“TWO THOUSAND THREE HUNDRED EVENINGS AND MORNINGS”
26. What was the question raised concerning the “constant feature” and the “transgression,” and what answer did the angel give?
26 Remember, now, the question that the angel raised in Daniel’s hearing: “How long will the vision be of the constant feature and of the transgression causing desolation, to make both the holy place and the army [of temple servants] things to trample on?” To this the angelic answer is given: “Until two thousand three hundred evenings and mornings; and the holy place will certainly be brought into its right condition.”—Dan. 8:13, 14.
27. From when, at the earliest, would those 2,300 evenings and mornings begin to count, and why, and when was that according to the Jewish lunar calendar?
27 When did those 2,300 evenings and mornings begin? By knowing this we can find out when they end and thus when Jehovah’s “holy place” is “brought into its right condition,” or, “shall be restored to its rightful state” (Revised Standard Version).* If Jehovah’s “holy place” is “brought” or “restored” to what it should be, then we should count the days from the time when previously it was in the “right condition” from Jehovah’s viewpoint. At the earliest this was on June 1, 1938, when the official magazine of Jehovah’s anointed remnant of underpriests at His sanctuary, namely, The Watchtower, published Part One of the article entitled “Organization,” so as to state more fully the theocratic requirements for it. When we calculate according to the Jewish lunar calendar that was used at the time of Daniel’s vision centuries before the Julian calendar and Gregorian calendar were introduced, June 1, 1938, falls on the 2nd day of the lunar month Sivan, 1938. Fourteen days later, or June 15, 1938, when The Watchtower published Part Two of the article “Organization” with its Resolution, would fall on Sivan 16, 1938. So now to our question:
28, 29. (a) As counted from the critical period, when did those 2,300 days end? (b) What important events were then taking place with reference to the Eighth World Power?
28 If we thus count from the critical period when theocratic organization was being more fully installed in the congregations of Jehovah’s witnesses, when did the 2,300 days end?
29 Remember, this is a prophetic period. So a prophetic year of 360 days is involved. (Rev. 11:2, 3; 12:6, 14) So 2,300 days would amount to six lunar years, four lunar months and twenty days. That amount of time counted from Sivan 2 (June 1), 1938, would end on Tishri 21 (October 8), 1944, or, counted from Sivan 16 (June 15), 1938, it would end on Heshvan 5 (October 22), 1944.* At that particular time world events were moving closer to the bringing of the beastlike Eighth World Power out of the abyss shortly after World War II, this time in the form of the United Nations organization, for world peace and security. In its chronology for 1944 The Americana Annual reports notable events on the following dates:
October 9—United States, Great Britain, Soviet Russia, and China announce decision of Dumbarton Oaks Conference to recommend creation of an international security organization, to be called “The United Nations,” and to be empowered “to take such action by air, naval or land forces as may be necessary to maintain or restore international peace and security.”
October 23—Acting Secretary of State Edward R. Stettinius, Jr., announces official American recognition of the French Provisional Government, raising France to a high place among the United Nations and preparing the way for rapid reconstruction; governments of the Soviet Union, the United Kingdom, and Canada issue similar announcements.—The Americana Annual for 1945, page 730.
30. About that time events in the theocratic realm were moving in what direction, as, for instance, at Buffalo, N.Y., in August?
30 By now the tide of World War II had definitely turned in favor of the Allies, Hitlerite Germany having already been invaded by Allied armies. But what was happening in the theocratic realm of Jehovah’s worshipers at his “sanctuary” in that year of 1944? There events were moving forward to a noteworthy state of affairs by the end of the 2,300 days.
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EVENTS MARKING BEGINNING AND END OF THE 2,300 DAYS
DATE MUNDANE THEOCRATIC
June 1, 1938 “Organization,” Part I,
published in “The
June 15, 1938 “Organization,” Part II,
with Resolution, published
in “The Watchtower”
October 2, 1944 Amendment resolutions are
adopted at the annual
business meeting of Watch
Tower Bible & Tract Society
in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania,
to bring its Charter more
in line with the final
work ahead and with the
October 8, 1944 End of the 2,300 days as
counted from June 1, 1938
October 9, 1944 United States,
Soviet Union and
creation of “The
October 15, 1944 “Organized for Final Work,”
published in “The
October 22, 1944 End of the 2,300 days as
counted from June 15, 1938
October 23, 1944 American recognition
is announced toward
Government, to raise
France to high place
among The United
Nations; Soviet Union,
United Kingdom and
Canada issue like
November 1, 1944 Articles “Theocratic
Organization in Action,”
and, “The Theocratic
Alignment Today,” are
published in “The