"Then I heard one saint speaking and another saint said unto that certain saint which spake, How long shall be (does not belong from the original text) the vision concerning (does not belong from the original text) the daily sacrifice, (does not belong from the original text), and the transgression of desolation, to give both the sanctuary and the host to be trodden under foot?" Dan. 8:13
Let us itemize the given phrases:
Then I heard one saint speaking- probably, angels were having conversations, although it seems to be a great matter, that made a deep impression on Daniel, but the Bible did not inform us. The nearest probability is that they may be talking about the horrible scene of the entire vision.
and another saint said unto that certain saint which spake- that is another angel speaking to the other.
How long- Certainly, the question refers to the long time of persecutions experienced by the people of God. From Medo-Persia, Greece, pagan Rome, and to papal Rome. The phrase also appears in Revelation 6:10, uttered (symbolically) by the martyrs who long for God to avenge them against their oppressors. The people of God suffered much from the oppression inflicted against them by the different kingdoms in the vision. But the most astonishing thing is when the prosecutor turned to a professed believer, papal Rome, yet continued the same course done by its predecessors, the pagans. What a scene! Who can hold his voice by saying, how long! While the horrific scene is passing on his eyes.
the vision- concerning the following;
The daily means continuance or perpetual appears more than 100 times in the Bible, used mostly about sacrifices in the earthly sanctuary. But the word sacrifice does not suggest to refer daily sacrifices as made by the priests, like what others believe. The word sacrifice does not belong to the original text. What the vision projects are the continual persecution against the people of God, which seems to have no ending upon the impression of the viewers. Therefore, it appears that the construction and the context mean that the term daily refers to a desolating power, the same as the transgression of desolation (THE DAILY DESOLATION and THE TRANSGRESSION OF DESOLATION).
the transgression of desolation- In line with the vision, although we observed the different actors who persecuted the saints, we can only reduce them to two groups. They are pagan and papal desolating powers. This phrase, transgression of desolation, fits the papacy, for they have not merely desolated the people of God physically; but also in the spiritual aspect, forcing them to compromise God's truth.
Therefore to sum it all up, it will go like this: How long will the pagans and the papacy continue their course of horrific persecution against the people of God? Or, to give both the sanctuary and the host to be trodden under foot?