Reedited for clarity 25 Oct 2015
An explanation of the 2300 Day Prophecy which reveals approximately when the tribulation will begin and approximately when Christ will come to set up the Kingdom of God on this earth.
The accuracy of any explanation is only proven by the fulfilled events of any prophecy! It is the actual events that are the proof of any explanation; therefore I would not dare claim any date to be 100% accurate until all the biblical signs are present.
The tribulation will NOT begin until the biblical signs are present, then when the abomination is set up in the papacy in Rome, and calls for a New Europe, when the two prophets are set up soon after, and finally a peace deal IS achieved: then it will be 100% that the tribulation will begin when this final pope goes to the Holy Mount; and NOT before those signs are a reality.
The 2,300 Day Prophecy
Daniel’s vision here is dated as in the third year of Belshazzar, while the dream of Dan 7 was dated in the first year if Belshazzar. The events of the Belshazzar peiod conclude with Daniel 5 and the fall of Babylon.
Daniel 8:1 In the third year of the reign of king Belshazzar a vision appeared unto me, even unto me Daniel, after that which appeared unto me at the first.
8:2 And I saw in a vision; and it came to pass, when I saw, that I was at Shushan in the palace, which is in the province of Elam; and I saw in a vision, and I was by the river of Ulai.
I can tell you that a vision is very much like watching a short extremely vivid movie which remains sharply imprinted on one’s mind for many years.. One sees the vision which is as clear and sharp as the very best film right before one’s eyes, while wide awake.
Daniel’s vision. The vision begins at the fall of Babylon’s head of gold to the Medo-Persians
First the vision is given and later in the chapter the explanation is provided. In the hope that it will be helpful I am adding the explanation to the vision.
8:3 Then I lifted up mine eyes, and saw, and, behold, there stood before the river a ram which had two horns: and the two horns were high; but one was higher than the other, and the higher came up last.
Explanation: Daniel 8:20 The ram which thou sawest having two horns are the kings of Media and Persia.
Daniel 8:4 I saw the ram pushing westward, and northward, and southward; so that no beasts might stand before him, neither was there any that could deliver out of his hand; but he did according to his will, and became great.
8:5 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.
Explanation: Daniel 8:21 And the rough goat is the king of Grecia: and the great horn that is between his eyes is the first king.
Alexander carried out the plans of his father king Philip of Macedonia, and united the Greeks becoming the first king of a united Greece; after which he conquered Media-Persia.
Alexander conquers Medo Persia.
8:6 And he came to the ram that had two horns [Medo-Persia], which I had seen standing before the river, and ran unto him in the fury of his power.
8:7 And I saw him [the he goat; Alexander’s Greek empire] ] come close unto the ram [The Medo-Persian empire], and he was moved with choler [fury] against him, and smote the ram, and brake his two horns: and there was no power in the ram to stand before him, but he cast him down to the ground, and stamped upon him: and there was none that could deliver the ram out of his hand.
8:8 Therefore the he [Greece, Alexander] goat waxed very great: and when he was strong, the great horn was broken [Alexander died]; and for it [the Greek empire] came up four notable ones [Alexander’s empire was divided into four parts] toward the four winds [four directions; north, east, south and west] of heaven.
Explanation: Daniel 8:22 Now that being broken, whereas four stood up for it, [After Alexander died his empire was ultimately divided into four kingdoms.] four kingdoms shall stand up out of the nation, but not in his power.
The prophecy tells us that Alexander’s empire will be divided into four parts, and then skips to the end time and the the final end time fierce king of the North.
Out of one of these four divisions shall come the king of the north, Babylon the Great, which was transferred from the northern part of one of the four kingdoms which rose up in Babylon / Syria, and became a part of the Roman empire in 133 B.C. when the king of Pergamos, Attalus 3, died and willed that kingdom to Rome.
8:9 And out of one of them [one of the four, Seleucid Syria called Babylon at that time] came forth a little horn, which waxed exceeding great, toward the south, and toward the east, and toward the pleasant land.
Explanation: One of these four; the king of the north called Babylon, or Seleucid Syria became very powerful across Syria. Daniel 11 is a history of the competition between this king of the north and the king of the south Egypt, over control of Judea Palestine.
At the final end time “the latter time” of the king of the north; Babylon the Great, the final [seventh] revival of the Holy Roman Empire will take place and this same system will once again make war against the king of the South [Egypt and Judea and their allies].
Daniel 8:23 And in the latter time [the end time] of their kingdom, when the transgressors are come to the full, a king of fierce countenance [intimidating appearance], and understanding dark sentences [secret things including complicated technology and evil spiritual powers], shall stand up [become ruler of the North, the New European Holy Roman Empire (by whatever name its takes) revival] .
8:24 And his power shall be mighty, but not by his own power [he will be supported by Satan’s power]: and he shall destroy wonderfully [Awesomely], and shall prosper, and practise, and shall destroy the mighty and the holy people.
He and his European empire shall overcome many in a time of peace and shall be very rich for about two years. Then at the end of 1,260 days, he shall attempt to fight the arriving Christ.
Daniel 8:25 And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart, and by peace shall destroy many: he shall also stand up against the Prince of princes; but he shall be broken without hand.
The prophecy insets to Satan, of whom this beast emperor is a servant and a type.
Daniel 8:10 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.
Here this final beast ruler of the last revival of Babylon; is used as an allegory of Satan who fought against the host of heaven and cast some of the stars [angels] to the ground. This kind of allegory is consistent with the Isaiah and Ezekiel verses using men as a type of Lucifer / Satan.
This man will persecute the called out on the earth and will fight Christ at his coming, but this man is only a tool of [and a type of] the real Adversary, Satan.
This king of the North, is clearly identified as the system of the dragon, the scarlet beast, Satan (Rev 17); and as the final ruler of the Babylonian system of Dan 2.
Revelation 12:3 And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon [the Holy Roman Empire], having seven heads [seven revivals] and ten horns [supported by ten rulers], and seven crowns [one crown on each head representing the seven revivals] upon his heads.
4 And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth [the true dragon is Satan the devil, and the earthly Holy Roman Empire dragon system is of Satan the devil] : and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born.
This king [and the whole Babylonian Mysteries Holy Roman Empire system] will be destroyed by Christ at his coming, and Satan will also ultimately be destroyed by Christ as well.
Daniel 8:11 Yea, he magnified himself even to [against] the prince of the host [the high priest], and by him the daily sacrifice was taken away, [this came in C 70 A.D. when the Roman prince Titus destroyed the temple at Jerusalem, and spiritually Satan by enticing the called out to rebel against God and follow idols of men, causes the daily intercession in heaven by Christ to stop in this latter day. God’s protection is removed and Israel, the Ekklesia, and the people and the city of Jerusalem [including the temple mount sanctuary] are given over to the physical beast for 42 months.] and the place of the sanctuary was cast down [This happened in c 70 A.D. and the city and people shall be taken in this latter day for 42 months].
As Satan fight against God and tries to exalt himself above God; so this physical beast leader will also seek to fight against Christ throughout his reign and at the coming of Christ. The physical end time beast king of the North shall occupy Jerusalem and the place of the sanctuary for 42 months.
This physical beast is given an army to fight and overcome the people of God on the earth. Because of the great transgressions of the Ekklesia and the physical nations of Israel against the Word of God, the daily intercession of Christ in heaven to keep the promises made to Abraham and Moses will be stopped.
Power to make war was given to this king of the North to overcome the called out, because of their many sins against the Eternal.
8:12 And an host was given him against the daily sacrifice [Physically in c 70 A.D. Titus destroyed the Temple and stopped the Daily, and in this latter day the king of the North receives power for 42 months, against physical and spiritual Israel, because of the multitude of our transgressions.] by reason of transgression [of the Ekklesia and the nations of Israel], and it cast down the truth to the ground; and it practised, and prospered.
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 [about when the daily will be cleansed] the daily sacrifice, and [when the abomination completes trampling the daily?] the transgression of desolation, to give both the sanctuary and the host to be trodden under foot?
The question here is about how long the vision of the king of the north is: NOT about how long the stopping of the daily will be!
The whole vision about the 2300 days, is about the time from the king of the North being set up, until Christ comes. The 1,300 days is not about the daily sacrifice being stopped which is an action of the king of the North; the 2,300 days are about the King of the North itself.
We know this because Dan 12 tells us that the period of the abomination is only 1,335 days long: NOT 2,300 days!
Daniel 12:11 And from the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away, and the abomination that maketh desolate set up, there shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety days.
12 Blessed is he that waiteth, and cometh to the thousand three hundred and five and thirty days.
13 But go thou thy way till the end be: for thou shalt rest, and stand in thy lot at the end of the days.
Revelation 11:2 But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months.
Revelation 13:5 And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months.
The prophecy of the stopping of the daily is 42 months as per the above, yet the whole prophecy from the division of Alexander’s empire into four parts will last for 2,300 days! Until the final king of the north is destroyed by Christ and the sanctuary is cleansed!
8:14 And he said unto me, Unto two thousand and three hundred days; then shall the sanctuary be cleansed.
Gabriel gives the interpretation of the vision.
8:15 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.
8:16 And I heard a man’s voice between the banks of Ulai, which called, and said, Gabriel, make this man to understand the vision.
8:17 So he came near where I stood: and when he came, I was afraid, and fell upon my face: but he said unto me, Understand, O son of man: for at the time of the end shall be the vision [The cleansing of the sanctuary by the coming of Christ!].
8:18 Now as he was speaking with me, I was in a deep sleep [Daniel fainted and fell on his face] on my face toward the ground: but he touched me, and set me upright.
The vision covers history from the four divisions of Alexander’s empire up to the coming of Christ; and the cleansing of the temple sanctuary!
8:19 And he said, Behold, I will make thee know what shall be in the last end of the indignation: for at the time appointed [the end of the 2,300 days of the kingdom of the North.] the end shall be.
8:20 The ram which thou sawest having two horns are the kings of Media and Persia.
8:21 And the rough goat is the king of Grecia: and the great horn that is between his eyes is the first king.
8:22 Now that being broken, whereas four stood up for it, four kingdoms shall stand up out of the nation, but not in his power.
8:23 And in the latter time of their kingdom, when the transgressors are come to the full, a king of fierce countenance, and understanding dark sentences [The last king of the north shall understand secret things], shall stand up.
8:24 And his power shall be mighty, but not by his own power [By Satan’s power]: and he shall destroy wonderfully [awesomely], and shall prosper, and practise, and shall destroy the mighty and the holy people.
He shall have power to overcome the Ekklesia for 42 months.
8:25 And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart [become very proud], and by peace shall destroy many: he shall also stand up against the Prince of princes; but he shall be broken without [by God without human hands] hand.
The vision that the sanctuary will be cleansed 2,300 days after the empire of Alexander is divided into four parts is true.
8:26 And the vision of the evening and the morning which was told is true: wherefore shut thou up the vision; for it shall be for many days.
8:27 And I Daniel fainted, and was sick certain days; afterward I rose up, and did the king’s business; and I was astonished at the vision, but none understood it.
The sanctuary will be cleansed at the coming of Christ; therefore to have a good idea of when Christ will come, we must date the beginning of the king of the North and then count forward 2,300 years; a day for a year. I have known this and posted it for years, however the history of the successors of Alexander is very complex.
This history is extremely difficult, yet as we get closer and closer to the time; God is keeping his promise to Daniel and increasing knowledge and understanding day by day.
Historically, the first king of a united Greece was Alexander, who died in 323 B.C. after conquering the Medo-Persian Empire. After his death, many men tried to assume his mantle as ruler of the lands that he had conquered.
In 304 B.C. Antigonus declared himself king and demanded that all the others submit to him. Cassander, Lysimachis, Nicator, Pyrrhus and Ptolemy did not agree and also declared themselves to be kings over their own lands.
In 301 B.C. Antigonus 1 was defeated and killed by the other five. Meanwhile, the son of Antigonus, Demetrius, was able to flee the field and continued as king of various areas in his father’s place; thus keeping the number of kings at six.
In 297 B.C. Cassander died and was succeeded by his eldest son Philip, who in turn died the next year (296 BC). In 295 B.C., the widow of Cassander, Thessalonice; divided the kingdom of Macedonia between her two remaining sons, Antipater and Alexander. They took to quarreling and Antipater murdered his mother and attacked his brother Alexander. Alexander called for help from Demetrius, who came and murdered the young man, seizing his kingdom.
Demetrius then attacked Alexander’s brother, Antipater, who fled to his uncle Lysimachis. Lysimachis had the lad executed for the murder of his sister, the boy’s mother, in 294 B.C. These events brought to an end the family of Cassander. Extinguishing Cassander, his wife and his three sons and reducing the successors of Alexander to five; Demetrius, Ptolemy, Lysimachis, Pyrrhus and Seleucus Nicator.
To further complicate things a number of the possessions of Demetrius declared their independence while these struggles were going on.
After Demetrius took the necessary time to secure Macedonia he proceeded to retake Thessaly and Boeotia in 291 B.C., completing the job in 290 B.C.
Then in 288 B.C. Pyrrhus, Lysmachis and Ptolemy united against Demetrius and defeated him, making joint war against him and forcing him to abandon his kingdom of Macedonia.
Demetrius, left with only his possessions outside of Macedonia; tried to attack Seleucus and move into Asia with his army, but was finally taken prisoner in 285 B.C. after his army fell apart. His kingdom was then taken over by his son Antigonus 2 Gonatas
“In 285 B.C., Demetrius, worn down by his fruitless campaign, surrendered to Seleucus.” In 283 B.C., at the age of 55, Demetrius died in captivity in Syria and was succeeded by his son Antigonus 2 Gonatas who continued to rule the kingdom of his father Demetrius.
Soon Lysimachus made the fatal mistake of having his son Agathocles murdered at the say-so of his second wife, Arsinoe (282 B.C.) who wanted her own son to become king.
The murdered Agathocles’s widow, Lysandra, fled to Seleucus, who now made war upon Lysimachus.
Seleucus, after appointing his son Antiochus ruler of his Asian territories, defeated and killed Lysimachus at the Battle of Corupedium in Lydia in 281 B.C.; ending his kingdom. At this point the successors of Alexander still numbered five; with Antigonus, Ptolemy, Pyrrhus, Seleucus Nicator and Seleucus’ son Antiochus [having been given some provinces as his own kingdom].
In fall 281 B.C. Seleucus was assassinated as he tried to invade Macedonia and Thrace.
Then certain Syrian officers of Seleucus rejected Antiochus from becoming their king in his father’s place; seeking to take over the kingdom for themselves. Antiochus then invaded Syria from his own possessions to put down the pretenders to his father’s throne, and became sole ruler of all his father’s possessions in 280 B.C.; fulfilling the prophecy that finally there would be only four divisions of Alexander’s empire. Which four parts were established in 280 BC with Antigonus, Ptolemy, Pyrrhus and Antiochus.
Now counting forward 2,300 years and adding 1 for the year zero; we end up with Christ coming in early 2021 and the tribulation beginning in winter 2017 – 2018: If the starting date is correct.
I do want to caution that even though this looks and may be correct; we must still be alert to watch events and WAIT FOR THE SIGNS. This history is incredibly complex and there is the matter of the ancient Greek city state calendars as related to our common calendar today. This could possibly be out by a little bit still.
Nevertheless these things would be meaningless if we were to die tonight; it is imperative that we seek to be as close to God as possible. None of us is secure from sudden tragedy; therefore let us always put our trust in the only one who can save!
THE VISION IS FOR THE END TIME
Daniel 8:17 For at the TIME of the END the VISION [The vision is about the end of the 2,300 days of years.] shall be
Daniel 8:19 Behold, I will make thee know what shall be in the LAST END of the indignation: for at the TIME APPOINTED the END SHALL BE.
Daniel 8:23 And in the LATTER TIME of their kingdom, when the transgressors are COME TO THE FULL,
This VISION, this prophecy, is for the END TIMES. This prophecy was not and could not, have been fulfilled by Antiochus, Epiphanes over two thousand years ago!
The prophecy is for our day, NOW!
How long shall be the VISION?
Daniel 8:14 Unto 2300 days, then shall the sanctuary be cleansed .
Margin 2300 evenings and mornings. What is an evening and morning?
The evening and morning were the first day Gen 1:5. The evening and morning were the second day Gen 1:8. The evening and morning were the third day Gen 1:13. One evening and one morning together are one day. Two evenings and mornings are two days. Three evenings and mornings are three days. One hundred evenings and mornings are one hundred days. And, twenty-three hundred evenings and mornings are twenty-three hundred days!
Suddenly from the four divisions of Alexander’s kingdom and the founding of the king of the North in Dan 8:8, the prophecy leaps forward to the last days and the cleansing of the sanctuary Dan 8:9. Shown in the explanation; are the four divisions in verse twenty-two and then leaping forward to the LATTER TIME and the cleansing of the sanctuary in verse twenty-three.
In the LATTER TIME a fierce king shall appear, understanding secret [occult and highly technical matters] things and he shall destroy and prosper (Dan 8:23-24).
He shall destroy many while they are AT PEACE (Dan 8:25, 1 Thess 5:3).
He shall stand up against the Prince of Princes, Jesus Christ at His coming (Dan 8:25), but he shall be broken (Dan 2:35) and thrown into the fire (Rev 19:20 and Dan 7:11).
This final fierce appearing king of the Babylonian system centered in Europe, and at its later end moving to Jerusalem; shall have power to make war, and to occupy Jerusalem; for forty two months or 1260 days (Rev 13:5). When he and the false prophet are destroyed the sanctuary will be CLEANSED!
The whole vision about this competition between Babylon [the North] and Egypt [the South] is covered in Dan 11.
The vision concerning the time from the four divisions of Alexander’s empire, would last for a total of 2300 days from the partition of Alexander’s empire into four parts in 280 B.C., and then [at the end of the 2,300 years] shall the sanctuary be cleansed (Dan 8:13-14).
The explanation is this:
From the time that Alexander’s empire is divided into four parts, there will be 2300 days [years] until the sanctuary is cleansed and the destruction of the final seventh resurrection of the Holy Roman Empire of Babylon as described in Dan 2, Dan 7.
At a day for a year this 2300 days shall be 2300 years.
Provided the Calendar data is correct the highly probable year of the coming of Christ and the cleansing of the sanctuary is:
Coming forward 2300 years from 280 B.C. and adding 1 for year zero, arrives at spring 2021 A.D., when the sanctuary shall be cleansed by the coming of Jesus Christ: IF the starting date of the count is correct.
Now subtracting 42 months (1260 days) shows that this final beast emperor will occupy Jerusalem, beginning in the winter of 2017 – 2018: IF the starting date for the count is correct.
Given the historical difficulties of the Greek struggles it is possible that this date might be in error by a year or two, but one thing is certain; IT IS VERY CLOSE INDEED!
These are indications of the nearness of the times; they are not dates certain until proved by the appearance of ALL of the Biblical signs.
At the present time the British people have been promised a referendum on continued EU membership before the end of 2017 with French and German elections scheduled for Sep / Oct 2017.
Britain is highly likely to leave the EU, but exactly how long that process takes is unclear; and certain other countries are likely to follow, creating a crisis in the EU and opening the way for the setting up of the miracle working deceiver in the Vatican in late 2017, who will immediately call for and bring about the rise of a New Europe; the seventh revival of the Scarlet Beast of the Holy Roman Empire.
This man of sin will then go to the Holy Place [Temple Mount] 75 days after being set up in the Vatican and the great tribulation of Matthew 24:15 will begin.
Along with this is the coming defeat of radical Islam and a move towards a Mideast peace deal (1 Thess 5:3).
These events could easily unfold in line with a date of winter 2017 – 2018 for the start of the tribulation; followed by the coming of Messiah 42 months later; in 2021 A.D.!
Brethren, the writing is on the wall!