On the tamiyd or ‘continual’ of Daniel 8
The prophecy of Daniel 8 reveals that cosmological corruptions in the scriptures originated during the reign of the second century BC Selucud king Antiochus IV, represented by the little horn of a goat which grows up to the sky and casts stars, the host of heaven, heaven itself, and the truth to the ground. [Dan. 8:10]
My interpretation of the little horn casting these items to the ground is that it refers to policies implemented by Antiochus IV to stamp out the knowledge of the earth’s diurnal rotation, and establish the concept of a rigid sky, and geocentrism, basic ideas underlying Greek religious belief, that identified both the starry heaven and the bright sky of the day with Zeus.
The little horn casting God’s sanctuary, heaven, to the earth depicts changes introduced in Genesis 1 and other scriptures by Antiochus IV and his agents, that identified the ‘raqia’ formed in the midst of the primeval waters on day 2 with heaven. Originally, ‘raqia’ referred to the earth. Statements were inserted saying God assigned names or labels to Day, Night, Heaven, Earth, and Sea, which were prominent deities in the hellenistic world.
Daniel’s prophecy says that the “tamiyd” or “continual” was taken away by the little horn. In the KJV this word is translated “daily sacrifice,” but “sacrifice” appears in italics. I suggest that the “tamiyd” or “continual” refers to the earth’s continual rotation, rather than temple sacrifices.
In Dan. 8:13-14 an angelic messenger reveals the time span for which the flawed cosmology initiated by the little horn would endure. He said, “Unto 2,300 days, then shall the sanctuary be cleansed.”
The start date for this period is specified in Dan. 8:1.
In the third year of the reign of king Belshazzar a vision appeared unto me, even unto me Daniel, after that which appeared unto me at the first.
No date, other than the third year of Belshazzar, could begin the 2,300 days.
Interpreting the 2,300 days as years, they represent 23 centuries, terminating in about 1750 AD, in the midst of the scientific revolution in astronomy, when men everywhere abandoned geocentrism, and the ptolemaic cosmology, with its system of rigid planetary spheres, and when the concept of a rigid heavenly firmament revolving around the earth was abolished. Because of the scientific revolution, the heavens were “cleansed.” The diurnal rotation was applied to the earth, instead of a rigid heaven.
A prophecy of Isaiah also foretold events connected with the scientific revolution.
And all the host of heaven shall be dissolved, and the heavens shall be rolled together as a scroll: and all their host shall fall down, as the leaf falleth off from the vine, and as a falling fig from the fig tree.
When a scroll is rolled together, its spindles cease their rotation. No further revolutions can occur, when they are rolled together. That figure also depicts the scientific revolution, because the supposed revolutions of the heavenly firmament, that was thought to carry the stars around the earth, ceased. Newton’s law of universal gravitation said all heavenly bodies “fall” towards one another; he said they fall like apples; Isaiah said like figs.
Book of Esther, from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scroll