THE ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION
What Is THE ABOMINATION THAT CAUSES DESOLATION?
“When ye, therefore, shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place (whosever readeth let him understand)……….” Matthew 24: 15
“But when ye shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel, the prophet, standing where it ought not (let him that readeth understand)……… Mark 13:14
“and have indignation against the holy covenant, and shall do his pleasure; and he shall return, and have regard unto them that forsake the holy covenant..
31 And arms shall stand on his part, and they shall profane the sanctuary, even the stronghold, and shall take away the continual burnt-offering, and they shall set up the detestable thing that causeth appalment.
32 And such as do wickedly against the covenant shall be corrupt by blandishments; but the people that know their God shall show strength, and prevail.
33 and they that are wise among the people shall cause the many to understand;
1 And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince who standeth for the children of thy people; and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time; and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.
2 And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to reproaches and everlasting abhorrence.
3 And they that are wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn the many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.
4 But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end; many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.'
5 Then I Daniel looked, and, behold, there stood other two, the one on the bank of the river on this side, and the other on the bank of the river on that side.
6 And one said to the man clothed in linen, who was above the waters of the river: 'How long shall it be to the end of the wonders?'
7 And I heard the man clothed in linen, who was above the waters of the river, when he lifted up his right hand and his left hand unto heaven, and swore by Him that liveth for ever that it shall be for a time, times, and a half; and when they have made an end of breaking in pieces the power of the holy people, all these things shall be finished.
8 And I heard, but I understood not; then said I: 'O my lord, what shall be the latter end of these things?'
9 And he said: 'Go thy way, Daniel; for the words are shut up and sealed till the time of the end.
10 Many shall purify themselves, and make themselves white, and be refined; but the wicked shall do wickedly; and none of the wicked shall understand; but they that are wise shall understand.
11 And from the time that the continual burnt-offering shall be taken away, and the detestable thing that causes appalment set up, there shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety days.
12 Happy is he that waiteth, and cometh to the thousand three hundred and five and thirty days.
13 But go thou thy way till the end be; and thou shalt rest, and shalt stand up to thy lot, at the end of the days.”
Daniel 11:30 – 12:13
Sermons upon sermons and book after book has been written concerning the thing we call “the abomination of desolation” spoken of by Daniel the prophet. Jesus said in Matthew and in Mark to “let the reader understand”. So does that mean that each reader will have a different understanding, or does that mean there is only one understanding and only those who have real listening ears and open eyes can truly understand what this thing is?
I’ve heard this abomination is the Anti-Christ sitting on the ark of the covenant in the holy of holies in the restored temple in Jerusalem. That this is what is meant by the taking away of daily sacrifices.
I’ve also heard that this abomination is something “we will know when we see it”, when it takes place in Jerusalem under the rule of the Anti-Christ.
Since Jesus said to let the reader understand, and that the reader who does understand will know that they who are in Judea should flee to the mountains. The one who understands is not to come down from the housetop to take anything out of his house. If you’re one who understands and are in the field, don’t turn back to your house to get your clothes, and woe to those are with child in those days and who nurse children. The reader who understands is to pray that his flight be not in winter or the Sabbath day. Since Jesus said these things, I think this abomination that makes desolate is much more serious than a man sitting on the ark of the covenant in the holy of holies in a rebuilt temple in Jerusalem. Much more serious than something we will know when we see it and don’t understand. Most of all, it is so serious that only certain ones who are watching and waiting will see it happen and understand it.
Three days ago, I was reading an article from the New York Times concerning the current trend of anarchy wherein judges and local mayors are allowing, issuing licenses, and marrying homosexuals in massive numbers. These events and issues have taken the country by a storm and like a wildfire, are creating havoc and chaos of debate in every city, town and state it rears it’s ugly head. The article concerned state legislators who see the current trend and in a frenzy are trying to create legislation and amendments to state constitutions banning “gay” marriages in order to put a stop to the judges who are clearly out of order and stop this lawlessness from spreading and continuing. Their hope is to have the amendment on the November ballot to allow voters to express their voice at the same time we elect a new president.
As I was reading this article and concentrating on the seriousness of this situation a voice invaded my thoughts and said “When you see the abomination that makes desolate stand in the holy place…..” I became the “reader that understands” and was devastated. The holy place is not, nor ever has been, relating to the rebuilt temple – because WE are the temple of God. The holy place is marriage. The daily sacrifices and burnt offerings is the holy relationship established by God in the beginning between a man and his wife. The abomination that makes desolate is homosexuality. The reason to flee to the mountains and make quick flight is because of the judgment that is to come upon the lands that legally allow, recognize and accept this abomination as “natural” and “holy”.
The homosexuals were not satisfied to have “civil unions” giving them the “civil rights” they have demanded. The civil unions that have been allowed and recognized in some states and locales have given them all the legal rights that all people have concerning inheritance, taxes, health care benefits, etc. NO! – they want the “HOLY PLACE”. The HOLY COVENANT OF MATRIMONY. They want the recognition God gives a man and a woman. They want to take away the burnt offerings and daily sacrifices.
Let’s start at the beginning…………
“And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over everything that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him, male and female he created he them. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.” Genesis 1:26-28
“These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens, and every plant of the field before it was in the earth, and every herb of the field before it grew; for the Lord God had not caused it to rain upon the earth and there was not a man to till the ground………...” Genesis 2:4,5 ”
“And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.” Genesis 2:7
“And the Lord God said, it is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help fit for him. And out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them; and whosoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof. And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field; but for Adam there was not found and help fit for him. And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept; and took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; and the rib, which the Lord God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man. And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh, she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man. Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother and shall cleave unto his wife and they shall be one flesh. And they were both naked, the man and his wife and were not ashamed.” Genesis 2:18-25
“This is the book of the generations of Adam. In the day that God created man, in the likeness of God made he him; Male and Female created he them, and blessed them, and called THEIR name ADAM, in the day when they were created.” Genesis 5:1,2
Only the HOLY relationship of male and female, husband and wife, can there be offspring. Adam was created male and female and was called MAN. Until God caused the deep sleep to fall upon him and he took Eve OUT OF him, MAN was a complete living soul. When God took Eve out of Adam, he split the soul of Man and made them two people – both still in the likeness and image of God, both with the blessing of God. The sexual union merges the two souls back together and that is why they “become one flesh” – again. This is the Holy Covenant, the very likeness and image of God. The only union that God blessed. This is why humans are always looking for their “soul mate” because God split the soul so that when it comes back together again, the two that become one are greater together than if they had stayed only one soul. Man could not reproduce and multiply as one being. He had to be made into a seed and a soil.
When homosexuals have sexual relations with each other it is the abomination that makes desolate – it produces a union that defiles the image and likeness of God and makes desolate because it cannot reproduce. There is only seed with two men and only soil with two women. That’s like planting a field with a sack of seeds sitting beside the empty field. The seeds rot and the soil dies.
Romans 1:18-32 says,
“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness. Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them, for God hath shown it unto them. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse. Because, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful, but became vain in their imaginations and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man, and birds, and four-footed beasts, and creeping things. Wherefore, God also gave them up to uncleanness, through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonor their own bodies between themselves. Who exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed forever, Amen. For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections; for even their women did exchange the natural use for that which is against nature; and likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their own lust one toward another, men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was fitting. And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not seemly. Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness, full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, malignity, whisperers, backbiters, haters of God, insolent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents; without understanding, covenant breakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful, who, knowing the judgment of God, that they who commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.”
The excuses and arguments being made for these creatures of defilement is atrocious! Churches are exchanging judgment and rejection for “tolerance” under the guise of “we can help them”. People are turning a deaf ear and a blind eye and like Lot are terrified of these creatures of wickedness. We are witnessing the beginning of the end. We are beginning to see what Jesus warned of when he told us the parable of the fig tree. He said when we see the leaves sprouting we know that summer is near and likewise when we see the beginning of these things, we should know that the end is near. He said that like it was in the days of Noah when they were “marrying and giving in marriage”, so shall it be in the days of the coming of the Son of Man.
In the book of Enoch, the days of Noah are described in great detail. The angels had come down and mated with women, creating a creature that was neither human nor angel. These creatures, when killed in the flood had no place and have become the “evil spirits” in this world. Their influence is overwhelming and they are the principalities and powers in high places – the driving force in man’s imaginations. They hate God and they hate man. Satan hates God and from the beginning of time continues to defile the temple of God – the body that holds the very breath of God – by infiltrating thoughts and desires to turn us from God.
There is nothing new under the sun. God destroyed the earth by flood in Noah’s time because he repented of making man and saw that man had given himself to that which was wicked continually. The marrying and giving in marriage in Noah’s time was not just husbands and wives – it was a man and a man / a woman and a woman – and their parents were “giving” them in marriage to these relationships. God destroyed them and the earth by flood. When the same thing occurred in Sodom and Gomorrah, God destroyed the cities with fire and brimstone. Only Lot and his two daughters were saved – and the angels had to practically drag them away at that! His wife was so “tolerant” that she simple could not let go and turned back and was destroyed right along with the cities. Why does God bring total destruction for these lifestyles? Because homosexuality is unredeemable. Once the sexual act is committed between two men and two women, there is no turning back. The souls are joined. There becomes an insatiable desire for more and more of the wickedness and the result is men hate women and the women hate men. Yet the inherent desire to procreate does not go away. So to satisfy this desire, we now have artificial insemination, surrogate mothers, and adoption - and our country calls it “family”. Alternative lifestyles are required courses now in most public schools. Tolerance has taken the place of outrage. Complacency and fear of the judgment of these hideous people has taken the place of fear and holiness to a holy God.
Let me tell you something – the Anti-Christ is a homosexual man! Daniel 11:37 says of him “Neither shall he regard the gods of his fathers; and neither the desire of women, nor any god, shall he regard; for he shall magnify himself above all.” Because he neither regards the gods of his fathers, he is most likely a Jew or Christian. Most of all he is in place when we “see” homosexual marriage legal and recognized as a “holy” covenant in the country and the world.
The fig tree leaves are sprouting – summer is near. When the abomination that makes desolate stands in the holy place – when homosexual marriage is a legal and recognized institution – then the tribulation really begins – and there is no get out tribulation free card. There is no rapture. Jesus said he who endures to the end will be saved. Daniel said that those will have understanding will instruct many.
Let us be wise – watch and pray that our flight be not in winter.
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