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Sefer Daniel: Part 18 - Perek 8 con't: The Unclear Vision of The End of The Days
"I heard a holy one speaking. And the holy one said to the anonymous one who was speaking, "Until when, the vision of the tamid, and silent abomination, allowing the trampling of the holy and the host?" "And he said to me, "Until the evening, morning two thousand and three hundred, and the holy will be justified."
Daniel had seen the he-goat and the horn falling in a vision, unlike the "officer of the army" and tamid, which instead he heard from the malachim. The "holy one speaking" was Gavriel who addressed the "anonymous" malach, who was Michoel.
Gavriel asked Michoel, "How long will the Beis Hamikdash be destroyed and the tamid abolished?" Michoel answered that the time from the churban (evening) until the geulah (morning) will last for two thousand and three hundred years. The Beis Hamikdash and Bnei Yisrael will then be restored, and all the nations will recognize Yisrael's righteousness.
"When I, Daniel, saw the vision, and I tried to understand it, and behold, the appearance of a man stood before me. And I heard the voice of a man from the middle of Ulai; he said, ‘Gavriel, clarify the vision to this one.'"
Daniel had understood the vision he heard from the malachim, but he did not understand the visions he saw of the ram and the he-goat. He asked for understanding and he saw the form of a man which was Gavriel. The voice of Michoel called out to Gavriel, commanding him to explain the vision to Daniel.
"And he came to where I was standing, and when he came, I was petrified and I fell on my face. And he said to me, ‘Understand, ben adam, that the vision is about the end of time.'"
Gavriel informed Daniel that the vision concerned a far off time, the end of days. The further in time a vision occurs, the more hidden it is to the eyes of those who see it, and requires extra insight. He then explained the meaning of the vision and the symbolism of the ram and the he-goat, which represented Madai and Paras, and Yavan.
Gavriel also explained the vision which Daniel heard, which concerned the Roman rule, the power of the Roman church, the Romans' persecution of Bnei Yisrael, and the destruction of the Beis Hamikdah.
"And you should obscure the vision for it for a long time.
And I, Daniel, was broken and sick for days, then I got up and I did the work of the king. I was bewildered by the vision, but no one understood."
The great fear which gripped Daniel during the vision caused him to fall ill. While he was still ill, Daniel was summoned by Belshatzar to solve the mystery of the handwriting on the wall. Daniel was astounded how quickly the vision was being fulfilled.
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