Do you know as a Christian what happened in 1844? Do you know what Christ is doing at the moment in heaven? "1844? What about it?" The information which is about to be provided can come as a shock to you but I hope you will dedicate your time to this study in the scriptures, examining all things. In Daniel 8:14 we find a specific time prophecy which is very important, it reads; " And he said unto me, Unto two thousand and three hundred days; then shall the sanctuary be cleansed." So at the end or termination of this period, 2300 days, the Sanctuary would be cleansed. It is worthy to notice that a day in Bible prophecy equals a year, thus it is supported by the following verses: " And when thou hast accomplished them, lie again on thy right side, and thou shalt bear the iniquity of the house of Judah forty days: I have appointed thee each day for a year." "After the number of the days in which ye searched the land, [even] forty days, each day for a year, shall ye bear your iniquities, [even] forty years, and ye shall know my breach of promise."- Ezekiel 4:6 and Numbers 14:34.
According to this principle, thus the 2300 days in Daniel 8:14 are 2300 years, then the Sanctuary will be cleansed. Scripture interpreting Scripture. Now the questions are, What is the Sanctuary? and When it is the start of this period? This we should know in order to understand this subject.
1. What is the Sanctuary?In the old testament, the people of those times had the same gospel as us: "For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard [it]."- Hebrews 4:2. It is further proven; " Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called [to be] an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God,
Which he had promised afore by his prophets in the holy scriptures."- Romans 1:1. Here Paul when referring to the Holy Scriptures at the time was referring the old testament. But the Gospel which was preached to them was more in the Jews' system, the Sanctuary. The sanctuary service in the old testament was pointing to Christ, it was the type, Christ being the anti-type. ( For more on this check the article: "Christ and the Sanctuary" I wrote earlier on, go to www.news24.com/user/TlholoDEE).
God commanded Moses: "And let them make me a sanctuary; that I may dwell among them."- Exodus 25:8. and this sanctuary was to be "According to all that I shew thee, [after] the pattern of the tabernacle, and the pattern of all the instruments thereof, even so shall ye make [it]." verse 9. So the Sanctuary, the tabernacle, was made according to the pattern which God showed him, it must mean there is a certain pattern, or model which God showed Moses, in which the earthly sanctuary was to be build in it's image. And this sanctuary was "made; the first, wherein [was] the candlestick, and the table, and the shewbread; which is called the sanctuary.
3 And after the second veil, the tabernacle which is called the Holiest of all."- Hebrews 9:2,3. Two apartments, the first being the holy place, the second being the Most Holy place, the Holy of Holies.
Now you may say, "so what" well, it of great importance that Christians should know this because this lead us to the Pattern, the Sanctuary in which Daniel 8:14 is talking about. For the Sanctuary which was pitched/erected by Moses and fellow brethren was a figure of the Sanctuary in Heaven. Hebrews 8:5 say- "For if he(Christ) were on earth, he should not be a priest, seeing that there are priests that offer gifts according to the law:
Who serve unto the example and shadow of heavenly things, as Moses was admonished of God when he was about to make the tabernacle: for, See, saith he, [that] thou make all things according to the pattern shewed to thee in the mount." You see, Christ could not be a high priest when he was still on earth while the priests of the time were following the law of the ceremonies, which according to Scripture were "example and shadow of heavenly things." Thus Christ only could be our High Priest in the Sanctuary in Heaven when he got there; "But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building (referring to the earthly sanctuary he was talking about in previous verses.)."- Hebrews 9:11.
So the Sanctuary which Moses erected was made in the pattern of the Heavenly Sanctuary where Christ is our Mediator. It was pointing to Christ and the sanctuary which God made in heaven. Verse 1 and 2 of Hebrews 8 seals this up: " Now of the things which we have spoken [this is] the sum: We have such an high priest, who is set on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens;
A minister of the sanctuary, and of the true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, and not man." For more in detail please make time to go to the article I pointed you to.
2. The Cleansing of the Heavenly Sanctuary.
During the Services in the old testament, there was a time when the earthly sanctuary was cleansed, it was at the days before the end of the Hebrew Calender. It was called the Day of Atonement. Leviticus 16 provide insight of this important chapter which was a figure of things to come, the types pointing to Christ. at this day Sacrifices were made, there were two goats which chosen, the other one was for God and the other one was the scapegoat, see verse 8,9. The goat which was for the Lord was for the children of Israel for their Sins, and Aaron as the High Priest then was to " kill the goat of the sin offering, that [is] for the people, and bring his blood within the vail, and do with that blood as he did with the blood of the bullock, and sprinkle it upon the mercy seat, and before the mercy seat:
And he shall make an atonement for the holy [place]."- verse 15. Read verse 16 also.
All this was pointing the people to Christ and it was fulfilled in Christ. For Christ is the Sacrifice for the sins of the world, he was "brought as a lamb to the slaughter" because "for the transgression of my people was he stricken..."- Isaiah 53: 7,8. You see, Christ as a High Priest also had to offer something, the shedding of his blood for the world and when he entered the Holy Place in heaven. Thus he fulfilled the type of the day of atonement. Proof; "Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he (Christ) entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption [for us]." "For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, [which are] the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us"
- Hebrews 9:12,24. What??? Yes.
Now having obtained this background we are ready to unlock one of the powerful Time-line Prophecies. The Question is, when is the start of the 2300 years of Daniel 8:14? Lets beginning.
a. Daniel had a vision and recorded it, which is revealed in this chapter. And This vision was sent the angel Gabriel to explain the vision, but there was a part which the angel did not explain at this point, that is why Daniel say he "was astonished by the vision, but no one understood it."- Daniel 8:27. This was the part regarding Daniel 13,14 which say; "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?
And he said unto me, Unto two thousand and three hundred days; then shall the sanctuary be cleansed.
And it came to pass, when I, [even] I Daniel, had seen the vision, and sought for the meaning, then, behold, there stood before me as the appearance of a man." This Time prophecy is part of Daniel 9:24-27, meaning the time of 2300 days/years are part of the time referred to Daniel 9. This we know that the angel Gabriel in Daniel 9:21,22 is said of him; "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." Daniel say whom he had seen in the vision at the beginning, meaning the past vision, the vision when he came of Daniel 8, and note the angel told him that he had come to give him skill and understanding, of what? The vision, that vision regarding time. and note also that the detains in Dan. 8:13,12, are now explained in Daniel 9:24-27. Thus the two times go together, this verses in this chapters cannot be separated. They are one time prophecy.
"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.
Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, 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.
Know therefore and understand, [that] from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince [shall be] seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times."- Daniel 9:23-25.
Thus we are given the starting point of the 2300 days, which are years (Remember a day in prophetic language is a year). This is marked when the "command (a decree) to restore and build Jerusalem." and when did this happen? the year 457 BC by Artaxerxes, see Ezra 7:11-14. From this time began the termination of the 2300 years. But wait, within this time was a time which was to be "until Messiah the Price" to "anoint the Most Holy(Christ)" and this time was 69 weeks, verse 25, and 69 weeks have 483 days which when following the day-year principle would be 483 years, and at this time the Messiah would be anointed. Remember this weeks start at the beginning of the decree to rebuild, that is 457 BC. So 457 BC plus 483, knowing that there is no 0 year, it takes us to 27 AD. What happened there, Christ was anointed, he was baptized. Fulfillment of prophecy? Absolutely! Now 1 was left, that is 7 days which are 7 years where left. Verse 26 of Dan. 9 say "Messiah shall be cut off, but not for himself." and we learn that to be cut off here refer to the death of Christ, see Isaiah 53:8,9.
This we told he will "confirm a covenant with many for one week; but in the middle of that week He shall bring an end to sacrifice and offering."- Dan 9:27.1 week being 7 years, Christ within that middle of the week was to make an end to sacrifice. He himself became the sacrifice, after this the was no more a need of killing goats and all those animals needed in the OT. That is the middle/half of the week/ 7 years is 3 and half years. This is the time. So from 27 AD to 3/5yrs bring us to 31 AD. The year of Christ death. Wow! and Remember Christ ministry started after his baptism, 27 AD. Now adding another 3/5yrs bring us to 34 AD, the stoning of Stephen. Thus was the 70 weeks which are 490 years. And from this time 490 years which started in 457 BC, we are left with 1810 years which bring us to 1844, the termination of the long 2300 years. Amazing hey!
And you remember what Dan. 8:14 said? Great, that at the end of the 2300 years the sanctuary will be cleansed. And this date brought us to the year 1844 AD. ( in short, 2300 years, no ZERO year, minus 457 BC = 1844.). Thus in 1844, the heavenly sanctuary was cleansed. Which is the anti-type of the Day of Atonement, Leviticus 16. And the day of atonement in the OT was the cleansing of the sanctuary both in the holy place and the most holy. Christ who was the anti-type, entered the holy place when he went to heaven, that is why Paul at his day could say: " For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, [which are] the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us."- Hebrews 9:24 And now Christ in 1844, when the sanctuary was to be cleansed, he moved to the most holy place in the Sanctuary above for his last act as a mediator. He is in the last phase before, he can come to earth. Jesus is near the end. And from this time, 1844 onwards, there is no more time prophecy. Jesus is coming again. Oh may you join me into the next article, to know of what the scripture show us about the Ministry of Christ, what every human should know, particularly Christians.