(page 94 of Standard Edition)
Further Thought: Read Clifford Goldstein, 1844 Made Simple (Boise,
Idaho: Pacific Press, 1988) as one place, of many, to find more material on
the 2,300-day prophecy. See also 1844madesimple.org.
Study this chart below:
Daniel 7Daniel 8
Media-Persia (bear)Media-Persia (ram)
Greece (leopard)Greece (he-goat)
Pagan Rome (fourth beast)Pagan Rome
(horn moves horizontally)
Papal Rome (little horn)Papal Rome
(horn moves vertically)
Judgment in heavenCleansing of heavenly sanc-
The crucial point to see here is that the judgment scene in Daniel 7,
which occurs after 1,260 years of persecution (Dan. 7:25), is the same
thing as the cleansing of the sanctuary in Daniel 8:14. And this judg-
ment scene in heaven is what leads, ultimately, to the establishment
of God’s eternal kingdom at the end of this fallen earth’s sad history.
Hence, we have powerful biblical evidence for the great importance
that Scripture places on Daniel 8:14 and the event it signifies.
Go back and review Daniel 2. See how clearly the histori-
cist method is revealed here: an unbroken sequence of world
empires, starting in antiquity and ending with the establishment
of God’s eternal kingdom. God gives us the key to interpreting
these prophe cies. What does it say, though, about the state of the
Christian world that very few Christians today employ the histori-
cist method anymore? Why does this fact help establish even more
the pertinence of the Adventist message for the world at this time?
How well do you understand the 2,300-day prophecy of Daniel
8:14? If you don’t understand it, why not take the time to learn
it and to share it with your class? You might be surprised at how
solidly grounded our interpretation of that prophecy really is.
Read Daniel 7:18, 21, 22, 25, 27. Notice the focus on what hap-
pens to the saints. What does the little-horn power do to them? In
contrast, what does the Lord do for them? What is the good news
for the saints in regard to the judgment? What does the judgment
ultimately give to them?