The Temple Abominations
By: Kevin Heckle
There has been much written and said regarding the ‘abomination of desolation’ described by Jesus and his referring specifically to the abomination of desolation spoken of by Daniel. Many cite the passage in Daniel 9:27. However, the abomination of desolation is mentioned in Daniel 11:31 and 12:11. In both places that Jesus is recorded as speaking of the abomination of desolation, (Mat 24:15 and Mark 13:14) he warns the reader to understand what he is reading regarding the book of Daniel. By our Lord’s statement, “whoso readeth, (Daniel) let him understand”, he is asking us to differentiate or make a proper distinction between statements made in Daniel regarding the ‘abomination of desolation’.
I will cite only the KJV as I believe it to be an unbiased interpretation for English speaking peoples.
First, I’d like you to read the passage in Daniel 11:31.
Dan 11:31 KJV - 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.
Notice that the KJV says that ‘they’ shall do three things, pollute the sanctuary of strength, take away the perpetual (tamiyd H8548) sacrifice and place the abomination that maketh desolate. These forces stand with the ‘vile person’ of 11:21, which most (myself included) believe is the antichrist as described in the New Testament. These people will have forsaken the holy covenant, just as the vile person does having indignation against it. These people ‘take away’ the perpetual sacrifice. The word used here for take away is cuwr (H5493 hilphil) which means to reject. These people reject the perpetual sacrifice (tamiyd). The only perpetual sacrifice that I know of is that of Christ on the Cross.
Dan 11:30 KJV - For the ships of Chittim shall come against him: therefore he shall be grieved, and return, and have indignation against the holy covenant: so shall he do; he shall even return, and have intelligence with them that forsake the holy covenant.
So we can conclude that those people who set up the abomination of desolation at the outset of Tribulation will be those who have forsaken the ‘holy covenant’, rejecting the perpetual sacrifice.
Now let’s look at the first part of the KJV narrative in Daniel 9:27.
Dan 9:27a KJV - 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,
The person in 9:27 will “confirm (gabar H1396) the covenant”. The Hebrew word here for confirm, means to GIVE IT STRENGTH, which is in contrast to the resentment the vile person and his forces have against the holy covenant of 11:30. The person referred to in 9:27 causes the SACRIFICE and OBLATION to CEASE.
These are the words used here in contrast to rejecting the perpetual sacrifice (TAMIYD) of 11:30-31:
Sacrifice – H2077 – zebach = flesh sacrifices
Oblation – H4503 – minchah = grain offerings and gifts
Cease – H7673 – SHABATH = rest
So the person in Daniel 9:27 causes the flesh sacrifices and grain offerings to REST in the middle of the week (3.5 years), yet strengthens the covenant for the full seven years. If then the covenant is STRENGTHENED for seven years, how can causing the sacrifice of animal flesh and grain offerings also weaken it? The narrative does not say that it is weakened at all.
Moving on to the second half of 9:27:
Dan 9:27b ‘and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make [it] desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate’.
Because of the widespread abominations (detested things, idols, etc.), he shall make it desolate, even until the full end (consummation).
Dan 9:26 KJV - the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof [shall be] with a flood…
Daniel the writer is differentiating as 9:26, he is saying that the city and the sanctuary (Temple) will be physically destroyed by the people of the prince to come. However, the Messiah is the one who shall cause it to be desolate for the widespread abominations there.
Luke 19:45-48 KJV - And he went into the temple, and began to cast out them that sold therein, and them that bought; Saying unto them, It is written, My house is the house of prayer: but ye have made it a den of thieves. And he taught daily in the temple. But the chief priests and the scribes and the chief of the people sought to destroy him, And could not find what they might do: for all the people were very attentive to hear him.
Luke 21:5-6 KJV - And as some spake of the temple, how it was adorned with goodly stones and gifts, he said, [As for] these things which ye behold, the days will come, in the which there shall not be left one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.
Mat 27:50-51 KJV - Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost. And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent;
Whether or not you believe that Jesus is being referred to in 9:27 He caused the effect of the Temple sacrifice of flesh and grain to rest by His work on the Cross. He caused the Temple to be desolate, which it still is, because of the abominations there. He is the perpetual sacrifice, though some reject that notion. Once and for all, Christ the High Priest entered into the Holy of Holies and gave the perfect offering for our sins. After the Cross, sacrifices of flesh and grains meant nothing as the covenant was strengthened by Christ’s work. The New Covenant increased the first.
I would submit to you that any attempt to reinstate the Temple sacrificial system of flesh and grains for sin, would be an abomination to the Lord who once and for all sacrificed Himself for our sin. By His words and Daniel’s, the Temple shall remain desolate (there shall not be one stone left upon another & desolate until the consummation).
Before the 19th century, this was the notion of Biblical scholars. It wasn’t until the 19th century that the notion that 9:27 referred to anyone but the Messiah of 9:26, who caused the old sacrificial system of the Jews to rest. Those who reject the perpetual sacrifice of Christ are in league with the antichrist, rejecting the Holy Covenant.