What is the Abomination of Desolation?

“And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh.” – Luke 21:20

The previous verse is taken from the Olivet discourse and it has a parallel passage in Matthew…

“When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:) Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains:” – Matthew 24:16-17

This is an amazing reference to an event fulfilled in 70 A.D. but in the Chapel system of dispensational futurism adherents are always exhorted to look toward the future instead of the true fulfillment of the text. A time when Satan will come down from heaven as Antichrist and commit the abomination of desolation while the elect do great exploits. This is a religious fantasy that will never transpire.

According to Murray, Satan will come and enter into a sordid marital covenant with the church and “defile” the bride of Christ – this being one of the chief reasons for the millennium. From beginning to end this interpretation is spectacular foolishness and I feel for anyone bound up in it.

What I would like to submit to those of you who believe the abomination of desolation is a future event is that it has already happened.

Kind of anti-climactic, huh? Not really when you understand – truth is much more interesting than religious fantasy.

In the book of Daniel there are actually what appears to be three separate types of the Abomination of Desolation so let’s clarify because this is where a lot of the confusion emanates…

The first can be seen by the actions of Antiochus Epiphanes when he first desecrated the Jewish temple in 167 A.D. – Daniel refers to this in Chapter 8, 11 and 12. This desecration of the temple would point to the next one that Jesus was referring to…

In the second desecration we see Jerusalem surrounded by the Roman armies and desecrated according to Christ’s word but also in fulfillment of the prophecies of Daniel 9.

The third desecration is referred to by Paul in Thessalonians when the son of perdition is referenced…

“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.” – 2nd Thessalonians 2:3-4

Paul is explicitly referring to the “Willful King” of the later part of Daniel – this is another view of the little horn. The temple in the New Testament doesn’t refer to some rebuilt temple in Jerusalem but the body of Christ. There is no other power on earth that seeks to usurp the authority of Jesus Christ and put themselves at the head of the body other than the papal power.

There Are Two Sons of Perdition… Who Are They?

“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;” – 2nd Thessalonians 2:3

One of the things you will hear the Chapel commonly teach is that the “son of perdition” spoken of in John and 2nd Thessalonians both refer to the same futuristic Antichrist.

There is a lot of deception to unpack in this teaching by the Chapel.

The truth is the “son of perdition” in John and in Thessalonians refer to two different things.

In the first instance in John, the term “son of perdition” points to Judas Iscariot. In the second, “son of perdition” refers to an antichrist power that has already been revealed… the papal dynasty. This was spoken of in Daniel and Paul is borrowing from prophecy regarding the “little-horn” in a New Testament light:

“I considered the horns, and, behold, there came up among them another little horn, before whom there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots: and, behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of man, and a mouth speaking great things.” – Daniel 7:8

False teachers are quick to ignore scriptural context – it gets in the way doesn’t it? Let’s look at a passage from John 17…

“While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled.” – John 17:12

The whole chapter Jesus is referring to the disciples whom Judas was counted among. The scripture being fulfilled is Psalm 109…

Why would Jesus stop on the dime and start talking about Murray’s mythical futuristic antichrist?

This is a common maneuver by the Chapel, to give words and phrases equivalent meaning across different books even when context requires otherwise. It’s kind of like algebra for heretics, but let me give you a clue if you are a genuine truth-seeker…

One word or phrase used in one part of the bible can have a completely different referent in another.

Commonly Murray will say that Judas genuinely “repented” of his sin of betraying Christ because he returned the money and that the Kenite power hierarchy in Jerusalem had him killed.

But Judas repentance in the Greek is not “metanoia” but “metamelomai” – in other words he was mentally regretful, filled with grief and anguish at himself and not truly repentant – this is evidenced by the consequent suicide.

Judas Iscariot is in hell.

The Papal Dynasty has been here waging war against the saints and casting the truth to the ground for very long time… and destroying God’s holy people.

Quit making excuses for an evil man whose heart was full of wickedness, greed and betrayal who is now in hell – you miss the gravity of Judas sin and the reality of the evil that took place.

Quit looking for a mythical futuristic superman Antichrist who will never come when the true prophetic fulfillment of scripture is in your midst right now destroying God’s people to an extraordinary degree and will continue until the end of the age.

The Church IS the Promised Kingdom!

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“The visible church, which is also catholic or universal under the gospel … is the kingdom of the Lord Jesus Christ” -The Westminster Confession of Faith 25:2

In the days of those kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which will never be destroyed, and that kingdom will not be left for another people; it will crush and put an end to all these kingdoms, but it will itself endure forever.” – Daniel 2:44

The New Testament Church, the body of Jesus Christ IS the promised kingdom of the Old Testament. I become very irritated with false religion as it seeks to usurp the promises that apply to God’s true people, the elect…

“Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.” – Colossians 2:8

That word “spoil” is ROB. That is what false religion seeks to do.

Dispensational premillennialism seeks to do just that and as we have covered, the Chapel is a hideous permutation of that system of interpretation. They reject the notion that the Kingdom is the Church and assert that they are the fulfillment of these promises during a future earthly millennial reign.

The reality is, the promised Kingdom began during Christ’s ministry and was inaugurated on Pentacost Day. Later in history God begins to crush and remove stumbling blocks at the feet of the Church.

70 A.D. for instance, with the destruction of the Jewish temple and sacrificial system which was an utter abomination after Christ’s death. Then later in 312 A.D. we have the Edict of Milan with Constantine legalizing Christianity in the Roman empire essentially Christianizing it. Then in 476 A.D. the fall of the Roman empire later… these are all good historic corollaries to the stone striking the image upon the foot.

In our time the “little horn” (who is the Roman Papal power) will attempt to destroy Protestant Christian religion by undermining these false expectations latent within futuristic systems of prophecy. The Jesuits and the Papacy are the creators of futurism for the express purpose of turning the finger of judgment away from Rome.

So what better way to hinder and thwart the kingdom of God’s advance than by telling the elect that they are not a party to the promises of scripture pertaining to them?

And that is exactly what is happening.

In fact, this assault of Rome upon the church becomes so bad and so effective that in the end we see something devastating take place when Satan is released for a short time – but the gates of hell will be turned back… This is called the Occult Millennium or Golden Age of Gaia – the Omega X conspiracy is based upon this.

The Promised Kingdom of Daniel is the Body of Christ, the Church

Let’s go back to this scriptural concept of the church being the promised kingdom. We are told by premillennialists that this is future to us. But what does the New Testament say?

“Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:” – Colossians 1:13

There is only one Kingdom of Christ, and He reigns right now – that is the millennium. Jesus Christ, seated at the right hand of God upon David’s throne reigning with his saints in heaven and on earth… ruling the nations with a rod of iron. That is NOW!

“But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming. Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power. For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet. The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.” – 1st Corinthian 15:23-26

He is reigning now friends. When He returns everything will be finished. Read the text carefully. Christ present reign IS the millennium.

The premillennialist’s will either say that there are two kingdoms or that the promised kingdom is not in effect. They assert that the church and Israel are forever distinct. Murray comes onto the scene with British Israelism and makes his cult the fulfillment of dispensational premillennial error… what a sham!

People Don’t Really Die in the Tribulation? Are You Kidding!

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(Amo 5:18) Woe unto you that desire the day of the LORD! to what end is it for you? the day of the LORD is darkness, and not light.
(Amo 5:19) As if a man did flee from a lion, and a bear met him; or went into the house, and leaned his hand on the wall, and a serpent bit him.

The book of Revelation drips with blood… if I’m reading it correctly it tells of unspeakable tragedy and judgment that will befall humanity in the end before Jesus Christ’s ultimate triumph. In fact, his return is a veritable bloodbath…

“And the winepress was trodden without the city, and blood came out of the winepress, even unto the horse bridles, by the space of a thousand and six hundred furlongs.” – Revelation 14:20

Maybe this is talking about a circus, or an amusement park ride…

What I find strange indeed – Murray spoke with great zeal about the New World Order; could a man who spoke so fervently against this order really have been that ignorant about their plans for eugenics and depopulation?

And who are these people who long for the great tribulation to arrive so that they can receive their carnal vainglory?

For Murray, a period of 5 months IS the tribulation. That’s not so bad, right? He concludes that no one really dies a physical death at that time but that it is merely “spiritual” which happens by being deceived. What a relief, nothing to worry about!

The worst that can happen is that you come back during the millennium to experience a thousand years of works based religion – which is hell enough granted, but…

How does he know that?

(Rev 9:6) And in those days shall men seek death, and shall not find it; and shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them.

So, dying a spiritual death from worshiping the beast and taking his mark in the tribulation is no big deal. Poor deceived souls can work their way to salvation during the millennium under the guidance and discipline of Murray and his Zadokian priesthood who will be dropping the hammer with a vengeance.

Does the scripture teach that no one will die physically during the tribulation?

Allow me to demonstrate some basic math:

(Rev 9:18) By these three was the third part of men killed, by the fire, and by the smoke, and by the brimstone, which issued out of their mouths.

Let’s say the population at the time is roughly 6 billion. Okay, divide that by three. This is 2 billion people dying in a very short period of time. What part of “KILL” do you not understand?

You know, that serpent in Genesis was fond of saying, “Did God REALLY say that?”

Did God really say that masses of humanity would literally die in persecution and judgment in the book of Revelation?

Uh, yeah.

Murray likes to employ the same rhetorical devices it seems. Did God really say those people were going to literally die? Did God really say that taking the mark of the beast will land you hell?

Newsflash! Massive numbers of people will die a horrible brutish death during the judgments and tribulations spoken of in Revelation. Upwards of 2.5 billion will be slaughtered in the 6th trumpet alone in a short period of time! Not counting everything else…

That’s more people than have died in all the wars and revolutions in the history of mankind!

If you don’t think the deaths spoken of in Revelation are literal and that taking the mark won’t earn you a one way trip to hell fire, do me a favor and go flush your bible down the commode because it has become meaningless to you!

And if you think people can take the mark of the beast and die spiritually, yet come back in the millennium to earn a second chance at salvation then you my friend are dumber than a doorknob.

Is A Gap of Time Between the 69th & 70th Week of Daniel?

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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.” – Daniel 9:27

As we have noted before, the Shepherd’s Chapel is dispensational. This is very ironic as we find that Murray rails against the system of deception in which he is in bondage. He swings at the low-hanging fruit of a pre-tribulation rapture while expanding the essential ideas of dispensationalism even further…

To recap – E.W. Bullinger lived during the emergence of a now popular system of scripture interpretation called dispensationalism. Bullinger is a very close cousin of Scofield but pioneered his own system and study bible to rival the Scofield bible. Bullinger’s form is called hyperdispensationalism, as it has the church starting later in Acts.

If you go to the Companion Bible – notice his notes for Daniel 9:26-27 will detail his position. You can read his appendix 91 here to see for yourself…

Here are Bullinger’s own words in the appendix, “THE THIRD PERIOD. The last, or the seventieth seven. This period is yet future, and awaits the same literal fulfillment as the other two periods.”

So as you can see, Bullinger makes this passage in Daniel about a future Antichrist as he splits the 70th week off into the future. This is a classic example of dispensationalism. There’s a lot more but I simply want to demonstrate that there is no gap. The 70 week prophecy is one continuous prophecy with no gaps.

Once you begin to realize this, it will help you break free from a lot of the madness within futurism, a system of biblical interpretation that was invented by Roman Jesuits and passed down to the Anglican church and then on to the evangelicals of today.

Shepherd’s Chapel though it has it’s own variety of dispensationalism it bares many of the hallmarks, including the gap between the 69th and 70th week. In Murray system, the 70th week commences at the 6th trumpet and lasts a period of 5 months. 7 years is truncated to 5 months based on Jesus words… 

And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.” – Matthew 24:22

The 1260 days, 42 months and time, times and half of time (the great tribulation) is shortened to just 2.5 months.

The reality is this: dispensationalism completely distorts the meaning of prophecy when it adds this gap in time.

In the prophecy of the 70 weeks, Jesus the Messiah is the context throughout. During his earthly ministry he confirmed the covenant (the new covenant) with many, performing miracles, proclaiming the kingdom and forgiving sins. In the midst of the week he was cut-off in crucifixion thus bringing an end to the sacrificial system. He said, “it is finished” when He died and thereby ratified the new covenant…

The old covenant worship system continued on in form until it became a blasphemous caricature of worship and a stumbling block to all – it was swept away in judgment by the Romans a generation after the crucifixion of Christ…

That said, there remains a period of time after Christ’s death – the last half of the 70th week… I will address some issues on how to interpret this in an upcoming post.

Is the Great Tribulation Shortened to 2.5 Months?

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(Jer 6:13) For from the least of them even unto the greatest of them every one is given to covetousness; and from the prophet even unto the priest every one dealeth falsely.
(Jer 6:14) They have healed also the hurt of the daughter of my people slightly, saying, Peace, peace; when there is no peace.

The Chapel’s smooth words about prophecy are leading it’s students in a precarious direction…

Here’s a short video where Murray unequivocally states that the tribulation will be shortened to two 2.5 month periods, the last part is the great tribulation – this is a truncation of the 70th week down to 5 months… at first he say 9 months and corrects himself at the end…

If you’re ever studied with the Chapel for any period of time, you’ve probably come away scratching your head on more than one occasion. Let me give you a thumbnail sketch of what they’re teaching about the tribulation…

In Matthew 24 we read:

(Mat 24:21) For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.
(Mat 24:22) And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.

One of the first things we realize about Murray’s tribulation is that it really isn’t that bad – I mean, the 5th trumpet began in 1982 when Mt. Saint Helen’s erupted and things have been pretty good so far. The 5th trumpet began a time of teaching about the coming of the Antichrist in the 6th trumpet. So one of the chief purposes of the Chapel is to teach this special doctrine about the 6th trumpet and the advent of the devil himself.

Massive populations of people dying in judgment is a big theme in Revelation. The Chapel teaches that the deaths spoken of in Revelation are only spiritual because Satan’s powers of “deception”.

His power is so great that only Murray’s VERY elect (7,000 die hard students, called Zadok) have the capacity to completely avoid all deception. The effects of these spiritual deaths are ameliorated by the millennium of course as these poor souls receive a second chance… you see, they never really had a chance.

Another aspect of the tribulation is its overall shortening to a 5 month period spoken of in Revelation 9 – Lucifer himself will show up for the last 2.5 months or the great tribulation… and it will be like a carnival with ice cream, circuses and freak shows, no big deal. PHEW! Big relief, now I can go back to watching Bozo the Clown.

But where do we find this in scripture? Well, as with most fantasies, we don’t.

(Dan 9:27) 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.

According to dispensationalist’s (and Murray is one) the whole period of tribulation is known as the 70th week of Daniel. One week = 7 years. Of that 7 years half, or 42 months, is the period of great tribulation according to futurist interpretation.

I will have much to say about dispensational futurism in time — suffice to say it is completely incorrect but let continue…

Many people will die as martyrs if I read my bible correctly. It also says that, THE Antichrist, a man, not some supernatural entity will wear the people of God out for 42 months, not 2.5 months. People will be required to worship the beast under penalty of death and to take a literal mark to buy or sell… now I may be wrong, these things may apply to the whole church age or mean something else, but it’s certainly won’t be like the Chapel teaches.

There are no second chances in a future millennium if you take the mark of the beast…

The Chapel has basically created an apocalyptic amusement park for “his” elect during the 2.5 month tribulation… one where they are glorified in triumph over Antichrist and reign over all in the millennium… that’s RELIGIOUS FANTASY!