abomination that makes desolate, The

abomination that makes desolate, The

An act desecrating the Jerusalem Temple. The book of Daniel twice mentions “the abomination that makes desolate” (Dan 11:31; Dan 12:11; cf. Dan 9:27), probably meaning the altar to Zeus erected by Antiochus IV in the Jerusalem Temple ca. 167 BCE (1Macc 1:54; 2Macc 6:1-5). Later, Daniel was read as a book of prophecy, and “the abomination that makes desolate” was viewed as one of the final signs that must take place before the end (Matt 24:15; Mark 13:14; 2Thess 2:3-4).

Dan 11:31

31Forces sent by him shall occupy and profane the temple and fortress. They shall abolish the regular burnt offering and set up the abomination that makes desol ... View more

Dan 12:11

11From the time that the regular burnt offering is taken away and the abomination that desolates is set up, there shall be one thousand two hundred ninety days.

Dan 9:27

27He shall make a strong covenant with many for one week, and for half of the week he shall make sacrifice and offering cease; and in their place shall be an ab ... View more

1Macc 1:54

54Now on the fifteenth day of Chislev, in the one hundred forty-fifth year, they erected a desolating sacrilege on the altar of burnt offering. They also built ... View more

2Macc 6:1-5

The Suppression of Judaism
1Not long after this, the king sent an Athenian senator to compel the Jews to forsake the laws of their ancestors and no longer to li ... View more

Matt 24:15

The Desolating Sacrilege
15“So when you see the desolating sacrilege standing in the holy place, as was spoken of by the prophet Daniel (let the reader understa ... View more

Mark 13:14

The Desolating Sacrilege
14“But when you see the desolating sacrilege set up where it ought not to be (let the reader understand), then those in Judea must flee ... View more

2Thess 2:3-4

3Let no one deceive you in any way; for that day will not come unless the rebellion comes first and the lawless one is revealed, the one destined for destructio ... View more

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