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Revelation 10 and Daniel's Little Book, Part 1

Stephen Bohr

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Stephen Bohr

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  • May 28, 2010
    2:15 PM
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I will give you a birds eye view of what I will be studying in the next six sessions. It has a chronological synthesis of what we are going to take a look at here this class. We are going to NOT study separate subjects. We are going to build at each session on what was taught in the previous sessions, so in other words you need to plan to be here all the way through or else you're only going to have half of the story. I'd like to underline also that what we are going to study is very much in depth, it is not a study on Daniel 2 which we know very well, it’s a complex subject so it will be helpful if you have some knowledge particularly of the prophecy of Daniel 8 eight and the prophecies of Daniel 2 and 7, 8 and 9, and 11 and 12.  

I’d just like to say before we get into our material that you have in your syllabus what we are going to be studying, that should make it easier for you.

Today we are going to study about Daniel's Little Book. I’m going to follow the material very closely that you have in your syllabus and I'll add a few thoughts here and there but I’ve written it out so that you have it there for future reference so that you can continue studying it.

Before we get into our study I would like to ask all of you to remember to pray for our University in the country of Venezuela. I just finished the week of prayer there and got home on Tuesday, I was there last week. as you know Venezuela him as a president that was elected constitutionally however he'd become a dictator in office and he has expropriated several pieces of land that belong to rich people right around our school and there are all sorts of rumors swirling around that he's about to lay hands on our university and expropriate it. basically what that means is the government comes in with troops and they steal the school and then they give it to the poor people in the community and also it's basically Robin Hood 's stealing from the rich to give to the poor. Let's pray that the Lord will put his protecting hand on our school. It has about 1200 university students. It is a  phenomenally beautiful school I have several hundred pictures in my phone if you would like to look at them. Wonderful people wonderful students but we need to pray that the Angels will stand guard over our University and that it will continue to function to prepare young people to share the gospel.

Now let’s have a brief word of prayer and then we’ll get right into our material.

Father in heaven, thank you for the privilege of being here at ARME, there is no better place to be in the world, We thank you Father for the spirit of fellowship for the spirit of love that we have sensed here at this place. We ask Lord that as we study these very intense prophecies that Your Holy Spirit will be with us to instruct us. Give us understanding Father, and not only understanding but also give us willing hearts to realize that we are people of destiny that you've chosen to share your end-time message with the world and we thank you Father for hearing us for answering our prayer for we ask it in the precious name of Jesus amen.

What I’d like to finish today if possible is the first section of your syllabus which is titled Daniel's Little Book. We’re going to follow the material quite closely and as we go along I might add something here and there.

The book of Daniel is actually two books in one. The book of Daniel contains actually two books and I believe that the first book is contained in Daniel 1 through 7. That is a complete unit in itself, Daniel chapter 1 through 7. These seven chapters are organized in what is known as a chiastic structure. I want you to examine a candelabrum that has of course three branches.

We’ll make Daniel chapter 1 the foundation, or the introductory chapter.

Daniel chapters 2 and 7 deal with the same subject matter. Daniel 2 deals with metals and Daniel 7 covers the same material using beasts, they have the same theme.

Daniel chapters 3 and 6 have a very close thematic link. In Daniel 3 has persecution of the three young men over worship, and Daniel 6 has persecution of Daniel because of worship. There is a different nuance there. Actually these two stories illustrate the establishment clause and the free exercise clause of our Constitution.

In Daniel 3 the civil power is trying to establish religion. In other words that is saying you have to worship this way. In Daniel 6 it is a little different because the king is forbidding the free exercise of religion. He is saying you can’t pray for a period of thirty days to anyone else.

This clearly illustrates what happens when the civil power establishes religion and prevents the free exercise of religion; and that's why I say that the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States was almost divinely inspired, I believe, because the First Amendment not only guarantees that Congress will not make a law establishing religion or forbidding the free exercise of religion; but also the First Amendment contains full civil rights. It continues by saying that people have freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, freedom of the press, and freedom to request that the government redress grievances. Really you have in the First Amendment the two horns like a lamb that are mentioned in Revelation 13:11. So these two chapters are very closely linked.

Daniel chapters 4 and 5 are also closely linked because they deal with the fall of Babylon and Babylon’s leader. In Daniel 4 you have the fall of the leader, Nebuchadnezzar, because of his pride. In Daniel 5 you have the fall of the kingdom because of the pride of another king Belshazzar.

Basically what we have in Daniel chapters 1 through 7 is a complete unit in itself.

Daniel chapters 8 through 12 is another unit in itself. You are probably aware of the fact that Daniel 8 through 12 is Hebrew and Daniel 2:4 approximately through Daniel 7 is in Aramaic. That itself shows that this is a distinction between Daniel 2 through 7 and Daniel 8 through 12.

The first part of Daniel is what I call the first book within the book of Daniel. We are not going to talk about this particular book, we are going to talk about the second book; about the book that is found in Daniel chapter 8 through 12. Having said that, I would like to say that the last portion of Daniel 7 introduces the second book in the book of Daniel. It introduces the judgment aspect. You'll notice in your material that I have review Daniel 7 with its emphasis on the sequence of powers. I will do this quickly, in Daniel 7 we have

a lion representing Babylon,

a bear representing Medo-Persia

a leopard representing Greece

a dragon beast representing Rome

Then that dragon beast sprouts ten horns what does that represent the fact that Rome was divided into ten kingdoms by the barbarian invasions.

Then among the ten you have a little horn than rules 1260 years, representing papal Rome.

Papal Rome falls in 1798.

Immediately after speaking about the work of the little horn we have this passage in

Daniel 7:9-10 it says, Thrones were put in place and the ancient of days and was seated, His garment was white as snow and the hairs of his head were like pure wool. His throne was a fiery flame its wheels of burning fire. A fiery stream issued and came forth from before Him, a thousand, thousand ministered unto him ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him,

and then it says,

The court was seated the books were opened.

Where is the scene taking place? It’s taking place in heaven where the Angels are. 10,000 x 10,000 and 1000’s of 1000’s. This is taking place in the presence of God. Now is this taking place after 1798? Sure because the immediately preceding verses speak about the work of the Little Horn for 1260 years, so this has to be happening after 1798 but is it happening before the second coming of Jesus? Absolutely notice Daniel 7:13-14. The father moves into the Most Holy place and there the judgment sits, the books are opened. Now Jesus comes. It says in

Daniel 7:13 I was watching in the night visions and behold one like the Son of Man coming with the clouds of heaven. Of course the Millerites they didn’t read it real carefully because the clouds of heaven meant the second coming of Jesus according to their way of thinking, but clearly the text says, he came where? He came to the Ancient of Days. Where did the Ancient of Days go?  Into the Most Holy Place, and they brought him there before him then to Him was given dominion and glory and the kingdom that all peoples, nations and languages should serve him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion which shall not pass away and his kingdom the one which shall not be destroyed.

Very clearly in Daniel 7 we have two clear points of time with regard to the judgment. The first point of time is when the Father goes into the judgment chamber, sits, the books are opened and then Jesus comes to where the Father went in heaven and you begin the investigative phase of the judgment in heaven. Then Daniel 7:14 says that a kingdom is given to Jesus, that His Kingdom would last forever and it would be of universal extension. That takes place when? At the second coming of Jesus Christ.

So very clearly in the last part of Daniel 7 you see that the judgment is not one event as is assumed by most Christians. To most Christians the judgment is when Jesus comes to punish the wicked and to take his people home. The Adventist church is unique in the sense that we believe that before the executive segment of the judgement you have an investigative stage of the judgment. The last portion of Daniel 7 makes it very clear that you have one part of the judgment in heaven where the Father and Jesus are, They're opening the books to examine the records and then you have the moment when Jesus Christ is given the kingdom and he established a kingdom that will rule forever and it will be universal in extension.

That is the introduction to the second book in the book of Daniel, the proportion that deals with the judgment. Notice Daniel 12:4 it says here, But you Daniel, shut up the words and seal the book. Which book is this talking about? All of the book of Daniel? No, this is talking about the book within the book, the portion that has to do with the judgment. That's what we are going to take a look at. It wasn’t going to be sealed forever, no, it says, but you Daniel shut up the words and seal the book until. Is there a point after which the book is going to be open? Of course until the time of the end, many shall run to and fro and knowledge shall increase.

What I want us to study in the next few minutes is that this book, which was sealed until the time of the end is not the totality of the book of Daniel. It is the portion of Daniel that has to do with the 2300 days and the judgment. We’re going to give four reasons for this.

You will notice here in your material I have them written out it's very important that we understand what we are going to study in the next few minutes and what we are going to study in the second session because Revelation chapter 10 deals with this same book. Unless we understand what the central theme of the book is, we’re not going to really understand what's going on in Revelation chapter 10 because Revelation 10 is the time of the end when the book is unsealed. See Daniel 12:4 says close the book, seal it until the time of the end, but at the time of the end the book is going to be unsealed and knowledge is going to be increased. The question is where does the Bible tell us that that book was unsealed? In Revelation chapter 10 it speaks about a little book that was opened and the angel descends from heaven with the book open in his hand. That is the moment when the little book is opened. Unless we know what the little book contains we’re not really going to know the meaning of the opening of the little book in Revelation chapter 10.

I'm going to give you four reasons why this little book is not the totality of the book of Daniel. It is only the portion of Daniel that has to do with the 2300 days and the Investigative Judgment.

There is evidence that Daniel chapters 1 through 7 notice everything except the investigative judgment scene of Daniel 7:13-14 was understood to a great degree long before the time of the end. Notice for example, the words of an early church father, his name is Hippolytus, and he wrote in the third century. Was that a long time before the time of the end? I would say so, at least 1600 years. Notice what he had to say, can you tell me if he was on target, tell me if he understood Daniel 2 and Daniel 7.

In speaking of a Lioness from the sea, Daniel meant the rising of the kingdom of Babylon and this was the golden head of the image. Then after the lioness he sees a second beast like a bear which signified the Persians, for after the Babylonians the Persians obtained the power. In saying that it had three ribs in its mouth, he pointed to the three nations Persians, Medes and Babylonians which were represented in the image by the Silver after the Gold. Then comes the third beast, the leopard, which means the Greeks. For after the  Persians, Alexander of Macedon have the power when Darrius was overthrown which was also indicated by the Brass in the image and in saying that the beast had four wings of a foul and four heads he shown most clearly how the kingdom of Alexander was parted into four divisions.

So far so good?

For in speaking of four heads he meant the four kings that arose out of it, for Alexander when dying divided his kingdom into four parts. Then he says the fourth beast was dreadful and terrible it had iron teeth and claws of Brass. Who then are meant by this but the Romans whose kingdom, the kingdom that still stands is expressed by the Iron, for says he, it’s legs are Iron.

Did he understand clearly the sequence of powers in Daniel 7? Absolutely, even the four heads of the leopard are the four divisions of Alexander's empire. So this portion of Daniel, obviously was not some kind of secret at that time, it was clearly understood. Now you say but what about the final portion of this dream? Let's read another statements that this same author wrote.

Let us look at what is before us more carefully and scan it, as it were with open eyes.

The Golden head of the image is identical with the lioness by which the Babylonians were represented.

The golden shoulders and arms of silver on the same with the bear, by which the Persians and Medes are meant.

The belly and thighs of brass are the leopard by which the Greeks who ruled from Alexander onwards are intended.

The legs of iron are the dreadful and terrible beast by which the Romans who hold the empire now are meant.

The toes of clay and iron are the ten horns which are to be.

He is writing before the barbarian invasions, by the way, and then he says:

The one other little horn springing up in the midst is the antichrist.

The stone that smites the image of breaks it in pieces and filled the whole earth is Christ who comes from heaven and brings judgment on the world.

Did he understand Daniel 7 quite well? Absolutely but if you notice carefully what he is saying, there is one thing which he did not understand. He says that the stone that strikes the image on its feet represents the fact that Jesus comes from heaven and brings judgment on the world in other words, for him the judgment is when? At the second coming of Christ. He missed one point and that is that before the second coming of Christ there is going to be a judgment that will take place in heaven. So was Daniel 2 and 7 understood, everything except the judgment aspect? Absolutely it was understood but the judgment aspect, that there was going to be an investigative judgement in heaven before the second coming of Christ was not understood. Even some portions of Daniel 8-12 that were fulfilled before the time of the end could be understood before that time. Now there are portions of Daniel 8-12 that were fulfilled before the time of the end. Even those portions could be understood. For example, do you think that people understood the meaning of the ram and the he goat before the time of the end? It says so in Daniel 8, what they mean. It says it represents the Medes and Prussians and the Greeks, very clearly. Could the prophecy of the seventy weeks be understood before the time of the end? Of course, Jesus said, the time is fulfilled. He was referring to the prophecy of the seventy weeks. The Jews could look back, and many of them did who accepted Christ and they could see that the destruction of Jerusalem was a final fulfillment of the prophecy of the seventy weeks. So even though Daniel nine is in the book that has to do with the judgment, that portion that was fulfilled historically could be understood. It is the portion about the judgment this “second’ book in Daniel so to speak, Daniel 8-12 all of the references that it has, like the 70 weeks and the ram and the goat have one purpose. That one purpose is to speak about the investigative judgement, and that portion could not be understood. In fact much of the earlier portions of Daniel 11 could be understood. You are probably aware of the fact that there was a pagan philosophe by the name of Porfirio who entertained a debate with Tertullian one of the early church fathers. Basically what Porfirio said is that Daniel 11 could not have been written in the sixth century, he said because the history that it depicts of Greece and the Roman Empire is too precise to have been written 400 years before it happened. So many evangelical scholars even Pretorists have picked up on that and they say, yeah it was too precise of a history and so they say that Daniel was written by an unknown author in the second century BC. We don’t believe that, we believe that Daniel was prophetic. But it's interesting that this portion of Daniel 11, the historical portion could be understood, even by pagan philosopher before the time of the end.

The first reason why the totality of the book of Daniel was not sealed until the time of the end is because a good portion of the book of Daniel could be understood before the time of the end. Seventy weeks could be understood, much of Daniel 11 could be understood, Daniel 2 and Daniel 7 could be understood. There is one aspect which was sealed until its fulfillment and that was the portion having to do with 2300 days and the judgment.

Secondly, I would like us to notice that Ellen White understood this. Ellen White was very precise in her theological interpretations. I've read many commentaries on Daniel 12:4 and basically most of the commentaries say the book that was sealed until the time is the book of Daniel. Ellen White didn’t make that mistake. She was more precise. Let’s notice a few statements here.

The first statement Acts of the Apostles page 585 she says, “In the Revelation all the books of the Bible need an end. Here is the complement of the book of the Daniel. One is a prophecy the other a revelation.” Now listen carefully. “The book that was sealed is not the  revelation, but that portion of the prophecy of Daniel relating to the last days.” What is a portion? A part, that's right, “that portion of the prophecy of Daniel relating to the last days.” and then notice the verse that she quotes. “The angel commanded that thou oh Daniel, shut up the words and seal the book even to the time of the end.” Which portion of Daniel is sealed until the time of the end? That portion of the prophecy that has to do with the last days. Very clearly. We are going to show that Ellen White was right in our next point absolutely right and I’m sure she didn’t sit down to do all the methodical study that we're going to do in a few moments but it's interesting that her interpretation is right in-line with it and because she was inspired. It’s just that simple. The more I study the Spirit of Prophecy the more I marvel at and how this woman wrote as matter of fact these things, she didn't study them all out, she didn’t study the literary structure and all these things. She just wrote it matter of fact, because she was being guided by the Spirit of God. Notice the next statement is found in the GC 355 Ellen White says “The message of salvation has been preached in all ages, but this message” she is speaking about the First Angels Message, the hour of His judgment has come. “but this message is a part of the gospel which could be proclaimed only in the last days.” Of course, why? Well because how could you preach the hour of his judgment has come before it came? You could only preach it when it came, right? She continues saying, “for only then would it be true that the hour of His judgment had come. The prophecies present a succession of events” now this is a key portion, “the prophecies present a succession of events leading down to the opening of the judgment.” Let me ask you those succession of events, can much of that be understood?  The succession of events that lead to the judgment. Sure, seventy weeks, ram, he goat, Daniel 2, Daniel 7. The succession of events that lead up to be understood but that judgment could only be understood when you get there. She continues saying, listen carefully, “This is especially true of the book of Daniel. But that part of his prophecy” what is a part? A part right? “that part of his prophecy which related to the last days Daniel was bidden to close up and seal unto the time of the end. Not till we reach this time could a message concerning the judgment be proclaimed based on the fulfillment of these prophecies.” But at the time of the end, notice her quotation again, “but at the time of the end” says the prophet, “many shall run to and fro and knowledge shall be increased.” Knowledge of what? Knowledge of the Little Book. Which particular aspect of the little book? The aspect relating to the last days the aspect having to do with the investigative judgment.

Then, The Desire of Ages page 234 Ellen White says “The words of the angel to Daniel relating to the last days were to be understood in the time of the end.” Which part of Daniel was to be understood in the time of the end? The whole book? No, the portion that relates to the last days, and then she quotes the same verse again. “At that time many shall run to and fro and knowledge shall be increased, the wicked shall do wickedly and none of the wicked shall understand but the wise shall understand.” Those who are presently turning them back on the Seventh Day Adventist church and rejecting the judgment hour message and those outside the church that criticize and tear down this message, I guess they would be classified with the wicked, according to this this. It says the wicked shall do wickedly and none of the wicked shall understand. But the wise shall understand. Who are the wise according to this text from Daniel? The wise are those who understand the judgment hour message.

In Manuscript Releases volume 1 page 99 Ellen White says this, “The unsealing of a Little Book” that's in Revelation 10, “the unsealing of the Little Book was the message in relation to time.” Which time is she referring to when she says that it was the message related to time? She is speaking about the 2300 day prophecy, so let me ask you, does the unsealing of the Little Book have anything to do with the prophecy of the 2300 days, unto 2300 days and the sanctuary be cleansed?  That has to do with the judgment. So when is the book unsealed? When the hour of God's judgment arrives. One final statement, this one is quite specific she says, “Honored by men with the responsibilities of states and with the secrets of kingdoms bearing universal sway, Daniel was honored by God as his ambassador and was given many revelations of the mysteries of ages to come. His wonderful prophecies as recorded by him in chapters 7 through 12 of the book bearing his name were not fully understood even by the prophet himself, but before his life labor's closed he was the blessed assurance that at the end of the days, in the closing period of this world's history he would again be permitted to stand in his lot in place” of course this is not Daniel in person but through his writing, through his book. She continues saying, “It was not given him to understand all that God had revealed of the divine purpose.” Notice the quotation again, “Shut up the words and seal the book, he was directed concerning his prophetic writings, these were to be sealed even to the time of the end. Go thy way Daniel, the angel once more direct of the faithful messenger of Jehovah, for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end. Go thou thy way till the end be for thou shalt rest and stand in thy lot at the end of the days” Do you notice the number of times that she quotes verses where it says, even to the time of the end, the time of the end, at the end of the days? In other words, the sealing of the Little Book has to do with the aspect having to do with the judgment. There are two reason, so far why the book that was sealed is not the totality of the book of Daniel.

Number 1 because most of Daniel could be understood before the time of the end, as we’ve noticed.

Secondly, because the Spirit of Prophecy clearly says that it’s only a portion of Daniel that was sealed. The portion that was sealed is the last part that has to do with the scene of Jesus before his Father for the investigative judgment in heaven. The proportion having to do with the 2300 days and the cleansing of the sanctuary. That part of Daniel was sealed until the time of the end because only at the time of the end when the judgment was transpiring could people understand its meaning.

Now let's go to reason number 3. This is the one that is going to take us a little bit longer to cover. I hope that at least your well-versed in the contents of Daniel chapters 8 through 12 because we’re not going to go into it in detail, we’re not going to read a lot of verses. I just want you to have the global picture to set the stage for our study of Revelation chapter 10 starting tomorrow.

The internal evidence, here we are going to prove that what Ellen White said was right. That is what we always should do with the Spirit of Prophecy, right? I work both ways, sometimes I'll read something in the writings of Ellen White and I'll wonder where in the world did she get that from. You know what I do? I don't do like a lot of people do, they say, “Oh, she adds to the Bible, you can’t trust what she says, see that’s not in the Bible.” No, she challenges me and I read and say now Ellen White, where did you get this from? What do you do when you have that question?  You go to all of her writings. Right? You go to try and amplify it to find out a little bit better what the Biblical foundation is. So you go to the rest of her writings to see if she clarifies and then you go to Scripture to find the scriptural foundation for what she is saying.

I've also had at work the other way, I’ll be reading Scripture and I'll say “I wonder what Ellen White has to say about this text. So I go and look at what Ellen White has to say, and she sheds a huge amount of light on that text of scripture, and then she sends me back to Scripture to refine and to amplify even more. So we never stay in Ellen White. We go to Ellen White, we go to the Bible, we go to the Bible we go to Ellen White. We double check and we make sure that they are both on the same page and I can honestly say that they always are on the same page if we are careful in our study.

Notice reason number 3. The internal evidence than is found in Daniel 8-12 proves beyond any doubt that this is the Little Book that was sealed until the time of the end. Let’s take these chapters one by one to see how their content is related to the 2300 days and the judgement and of course we will start with Daniel 8. In this chapter the 2300 day prophecy is introduced. Of course there is a framework for that. The chapter begins with the time of the kingdom of Persia, a ram right? Remember the ram, that is the kingdom of Persia, the chapter itself says so.  

Then it continues with Greece that's the he goat. The he goat has a large horn on it’s forehead, what does that mean? It was Alexander the Great. That horn is broken off, in other words Alexander the Great passes. Then what comes out of the head? Four horns, the four divisions of Alexander's empire.  So you have the vision of Daniel 8 begins in Persia, by the way doesn't begin and Medo Persia it begins in Persia. it's interesting that the Medes and Persians were a dual kingdom but the Medes only last a very short period of time and then the rest were Persian rulers. That squares perfectly with the picture of Daniel 8-12. It mentions Persia, Persia, Persia, it doesn’t mention Medo Persia any more like it does in Daniel 5 when Babylon fell. So the book of Daniel is very precise.  [question asked] A: Yes, the kings of the Medes and Persians, that’s correct, but as you go from Daniel 8 forward for example when you get to Daniel 11:2 it says three kings shall yet rise in Persia. At that time the Medes have actually disappeared in history. All of the rulers of that came towards the end of the dynasty were Persians only a very few at the very beginning were actually Meads. By the way, it says that the largest one comes out last, right? The ram had what? Two horns but the largest one came out last. What would the last one be? It would be the Persians, they took the ascendancy in the power.

The chapter begins in the time a Persia continues with Greece, then the four divisions of Greece, then the chapter goes pagan then papal Rome. Is it following the same sequence as Daniel 2 and Daniel 7? Absolutely all the way down to the conclusion of the 2300 days when the process of the cleansing of the sanctuary will begin. After the ram, after the he goat, after the four horns, after the Little Horn in it’s pagan and papal phase. Then the question is asked, until when is this vision going to last? By the way the vision covers the whole thing, it covers from the ram all the way till the cleansing of the sanctuary. How long is this vision going to be, is the question. Then the answer is given unto 2300 evenings and mornings the sanctuary shall be cleansed. In other words this vision includes the ram, the he goat, the four horns, the Little Horn in it’s pagan and papal phase all the way up to the time when the question is answered, unto 2300 days and the sanctuary shall be cleansed. It’s a long period for the vision right? It is the whole vision of Daniel 8.

There are four differences between the prophecies of Daniel 8 and then those of Daniel 2 and 7.

First: While in Daniel 2 and 7 the prophetic series begins with the kingdom of Babylon, the gold and the lion. In Daniel eight there is no symbol for the kingdom of Babylon. The usual argument given for this difference is that the kingdom of Babylon is about the pass away. Have you heard that argument? You know the reason why Babylon isn’t mentioned is because Babylon is about to be history. Well the fact is that this chapter was written 12 years before the fall of the kingdom of Babylon. We need to be more specific as to the reason that Babylon is not mentioned. The primary reason is not because Babylon is about to disappear from history. There is a much more powerful reason that proves the year day principle by the way, and we’re going to notice that in a little while.

Second point. The second difference between Daniel 2 and 7 and Daniel 8. Second in contrast to Daniel 7 the beasts that are used in Daniel 8 are domestic sanctuary animals.  That's interesting. What kind of beasts do you have in Daniel 7? You have predators, a lion, a bear, a leopard, a dragon beast the ravenous wild beasts. But in Daniel 8 it’s different you have to beasts and they are sanctuary beasts. But much more than sanctuary beasts, the ram was used in the daily services and the he goat was used in the yearly service. These two beasts are chosen purposely. You know they could have chosen bulls, because bulls were offered or they could have chosen pidgins they could have chosen other kinds of animals that were offered. @40.14 But God chose to reveal to Daniel two sanctuary animals, a ram and a he goat. The ram being the animal that was offered morning and evening in the daily service and the he goat which was offered on the Day of Atonement. This strongly hints that the central theme of Daniel 8 is the daily and yearly services of the sanctuary and basically the theme of Daniel 8 in a nutshell, is that the little horn took away the Daily. As a result God judges the Little Horn in the yearly. So basically you know in Daniel 8 it says that he took away the Daily. I know there is a big debate about the Daily in the Adventist church. Some people have made the Daily their gospel. The fact is that there is an interesting book that recently came out written by Heidi Heiks, who was an evangelist for many years with Hope International. The title of the book is 508 538 1798 1843 Source Book. I believe that he provides very clear documentation that ‘the taking away the Daily’ means the taking away of the daily administration of Jesus Christ in the Holy Place of the sanctuary. In other words the little horn usurped the priestly duties of Jesus Christ, he tried to take them away, and what is Jesus going to do because of that? What Jesus is going to do is, He is going to judge that Little Horn in the yearly service, in the investigative judgment, he is going to be found wanting.

Now, third. There is only one symbol in Daniel 8 for both pagan and papal Rome, a Little Horn. The horn first spreads out horizontally, East, South and Glorious Land, and then vertically to heaven. In other words it first extends first politically and then religiously. It is rather clear that the introduction of another beast into Daniel 8 to represent pagan Rome would have spoiled the symmetry of the chapter which emphasizes the two beasts of the Sanctuary service. So in other words, Daniel purposely chose, through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, two beasts, introduce another beast represent two different Rome’s because he wanted to emphasize the Sanctuary service. This chapter is dealing with the Daily and dealing with the Yearly service and of course the 2300 day prophecy deals specifically with the yearly service.

We’ve noticed first of all that the two chapters are different because there is no symbol for Babylon.

Secondly the difference is that you have sanctuary animals, two of them representing the Daily and the Yearly service,

Number three you have only one symbol for both pagan and papal Rome because He didn’t want to introduce another beast because that would ruin the theme that he is trying to get across and that is, that the center of this chapter has to do with the Daily and with the Day of Atonement service of the sanctuary.

Next session, we will go to our fourth point and we’ll take a look at Daniel 9 through 12. Don’t miss it because it's going to be really interesting.

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