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The 2300 Days

 

Daniel 8:14 - "And he said unto me, Unto two thousand and three hundred days; then the sanctuary be cleansed."

This prophecy given by the angel to Daniel extended into the future for 23 centuries or 2300 years. One prophetic day represents one year according to Numbers 14:31 and Eze. 4:6. Count a year for each day. Sections of the prophecy are explained from chapters 7-9 of the book of Daniel.

Beginning in chapter 7, Daniel sees in a panoramic view the passing of the kingdoms on earth, represented by four different beasts. They are Babylon, Medo Persia, Grecia and Rome. Rome divided into the present nations of Europe and was a dominant power under the challenging 'little horn: for a time, times and the dividing of time' (1260 years) Daniel 7:8,25. The political power of Papal Rome was terminated, for a while, in 1798 AD. Bible students begin to count the time of the end from that very year. Dan. 7:1-8.

After the display of the powers on earth, Daniel sees the assembling of the Judgment in heaven, which occurs prior to the Second Coming of Christ and the establishment of the kingdom of the Most High. The 2300 years are given to point out the beginning of the Judgment. Dan. 7:9,10,13.

Daniel could not understand the vision and the angel came back with more details: "Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon the holy city ..." Dan. 9:24. Seventy prophetic weeks or 490 years are cut off from the 2300 years and given to the Jews, to 'thy people'. When to begin to count? "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 three score and two weeks: the streets shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times." Dan. 9:25.

Cyrus gave the first decree, 537 BC. Ezra 1:2,3.

Darius Hystaspes gave the second decree, 519 BC. Ezra 6:8.

Artaxerxes gave the third decree, 457 BC. Ezra 7:12,13,24-26.

This last one, on 457 BC gave authority to the Jews to have their own government and national autonomy with the setting of magistrates and judges. From 457 BC we count a total of 69 weeks or 483 years to get to the Messiah the Prince. Jesus began His ministry as the Messiah, at the time of His baptism, on "the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Cesar," Luke 3:1, which corresponds to the year 27 AD. Jesus Himself began preaching "the time is fulfilled." Mark 1:15. Note that the three persons of the Godhead were present at the time of Jesus baptism: the Holy Spirit descended as a dove upon Jesus, and the voice of the Father said from heaven 'This is my beloved Son.' Matt. 3:16,17.

To complete the 490 years that this prophecy dedicated to the Jews we have to count one more week or seven years, in which He, the Messiah, will confirm the covenant with the house of Israel. Dan. 9:27. "And in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease ..." "shall Messiah be cut off." Dan. 9:26,27. Exactly 3.5 years after Jesus baptism, the Son of God was crucified on Calvary hill on the spring of 31 AD, bringing to an end the system of animal sacrifices, that for centuries God had ordained to his people as a symbol of the real Lamb of God. At the appointed time the Lamb was going to give His life to atone for the sins of every human being. During the next 3.5 years the disciples continued confirming the covenant with the house of Israel, telling them that Jesus was the promised Messiah. On 34 AD the governing body in Jerusalem could not tolerate any longer the growing body of believers in Christ, and it culminated in a strong persecution and the stoning of Stephen. Acts 7:58-60. From there on the disciples went out and started to preach to the Gentiles also. The saving value of Christ sacrifice is available to all people, but due to the individual choice of each person, most people disregard and reject the saving grace of Christ to follow after their own gods; and only those repenting sinners who by faith claim the life, death, resurrection, and priestly ministry of Jesus, to be applied to their own lives are seeing entering the kingdom of the saved.

Look to all that was accomplished on that week. Daniel 9:24.

Finish the transgression.-- Jesus sacrifice brought the restoration to the broken relationship between God and humankind.

Make an end of sins.-- Jesus took man's sin upon Himself.

Make reconciliation for iniquity.-- When man repents of his sins and confess them to Jesus, the Savior takes care of those sins, because His death paid the demand of death for the transgression of the law.

Bring everlasting righteousness.-- After Adam's fall humanity became unrighteous. Christ will impart His righteous character to those who choose to follow Him. Through faith and obedience they will make it their own forever, everlasting.

Seal up vision and prophecy.-- The precise fulfillment of the predictions related to the coming of the Messiah gives assurance that the cleansing of the sanctuary, at the end, took place at the appointed time too.

Anoint the Most Holy.-- This one points to the anointing of the Temple in Heaven where, after His ascension, Christ entered in to inaugurate His priestly ministry on behalf of the lost race. Hebrews 9:11,12.

If we take 490 years from the total of 2300 years, we have 1810 years that added to 34 AD will bring us to the year 1844 AD. If the first part of 490 years was timely fulfilled, then by faith, the believer can see the Son of Man coming to the Ancient of Days to begin the Judgment at the appointed time. Dan. 7:9,10,13.

In America, there was a great religious awakening, motivated by the prophecies of the Bible, coming to the year 1844. William Miller and his followers counted it right, but they didn't know the true meaning of "the sanctuary be cleansed." They thought that the earth will be purified with Christ coming. The date passed on them with bitter disappointment. Some believers remained asking the Lord for wisdom. In time their minds focused on the services of the sanctuary in the wilderness, and the day of expiation or atonement once a year to cleanse the sanctuary. They saw that the sanctuary given to Moses and Aaron was a figure or a copy of the true tabernacle in heaven, where the Lord entered after shedding His blood on earth for the sins of the world.

To appreciate better the services going on in the heavenly sanctuary, lets take a look on a few of the services of the tabernacle of Moses and Aaron.

1.-- The continual, the daily sacrifice or burnt offering. Exo. 29:38,39. The congregation provided two male lambs, one for the morning and the other for the evening. This lamb was to represent Christ, the Sin Bearer. The priest will lay hands on the head of the lamb, confessing sins and imploring divine propitiation for the whole congregation. He will slay the lamb and sprinkle the blood "round about upon the altar." Lev. 1:10,11. Then after washing and cleaning the offering, the priest will orderly set the parts of the body for burning unto the Lord. The evening lamb will burn slowly all night until the morning sacrifice is offered, and this one will burn to meet the evening lamb again. Lev. 6:8-13. It was a great comfort for the children of Israel, near or far away, to know that on repenting of a sin, it was a continual offering interceding on their behalf for their forgiveness and reconciliation.

2.-- The Sin Offering. Of the four types, we take the case of a sinner from the common people. Lev. 4:27,28,32. He is to come before the priest bringing a female lamb or a female kid of the goats. The sinner is confessing his sin while laying his hand upon the head of the animal. His sin is transferred to the lamb. This lamb also represents Christ, the Sin Bearer. With his hand he will slay the sin offering. Then the priest, as a mediator, dips his finger in the blood and transfers the sin to the horns of the altar of burnt offering with his fingerprints. Lev.4:29-35; 5:5. This sinner has confessed his sin, has been forgiven, and he goes away free from the guilt of breaking one of the commandments of the Lord. Exo. 20:3-17. Instead of him dying, the lamb died for him.

3.-- The Day of Atonement. Today, Yom Kippur. Once a year, on the seventh month, on the 10th day of Tisri, the whole congregation met for the Day of Atonement. The sanctuary was to be cleansed from all the sins accumulated in it during the year. Lev. chapter 16. That day, the transgressions to God's law were removed and cleansed from the record of anyone, or if not, that person was cut off from among the people. It was a day of judgment, of life or death.

Two goats were brought to the door of the tabernacle and presented before the Lord for a sin offering. One of them was taken for the Lord, and the other was left to be the scapegoat. Lev. 16:5,7,8.

The high priest had to atone first for himself and his house. He was representing the whole congregation, and as their mediator, he was identified with their sins; in some cases, the priest took the sins upon himself by eating the flesh of the sin offering. After laying hands on the head of a bullock, he will kill him for a sin offering. Lev. 16:3,6,11. The high priest takes a burning censer and enough incense to create a shielding cloud as he enters to the presence of God into the most holy place. With his fingers he sprinkles the blood of the bullock upon the mercy seat and before the mercy seat seven times. Lev. 16:12-14. With this act, the high priest has confessed his sins; God has accepted the blood of the substitute to satisfy the justice of the Law, his sins are transferred to the sanctuary, he is forgiven, he is cleansed from all unrighteousness and comes out to the courtyard to be seen as a type of the Sinless One.

Now, the high priest takes the goat that is for the Lord, and without laying hands or confessing sins on his head, he kills the goat that has been chosen to atone for the sins of the people. This goat represents Christ, the Sinless One, and as such, his blood has cleansing powers. He shall do with the blood of the goat as he did before, sprinkling it upon the mercy seat and before the mercy seat. Lev. 16:15.

On coming back into the holy place where the sins had accumulated, he will do the same atonement for the altar of incense and the area before the veil, because of the uncleanness and transgressions of the children of Israel that polluted the sanctuary. Lev. 16:16; Exo. 30:10.

The high priest comes out to apply the blood of the bullock to the horns of the altar of burnt offering round about and then applies the blood of the goat to the horns of the altar round about. With his fingers he sprinkles the blood seven times upon the altar to cleanse it and to make it holy and consecrated to God. Lev. 16:18,19.

It was necessary to apply the blood of the bullock upon the horns of the altar in order to have a record of confession and forgiveness for the sins of those who repented of their sins through the daily sacrifice, but never were able to come and confess their sins with a sin offering. If still there was repentance in their hearts, the blood of the goat will blot out their sins; if not, they were cut off from the people.

The sinner responsibility in his sin was confessed, forgiven, cleansed, blotted out; but, still remained a greater portion of their sin, which was falling upon the instigator, upon Satan. The high priest will lay his hands upon the other goat, the scapegoat, Azazel, confessing and putting upon his head all the iniquities and transgressions of the children of Israel. At last, the sinful scapegoat is taken to the wilderness. Lev. 16:20-22.

Everything described here about the earthly tabernacle is focusing or beaming the mind toward one person and one place. In the center stage is the Son of God and the Heavenly Sanctuary. Our Lord, JesusChrist, took upon Himself human flesh in order to become the Lamb who shed His blood to atone for the sins of humanity. He did that, and once for all men, on Calvary hill. He became the Sin Bearer who died in place of the transgressor of God's Law.

Since Jesus had no sins of Himself, because He obediently loved the Father, He was the Sinless One, who offered Himself, giving His blood and His life as a ransom for the sinner and his penalty of death. God is the source of life, and this life was in the blood of Jesus too. Coming to Jesus we find life. Walking away from Him, we find death. God created the human beings with the freedom to choose either way.

After His resurrection, Jesus ascended to the Father to enter in the heavenly sanctuary as the high priest of the new covenant. He is the mediator of the continual, the daily ministration of the merits of His blood in favor of those who confess, repent, and plead for a Savior. When sins are confessed, sins are forgiven, by the blood of the Lamb. "For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus." 1 Tim. 2:5. "Wherefore he [Jesus] is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them." Hebrews 7:22-27.

It is deeply lamented, that this great truth of the priestly ministry of Jesus to forgive the sins of the people was cast down to the ground by the apostasy of the same Christian church during the Middle Ages. By ignorance or open rebellion the prelates setup a priesthood of men to forgive sins disregarding Christ ministry in the heavenly temple. 2 Thess. 2:3,4.

But God had appointed the three angels message to proclaim to the world the solemn warning of the hour of the Judgment, when the Son of Man was passing from the holy place to the most holy place to cleanse the sanctuary. Dan. 7:9,10,13. "Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come." Rev. 14:6,7. "And the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple." Mal. 3:1.

The sins of all men are written on the records in the heavenly temple. Whenever there have been confession, repentance, and forgiveness, such things are recorded on the name of the person, but his sins are still in the record. Beginning with Adam, the Judgment examines each name, with reference to the Law of God, the Ten Commandments. Our high priest, the Advocate, knows the heart of each person, and if the character of Jesus is found in him, Christ will claim that person as His; the blood of the Sinless One will blot out, will erase the record of sins from that name. As it is done with the ones waiting in the grave, it will be done with God's people still alive during the persecution, the loud cry, and the sealing. His name will be clean and clear in the Book of Life for the day when Christ comes to rescue God's children.

The Judgment is done for the benefit of the unfallen beings in the vast universe of God. They cannot read the heart as God can do. So the books are open, for them to see everything that it is in the mind and in the heart of each person besides his deeds; and that the mercy and justice of God is applied to those who have been truly converted to let them enter into the kingdom of love and peace. At the end, this kingdom and dominion is given to Christ. Daniel 7:14. And if you have a sense of despair after reading these lines, put your trust in Christ. The righteousness of Christ is available to every human being. Surrender your life to Him in love and obedience, and the unblemished character of Jesus, by faith, will be imparted to you when you receive Him as your personal Savior and Lord.

Before finishing, they will pass judgment on the great whore that dominates the world, for usurping and hiding the saving ministry of Christ, in the temple above, for the sinners of the world. Rev. 17:1,16.

Then, the Judgment will close; the High Priest will stand up, and will pronounce the final verdict of Rev. 22:11. Dan. 12:1. Whatever sins remain, Christ will placed them upon Satan, who after the Second Coming will stay alone with his angels, for a thousand years, on this dark earth. Jer. 4:23-28.

When Christ comes out of the temple, the Judgment is closed, the door of salvation has been closed forever. The seven las plagues are coming down upon the impenitent sinners, and, in a few days, the majesty and the glory of the King of Kings will rend the skies with the radiance and the trumpet of God to rescue His people. Rev. 15,16, 19:11-21.

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