Book Chronological Studies Related to Daniel 8:14 and 9:24-27

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Definition of the Problem

The purpose of this study is to demonstrate that the dates traditionally held by the SDA Church as the fulfillment of the prophetic periods of Daniel 8:14 and 9:24-27 (457 B.C. – A.D. 31 – A.D. 1844) have biblical, typological, historical, chronological, astro - nomical and mathematical support, provided we consider that these periods start precisely in the autumn of 457 B.C., on the date of the cleansing of the sanctuary, the tenth day of the seventh Jewish month in 457 B.C. (Tishri 10 = October 28/29, Julian), the middle of the seventieth week coincides with the fifteenth of the first Jewish month in A.D. 31 (Nisan 15 = April 26/27, Julian), and the whole period ends on the tenth day of the seventh Jewish month in 1844 (Tishri 10 = October 22/23, Gregorian), sunset to sunset, Jerusalem time. The problem is that these consistencies and precisions of the prophetic structure have been gradually distorted and overlooked.

Purpose of the Study

The purpose of the present study is, on one hand, to call the attention of prophecy students to the precise biblical, typological, historical, chronological, astronomical and mathematical aspects of the prophetic periods of Daniel 8:14 and Daniel 9:24-27 and, on the other hand, to call attention to some inconsistent and detrimental statements made regarding these periods in some articles published by writers on this subject, provide the solutions and suggest corrections

Read this text from The Great Controversy , pages 353-354, carefully:

The disappointment also, though the result of their own misapprehension of the message which they gave, was to be overruled for good. It would test the hearts of those who had professed to receive the warning. In the face of their disappointment would they rashly give up their expe - rience and cast away their confidence in God's word? or would they, in prayer and humility, seek to discern where they had failed to comprehend the significance of the prophecy? How many had moved from fear, or from impulse and excitement? How many were halfhearted and unbelieving? Multitudes professed to love the appearing of the Lord. When called to endure the scoffs and reproach of the world, and the test of delay and disappointment, would they renounce the faith? Because they did not immediately understand the dealings of God with them, would they cast aside truths sustained by the clearest testimony of His word?

This test would reveal the strength of those who with real faith had obeyed what they believed to be the teaching of the word and the Spirit of God. It would teach them, as only such an experience could, the danger of accepting the theories and interpretations of men, instead of making the Bible its own interpreter. To the children of faith the perplexity and sorrow result - ing from their error would work the needed correction. They would be led to a closer study of the prophetic word. They would be taught to examine more carefully the foundation of their faith, and to reject everything, however widely accepted by the Christian world, that was not founded upon the Scriptures of truth.

With these believers, as with the first disciples, that which in the hour of trial seemed dark to their understanding would afterward be made plain. When they should see the "end of the Lord" they would know that, notwithstanding the trial resulting from their errors, His purposes of love toward them had been steadily fulfilling. They would learn by a blessed experience that He is "very pitiful, and of tender mercy;" that all His paths "are mercy and truth unto such as keep His covenant and His testimonies."

This study deals with some problems concerning the beginning of the prophetic period (a Julian date has not been duly assigned or set), with problems related to the middle of the seventieth week (the Friday on which Christ was crucified must be a Nisan 15, not a Nisan 14), and with problems in the correspondence of Tishri 10 in 1844 (the correspondence made in 1844 by the Millerites, Tishri 10 = October 22/23, Gregorian, Jerusalem time, is correct, but the correspondence made by Froom, Tishri 10 = October 21/22, Boston time, in The Prophetic Faith of Our Fathers , Volume IV, pages 790 and 792, published by the Review and Herald, Washington, D.C. in 1954, is incorrect). These problems, if not duly dealt with, will continue presenting inconsistencies which weaken the SDA doctrine of the cleansing of the heavenly sanctuary beginning in 1844, leaving it open to attacks, such as those which have been leveled against it in the 1950’s and especially in the last two decades. The sad consequences are spelled out in The Great Controversy , page 457:

The sad consequences are spelled out in The Great Controversy , page 457

The preaching of a definite time for the judgment, in the giving of the first message, was ordered by God. The computation of the prophetic periods on which that message was based, placing

the close of the 2300 days in the autumn of 1844, stands without impeachment. The repeated efforts to find new dates for the beginning and close of the prophetic periods, and the unsound reasoning necessary to sustain these positions, not only lead minds away from the present truth , but throw contempt upon all efforts to explain the prophecies . {GC 457.1}

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