Sunday, March 19, 2006

Abomination of Desolation

"His forces will rise up and profane the fortified sanctuary, stopping the daily sacrifice. In its place they will set up the abomination that causes desolation."
--Daniel 11:31, NET
Most Christians are familiar with this Danielic term. They may not know, however, that many Jews in the century before Yeshua understood it to be speaking of Antiochus IV Epiphanes' desecration of the Temple by building therein an altar to Zeus and sacrificing a pig (unclean animal) upon it.
"Now the fifteenth day of the month Casleu, in the hundred forty and fifth year, they set up the abomination of desolation upon the altar, and builded idol altars throughout the cities of Juda on every side."
--1 Maccabees 1:54, KJV


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