The Abomination of Desolation

Gary DeMar writes "that Jesus had more in mind than the abominable acts that took place in the temple by the Romans, Idumeans, or the 'desecration of the temple by the Zealots in the winter of A.D. 67/8, shortly before the Roman seige began.' Antiochus, the Zealots, the Idumeans, and the Roman legions were not the ones who could defile the temple under terms of the New Covenant. Only someone posing as an official religious representative of God could actually defile the temple. Israel's priesthood was corrupt, and the sacrifices were an abomination since the priests denied the atoning work of Christ" [emphasis mine] (DeMar, Last Days Madness, 107-108).

Gary DeMar says that it was the action of the high priest that constituted the "abomination of desolation":

"With the true Lamb slain, the earthly temple could no longer operate as a place of sacrifice. The action of the high priest 'standing in the holy place' (24:15), continuing to offer sacrifices in the temple, was an abomination, a rejection of the work of Christ" (Ibid., 108).

According to Gary DeMar the high priest "standing in the holy place" was the fulfillment of the following verse:

"When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place...Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains" (Mt. 24:15-16).

Every year after the Cross the high priest stood in the holy place and made sacrifices, and it was not until the temple was destroyed in A.D.70 that this came to an end. That would mean that the high priest stood in the holy place at least forty times from the Cross until A.D.70. That raises a question that Gary DeMar left unanswered. Why didn't the believing Jews flee into the mountains on the first occasion when they saw the high priest stand in the holy place?

The interpretation of the "abomination of desolation" given by Gary DeMar makes no sense whatsoever. He is grasping at straws in order to attempt to place these prophecies in the past.

Worship of a False God

The "abomination of desolations" is in regard to the worship of a false god. The "man of sin" who will sit in the Temple will set up a statue or image of himself in the Holy Place:

"And arms shall stand on his part, and they shall pollute the sanctuary of strength, and shall take away the daily sacrifice, and they shall place the abomination that maketh desolate" (Dan. 11:31).

An image of the "man of sin" will be made, and that image will come to life and be able to speak:

"And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live. And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed" (Rev.13:14-15).

That will be the fulfillment of the following verses:

"Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God" (2Thess.2:3-4).

The Middle of the Seventieth Week

The setting up of the image of the man of sin will occur at the same time when the sacrifices are brought to an end:

"And arms shall stand on his part, and they shall pollute the sanctuary of strength, and shall take away the daily sacrifice, and they shall place the abomination that maketh desolate" (Dan.11:31).

That verse parallels the following verses:

"And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate" (Dan.9:27).

"When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place...Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains" (Mt.24:15-16).

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