The Abomination of Desolation – Scripturally Speaking, Part 1

What is the Abomination of Desolation?  When did it occur, or has it yet to occur?  Is there a foreshadowing event in history?  Is it related to Yeshua’s first coming, or second?  In Part 1 we are looking at the primary passages people refer to and getting an overall sense of what scripture is saying; I’ve not provided a lot of commentary but have preferred to let the Word of God speak for itself.  I’ve highlighted similar language in related passages to tease out the simple meaning. Without further ado…

1.  The Abomination of Desolation is inextricably joined to Israel & Jerusalem’s rejection of Yeshua, it’s Messiah:

Mt 23:37-38: Jerusalem, Jerusalem, who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, the way a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were unwilling. Behold, your house is being left to you desolate!”

Mt 24:15-16: “Therefore when you see the ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION which was spoken of through Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place (let the reader understand) then those who are in Judea must flee to the mountains.

Lk 21:20 “But when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then recognize that her desolation is near.

2.  The Abomination of Desolation happens in conjunction with the total destruction of the temple:

Mt 24:1-3:  Jesus came out from the temple and was going away when His disciples came up to point out the temple buildings to Him. 2 And He said to them, “Do you not see all these things? Truly I say to you, not one stone here will be left upon another, which will not be torn down.” 3 As He was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things happen?”

Mk 13:4: “Tell us, when will these things be?”

Lk 21:7:  They questioned Him, saying, “Teacher, when therefore will these things happen?”

Mt 24:15:Therefore when you see the ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION…”

Mk13:14: But when you see the ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION standing where it should not be…”

Lk 21:20 But when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then recognize that her desolation is near.  Then those who are in Judea must flee…”

3.  The Abomination of Desolation would be something some of Yeshua’s hearers would see:

Mt 24:15: “Therefore when you see the ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION…”

Mk13:14: “But when you see the ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION standing where it should not be…”

Lk 21:20 “But when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies…”

4a. The Abomination of Desolation (AoD) would result in the diaspora of the Jews out of Jerusalem and Israel into the world, until the ‘time of the Gentiles’ would be fulfilled;

4b. Paul wrote while the ‘fullness of the Gentiles’ had not come in

4c. Seven-Year Trib people say that the AoD occurs at the Trib’s midpoint, after the ‘the time of the Gentiles’ (because they have been raptured and supposedly God is now again dealing with the Jews), but the AoD results in the Great Tribulation, initiating and concurrent with the Jews’ dispersal around the world, during the ‘time of the Gentiles’:

Mt 24:16-21:  Those who are in Judea must flee [4a] to the mountains.  Whoever is on the housetop must not go down [4a] to get the things out that are in his house.  Whoever is in the field must not turn back [4a] to get his cloak.  But woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days!  But pray that your flight [4a] will not be in the winter, or on a Sabbath. For then there will be a great tribulation [4c], such as has not occurred since the beginning of the world until now, nor ever will.

Mk 13:14-20:  Those who are in Judea must flee [4a] to the mountains.  The one who is on the housetop must not go down [4a], or go in to get anything out of his house;  and the one who is in the field must not turn back [4a] to get his coat.  But woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days!  But pray that it may not happen in the winter.  For those days will be a time of tribulation [4c] such as has not occurred since the beginning of the creation which God created until now, and never will.  Unless the Lord had shortened those days, no life would have been saved; but for the sake of the elect, whom He chose, He shortened the days.

Lk 21:21-24:  Then those who are in Judea must flee [4a] to the mountains, and those who are in the midst of the city must leave [4a], and those who are in the country must not enter [4a] the city; because these are days of vengeance, so that all things which are written will be fulfilled.  Woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days; for there will be great distress [4c] upon the land and wrath to this people; and they will fall by the edge of the sword, and will be led captive into all the nations [4a]; and Jerusalem will be trampled under foot by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled. [4b]

Rom 11:25:  For I do not want you, brethren, to be uninformed of this mystery—so that you will not be wise in your own estimation—that a partial hardening has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in. [4b]

5.  Daniel 9 teaches that the Abomination of Desolation is related to and follows quickly and immediately after [5a] the work of the Messiah to make an end of sin [5b], to make atonement for iniquity [5c] putting a stop to the sacrificial system [5d], making a firm covenant [5e] and bringing in everlasting righteousness [5f]:

Dan 9:24,26-27: “Seventy weeks have been decreed for your people and your holy city, to finish the transgression, to make an end of sin,[5b] to make atonement for iniquity [5c], to bring in everlasting righteousness[5f], to seal up vision and prophecy and to anoint the most holy place…then after the sixty-two weeks the Messiah will be cut off and have nothing, and the people of the prince who is to come will destroy the city and the sanctuary. And its end will come with a flood; even to the end there will be war; desolations are determined. And he will make a firm covenant [5e] with the many for one week, but in the middle of the week he will put a stop to sacrifice and grain offering [5d]; and on the wing of abominations will come one who makes desolate, even until a complete destruction [5a], one that is decreed, is poured out on the one who makes desolate.”

Rom 6:2: How shall we who died to sin [5b] still live in it?

Heb 9:26: He has been manifested to put away sin [5b] by the sacrifice of Himself.

1 Jn 4:10:  In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. [5c]

Heb 10:12:  He, having offered one sacrifice for sins for all time [5d], SAT DOWN AT THE RIGHT HAND OF GOD.

Jer 32:40  “I will make an everlasting [5f] covenant [5e] with them…”

Heb 7:22:  Jesus has become the guarantee of a better covenant. [5e]

Heb 13:20:  the God of peace, who brought up from the dead the great Shepherd of the sheep through the blood of the eternal [5f] covenant, [5e] even Jesus our Lord

Rom 3:21  the righteousness of God [5f]  has been manifested

Mk 13:4, 14, Tell us, when will these things be, and what will be the sign when all these things are going to be fulfilled?”… “But when you see the ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION…” [5a]

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13 Responses to The Abomination of Desolation – Scripturally Speaking, Part 1

  1. Columnist says:

    Do you mean the Dome of the Rock mosque?

  2. Kurt J. says:

    The Dome of the Rock is an outward sign of the desolation – not only is the temple gone, the former means of relationship with God under the old covenant, but an abomination sits in its place. For the Jews to be restored in relationship with God they need to enter into the new covenant, promised in the OT, and join the new temple, the body of Yeshua, the Ekklesia.

  3. Columnist says:

    That isn’t replacement theology? Actually, the Bible is superior to the Talmud. Everybody can read the Bible, and can see that Christians aren’t allowed to lie against anybody. The Talmud, however, is a very dense and obscure book, even in Hebrew.

  4. Kurt J. says:

    The “church” (ekklesia) existing in the OT too as the elect, the remnant, the chosen… for more info, read ICA’s article here: http://midnightwatcher.wordpress.com/2011/03/30/that-where-i-am-there-you-may-be-also-it-means-more-than-we-think/

    Gentile Christians don’t replace Israel, they are grafted into Israel per Romans 11; there is only one people of God. See my article here: https://prophesite.wordpress.com/2011/11/12/there-is-only-one-people-of-god/

    Replacement and Dispensationalism are both wrong.

  5. Azazel says:

    Hello Kurt. It is nice to see that someone else understands what the abomination is. I am a member of a forum that discusses the continuous historic view of biblical prophecy and witnesses to muslims. You should register on the forum I have linked. I’m sure you’ll come to learn things about biblical prophecy that you’ve never thought about before.

    • Kurt J. says:

      A,

      You didn’t leave a link; I would be interested in seeing what you all have to say. I am a sort of historicist/futurist/pre-millennialist, i.e., I don’t exactly fit perfectly anywhere.

      “Azazel” is an unusual handle – I don’t know that I would want to be called that, given its meaning.

      Kurt

      • Azazel says:

        Most people don’t recognize my username. You’re the first to catch it.

        Anyways Here is the link to the forum. You’ll need to get approved by the admin (to cut down on trolling) which should take about a day. Everything is pretty straight forward from then on.

      • Kurt J. says:

        I submitted a request already. Are you “Brother Pete” as well? If so, I read your post on the 1260 days/42 months from 688 AD; very intriguing! I will definitely be reading more of your posts and look forward to some interesting discussion. I would also recommend to you http://midnightwatcher.wordpress.com/ This site’s owner ICA believes in the Islamic End Time paradigm and is sympathetic to some aspects of historicism. We both agree with much of what Joel Richardson believes, and I would recommend his latest book, “Mideast Beast”, very well done.

  6. Azazel says:

    No, botherpete is the admin. He’ll be approving your account. I am also aware of Joel Richardson( and Walid Shoebat). They helped me get to where I am now. I’ll check out the link.

  7. Aubrey Zhang says:

    You have second part on this? The Abomination of Desolation (AoD) appears to have a deeper meaning when you connect it with what Paul says in chapter 2 of 2 Thes. Depending upon what aspect of God’s Temple (physical or spiritual; visible or invisible; man-made or God-made) the Bible talks about, we have the same principle applied on at least two levels.

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