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.

What should you do when you lose faith in your religion?

Question: “What should you do when you start to lose faith in your religion?” – Wes Pierson

Pretext: The sad reality is that we live a fallen world where false religion almost reigns supreme. The sinfulness of man causes him to cast a god in his own image and then create a damnable religious system to go with it… once this has been accomplished he goes on a hellish crusade to lead others to the pit.

The system that the heretic creates is the philosophical net to ensnare the undiscerning masses. It’s all about power with false religion and it’s goal is to universally prevent humanity from seeing the light of the truth that is found in Jesus Christ.

My answer… 

Let it run it’s course because religion is man-made unless it is true religion from God. False religion is Satanic deception and will lead you to hell – you shouldn’t have faith in a lie or anything that contains a lie. Once you have despaired of the futility of man’s falsehood turn to your Creator who is infinite and ask for Him to reveal the Savior Jesus Christ to you. Have your sins washed away by the blood He shed for you and develop a relationship with Him.

Why did Jesus have to die so that our sins could be paid?

Question: “Why did Jesus have to pay for our sins – if God is so merciful and powerful, couldn’t He just pay for it with the snap of his fingers?” – Shea Duane

Pretext: In the religion of Islam this is actually how Allah forgives sinners – he just magically snaps his fingers and sin is gone. The religion requires works on behalf of the deceived to receive such grace from Allah however. Christianity teaches that Jesus Christ satisfies the wrath of God towards sin and that He bestows saving grace upon us by faith in Christ alone. This concept is missing in man-made religion.

My answer…

Because God’s holiness and justice requires expiation and you are a sinner who is incapable of expiating your own sin debt. If you murdered someone and the jury found you guilty, when you go before the judge, do you think he will just dismiss you and let you go free? No. He will punish you severely.

Why would God dismiss your lifelong cosmic rebellion against Him on a whim when even our fallen human court systems wouldn’t do such a thing?

No. You will come to the cross and be cleansed of your sin guilt before God or you will bear the wrath of God in hell for eternity.

Add to that – God does as he willsit was His desire to ordain Christ from the foundation of the world to receive eternal glory as Savior of humanity. God magically snapping his fingers to forgive sin would be like God telling Jesus to take a back seat in His eternal plan.

When a lost sinner repents and is eternally bought by His precious shed blood that brings Christ eternal glory – so I’ll let you figure out why God ordained the death of Jesus Christ from the foundation of the world.

Why does God allow people to inflict pain upon others?

Question:Why does god allow people to cause or inflict pain or suffering on others?” – anonymous

Pretext: If God is so powerful and loving why doesn’t He just instantaneously destroy the wicked? It doesn’t quite work that way but some will use the problem of evil to deny the existence of God…

My Answer…

Well, it’s the dilemma of giving His creations free-will. God is love. He created us to love Him and love others. Love presupposes free-will. Free-will presupposes that an individual can choose not to love, i.e. hate. Inflicting pain and suffering on other is hate and it is sin. It was for this cause that Jesus Christ was sent in to the world, to die for sinners. God is long-suffering, not willing that any should perish so He has given these people a season to repent. In the meantime we must seek God to endure wicked people. He uses this negative aspect of things to refine our faith.

Why believe Jesus is the Son of God and not just a prophet?

QUESTION: “Why believe Jesus is the Son of God and not just a prophet?”Shehab Muhammed

PRETEXT: Most within the Islamic faith will argue in favor of Jesus status as prophet and not the divine Son of God. This completely nullifies the nature of Christ. This is in complete opposition to the teaching of the New Testament – there is no reconciliation between Islam and true Christianity.

My Answer…

Because Jesus Christ came into the world to die for sin. If he were a mere mortal then he would have been sinful. Jesus Christ was without sin and was fully human and fully divine – He was a sacrifice without spot and blemish. If he were a mere mortal his atonement would been in vain.

What Is the Nature of Hell?

B. Cooper asks:

“In the Bible, is hell simply separation from God, or is it the literal presence of God’s eternal wrath on the unsaved sinner?”

My answer…

Hell is a place of separation from God and a place of literal conscious torment. It is a place of suffering, grief and flames and it is eternal. I would say all those things taken together could be considered the literal presence of God’s wrath.

Will I Burn I Hell if I’m not a Christian?

D. Edgren asks:

“Will I burn in hell for all eternity if I am not a Christian?”

My answer…

I’m going to be very straight forward with you – when I was an atheist a missionary had me read this text and it led to my conversion…

“The Father loves the Son and has given all things into His hand. 36 He who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who does not obey the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him. – John 3:35–36

When I was lost this infuriated me but later on God revealed to me it was true. Without Christ you will die in your sin.