The Abomination of Desolation
The abomination of desolation is referenced four times in the Scriptures, twice by the prophecy Daniel, two times by Jesus in the book of Matthew, once in the epistles and once in the Revelation. The first time it is mentioned in Daniel it is described as en end time event. The second time it is revealed as a key event and the number of days until the end of the world is given from the moment of its occurrence.
Jesus provides it as the main incident to look out for and warns the hearer to flee into the mountains upon witnessing or hearing of it. For immediately afterwards will be great tribulation such as the world has never known.
In 2 Thessalonians 2:4 a reference to the Antichrist in the Temple is made. It is the first place in Scripture where we are told specifically that the Antichrist directly sits in the Temple declaring that he is God. It states:
Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin[a] is revealed, the son of perdition,
who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God[ in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.
The book of Revelation does not mention the abomination of desolation directly but rather gives more details surrounded the episode. It also describes the events of the great tribulation that Jesus warned about.
After the Antichrist signs the peace treaty, economic prosperity follows the first three and a half years after the agreement. During this time, the Antichrist wins the favor among the masses because he leads the European Union into great prosperity, and all associated nations will grow financially.
As I stated in an earlier chapter, the four horsemen are unleashed and peace is taken from the Earth, but the Antichrist will use the wars and internal conflicts to his empire’s advantage.
The Antichrist gains popularity through deceit. He has led Israel to believe he is their ally. Most likely, he will have already received his deadly head wound, possibly from an assassination attempt and he miraculously comes back to life (Rev. 13:3). The Antichrist’s return from the dead—or near death—instantly increases his notoriety. The Antichrist allies himself with “the False Prophet” (Rev. 19:20), a member of the unholy trinity. A renowned religious leader able to perform miracles he campaigns for the Antichrist.
Now comes the moment he has been waiting for, he has raised the EU to its zenith of power. He leads the most powerful empire in the history of the world. Wealth and power are now his. At this time, he reveals his true self. It is now three and a half years after he made the agreement with Israel and it is in the middle of the seven year period.
He walks into the Jewish Temple, the third temple that is going to be rebuilt during the Tribulation and walks into the holy of holies and declares that he is God. He then places the abomination of desolation in the holy of holies, which might be a computerized clone of himself.
The Temple Rebuilt
During the first half of the Tribulation, the Jews rebuild the Temple of Solomon according to the exact dimensions described in I Kings, Chapter 6. With so many references to the abomination of desolation, we know the third temple will be rebuilt. Currently, the Dome of the Rock, an Islamic Shrine which houses the foundation stone and a landmark built in 691 A.D., making it the oldest Islamic building in the world was constructed over the site of the second Jewish Temple destroyed in A.D. 70.
At present, in Israel a Fundamentalist Jewish movement exists that aims to rebuild the Temple. Within the Israeli government, the right-wing political party, the Temple Mount Faithful intends on constructing the Temple on the Dome of the Rock and also suggest building a new Temple on the site, in a place that will not interfere with existing buildings. They openly declare that their ultimate goal is the demolition of the al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock, and the reconstruction on their site of King Solomon’s Temple. The Temple Mount is the holiest site in Jerusalem.
Jeremiah foretold the Temple’s destruction by the Babylonians (26:6-12). Daniel predicted the Temple’s desecration by the Syrian King Antichious Euphrates (Dan. 8:8-12). He also foretold Jerusalem’s restoration and rebuilding by Herod and the Temple’s destruction by the
Romans in A.D. 70 (Dan. 9:25). Hosea 3:4-5 foretells the long time the Jews remain without the symbols used for their worship, and without the Temple and how they will return to their God in the latter days.
For the children of Israel shall abide many days without king or prince, without sacrifice or sacred pillar, without ephod or teraphim.
Afterward shall the children of Israel’s return, and seek the Lord their God, and David their king; and shall fear the Lord and his goodness in the latter days.
Daniel also foretells the desecration of a future third Temple, and the persecution of the Jews by the Antichrist (Dan. 9:25-26)
Destruction of the Dome of the Rock
Before this event, this prophecy will see fulfillment. The Jews will erect a new Temple which means that some future event will destroy the mosque and the Dome of the Rock that are on the site. This destruction will either happen from a natural disaster such as an earthquake or by war. Earthquakes have rumbled through the area in the past causing damage to the al-Aqsa mosque.
The Russian and Arab invasion predicted in Ezekiel may destroy the Dome of the Rock located on Mount Moriah. Bible scholars debate the timing of the battle. Some argue the war occurs prior to the Tribulation and others that this conflict takes place during the millennial reign of Christ. Either way we know some event will destroy the existing buildings, which will clear the area for the building of the third Temple. Most likely, the Temple will be rebuilt during the first half of the Tribulation.
The significance of this deed is how brazen the Antichrist will act by going into the holy of holies and declaring that he is God. In a previous, chapter I showed you the many parallels of Christ and the Antichrist and how the Antichrist tries to counterfeit Jesus. Just like his father Lucifer who wanted to be like God and was kicked out of heaven, now the son of Lucifer, the Antichrist walks into the holy of holies and declares that he is God on Earth. He also places something in the holy of holies, which may be his computerized clone that the False Prophet gave the breath of life. He gives it life only with God’s permission. Notice from the passage the Beast is given life but not a soul. Revelation 13 :15 affirms:
And he was granted power to give breath to the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak and cause as many as would not worship the image of the beast to be killed.
The Abomination of Desolation
Solomon’s temple was a replica of the temple in heaven. We see the judgments coming from the heavenly temple in the Revelation. Within Solomon’s Temple, the “most holy place” (I Kings 6:16-36) housed the Ark of the Covenant. This sanctuary was the place God dwelt among the Israelites (Exodus 25). The Ark (made of shittim wood overlaid with gold) housed the two tablets of the Ten Commandments, Aaron’s rod, and manna. Upon the Ark’s mercy seat, the sprinkled blood of sacrificed animals atoned for all of Israel. It stood as a symbol of the blood of Jesus Christ, which would one day be shed and remit the sins of the world.
The Levitical priests performed the rituals and rites within the Temple. The priests abided by many details of dress, conduct, and worship. When the priests performed these rituals, God met with the children of Israel and sanctified the Temple by His glory (Ex. 29:43). All of these details and acts symbolized by animal sacrifice that blood was necessary for the remission of sin. These sacrifices foreshadowed the Messiah, who was to come and be the propitiation for sin. In the most holy place, God reaffirmed His promise to His people.
Without a Temple, no Orthodox Jewish person living today can practice his faith to the letter of the law. This explains the desire of some Jewish sects to rebuild the Temple, which is as great a part of Judaism as possessing the land, which God gave to the Israelites. The abominable act takes place inside the Temple. Daniel tells us about the Antichrist’s pompous words that he speaks at this time. Revelation 13:5 adds more details and tells us that God gives him this authority and allows him to make war with the saints and overcome them, and he gives him reign over every nation on Earth. Meanwhile, this desecration prompts the beginning of God’s severe wrath and judgments on the Earth.
Satan Enters the Antichrist
After the Antichrist enters the most holy place and sits in the Temple and declares himself a god (II Thess. 2:4and terminates the worship and sacrifice, and commits sacrilegious acts, desecrating the Temple by setting the abominable thing in the Holy Place, his true character reveals itself.
We can assume that Satan himself enters the body of the Antichrist, just as he went into Judas Iscariot. The Antichrist will declare that he is God, will go into a most holy place and violate it, will have no regard for any human beings and will be capable of the vilest evil. He will hate all Christians and Jews especially and will also seek to destroy every one of faith.
Antichrist Wages War on Believers
At this time, he invades Jerusalem with an army (Joel 1:6, Dan. 11:31, 9:26), and lays siege to Israel, occupies its territory, and sets up a headquarters there and wages war against Christians and Jews, undertaking their annihilation (Dan. 11:33-35, 12:10, Rev. 6:10-11, Jer. 50:33, Joel 1:6, Matt. 24:9, Mark 13:9-13). Only a third of the Israelites will survive. Zechariah 13:8 declares:
And it shall come to pass in all the land, says the Lord; two thirds in it shall be cut off and die; but one third shall be left in it.
Concurrently, he and his federation of kings abolish all religion and their places of worship (Rev.17). At this time the Great Whore is judged by God. The Antichrist will not tolerate any religion other than the worship of, and devotion to, himself and his empire. Daniel 11:37 affirms that the Antichrist regards no man, and thus has no concernt for human life or suffering. The Antichrist launches a war against all believers in Jesus Christ, and many are martyred. God allows him to prevail and to accomplish his aims.
Christ Warns to Flee to Mountains
Christ solemnly warns the Jews in Judea at the time to flee to the mountains. He commands them to run and leave their jackets behind. He notes the additional suffering for pregnant and nursing mothers who must flee. In Matthew 24:21, Christ declares, “ For then there will be great Tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be.” This is elaborated on in Revelation Chapter 11 and during which time the two witnesses appear on the Earth to testify and they perform miracles in the name of God.
God Protects The Woman From The Antichrist
In Revelation Chapter 12, we see the woman who represents Israel, who flees to the wilderness because she is pursued by the Antichrist. We are told in Revelation 12:15-17:
The Serpent spewed water out of his mouth like a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away by the flood.
But the Earth helped the woman, and the earth opened up its mouth and swallowed up the flood which the dragon had spewed out of its mouth.
And the dragon was enraged with the woman, and he went to make war with the rest of her offspring, who keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.
The Antichrist sends out his massive army to pursue the Jews and either an enormous sinkhole or an earthquake saves them from total annihilation.
Three And a half Years Left
The Book of Daniel and the Revelation prophecy give the number of days left until the end of the world from the day of the abomination of desolation, and it equals 3 and a half years.
The Antichrist now exalts himself above all, and speaks against the God of gods. He honors a strange god of fortresses by acknowledging and glorifying it and causing it to rule over many (Dan. 11:23, 36-39). This will be a weapon system, or computer infrastructure such as his mark. The Antichrist changes times and laws (Dan. 7:25). He has already made a statue or clone of himself, which the False Prophet causes to speak and that he has most likely placed in the holy of holies. Those who refuse to honor his image, he murders.
When the Antichrist establishes himself as s deity, the False Prophet will come out and perform miracles to campaign for the Antichrist. A sign of allegiance to the Beast is to take his mark. The False Prophet and the Antichrist wage war with those who do not take the Mark. He demands worship from the masses, and the crowds worship him (Rev. 13:8, 14-16). He prospers by accomplishing his aims.
Antichrist Conquers The World
The Antichrist’s dreadful and terrible empire devours the world, and breaks it in pieces, with the speed of a cheetah. (Dan. 7:7, 8:24; Rev. 13:2).