The phrase “the abomination that causes desolation” occurs five times in the Bible. Daniel mentions it three times in his prophecies of future events. People speculate what he means – such as the destruction of the temple or something foreshadowing the end of the world – but whatever the interpretation, the important thing to realize is that it’s something bad, something evil.

What is “The Abomination That Causes Desolation?”Jesus also mentions the abomination that causes desolation. So at the time of Jesus, this part of Daniel’s prophecy has not yet come true or else Jesus wouldn’t reference it as a future event. It is still forthcoming. Also, the fact that Jesus mentions it gives added credence to Daniel’s prophecy.

In Mark’s record of Jesus’s mention of this curious phrase, he includes a warning for those in Judea to run to a safe place in the mountains. This is not a time to stay and fight; resistance is ill advised.

When confronted with something evil, sometimes we need to oppose it and sometimes we need to run. May God grant us the discernment to know the difference.

What do you think the “abomination that causes desolation” means? Do you think it has occurred?

[Daniel 9:27, Daniel 11:31, Daniel 12:11, Matthew 24:15, Mark 13:14]

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  • Susan and Bob Wojcik Posted August 11, 2015 6:15 am

    I think it is coming in our life time. We have turned our backs on God in this country, ours was the last to go, but the next few months will tell if we are a city on a hill or if there is blood in our metropolises.Our only chance is :2Chron 14:7

    • Peter DeHaan Posted August 11, 2015 9:19 am

      Yikes! A few months doesn’t give us much time, does it?

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