The Abomination of Desolation

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The Abomination of Desolation is a very important event to understand when discussing the End Times Chronology.

When you accept what the Word teaches about the placement of this end times event on the timeline it will be a tool for you to weed out most of the man-made theories out there today.

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It is when the Antichrist will set himself up in the temple as God.  He goes into the Holy of Holies and declares himself to be God.  In doing this, he desecrates the temple.

Key Scriptures

  • Daniel 9:27
  • Daniel 11:31
  • Daniel 12:11
  • Matthew 24:15
  • Mark 13:14

Where is this on the End Times Chronology?

Daniel 12:11

“From the time that the regular sacrifice is abolished and the Abomination of Desolation is set up, there will be 1,290 days.”

When are the regular sacrifices abolished?  When the Antichrist breaks the covenant (this event marks the beginning of the Tribulation).

This event occurs 1,290 days after the covenant is broken.  That is 30 days after the 3 1/2 year Tribulation (which is 1,260 days).  The location of this event is very important.

Remember that this event comes before the Rapture here in Daniel 12.  Click here to understand the Rapture in Daniel 12:12,13.

When you understand this order (Abomination of Desolation and then the Rapture), it changes many current thinking trends about the order of the End Times and the “any-moment” theories.

If God's plan is for this event to come first, can the Rapture happen at any moment?

More evidence of it coming before the Rapture

II Thessalonians 2:1-4...You can't get much clearer than this.

Antiochus Epiphanes IV

There are a number of people who teach that the Abomination of Desolation has already occurred and therefore it has nothing to do with the End Times.  They have to do this in order for their man-made theory to work.

I'll give a summary here, but there is much more detail about this in my book.  This is a fascinating study in itself.  Daniel made some very specific prophecies concerning this notorious character some 300 years before this man was born.

Antiochus Epiphanes IV (ruler of Syria between 175 and 163 B.C.) made a covenant with the Jews, broke it, set himself up as God, and desecrated the abomination of desolation.

Many teach that since he did all this there is no future Abomination to look for, and therefore it is not to be considered in the End Times Chronology.  They ignore the time phrase in Daniel 12:11 and this opens the door for there theory.

What God has done through Daniel here is to give him what is called a “double prophecy” or "prefillment".  That means that this prophecy in Daniel 11:31 prophesies an event that will happen in the near future from Daniel (Old Testament) and in the far future from Daniel (in this case the End Times).

When I first heard of this my red flag went up and I thought this was a trick to twist the Scriptures for some reason.  Then Jesus settled it for me very clearly!  Here's how...

Many people diverge at this point and say, "You can’t make a prophecy that was written in the Old Testament and fulfilled in the Old Testament period to then be a key event in the End Times.  That is bad hermeneutics."

I would agree with them.  I can’t do that, but the Bible can.  Look at...

Matthew 24:15,16
This is in the Olivet Discourse,
which is a major passage for end times study.

Therefore when you see the Abomination of Desolation which was spoken of through Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place...then those who are in Judea must flee to the mountains.”

Who is talking here?...Jesus.  What does He tell those in the future from where He was in history to look for?...the Abomination of Desolation.  He gives them instructions of what to do when they see it.

So, what does this tell us?  Jesus refers to Daniel’s prophecies from 9:27, 11:31, and 12:11, and Jesus Himself says this end times event is yet to come in the future!

That settles it.  I'm not going to try to play around with Daniel's prophecies and try to override Jesus in the process.  I don't care what you call it...a double prophecy or whatever, but this is letting the Word speak for itself and overriding my theories.

You can see all of Matthew 24 and my outline of it if you are interested.


Letting the Bible speak for itself and place the Abomination of Desolation on the End Times Chronology gives you great insight and understanding when sifting through the theories that are out there declaring when the Rapture will happen.

Don't neglect this event.  It is one of the most important end times events to understand.

Overwhelmed by all the theories about the End Times?  Whose end times prophecy is right?

Are the books of Daniel and Revelation confusing to you?

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