THE ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION REVEALED
By Dan Luehrs
"Therefore when you see the abomination of desolation which was spoken of through Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place (let the reader understand)” (Matthew 24:15).
Much has been said and written about the abomination of desolation, even to the point of saying that it was a pig set up in the Holy of Holies! We must understand that Jesus was being asked by His disciples about the sign of His coming in Matthew 23:3. He told them about many signs that were to take place. He made one thing very clear that was going to happen, “WHEN YOU SEE the abomination that makes desolate (Daniel 11:31 KJV), STANDING IN THE HOLY PLACE before I come again, take notice My coming is near. All blood-washed Christians are that HOLY PLACE of His presence. He dwells in us! He says we must understand this! If we believe that we are living in the end of this age and Jesus is coming soon, then we must give our utmost attention to this verse. We are now seeing many of the signs that Jesus said in Matthew 24 would come to pass before He returns.
The word, “THEREFORE” in verse 15, links the verses before it together. Listen to one of the main things He said would happen just before His coming, “Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold” (Matthew 24:12 NIV). What is the root of all wickedness? The love of money!
“But those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a snare and many foolish and harmful desires which plunge men into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all sorts of evil, and some by longing for it have wandered away from the faith, and pierced themselves with many a pang” (1 Timothy 6:9-10).
Today, many people in the Church are seeking after the things of this world, rather than seeking the treasures of God. They are wasting their lives on something they cannot keep in the end. The words "abomination of desolation" means, “THE FILTHINESS OF SIN THAT BRINGS DEATH AND LOSS.” This is to live with the truth of God’s word, while still choosing to live in sin. This is why many of God’s people have been given over to ruin and destruction of their faith. Because they are seeking things of the world, rather than the kingdom of God.
“For this you know with certainty, that no immoral or impure person or covetous man, (greedy for gain) who is an idolater, has an inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. Therefore do not be partakers with them (Ephesians 5:5-7).
We become idolaters when we seek to gain money, material things or anything that causes us to worship self rather than seeking to know God more. In fact, God considers us prideful when we don’t seek Him. “Seek the LORD, all you humble of the earth who have carried out His ordinances; seek righteousness, seek humility. Perhaps you will be hidden in the day of the LORD'S anger” (Zephaniah 2:3).
Friends, I beg you by the mercies of God, to flee from the wrath of God to come, by searching for Him with all your heart while He may be found.
“Therefore, let everyone who is godly pray to Thee in a time when Thou mayest be found; Surely in a flood of great waters they shall not reach him” (Psalms 32:6).
DO YOU OFFER UP A DAILY SACRIFICE?
"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”
(Daniel 11:31 KJV).
Jesus tells us that we must seek to understand what Daniel wrote about the abomination that makes desolate. I know that many people have interpreted these verses to be about the Antichrist and the nation of Israel. But, if we have proven that Jesus was speaking about our day of lukewarm Christianity, then we had better take heed of His warning.
We are living in such a time when the daily sacrifices of Christians are no longer being offered up to God. Many say they are just to busy too spend time with God. Our bodies are now the sanctuary of God, and He is expecting spiritual sacrifices to be offered up to Him daily. Paul said in Romans 12:1, “I urge you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.” We are no longer to offer up natural sacrifices of bulls and lambs to God. They are no longer acceptable. He now demands living sacrifices to be offered up daily. Many Christians will not take time alone in fellowship with God, nor will many preachers. Their spirit man is dying. As we must daily feed our physical body, so must we feed our spirit man on the inside of us. If not, we won't have the strength to face the spiritual battles of that day. The priests of the Old Testament offered up daily sacrifices to God and then they were able to feed on the sacrifices themselves and receive strength. Now, we are priests unto God, and we are to offer up daily a sacrifice to God and feed on Him. Aren’t you glad we don’t have to kill a lamb twice a day? I have interpreted Daniel 11:31 this way:
If we are going to have the strength to get through these stressful days ahead, we must discipline ourselves for prayer and fellowship with God. This is the only way we will get through these trying times. Jesus said in Luke 21:36, "But keep on the alert at all times, praying in order that you may have strength to escape all these things that are about to take place, and to stand before the Son of Man." Prayer is not something we do just to get our needs meet, it’s our relationship with Jesus, our lifeline! If we are going to get addicted to something, it might as well be God!
THE FALLING AWAY
"Let no one in any way deceive you, for it will not come (the coming of the Lord) unless the apostasy comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction" (2 Thessalonians 2:3).
According to this verse, the apostasy or the falling away must take place first, before Jesus comes again. This means, there must be a defection from the truth in the Church, as the Apostle Paul said so well in 2 Timothy 3:1-7:
"But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come. For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good, treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God; holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power; and avoid such men as these. For among them are those who enter into households and captivate weak women weighed down with sins, led on by various impulses, always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth."
The revealed man of sin, 666, exalts himself above everything, including God, Himself! Isn't that what is happening with people today? They’re trying to build their bodies and trying to look twenty years younger, like they will never die. They strive to have large bank accounts, so they can live in luxury all their lives. "Six" is the number of man, and "three" is the number of completion. What we are going to see is the fullness of Satan lived through man. But Jesus is also going to display His fullness of power through His people.
Right now, the Holy Spirit is what restrains this fullness of sin from coming forth on the earth. But very soon He is going to lift His restraining power and the fullness of sin shall come forth. Woe unto those who are living in sin! “And you know what restrains him now, so that in his time he may be revealed. For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only he who now restrains will do so until he is taken out of the way” (2 Thessalonians 2:6-7).
Recently, one of the greatest earthquakes hit in Turkey that killed tens of thousands of people. It was said that, the houses that fell were built on a foundation of sand, their houses crumbling like a house of cards. But those built on rock withstood the shaking. As we obey the word of God in us, we too, shall stand when everything around us shaken.
"Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine, and acts upon them, may be compared to a wise man, who built his house upon the rock. And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and burst against that house; and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded upon the rock. And everyone who hears these words of Mine, and does not act upon them, will be like a foolish man, who built his house upon the sand. And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and burst against that house; and it fell, and great was its fall" (Matthew 7:24-27).
Those who are not sincere in their Christian walk will not make it through these days of testing. Their foundation of life is sinking sand and not built on the Solid Rock, "JESUS". Satan will use smooth sounding words to lead God’s people astray. This will come through the Internet, TV, movies, the media, and especially, the Church! The greatest deception will come through false teachers that don’t even know they are teaching false doctrine. "And many false prophets will arise, and will mislead many” (Matthew 24:11).
“With flattery he will corrupt those who have violated the covenant, but the people who know their God will firmly resist him. Those who are wise will instruct many, though for a time they will fall by the sword or be burned or captured or plundered. When they fall, they will receive a little help, and many who are not sincere will join them” (Daniel 11:32-34 NIV).
JUDGEMENT BEGINS WITH THE HOUSE OF GOD
“For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God” (1 Peter 4:17)?
Very soon we are going to know which churches and ministries the Lord has built and which man has built. "Every plant which My heavenly Father did not plant shall be rooted up” (Matthew 15:13). The floods that are coming are going to come against the Church first, before God judges the world. He must do this because of His justice. He is a God of justice and His justice demands that those who know the truth and do not obey it be judged first. Romans 1:18 says, “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness.” We are living in a very fearful time for the disobedient. Many in the Church want to believe that we will somehow get raptured out of here before any great trials or distress come our way. This is a lie from Satan to deceive many from preparing for the great hardships and glory that lays ahead for us.
WHEN WILL THIS COME TO PASS?
"Now at that time Michael, the great prince who stands guard over the sons of your people, will arise. And there will be a time of distress such as never occurred since there was a nation until that time; and at that time your people, everyone who is found written in the book, will be rescued” (Daniel 12:1).
The angel said at that time there will be great distress such as never occurred on the earth. Jesus verified this in Matthew 24:21. What timetable is the angel talking about though? I believe it’s the time of the abomination of desolation being set up, because he again says it in Daniel 12:11, "And from the time that the regular sacrifice is abolished, and the abomination of desolation is set up, there will be 1,290 days.”
According to these verses, there is great wrath stored up against all who hold the truth in unrighteous. You might be thinking that this is talking about the nation of Israel. But clearly it says that those who are written in the Book will be rescued. This would be the "Book of Life," and only those who have received Jesus as Lord and Savoir will be saved. These that are saved are the real Jews anyway, which would include us! Paul said in Romans 2:28-29, “For he is not a Jew who is one outwardly; neither is circumcision that which is outward in the flesh. But he is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is that which is of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the letter; and his praise is not from men, but from God.” Also Romans 9:6-8 says, “But it is not as though the word of God has failed. For they are not all Israel who are descended from Israel; neither are they all children because they are Abraham's descendants, but: "through Isaac your descendants will be named." That is, it is not the children of the flesh who are children of God, but the children of the promise are regarded as descendants.”
I tell you with great warning, the first three and one half years of the tribulation period will be against the backsliden church to judge her for living like the world, and not Israel. The backsliden church brings on the abomination, which brings the desolation to her. Those who hold the truth in unrighteousness and choose to serve the world system rather than Jesus Christ will be destroyed. How do I know that this judgment is coming against the Church for three and one half years? Because Daniel asks the angel "How long will it be before these astonishing things are fulfilled” (Daniel 12:6b NIV)? “… that it would be for a time, times, and half a time; and as soon as they finish shattering the power of the holy people, all these events will be completed” (Daniel 12:7). Very clearly the angel says the shattering or the treading down of the power or the works of the hands of the HOLY PEOPLE will be three and one half years. Jesus said, "Every plant which My heavenly Father did not plant shall be rooted up” (Matthew 15:13). Again, in Daniel 7:25, the Angel tells Daniel the timetable of three and one half years for this event of the trampling down of the saints.
“And he will speak out against the Most High and wear down the saints of the Highest One, and he will intend to make alterations in times and in law; and they will be given into his hand for a time, times, and half a time.”
HOW WILL WE KNOW WHEN THE CHURCH IS BEING JUDGED?
"But when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then recognize that her desolation is at hand” (Luke 21:20).
When we see the people of the world coming against the Church, know that her destruction is at hand. This is already happening to some extent; people are burning churches and are shooting its people already!
I know you are probably saying that this city is the city of Jerusalem in the land of Israel. But this is the Church that is from the heavenly Jerusalem! Read these verses in Luke 21 as written to the Church of the end time and not the Jewish nation that does not read the New Testament. “But the Jerusalem above is free; she is our mother” (Galatians 4:26).
“But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to myriads of angels” (Hebrews 12:22).
“And they (THE FALSE CHURCH) will fall by the edge of the sword, and will be led captive into all the nations; and Jerusalem will be trampled under foot by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled” (Luke 21:24).
"You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt (the CHURCH) has become tasteless (FOOLISH, lit. Greek), how will it be made salty again? It is good for nothing anymore, except to be thrown out and trampled under foot by men (Matthew 5:13).
I was given these verses from Isaiah 63, and many other passages in the prophets of the Old Testament to prove that this is really going to happen. Many people just read through the prophets and say, “Well, that’s the Old Testament and they’re talking about Israel anyway, and it has nothing to do with us.” That’s a lie straight out of the pit of hell! First, comes the natural, then, the spiritual. The Old Testament is the natural and the New Testament is the spiritual. Jesus and the apostles all quoted out of the Old Testament for us to receive New Testament revelation. Passover is just one Old Testament type that we use in the New Testament. “… For Christ our Passover also has been sacrificed”(1 Corinthians 5:7).
We must understand that much of our end time doctrines come out of the fundamentalist movement. I thank God for this movement because they have kept the Feast of Passover alive and people are getting saved. But anything beyond this teaching they can’t receive, such as the baptism in the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in other tongues. If they cannot see this truth in the Scriptures, how will they understand end time truths? The Holy Spirit is our Teacher and He must teach us these truths, not some people who think that tongues are of the devil! Study this teaching for yourself and ask the Holy Spirit to teach you without relying on your past religious teaching.
These prophets spoke of our day. They said that we would understand them in the end times, because they are sealed up for us. We must seek God for their interpretation and application to our day, if we are going to make it through these times.
In Isaiah 63:1, Isaiah asks a question, “Who is this who comes from Edom, With garments of glowing colors from Bozrah?” This is none other than the Lord Jesus Christ, clothed with His majestic apparel. He comes from judging Edom with stained garments. Edom is a type of backsliden Church. His father was Esau that sold his birthright to Jacob. Great judgment is coming to the sons of Esau that have sold themselves to satisfy their flesh, rather than live for God with all their hearts in this present world. The whole book of Obadiah is about the judgment of Esau’s family. The writer of Hebrews warns us not to be like him, “That there be no immoral or godless person like Esau, who sold his own birthright for a single meal. For you know that even afterwards, when he desired to inherit the blessing, he was rejected, for he found no place for repentance, though he sought for it with tears” (Hebrews 12:16-17).
Bozrah means, “to be enclosed as a sheep fold.” Is this not the Church? Jesus calls the Church a sheepfold in John 10:1. Yes, this is judgement day for all of the Esau's in God’s sheepfold that have not repented of their sin and do not serve Him whole-heartily. In these end times there shall be a separation of the good and the bad. Jesus said at the time of harvest there would be a separation, "The Son of Man will send forth His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all stumbling blocks, and those who commit lawlessness (Matthew 13:41). Notice that He says, "OUT OF HIS KINGDOM" He will separate the righteous from the unrighteous! Not the worldly kingdom, but His. Again, He emphases this in verse 49: "So it will be at the end of the age; the angels shall come forth, and take out the wicked from among the righteous." We must have the fear of God in us to turn away from all evil. Otherwise, we will be cast into a wilderness of burning fire. "And will cast them into the furnace of fire; in that place there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth" (Matthew 13:42).
The next question Isaiah asks in verse two is, “Why is Your apparel red, And Your garments like the one who treads in the wine press?” Listen to His answer: “I have trodden the wine trough alone!” The people of this world could not judge the Church on their own, but God has allowed them to do this for His judgment. He allowed Babylon to judge His people Israel and now it is the Church's turn. Have you ever wondered why Jesus’ garments are covered with blood in Revelation 19:13? “And He is clothed with a robe dipped in blood; and His name is called The Word of God.” This verse comes right before His coming on a white horse, with His people, to judge the nations. His garment is covered with blood because He has first judged His people, and now, He can judge the world with His people.
“And about these also Enoch, in the seventh generation from Adam, prophesied, saying, "Behold, the Lord came with many thousands of His holy ones, to execute judgment upon all, and to convict all the ungodly of all their ungodly deeds which they have done in an ungodly way, and of all the harsh things which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him" (Jude 14-15).
Yes, the coming of the Lord is much more fearful then we have been made to believe. "But who can endure the day of His coming? And who can stand when He appears? For He is like a refiner's fire and like fullers' soap” (Malachi 3:2). “I also trod them in My anger, And trampled them in My wrath; And their lifeblood is sprinkled on My garments, And I stained all My raiment. For the day of vengeance was in My heart, And My year of redemption has come” (Isaiah 63:2b-4).
Remember, Jesus said, “because these are days of vengeance, in order that all things which are written may be fulfilled” (Luke 21:22).
Why would God do such a thing to His people? The answer is found in Isaiah 63:10, “But they rebelled and grieved His Holy Spirit; Therefore, He turned Himself to become their enemy, He fought against them.”
HOW BLESSED ARE THE FAITHFUL
"How blessed is he who keeps waiting and attains to the 1,335 days! (Daniel 12:12).
Why is the person who waits for 1,335 days more blessed than those who do not wait? "By your endurance you will gain your lives” (Luke 21:19). The days we are coming into are going to be the worse days the world has ever seen. Everything until now has only been a dress rehearsal, a Sunday school picnic. Our world wars have only been small birth pains for what is coming. It will take great faith and endurance to keep our eyes focused on Jesus. Jesus gave us a promise in Matthew 24:22, "And unless those days had been cut short, no life would have been saved; but for the sake of the elect those days shall be cut short.”
For the unprepared, these days will be heart crushing days. But for the prepared, those that attain to the 45th day after the three and one half years of tribulations, the days will be glorious! “If indeed we suffer with Him in order that we may also be glorified with Him” (Romans 8:17).
"For behold, the day is coming, burning like a furnace; and all the arrogant and every evildoer will be chaff; and the day that is coming will set them ablaze," says the LORD of hosts, "so that it will leave them neither root nor branch.” "But for you who fear My name the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings; and you will go forth and skip about like calves from the stall” (Malachi 4:1-2).
WHAT MUST I DO TO PREPARE?
If we are going to be prepared for these days ahead, we must repent of any known sin and go higher into the things of God. This is our only protection. Jesus warned in Luke 21:21, "Then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains, and let those who are in the midst of the city depart, and let not those who are in the country enter the city” We are the people of Judea. Notice He does not say, "You people of Israel or you in Galilee flee." No, only those who are in Judea. The word "Judea" comes from the word Judah, which means people of praise and worship. So He says to the worshippers, go higher into me; climb the mountain of God and be safe in Me. If you would like to know more about climbing higher, I would encourage you to read Rick Joyner's book called The Final Quest.
The most exciting days of the world are now upon us. Sides are being drawn. Whose side will you fight on?
“Jesus therefore said to them, "For a little while longer the light is among you. Walk while you have the light, that darkness may not overtake you; he who walks in the darkness does not know where he goes. While you have the light, believe (OBEY) in the light, in order that you may become sons of light" (John 12:35-36).