The purpose of this article is to offer a scriptural and credible alternative to the prevailing theories and we would do well to start by noticing how the Abomination of Desolation is ‘telescoped’ through more than one fulfillment. Therefore, when Bible commentators describe Antiochus Epiphenes and the sacrifice of swine on a Jewish altar as the ‘abomination’ (167 BC, Dan 11:31) they are quite right insofar as a precursor is concerned but it was not the final one. The latter part of the same prophecy (Dan 11:36-44) goes beyond Antiochus’ description and projects future events, the earlier precursive event providing the clue – that is to say, the abomination would relate to the temple, and to the altar and to the sacrifice done upon that altar.
Therefore, when Daniel speaks of another abomination, this time during the seventieth ‘week’ we can expect it to have something to do with the altar, and something to do with what was performed on it. It would happen, the prophecy indicated, at the same time as sacrifice was abolished. Accordingly, the seventieth ‘week’ came between AD 26 – 33 and sacrifice ceased (as far as God was concerned) in the midst. (AD 30) So, the question has to be asked, did an abomination also occur in the midst? The answer is yes, but it did not cause the sacrifice to cease as so often taught. Rather, it was God who abolished the sacrifice, and the abomination which occurred in the middle of the ‘week’ was the continuation of animal sacrifice after God had declared it complete! In other words, the sacrifice itself became the abomination of desolation – the blood of bulls and goats like that of unclean flesh.
Do not be offended at this. Be shocked rather that when Messiah was being nailed to the cross, the same priests who sent him there were preparing the morning sacrifice. Not only that, they were slaughtering for the great fifteenth day of Nisan – two bulls, one ram, seven lambs and a male goat to make atonement for the people. These were meant to be the conclusion. It was the morning of the fifteenth day of the first month at about the time the cross was being raised off the ground. What could be a greater abomination than to reject the Son of God simultaneously performing the rituals of atonement in place of God’s lamb?
Please look again at the source references and let the reader unhook their mind from previous explanations long enough to reconsider.
“Then he shall confirm a covenant with many for one week; but in the middle of the week He shall bring an end to sacrifice and offering.” (Dan 9:27)
“From the time that the daily sacrifice is abolished and the abomination that causes desolation is set up, there will be 1,290 days.” (Dan 12:11)
When taken together these verses mean Messiah abolished temple sacrifice and simultaneously an abomination appeared in the temple contradicting His atoning blood. It is not known how many days it took to set up – to stitch the massive temple curtain resuming sacrifice in defiance of his “it is finished!” But from the abomination until the end of the seventieth week (including leap-month) was 1290 days.
(continued next post)