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What is the abomination of desolation?

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:) (Matthew 24:15 KJV)

Daniel prophesied the Antichrist would set up an appalling sacrilegious object in God’s Temple in the days of his reign. But what is this abomination of desolation? The descriptive phrase means an entity (idol) that pollutes, defiles, or profanes the Temple. Was Matthew referring to a past or future event? 

In 167 B.C, Antiochus IV Epiphanes, the Seleucid king( part of the Greek Empire), ordered that an altar to the Greek God Zeus be constructed in the Temple in the days of the Maccabees. Could you imagine the horror of this act on the Jewish people? The Jews then were sure he was the Antichrist. Yet when Jesus commented above, He spoke of events that were in the future and transcended the destruction of Jerusalem in A.D 70.

The Abomination of Desolation is an idol set up in God’s Temple in Jerusalem to take God’s place. Paul provides a hint that this object will not merely be an idol made of wood, stone, or similar material: “Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God” (2 Thessalonians 2:4 KJV).

The Antichrist himself will sit as God in the Temple of God. Furthermore, Revelations 13:15  teaches us there will also be an image of the Antichrist that speaks and acts like a human being. Whatever form this abomination of desolation will take, it will mandate that people worship it as God. 

Read more: An endtime lesson from COVID-19: the world is set up for the Antichrist.

Meditate

What is the abomination of desolation?

Apply the Word

COVID-19 pandemic is not the tribulation; neither is the vaccine the mark of the beast. However, the entire pandemic teaches us volumes that the world is ready for the reign of the Antichrist. Jesus is coming soon. Keep your garments clean. Preach the Word and save souls. Do quickly what the Lord entrusted to you for the kingdom.

Pray

Ask the Father to help you always prepare and be ready for the return of the Lord.

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