B8 THURSDAY, November 24, 2011
Searching for the time of the desolate abomination
HE PROPHET DANIEL FORESAW AN “ABOMINATION THAT MAKES DESOLATE.” It would be “set up” at the “time of the end” (Dan. 12:9, 11, English Standard Version throughout unless otherwise noted). Many claim this means an antichrist must soon place an idolatrous image in a temple in modern-day Jerusalem. An investigation of Scripture and the historical record exposes such speculation as unnecessary. Jesus Christ explained the meaning of Daniel’s prophecy during the Olivet Discourse: “When you see the abomination of desolation spoken of by the prophet Daniel, standing in the holy place (let the reader understand), then let those who are in Judea flee to
MICHAEL FENNEMORE You Gotta Have FAITH the mountains” (Matt. 24:15–16). Notice three important clues here: • Jesus indicated the very people he was speaking to would witness the event; • The abomination would stand, or be “set up,” in something called the “holy place”; • It was the sign for first-century Christians to flee. Christ’s disciples — or at least some of them — would live to see the fulfillment of the abomi-
nation of desolation. This clearly establishes it as an event in the past so any suggestion of a future fulfillment must be dismissed. It is usually assumed “holy place” implies a temple. Granted, the Temple at Jerusalem was referred to as “this holy place” twice in Acts. However, the term had a much broader scope in the ancient Jewish mindset as revealed by the author of 2 Maccabees: “[God] As he promised in the law, will shortly have mercy upon us, and gather us together out of every land under heaven into the holy place.” The “holy place” mentioned here could not be something as small as a temple. It is described as an area that could contain God’s people “out of every land under heaven.” The appearance of the
abomination of desolation was the signal to flee but, from Matthew’s account, the nature of the event is far from clear. Fortunately, Luke illuminates the issue by referring to the sign more specifically: “When you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then know that its desolation has come near. Then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains, and let those who are inside the city depart, and let not those who are out in the country enter it” (Luke 21:20-21). What Matthew refers to as the “abomination of desolation,” Luke calls “armies.” What Matthew refers to as the “holy place,” Luke calls “Jerusalem.” We can conclude the abomination of desolation refers to armies surrounding Jerusalem in the first century. The problem for
Christians was how they could be expected to flee when the city was surrounded by Roman soldiers? As it turned out, just when Roman success was guaranteed, Cestius withdrew his army for no reason, providing an opportunity for escape. Eusebius says they fled to the city of Pella in Perea across the Jordan River. After Jerusalem was finally surrounded by forces under Titus in the spring of A.D. 70, no further opportunity to escape was afforded. Those not recognizing the fulfillment of the abomination of desolation in the autumn of A.D. 66 were destined to suffer starvation, death and, most significantly, the destruction of the Temple and the end of Old Covenant sacrifices forever. This was the fulfillment of Daniel’s
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Published on Dec 1, 2011