So to get a complete picture of this "vision" and a true understanding of it, let's start in Daniel 8,
which is where this 2300 day "vision" begins. Daniel 8:2 ...'And I saw in a vision' ... So Daniel
is now in a vision.
(v3) ...'Then I lifted up mine eyes, and saw, and, behold, there stood before the river a
ram which had two horns.'
(v5) ...'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.'
Notice that these two animals are animals that were used in the Old Testament "sanctuary" service. This is another point which
shows that the 2300 "days" (years) which deals with the sanctuary are connected to Medo-Persia and Greece, and cannnot be placed
in the last days. So just to confirm without doubt the identity of these two animals, let us read what Gabriel says.
Daniel 8:20-21 ...'The ram which thou sawest having two horns are the kings of Media and Persia.
And the rough goat is the king of Grecia: and the great horn that is between his eyes is the first king.'
Then in verse 9 we have this little horn that comes out from one of the "four winds of heaven", which
basically represents the four directions of the earth. Now what kingdom rose to power after Greece? Pagan Rome!
Which later on became Papal Rome, as Pagan Rome handed power over to Papal Rome - the Roman Catholic Church. Let's look at this 'little horn'.
Daniel 8:9-12 ...'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. 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. Yea, he magnified himself
even to the prince of the host, and by him the daily sacrifice was taken away, and the place of the sanctuary
was cast down. 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.'
So this little horn, which rises after Greece 'waxes exceeding great', coming from the West, and conquers lands in the South, the East and also
the 'pleasant land', which is Palestine. This refers in the first instance to the Pagan Roman Empire, which ruled also during the first advent of Christ and put Christ on the cross. Hence
the term 'magnified himself, even to the prince of the host.'.
Now it is to Pagan Rome that the 'daily' is referred to, and not Papal Rome like our current church leaders and preachers wrongly attribute it to.
Our current church leaders wrongly believe 'daily' to be referring to the daily ministration of Christ. But this is wrong. Not only did our church pioneers all
agree on the word 'daily' meaning Paganism, take note of what Sister White recorded:
"Then I saw in relation to the 'daily' (Dan. 8:12) that the word 'sacrifice' was supplied by man's wisdom, and does not belong to the text,
and that the Lord gave the correct view of it to those who gave the judgment hour cry. When union existed, before 1844, nearly all were united on the correct view
of the 'daily'; but in the confusion since 1844, other views have been embraced, and darkness and confusion have followed. Time has not been a test since 1844, and
it will never again be a test." (Ellen White, Early Writings, p.74)
There is also another strong evidence that the 'daily' is referring to Paganism, and that Pagan Rome is here referred to, not Papal Rome. The mistake that our leaders make today is in
taking the words 'the daily [sacrifice] was taken away' to mean a literal 'taking away', and they have missed the original meaning of those words 'taken away'. In the original
Hebrew, 'taken away' actually means 'to lift up' and 'exalt'. Now if the 'daily' was the ministration of Christ in heaven, has Pagan or even Papal Rome
ever 'lifted up' and 'exalted' the ministration of Christ? No! Never! So what did Pagan Rome 'lift up' and 'exalt'? PAGANISM! This is the 'daily' that was 'lifted up'
and 'exalted' by Pagan Rome.
The 'taking away' of the 'daily' is also mentioned in Daniel 11:31 and Daniel 12:11. But if you look at the original Hebrew
for these two 'taken away' verses, they are different to the one in Daniel 8:11 and actually mean to 'remove'. So whereas Daniel 8:11 is talking about the 'daily'
(Paganism) being 'lifted up' and 'exalted'. Daniel 11:31 and Daniel 12:11 confirm the 'removing' of the 'daily' (Paganism) to make way for Papal supremacy.
Daniel 12:11 - 'From the time that the daily (Paganism) shall be removed and the abomination of desolation (the Papacy) be in place shall be
a thousand, two hundred and ninety 'days'.'
By 508AD the kings of Europe had turned from Paganism to Catholicism - 508 + 1290 = 1798 (the year the Papacy received it's 'wound' (Revelation 13:3)
Daniel 12:12 - 'Blessed is he that waiteth and cometh to the thousand three hundred and thirty five 'days'.'
Again, going from the 508AD - 508 + 1335 = 1843 (This is the time when great light and truth was unfolding and the three angels messages of Revelation 14 were to
begin being proclaimed through the new Advent movement)
To confirm: The ministration of Christ in the heavenly sanctuary has never been
'exalted' by Pagan or Papal Rome. So the 'daily' in Daniel 8:11 cannot be the ministration of Christ. There is only one thing that Pagan and Papal Rome has 'exalted'
and that is Paganism! And in the same way, the 'daily' in Daniel 11:31 and 12:11 also cannot be the ministration of Christ. As these 'daily's' were removed
to set up the abomination of desolation (the Papacy). Christ's ministration cannot be removed by anyone. So again, what was removed to make way for the Papacy? Paganism!
But what about verse 11 where it says 'the place of the sanctuary was cast down'? Is this not referring to God's sanctuary in heaven? No, the sanctuary here
is the Hebrew word 'miqdash', which can mean a sanctuary for IDOLS. And this is exactly what this sanctuary is, the Roman Pantheon. Emperor Constantine
left the city of Rome and relocated the capital of his empire to Constantinople in the year 330 AD. As a result of this move the 'place' (the city of Rome) of
his 'sanctuary' (the Pantheon) was 'cast down,' and his 'seat' (the city of Rome) was given to Papal Rome.
And before this, what did Constantine do around the year 324? ... "His first act of government was the dispatch of an edict throughout the
empire, exhorting his subjects to embrace Christianity." (George Croly, The Apocalypse of St. John: Or Prophecy of the Rise, Progress, and Fall of the Church
of Rome; the Revolution of France; the Universal War; and the Final Triumph of Christianity, p.66, 1838). So Paganism was now being removed
as we will learn below to set up the 'Papal abomination'.
Now verse 12 expands on this 'casting down' of the Pagan sanctuary. We see that 'a host was given against the 'daily' [Paganism]. So we now have a
transition from 'lifting up' and 'exalting' Paganism in verse 11 to being 'against' or replacing Paganism. This is the transition from Pagan Rome to Papal Rome.
Think about this. After his efforts through Paganism, to destroy the gospel message, could Satan continue to use Paganism in it's 'raw' form to deceive the people
of God? No. So Satan introduces a new power to the world, the Papacy, which was a 'blending' of Paganism with Christianity. This way, Satan could lure the 'church'
into worshiping idols with the cloak of Christianity covering them. But the only way this new power - the Papacy - could rule was to overpower Paganism. And this
is what happened.
The apostle Paul spoke of this event ...2 Thessalonians 2:6-12 ...'And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time.
For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom
the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan
with all power and signs and lying wonders, and with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth,
that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not
the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.'
Paganism 'taken out of the way' so that 'wicked' - the Papal Church (that MAN OF SIN), could be 'revealed' and gain supremacy.
The 'host' that is given 'against the daily' in Daniel 8:12 is the same as what we see in Daniel 11:31, where 'arms shall stand on his part' ... 'to take away
the daily'. The once Pagan kings of Europe gave their allegiance to Catholicism and helped Papal Rome replace Pagan Rome as the new power of the world. In 533AD,
Emperor Justinian decreed that the Bishop of Rome was to be 'head of all Christian churches'. Then in 538AD, when the last 'enemy' of Papal Rome, the Ostrogoths,
were defeated, Justinian's decree could be fully implemented, and Papal Rome now ruled the world. And thus Satan could truly now 'cast down the truth' through this
apostate power, cloaked as a 'Christian Church', and continue to wage war against God, His truth and His people. Which he did for the next 1260 years through the
Papacy (Daniel 7:25), until the Papal Church was 'dethroned' in 1798 by the French Army.
So 'the vision concerning the daily AND the transgression of desolation' in Daniel 8:13 refers to
Paganism AND the Papacy. The two 'desolating powers' through which Satan waged war against God, His Son, and His people.
Now in verse 13, Daniel asks for what length of time will the
vision be, and the answer in vs.14 is 2300 days, and then 'the sanctuary will be cleansed'. As we learned at the start of this study, the 2300 days HAS to be
prophetic 'days', which in fact are 2300 literal years, because this vision spans the time of Medo-Persia, Greece, Pagan and Papal Rome. And we must also note that
the Hebrew word for 'sanctuary' here is different from the one used regarding the 'Roman sanctuary' in vs.11. The Hebrew word here for sanctuary is 'qodesh', which
means a 'holy place' set apart by God. So this sanctuary must be the real holy sanctuary in heaven where God's throne is. So the 'cleansing' at the end
of the 2300 years must be a cleansing of the heavenly sanctuary, where Jesus Christ is now our High Priest.
At this point we do not have a starting date for this 2300 years. So we need to continue on into chapter 9, because at the
end of Chapter 8, Daniel says that he became sick from the vision and could not understand it. But we will see the
angel Gabriel come back in chapter 9 to reveal the all important starting point of the 2300 days (years).
Daniel 9:21-23 ...'Yea, whiles I was speaking in prayer, even the man Gabriel, whom I had seen in the vision
at the beginning, being caused to fly swiftly, touched me about the time of the evening oblation. And he informed me, and
talked with me, and said, O Daniel, I am now come forth to give thee skill and understanding. At the
beginning of thy supplications the commandment came forth, and I am come to shew thee; for thou art greatly beloved:
therefore understand the matter, and consider the vision.'
So we know that whatever Gabriel is about to say, it is connected with the vision of the 2300 days (years) in chapter 8,
because at the end of that vision Daniel says that it could not be understood, and there is no other vision that Daniel needs
understanding about. So now Gabriel has come to give Daniel understanding.