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What is the Abomination of Desolation spoken of by Daniel the Prophet?
When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:) Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains: (Matthew 24:15-16)
Jesus spoke these words in the midst of answering two questions from his disciples. He addresses this to those which be in Judaea and I believe to those that were living at that time. They would see the abomination that he spoke of. It would have been Matthew who parenthetically adds, (whoso readeth, let him understand:). This is an explicit instruction to look in the book of Daniel to understand exactly what it was Jesus was telling those inhabitants of Judaea that they would see. We find the word abomination twice in the Book of Daniel:
Daniel 11:31 is a reference to Antiochus Epiphanies slaughtering a pig on the alter in the Temple, so here we get a definition: An abomination that maketh desolate is a wrong sacrifice in the Temple. In this instance it did not bring about the desolation of the Temple as it was not the Hebrew Nation which was responsible for the act.
Daniel 12:11 This is the direct reference to what Jesus was was telling the Judaean’s to be on the lookout for. When was this wrong sacrifice set up in the Temple? I’ll show you in the scripture:
Now when these things were thus ordained, the priests went always into the first tabernacle, accomplishing the service of God. But into the second went the high priest alone once every year, not without blood, which he offered for himself, and for the errors of the people: The Holy Ghost this signifying, that the way into the holiest of all was not yet made manifest, while as the first tabernacle was yet standing: (Hebrews 9:6-8)
This (underlined) was the authorized sacrifice for sin until the Messiah came and sacrificed Himself.
But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building; Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us. (Hebrews 9:11-12)
John’s witness is that Jesus said, “it is finished” before he gave up the ghost. Matthew records:
Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost. And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent; (Matthew 27:50-51)
What was finished? And what does the renting of the veil in the Temple represent? The sacrifice for sin, once for all was finished when Jesus gave up the ghost. The veil being rent in the temple signifies that Jesus was the way into the holiest of all so that the blood of goats and calves was no longer an acceptable sacrifice for sin. He caused the sacrifice and the oblation to cease in the middle of the week just as the Prophet Daniel wrote.
And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate. (Daniel 9:27)
And he confirmed the covenant:
Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the LORD of hosts. (Malachi 3:1)
Ironically I find this quote on Jimmy DeYoung’s website about the Anti-Christ filling this role:
“Notice that the Antichrist, who I believe is alive and well on planet earth today, will not “sign a peace treaty” but instead “confirm” this treaty. The Hebrew word used here is “gabar” which is never translated “sign” but always “confirm”, to strengthen or make stronger. There will be peace treaties on the table that have not been normalized, they are not working, waiting for some “world leader” to come along and “confirm” them.” (prophecytoday.com/devo/2007_11_28_archive.php)
Now if Jesus was the messenger of the covenant as foretold by Malachi, who better to confirm the covenant than the one who was to fulfill it, even the messenger of the covenant?
Nineteenth Century Jewish author, Alfred Edersheim writes in The Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah:
“And now a shudder ran through Nature, as its Sun had set. We dare not do more than follow the rapid outlines of the Evangelistic narrative. As the first token, it records the rending of the Temple-Veil in two from the top downward to the bottom; as the second, the quaking of the earth, the rending of the rocks and the opening of the graves.., while the rending of the Veil is recorded first, as being the most significant token to Israel, it may have been connected with the earthquake, although this alone might scarcely account for the tearing of so heavy a Veil from the top to the bottom. Even the latter circumstance has its significance. That some great catastrophe, betokening the impending destruction of the Temple, had occurred in the Sanctuary about this very time, is confirmed by not less than four mutually independent testimonies: those of Tacitus, of Josephus, of the Talmud, and of earliest Christian tradition. The most important of these are, of course, the Talmud and Josephus. The latter speaks of the mysterious extinction of the middle and chief light in the Golden Candlestick, forty years before the destruction of the Temple; and both he and the Talmud refer to a supernatural opening by themselves of the great Temple-gates that had been previously closed, which was regarded as a portent of the coming destruction of the Temple” (p.610).
The immediate continuation of the animal sacrifice in the temple was The Abomination of Desolation spoken of by Daniel the Prophet. It was an unacceptable or wrong sacrifice in the holy place. The Religious Establishment and National leaders rejected God’s final provided sacrifice, the blood of the Messiah.
And from the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away, and the abomination that maketh desolate set up, there shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety days. Blessed is he that waiteth, and cometh to the thousand three hundred and five and thirty days. (Daniel 12:11-12)
What happened a thousand two hundred and ninety days later? Three and a half years later the Seventy weeks of Daniel comes to its end. The extra 30 days are an indication that one of the last three and a half years had an extra month, a second Adar which was inserted seven of nineteen years as instructed at the Exodus.
In Daniel there is also pronounced a blessing on those that come to the thousand three hundred and five and thirty days: I believe this is a reference to the Holy Spirit Falling on the Gentiles making of one the entire Ecclesia, Spiritual Israel, a Holy Nation by the seed of faith, the blood of the Messiah, apart from National Israel of the flesh whose determined days had reached its end (Dan 9:24).
Matthew Henry writes of the 70 weeks:
“to the hour when Christ died, which was towards evening too, it was exactly 490 years; and I am willing enough to be of that opinion. But others think, because it is said that in the midst of the week (that is, the last of the seventy weeks) he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, they end three years and a half after the death of Christ, when the Jews having rejected the gospel, the apostles turned to the Gentiles.”
You will notice that Henry never asserts a futurist Antichrist interpretation into the debate, but upholds the Historical position that the seventy weeks are contiguous and completely fulfilled in the four hundred and ninety years allotted to them. The futurist view is based solely upon conjecture.
The Pseudo Abomination of Desolation
Evangelicals today are waiting with bated breath for the Jewish Temple to be rebuilt and the animal sacrificed to be resumed. They have no problem with this wrong sacrifice for sin taking place, but reserve the title, Abomination of Desolation for the “Left Behind” Anti Christ moving into the Temple and proclaiming himself to be God. Something like this may or may not happen thus:
Entertain if you will the idea that there are powerful forces at work in this world with the motivation to take advantage of this very compelling and popular, but false view of prophecy, a juxtaposed 70th week of Daniel. Yes I did mention Counter-Reformation, and that does implicate the Vatican. At the time for the building of a Third Temple a figure will arise who fits the bill of the Anti-Christ of the popular pseudo prophecy. This Anti-Christ character will follow the popular view close enough to be accepted by adherents to this “Futurist/Left Behind view” to be identified as the “true Anti-Christ” while at the same time he will through popular media manipulation be accepted by the world as a Peacemaker when he makes a mid-east peace deal to include the building of a Third Temple.
Perhaps three to four years into this Treaty the deal will begin to unravel and have to be abandoned because a conflict will arise out of opposition to a Third Temple. The deal will be broken! Islam will not have a Third Temple so any deal with their leadership to allow it is doomed from the start. The Vatican cannot allow it to be completed because any sacrifice other than their bloodless sacrifice of trans-substantiation is unacceptable. Only Orthodox Jewry desire the Third Temple as true believers. Evangelical Adherents are true believers with a different motivation, which is to bring about events that will precipitate the return of Christ, however they are unwitting puppets of the counter-reformation eschatology that they hold so dear, false prophecy.
These events will most likely be accompanied by a major multilateral military conflict or threat in the mid-east and the world will cry for peace as usual. Then will step onto the scene the True Anti-Christ bringing peace to the conflict. Because he fulfills the false prophecy and vanquishes the first treaty breaking pseudo Anti-Christ he will be accepted as the fulfillment of the popular prophecies of the return of Christ proclaiming that he is The Vicar Of Christ, His Replacement on Earth and the true meaning and fulfillment of Bible Prophecy. He may propose the building of a Synagogue for the Jews and a Catholic Cathedral to represent Christianity to accompany Islam’s Dome of the Rock on the Temple Mount to unite the great religions of the world as one, thus bringing peace to the region and the entire world.
For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if [it were] possible, they shall deceive the very elect. (Mat 24:24)
The fulfillment of this false prophecy will delude the entire world and even the Elect, if it were possible. True bible believers will suddenly be the majority dissenters and will be demonized for all the ills of the New World Social Order and eventually Social Justice will require that they be put to death for the good of the whole. This has happened before, it was called The Inquisition, and The Bible tells us that it will happen again. Past Inquisitions have lasted hundreds of years, so the coming Crusades may go on for many years. How comforting the thought of relegating tribulation to a mere seven year period which then may even be escaped by a “pre-tribulation rapture” based entirely upon a false 7 year tribulation period prophecy. How many hundreds of millions of bible believing martyrs would have benefited from a “rapture” escape?
And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed. And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. (Rev 13:15-17)
The Bible tells us about the mark of the beast which will be necessary so “that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark.” Receiving this mark will be the test of whether you are or are not a part of the New World Social Order. True Bible believers will need to discern exactly who or what is this beast and what is or does this mark represent. For that we must turn to The Bible and true prophecy. If you are a true Bible believer you will not just dismiss the things that I am saying without due investigation. If Daniels 70th week is truly past then every prophecy that is based on this 7 year period being future is tenuous at best. I challenge all to find that gap between the 69th and 70th week for themselves – it is not there. This revelation changes everything prophetic. Be not deceived.