The Abomination(s) Of Desolation

Q. In What Really Happened At Christmas you say “Antiochus captured the Temple, sacrificed a pig on the altar, and erected a statue of the Greek god Zeus in the Holy Place requiring everyone to worship it on pain of death. This outrageous act rendered the Temple unclean and became known as the Abomination of Desolation.” In Daniel 11:31 he speaks of the abomination that causes desolation. I was under the impression that this refers to the time when the anti-Christ stands in the Holy temple and demands to be worshiped. So now we have two abominations of desolation?

A. Daniel spoke of an Abomination of Desolation in three different places and in two different contexts. In Daniel 11:31 he mentioned it in the context of what became known as the Maccabean revolt. Antiochus IV Epiphanes was the king of the north at the time. This occurrence is also referenced by name in the apocryphal book 1 Maccabees 1:54.

But he also spoke of an Abomination of Desolation in the end times in Daniel 9:27 and Daniel 12:11. Jesus referred to this one in Matt; 24:15 saying it would mark the beginning of the Great Tribulation. Paul described the same event without naming it in 2 Thes. 2:4 as did John in Rev. 13:14-15.

So the fact is there will be two very similar occurrences of an Abomination of Desolation. The historical one in 165BC serves as a local fulfillment and model of the future one that will have world wide implications.

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