The Abomination of Desolation

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Another name unmistakably associated with the Antichrist, given by the Lord Himself, is the “abomination of desolation“:

Mt 24:15 “So when you see standing in the holy place ‘the abomination that causes desolation,’ spoken of through the prophet Daniel—let the reader understand— (Also Mk 13:14)

Daniel referred to it 3 times, in:
Dan 9:27 He will confirm a covenant with many for one ‘seven.’ In the middle of the ‘seven’ he will put an end to sacrifice and offering. And at the temple he will set up an abomination that causes desolation, until the end that is decreed is poured out on him.
• Dan 11:31 “His armed forces will rise up to desecrate the temple fortress and will abolish the daily sacrifice. Then they will set up the abomination that causes desolation.
• Dan 12:11 From the time that the daily sacrifice is abolished and the abomination that causes desolation is set up, there will be 1,290 days.

There are different schools of interpretation. The historical school believes that Daniel’s 70th “seven” had already taken place at the time of Christ up to AD 70, and there is no future fulfillment. I hold the futurist view and believe there is a double reference here, both historically in Antiochus Epiphanes (168 BC) as a type, and in the future Antichrist as the antitype, who will abolish daily sacrifices and set up an abomination that causes desolation in the Holy Place. Which interpretation is correct? We just have to wait and see.

(To be continued)

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