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Daniel and the Sanctuary

By Brian Pepper

Over the years I have studied the Books of Daniel and Revelation and I always find that there is something, new and startling that comes to my attention each time. I have repeatedly made this statement that without a knowledge of the Sanctuary there is little hope of ever understanding these two Books. If I have ever made an understatement it is this one. Today, we will line up this very important subject and see where it will lead us.

Daniel 12:4 says, "But thou, 0 Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the Book, even to the time of the end; many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased."

The only part of Daniel that was sealed was the part connected with the 2,300 days, not all of Daniel was sealed. 

Daniel 8:13 says, “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?" 

In other words, "How long LORD are you going to allow this apostasy to continue?" In Revelation chapter 10 the answer is given ”...that there should be time no longer." (verse 6).

God says that He is going to delay no longer. The Hour of His Judgment is come.

Daniel chapter 8 climaxes with the Little Horn power which comes into the Judgment.

Sanctuary is the Theme of Daniel

Daniel lived at a time when the Sanctuary was trodden underfoot. At this time God’s people were captive in Babylon. You will find that theme of Daniel 8:14 runs right through the Book of Daniel.

Daniel had seen Babylon tread the Sanctuary down. He knew what it was to be oppressed by a foreign power. He knew what it was to be without the religious service that had been so much a part of their way of life. And so the theme of Daniel 8:14 is the Sanctuary, and this theme runs right through the Book of Daniel.

Daniel had seen Babylon tread down the Sanctuary. The Sanctuary is the key message of the Book of Daniel.

Daniel 1:1,2 says, "In the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim King of Judah came  Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon into Jerusalem, and besieged it. And the LORD gave Jehoiakim king of Judah into his hand with part of the vessels of the house of GOD; which he carried into the land of Shinar to the house of his god; and he brought the vessels into the treasure house of his god."

The Book of Daniel opens with the Temple of God, with Babylon and Jerusalem. Both cities are present in Daniel 8:14.

Story of Two Cities

The Bible is really the story of two cities starting back with Cain and Abel, then all the way through, it is Babylon and Jerusalem. In Revelation John picks up the them  - Babylon – Jerusalem.

Significance of the Sanctuary

The Devil hates the Sanctuary because it shows God’s character. That is why these offshoot groups arise from time to time all claiming to have new Light on the Sanctuary. The Sanctuary is the centre of heavenly activities. It reveals God, for in it is wrapped up the Plan of Salvation. 

Satan longed to be able to dwell in the sides of the North. He aspired to control the Councils of Heaven. That is to rule the Universe of God. He hates the Sanctuary because in it is centered the Plan of Salvation, the very thing that has and will eventually break his grip on this world. 

So coming back to Daniel’s question, "How long LORD, how long before you do something about it?" 

God says, "Daniel, it is going to be quite a while, a long period of time, but you can rest assured that all will come right in the end." So in Daniel chapter 1 the Sanctuary is introduced.

The Sanctuary Desecrated

In Daniel chapter 5 the sacred vessels are taken out of the storeroom so that the drunken lords may drink to their gods.       

Chapter 5:5 says, "In the same hour came forth fingers of a man's hand and wrote over against the candle stick."  

The same hour that the blasphemous lords drank out of those sacred vessels the finger of God’s judgment wrote those solemn words on the wall of the palace. 

This is a solemn warning to the sacrilegious men and women of our day. The writing is on the wall. There is a Judgment coming to those who have taken Sacred Vessels of the Word of God and profaning it. Little do the sacrilegious of today realize that soon, very soon, their hour will come.

That night, the river Euphrates was dried up. Once again in the Book of Revelation we have the drying up of the Euphrates. It is a symbol  of the end when Cyrus came from the east and dried up that river, it was the end of Babylon.

Daniel 5:30 says, "In that night was Belshazzar, the king of the Chaldeans slain.”

There is one thing we need to remember. That is, that Daniel chapter 5 is not only history but it is prophetic. 

In Daniel 8:14 the assurance is given that GOD will intervene, that in 1844 the Daily would be restored. 

Revelation 14:6 says, "And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation and kindred, and tongue, and people."

Today the Everlasting Truth is being proclaimed that Christ is the great High priest of the Heavenly sanctuary. The wicked powers of Babylon, both physical and spiritual, took away the Everlasting Truth.

 The early Books of Daniel give us the Key to what follows. And so we have Babylon interfering with the Sanctuary by taking away some of the Sacred Vessels.

In chapter 1 we have the Sanctuary desecrated, Daniel and his companions taken captive. Right through the Book to the 9th chapter the Sanctuary is prominent. In Chapter 11 you have the Kings who were concerned with the Sanctuary, especially the King of the North. Verse 44 says, "But tidings out the east and out the north shall trouble him: therefore he shall go forth with great fury to destroy, and utterly to make away many." (God's people)


The vital question as far as God’s people are concerned ‘Who shall be able to deliver you?’ And how wonderful God has provided the answer. 

Daniel 12:1 (latter half) says, “… and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book."

We have already noticed that the theme of the Book of Daniel is the Sanctuary.  ‘Deliver you’ is the keyword of the Book "Who shall be able to deliver you?” Deliverance was very important as far as Daniel and his Three companions were concerned. But deliverance for God’s people was and is of the utmost importance.

Chapter 3:15 says, “… who is that God that shall deliver you out of my hands?" The answer is in the 12th chapter “… at that time thy people shall be delivered.”

The day is coming and it is coming soon when, like Daniel and the three Hebrews, we will go through the experience of deliverance. How important it is that God’s people realize that deliverance will come.

Practical Application of Daniel

Daniel 8:14 has a practical application for it points forward not only to cleansing of the Sanctuary and how important that is, but to the time when the host (God’s people) shall be delivered. Remember this, that the history recorded in the early chapters of Daniel are very important to we who are living today. There was no compromise with Daniel and his three companions whether the test was that of what he ate or drank, or a matter of principle in religious issues. 

God is putting it into the hearts of men and women to study the Books of Daniel and Revelation and through that study there will come a revival. People today are wanting to know these things and how wonderful it is that we can help them. Daniel’s Book is not just a simple narrative, it has a complex theme that runs right through the Book.

In the background there is that mastermind of evil, the Devil. As you know, the meaning of Devil is ‘slanderer’ or ‘accuser’. He not only slanders God but the brethren as well. He slandered God before the whole universe. So there must be a justification.  

Revealing the Character of God

It is because of Satan’s continual efforts that the inhabitants of this earth are unable to see the true Character of God. The earth is in darkness through a misapprehension of God, because Satan has blinded men’s minds. They are unable to see God’s true character. Even the angels were unable to see God as He really is. It was not until Satan revealed his evil intentions, that the angels began to see that God is love. It was at the Cross that Satan revealed himself, as a cold blooded tyrant. But at the End, at the very last, not only will God’s character be exalted, but his people will have similar characters.

Revelation 14:5 says, "And in their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault before the throne of GOD." 

Judgment given to the Saints

It says that that the judgment will be given to the saints of the Most High. Why does GOD do this? It is not enough that God should be Just or should appear just, but that His people be convinced of this as well. And as they take part the Judgment they will know for certain, that He is.

Job’s experience is really a little picture of this. Job started off as a Just man, but the slanderer came along and smeared his character. But in the end Job was justified, proving to be all that God said he was.


Now let us come back to the Sanctuary. Revelation 13:6 says, "And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle and them that dwell in heaven.”  

As we have already discovered the Sanctuary was a central theme in the Books of Daniel and Revelation. Very early in the Book of Revelation we are introduced to the Sanctuary. We have a picture of Christ walking among the Golden Candlesticks. 

You will notice that when Satan blasphemes God’s name he does it in many ways. In chapter 13:6. it says,
- he blasphemes against God
- he blasphemes His name
- he blasphemes His temple or the Sanctuary.

Daniel 8 and the Book of Revelation

The whole Book of Revelation is an enlargement of Daniel chapter 8. Behind the whole thing is the conflict, the Great Controversy between Christ and Satan.

Revelation 11:1,2 says, "And there was given me a reed like unto a rod; and the angel stood saying Rise, and measure the temple of God and the altar, and them that worship therein, but the court which is without the temple leave it out, and measure it not: for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months." 

These chapters are all based on Daniel 8:14. Daniel begins as a captive in Babylon, and he deals with the monarchs that have much to do with the Sanctuary. 

In Daniel 8, he stresses the Sanctuary being trodden down. Moving on to Revelation you find John in captivity, a prisoner of Babylon. Revelation takes up immediately where Daniel leaves off. For John sees Jesus Christ walking among the Golden Candlesticks dressed in priestly garments. 

Then in Revelation 13 we are introduced to the Power who would:
- blaspheme against God
- blaspheme His name
- blaspheme His tabernacle and them that dwell in heaven.

This blasphemous power would not only do this but would force men and women to worship by threat of a boycott and the death penalty.

So once again we are faced with the question, is God able to deliver? 

Daniel 12:1 (latter half) says, “... and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book."


Understand is another key word of the Book of Daniel. 

Daniel 8:17 says, “... understand, O son of man; for at the time of the end shall be the vision."

It was very important that Daniel should understand this matter. But it is of far greater importance that we who are living so close to the End should understand these prophecies.

In Matthew 24 Jeus said, "Whoso readeth let him understand."

The Lord is calling the attention of the whole Church to the prophecies of Daniel. In Daniel 12:10 we are told, “... but the wise shall understand.”

It is the wise person who makes a real effort to understand these prophecies, unfortunately some despair of ever understanding. Many do not even make an effort to try and understand. But we are told “... but the wise shall understand.” 

Considering the times in which we live and how close the end is, it is very important that we take our Lord’s advice "Whoso readeth let him understand." or Daniel’s "… but  the wise shall understand."

Daniel really did not understand the whole thing but he had the general idea of it and could build up on that.

Understanding and Deliverance

Understand and Deliverance. These two keywords are vital to us today. They are the answer to the statement in Daniel 3:15, " ... and who is that GOD that shall deliver you out of my hands?”  

Daniel 12:1 says, “... at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the Book.” 

Without doubt we are going to pass through very difficult times. The Bible says that it will be “... a time of trouble such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time ..."

There is one thing we can be assured of and (that is) that God will give deliverance just as He gave deliverance back in Daniel’s day.

In Jeremiah 51:6, "Flee out of the midst of Babylon, and deliver every man his soul be not cut off in her iniquity for this is the time of the LORD's vengeance; He will render unto her a recompence."

God's Spirit to be Withdrawn

The warning goes out. As the churches are clamoring for unity that will lead them closer to Rome, God urges the faithful to flee from her. Little does the man of the world realize that it is through God’s mercy that the cruel power of the evil one is held in check. However when every ray of light has been rejected and every warning despised or unheeded, then the Spirit of God will be finally withdrawn, and there will be no protection from the malice and hatred of Satan. Then there will be no safety anywhere. For the Bible tells us that Babylon becomes the stronghold of devils. Envy, hatred, strife, rebellion, murder, is no longer kept in check. There will be no restraint. Even friends and relatives will betray each other. All this is just around the corner.

A Revival Needed

So today as never before there is a need of revival. There is a revival on the way. 

Joel 2:28 says, "And it shall come to pass afterwards that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions; And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days, will I pour out my Spirit.” Verse 32 says, “And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the LORD shall be delivered.”

It is a revival that will bring deliverance. The Latter Rain will take the people of God through the period of trial that lies ahead. When the great crisis comes God’s people will receive Divine power to face the issue. That is, if we have been wise enough to understand.

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