The Abomination of Desolation: The Birth of Christianity



"If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen? And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also." (1 John 4:20-21 KJV)

The ancient Day of Atonement was designated as a special Sabbath to all Israel. Beginning at sunset on the ninth day of the month, the Children of Israel were to afflict themselves for their sins of the previous year. In this way the flow of sin would be 'stopped up' during the sacrificial ceremonies of the following day. At that time a goat, symbolically carrying all of the sins of Israel, would be led to the wilderness and set free there. This goat was called the 'scapegoat'.

Jesus is coming very soon. Before He comes, however, the book of Revelation tells us that Christians must also 'afflict' themselves by recognizing and repenting of the apostasy we have introduced into the teachings of Jesus and the Law of God.

"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:)..." (Matthew 24:15 KJV)

Understanding the Abomination of Desolation spoken of by Jesus is a first step to understanding how self-exaltation in any form leads to onerous consequences for all mankind. Please join me in a study of the origin of this abomination of ours, which is self-exaltation justified in the name of Jesus Christ. It is the self-exaltation that is responsible for creating the scapegoat of Christian history.

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What IS The Abomination Of Desolation?

    he Abomination of Desolation is not explicitly identified in the Bible, so we need to identify it on our own through prayerful investigation and study:

    • The Abomination of Desolation is mentioned first in the book of Daniel, and in Daniel Chapter Twelve we find the prophecy that identifies when the Abomination of Desolation will be 'set up':

        "And from the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away, and the abomination that maketh desolate set up, there shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety days." (Daniel 12:11)

    • So to identify the Abomination of Desolation, we first need to resolve when it was set up:

        "From the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away..."

      Jesus was the Lamb of God. His was the last blood sacrifice ever necessary to "take away the sins" of the entire world. When Jesus was crucified, the daily sacrifice that was part of Israel's sacrificial system was made extinct.

      Although sacrifices continued until the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD, the sacrifices made to atone for sin no longer had any meaning, because Jesus' death "saved" all from sin.

        "...There shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety days."

      If the daily sacrifice was taken away when Jesus was crucified, then the Abomination of Desolation was set up 1,290 days after Jesus' crucifixion.

Why 1,290 Days After The Crucifixion?

    Thanks to the prophecy in Daniel Chapter Nine, we know how long Jesus' ministry to Israel was ordained to last in order to fulfill the Covenant of Promise to Israel. From the same prophecy, we also know that His crucifixion occurred in the midst of this covenant.

    • In Chapter Nine we are told that the Messiah was to confirm the Covenant of Promise exclusively with Israel for one prophetic week, or 7 prophetic days, before the Gospel was to be spread to the Gentiles:

        "And [Messiah] shall confirm the covenant with many for one week..." (Daniel 9:27 KJV)

      See the Prophetic Time Chart if you're not familiar with units of time as expressed in prophecy. As shown on the chart, one week in scripture is normally a literal 7 days, but when used within a prophecy about a particular length of time, one day stands for one year.

    • Thus the 'one week', or the 7 days, in Daniel's prophecy, would specify 7 years as the length of time that Jesus' Gospel would be spread only among the Jews.

      However, Jesus' ministry to Israel was interrupted by His crucifixion after only 3 1/2 years, which by His death on the cross ended the daily sacrifices:

        "...And in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease..." (Daniel 9:27 KJV)

      This "midst of the week" is the point in time that we are told by Daniel, in Chapter 9 verse 26, that...

        "Messiah [shall] be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined."

      Now 7 years divided in half equals two periods of 3 1/2 years each, which, in prophecy, translates into two periods of 1,260 days.

Seven Years Of The Covenant With Israel:

    See the Prophetic Time Chart to gain a familiarity with metaphorical prophetic time.

    The 7 day week specified in Daniel is metaphorical. That is, the week that Daniel mentions actually refers to 7 prophetic years. Since Jesus was crucified in the midst of the 7 years, that would mean that prophetically His confirmation of the covenant with the Jews lasted 3 1/2 years, or 1,260 days.

    • However, the seven years during which Jesus was to minister on earth (to Israel exclusively) were real, earthly years, and so must be resolved into actual years lasting 365 days.

      The number of days in a non-metaphorical seven-year period is 2,555 days (7 X 365).

      So Jesus' seven-year covenant with Israel meant that He was to minister exclusively to the Jews (not to the Gentiles yet) for 2,555 days. Yet He was crucified only 1,260 days after beginning His ministry.

    • There are two other places in the Bible where Jesus' ministry itself is stated to last 1,260 days:

      1. From the account of the Two Witnesses in Revelation Chapter Eleven, verse nine, we are told Jesus' ministry (the time during which the commandments written on the two tables of stone were of none effect) lasted a prophetic "three days and an half", meaning 3 1/2 metaphorical years, or 1,260 days. Then He was crucified, the veil of the temple was rent, and the Law became one with Jesus, now administered through Grace.

      2. From the same chapter of Revelation, in verse eleven, it is metaphorically related that when Jesus was resurrected, life was breathed into the commandments once more (as now being part of Jesus) after a metaphorical period of "three days and an half". This verse again reiterates the length of Jesus' ministry as being 1,260 days.

      So if Jesus' ministry lasted a literal 1,260 days, how many days of the covenant with Israel were left when He was crucified?

      Total days of 7 year covenant:

      2,555 days

      Days of Jesus' ministry:

      - 1,260 days

      Remaining days of Covenant:

      1,295 days

How Was The Abomination of Desolation Set Up?

  • First, to review:

      Jesus had a seven-year covenant with the Jews for spreading His Gospel:

        "These twelve Jesus sent forth, and commanded them, saying, Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans enter ye not: But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel." (Matthew 10:5-6 KJV)

        "...He answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel." (Matthew 15:24 KJV)

      Out of a total of 2,555 days, Jesus Himself ministered to Israel for 1,260 days. That left 1,295 days of the covenant with the Jews unfulfilled.

      The book of Daniel says that the Abomination of Desolation would be set up 1,290 days after Jesus ended the daily sacrifice through His death on the cross:

        "And from the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away, and the abomination that maketh desolate set up, there shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety days." (Daniel 12:11 KJV)

  • One more number to add. Next, the book of Daniel tells us:

      "Blessed is he that waiteth, and cometh to the thousand three hundred and five and thirty days." (Daniel 12:11-12 KJV)

    1,335 days minus 1,290 days equals 45 days.

    Verse 12 allows us to speculate that the Abomination of Desolation was set up by an event that occurred 1,290 days after Jesus' crucifixion, but would have been a blessed event if it had happened just 45 days later.

    What was that event?

The Disciples Break God's Covenant With The Jews:

    Reading the book of Acts with Jesus' teachings fresh in our mind tells us that the event that set up the Abomination of Desolation was the decision of some disciples to carry the Gospel to the Gentiles before receiving permission to do so.

    Jesus' command to the Twelve Apostles again:

      "These twelve Jesus sent forth, and commanded them, saying, Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans enter ye not: But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel." (Matthew 10:5-6 KJV)

    It is common wisdom to assign the "opening of the Gospel to the Gentiles" to the violent death by stoning of the martyr Stephen, delivered by the mob attending the council of the Sanhedrin where Stephen was being questioned.

    This act, it is said, indicated that the Jews, nearly always implying the entire race of Jews, had rejected Jesus Christ by this action.

    Because of the stoning of Stephen, which I believe took place 1,290 days after Jesus' crucifixion, and also because of the zealous efforts of an official persecutor named Saul (later Paul), the disciples at that time made a fateful decision:

      "Therefore they that were scattered abroad went every where preaching the word. Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria, and preached Christ unto them. And the people with one accord gave heed unto those things which Philip spake, hearing and seeing the miracles which he did. For unclean spirits, crying with loud voice, came out of many that were possessed with them: and many taken with palsies, and that were lame, were healed. And there was great joy in that city." (Acts 8:4-8 KJV)

    Following Philip after his successes, Peter and John also went to the Samaritans:

      "Now when the apostles which were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent unto them Peter and John: Who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Ghost: (For as yet he was fallen upon none of them: only they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.) Then laid they their hands on them, and they received the Holy Ghost." (Acts 8:14-17 KJV)

    By ministering the Gospel to the Samaritans and Gentiles before God gave permission to do so, the disciples broke the Covenant between the Promised Messiah and the Children of Israel.

    The first permission to preach the Gospel to the Gentiles came from Jesus later in the form of a vision received by Peter. Peter's vision took place just before the visit of three men from the Centurion Cornelius, who had also received a vision from God:

      "And [Peter] saw heaven opened, and a certain vessel descending unto him, as it had been a great sheet knit at the four corners, and let down to the earth: Wherein were all manner of fourfooted beasts of the earth, and wild beasts, and creeping things, and fowls of the air. And there came a voice to him, Rise, Peter; kill, and eat. But Peter said, Not so, Lord; for I have never eaten any thing that is common or unclean. And the voice spake unto him again the second time, What God hath cleansed, that call not thou common." (Acts 10:11-15 KJV)

    Peter went to Cornelius, and upon hearing of Cornelius' vision from God said:

      "Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons: But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him." (Acts 10:34-35 KJV)

    Peter's vision of the unclean beasts, that "God hath cleansed", was the official notification of the fulfillment of the covenant of the Messiah with the Jews. The disciples went to the Gentiles 1,290 days after the crucifixion when Stephen was stoned, breaking the covenant of God with the Jews. This vision giving permission to go to the Jews came 1,335 days after Jesus' crucifixion on the cross.

The Abomination of Desolation IS:

    So began the backsliding of Christianity from the teachings of Jesus Christ. Though really, with the deaths of Ananias and Sapphira, and the appointing of deacons in violation of Jesus' teachings on brotherhood, our abominations had already begun.

    The terrible thing about the breaking of the covenant with the Jews was that this was God's covenant. Not to mention the hatred and bigotry that this event has contributed to down through the centuries. Would anti-semitism have been so pervasive throughout Christian history if the transition of offering the Gospel to the Gentiles had been a smooth transition as God had planned?

    For example, read Paul's opinion of the Jews taken from a letter that became "Gospel" to Christian religions, yet Paul's opinion was not the way of Jesus:

      "For ye, brethren, became followers of the churches of God which in Judaea are in Christ Jesus: for ye also have suffered like things of your own countrymen, even as they have of the Jews: Who both killed the Lord Jesus, and their own prophets, and have persecuted us; and they please not God, and are contrary to all men: Forbidding us to speak to the Gentiles that they might be saved, to fill up their sins alway: for the wrath is come upon them to the uttermost." (1 Thessalonians 2:14-16 KJV)

    Thus the opinion of one tired and persecuted Apostle was turned into hell on earth for the Jewish people for nearly 2000 years.

    It is common for even Christian theologians to use the phrase: "The Gospel went to the Gentiles when the Jews rejected it". But the Jews did not reject the Gospel, Christians rejected the Jews.

    If the Apostles had stayed with Jesus' commands, they would have continued preaching His own version of the sacrifice He was about to make:

      "Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again. No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father." (John 10:17-18 KJV)

    This is the way the Apostles should have preached Jesus' crucifixion. Not just the Jews, but any nation on earth at the time, faced with the mutinous way of life that Jesus taught, would have persecuted Him also. No man or nation killed Jesus, He laid down His life for us voluntarily.

    We know that God anticipates us through His great love for us as our Creator. The Abomination of Desolation was inevitable, because men sin, because we act impulsively, because we eventually forget God - As the disciples forgot that they were to limit the preaching of the Gospel to the Jews.

    From that seed, however, the Abomination of Desolation has grown through the centuries, existing in the form of religions that reject the teachings of Jesus in favor of doctrines divined from the writings of the Apostles and other men.

    They have become religions that enforce fixed doctrines and refuse new truths revealed from the Bible by God, then who persecute those whom they find unworthy to be baptized into their membership.

    The good news is that we have reached that wonderful point predicted by Paul in Thessalonians:

      "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. Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things? And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time. For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved." (2 Thessalonians 2:3-10 KJV)

    And by Jesus in the Gospel of Mark:

      "And if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand. And if Satan rise up against himself, and be divided, he cannot stand, but hath an end. No man can enter into a strong man's house, and spoil his goods, except he will first bind the strong man; and then he will spoil his house." (Mark 3:25-27 KJV)

    Thus has the Plan of Salvation worked since the setting up of the Abomination of Desolation, as described in Daniel also:

      "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, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate." (Daniel 9:27 KJV)

    Today the Abomination of Desolation is better known as:


    The Harlot of Babylon today is modern organized Christian religion, cold-blooded corporations whom today are tolerating many evils in their hypocrisy. However, they have already been ensnared by God:

      "But the word of the LORD was unto them precept upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little; that they might go, and fall backward, and be broken, and snared, and taken." (Isaiah 28:13 KJV)

    There is no one to blame, we simply must now accept that man will destroy himself if left to his own devices. We need eye-salve to see it soon.

     Jesus said:

      "...Ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God." (Luke 16:13-15 KJV)

    "For I say unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord." (Matthew 23:39 KJV)

"Blessed is He that cometh in the name of the Lord!"