“Then I heard one saint speaking to another saint, and another saint said unto that certain saint which spoke, ‘How long shall be the vision concerning the daily sacrifice, and the transgression of desolation, to give both the sanctuary and the host to be trodden underfoot?’ And he said to me, ‘Unto two thousand and three hundred days; then shall the sanctuary be cleansed.'” – Daniel 8:13-14
“Moreover, when you shall divide by lot the land for inheritance, you shall offer an oblation to the Lord, a holy portion of the land… and it shall be the sanctuary and the most holy place.” – Ezekiel 45: 1& 3
In recent months, I have been taking our radio audience through the Book of Zechariah. Most recently, I have been dealing with the second section of Zechariah which is the ninth, tenth and eleventh chapters that cover the period from Alexander the Great through to Jesus Christ. The parallel eighth chapter of the Book of Daniel is the vision of the Ram and the He-Goat, or the clash between ancient Persia (Iran) and Greece. Bible scholars agree that Zechariah chapter nine starts with the path of Alexander the Great after the famous Battle of Issus in 333 BC.
I was sitting at my desk with my mind on other things, when suddenly a scripture in Daniel came to mind that 2300 prophetic days or 2300 literal years would lapse before the Temple of the Lord would be cleansed. Now I have learned that often the Spirit will speak to you “out of the clear blue sky” rather than when you are searching scripture or seeking revelation. I think it is because what you receive “spontaneously” is pure and untainted by your personal thinking.
The name translated “certain saint” in Daniel eight is Palomi, which means “The Wonderful Numberer” and should at least make us realize that the math isn’t going to be simple. Biblical prophecy does not start or end on an exact, specific date. There are multiple starting and ending dates; there are overlapping fulfillments. But one date we can be sure about in this prophecy is 333 BC when Alexander defeated Persia and established the first international, multi-cultural empire. Twenty three hundred prophetic “days” later we arrived at the initial starting date for the cleansing in 1967 AD, or the date of the Six Days War of Israel with Egypt, Jordan and Syria. If this is coincidence, it’s beyond credulity.
Israel’s Yitshak Rabin named the war, not for Israel, but with reference to the six days of creation. At the end of the war, Israel had taken the Gaza Strip, Sinai, West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Golan Heights. Conquests to the south almost took Israel to the southern limits of the Land of Promise. Much is said about the political and military significance of the war, but virtually nothing has been said about the Biblical and prophetic significance of the war. Much of what Israel achieved was undone by United Nations Security Council Resolution 242.
Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was speaking from the viewpoint of international political accommodation when she said there must be a Palestinian State. Others speak from an aeonian and eschatological prophecy viewpoint if they affirm there must be an oblation and cleansed sanctuary. Obviously both “musts” are mutually exclusive. One is based on the will of man, while the other on what Christians believe to be the Word of God. Both have their opponents and supporters.
However, it is curious, as we approach a Jubilee of years from the first physical fulfillment of promise related to the land, that a simple man of faith named Francis is starting to cleanse part of the spiritual sanctuary beginning with the Curia. It will be interesting to see what 2016-2017 brings forth.
By John G. Cathcart