Think about what you know of prophecy. Can you think of any way that a knowledge of prophecy has taught you about who Christ is? Is it possible to learn the character of Christ as we study the prophecies? Absolutely. Not only is Christ the one who fulfills His word regarding the rise and fall of nations and kingdoms, but there are many things to learn about who Christ is in the things that he has prophesied. One interesting example is found in Daniel 8:13, where we are given a specific title or description of Christ.
Daniel 8:13-14 “13 Then I heard one saint speaking, and another saint said unto that certain saint which spake, How long shall be the vision concerning the daily sacrifice, and the transgression of desolation, to give both the sanctuary and the host to be trodden under foot? 14 And he said unto me, Unto two thousand and three hundred days; then shall the sanctuary be cleansed.”
A question is being asked from one saint to “that certain saint” or rather “that certain” (the word saint here is not in the original Hebrew). The Hebrew word used for “that certain”, H6422 in the concordance, is Palmoni, meaning “a certain one.” It references connection to H6423, meaning a specific person…. which is from the word H6395 to distinguish, set apart, make wonderfully. If you look in the King James Bible margin notes to see what it says about that “certain”, it calls him Palmoni the numberer of secrets or the wonderful numberer. The numberer is being asked about the length of the vision and prophecy.
Who is Palmoni, the wonderful numberer? It is a specific person… Is it not Christ who numbers?
Job 38:37 number clouds
Psalms 147:4 number stars
Isaiah 40:26 things on high
Matthew 10:30 hairs of your head
Revelation 13:17 number of his name (Rev. 7:4 sealed)
Revelation 13:18 number of beast
Is not Christ the one who also puts the numbers to the prophecies? He gives them their appointed times:
2 Samuel 24:15
Daniel 8:19, 10:1, 11:27, 11:29, 11:35
Another aspect to numbering deals with weights and measurements. Christ weighs and measures in judgment or evaluation:
Isaiah 26:7 path of just
Isaiah 40:12 waters, heaven, mountains
Isaiah 40:26 host by number
Isaiah 65:7 work
Job 11:9 God’s measure
Job 28:25 waters
Psalms 39:4 our days
Proverbs 16:2 spirits
Daniel 5:27 weighed in balances
Matthew 7:2 judged
Matthew 23:32 fill up measure
Mark 4:24 what you measure
Luke 6:38 good measure
John 3:34 spirit unmeasured
Romans 12:3 measure of faith
Ephesians 4:7 measure of grace
Ephesians 4:13 measure of stature of Christ
Revelation 6:5 balances on horse
Revelation 18:6 fill cup, reward double
As you can see, throughout the Bible there are evidences that Christ has wonderfully numbered the prophecies and set the boundaries of creation and law. If the boundaries He has set are disregarded, He will weigh and measure with fairness and justice.
So, why is this specific Numberer, Christ Himself, questioned on this point in Daniel 8?
Let’s read a few verses before verse 13. Daniel 8:11-12 says,
11 “Yea, he magnified himself even to the prince of the host, and by him the daily sacrifice was taken away, and the place of his sanctuary was cast down. 12 And an host was given him against the daily sacrifice by reason of transgression, and it cast down the truth to the ground; and it practiced, and prospered.”
It is because a power is magnifying itself against Palmoni, also known as “the prince of the host” in verse 11. The one asking wants to know the limits that Palmoni has set upon the oppressing power.
Just to verify that the prince of the host is Christ:
See Daniel 9:25, 10:21, 11:22, 12:1, Acts 3:15, Revelation 1:5, Joshua 5:14-15,
Also to verify what Host means: it can be related to armies, a people group, or heavenly host.
See 2 Chronicles 26:11, Jeremiah 33:22, Obadiah 1:20, Zephaniah 1:5, Luke 2:13.
So, Christ has a people, and He is the Prince or leader of this host of people and heavenly creation.
The wonderful numberer is asked how long will the sanctuary and the host be “trodden underfoot”. So, He who sets a number to the prophecies gave His answer in verse 14, “Unto two thousand and three hundred days; then shall the sanctuary be cleansed.” Christ, the Wonderful Numberer, set a limit on the trampling down of his people and his law. A time would come when He would put an end to it and begin to cleanse His sanctuary.
True to His character as a numberer, Christ has also prophesied a limit to sin and suffering. In Revelation 21:4 we find a wonderful promise that Palmoni, the Wonderful Numberer, has prophesied.
“And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.”
Bible, King James Version