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What is the “abomination of desolation”?

Last updated on January 6, 2024

The Lord Jesus Christ warned us about the “abomination of desolation”. According to him, when we see the “abomination of desolation” standing in the holy place, there will be a “great tribulation” that will take place.

Matthew 24:15-22 “Therefore when you see the ‘abomination of desolation,’ spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place” (whoever reads, let him understand), 

Antiochus Epiphanes IV as the fulfillment?

There are some Bible scholars and theologians who allude that the “abomination of desolation” already occurred when Antiochus IV (Epiphanes), the king of Syria, captured Jerusalem in 167 BC and desecrated the Temple by offering the sacrifice of a pig on an altar to Zeus. But this interpretation falls short in so many points when examined closely.

First of all, this incident with Antiochus IV happened even before Jesus Christ was born. So, just on that point alone, we can safely dismiss this interpretation as inaccurate.

What is an “abomination” to the LORD?

So, what exactly does God consider an abomination?

There are many abominable acts that people do that the Lord may consider as abominations but there seems to be a specific “act” that the LORD repeatedly calls an abomination.

The following verse is a good example of what God considers an abomination.

Jeremiah 7:30 For the people of Judah have done evil in My sight, declares the LORD. They have set up their abominations in the house that bears My Name, and so have defiled it.

Therefore, this “act” that the LORD considers an abomination has a lot to do with God’s house or temple in Jerusalem.

And since we are connecting the spiritual with spiritual things, this “temple” of God that is in Jerusalem is Mount Zion or the “spiritual” Jerusalem.

Hebrews 12:22 Instead, you have come to Mount Zion, to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem.

Consequently, in this same spiritual realm, we are going to focus our attention in order to “understand” what the Lord Jesus Christ said about this coming “abomination of desolation” that was spoken of by the Prophet Daniel.

Matthew 24:15-22 “Therefore when you see the ‘abomination of desolation,’ spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place” (whoever reads, let him understand), 

Abominations in the Temple

My beloved friends, I hope that the Lord will open your spiritual eyes to understand this explanation for what the “abomination of desolation ” is about so that you will be prepared when it is finally happening.

Indeed, the “abomination of desolation” will become a huge part of our spiritual reality and it will affect how we live our lives as people of these last days.

Therefore, understand that this “abomination of desolation” will take place in the spiritual realm. It will be the defilement of God’s spiritual temple, Mount Zion by the “little horn” religion.

The Temple

Regarding God’s temple, here’s a verse that will give you an idea of what it’s about:

1 Corinthians 3:16 Do you not know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you? 17 If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him; for God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple.

So, how will the “little horn” religion defile the temple of God?

The “little horn” will set up the “abomination of desolation” in God’s spiritual temple by setting up an image in it.

Therefore, we should be on the lookout for that “image” that will be placed in God’s temple in Jerusalem that is above a.k.a Mount Zion. Understand that this event will take place in the “Spirit” realm.

The Image of The Beast

Moreover, the “abomination of desolation” mentioned in the Prophet Daniel’s book is what is referred to as the “image of the beast” in the Book of Revelation.

Furthermore, the “image of the beast” is the image that will be placed in God’s temple to defile it. As a result of this rebellious act against God, He will consider it an abomination.

Revelation 13:11-15 Then I saw another beast rising out of the earth. This beast had two horns like a lamb, but spoke like a dragon. And this beast exercised all the authority of the first beast and caused the earth and those who dwell in it to worship the first beast, whose mortal wound had been healed.

And the second beast performed great signs to cause even fire from heaven to come down to earth in the presence of the people. Because of the signs it was given to perform on behalf of the first beast, it deceived those who dwell on the earth, telling them to make an image to the beast that had been wounded by the sword and yet had lived. The second beast was permitted to give breath to the image of the first beast, so that the image could speak and cause all who refused to worship it to be killed.

I wrote a separate blog about the “image of the beast”. You can read it by clicking here.


In plain words, the “abomination of desolation” is an attempt to replace the Kingdom of God with “the beast” government’s ideology.

In a nutshell, what this means is, that instead of people worshiping God in His kingdom on Mount Zion, the Little Horn religion will force people to worship the “image of the beast” there instead. And this act of abomination will take place in the spirit realm.

That’s it for now. Thanks for reading my friends. I hope that you’ve learned something. May God bless you all!

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