First of all, there is the topic of pressent truth. We are true to the best of the knowlege we have at the time and if needed we can form clearer details with deeper applications.
God also works where people are; From Bible days Satan and the demons have learned better ways of tempting and deceving. They are constantly improving. Meanwhile our spirituality is becoming naturally weaker as we are farther and farther away from Eden. The People in the Bible were naturally more spiritual than we are due to the about 2,000 years from the last Biblical book. We are 2,000 years worst off than Peter, John, Paul, Herod, Pilate, Nero and Judas. Satan and the demons are 2,000 years better at deception than they were with these people.
I am not a stickler to the exact day of the start, but the 2300 evening-morning prophecy points us to looking to the mid 1800s for God to do something for us. In the late 1830s Robinson explored the Middle East, which opened the door to archaeology and the re-discovery of the ancient world. Also around the same time the Rosetta stone was translated and ancient languages began to open up. Learning about the ancient world and ancient languages has been able to help us to study, or INVESTIGATE the Bible such as never before. People like Luther, Usher, Newton, Wesley etc. would love to live in our day. They would find the world that started in the mid-1800s an intelectual and spiritual Disneyland. Not to mention how technology changed in this time. Before we could either walk or ride an animal, we could either read or be read to. Today we can listen to the Bible on CD while driving and doing the dishes and working out in the garden, and watch it on DVD on our TV. Can you picture what Tyndal would think if he could envision his plowboy listening to the Bible while plowing the field?
This increased knowlege of the Bible leads to increased knowlege of the God of the Bible, and by beholding we become changed. We are living in an exciting time that we can point to the mid-1800s as being it's birth. God has given us a gift to help counter Satan's increased abilitys and our decreased sensibilities by allowing us to live in a time of greater Bible knowlege.
Satan has attacked this growth. Churches have fallen into either the non-believing Modernists / preterists who look at the evidence but does not see an active God, or the Fundamentalists / dispensationalists who see an active God but who has the Bible in such a ridged box and so focused on defending tradition that they are too afraid to look at the evidence. Too many churhes have FALLEN into these two camps since the mid 1800s, as well as making people in general more dull, less interested in the world that lies beyond where their fingertips end. I do not find Jay Leno's "Jaywalking" to be funny, but very sad as to how self absorbed we have become and how the rest of the world has left our consciousness, and part of that world we have left includes the Bible.
Can you picture Tyndal waking up today, and the excitement he'd have to read John Bright's "A History of Israel" Bowman's "Hebrew Thought compaired to Greek" and to see the Bible on DVD and listening to it on the CD player, yet the dissapointment at the increased ignorance of the world in general, much less Biblical ignorance.
We may learn more about Daniel 8:14. Now studies have shown that 1844 was something like a sabatical year or year of jublee, and that there may be betters studies with looking at the sabatical years to study 1844 (Dr. Waterman from Andrews has done fantastic study, I am aware of the study but have not really learned it, I'd love to learn more about his study and if anyone here is familiar with his work please post here) but 1844 is a special year in the Biblical cycles that fall in the time frame of the birth of these changes.
God's time line shows that we needed it to counter our decreased sensabilities and spirituality and Satan's increased selfishness and deception abilities, and the 2300 evening-morning prophecy as understood pointed people to the fact that God was doing something at that time.