Christian Pilgrim


27. Abomination that causes Desolation

This is alluded to five times in the Bible:

Matthew 24:15 and Mark 13:14; cf. Luke 21:20 - This is equivalent to Jerusalem being "compassed with armies," then "trodden down of the Gentiles' (v. 24). This time period corresponds to the time between AD 70 (when the Temple in Jerusalem was destroyed) until Christ's second coming.

Daniel 8:13 - The "transgression of desolation" stands in the holy place after the daily sacrifice had been taken away (v. 11). When the "transgressors are come to the full" (v. 23), a "king of fierce countenance" shall be revealed in the church. This could be someone setting himself up in the church just before the end, but the pope also has all the marks of this figure. He shall reign in the visible church and the true believers will go underground "until the indignation be overpast" (Isaiah 26:20).

Daniel 9:26,27 -
1. "Messiah the Prince" (v.25) ("Prince of Princes" 8:25) will be cut off but not for Himself.

2. The people of the "prince that shall come" (i.e. Romans) will destroy the city and the sanctuary (v.26) The end of it shall be with a flood ("the sea" is equivalent to the nations, i.e. men exalting themselves) and "unto the end of the war desolations are determined."

3. The "prince that shall come" "shall confirm the covenant with many for one week" - i.e. he "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). In the middle of that week he will make an end of sacrifice and offering. (e.g. the secular Roman power will turn into the ecclesiastical Roman power).

4. At the same time "for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even to the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate." So most of  the visible church will be ruled by a "vile person" right up until the end of the age when Christ will come again "and then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming." (2 Thessalonians 2:8).

Daniel 11:31 - "they shall pollute the sanctuary of strength, and shall take away the daily sacrifice and they shall place the abomination that maketh desolate." e.g. the rise of the pope replacing the one sacrifice of Christ with the blasphemy of the mass.

Daniel 12:11 - The "abomination that maketh desolate" is set up after the daily sacrifice is taken away and stays in place until Christ comes again.