THE ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION
(Daniel 11:31) 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 maketh desolate.
Jesus warned His people about the Abomination of Desolation, and the Bible tells us that whosoever reads the scriptures should understand what it is. So what is the Abomination of Desolation? The answer to this question is not complex, in fact the Bible records two clear examples of what to look for when seeking the answer to this question. Both of these examples are found in the book of Daniel, and reveal exactly what the Abomination of Desolation is.
WHAT IS THE ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION?
The first example is found in (Daniel 3:1-7) which is a scripture that describes Nebuchadnezzar setting up a great image (Idol) of himself, and forcing all men to bow down and worship the image. The second example is found in (Daniel 11:31) which is a historical event that took place around the year 168 B.C. This event is recorded in history Antiochus IV stopping the Jewish sacrifices and forcing the people of Jerusalem to worship an image of Zeus (Satan) which, Antiochus IV had set up in the Jerusalem temple complex. These two historical biblical examples are given to God’s people for us to recognize the final Abomination of Desolation, which is the image of the Beast.
THE IMAGE OF THE BEAST
(Revelation 13:14-15) And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live. And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.
Bible prophecy warns God’s people that soon the Antichrist, and his False Prophet (the Second Beast), will set up an image (idol) of the Antichrist in Jerusalem. This image of the Antichrist will speak, and some how cause Christians to be put to death. According to the Bible, the Abomination of Desolation will bear the image of the Antichrist Beast (Satan), which the whole world will be forced to worship in order to receive the Mark of the Beast. (For more information see our video - article (THE MARK OF THE BEAST).