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Have We Followed Cunningly Devised Fables? — Robert J. Wieland

A new look at the Old View of
“the Daily” of Daniel 8:11-13

"For want of a nail the shoe was lost;
for want of a shoe, the horse was lost;
for want of a horse, the rider was lost;
for want of the rider, the battle was lost."

—Benjamin Franklin, 1758

Could anything that the prophet Daniel wrote repeatedly be as insignificant as a lost horseshoe nail?

Jesus asks us to "read" and to "understand" Daniel. Close to the nerve center of the great doctrine of the sanctuary that has created the Seventh-day Adventist Church, lies the tiny prophetic detail of "the daily." Daniel attaches great importance to it, speaking of it five times in chapters 8,11, and 12—each in a different context.

The pioneers of the Seventh-day Adventist Church had a clear and cogent understanding of "the daily" which figured in our theological birth as a people. Their view has been all but abandoned today. For want of that pioneer understanding (which Ellen White endorsed), this tract suggests that confusion has settled in many Seventh-day Adventist minds about the vital teaching of the sanctuary. The loss can be immeasurable.

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