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The Abomination of Desolation

The Abomination of Desolation

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A study on the abomination of desolation spoken of by Daniel.
A study on the abomination of desolation spoken of by Daniel.

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The Abomination of Desolation
Spoken of by Daniel and used by Jesus in Matthew and Mark 
 By Roger Carter 
 
Many people have questions about the abomination of desolation spoken of by Jesus Christ andDaniel in the Holy Bible. Is it in the future? The past? Was it symbolic, or will it be? In this study I willendeavor to alleviate some of this confusion, by touching on what I feel it to be. I will begin withDaniel and move into Josephus on his Antiquity of the Jews written in 98 A.D. Hopefully this will alsoarm the present day christian with an understanding of what to expect in the future should somethingsimilar arise. With this in mind let us begin.
And arms shall stand on his part, and they shall pollute the sanctuary of strength, and shall take away the daily sacrifice, and they shall place the abomination that maketh desolate.
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. Josephus Antiquities of the Jews pg. 333“And indeed it so came to pass, that our nation suffered these things under Antiochus Epiphanes,according to Daniel's vision, and what he wrote many years before they came to pass. In the very samemanner Daniel also wrote concerning the Roman government, and that our country should be madedesolate by them.” Josephus Antiquities of the Jews pg. 376 “Now it happened that in the reign of Antiochus the Great, who ruled over all Asia, that the Jews, aswell as the inhabitants of Celesyria, suffered greatly, and their land was sorely harassed; for while hewas at war with Ptolemy Philopater, and with his son, who was called Epiphanes ” Josephus Antiquities of the Jews pg. 389 extracted from 6 “Now it so fell out, that these things were done on the very same day on which their Divine worship had  fallen off, and was reduced to a profane and common use, after three years' time; for so it was, that thetemple was made desolate by Antiochus, and so continued for three years. This desolation happened tothe temple in the hundred forty and fifth year, on the twenty­fifth day of the month Apeliens, and on thehundred fifty and third olympiad: but it was dedicated anew, on the same day, the twenty­fifth of themonth Apeliens, on the hundred and forty­ eighth year, and on the hundred and fifty­fourth olympiad. And this desolation came to pass according to the prophecy of Daniel, which was given four hundred and eight years before; for he declared that the Macedonians would dissolve that worship [for sometime]. ”“7. Now Judas celebrated the festival of the restoration of the sacrifices of the temple for eight days,and omitted no sort of pleasures thereon; but he feasted them upon very rich and splendid sacrifices;and he honored God, and delighted them by hymns and psalms. Nay, they were so very glad at therevival of their customs, when, after a long time of intermission, they unexpectedly had regained the freedom of their worship, that they made it a law for their posterity, that they should keep a festival, onaccount of the restoration of their temple worship, for eight days. And from that time to this wecelebrate this festival, and call it Lights. I suppose the reason was, because this liberty beyond our hopes appeared to us; and that thence was the name given to that festival. Judas also rebuilt the wallsround about the city, and reared towers of great height against the incursions of enemies, and set guards therein. He also fortified the city Bethsura, that it might serve as a citadel against any distresses
 
that might come from our enemies. ” Josephus Antiquities of the Jews pg. 419“Antiochus Epiphanes, who, when he had taken the city, offered swine upon the altar, and sprinkled thetemple with the broth of their flesh, in order to violate the laws of the Jews, and the religion theyderived from their forefathers; for which reason our nation made war with him, and would never bereconciled to him ”“That this Antiochus, the son of Alexader Balas, was called "The God," is evident from his coins, whichSpanheim assures us bear this inscription, "King Antiochus the God, Epiphanes the Victorious."
http://antiquitatis.com/rome/biographies/bios_late_republic.html“Additional victories over the Gauls and Phillip of Macedon saw Roman power so feared that, when Antiochus IV, king of the Seleucid Empire, was threatening Alexandria, the Romans sent only a single envoyto stop him. Popillius Laenus handed Antiochus a decree from the Roman senate, then proceded to draw acircle around him and demand his answer before the king left the circle. Antiochus tamely retreated to Syriaunder the threat.”
What Epiphanes had done was to “remove” the sacrifice of the Jews, their only method of attonmentfor sins. When Jesus Christ is speaking of the abomination of desolation he is using an event of the pastsymbolically to represent an event in the future which just as in the past “removed” the ability for manto attone for his sins, through confession to Jesus Christ. Older schools of thought have interpreted boththe Old Testament and New Testament mentioning to be in context the same event, while Josephusplaced verse in Daniel as occuring with Antiochus Epiphanes. I tend to believe that when spoken of byJesus he was using the literal event as a symbolic reference of something to come that would last for aperiod of 1290 prophetic days, hence 1290 literal years, something not widely covered.
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:)
But when ye shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet,standing where it ought not, (let him that readeth understand,) then let them that be in Judaea flee tothe mountains:It is important to note the parallelism between Daniel 11:31 and 12:1111:31 Forces shall be mustered by him [king of the North] and they shall defile the sanctuary fortress: then they shall take away the daily sacrifices, and place there the abomination of desolation.12:11 And from the time that the daily sacrifice is taken away, and the abomination of desolation isset up, there shall be one thousand two hundred and ninety days.The two texts are clearly parallel and refer to the same events in history. Now if 11:31 refers to the past so must 12:11, because “Scripture interprets Scripture.” If the two events in 11:31 and 12:11 arenot the same, this principle becomes irrelevant. In Daniel 8:11 “the daily” refers to Christ’sintercessory ministry which was usurped by the work of the priests through the mass and the

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