The end of Offerings and Sacrifices
Now that we have gotten through the time of the gentiles, the 69 weeks, the 7th final week and now we need to understand another timeline found in:
And from the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away, and the abomination that maketh desolate set up, there shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety days.
This is a continuation of the seventy weeks with out the previous prophetic 70 weeks breakdowns being involved.
Here in Daniel, gives us the use of days, keeping in mind in pervious references that one day is equivalent to a year.
Still keeping in mind, in this passage which refers to the Temple Mount. We need to understand the start of this timeline which isn’t associated with any of the decrees made by rulers listed previously but a action by one of the Babylonian rulers, not the Persian rulers.
The key here is the first part of the above mentioned verse.
vs 11a – And from the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away
At what point in Judaea’s history resulted in stopping the daily sacrifices on the Temple Mount? That is Completely!
The time this vision was given at this final visitation of the Lord to Daniel was in 533bc Hebrew years, this was about a future event that was yet to take place.
To start we need to understand some of the history going on to create a timeline of events.
In Ezra 3:2 records the journey Judea back to the homeland after exile. This was the result of the first decree by Cyrus, The initial priestly brigade was Zerubbabel and Joshua and those who was sent to rebuild the temple and the walls of Jerusalem. Keep in mind that the temple was already restored and in use from a earlier decree, however the walls and the rebuilding of Jerusalem was brought to a halt because of the resistance of the surrounding residences. Nehemiah was commissioned with the final decree to take on this endeavor.
There were three periods of time in Judaea’s history that interrupted the offerings at the Temple Mount.
The first was in II Chronicles 28:24-25
And Ahaz gathered together — the vessels of the house of God, and cut in pieces — the vessels of the house of God, and shut up — the doors of the house of the LORD, and he made him altars in every corner of Jerusalem.
And in every several city of Judah he made high places to burn incense unto other gods, and provoked to anger — the LORD God of his fathers.
This was before Daniels time and was one of the events that took place that got the God’s sending out his Prophets ball rolling on Judaea’s blasphemies towards their God. This was after the split of the nations.
The other one is the Babylonian captivity in II Chronicles 36:17-21:
Therefore he brought upon them — the king of the Chaldees, who slew their young men with the sword in the house of their sanctuary, and had no compassion upon young man or maiden, old man, or him that stooped for age: he gave them all into his hand.
And all the vessels of the house of God, great and small, and the treasures of the house of the LORD, and the treasures of the king, and of his princes; all these he brought to Babylon.
And they burnt — the house of God, and broke down — the wall of Jerusalem, and burnt all the palaces thereof with fire, and destroyed all the goodly vessels thereof.
And them that had escaped from the sword carried he away to Babylon; where they were servants to him and his sons until the reign of the kingdom of Persia:
To fulfill the word of the LORD by the mouth of Jeremiah, until the land had enjoyed — her sabbaths: for as long as she lay desolate she kept sabbath, to fulfill threescore and ten years.
This was during Daniel’s time on earth as a young lad.
The other is the Maccabean Revolt brought about a Grecian King defilement of the temple by sacrificing a pig on the alter of the most holy and spreading the blood on all the vessels. This was cleaned up and shortly after was business as usual.
Some claim that this other was the fulfillment of this timeline, however this was far in the future of Daniel. This revolt did provide a break from this evil king however the next event sacked the city once again. So in all the coming and going on the Temple Mount, sacrifices were resumed shortly after. In Daniels vision showed a stop in sacrifices for a extended period time.
The only reference to this Vision in Daniel 12:11 is the Babylonian captivity. We are talking about the exile are we not.
In understanding that the first exile left priests behind and people were coming from all around to make their offerings to the Lord. The second exile cleaned up the remainder of the people to where there was only the poor that remained. The Temple was burned and sacked.
- 606bc – The Initial Invasion – it’s recorded that Nebuchadnezzar came in initially and took nobles, priests and military, captives away along with Daniel as prisoners.
- 597bc – The Conquering of Judaea – Second wave of deportation to Babylon from Judah along with Ezekiel.
- 586bc – The Babylonians destroy Jerusalem and the Temple, Jerusalem’s walls and gates are burned with fire, third wave of Jews deported to Babylon, Babylonian Exile (Galut Bavel) begins, End of Biblical (First Temple) Period, The end of the monarchy in Judaea.
This destruction of the temple took place in 586bc, offerings were continued in spite of the condition of the temple, the people were still arriving and there were the availability of the priests to take the offerings.
We see this continuation in Jeremiah 41:5.
That there came certain from Shechem, from Shiloh, and from Samaria, even fourscore men, having their beards shaven, and their clothes rent, and having cut themselves, with offerings and incense in their hand, to bring them to the house of the LORD.
This took place after the burning of the temple. This was up to 10 months.
There was about a 23 year time span between the burning of the temple to where the remainder inhabitants left in Jerusalem were taken away to Babylon.
In the three and twentieth year of Nebuchadnezzar Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard carried away captive of the Jews seven hundred forty and five persons: all the persons were four thousand and six hundred.
Daniel 9:17 confirms the offerings were ceased:
Now therefore, O our God, hear the prayer of thy servant, and — his supplications, and cause thy face to shine upon thy sanctuary that is desolate, for the Lord’s sake.
In Ezra 3:2&3 confirms the temple was abandoned prior to the Priest Joshua and his brethren return to Jerusalem to start the offerings. The Temple offerings was now in full swing again after the 70 year captivity.
Then stood up Jeshua the son of Jozadak, and his brethren the priests, and Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, and his brethren, and built — the altar of the God of Israel, to offer burnt offerings thereon, as it is written in the law of Moses the man of God.
And they set the altar upon his bases; for fear was upon them because of the people of those countries: and they offered burnt offerings thereon unto the LORD, even burnt offerings morning and evening.
Now doing the math for this new timeline:
There was three exile progressions from Babylon, the first in 606bc, the second was around 586BC, we take the difference of 23 years when the remnant of Jerusalem was exiled and activity on the temple mound ceased, comes to 583BC. This 23 year difference will explained shortly.
We come up with this figure by taking the following events into account:
In 586BC The Temple in Jerusalem is destroyed by King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon on 9th Av in the Hebrew calendar. The third wave of captives (the first one was around 606BC) is taken into exile in Babylon. A 70-year exile had been prophesied by Jeremiah. (Jeremiah 29:10)
However there was a period of time that the sacrifices continued and a following exile was needed.
Jeremiah 41:5 – from Shechem, from Shiloh, and from Samaria,even fourscore men … with offerings and incense in their hand, to bring them to the house of the LORD.
Apparently there was activity as usual amongst the ruins of the temple. Priests were accepting offerings from those who traveled from the surrounding regions.
Jeremiah 52:30 – In the three and twentieth year ofNebuchadnezzar, Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard carried away captive of the Jews seven hundred forty persons.
Taking into account that Nebuchadnezzar ascended to the thrown in 606bc the remaining inhabitants were exiled in the third and final time. It seems kind of ironic that there were three groups of exiles and three groups of returns back to Jerusalem after the 70 years of exile.
So now an additional 23 years are now added from the third exile.
Now we have the start of this new timeline of 583BC that fulfills, the first half of Daniel 12:11
And from the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away.
Now in taking Daniel 12:11b;
And the abomination that maketh desolate set up, there shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety days.
So Between the middle half of this verse:
From: And from the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away.
To: And the abomination that maketh desolate set up
There: Shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety days
- From: And from the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away.
- To: And the abomination that maketh desolate set up
- There: Shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety days
So in taking the year the offerings completely stopped in 583BC
Converting the 1290 Hebrew years mentioned in Daniel to solar years is 1271.5 solar years.
Taking 583BC from 1271.5 solar years comes to 688.5AD.
What took place on the Temple Mount at 688.5AD
We have the start of the construction of the Dome of the Rock in 688AD and it’s completion in 691.5AD.
The above reference date is debated however the acknowledged start of the construction was on 688AD. Other references and the more popular one is 685AD. However you find both start dates references on the internet.
Get a good mental picture. I have mentioned in a previous post about the abomination on the Temple Mount. This defilement is scribed inside this false temple to a false christ and prophet in honor of a false god.
This is the abomination (shiqquts) literal translation, a detestable thing that Daniel’s vision was referring to.
Scribed inside on the temple walls and talking to Jews and Christians:
Overstep not bounds in your religion and of God speak only the truth. The Messiah Jesus, son of Mary is only an apostle of God and His Word, which he conveyed unto Mary and a spirit preceding from him. Believe therefore in God and his apostles and say not three”, and therefore do not say there is a trinity. “It will be better for you. God is only one God. Far be it from his transient majesty that he should have a son.
This passage inscribed on the temple walls sums up to:
There is only the one god (allah), and states there is no Son and no Holy Spirit.
Which brings me to the next part of this study:
Denying the Son of the Father.