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The Abomination of Desolation

(Excepts taken from: This Side of the Whirlwind, by Steven R. Harrel)

An Old Testament reference:

 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 makes desolate” (Daniel 11:31 KJV).

 And from the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away, and the abomination that makes desolate set up, there shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety days” (Daniel 12:11 KJV).

New Testament reference:

 When you therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso reads, let him understand) Then let them which be in Judea flee into the mountains:, Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take anything out of his house: Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes. And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days! But pray you that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the Sabbath day: For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. (Matthew 24:15–21 KJV)

But when you shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing where it ought not, (let him that reads understand,) then let them that be in Judaea flee to the mountains” (Mark 13:14 KJV).

The Abomination of Desolation will be a physical representation of the Beast, a statue or idol of sorts or possibly an artificially intelligent automaton placed in the temple in Jerusalem. This action will defile the temple, causing all sacrifices and offerings to be defiled. Through satanic means, the False Prophet will give a form of life to the infamous image, a satanic effigy with the ability to speak and reason and issue commands. Revelation 13:15 refers specifically to the life imparted to the image of the Abomination of Desolation, using the Greek word pneuma, described in Strong’s Concordance (G4151) as a living soul or breath of life. This particular word of choice conveys the idea of an actual life force being imparted to a synthetic image. Oddly, this is the same word Christ used when referring to His own Spirit in Luke 23:26. In this verse, Jesus prays to His Father saying, “Father, into Your hands I commend my spirit.” The word pneuma or spirit used by Christ was also used in Luke 8:55 when referring to the spirit of the little girl whom Jesus healed by returning her life force or spirit to her body. Lastly, the word pneuma was employed in Acts 7:59 when the martyr Stephen spoke about surrendering his own spirit before death. Stephen cried, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” According to Strong’s Concordance, the word pneuma as used in these references refers to a life force or spirit of life defined as the spirit that contains the vital principle of life necessary to animate a living body. Therefore, according to scripture, the False Prophet will impart to the Abomination of Desolation a life force that will animate its synthetic existence.

When considering several related and connected scriptures,[1] it appears once the abomination that makes desolate is standing, animated in the temple in Jerusalem, only three years and seven months will remain before the end of the Church Age. It is therefore suggested the Abomination of Desolation will be erected thirty days prior to the beginning of the Great Consummation. Considering Daniel 12:11 indicates when the image of the Beast will be set up relative to the end of the Church Age and the time frame designated for the Great Consummation is shorter by thirty days, it tracks. The Abomination of Desolation will likely be set up thirty days prior to the beginning of the Great Consummation. It is unreasonable to believe the extra thirty days will lapse beyond the end of the Church Age after Christ has returned. Nevertheless, when the Abomination of Desolation is erected, it should be obvious the Beast will currently be serving in his capacity as a world leader.

[1] Daniel 12:11, Matthew 24:15–21, and Jude 1:14–15.