The understanding of the 2,300 days being counted as years begins with a
better understanding of the Jewish wedding. The bridegroom
(in a Jewish wedding) comes at a day and hour determined by the father of the
groom. After the groom comes for his bride, he takes her to the bridal chamber
which he has prepared. They go into the bridal chamber for seven days or one
week. The Hebrew word used for this week is shavuah. Shavuah means a
"seven", and can mean seven days or seven years. An example of this word being
used can be found in Daniel 9:24 and 25. This is where the converting of days
to years was first understood in prophecy - with Daniel's vision of seventy
Going back now to the 2,300 days of Daniel contained in chapter 8, I find the content of verse 26
Daniel 8:26...And the vision of the evening
and the morning which was told is true: wherefore shut thou up the vision;
for it shall be for many days.
The first thing to notice here is that Daniel is told that his vision of
the evening and the morning was true. Since the vision which was told
and explained in the previous verses did not include one about the evening
and the morning, then I must take this as being a separate vision concerning
the method of counting a day. Remember, in Genesis, each day is described as
- "and the evening and the morning were the first day (etc.). This vision is
the one that Daniel is told to shut up (not reveal or write about). This
verse then, also points to another meaning of a "day" in this vision of
things which will take 2,300 days to come to an end. It would further
indicate that it was meant to be understood as literal days during that time
Through the playing out of history we (today) know that the seventy weeks
of Daniel's later vision was weeks of years (one day equals a year). With this
knowledge we can go back to the earlier vision (related to the 2,300 days) and
apply the same principle. If this method is not correct then I would wonder:
Why then do the 6,000 years and the 2,300 days of years come to an end exactly
seven years apart - the exact length of the tribulation? It's as though we
are being given bookends (events) to mark the beginning and the end of Daniel's
On a final note, there is a pattern of items being
counted as days of years (one day equals one year). Examples:
- Daniels seventy weeks of years.
- The Antichist's covenant of peace with Israel for one week.
- Daniels 2,300 days of years.
In all fairness to those who have a different view, these are just my
findings and conclusions; thus only time will tell for sure.
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