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The abomination of desolation - Comment on 2011 April 27

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There is a possibility, as the event at the time of Judas Maccabeus is a type of the real thing, that also the real thing will happen on that day and that also the time between the desecration and the dedication of the altar will last exactly three years. Read more:

Four days ago I prepared the bar chart of the times of the end,
2011 Apr 23 - Bar chart end-time,
and there appeared the abomination of desolation right in the middle of 7 years of tribulation and today I thought about this event and how this event might be connected to historical events mentioned in Scripture.

Jesus talks about this event. It is recorded in Matthew and Mark:

Matthew 24:15
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:)

Mark 13:14
But when ye shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing where it ought not, (let him that readeth understand,) then let them that be in Judaea flee to the mountains:

And Jesus refers to Daniel the prophet and in Daniel this abomination is mentioned twice:

Daniel 11:31
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 12:11
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.

And here we have the 1 290 days. And these 1 290 days are about three and a half years and are probably just a more accurate space of time than the three and a half years mentioned in Scripture.

But in Daniel we also have this combination of the “taking away of the daily sacrifice and the placing of the abomination that maketh desolate.”

Now these two events will probably take place at the same time and taking away of the daily sacrifice probably means, that the communion with God will no longer be permitted to take place in the mind and in the heart of a person, that thinking this way will be ruled out, and the placing of the abomination that maketh desolate probably means that the altar, our mind and our heart, must be empty and not occupied with thoughts about God, and that our thinking must be void of spiritual thoughts and therefore atheistic.

More about this abominable way of life is discussed in,
Judas Maccabeus ,
who was the leader of the people in Israel at the time after this abomination of desolation was placed as it was prophescied by Daniel.

This placing of the abomination of desolation was an act that points to the time of which Jesus speaks and that is the time of the end.

This placing of the abomination of desolation at the time of Judas Maccabeus gives us however some idea what to expect and therefore let us read 1 Maccabees 1:54-57:

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 Judah on every side;
And burnt incense at the doors of their houses and in the in streets.
And when they had rent in pieces the books of the law which they found, they burnt them with fire.
And wheresoever was found with any book of the testament, or if any consented to the law, the king’s commandment was, that they should put him to death.

So it will be a fight against the word of God. The word of God will be stamped out, physically and also in our hearts and minds.

Now an exact date is given: the fifteenth day of the month Casleu.

The month Casleu is November/December and in this time still today Jews celebrate the Festival of Lights, Channukah. For this year, 2011, this Festival of Lights is scheduled to begin on Wednesday, the 21st of December 2011. Last year it began on Thursday the 2nd of December 2010.

For Jews all Holy days commence at sunset on the previous day.

This celebration commemorates the day when the altar was rededicated by Judas Maccabeus in the year 164 before Christ, exactly three years after it was desecrated by Antiochus IV Epiphanes in the year 167 before Christ.

There is therefore a possibility, as the event at the time of Judas Maccabeus is just a type of the real thing, that also the real thing will happen on that day and that also the time between the desecration and the dedication of the altar will last exactly three years.

But the statement “will last exactly three years” does not seem to be too accurate because in 1 Maccabees 1:54 it says “the fifteenth day of the month Casleu” and in 1 Maccabees 4:52 it says “on the five and twentieth day of the ninth month, which is called the month of Casleu,” so there seems to be a difference of 10 days. This seems to be one of these things that very much help us to miscalculate something, a day, of which God says only he knows.

The Jews today celebrate the first day of this festival on the 25th of Kislev.

The three years between the desecration and the dedication of the altar is described in 1 Maccabees 4:52-54:

Now on the five and twentieth day of the ninth month, which is called the month of Casleu, in the hundred and forty and eights year, they rose and up betimes in the morning,
And offered sacrifice according to the law upon the new altar of burnt offerings, which they had made.
Look, at what time and day the heathen had profaned it, even in that was it dedicated with songs, and citherns, and harps, and cymbals.

And this celebrating the Festival of Lights is also mentioned in the New Testament, John 10:22:

And it was at Jerusalem the feast of the dedication, and it was winter.

Now a list of dates of the Chanukah, or Chanukkah, or Hanukkah, Festival of Lights. Victory of the Maccabees and Rededication of the Temple:

Year 2010, Jewish Year 5771, Thurs-Thurs Dec 2-9
Year 2011, Jewish Year 5772, Wed-Wed Dec 21-28
Year 2012, Jewish Year 5773, Sun-Sun Dec 9-16
Year 2013, Jewish Year 5774, Thurs-Thurs Nov 28-Dec 5
Year 2014, Jewish Year 5775, Wed-Wed Dec 17-24
Year 2015, Jewish Year 5776, Mon-Mon Dec 7-14

The Hebrew Dates are from 25 Kislev to 2 Tevet.
All Jewish Holidays begin at sundown the evening before the date indicated and conclude at sundown on the last date indicated.

 

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