8

The Vision of the Ram - Daniel 8:1-4

The Vision of the Goat - Daniel 8:5-8

The Vision of the Little Horn - Daniel 8:9-12

The Time-span of the Host Trampling the Sanctuary - Daniel 8:13-14

The Interpretation of the Vision by Gabriel - Daniel 8:15-27

Application of Daniel 8

The Time-span of the Host Trampling the Sanctuary - Daniel 8:13-14

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 2,300 days.

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?

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