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The abomination of desolation is a term found in the Hebrew Bible, in the book of Daniel. It also occurs in the book of 1 Maccabees and in the New Testament gospels. Matt. 24:15 Mark 13:14. The word abomination is literally to place an Idol in the Hoy Place and desolation literally means plundering so the term means to plunder and to place an Idol in a place considered Holy which is what the anti-Christ will do. Remember the scriptures that state the man of perdition will exalt himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God as is recorded in II Th 2:3-4 and this is the reason I wrote the book titled, The Great Apostasy.

Many Christians don't realize that they are accepting several things that are an abomination to God. I'm trying to get them to wake up but they love their idols. There is much more information concerning this and you can read about King Antiochus Epiphanes in the book of 1 Maccabees 1:57; iv, 38 which states that this king did in fact commit the abomination of desolation. He came into power about 175 BC and is considered the representative forerunner of the Anti-Christ.

In 167 B.C. a Greek ruler by the name of Antiochus Epiphanies set up an altar to Zeus over the altar of burnt offerings in the Jewish temple in Jerusalem. He also sacrificed a pig on the altar in the Temple in Jerusalem. This event is known as the abomination of desolation.

Antiochus Epiphanes was a Syrian King that came to power about 175 BC and is the representative forerunner of the Anti-christ soon to appear. He was one of the Seleucids who in succession to Alexander the Great built a realm in Syria and adjacent lands. Epiphanes' name means God made manifest. Epiphanes sought to force Greek culture and manners on the Jews. In imposing Hellenism, Epiphanes was but following out the intentions of his predecessor, Alexander whose dream was to create an empire, not by the sword but by culture. This had a measure of success among the 'free thinking' section of the priesthood, but there were a hard core of obstinate priests and people who refused to abandon the faith of their fore-fathers and be 'westernized'. By the introduction of Hellenistic cults, Epiphanes tried to put an end to the Jewish religious community. The events were the cause of the Maccabean struggle. Severe punitive measures merely brought the matter to a head and the revolt followed.

In 170 a law was announced requiring all citizens to present themselves four times a year to pay formal homage to Antiochus Epiphanes as the senior god of the Seleucids. The day chosen for these periodic submissions was Shabbat, when Jews preferred not to leave their homes, this being their day of prayer. Epiphanes was met by revolt and the setting up of a small state in which the high priest was the central figure. He launched against the Jews soon after. The Maccebean revolt gained the Jews their independence.

It is an exciting time for Judah when the heroes of the revolt were kindled. In 168 BC Antiochus Epiphanes dared to occupy Jerusalem, enter the Holy of Holies, desecrate the sanctuary by offering unclean animals upon the alter of burnt-offerings, pollute the whole building by sprinkling it with water in which flesh had been boiled, dedicated the Temple itself to Jupiter Olympius, and erected the statue of that deity and plundered the temple treasures.

Antiochus Epiphanes represents the type of 'the abomination of desolation' foretold by the prophet Daniel, on the altar of the Lord in the inner court of the Temple. Antiochus Epiphanes serves as a foreshadowing of the Anti-christ to come in the days ahead. Many Old Testament types pointing to end time fulfillments are first in the natural and second in the spiritual, so we may see the spiritual temple defiled in these days. Prophecies concerning Antichrist would be 8th chapter of Daniel: first Greece and Alexander, then four notables. Daniel "And in the latter time of their kingdom, when the transgressors are come to the full, a king of fierce countenance, and understanding dark sentences shall stand up. etc.." May also be prefigured in Dan 11.6 as the king of the north. [08, 23, 319, 304, Daniel, 392]

I studied into the word "Abomination" and found that even eating unclean foods is an Abomination but the main usage of the word was Homosexual or incest relations. The word also connects with Idolatry in many places but the thing I find interesting is that some usage states "An Abomination" and "An Abomination to the Lord" so there must be some difference between an abomination to the LORD your God and something that is just an abomination.

Look at the scripture below recorded in Deut 7:25; "You shall burn the carved images of their gods with fire; you shall not covet the silver or gold that is on them, nor take it for yourselves, lest you be snared by it; for it is an abomination to the LORD your God."

Or this one in Deut 22:5 "A woman shall not wear anything that pertains to a man, nor shall a man put on a woman's garment, for all who do so are an abomination to the LORD your God."

The statement concerning Homosexual or incest relations does not state an abomination to the LORD but just an abomination as we find recorded in Lev 18:22
"You shall not lie with a male as with a woman. It is an abomination."

And in Prov 12:22 we find "Lying lips are an abomination to the LORD, but those who deal truthfully are His delight."

Prov 16:5-6; "Everyone proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD; though they join forces, none will go unpunished. In mercy and truth atonement is provided for iniquity; and by the fear of the LORD one departs from evil."

The point is that yes there are sins that will destroy a Nation but it is the act that does it and it will be the lack of the world's sorrow for the sins that will bring God's wrath. I'm in no way trying to minimize the act of abortion because I hate it among all other sins but as a teacher of the bible I must also not lose site of the other sins as well. I must not lose site of the hope that we humans will come to God and ask to be covered by the blood sacrifice of Jesus the Son of God. We must try to not just hone in on one sin that we personally hate and forget the other great aspects of God's wisdom and love. He wants us all to be in His kingdom.

You may not like what I'm going to tell you but if you look into it you will be shocked to find I'm telling you the truth. There are thousands of people in the Christian religion that is committing great abominations to the LORD by way of Idol worship, (carved images) and many worship the tree which God hates.

See Jer 10:2-; "Thus says the LORD: "Do not learn the way of the Gentiles; do not be dismayed at the signs of heaven, for the Gentiles are dismayed at them. For the customs of the peoples are futile; for one cuts a tree from the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the ax. They decorate it with silver and gold; they fasten it with nails and hammers so that it will not topple. They are upright, like a palm tree, and they cannot speak; they must be carried, because they cannot go by themselves. Do not be afraid of them, for they cannot do evil, nor can they do any good."


Deut 27:15; "Cursed is the one who makes any carved or molded image, an abomination to the LORD, the work of the hands of the craftsman, and sets it up in secret.' And all the people shall answer and say, 'Amen!'

God is just as displeased with this as He is with the others. We find this recorded in James 2:10-13; "For whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet stumble in one point, he is guilty of all. For He who said, "Do not commit adultery," also said, "Do not murder." Now if you do not commit adultery, but you do murder, you have become a transgressor of the law. So speak and so do as those who will be judged by the law of liberty. For judgment is without mercy to the one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment."


Prov 6:16-19; These six things the LORD hates, yes, seven are an abomination to Him:

A proud look, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, A heart that devises wicked plans, feet that are swift in running to evil, A false witness who speaks lies, and one who sows discord among brethren."


1187 Ba` al Pe` owr (bah'-al peh-ore'); from 1168 and 6465; Baal of Peor; Baal-Peor, a Moabitish deity:

KJV-- Baal-peor. 1168 Ba` al (bah'-al); the same as 1167; Baal, a Phoenician deity: -Baal, (plural) Baalim.

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