The Taking Away of the Daily

What is the daily of Daniel and the vision of the daily sacrifices?

The “Daily” in Bible prophecy:

Daniel 8:11: 11 He even exalted himself as high as the Prince of the host; and by him the daily sacrifices were taken away, and the place of His sanctuary was cast down.

Daniel 8:12: 12 Because of transgression, an army was given over to the horn to oppose the daily sacrifices; and he cast truth down to the ground. He did all this and prospered.

Daniel 8:13: 13 Then I heard a holy one speaking; and another holy one said to that certain one who was speaking, “How long will the vision the daily sacrifices and the transgression of desolation, the giving of both the sanctuary and the host to be trampled underfoot?”

Daniel 11:31: 31 And forces[j] shall be mustered by him, and they shall defile the sanctuary fortress; then they shall take away the daily sacrifices, and place there the abomination of desolation.

Daniel 12:11: 11 “And from the time that the daily sacrifice is taken away, and the abomination of desolation is set up, there shall be one thousand two hundred and ninety days. 12 Blessed is he who waits, and comes to the one thousand three hundred and thirty-five days.

 

The Daily Sacrifice

Daniel 8 and 11 have been applied historically but a careful reading will show that neither one of these two chapters have met their fulfillment in those applications. In fact, there are holy interpretations given in these two chapters that do not fit into any known historical applications so we must look for another fulfillment. We will examine Daniel 8 and 11 in a futuristic context, just as the content of these two chapters demand.

The “daily” of Daniel 8:11 and 11:31 has long been a mystery. This is reasonable because, according to the prophecies containing the “daily,” their understanding is to be sealed “until the end of time.” “Therefore seal up the vision, for it refers to many days in the future” (Dan. 8:26). And, “But you, Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book until the time of the end; many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase” (Dan.12:4). The understanding of these visions is to come at “the end of time”; therefore, any interpretation before the “time of the end” must be incomplete and/or erroneous. Twice within the prophecy of chapter 8 Daniel is told that the taking away of the “daily” by the little horn happens at the “end.” “So he came near where I stood, and when he came I was afraid and fell on my face; but he said to me, ‘Understand, son of man, that the vision refers to the time of the end.’ … And he said, ‘Look, I am making known to you what shall happen in the latter time of the indignation; for at the appointed time the end shall be.'” (Dan 8:17, 19). We find the same terminology in Dan. 11:27 and 29: “for the end will still be at the appointed time” and “At the appointed time.” Then in verse 31 we have the “daily” taken away. The question is, what is the “daily?” There is no explanation of the meaning of this term within chapters 8 and 10-12, at least no obvious explanation. To begin we must look elsewhere for the answer.

 

The Little Horn shall intend to change times and law

When the meaning of something within a particular prophecy is unknown we must look to a parallel prophecy. As mentioned above, twice within the prophecy of chapter 8 Daniel is told that the taking away of the “daily” is executed by the little horn (Daniel 8:11, 8:12).  The parallel prophecies are Daniel 7-8, 10-12, Revelation 12-13 and 17. Let us look into these chapters to see what the little horn’s activities are to see if this can shed light on the “daily.” Daniel 7:25 states that the little horn targets “times and law.” The term “change times and law” seems difficult to understand but because of the connection of speaking “pompous words against the Most High” and “persecute the saints of the Most High,” this goal of changing “times and law” must have to do with the changing of YHWH’s “times and laws.” Let us examine Daniel 7:25 carefully. If we use some other translations to help us, the meaning of this text becomes clear:

King James Version

He shall speak pompous words against the Most High, shall persecute the saints of the Most High, and shall intend to change times and law. Then the saints shall be given into his hand for a time and times and half a time.

Revised English Version

He will hurl defiance at the Most High and wear out the holy ones of the Most High. He will have it in mind to alter the festival seasons and religious laws, and the Holy ones will be delivered into his power for a time, and times, and half a time.

New Revised Standard Version

He shall speak words against the Most High, shall wear out the holy ones of the Most High, and shall attempt to change the sacred seasons and the law; and they shall be given into his power for a time, two times, and half a time.

New International Version

He will speak against the Most High and oppress His saints and try to change the set times and laws.

New Living Translation

He will defy the Most High and wear down the holy people of the Most High. He will try to change their sacred festivals and laws, and they will be placed under his control for a time, times, and half a time.

Amplified Version

And he shall speak words against the Most High [God] and shall wear out the saints of the Most High and think to change the time [of sacred feasts and Holy Days] and the law.

Contemporary English Version:

This king will speak evil of God Most High, and he will be cruel to God’s chosen ones. He will try to change God’s Law and the sacred seasons. And he will be able to do this for a time, two times, and half a time.

New American Bible

He shall speak against the Most High and oppress the holy ones of the Most High, thinking to change the feast days and the law. They shall be handed over to him for a year, two years, and a half-year.

Catholic Bible

He shall speak against the Most High and oppress the Holy ones of the Most High thinking to change the feast days and the law.

 

Summary:

1.) They say not that the little horn will change the law but that he will “intend,” “have it in mind,” “attempt,” “try” or “think to change” the law. The little horn, of course, cannot actually change the law of YHWH.

2.) They say that there will be an attempt to make a change in something related to time: “times,” “festival seasons,” “sacred seasons,” “set times,” “sacred festivals,” “time of sacred feasts and Holy Days” or “feast days.”

 

YHWH’s Appointed Times and Laws

Clearly, the little horn’s plan of attack is to change YHWH’s holy appointments with His people. These appointed meeting times are a part of the covenant that the Lord made with His people. These sacred times are listed in Numbers 28:1 through 29:40. Numbers 28:1 begins with the command from YHWH to Moses telling him to command the children of Israel to be careful to offer their offerings at their appointed time. The Lord was very specific about the time of His appointments. The chapter begins with the daily appointment (morning and evening); then the weekly appointment (Sabbath); then the monthly appointment (New Moon); then the two during the Feast of Unleavened Bread (spring appointments); one at Pentecost (50 days later); and finally the Feast of Trumpets, the Day of Atonement and two during the Feast of Tabernacles (fall appointments). Each of the seven annual Sabbaths typified a different phase of the plan of salvation.

These times formed a religious timetable for YHWH’s people, an organized calendar throughout the year. These set times were intended to maintain YHWH’s close connection with His people, with each other, and to teach them of the plan of salvation. In Leviticus 23, these holy days are referred to as the “feasts of the Lord.”

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