Daniel 8 - The Rededication Of The Temple

This prophecy was amazingly made back during the time of Babylon and was given to Daniel. History plays out exactly as the vision lays out. This is yet another amazing proof of the inspiration of scripture and how God is in control.

Antiochus Epiphanes and his armies killed 10’s of thousands of Jews. They defiled the sanctuary and caused the daily sacrifice to be taken away for 2,300 days (Daniel 8:14). His persecution of the Jews began in 171 B.C. and the temple was cleansed on December 25, 165 B.C., which is 2,300 days.

Hanukkah, also known as the Festival of Lights, Feast of Dedication, is an eight-day Jewish holiday commemorating the rededication of the Holy Temple (the Second Temple) in Jerusalem at the time of the Maccabean Revolt against the Seleucid Empire of the 2nd century BC.

The Temple was liberated and rededicated. The festival of Hanukkah was instituted to celebrate this event. Judah ordered the TEMPLE TO BE CLEANSED, a new altar to be built in place of the polluted one and new holy vessels to be made.


"Then came the Feast of Dedication at Jerusalem. It was winter, an Jesus was in the Temple area walking in Solomon's Colonnade." John 10:22-23
Our Lord Jesus celebrated Hanukkah 2 centuries later commemorating this great event.

Daniel 8
In the third year of the reign of king Belshazzar a vision appeared unto me, even unto me Daniel, after that which appeared unto me at the first. And I saw in a vision; and it came to pass, when I saw, that I was at Shushan in the palace, which is in the province of Elam; and I saw in a vision, and I was by the river of Ulai. Then I lifted up mine eyes, and saw, and, behold, there stood before the river a ram which had two horns: and the two horns were high; but one was higher than the other, and the higher came up last. Daniel 8:1-3
The vision came to Daniel during the time of the Babylonian Empire. The Ram with 2 horns is referencing The Medes and Persian Empires. 

I saw the ram pushing westward, and northward, and southward; so that no beasts might stand before him, neither was there any that could deliver out of his hand; but he did according to his will, and became great. Daniel 8:4
The Medes and Persians conquered the Babylonian Empire and became great.

And as I was considering, behold, an he goat came from the west on the face of the whole earth, and touched not the ground: and the goat had a notable horn between his eyes. And he came to the ram that had two horns, which I had seen standing before the river, and ran unto him in the fury of his power. And I saw him come close unto the ram, and he was moved with choler against him, and smote the ram, and brake his two horns: and there was no power in the ram to stand before him, but he cast him down to the ground, and stamped upon him: and there was none that could deliver the ram out of his hand. Daniel 8:5-7
The goat is referencing the Empire of Greece. The notable horn is referencing the king Alexander the Great who conquered the Medes and Persian Empires.

Therefore the he goat waxed very great: and when he was strong, the great horn was broken; and for it came up four notable ones toward the four winds of heaven. Daniel 8:8
Alexander the Great died and the kingdom of Greece was eventually divided into 4.  Cassander had Macedonia, Seleucus had Syria, Antigonus had Asia, and Ptolemeus had Egypt.

And out of one of them came forth a little horn, which waxed exceeding great, toward the south, and toward the east, and toward the pleasant land. Daniel 8:9
The little horn is referencing Antiochus Epiphanes.

And it waxed great, even to the host of heaven; and it cast down some of the host and of the stars to the ground, and stamped upon them. Yea, he magnified himself even to the prince of the host, and by him the daily sacrifice was taken away, and the place of his sanctuary was cast down. And an host was given him against the daily sacrifice by reason of transgression, and it cast down the truth to the ground; and it practiced, and prospered. Daniel 8:10-12
Antiochus persecuted God's people and profaned the temple causing the daily sacrifices to cease.

Then I heard one saint speaking, and another saint said unto that certain saint which spake, 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 under foot? And he said unto me, Unto two thousand and three hundred days; then shall the sanctuary be cleansed. Daniel 8:13-14
It is prophesied that the temple would be cleansed in 2300 days. This is exactly what happened as Antiochus continued to profane the temple for 6 years and 3 and a half months.

And it came to pass, when I, even I Daniel, had seen the vision, and sought for the meaning, then, behold, there stood before me as the appearance of a man. And I heard a man's voice between the banks of Ulai, which called, and said, Gabriel, make this man to understand the vision. So he came near where I stood: and when he came, I was afraid, and fell upon my face: but he said unto me, Understand, O son of man: for at the time of the end shall be the vision. Now as he was speaking with me, I was in a deep sleep on my face toward the ground: but he touched me, and set me upright. And he said, Behold, I will make thee know what shall be in the last end of the indignation: for at the time appointed the end shall be. Daniel 8:15-19
The vision is now to be interpreted. "The end" is referencing the end of the vision, not the end times.

The ram which thou sawest having two horns are the kings of Media and Persia. And the rough goat is the king of Grecia: and the great horn that is between his eyes is the first king. Now that being broken, whereas four stood up for it, four kingdoms shall stand up out of the nation, but not in his power. Daniel 8:20-22
The Bible interprets most of the vision. The vision takes place in Babylon with Daniel. The Medes and Persian take over as the ram. Then Greece takes over as the goat. There is no disputing any of these facts as they are plainly laid out for us. So the context of the prophesy can not be denied.

And in the latter time of their kingdom, when the transgressors are come to the full, a king of fierce countenance, and understanding dark sentences, shall stand up. And his power shall be mighty, but not by his own power: and he shall destroy wonderfully, and shall prosper, and practice, and shall destroy the mighty and the holy people. And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart, and by peace shall destroy many: he shall also stand up against the Prince of princes; but he shall be broken without hand. Daniel 8:23-25
The king described here according to historical records is Antiochus Epiphanes.

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. And I Daniel fainted, and was sick certain days; afterward I rose up, and did the king's business; and I was astonished at the vision, but none understood it. Daniel 8:26-27
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