In Daniel 8, there has been much speculation concerning the 2300 days mentioned in verse 14. I have speculated that this most likely refers to 2300 evening-morning sacrifices making the period of time only 1150 days. However, Fred Butler at Hip and Thigh has a plausible view, if his dates are correct.
For those of you who are familiar with the desecration involved with Antiochus Epiphanes, there was another event that preceded this. Josephus proves unreliable on this point, so I looked it up in 2 Maccabees 4. Antiochus was a part of the murder of Onias III which Fred believes occurred in 170BC. It was at this point that the priesthood was assumed by someone wholly unqualified for the position, and then resulted in the persecution of the orthodox Jews a couple of years later. Here is Fred’s take on the matter:
Taking the 2,300 as really 24 hour days indicates a period of six years and almost four months. Starting at Dec. 14, 164 B.C. as the termination point and adding 2,300 days, the beginning of the persecution is the fall of 170 B.C. Something significant marked the starting point: the murder of Onias III, a former high priest by the order of Menelaus, a high priest appointed by Antiochus. From that point on, Antiochus led a persecution against the Jews that continued until the Maccabees rededicated the temple and when the holiday of Hanukkah was established. Thus, the 2,300 days are not a reference only to the end of the sacrifice, but the entire period of the little horn’s persecution of God’s people.
So if Fred has the dates correct, this could present a more comprehensive view of Antiochus’ reign of terror over the Jews in Daniel 8. When Gabriel tells Daniel that the little horn trampled some of the stars to the ground, the murder of Onias III would have been one of the first. Then when revealing that after the 2300 evening-mornings (days), the sanctuary will be restored, we could have the idea that the entire “holy things” (qodesh) will be made right, including the priesthood which was skewn when Menelaus bribed his way into the position of high priest. Perhaps my view of the evening-morning sacrifices should be reconsidered.
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