What is The Daily Sacrifice?
by Randy Peterson
I have felt for years that the daily sacrifice has something to do with our
relationship with Y’shua and His work in Heaven for us. But it has
puzzled me how satan could remove what our Savior is doing. The
concepts emerging lately as to what the daily sacrifice might be, have brought
me back to that consideration for another look, and I am excited to
share a much broader picture which Yah has opened before me!
I will attempt to depict this view by replacing words used in the
KJV with alternate meanings from Strong’s (in green), along with
explanatory insertions (in red).
9 And out of one of them came forth a little horn, which waxed
exceeding great, toward the south, and toward the east, and toward
the pleasant land.
10 And it waxed great, even to the army
H6635 of heaven; and it
H5307 some of the
H6635 and of the stars
H3556 (angelic host)
H5307 to the
H776, and stamped
H7429 upon them (satan
being the power or puppeteer behind the Papacy).
11 Yea, he magnified H1431 himself even to the (position of Michael
the true) prince/captain
H8269 of the
H6635, and by him the
H8548 (worship of/relationship with the Creator) was
taken H7311 away
H7311, and the basis
H4349 (of trustworthiness) of his
(God as our) asylum/refuge
H4720 was cast
H7993 down (in the minds of
12 And an army
H6635 was given him against the
(worship of the Creator) because of rebellion
H6588, and it cast
down the truth (about God) to the ground (in their thinking); and it
practiced, and prospered.
13 Then I heard one saint speaking, and another saint said unto that
certain saint which spake, How long shall be the vision, the
(assault on the) continual
H8548 (relationship), and the
H6588, to give both the (faith in God as
our) holy place
H6944 (of safety) and the
H6635 (of God
possessing that faith) to be trodden under foot?
14 And he said unto me, Unto two thousand and three hundred
mornings H6153-H1242; then shall the (truth of God as our)
place H6944 be (proven)
15 And it came to pass, when I, even I Daniel, had seen the vision,
and sought for the meaning, then, behold, there stood before me as
the appearance of a man.
16 And I heard a man’s voice between the banks of Ulai, which
called, and said, Gabriel, make this man to understand the vision.
17 So he came near where I stood: and when he came, I was afraid,
and fell upon my face: but he said unto me, Understand, O son of
man: for at the time of the end shall be the vision.
30 For the ships of Chittim shall come against him: therefore he
shall be grieved, and return, and be enraged
H2194 against the holy
covenant: so shall he do; he shall even return, and have
intelligence with them that forsake the holy covenant.
31 And forces
be employed by him
H5975, and they shall
pollute H2490 (in the minds of men) the holy
refuge H4720 of
H4581, and (thereby) shall
H8548 (sacrificial worship relationship with the Creator),
and they shall put
H5414 (in its place) the
filth of idolatry
(and creature worship) that
H8074 (by separation
I hope at this point you can sense my struggle to find the right
words to represent what I’m coming to believe the daily sacrifice is all about.
I can only wish so many words were not necessary to accomplish this.
Since my mind sees best through comparisons and parallels, I will
share those below in as few words as I can manage; and hopefully the
picture I see will become evident.
The closest contextual parallel concerning this is found in
9:26-27. Here it says that Messiah would “confirm the covenant with
many” and “cause the sacrifice and oblation to cease.” Both of these
actions should be understood to be spiritual as the Jews did not
cease the animal sacrifices until Jerusalem was destroyed in 70 A.D.
From Heaven’s point of view, Messiah “took away” the Old Covenant blood and related sacrifices, along with the attending fleshly
ministration in His death on the cross. With all the Scripture says
concerning the old and new covenants, we can know the transfer is from flesh to
Spirit. In this light, the “confirming” (strengthening) of the
covenant referred to here must be the The New Covenant.
Paralleling that with
Daniel 8:11 we find that (in the last days)
satan also succeeds in taking away a “daily sacrifice.” This is
stated to be in conjunction with a rage against and forsaking of
Yah’s holy covenant (Daniel chapter 11:30). Understanding the New Covenant to be
spiritual, we can know this end time battle will be of a spiritual
What Messiah does by dismantling (see
Eph. 2:14) the Old Covenant
ministration of flesh, and replacing it with the New Covenant spiritual
II Cor. 3), satan strives to reverse. His aim is
to draw men’s hearts away from the New Covenant gospel relationship with
Yah, and either hold or return them to the Old Covenant fleshly mindset.
This mindset is essentially the lie he told in Eden - that man was
already equal to Yah and therefore could be (or is) sufficiently
righteous on his own. Perhaps the translation “daily sacrifice”
isn’t too far off after all. But, there are more comparisons to be
made in Scripture.
Let’s look next at the opposite aspects of the old and new covenants
as found in Paul’s letters:
Earthly place of meeting
Led by Moses
Animal blood sacrifices
Thought by fleshly Israel to be by works
Priesthood - line of Levi
Heavenly place of meeting
Led by Y’shua
Messiah’s blood sacrifice
Known by Spiritual Israel to be by faith
Priesthood - line of Melchizedek
Now let’s look at the most prominent opposites in the first and
third angels’ messages in Revelation 14:
Worship of the Creator
Understood mark is the Sabbath
Followers of Yah have cheerful endurance
Worship of the beast (creature)
Understood mark is Sunday Worship
Followers of satan have torment
These two comparisons outline what satan hates the most and what he
wants to cause the world to accept in order to separate all from
Yah. Listed next, are three of the attributes of Yah which satan
seeks to obliterate in the minds of men. These attributes are
inherent in the meanings of words used in Daniel 8 and 11 concerning
the daily sacrifice.
• Relational - “know their God” (Daniel 11:32) - wants to be our
• Refuge - “sanctuary” (Daniel 8:11-13;
II Sam. 22:3;
• Fortress - “strength” (Daniel 11:31) - A strong fortress -
“shelter,” “strong tower,”
Other Interpretations of the Daily Sacrifice
One of the most exciting aspects of my understanding of
the daily sacrifice is
the larger picture it reveals. It includes three other concepts
being discussed in the application of Daniel 8 to the “time of the end”
before us. Those three are the Sabbath, our times of offering
prayer, and the scepter/dominion. I have not yet heard these
explained by those suggesting their being the sacrifice; but from what I
already understand, I see them all to be inseparable parts of our
saving relationship with YHVH. Next, I will attempt to show this
from Scripture for each concept:
• The Sabbath is continual from creation through eternity.
66:23-24 certainly upholds its eternal status. Being a memorial of
our creation (Ex. 20:8-11) and a sign of our redemptive
recreation/sanctification (Ex. 31:13), it will always hold a deep
significance to the redeemed. This therefore, places it in the
crosshairs of satan’s hatred, to whom it is a perpetual reminder that he was also created, that he
anything but chaos, and that he is restlessly and hopelessly mad.
• Our regular prayers are freewill offerings to Yah and are at the
heart of our relationship with Him. Being typified by the incense
burned on the golden altar, the smoke from which rose as a sweet
savor to YHVH, the prayers of praise and dependent supplication of
the truly penitent and surrendered believers are captured and
precious to Him. In counter distinction to those prayers, the curses
and vile accusations of those who worship the beast/creature, from
which Yah turns away and lets ascend up for ever and ever (Rev.
14:9-11). Being one more contrast which satan despises, it is little
wonder then that we are admonished to pray without ceasing (I Thess.
• The scepter of dominion has never really left the hand of our
Sovereign King (Ps. 145:13)! (S)atan’s claim to ownership of Earth
is twisted, wishful thinking, and foolish at best. Yah’s letting
satan use this earth as a stage, to demonstrate his claim that he
can run things better than Yah, does not give him title to the
theater. Scripture reminds us, “The earth is the LORD’s and the
fullness thereof” (Ps. 24:1;
50:12). Thankfully, Yah’s ownership of
Earth, too, is continual. Though Adam was given a “dominion” (Gen.
1:26) of stewardship, he never had right of ownership. Therefore,
satan’s dominion can be no more than was Adam’s. To top that off,
Y’shua as the “last Adam” (I Cor. 15:45) purchased back, with His
blood, the dominion the first Adam lost. (Eph. 1:19-23) Much to the
delight of the redeemed, Y’shua will return as their reigning King,
and His dominion will be “even to the ends of the earth” (Zech.
9:10). This too satan hates!
Because satan hates Yah yet knows he cannot touch Him nor stop what
He is working in our behalf, his last ditch effort is to keep us
from being restored back into His image. This effort consists of
attempting to seduce mankind into thinking that Yah isn’t who He
claims to be. Our response of surrender and worship is vital to
Y’shua being our Rest, Refuge, Savior, and King. Our constant
communion with Him is vital to His love relationship with us;
therefore, these are the targets at which satan is aiming.
Answering the question, “What is the Daily Sacrifice?” comes down to what word
best represents those things that satan can take away. To me, that
one word is Worship. To surrender to Yah’s dominion is to worship
Him, to observe the Sabbath is to spend a whole day each week
dedicated to worshiping Him, and to pray to and praise Him is to
worship Him. Who we worship has always been and will be the central
issue until Y’shua takes away satan, sin, and sinners for the final
time. And finally, the really neat thing: if we will exercise our
blood-bought privilege to worship Yah continually, satan is
powerless to take it away!
Fear Yah, give Him glory, and worship Him
For the hour for Him to be judged has come and
He calls for His witnesses to testify in His behalf.
Come, let us stand together for Him!
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