B1: Chapter 13: The Abomination of Desolation

(entire) Chapter 13
The Abomination of Desolation

(1) No Tribulation Temple

There is a lot of wrong teaching on this subject, but I will attempt to present a concise argument why there will not be a tribulation Temple and what the abomination actually will be. The Abomination of Desolation is not the stopping of the sacrifice or the setting up of an image in the Temple, because the Jewish Temple will never be rebuilt in this age.

One reason the Temple will not be rebuilt is because the Muslims control the Temple Mount and they will never let the Jews build the Temple there. To believe otherwise ignores 1400 years of history, much Scripture, and is just wishful thinking. I have already proven that the 7-year peace treaty is false. Also, a good number of Jews will convert to Christianity before the GT as we saw in previous chapters. Plus, many Jews do not believe that the Temple should be built until the coming of Messiah.

If in fact a 7-year agreement were to occur, which would allow the Jews to rebuild their Temple, it would mean that they have less than 3.5 years to actually cut all the stones and rebuild the Temple, which would be a real rush job. But it would take longer than that to do the archeological excavation of the site before building. Seriously, do you really believe that the Jews, who care greatly for every piece of pottery relating to their history in Israel, would build on top of perhaps the greatest archeological treasures in world history? Some people are just not thinking clearly! The Temple Mount most certainly has incredible archeological treasures and information buried there, such as evidence of both Temples, what they looked like, how they were built, how they were destroyed, etc.

Add to this the fact that we do not know the exact length of the cubit; some people believe it was 1.5 feet, but the measure is not known for certain. Without an exact measure, how can the Temple and the articles in the Temple be made? This is another reason to do a complete archeological excavation of the site and find the other temples. Such an excavation would take several years.

Also, if God wanted the Temple rebuilt, it could have been built during the rule of the Emperor Julian, who favored non-Christian religions. He commanded the Temple be rebuilt with public funds, but God stopped it. First there were very high winds that blew dirt and covered up what had been dug, then an earthquake in 363 A.D. destroyed much work and killed some of the workers. But the work continued, then explosive gases came up from crevices in the ground and burst into fire, burning some of the workers until they finally gave up. But that was not all:

A more tangible and still more extraordinary miracle ensued; suddenly the sign of the cross appeared spontaneously on the garments of the persons engaged in the undertaking. These crosses looked like stars, and appeared the work of art. Many were hence led to confess that Christ is God, and that the rebuilding of the Temple was not pleasing to Him; others presented themselves in the church, were initiated, and besought Christ, with hymns and supplications, to pardon their transgression. (The Jew in the medieval world: a source book, 315-1791. By Jacob Rader Marcus, Marc Saperstein, Hebrew Union College Press, 2000, page 12)

God kept it from being built, but we are expected to believe that God is going to change his mind and allow it to be rebuilt just in time for the Antichrist to desecrate it? No, there will not be an Antichrist Temple!

The claim is made that Paul and the other Apostles did not reject the Temple and that they continued to practice Judaism; but Jesus did not give them detailed information about the coming changes before he went to heaven, which is why the Holy Spirit gave Peter the dream about not calling unclean what God has made clean. God revealed things to them gradually, which is why they had the argument in Acts 15 which concluded that the Gentiles do not have to keep the Law of Moses, but apparently the Jews did.

So even if they originally did not reject the Temple and its service, they certainly would have done so after the destruction of the Temple in 70 A.D., because they knew that the Old Covenant had been replaced by the New Covenant, and that the old was soon to stop completely, as seen in Hebrews 8:

By calling this covenant “new,” he has made the first one obsolete; and what is obsolete and aging will soon disappear. (8:13)

Perhaps they believed they should keep the outward law as long as it was being practiced, until God removed it, as he certainly did with the destruction of the Temple.

The abomination as we have come to understand it would occur by the Antichrist stopping the sacrifice in the Temple and entering the Temple and declaring himself God. But God will not allow the Temple to be rebuilt because offering sacrifices for sin in the Temple would be a greater abomination than someone going into the Temple and sitting on a throne, because offering sacrifices would be trampling on, or attempting to void, the sacrifice of Jesus for our sins. This is why God will never again allow any offerings for sin in the Temple, or even allow the Temple to be rebuilt for the purpose of offering such sacrifices.

What about the statements of Jesus and Paul that seem to refer to the literal Temple? What Paul said about it in 2 Thessalonians 2 was explained in the last chapter, the other is given below.

(2) The Temple Mount

So if the Temple is not going to be rebuilt, then what is the Abomination spoken of by Daniel and Jesus? There are a few possibilities, and I will present the most likely ones here:

“So when you see the ‘abomination of desolation,’ spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place (let the reader understand), 16 then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. (Matt. 24:15-16) (MEV)

“Abomination” is defined as “to be filthy,” “to loathe,” “to abhor,” and refers to something that is disgusting and detestable. The term “abomination of desolation” refers to the desecration of a holy site or something that offends the religious sensibilities of a people.

A previous abomination of desolation was when Antiochus Epiphanes erected a statue of Zeus in the Most Holy Place in the Temple and burned sacrifices on the altar to Zeus. Another abomination of desolation occurred when the Romans destroyed the city and the Temple then afterwards brought in their ensigns on the Temple Mount and offered sacrifices to them. There was not even a Temple on the site and yet it was considered an abomination. These were certainly abominations of desolation, but the context of Matthew 24 puts it still in the future, near or in the Great Tribulation.

In the 5th century, the first Islamic empire conquered the Middle East. When Caliph Omar entered Jerusalem after its capitulation, he rode his horse to the Temple Mount, at which time the Patriarch Sophronius muttered, “Behold the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet,” (Steve Runciman, A History of The Crusades. Volume One: The First Crusade, Cambridge Univ. Press, 1951, p. 3).

Some sources report Sophronius saying, “So this is the abomination of desolation spoken of by Daniel the prophet standing in the holy place.” Some sources report that he made that statement upon Omar’s arrival at the Temple Mount, some that he made it after Omar built the first wooden structure that would later become the Dome of the Rock. The seventh century bishop and historian, Sebeos, agreed with Sophronius:

Sebeos tells of the “horror of the invasion of the Ishmaelites who conquered land and sea.” He too saw in the Arab conquests the fulfillment of Daniel’s prophecy. (Greek Christian and Other Accounts of the Muslim Conquests of the Near East, by Demetrios Constantelos, in The Legacy of Jihad, Edited by Andrew G. Bostom. p. 395)

What is certain is that the abomination will be something that can be seen “standing,” so it cannot be the death of the pope, a saint, and it is not a false doctrine. There is evidence that the Muslims are planning a new building project that will take several years to complete. Evangelist Perry Stone reports that the Mufti of Jerusalem, Ekrima Sabri, said the Palestinian Authority has drawn up plans for a large mosque on the Temple Mount (Unleashing the Beast, p. 118, 2003 edition).

A very large mosque would prevent the building of the Jewish Temple next to the Dome of the Rock, so such a plan is certainly possible. There have already been some excavations of the mount near the Al-Aqsa Mosque that is located in the southern corner of the Temple Mount. “All these activities show very clearly that their plan is to make most of the Temple Mount into an area of one great mosque” (http:// christian action forisrael .org/5 thtemple. html). All of this destruction and construction is very offensive to Jewish people worldwide.

In Matthew 24 Jesus never said that abomination would be of the Temple, or in the Temple. He never said the word Temple, he just said it will be standing in the holy place:

“So when you see the ‘abomination of desolation,’ spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place . . .” (v. 15) (MEV)

Compare what Jesus said above with Dan. 9:27b:

And on the wing of abominations shall come one who makes desolate, until the decreed destruction is poured out on the desolator. (MEV)

Notice that the word “Temple” does not appear here either, merely that something will be made desolate. So it most likely refers to the Temple Mount. The wording also suggests that the abomination will continue for an extend period of time, “until the consummation.” Here is how the LXXE words it:

and on the temple shall be the abomination of desolations; and at the end of time an end shall be put to the desolation.

It mentions the abomination, and then it says the abomination will come to an end at the end of, or consummation of, the age. So, the wording of this passage suggests that the abomination will continue over a long period of time, which would make the Dome of the Rock the abomination of desolation. Several other translations agree, that the abomination will last a long time:

And on a corner of the altar will be abominations that desolate, even until the end. And that which was decreed shall pour out on the desolator. (ESV)

And in the train of these abominations shall come an author of desolation; then, in the end, what has been decreed concerning the desolation will be poured out. (NEB)

So, if the Dome of the Rock is the abomination spoken of the Daniel 9:27, then there could be another building constructed on the Temple Mount. Even though the Temple Mount is already in a state of desolation with the Dome of the Rock and the Al-Aqsa Mosque, there will be a future abomination of desolation because the statement of Jesus in Matthew 24 is still in the future.

Daniel 12 supports the belief in another abomination, because it says the abomination will take place at the 1,290th day. Therefore, the final abomination of desolation probably will be the completion and dedication of a new structure, or when it is first opened for use, such as a mosque.

In the photo above, the black line shows the extent of the Temple Mount, so there is plenty of room to build another mosque; either between the Dome of the Rock and the Al-Aqsa Mosque, or east of them. The Dome of the Rock is not a mosque as some people believe, but is a shrine to the rock inside it.

The Abomination of Desolation is a sign of the end. It is the main sign directly related to Jerusalem that will point to the approaching Wrath of God. Most other signs will be seen in the sky.

(3) The Real Holy Place

Now to the second possibility of what the Abomination of Desolation actually is. There are two tombs of Christ in Jerusalem, the Garden Tomb discovered in the 19th century, and the one inside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, also called the Church of the Resurrection. I believe the correct tomb is in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, because of the Miracle of the Holy Fire that occurs there every year on Good Saturday.

The Orthodox Patriarch goes into the tomb and says a prayer and the fire appears. He brings out candles that have been lit with the fire, and then the fire is passed into the crowd of onlookers who light their candles with the fire. The fire has been seen and filmed flying around the room lighting other candles, and videos show candles spontaneously lighting, even when people are standing on the roof of the church. And it only works when the Orthodox Patriarch says the prayer during the Easter ceremony; it will not light with any other patriarch or at any other time.

Many unbelieving Christians have tried to debunk this miracle, but without success. They make ridiculous claims, such as the prayer that is said does not ask for a miracle fire, and other stupid atheist / unbelief type logic.

The Holy Fire is not a normal fire because it does not look or act like normal fire, and does not burn the skin; a person can pass their hand through it and not be burned, so it must be of divine origin. Therefore, I believe that this is the real Tomb of Christ. It is a traditional belief that if one year the fire does not come down, it will be a sign of the imminent end of the world.

After a candle is allowed to burn with holy fire for several minutes, it changes to become normal fire.

But what does this have to do with the abomination? The abomination takes place30 days after the two witnesses are killed, therefore, I believe after the USA is nuked and invaded, that a few years later Israel is then invaded. The Antichrist will likely enter the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and lay a copy of the Quran on the granite slab that covers the original rock where Christ was laid, and pray to Allah. That would indeed be a great abomination of desolation!

The tomb is the holiest site in all of Christendom, and if it is in fact the true Tomb of Christ, then no greater abomination could take place by the Antichrist; it would be the Abomination of Desolation. But they might just do what they have done in many other churches during their conquests, which is to use it as a toilet, that will also be a great abomination.

(4) Conclusion

We know the abomination takes place 30 days after the 70th week is completed, and we know from Matthew 24 that it takes place at the end of the Gospel Age.

 

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