4. NOTES ON THE ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION.
Matthew 24:15 Therefore when you see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place (who ever reads, let him understand).
In this verse Jesus Christ makes it clear, that it is His desire that all who read the writings of Daniel the prophet should understand what he writes concerning the placing of the ‘abomination of desolation’ in the holy place. In the book of Daniel, depending on what version you are reading, the abomination is referred to as ‘the abomination of desolation,’ ‘the abomination that causes desolation,’ or ‘the abomination that makes desolate.’
According to the Universal Dictionary, the word abomination means, 1. Something or someone that causes great revulsion or abhorrence. 2. An intense dislike or loathing for someone or something.
According to the New Bible Dictionary, published by Inter Varsity Press, there are four Hebrews words we translate into English as abomination. Of these the Hebrew word ‘siqqus’ is used to describe practices associated with idolatry. My own study of the usage of this word in the Bible confirms that this word ‘siqqus’ was nearly always used to describe idolatry and practices associated with idolatry.
According to the Universal Dictionary, the word desolate means, 1. Devoid of inhabitants; deserted: “streets which were usually so thronged now grown desolate” (Daniel Defoe). 2. Rendered unfit for habitation; laid waste; devastated. 3. Dreary; dismal; gloomy. 4. Without friends or hope; forlorn; lonely.
According to the Universal Dictionary, the word desolation means, 1. The act of rendering desolate. 2. The state of being desolate; ruin. 3. A wasteland. 4. Loneliness or misery; wretchedness.
Desolation can also refer to the removal of God’s people from Judea and Jerusalem, followed by the repopulating of the land with pagan Gentiles. This creates a spiritual desolation. The prophets Isaiah, Jeremiah and Ezekiel all use the Hebrew word ‘somem’ to describe the destruction of cities and the scattering or removal of its inhabitants.
The abomination that causes desolation.
In Daniel 11:31 & 12:11, the Hebrew expression ‘siqqus somem’ is used. This is most commonly translated into English as ‘the abomination that causes desolation’ or as ‘the abomination that makes desolation.’
By comparing Biblical references, I have come to know that the Jews will rebuild the temple on Mount Zion in Jerusalem. Three-and-a-half-years into the seven-year covenant, the forces of anti-Christ will occupy Jerusalem and place an image of the anti-Christ in the Holy of Holys. Then the anti-Christ himself will come and sit in the temple proclaiming himself to be God. This placing of image of the anti-Christ in the temple, is what God’s word calls ‘the abomination that causes desolation.’
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