Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep
those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand. Revelation 1:3


The 2,300-Day Prophecy

Lesson 22

Marking Code: TD
Marking Color: Orange
Key Text: Daniel 8:13,14


  1. Daniel 8:13, 14. In vision, Daniel heard that the sanctuary would be cleansed after 2,300 “days.”


Note: The 2,300-day prophetic period graphically outlines with unerring accuracy the very time when the Messiah was to arrive, the number of years He was to spend in ministry, the time of His crucifixion, and His inauguration as our High Priest in the heavenly sanctuary. The event takes place at the end of the 2,300 “days” is a vital interest to every human being. That is when the great judgment day begins and Christ carries out His final ministry for human beings.


  1. Daniel 8:1-27. Daniel saw in the vision the rise and fall of empires – Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece, and Rome. He saw the rise of a religious-political power that would trample on God’s people, the sanctuary, its priesthood, sacrifice, and altar. Daniel raises the crucial question: “How long will truth be trampled to the ground?” The answer is for 2,300 days-and then the sanctuary will be cleansed.


  1. Numbers 14:34. In Bible time prophecies, a prophetic “day” equals a literal year of actual time.


  1. Daniel 9:1-3, 20-24. An angel explains to Daniel that 70 weeks-490 years-were to be “cut off” from the 2,300 days as probationary time for the Jewish nation.


  1. Daniel 9:25. The 70 weeks and the 2,300 days were to begin with the command to restore and rebuild Jerusalem. Artaxerxes issued this decree in 457 B.C.


Ezra 6:14; 7:7; 11-13.


  1. Daniel 9:25. The 70 weeks were to be subdivided into seven weeks and 62 weeks. Seven weeks-49 years-from 457 B.C. brings us to 408 B.C., when the temple at Jerusalem was rebuilt.


  1. Daniel 9:25. Messiah the Prince was to come after 69 weeks-483 years. This would extend to the year A.D. 27. Jesus was anointed by His baptism in autumn of A.D. 27 exactly on time with the prophecy!


Mark 1:14, 15. Jesus began His ministry by saying that the “time is fulfilled”-the time predicted by the prophecy of Daniel for the Messiah to appear.

Acts 10:37, 38. Jesus was anointed at His baptism.

  1. Daniel 9:26, 27. One week-seven years-still remained for the Jewish nation. This would be the period from A.D. 27 to A.D. 34. Messiah was to be cut off and cause the sacrifice to cease in the “middle of the week.” Jesus was crucified in the spring of A.D. 31-exactly three-and-a-half years from His baptism in the autumn of A.D. 27.


Note:  There would be 1,810 more years until the end of the 2,300-year prophecy, at which time Christ was to leave the first room (the Holy Place) of the heavenly sanctuary and begin His final ministry for humanity in the second room (the Most Holy Place). Adding 1,810 years to A.D. 34 brings us to A.D. 1844. According to the prophecy of Daniel 8:13, 14, this date marks the beginning of the “cleansing” of the sanctuary-or the judgment in heaven.


  1. Hebrews 9:11-15. This cleansing-or work of judgment-takes place in the sanctuary in heaven.




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