This chart, while incorporating much truth, is designed to make you believe false doctrine by accepting a grand speculation.
The typical recipe requires 9 parts truth and conjecture with an added dash of speculation and a teaspoon of false doctrine. Then you serve a dish of investigative Judgment Pie or Dispensational Gap Casserole. Yummy!
The foundation of the Historicist method of interpreting Bible Prophecy is History. We verify our interpretation when we find the prophecy fulfilled in history. When this happens, we know that we have an interpretation that cannot be excluded as the possible fulfillment. If another expositor comes up with an interpretation, for instance in this case, of the 2300 days being years, and the fulfillment happening in heaven, where no one can verify it, such proposition at best can only be a speculation or utter folly, but it cannot be Historicist.
So I propose a more reasonable and truly Historicist option for the 2300 days prophecy:
(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? (14) And he said unto me, Unto two thousand and three hundred days; then shall the sanctuary be cleansed.
Here we have in the context, an interruption, another angel or heavenly personage (who, we will not here debate), interposes another question at a pause of the formers subject, perhaps understanding the question to which Daniel was most desirous to discover, likely prompted by the former’s mention of the daily sacrifice, “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?” The angel who had been speaking to Daniel answers the question, And he said unto me, Unto two thousand and three hundred days; then shall the sanctuary be cleansed.
The transgression of desolation is a reference to the 70 years desolation period which was coming to an end, and was foremost in Daniels’s mind. The sanctuary was of course the Temple, and the host were the people of God, the Hebrew Nation. The starting point for this prophecy would be of course the very day of this meeting, as no other beginning point is given.
Dan 8:26 And the vision of the evening and the morning which was told is true:
Here the measure of the days are limited to singular days in which the sacrifice was practiced in the Jewish temple. Daniel is assured that the trouble shall end; it shall continue 2300 days and no longer, so many evenings and mornings, because it was the evening and the morning sacrifice that they most lamented the loss of, and thought the time passed very slowly while they were deprived of them.
Some make the morning and the evening, in this number, to stand for two, and then 2300 evenings and as many mornings will make but 1150 days. But it is less forced to understand them each evening and morning as so many natural days; 2300 days make six years and three months, and about eighteen days. We however do not have an exact day for this meeting, only that it was in the third year of the reign of king Belshazzar (v.1) about , so we could only look for the restoration of Jewish control of the sanctuary location approximately six years later, bringing an end to the 70 years chastisement, after which would the sanctuary be cleansed, this cleansing being prerequisite to the resumption of the daily sacrifice taking place in a rebuilt or second Temple.
Daniel found by further research the number of years that would accomplish seventy years in the desolations of Jerusalem, this satisfaction being expressed in Dan. 9:2. Approximately one year later, about 538 BC, Zerubbabel, the leader of the tribe of Judah, was part of the first wave of Jewish captives to return to Jerusalem (Ezra 1:1-2). The Persian king appointed Zerubbabel as governor of Judah (Haggai 1:1), and right away Zerubbabel began rebuilding the temple with the help of Joshua, the high priest (Ezra 3:2-3, 8).
So yes, we could say that approximately six years later the host and the temple were no longer trodden under foot, but under self-control of the host.
see related: SDA Church is Neither Historicist or Protestant
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