By Kenneth Allan Clark© Copyright 2009
Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1979, 1980, 1982, by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission, all rights reserved
Matthew 24:15 “Therefore when you see the 'abomination of desolation,' spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place” (whoever reads, let him understand).
The Holy place is not just the temple; it is the Holy of Holies, the room that contained the Ark of the Covenant. It is in this room that the abomination of desolation will be set up.
Daniel 12:11 “And from the time that the daily sacrifice is taken away, and the abomination of desolation is set up, there shall be one thousand two hundred and ninety days.
From this verse we learn that daily sacrifice is taken away on the same day as the abomination of desolation is set up in the Holy of Holies.
The next verse we will look at comes from the vision of the Ram and the Goat. The Ram has two horns, which represents the Empire of the Meds and Persians. The goat represents the Greek Empire. It has one horn, which represents Alexandra the Great, who at the height of his power is broken off and replaced four kings, represented by four horns. Then we have a breach over 2,000 years in this vision. For in a time yet to come, out of one of these horns will come a little horn, which will grow to become exceedingly great.
Daniel 8:11 He even exalted himself as high as the Prince of the host; and by Him the daily sacrifices were taken away, and the place of His sanctuary was cast down.
This little horn is not the Messiah, the Prince of host, but he exalts himself as the Messiah, the Prince of host. So he is an impostor exalting himself to be as the Prince of host. It is this impostor who brings an end to the daily sacrifice.
In Daniel chapter 11 we have another vision. In this vision we have the account of a war between the king of the north and the king of the south. We will pick up just a few verses. Verse 31, which credit the king of the north with taking away the daily sacrifices, and placing the abomination of desolation in the temple. Then verses 36 to 39, which look at the anti-Christ characteristics of the king of the north.
Daniel 11:31 And forces shall be mustered by him, and they shall defile the sanctuary fortress; then they shall take away the daily sacrifices, and place there the abomination of desolation.
Daniel 11:36 “Then the king shall do according to his own will: he shall exalt and magnify himself above every god, and shall prosper till the wrath has been accomplished; for what has been determined shall be done. 37 He shall regard neither the God of his fathers nor the desire of women, nor regard any god; for he shall exalt himself above them all. 38 But in their place he shall honor a god of the fortresses; and a god which his fathers did not know he shall honour with gold and silver, with precious stones and pleasant things. 39 Thus he shall act against the strongest fortresses with a foreign god, which he shall acknowledge, and advance its glory; and he shall cause them to rule over many, and divide the land for gain.
This king who takes away the daily sacrifices, does things according to his own will; while Jesus Christ does nothing accept according to the Father’s will.
He gives honor and glory to a number of pagan gods.
As well as taking away the daily sacrifices, his forces set up the abomination of desolation in the temple. According to Daniel chapter 12 verse 11, these two events happened on the same day. Therefore these prophecies concerning the taking away of the daily sacrifices can not of happened in 70 AD, because the temple in 70 AD was destroyed. Yes, the daily sacrifices were taken away in 70 AD, but because the temple was destroyed at that time, the abomination that caused desolation could not have been set up at that time.
As Jesus Christ, in 33 AD spoke of this prophecy as something that was yet to happen, and the daily sacrifices continued until 70 AD. Before these prophecies can be fulfilled by both of these events happening on the same day, first the temple must be rebuilt and the daily sacrifices recommenced.
In the vision of the seventy weeks recorded in Daniel chapter 9:24 – 27 we told that from the command to rebuild Jerusalem until the coming of the Messiah there will be a total of sixty-nine weeks. (69 weeks of 7 years = 483 years.)
After the Messiah has come, He will be killed. This happened in 33 AD. Then the people of the prince who is to come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary. This happened in 70 AD. But even in 70 AD, nearly 40 years after the Messiah had come, the prince of the people who destroyed the city and the sanctuary is still referred to as the price who is to come. The Messiah has come; the prince of the people is still to come. When he comes he will confirm a covenant with many for one week, and in the middle of that week he shall bring an end to sacrifice and offering.
So in a time yet to come, after the temple has been rebuilt, it will be the king of the north, the beast who takes away the daily sacrifices.
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