~ The Mystery of the "daily" ~
History of Interpretation Regarding the “daily” Chart
Dan. 8:11-12 Dan. 8:13 Dan. 8:14
The Event The Question The Answer
Ancient and “Daily” taken away, Saints ask 2300 days,
Modern Sanctuary cast down. “How long?” Then Sanctuary
Schools of cleansed
Interpretation Location Identification Object of Question Location
- Pre-Millerite Earth God’s Daily taken away Earth
- Millerite Earth Devil’s Unrelated to previous verses Earth
- SDA “Old View” Earth Devil’s Unrelated to previous verses Heaven
- SDA “New View” Heaven God’s Daily taken away Heaven
- SDA “Evangelical” Earth God’s Daily taken away Earth
Note: This chart shows the common denominators and critical differences between various attempts to understand the meaning of Daniel 8:11-14. What is noticeable is that only the second and third views detach the question in v. 13 from the event that has transpired in vs. 11-12. This is logically justifiable only if the “daily” is the devil’s sanctuary, since the saints would not then be overly concerned about its restoration. This allows one to find a beginning date for the 2300 day that is totally unrelated to the “daily” being taken away.
SDAs thus taught that while the 2300 days began in 457 B.C., the “daily” was taken away around 508 A.D. Since about 1910 however, the Church has universally adopted the “New View” because, among other things, it is more true to the context. In other words, v. 13 can now be related to the previous verses. What seems to have been overlooked, is that to be consistent, the beginning of the 2300 days must now be tied to the taking away of the “daily.” Since no one seems willing to make a case for the “daily” being taken away in 457 B.C., it would appear that either the “New View” or 457 B.C. (and therefore 1844) is out of place in Adventism. Have Adventists, by this forced mating of incompatible interpretations, unwittingly set up the abomination of amalgamation in their midst?