In an earlier article titled The Seals of Revelation and the 2,300 Days…, I wrote in detail about the puzzling riddle of Daniel 8:14. Now, most of this prophecy was of course fulfilled through Alexander the Great defeating the Persians. However, the verse mentions 2300 days and then the sanctuary will be cleansed.
The sanctuary has always been known by scholars to be the earth. So, this indicates a future fulfillment at the end of the Tribulation and at the Second Coming of Christ Himself.
With this time table in mind, we must understand the 2300 days to be literal days, and not years.
E.W. Bullinger, in his notes in the Companion Bible, talks of this time frame as well and also recognizes this verse to have a future fulfillment.
Bullinger specifically notes that approximately 220 Jewish year days before the Tribulation begins, there will be a political crisis that will spark between Greece and the ancient Persians empire. I speculated that it could be an oil and natural gas drilling attempt by Turkey in the Mediterranean waters of Greece as Turkey was apart of the ancient Persian empire. However, Iran was the headquarters of the Persian empire was considered Persia up until the 20th century when the Western Powers changed her name to Iran. The puzzling question was what could cause conflict between Iran and seemingly irrelevant Greece?
EAST MEDITERRANEAN THEATER RISING…
This just came to my attention recently even though it’s been going on for a few years now. The US has moved their important military assets from the Turkish military base at Incirlik to Greece. Specifically to a US naval base on the island of Crete. The continuing allegiance of Erdogan with Russia prompted this move. Greece has now taken over the role of eastern border protector for NATO. Since the economic crisis that Greece has been in for over the past decade, they have also privatized their ports and the US wanted control over them instead of China. (Arab News September 29, 2020)
Further articles from 2021 state that Secretary of State Antony Blinken was apart of intensifying the US and Greek Mutual Defense and Cooperation Agreement. They have been increasing their military exercises together and increased American presence in Greece. (business insider november 22, 2021).
In fact, the entire country of Greece has become in essence a U.S. base, a quote from Erdogan himself (dailysabah.com Nov 18, 2021). Not only are troops there, but massive amounts of equipment have been hauled in over the past few years.
Now, the only question from here is this. Is the Bible talking of Turkey or Iran as the modern day representative of the Persian ram? Time will tell, but if this is so, expect some type of political crisis to develop during this time frame between Greece and either Turkey or Iran. Once this crisis erupts, we know we only have 220 days until the start of the tribulation…..