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The Abomination that causes Desolation
Daniel 11:31 His armed forces will rise up to desecrate the temple fortress and will
abolish the daily sacrifice. Then they will set up the abomination that
causes desolation. This is probably the most important verse in Daniel 11 but it’s
not a sign to look for. In fact, if you see this event in the news, you probably waited too late. It is impossible
to know what the abomination will be but the location is the Temple Mount because
Daniel 9:27 says it will be on a
“wing of the temple” and Jesus said it will be
“standing in the holy place”. (Matthew 24:15). I have already explained, on the homepage, that the rapture could happen within
minutes of the abomination because Jesus told the Jews to run
immediately for the mountains. Jerusalem will be frantic and the Jews are warned not to look for their
Messiah on earth, at that time, because the one they rejected 2000 years earlier will
appear on the clouds
“with power and great glory”. (Matthew 24: 15-31) Of course, there will be an earthquake to make things worse, as noted in the sixth seal.
Post-rapture details are described later, combining the rest of Daniel 11 with
Revelation, to give the big picture.
In conjunction with the abomination, there will be an uprising
“to desecrate the
temple fortress and abolish the daily sacrifice”. Since we know that it takes place on the Temple Mount and a “fortress” usually refers to “walls”, I think the “temple
fortress” is the Western Wall, the holiest site in Judaism. The “daily sacrifice” must be
the fact that the Orthodox Jews pray there every day, without fail. One example of the
importance of the daily prayers is that the government refused to block the Wall when Pope Benedict visited in 2009, except for a short while. If the Muslims can desecrate
the Wall in such a way that stops the Jews from their daily prayers, I think that would
satisfy the verse.
Considering the strength of the Israeli military, you might think that the
Temple Mount would be completely secure but it may be an area of vulnerability too.
Muslims call it the Holy Sanctuary because it contains the
Dome of the Rock and Al Aqsa Mosque. After the 1967 war, Israel could have destroyed those monuments
but instead, they gave administrative control to the Waqf, a Muslim charitable trust,
supervised by the Palestinians. That gives the Muslims some degree of access to the
Temple Mount. It has been the site of skirmishes between rock-throwing Palestinians
and Israeli security forces, before, but nothing too serious. The thing is: the uprising
does not have to be an all out war because a riot or terrorist attack could allow them
time to desecrate the Wall and set up the abomination. And like most terrorist’s attacks, it will come as a surprise. But when Jesus appears in the clouds and the
earthquake strikes, it will be an even greater surprise to the Muslims and Jews.
After the Peace Talks:
“the Abomination that causes Desolation” (*continued from the previous page:
“current events”.) Daniel 11:28
The king of the North will return to his own country with great wealth,
but his heart will be set against the holy covenant. He will take action
against it and then return to his own country. Even though the Shiites will be victorious over the Sunni and receive some kind
of reparations (above), their real hatred will be towards Israel, the
“holy covenant”. They will
“take action” but I doubt if it is very serious because they return North. This verse is also very distinctive to current times. I imagine it is quite rare for
two “kings” to engage in battle and then the winner be more angry at a third party
who was not involved. Yet, it sounds exactly like Iran, regarding Israel’s occupation
of Palestine, which would not have been an issue before 1948.
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Daniel 11: 29-30 At the appointed time he will invade the South again, but this time the
outcome will be different from what it was before. (30) Ships of the
western coastlands will oppose him, and he will lose heart. Then he will
turn back and vent his fury against the holy covenant. He will return and
show favor to those who forsake the holy covenant. The
“appointed time” will be controlled by God because He prophesied that the abomination would be near the
middle of the 70 th seven, as noted in Daniel 9:27. Just before that, God will entice the Shiites to attack first but their invasion will be
“ships of the western coastlands will oppose him”. In Daniel 11, the term “coastlands” was used in verse 18 when referring to areas around the
Mediterranean. Therefore, it probably refers to NATO countries such as Great Britain
or the United States, which will enforce the peace talks and defend the South.
The show of force will cause the Shiites to
“lose heart” or change their mind. Since the verse says nothing about “bloodshed” or “falling in battle”, there is
probably no actual warfare at that time.
Yet, the frustration will cause the Shiites will turn their anger toward Israel,
once again, but this time, they will
“vent their fury against the holy covenant”. Still, that could be anything but it does not sound like war. Instead, they will
“show favor to those who forsake the holy covenant”. In other words, they will rally everyone against Israel and this accumulated hatred is the fuel that sparks the
uprising on the Temple Mount.
NOTE: You saw evidence
of these ships in the events
verse 22. Recall the threat of cruse
missiles being launched at
Assad in Syria, before the
Russians stepped in with a
diplomatic solution to avoid
U.S. military intervention.
Proceed to events
after the Rapture