The Intimate Relationship of 2300 Prophetic Days and the Content of 70 Weeks
by Jaymark Molo
(a) Daniel 8:16 – Gabriel was told to explain the vision of Daniel 8:1-14.
NOTE: His explanation of the vision recorded in Daniel 8 was not concluded at the end of the chapter.
(b) Daniel 8:17-25 – Gabriel explained all but the 2300 days.
(c) Daniel 8:26,27 – Daniel did not understand the “vision of the evening and the morning” (the 2300 days), though it astonished him.
NOTE: The word “vision” was translated in the Hebrew word as “Mar’eh”.
(d) Daniel 9:1-20 – Twelve years later Daniel was engaged in earnest prayer and Bible study.
NOTE: In response to the prophet’s prayer, he returned to provide more information.
(e) Daniel 9:21 Gabriel, the messenger of the previous vision, returned.
(f) Daniel 9:22 Gabriel said he would give Daniel understanding.
NOTE: No vision is recorded in chapter 9.
(g) Daniel 9:23 Gabriel reminded Daniel of the previous vision. This must have been the vision of Daniel 8, for there is no record of any other prior appearance of Gabriel.
NOTE: Daniel uses several key terms used in both chapter 8 and 9:23-27. One of them is mar’eh, “vision, appearance.” Gabriel came to explain to Daniel the mar’eh (Dan. 9:23). Mar’eh is the same term used in Daniel 8:26 to designate the “vision” dealing with the time period of the 2300 years. Interestingly, the part of the vision (chazôn) in Daniel 8 that the prophet did not understand was the one dealing with the 2300 years, which he calls the mar’eh (verse 27).
(h) Daniel 9:24 – Gabriel’s explanation was clearly of a time prophecy.