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Chris Holland is speaker/director of It Is Written Canada. 

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  • January 30, 2016
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It has stood the test of God's book. The Bible. Still relevant in today's complex world. It is written messages of around the world are you know I'm not a big fan of cliffhangers. And I'm quite sorry that I left you in suspense during our last show. But today we return. Right to where we left off. And Daniel Chapter eight. With the little horn power and his activities. DANIEL. Eight thirteen and fourteen is exactly where we left off. Now. If you missed any of the previous shows. You can go to our website. W W W dot. It is written Canada. Dot ca to see any of the preview shows. But we left off with Daniel Chapter eight. Verses thirteen and fourteen. Then I heard a holy one speaking. And another Holy One said. To that certain one who was speaking. How long will the vision be concerning the daily sacrifices. And the transgression of desolation. The giving of both the sanctuary. And the host to be trampled underfoot. And he said to me. For two thousand three hundred days. Then the sanctuary. Shall be cleansed. Now. What is this all about. What does it mean. Now in order to understand all of this we need to ask several questions. What is the twenty three hundred day. Yes all about. What does it pertain to. Where is this. Sanctuary. And why does it need to be cleansed. How did the little horn. Attempt to cast down. The place of his sanctuary. So let's begin by trying to understand these twenty three hundred days. Now right at the outset. We need to hearken back to our study. Of the work of astronomer. Philosopher. Deshaun soul. And his work. That indicates that these days the twenty three hundred days. Are Actually years. Now there are several reasons beyond his reasoning. That also lead to this conclusion. First of all. Daniel Chapter eight in verse fourteen. In the original language. Literally reads unto twenty three hundred evenings and mornings. Now that's a bit of an odd way to express a time period. If speaking in a literal sense. The second. We need to understand the context in which this time period. Is expressed. Now you'll remember it comes in the speaker of the beasts of a ram and a goat along with this little horn power. And so therefore this whole chapter is highly symbolic. So it would seem to make sense that Daniel would express this time period. In symbolic terms. Just as the rest of the vision is. Now third in Daniel chapter and verse seventeen. Gabriel explained that the vision refers to the time of the end. Now if this time period simply referred to literal days. It would mean that the time of the end. Is only about six years after Daniel. Receive the vision. And that just doesn't seem to make much sense. And forth and Daniel. Eight twenty six. Daniel is told to seal up the vision for it refers to many days. Now in several instances in the Book of Daniel. That were days can actually mean. Centuries. So. If Daniel wanted to communicate this in plain language. He would have said something like this sanctuary will be cleansed. In just over six years. But that's not what he said. So with all of that. And the reality that the word days when referring to the twenty three hundred days in the Book of Daniel. Often can mean years. We must apply the day. For a year principle of day shot soul and soul. All of this means that God is telling Daniel. That in twenty three hundred years. The sanctuary. Will be cleansed. So where is this. Sanctuary that is to be cleansed. That to help us understand where this century where is. We need to understand a bit more about what time period. This prophecy covers that. After Daniel eight fourteen the angel Gabriel. Interprets the vision. However this. Twenty three hundred year prophecy. He does not give much. Understanding or. Most importantly a starting date. To Daniel. And so. Daniel is left as verse twenty seven points out an identical fainted and was sick for days afterward. I arose. What about the king's business. I was astonished by the vision. But no one understood it. Daniel was sick. Because he did not understand. Now. I want this chapter of Daniel to be so clear to you that you have complete understanding. So to help us understand this twenty three hundred year prophecy. We need to understand some of the technicalities of the word. Vision. In the original language of the text of then you're late. So now I want you to focus with me in this is not confusing it may sound confusing but it's not confusing. Several times in the Book of Daniel you have this word. Vision. Appear. Now most importantly in our study today. It occurs several times in Daniel. Chapter eight. Now the warden vision. Actually has two different. Hebrew root words. One of them is Hoss own. And the other one is the Hebrew word. Madre both of the words mean. Vision. Now that first word for vision Haase own in compass is all of what was revealed to Daniel. In Daniel. Chapter eight. From the RAM the goat the four horns the little horn. His activities. The daily and the twenty three hundred days. So hoss so many first to the entirety of the vision. And so as an example of that in Daniel Chapter eight in verse fifteen. Daniel was seeking the meaning for the entire vision Haase own. Since an explanation of it in its entirety. Had not yet been given that and Daniel Chapter eight. Verse seventeen and verse twenty six. It says. The entire vision. The Haas soln is for the time of the it. But then there's this second word in Daniel eight. And that word is Madre. Now. It is this word that is directly linked to the twenty three hundred day prophecy in Daniel eight twenty six The Bible says. And the vision. My ray of the evenings and mornings. Which was told is true. Now what is the vision of the evening and morning. You were listening earlier That's right. The vision of Daniel. Eight fourteen. Twenty three hundred days. Or twenty three hundred evenings and mornings. Now Daniel. Eight twenty seven. Also has an appearance of the word. More rain. The Bible says. And I Dand you'll fainted and was sick for days afterward I arose and went about the king's business. And I was astonished by the vision. The word more rain. But no one understood it would God leave Did you with no explanation. No God would give him. Understanding. However that understanding. Wouldn't come until thirty. Teen years later when Daniel was praying that prayer is recorded in Daniel nine. And I want to be clear. We turn the page from Daniel eight to Daniel nine. But the span between those two chapters is thirteen years. So Daniel was praying about the promised. Deliverance of his people. After seventy years of captivity in Babylon. Now we don't have time to read the entirety of that prayer. So I would encourage you to go in and read it today. But in Daniel nine twenty one. This is what it says. While I was so speaking in prayer. The man Gabriel who had seen in the vision. At the beginning. Reached me. So Daniel sees the same. Angel he encountered in Daniel. Eight now in Daniel nine twenty three. Gabriel speaks to Daniel and says. At the beginning of your supplications the command went out and I have come to tell you for you are greatly beloved. Therefore consider the matter. And understand the vision. Know What vision did he need help understanding. The vision of the twenty three hundred years. And this word here for vision. Is that Hebrew word. Madre which refers to Rackley to the twenty three hundred year prophecy. This means then that what follows. Verse twenty three is to provide. Daniel with an answer to the lingering questions he had about the twenty three hundred year prophecy. So let's read. The amazing words that followed did you all nine twenty three in vs twenty four and twenty five seventy weeks are decreed for your people. And for your holy city. To finish the transgression. To make an end of sins. To make reconciliation for iniquity to pring in everlasting righteousness. To seal of vision and prophecy. And to annoy me. The most holy know therefore and understand that from the going forth of the command to restore and build Jerusalem. Until Messiah the Prince. There shall be seven weeks. And sixty two weeks. The street shall be built again. In the wall. Even in trouble sometimes. Daniel first mentions that this. Seventy week period is determined. For Daniel spel. Now who are. Daniel's people. But what of course. Dangerous people are the choose. And it also applies to their holy city. Jerusalem. And just as in the twenty three hundred days. Seventy weeks is an unusual way to express a time period. Which means that these seventy weeks. Actually refer to years. So if we multiply seventy times seven days in a week we arrive at four hundred ninety days. And then if we apply the day for your principle. We arrive at four hundred ninety years. And even more critical. Is the reality that in the original Hebrew. This actually says seventy weeks of years. Now the prophecy stated that these four hundred ninety years. Are determined for Daniel's people. And for Jerusalem. The Hebrew word for determined. Actually literally means to be cut off. So the logical question is what is the seventy weeks prophecy. The four hundred ninety year prophecy. Cut off from the wall in light of Gabriel's instructions that Daniel should consider the matter. And understand the vision. Maren A So Gabriel was referring to the twenty three hundred days. It would be logical to conclude that this. Seventy week. Or four hundred ninety year period. Would be cut off from the twenty three hundred year period. And so if this prophecy gives us a starting point. It will share the starting point for the twenty three hundred year prophecy as well in Daniel nine twenty five. The angel tells Daniel. No therefore and understand that from the going forth of the command to restore and build Jerusalem. On tell Messiah the Prince. There shall be seven weeks. And sixty two weeks. Now will be studying Daniel nine. In detail next week. But for the meantime here's what we need to understand. At the time this vision was given Jerusalem and the temple were still in ruins from the destruction of Never cannot see but now Evan announces that a command will be issued to rebuild and restore. And from that date. A definite number of years will reach to the long look for Messiah. Now when we look to history there are three decrees that deal with the repatriation of the choose. All of them are recorded in the book of as the first is in the first year of Cyrus about five thirty seven B.C. and that's found in as are a one one before. The second happens during the reign of Derry asst the first of all five twenty B.C. and that's recorded in as are six one to twelve. But the third happens in the seventh year of our desert sees in four fifty seven B.C.. And that's recorded in as or so. Six fourteen and in a majority of. As a reception. So here's our question which one is it. Interestingly enough. In the decrees of Cyrus and various neither one of the made any genuine provision for the restoration of the civil state. As a complete unit. But a restoration of both the Religious and Civil Government was promised. In the prophecy of Daniel nine. The decree of the seventh year of our deserts is however was the first to give the Jewish state. Full autonomy. Subject to Persian overlord shipped. So here's the deal. History reveals that in the seventh year of our desert seas for fifty seven B.C. this would be the starting date. And it provides us the date. When the twenty three hundred year prophecy begins. And the four hundred ninety your prophecy begins. But returning to the twenty three hundred year prophecy. If we add twenty three hundred years to four fifty seven B.C. we arrive it. Eight hundred forty four. Now remember there is no year zero. So we need to skip the zero. And we arrive at eight hundred forty four. Now remember. According to Daniel. Eight fourteen. This. Marked the year. When the sanctuary. Would be cleansed. But where is this. Sanctuary friends at eight hundred forty four the earthly sanctuary. No longer existed it had been destroyed. The Bible predicted in many places that the earthly sanctuary. Wouldn't be cleansed. But rather destroyed. The seventy. Prophecy of Daniel nine states that the people of the prince who is to come. Shall destroy the city and the sanctuary. And again to Daniel. Nine twenty seven it states. And on the wing of abominations shall be one who makes desolate. And then in Matthew twenty four to Jesus himself predicted that the Temple would be destroyed. And in Matthew twenty four fifteen. Jesus cited the abomination of desolation of Daniel nine twenty seven. As the power that destroyed the temple in eighty seventy. Now Moreover the book of Hebrews. Anticipated the destruction of the earthly temple in seventy eighty. And as a result. It directed its readers to the reality of the heavenly temple where Jesus himself ministers. And you can read about this in Hebrews. Eight one to five. If it couldn't be the earthly sanctuary. It must be the heavenly sanctuary. And that's what. Needed cleansing. And this cleansing. Apparently began an eight hundred forty four. How could the sanctuary in the Heaven of all places. Need cleansing. That help us understand this. We need to understand the function. And the significance of the heavenly sanctuary the same surely functions. A lot like a pair of eyeglasses. You know. Eyeglasses of course. Help a person who's wearing them to more accurately determine what they are viewing. A correct understanding of the heavenly sanctuary. Helps us to interpret the Great. Doctrines and themes of the Bible. And so at this point. I would like us to look at. Areas. The heavenly sanctuary. Helps us to understand that. Which the little horn. Has greatly distorted. Those three things are spiritual salvation and worship. So let's talk about spirituality in. Daniel eight verses eleven to thirteen the little horn cast down the place of God's sanctuary. It took away the daily and cast the truth to the ground. Now in last week's show we mentioned that the Little Horn of Daniel eight. Grew out of one of the four horns that came up in the place of Alexander the Great. The why Stern Greeks of Italy. Make up that little horn. That eventually grew into Papal Rome. Now a great deal of Christianity has been negatively affected by the influence of western Greek philosophers. Such as. Parma needs. Whose ideas were systematized through Socrates Plato and Aristotle. According to their principles. Ultimate Reality is timeless. Now. Don't be confused. This is a technical philosophical term. That simply means that ultimate reality does not consist of time or space. Because they don't exist. Now. Don't be confused. Here's what happened. Philo gins in the early and medieval church began to assume this definition of ultimate reality. And applied it to God and to heaven. And so if that just kind of doesn't make sense. Here's the important result. Since the sanctuary is a spatial and temporal structure. A real structure. It is simply thought of in this new theology. As a spaceless reality. Which means. The sanctuary does not provide us with any useful information at all about spirituality. Salvation or worship. But my dear friends. By neglecting the central role of the heavenly sanctuary. The early and medieval church began to develop a theory of spirituality derives from Aristotle in which. During the Eucharist. The substance of the bread and wine is transformed the literally into the substance of the divine and human Son of God. And as a result. Spirituality the Real Presence of God. Literally becomes linked with the bread and wine and stead of with the high placed priestly ministry of Jesus Christ. Who is in the literal. Heavenly sanctuary. But then this. Greek philosophical concept was also linked with salvation. You see a person had no hope of salvation. Without partaking of the Real Presence within the Eucharist. One of the early church fathers referred to the Eucharist. As the medicine. Of Immortality. And this principle has provided many Protestant denominations. In addition to all of that. Many Christians today experience. What they believe is the real presence by combining the Eucharist. With many variations and styles of music in the corporate worship service. And so in this way they have come to believe that. Music is synonymous with the real presence of coffee in much the same way. The real presence was synonymous with the Eucharist. However in Exodus twenty five eight God said these words. Let them make me a sanctuary. That I may do well among them. You see this means that God's presence is understood. In the context of the sanctuary. And that he is able to do well in a spatial temporal structure in a real structure. John one verse fourteen. The Apostle states this. And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us. Not only did God do well with his people in the sanctuary of old. But John tells us. He actually became flesh which means that he has taken upon himself. A reality. He did not previously possess. And not only that but because he carried his human nature. Into the heavenly sanctuary. And he will retain it there forever. He is able to sympathize with us as human beings. All of this. Yes is impossible. According to the principles and methods of Greek philosophy that came in through the little whore. You see or courting to Aristotle. God is the Unmoved Mover. Who cannot act in any historical sequence of time. And is this understanding of the real presence from Greek philosophy. That is completely incompatible with Jesus Christ. As he is revealed in the incarnation. And in the spatial temporal structure of the heavenly sanctuary. You see the heavenly sanctuary is the place where Christ. His real presence. Abides. He's alive. And he invites us to come before him and enter into relationship with him. And that personal encounter. Leads us into the true spirituality of his abiding presence. When the principles of the law of God as a part of the new covenant. Experience. Are written on our hearts and our minds. And here's the key. Spirituality is the reality that Christ is in heaven. And not in some bread and wine or in some music. As the little horn suggests. He is real and Christ wants us to live and live. So he can live in us. Having the Holy Spirit implant in us. His loss. Into our hearts into our minds. Instead of those who are low. Led by the philosophies of the Little Horn. Who teach that Christ must be in us. As an essential or substantial way. Similarly to how he is in the Eucharist. And how he is in music. You see my friends the little horn. Attack the heavenly sanctuary first by relegating the heavenly sanctuary. To an insignificant relic. That has no meaning by denying the Bible and accepting Greek philosophy. Second. Instead of directing people to come to Christ. For forgiveness and grace. In the heavenly sanctuary. The mass and the earthly priestly system. Have eclipsed. Christ School role in those areas. And third through a system of corporate worship and spirituality that as soon as the Real Presence is in music and not in heaven. And so the heavenly sanctuary needed to be cleansed from the attacks of the little for my dear friends Jesus is real he to wells in the same sure that he invites you to come to him in Hebrew. Chapter four verses. Fourteen to sixteen. This is what the Bible promises. Seeing then that we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens. Jesus the Son of God Bless hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses but was in all points of did as we are yet. Without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace. That we may obtain mercy and find grace. To help in a time of need when a powerful promise. Let's pray. Heavenly Father. We are so thankful that Jesus is real in a real sanctuary and wants to minister to us in a very real way. Thank you so much we pray in Jesus' name amen. Friend I hope you enjoyed the program today. I want to offer you the book of the great hope. The great hope is going to be a book that talks about Jesus. In the real sanctuary who wants to have a real relationship with you. It also go over some of these prophecies. If you like to receive today's offer here is the information that you need to request today's offer. Just log on to W W W dot. It is written canada dot ca That's W W W dot. It is written canada dot ca and select the T.V. Program tab for Canadian viewers. The offer will be sent free and postage paid for viewers outside of Canada. Shipping charges will apply. If you prefer. You may call toll free at one eight eight eight. Call. That's one eight eight eight. Call Call any time lines are open twenty four hours daily. That's one eight eight eight call. Or if you wish. You may write to us at. It is written. Box twenty ten. Oshawa Ontario. L one age seventy four. My dear friends Jesus is in the real sanctuary. Ministry. On your behalf. A invites you to come boldly to him and. There you can meet grace and mercy. I hope you enjoyed today's program I invite you to join us again next week. Until then remember. It is written. Man shall not live by bread alone. But by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.

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