August 28: Abomination of Desolation

Read Daniel 11:29-35 and 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12

Why is the Antichrist so bad? Why is he such an enemy to God? What does he do that gets him on God’s bad side? We just learned about the covenant he makes with Israel and how he breaks it halfway through the Tribulation. History verifies that, if you mess with Israel, there will be consequences. A lot of people will try to take out Israel, and they will always be unsuccessful.

Along with that, Daniel 9 and 11 tell us about another pivotal part of the end times timeline: the Abomination of Desolation. It is what clearly sets the Anti-Christ apart as a direct enemy of God. In Daniel 11:29, “At the appointed time”, gives us the ultimate perspective, the key to understanding the implications of this act, and the continued hope that this horrendous act isn’t going to happen without God’s approval. Just as the Cross and the persecution of the Church were a part of His plan, the Abomination of Desolation will happen at the appointed time that only God approves.

So what is the Abomination of Desolation? Daniel 11:31 tells us the Antichrist will “desecrate the sanctuary fortress (temple) and do away with the regular sacrifice.” In the end times, the temple will be rebuilt (some Jews are preparing for it now) and sacrifices will be re-instituted. The desecration is described in 2 Thessalonians 2:3-4. “Let no one in any way deceive you, for it will not come unless the apostasy comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction, who opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, displaying himself as being God.” He will go into God’s holy place of worship and denounce all other gods, claiming that he is our God.

Again, none of this will happen without the “okay” from God. All of this plays into His master plan for humanity which includes your life. God knows what’s going to happen to you and how to get you through that. He is forever our Hope! We need to be confident that whatever takes place in the end times is for His glory!

jdl

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