The 2,300 Day Prophecy
Daniel’s vision here is dated in the third year of Belshazzar, while the dream of Daniel 7 was dated in the first year if Belshazzar. The events of the Belshazzar period 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.
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.
The vision begins with the fall of Babylon 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.
After Babylon fell it was first ruled by king Cyrus the Persian the first horn, which was succeeded by king Darius the Mede the second horn.
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 [no other nation] 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.
The He Goat
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 suddenly at Babylon June 323 B.C.]; and for it [the Greek empire] came up four notable ones [after infighting by many contenders Alexander’s empire was divided into four parts somewhere near 280 B.C.] 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 somewhere around 278 B.C.] 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 immediately skips to the end time and the the final end time fierce king of the North.
Out of one of these four divisions became the king of the north, and carried on as Babylon historically called Seleucid Syria.
8:9 And out of one of them [one of the four, Seleucid Syria called Babylon at that time] came forth a little horn [henceforth called the the king [ruler] of the north, became very powerful], 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 Seleucid Syria and the king of the south Egypt, over control of Judea Palestine.
Seleucid Syria 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. At that time Rome assumed the mantel of king of the north continuation of the Babylonian Mysteries System, the iron legs of Daniel 2.
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 [by whatever name it is called] 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 it 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.
This final revival of the Holy Roman Empire Babylonian church state system in a New Federal Europe will overcome many beginning in a time of peace and shall be very rich for about two years before attacking Asia in the third year; and later he will attempt to fight the arriving Christ.
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 political system and its ruler are a servant and a type. Satan being the one who led one third of the angels in rebellion against God and ascended to try to make war on God.
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 political [beast] ruler of the last revival of Babylon, the now rising New Federal Europe; 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 spiritual Ekklesia on the earth and he 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 Daniel 2.
Revelation 12:3 And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon [Satan], having seven heads [picturing the seven revivals of the Holy Roman Empire system] and ten horns [the final seventh revival consisting of ten rulers (nations) with a different man leading the whole system], and seven crowns [one crown on each of its seven heads, representing the seven revivals of the Holy Roman Empire system] upon his heads.
12:4 And his tail drew the third part of the stars [angels] 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 final ruler called the king of the north [and the whole Babylonian Mysteries Holy Roman Empire system], will be destroyed by Jesus 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 ending the sacrifices; which are not to resume until Christ comes and builds the Ezekiel temple.
. . . and the place of the sanctuary was cast down [this happened in c 70 A.D. and the city and people will again be taken in this latter day for the second half of the 70th week (Dan 9) or 42 months].
As Satan fights against God and tries to exalt himself above God; so this physical leader of the latter day kingdom of the north, will also seek to fight against the Word of God throughout his reign and at the coming of Christ. The physical end time ruler [the king of the North] shall occupy Jerusalem and the place of the sanctuary for 42 months (Rev 11:2).
This physical ruler 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.
Power to make war will be 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 [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 another 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 entire 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, concerns the time from the fourth division of Alexander’s empire being established and the first king of the North being set up, until Christ comes.
The 2,300 days is not about the daily sacrifice being stopped which was done by the Roman Prince Titus in c 70 A.D.; the 2,300 days is about the King of the North which began about 277 B.C, when Alexander’s empire was finally divided into four parts.
The whole prophecy of the King of the North will last for 2,300 days [years]! Until the final king of the north is destroyed by Christ and the sanctuary is cleansed!
Daniel 8:14 And he said unto me, Unto two thousand and three hundred days; then shall the sanctuary be cleansed.
Who comes to cleanse the sanctuary? Jesus Christ! Because Daniel 9 tells us that the sanctuary will lay desolate [will NOT be cleansed] until the consummation [completion] of the final 42 months of the second half of the full seven years.
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 the history of the King of the North from the division of Alexander’s empire into four parts, up to the coming of Messiah the Christ; and Messiah’s 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 [at 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 and occupy Jerusalem and Judea 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 [this man and the entire system will be destroyed by Christ at his coming, 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 division of Alexander’s empire into four parts and the beginning of the king of the North and then count forward 2,300 years; a day for a year.
The history of the successors of Alexander is very complex and 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. They did not agree and also declared themselves to be kings over their own lands.
In 301 B.C. Antigonus 1 was defeated and killed. 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 six kings.
In 297 B.C. Cassander died and was succeeded by his eldest son Philip, who in turn died the next year (296 B.C.). 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.
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 BC.
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 BC 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. Then in 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 280 B.C.; 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 c spring 280 B.C. However taking advantage of the troubles of Antiochus, Nicomedes murdered his brothers and sought to become an independent king of Bythnia.
Antiochus then proceeded to advance on Nicomedes I king of Bythnia and the army of Gauls he had called to help him and Nicomedes of Bythnia bowed to Antiochus without a serious fight in 278 B.C. Nicomedes then continued to rule Bythnia but accepted the dominance of Antiochus king of Babylon [Seleucid Syria] in 277 B.C.
In 277 B.C. the remnants of the empire of Alexander were reduced to four parts fulfilling the prophecy that finally there would be only four divisions of Alexander’s empire. Which four parts were established in c 277 B.C. with Babylon, Greece, Asia Minor and Egypt Palestine.
The four parts: Yellow, Ptolemaic; Blue, Babylon [Seleucid Syria]; Green, Lysmachis; Brown, Greece Macedon.
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 few years.
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 Daniel 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 Thes 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 today rising up to be 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); after which he and the false prophet will be destroyed and the sanctuary will be CLEANSED by the coming of Messiah the Christ who will build the Ezekiel Temple!
The whole vision about this competition between Babylon [the North] and Egypt/Judea [the South] is covered in Daniel 11.
The vision about Alexander’s empire being divided into four parts, would last for a total of 2300 days from the partition of Alexander’s empire into four parts in c 278 BC, 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 [277 B.C.], 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 Daniel 2 and Daniel 7.
At a day for a year this 2300 days is 2300 years in fulfillment. c spring 277 B.C., 2300 years later would be 2023 A.D., now add one for no year zero which is c spring 2024 A.D.
Now subtracting 42 months (1260 days) we arrive in the winter of 2020 A.D.for the start of the tribulation; If the date beginning the count is correct.
Given the historical difficulties of the Greek struggles it is possible that this date might be in error by a few years, but one thing is certain; IT IS VERY CLOSE INDEED!
These are indications of the nearness of the times only; they are not dates certain until proved by the appearance of ALL of the Biblical signs.
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.