Tuesday: Restoration of the Holy

Read Daniel 8:14. What happens at the end of the 2,300 “evenings and mornings”?

Image © Kim Justinen from GoodSalt.com

Image © Kim Justinen from GoodSalt.com

The phrase “evenings and mornings” reflects language from the Creation account that signifies a day (Gen. 1:5, 8, et cetera). It implies that God, using His own creative force, will counter the destructive activities of the horn and its host. The Creator causes a change of situation, which is actually called for by the question in Daniel 8:13.

The answer in Daniel 8:14 can be read as: “Until 2,300 evenings-mornings, then will the holy [sanctuary] be restored [cleansed].” A study of the terms that are parallel to “restore” (from the Hebrew word zdq) shows that it has three major meanings: in a relational context, it denotes restoration (Isa. 10:22); in the context of the sanctuary, it denotes cleansing or purification (Job 4:17, 25:4); and in a legal context, it denotes vindication (Job 34:5). The same verb is used for God’s intervention in judgment, when the righteous are vindicated, or declared to be righteous (1 Kings 8:32, Isa. 50:8). The word holy, used in Daniel 8:14 (often translated as “sanctuary”), is also used in association with holy people (Dan. 12:7). In fact, Daniel 8:24 makes it clear that the little horn power, like the little horn power in Daniel 7, attacks God’s “holy” people.

Thus, the restoration of the “holy” (or “sanctuary”) in Daniel 8:14 encompasses the solution to all the problems mentioned previously in the question. Not only will judgment be rendered against the little horn power, but the sanctuary will be cleansed, and God’s people and God’s sanctuary will be given their rightful state. This finds a parallel in what happened on the Levitical Day of Atonement (Lev. 16:20, 30).

The work of restoration in Daniel 8 equals the divine judgment in Daniel 7, where judgment was given in favor of the saints and against the evil little horn power.

The world needs to know that justice and judgment, as predicted in Daniel 8:14, will come and that now is the time to accept the salvation offered us in Jesus.

Read Revelation 14:6-7. How do these verses tie in directly with the judgment of Daniel 7 and the cleansing of the sanctuary in Daniel 8?



Tuesday: Restoration of the Holy — 3 Comments

  1. Dan. 8:14 answered the question on monday 'how long?' Its not to long any more because most of what the bible predict about the little horn are almost over so as part of God remnant and among the angels of Revelation 14 it is now time for you to tell people around you to fear God and give Him glory because judgment time is here let them know that it is time for them to worship the true God and on the rigth day (saturday).

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    Pls I need further understanding on the Last question of Tuesday's lesson.

  3. I get a fuller picture of what is happening even today as the great controversy is coming to an end. The historical events of Daniel 7 and 8 reveal a power who challenges the ministry of Christ in the heavenly sanctuary. It prospers as it introduces false worship practices. I love the fact that these prophecies (as well as Revelation) let us know that there is a judgment and God is now judging in favor of His people. In the end we are safe in Christ as He is given the kingdom and we reign with Him forever.

    Daniel 7:27 Then the kingdom and dominion, And the greatness of the kingdoms under the whole heaven,Shall be given to the people, the saints of the Most High. His kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, And all dominions shall serve and obey Him.’

    Revelation 14 describes events prior to the saints taking the kingdom too. It gives the cry from God's messengers (us) informing the world of a judgment taking place in heaven and warning the entire world to depart from deceptive spiritual practices and serve the God of heaven wholly.


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