“Daily” of Daniel 8


Long ago God created a resplendent being, full of wisdom and beauty, and gave him the exalted position as leader of all the angelic hosts. He was appropriately named Lucifer, or light bearer, for he was not only physically radiant with the light emanating from the throne of God, but also was able to understand the revealed purposes of God and transmit them intelligently to all other created beings.
Unfortunately, he was not satisfied with the position God gave him, and he hungered for a more exalted position and authority in the godhead. He coveted especially the position which he saw that the Son of God had with the eternal Father, and he allowed his mind to fester with thoughts of jealousy.
As these thoughts bore fruit, he began to make his way among the other angels and tempt them with his devious reasoning until a third of them were ready to follow him in his attempt to overthrow the throne of God and supplant themselves in the positions they craved in their dementia. Especially was the leadership of God’s Son coveted. It was Michael’s place as leader of all of the heavenly hosts that Lucifer set his mind and heart to conquer, and to position himself upon the seat of government that Jesus held before His incarnation and life upon this earth. In Isaiah 14:13 we read: “You said in your heart, ‘I will ascend to heaven; I will raise my throne above the stars of God; I will sit enthroned on the mount of assembly, on the utmost heights of the sacred mountain.’”
In the original Hebrew and in the KJV, the “mount of assembly” is called “the sides of the north.” In the pattern of the sanctuary, representing the throne room of God, the table of shewbread is on the north side of the Holy Place. Jesus identified Himself with this table by saying, “I am the bread of life….I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever.” John 6:48, 51.
Thus Lucifer desired to preside over the throne of the assembly, where God’s benevolent and wise rulership was exercised when the hosts of angels and created beings met in the assemblies of heaven. An example of this no doubt is seen in the story of Job in Job 1:6, where the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD. It is also referred to in Isaiah 66:22, 23: “’As the new heavens and the new earth that I make will endure before me,’ says the LORD, ‘so will your name and descendants endure. From one New Moon to another and from one Sabbath to another, all mankind will come and bow down before me,’ says the LORD.”
In another sense, this throne of government is where God is always presiding, watching over His people moment by moment, and doing all things well for His earthly children. Aren’t you glad that it is our kind, all-wise heavenly Father and Jesus who are still in charge of that throne of government? Lucifer, now Satan, has been given 6000 years to demonstrate what he would do if he were in the position he coveted. He has proven to the universe what his government would be like, and the cruelty by which he reigns over his captives. When this experience in sin is over, no one will ever again be fooled about the possibilities of anyone supplanting God as our Sovereign.
But let us take a look at the continual work of Satan since being cast down to this earth as he attempts to usurp the position of Christ as the One chosen to be the leader of God’s created family. These efforts of Satan to obscure the position of Christ and place himself upon the throne of leadership is most familiarly known as the great controversy between Christ and Satan, or between good and evil forces. Satan’s malignity against Jesus and His people grows in magnitude and viciousness through the centuries.
As we look closely at the plan of God versus the plan of the evil one, we can see that Satan’s major attempt is to deflect worship from God to himself, and that the sanctuary services were inaugurated by God from the beginning to protect His people from the wiles of the serpent. Right at the garden gate, Adam and his sons were to present their lambs as an offering for their sins, pointing forward to the Lamb of God that was to come. It was a miniature sanctuary, where cherubim barred the entrance to the garden, but God still met with His people at that spot.
Of course, Satan soon wormed his way into the heart of Cain, and began the conquest of God’s plan of worship by setting up counterfeits through heathenism. Soon after the flood, God chose Abraham to be the father of a great nation who would eventually be the recipients of His special plan of worship called the sanctuary, given in all its intricate detail, to represent the sanctuary in heaven itself.
Through the centuries, this sanctuary stands as a beacon of light and truth, showing the way into the heavenlies, and protecting God’s people from the multitude of false worship practices which come from the mind of the evil one. The central theme of the sanctuary is Christ –– the sacrificial Lamb (Rev. 5:6, 12), the Word of God represented by the laver (Eph. 5:25-27; John 1:1-3), the light of the seven-branched candlestick (John 1:4; John 8:12), the shewbread, as we have already mentioned, the intercessor at the golden altar (Heb. 7:25), and the High Priest in the Most Holy Place (Heb. 8:1-6; Heb. 10:19-23).
Therefore, Satan’s major focus of warfare through the ages has been against Jesus and the truths of the sanctuary which clarify and make available the reality of His heavenly ministry. Let’s take a look at the outline of the earthly sanctuary. There we find that there are three main sections – the court, the Holy Place, and the Most Holy Place. These three sections represent the entire work of Christ through the ages in saving the human race from the deadly disease of sin.
The first section is the court. This represents the section of time when the sanctuary services were conducted on earth through rituals set up by God, and earthly priests who represented the part of the plan of salvation which Jesus would eventually do when He came to earth. This was accomplished by His perfect life and sacrificial death on the cross of Calvary for all mankind.
After His resurrection and forty days of ministry to His disciples and followers, Jesus ascended to heaven to begin the work that was represented in the Holy Place – that of sending His Spirit to strengthen, guide, teach and empower His church to live for Him through the difficult centuries which were to follow. During those years Satan was allowed to display his character to the fullest. His wrath against the Son of God was now unleashed upon those who chose to follow Jesus.
Centuries before, through Daniel, God had predicted that Satan would be allowed to have power to attack the ministry of Christ in the heavenly sanctuary, and to persecute and overcome His people.

“Then I wanted to know the true meaning of the fourth beast…that crushed and devoured its victims and trampled underfoot whatever was left. I also wanted to know about the ten horns on its head and about the other horn that came up…that had eyes and a mouth that spoke boastfully. As I watched, this horn was waging war against the saints and defeating them, until the Ancient of Days came and pronounced judgment in favor of the saints of the Most High, and the time came when they possessed the kingdom.” Dan. 7:19-21.
“He will speak against the Most High and oppress His saints and try to change the set times and the laws. The saints will be handed over to him for a time, times and half a time.
“But the court will sit, and his power will be taken away and completely destroyed forever. Then the sovereignty, power and greatness of the kingdoms under the whole heaven will be handed over to the saints, the people of the Most High. His kingdom will be an everlasting kingdom, and all rulers will worship and obey Him.” vs. 25-27.
In Daniel 8, this same blasphemous little horn power surfaces again, and we get more detail about his diabolic effect upon the Prince of the host, His sanctuary, and His people.

“It grew until it reached the host of the heavens, and it threw some of the starry host down to the earth and trampled on them. It set itself up to be as great as the Prince of the host; it took away the daily [sacrifice-supplied] from Him, and the place of His sanctuary was brought low (cast down-KJV). Because of rebellion, the host [of the saints] and the daily [sacrifice] were given over to it. It prospered in everything it did, and truth was thrown to the ground.
“Then I heard a holy one speaking, and another holy one said to him, ‘How long will it take for the vision to be fulfilled –– the vision concerning the daily [sacrifice], the rebellion that causes desolation, and the surrender of the sanctuary and of the host that will be trampled underfoot?’
He said to me, ‘It will take 2,300 evenings and mornings (KJV – days); then the sanctuary will be reconsecrated (KJV – cleansed).’” Dan. 8:10-14.

When Daniel was terrified at the possible meaning of this prophecy as it related to the impending restoration of the earthly sanctuary of his time, the angel Gabriel reassured him by saying:

“Understand that the vision concerns the time of the end…. I am going to tell you what will happen later in the time of wrath, because the vision concerns the appointed time of the end.” Dan. 8:17-19.

Notice that the focus of this vision was to culminate in the time of the end, when the Prince of the host and His people would be exonerated, and His sanctuary cleansed and restored. This is, in fact, the major underlying theme of Daniel chapters 7-12 –– the Great Controversy between Christ and Satan spelled out in prophetic vision to Daniel. It is the reoccurring theme of the whole Bible. The Old Testament is replete with the saga of the people of God through the centuries as they follow the worship of Jehovah and receive His blessing, and then fall away into idolatry and receive God’s judgments.
By the time of Christ, the Israelite nation had learned that the Temple and its services were synonymous with heavenly blessings and God’s approval and protection. Unfortunately, they fell into a mere round of meaningless ceremonial religion without a true connection with the God whom they professed to serve. Spiritual and national pride supplanted true heart worship and holiness, and their services were devoid of spirituality and the power to live in harmony with their high profession and calling as the chosen people of God.
When Jesus came, His focus was ever upward to the heavenly sanctuary, and to His Father, in order to reconnect the human race with the true source of all goodness, and the power to live righteous lives. Those who became His followers were henceforth to be His spokesmen, pointing to the way back to holiness through the work of Jesus, our heavenly High Priest, who ministers for us at the throne of God in the heavenly sanctuary.

“The point of what we are saying is this: We do have such a High Priest, who sat down at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in heaven, and who serves in the sanctuary, the true tabernacle set up by the Lord, not by man.” Heb. 8:1, 2.
“Because Jesus lives forever, He has a permanent priesthood. Therefore He is able to save completely those who come to God through Him, because He always lives to intercede for them. Heb. 7:24, 5.
“Therefore,.. let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Heb. 12:1, 2.
“Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, His body, and since we have a great Priest over the house of God, let us draw near to God with a sincere heart of faith…. Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for He who promised is faithful. And let us…. encourage one another––and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” Heb. 10:19-25.

This blessed hope, this wonderful truth that Jesus was in the heavenly sanctuary at the throne of God interceding for them was the power that took the followers of Christ through persecution, trial, and even death and martyrdom for their Lord. The first martyr to endure the wrath of Satan displayed through the human vessels who followed him, was Stephen. His recorded sermon in Acts 7 was an inspired masterpiece, intended to help his listeners transition from the earthly to the heavenly sanctuary where Jesus was now presiding. But it failed to bring light to the Jewish leaders who were in his audience, because they had given themselves over to the mind of the evil one to oppose Jesus’ heavenly work and to destroy His disciples.
The martyrdom of Stephen was the beginning of a long journey for the followers of Jesus. In Revelation 3:10, Jesus speaks tenderly to the early church in these words: “Do not be afraid of what you are about to suffer. I tell you, the devil will put some of you in prison to test you, and you will suffer persecution for ten days. Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you the crown of life.”
As we have already noticed, the prophet Daniel was given visions concerning this persecuting power which was to come upon God’s people during the reign of the fourth beast, or world kingdom, and extending beyond to encompass a 1260-year period of Satanically inspired persecution of major proportions. This major power, the kingdom of Rome, “crushed and devoured its victims and trampled underfoot whatever was left.” Dan. 7:7.
As Daniel watched, a little horn came up among the ten horns of this beast, having the eyes of a man and a mouth speaking boastful and blasphemous words. This horn “was waging war against the saints and defeating them, until the Ancient of Days came and pronounced judgment in favor of the saints,..and the time came when they possessed the kingdom.” Dan. 7:21, 22.
“The saints will be handed over to him for a time, times and half a time. But the court will sit, and his power will be taken away and completely destroyed forever.” Dan. 7:25, 6.

At a later date, Daniel had another vision about this blasphemous little horn: “It grew until it reached the host of the heaven, and it threw some of the starry host down to the earth and trampled on them. It set itself up to be as great as the Prince of the host; it took away the daily [sacrifice] from Him, and the place of His sanctuary was brought low (cast down – KJV). Because of rebellion, the host…and the daily [sacrifice] were given over to it. It prospered in everything it did and truth was thrown to the ground.
“Then I heard a holy one speaking, and another holy one said to him, ‘How long will it take for the vision to be fulfilled––the vision concerning the daily [sacrifice], the rebellion that causes desolation, and the surrender of the sanctuary and of the host that will be trampled underfoot?’ He said to me, ‘It will take 2,300 (days–KJV); then the sanctuary will be reconsecrated (cleansed–KJV).’” Dan. 8:10-14.
In these texts we see again the age-old story of the rebellion of Lucifer, his attempt to usurp the throne and the sanctuary or dwelling place of God, his hatred against God’s Son and His people, and his use of human beings through whom to act out his diabolical plans. It is also clear that at times God permits Satan to have temporary control in order to reveal the true nature of this cosmic conflict. Every being in the universe must be allowed to see the issues involved, and decide for themselves which side they will choose.
My purpose in writing this paper is not to bring out new issues, but to realign existing ones for clarification for our generation, for we, too, must decide where our allegiance will be placed. We will soon have to cast our vote for or against this same little horn power, and be willing to give up all if necessary, to follow the Lamb wherever He goes.
The major topic which I want to address is the central theme of the sanctuary. It is the sanctuary which Satan hates the most, because it is the place of God’s throne, His government, His rulership and authority –– the very things that Satan covets for his own. In every age, God has had His sanctuary message, and in each age, Satan has had his counterfeit to confuse and draw away people from the pure worship of God to his own style of worship.
In the age of the patriarchs, a simple altar and a slain lamb was all that God required to prefigure the coming Messiah-Redeemer, and to worship Him with repentance, and with grateful hearts for His blessings. Later God revealed to His chosen people the more intricate sanctuary design which foreshadowed the high priestly work of Jesus in the heavenly sanctuary. Copying this design, Satan inspired his followers to make elaborate heathen temples with scintillating worship styles designed to captivate the senses of the people and draw away God’s children from the true worship of Jehovah.
During the dark ages, the papal system with its magnificent cathedrals, priests in ornate regalia, and mystical worship practices, was an amalgamation of Jewish temple practices with the heathen worship of gods and goddesses. Thus Satan artfully joined various facets of both true and false worship to produce mystical Babylon, whose very name means “confused,” and “gate of gods.” NIV Concordance.
In other words, Babylon is a confusion of gods. And thus this mighty power has through the ages sought to confuse the worship of the God of heaven with the worship of idols and Satanic agencies and demons. No wonder Babylon is considered in Scripture to be God’s archenemy!
With these things in mind, I want to address an issue which has recently come to my attention. Some sincere Adventist people are revisiting our historic roots and focusing on the meaning of the word “daily” as used in Daniel 8:11, 12,13. Using an Ellen White statement found in Early Writings pp. 74, 75, concerning the 1843 chart which was used by our pioneers to preach the Advent message, the conclusion is reached by these students that our present denominational position on these passages is inaccurate, and should be changed to match the position of William Miller, and later Uriah Smith and some others who followed their reasoning. Before I go any further, I want to quote the statement from Early Writings which is being used by these students:

“I have seen that the 1843 chart was directed by the hand of the Lord, and that it should not be altered; that the figures were as He wanted them; that His hand was over and hid a mistake in some of the figures, so that none could see it, until His hand was removed.
“Then I saw in relation to the ‘daily’ (Dan. 8:12) that the word ‘sacrifice’ was supplied by man’s wisdom, and does not belong to the text, and that the Lord gave the correct view of it to those who gave the judgment hour cry. When union existed, before 1844, nearly all were united on the correct view of the ‘daily’; but in the confusion since 1844, other views have been embraced, and darkness and confusion have followed. Time has not been a test since 1844, and it will never again be a test.”

In order to use this quotation as a foundation for doctrinal understanding, it is vital to find out what chart she is here referring to, for there were several. But before addressing this subject, it would be well to mention that for five centuries, beginning during pre-Reformation days and continuing through Reformation times, the reformers clearly recognized the papacy to be the fulfillment of the little horn power, and the abomination that had defiled the sanctuary, or church, and the true worship of the saints. The “daily,” they felt, was the daily or “continual” connection of true believers with Christ in His high-priestly work in the heavenly sanctuary. The “taking away”, they believed, was expressly fulfilled by the papal doctrine of transubstantiation and its attendant heresy about the host. (See 4 BC pp. 60-63.)
Reacting to these Protestant allegations, Catholic scholars, such as cardinal Henry Edward Manning, took the position that the “daily” referred to the taking away of the “sacrifice of the Holy Eucharist,… the sacrifice of Jesus Himself on Calvary, renewed perpetually and continued for ever in the [Catholic] sacrifice on the altar.”… He chided the various Protestant lands for the rejection of the mass, calling such suppression of the “continual sacrifice,” the “mark and characteristic of the Protestant Reformation.”
This Protestant view of the “daily” remained consistent until the time of William Miller, who introduced a completely different view. He concluded that the hindering power of pagan Rome must be taken out of the way before the papal mystery of iniquity could be revealed. Thus he felt that the “daily” must be paganism, taken away before the papacy could develop. He applied the number 666 to the first beast as the years of pagan Rome’s dominance. This period Miller dated from the league of the Jews with the Romans, which he mistakenly thought occurred in 158 B.C., (actual date =161 B.C.) which would extend to the downfall off paganism. This he obtained by subtracting 158 (B.C.) from 666, which gave A.D. 508. This Miller believed to be the date of the conversion of the last of the pagan kings. And this act, he reasoned, was what took away the “daily” of paganism. (See 4 BC pp. 63, 4.)
“This concept differed radically from the historic Reformation view. But Miller consistently held this view, which was shared by nearly all of his followers until 1842. All the earlier charts adopted it. But as a result of wider study some of Miller’s associates came to dissent from his position. This was particularly true of Charles Fitch, designer of the famous ‘1843’ chart, which became the standard preaching aid for all Millerite spokesmen, superseding the many earlier personal charts that had varied widely on different points….
“Six months prior to the October, 1844, disappointment, Miller publicly stated that ‘his advent brethren had not generally agreed with his views’ relative to the 666’s signifying the years of pagan Rome (Midnight Cry, Feb. 22, 1844, p. 242). On the Fitch chart, officially adopted for general ministerial use by the Millerite General Conference of May, 1842, the number 666 as the ‘years’ of paganism and paganism as the ‘daily’ are left out.” 4 BC p. 64.
So, what must we conclude about the 1843 chart to which Ellen White is referring, when she states that union existed before 1844, and nearly all were united on the meaning of the “daily” (EW p. 75)? How can it be other than the Reformation view to which the Millerite spokesmen had returned, under the leadership of Charles Fitch?
To make it even clearer, Ellen White further states that following 1844, the brethren became divided on this issue, and “darkness and confusion have followed.” EW p. 75. What does history reveal about this division?
“Following the Oct. 22 disappointment, O.R.L. Crosier, writing the joint conclusions of the united study of Hiram Edson, Crosier, and Dr. F.B. Hahn, built his entire Day-Star Extra article of Feb. 7, 1846, on the premise that the sanctuary… to be cleansed in 1844, was the heavenly sanctuary,.. involving Christ’s twofold ministry therein….
“James White virtually repeats the exposition made earlier by Crosier (reprinted in the Advent Review of Sept., 1859), and cites approvingly:
“We say, then, that the Sanctuary in heaven has been trodden under foot in the same sense that the Son of God has been trodden under foot. In a similar manner has the ‘host,’ the true church, also, been trodden down. Those who have rejected the Son of God have trodden Him under foot, and of course have trodden under foot His Sanctuary.” Ibid.
Then where did the division and darkness come in regarding this issue?
“Uriah Smith, on the other hand, just coming into prominence, upheld Miller’s view that the ‘daily’ was paganism. Here is his position as it appeared in the first edition of Thoughts…on the Book of Daniel :
“The little horn…symbolized Rome in its entire history, including the two phases of pagan and papal. These two phases are elsewhere spoken of as the ‘daily’… and the ‘transgression of desolation;’ the daily (desolation) signifying the pagan form, and the transgression of desolation, the papal. In the actions ascribed to this power, sometimes one form is spoken of, sometimes the other. ‘By him,’ the papal form, ‘the daily,’ the pagan form, ‘was taken away.’ Pagan Rome gave place to papal Rome. And the place of his sanctuary, or worship, the city of Rome, was cast down. The seat of government was removed to Constantinople….” p. 94.
“Thus it was that from these two leaders––James White and Uriah Smith––came the two views to be held among Seventh-day Adventists.” 4 BC p. 65.
So here is the story in brief of our early beginnings. Two streams of thought flowing from those stalwart men of faith; two sides taken on the issue of the meaning of “the daily.” Years later, Ellen White was led by God to plead with the brethren to desist from all controversy over the subject of the “daily”:
“I have words to speak to my brethren east and west, north and south. I request that my writings shall not be used as the leading argument to settle questions over which there is now so much controversy. I entreat of Elders H, I, J, and others of our leading brethren, that they make no reference to my writings to sustain their views of the ‘the daily.’
“It has been presented to me that this is not a subject of vital importance. I am instructed that our brethren are making a mistake in magnifying the importance of the difference in the views that are held. I cannot consent that any of my writings shall be taken as settling this matter. The true meaning of ‘the daily’ is not to be made a test question.
“I now ask that my ministering brethren shall not make use of my writings in their arguments regarding this question; for I have had no instruction on the point under discussion, and I see no need for the controversy. Regarding this matter under present conditions, silence is eloquence.
“The enemy of our work is pleased when a subject of minor importance can be used to divert the minds of our brethren from the great questions that should be the burden of our message. As this is not a test question, I entreat of my brethren that they shall not allow the enemy to triumph by having it treated as such….
“I have words to speak to…all who have been active in urging their views in regard to the meaning of ‘the daily’ of Daniel 8. This is not to be made a test question, and the agitation that has resulted from its being treated as such has been very unfortunate. Confusion has resulted…. This has been pleasing to the great enemy of our work.
“The light given me is that nothing should be done to increase the agitation upon this question. Let it not be brought into our discourses, and dwelt upon as a matter of great importance….
“Let not ‘the daily,’ or any other subject that will arouse controversy among brethren, be brought in at this time; for this will delay and hinder the work…. Let us not agitate questions that will reveal a marked difference of opinion…. So far as possible, let all speak the same things. Let the discourses be simple, and treating upon vital subjects that can be easily understood….
“The subject of ‘the daily’ should not call forth such movements as have been made. As a result of the way this subject has been handled by men on both sides of the question, controversy has arisen and confusion has resulted….While the present condition of difference of opinion regarding this subject exists let it not be made prominent. Let all contention cease. At such a time silence is eloquence.” 1 SM 164-168.
From these words of caution from Ellen White, we can see that we must be very careful in approaching this topic. Personally, I feel much like Moses must have felt when he stood before the burning bush––this, my friends, is holy ground, for by our choice between these two versions of “the daily,” we affect our ability to understand and teach the work of Christ in the heavenly sanctuary, and the role of the little horn in its warfare against Jesus, the Prince of princes.
I can see how this topic in the time of Ellen White was not of vital importance, for both sides believed that Jesus had moved into the cleansing work of the second apartment in 1844, and held high this important understanding in their discourses and writings. But as we move into the final phase of the great controversy, many have lost their vision of this subject, and the clarity of this message has been blurred. How sad, then, that at this moment in time the mistake of William Miller concerning “the daily” should be brought up to further confuse our people on this subject.
What was it that brought him to conclude, against all previous expositors on this topic, that “the daily” was paganism? Only God knows, of course, but it would seem that the very mistake that the papacy caused by casting “the place of His sanctuary” to the ground, or to the earth, predispositioned Miller along with others at that time to see the earth as the sanctuary that needed to be cleansed. (See GC p. 411.) By keeping the focus of the people upon the papal altars, the knowledge of the work of Christ in the heavenly sanctuary was lost.
This was the same mistake that the Jewish leaders made in 34 A.D. at the stoning of Stephen. They could not bear the new light of Jesus’ presence and work in the heavenly sanctuary, but wanted to keep the earthly one as their place of worship. And when they turned against this light, their probation as a nation ended.
So while it is true that God used William Miller in a wonderful way to bring about the great Advent Movement and the ushering in of the new light on the cleansing of the sanctuary, Miller himself was not able to comprehend the fullness of that experience. His brethren who accepted and preached the Reformation understanding of the ministry of Christ were prepared to move on with Christ from the first apartment to the second apartment work of cleansing, and to see the importance of the law of God and His Sabbath truth. But upon these issues Miller became confused, and God mercifully laid His faithful warrior to rest five years later.
But those of us who are now facing the rising popularity of the papacy, and the obvious signs that the coming of Jesus is close at hand, need to have a clear conception of the message given to us about this antichrist power. All was not yet accomplished in the days of our pioneers.
“They were not free from errors. And I saw the mercy and goodness of God in sending a warning to the people of earth and repeated messages to lead them to a diligent searching of heart and study of the Scriptures, that they might divest themselves of errors which have been handed down from the heathen and papists.” EW 250.
And are we even yet free from all papal errors? Notice this statement from a well-known Catholic author:
“In the course of the fourth century two new developments spread over the face of Christendom. In order to recommend the new religion to the heathen, there was transferred to it the outward ornaments to which they had become accustomed in their own. The use of temples, and these dedicated to particular saints, the use of incense, lamps, and candles, votive offerings on recovery from illness, holy water, holy days, blessings on the fields, the tonsure, the ring in marriage, the use of images –– all these are of pagan origin and are sanctified by their adoption into the church.” The Development of Christian Doctrine, p. 373, by Cardinal Henry Newman.
In Daniel 7, God reveals that the major emphasis of the judgment is to take away the beast’s power to ensnare people with his lying wonders and deceptive doctrines. Does it really make sense to say that the papal part of the beast put down the pagan part of the beast and destroyed his own sanctuary or worship style, ways, or place, when in actuality, papal Rome simply took pagan worship and garnished it with a thin veneer of Christianity, and thus, through Catholic worship and doctrines, paganism is alive, well, and flourishing! THIS is the message of the loud cry that will call people out of mystical Babylon today!
“As we near the close of time, their will be greater and still greater external parade of heathen power; heathen deities will manifest their signal power, and will exhibit themselves before the cities of the world….
“In the very time in which we live, the Lord has called His people and has given them a message to bear. He has called them to expose the wickedness of the man of sin.” EV 705.
Think about it, now –– if the little horn power really did destroy paganism, wouldn’t that be a good thing? How can we bear a strong message revealing the SINS of the papacy, if they were actually the instrument that was used to throw down paganism? As Jesus said to those who were questioning His authority to drive out demons: “Every kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and every city or household divided against itself will not stand. If Satan drives out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then can his kingdom stand?” Matt. 12:25, 6.
Of course, the REAL message is that they destroyed the effectiveness of the knowledge of what Christ was doing in the heavenly sanctuary, just as Satan ALWAYS attacks the sanctuary and the work of Christ in any way he can. That is the constant obsession of the Devil, has always been, and always will be right up to the moment fire comes down out of heaven and destroys him and his followers. There is a consistency about this message. It is simple, understandable, and totally Scriptural. And it is powerful and convincing to the listener. It is our message! It is the loud cry!
“After this I saw another angel coming down from heaven. He had great authority, and the earth was illuminated by his splendor. With a mighty voice he shouted: ‘Fallen, Fallen is Babylon the Great! She has become a home for demons and a haunt for every evil spirit, and a haunt for every unclean and detestable bird.’” (Quoted from NIV.) This scripture points forward to a time when the announcement of the fall of Babylon, as made by the second angel of Revelation 14 is to be repeated, with the additional mention of the corruptions which have been entering the various organizations that constitute Babylon, since that message was first given in the summer of 1844. A terrible condition of the religious world is here described…. A belief in spiritual manifestations opens the door to seducing spirits and doctrines of devils, and thus the influence of evil angels will be felt in the churches.” GC 603, 4.
“The sins of Babylon will be laid open. The fearful results of enforcing the observances of the church by civil authority, the inroads of Spiritualism, the stealthy but rapid progress of the papal power, –– all will be unmasked.” GC 606.
Doesn’t it seem apparent that if we are to repeat the message that was preached to the world and the churches in the summer of 1844, but with even greater power, we will be showing how the papacy is against Christ, not against paganism? If, as Uriah Smith suggests, paganism is the ‘daily’ and the place of his sanctuary is Rome, why would God predict its cleansing and restoration at the end of the 2300 years? And if paganism is the ‘daily,’ what is the truth that is thrown to the ground? Is it not significant that Daniel himself connects these passages with the restoration of the earthly temple services in Jerusalem? (See PK 553-5.) Surely it is clear that the ‘daily’ work of Christ in the heavenly sanctuary is the truth referred to in these passages, and that it is this truth that is restored to God’s people in 1844 after having been cast down by the blasphemous papal errors of the dark ages.
We need to get our story straight, here, and show how the pagan practices, pantheistic worship styles and heathen meditation methods that have been used for centuries in Catholic monastaries are coming into huge popularity in both Catholic and Protestant churches today, thus bringing about the very state of affairs that is mentioned in Revelation 18:1, 2. This is our time to be bold with present truth, and face the final display of Satan’s lies with the full message of God’s truth for our time. As Paul says, “By setting forth the truth plainly we commend ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God.” 2 Cor. 4:2. We are to lift up Jesus and His work in the heavenly sanctuary as never before. As Jesus said, echoing the message of Daniel 7:
“Now is the time for judgment on this world; now the prince of this world will be driven out. And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to my self.” John 12:31, 32.
Satanic Catholic doctrines keep Jesus forever on the cross and on their altars. They reject the message that Jesus died “once for all,” and now is in heaven interceding for us.
What a privilege we have as ambassadors for Jesus in this final hour of earth’s history, to lift up the truth about Jesus that Satan hates the most –– the efficacy of His “continual” atoning work in the sanctuary above for His people who love and follow Him, until probation closes and His children are safe forever under the shadow of His wings. (Ps. 91.)
Remember: There is nothing so powerful as a truth whose time has come. Beloved, NOW is that time.