THE ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION and the Office of the Holy Father the Pope
The phrase, ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION is not yet common among Christians and not a regular word among Catholics. It appears in the apocalyptic writings of Daniel and Revelations and to point out its importance and prominence in the events leading up to the Second Coming, Christ makes reference to it in the Gospels. While this term may not be a familiar one to the modern day Christian, it made good impression to the Jewish audience who were accustomed to reading the Torah. This opacity can leave the modern reader troubled when they read what it says about the abomination of desolation: Matthew 24:15-16 — ‘So when you see the abomination of desolation… then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains.’ These urgent survival instructions Jesus gave for end time believers are of course difficult to follow when you have no concept of what you’re supposed to be watching for! Naturally, this ignorance makes it easy for Christians to entertain very diverse theories for what the abomination is; based in either the past or future. For example, one historical theory is that the abomination of desolation is the Dome of the Rock finished on the Temple Mount in 691 AD. Preterists believe the abomination happened when the Roman general Pompey conquered the city and entered the Holy of Holies (where only the Aaronic high priest was allowed) before they destroyed the temple in 70 AD. Others think Antiochus IV Epiphanes completely fulfilled the abomination after he violated the temple in 167 BC in the time of the Maccabees. Of course, there is also the “futurist” perspective that the abomination relates to the work of the end time Beast or “Antichrist.”
Fortunately, there are several clues in Scripture about the abomination of desolation. When you look at them all together, it becomes possible to an average reader to understand the whole phenomena. More specifically in the Bible it speaks about the coming Abomination of Desolation in the books of Daniel, Matthew, and Revelation.
Daniel 11:31-32: His forces will rise up and desecrate the temple fortress. They will abolish the daily sacrifice and set up the abomination of desolation. 32 With flattery he will corrupt those who act wickedly toward the covenant, but the people who know their God will be strong and take action.————————————————————————————————————————————————————————Matthew 24:14 And this gospel (message) of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come. 24:15 When ye therefore shall see the ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place (whose readeth, let him understand:) 24:16 Then let him which be in Judea flee into the mountains
————————————————————————————————————————————————————————Revelation 13:11-15: Then I saw another beast, coming out of the earth. He had two horns like a lamb, but he spoke like a dragon. 12: He exercised all the authority of the first beast on his behalf, and made the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast, whose fatal wound had been healed. 13: And he performed great and miraculous signs, even causing fire to come down from heaven to earth in full view of men. 14: Because of the signs he was given power to do on behalf of the first beast, he deceived the inhabitants of the earth. He ordered them to set up an image in honor of the beast who was wounded by the sword and yet lived. 15: He was given power to give breath to the image of the first beast, so that it could speak and cause all who refused to worship the image to be killed.
This Abomination of Desolation ‘stands in the holy place.’ ’ The rest of the passage is urging people to run to safety quickly because a time of great tribulation and affliction is about to begin, something so bad, something the world has never experienced before and after this time, would never experience again. . Here are some clues from the scripture which would help us discern what the “abomination of desolation” is all about. LOCATION OF THE ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION Where does the abomination occur? Matthew 24:15-16 — ‘So when you see the abomination of desolation spoken of by the prophet Daniel, STANDING IN THE HOLY PLACE… The account of the Book of Daniel as quoted by Christ in the Gospel of Mathew suggests that the location where the abomination of desolation occurs would be a holy place; a Temple, perhaps a Church. The term “holy place” might also suggest a religious denomination or followership. Wherever it is, it would be a “holy place,” a place where an abomination “ought not occur”. Mark confirms this: Mark 13:14 — But when you see the abomination of desolation standing where it ought not to be (let the reader understand), then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. As mentioned above, there are rules specified in Moses’ Law about what is allowed in the temple. Unless something is a holy object (like the ark of the covenant) or a holy person (like a priest), it “ought not be” in the temple
Now notice the admonishment in verse 24:15 (whose readeth, let him understand). In other words, if the holy place were ‘the Jewish temple’ then why the admonishment? Everyone would know that’s what the passage is referring to, but the real meaning is hidden, that’s why it admonishes the reader to ‘understand’ what is meant by ‘holy place’ because it’s not the “Jewish temple.”
NATURE OF THE ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION
We are told that the “abomination of desolation” would STAND in the holy place or where it not ought to stand. What we can infer from the above verses from the Gospels is that whatever the abomination is, it is something that is visible or something people will “see” and also something that can be said to be “standing.” Since seeing it is a sign, the implication is that the abomination becomes visible suddenly. It would not be a secret affair, it would not be hidden but would happen under the full glare of all; it would be official.
WHAT WOULD THE ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION RESULT TO? Daniel 11:31-32: His forces will rise up and desecrate the temple fortress. They will abolish the daily sacrifice and set up the abomination of desolation. 32 With flattery he will corrupt those who act wickedly toward the covenant, but the people who know their God will be strong and take action. Desecration of the Temple The abomination first of all would result to desecration of the “temple fortress.” When something or someone that is not holy enters a holy place, e.g., a sanctuary, it results to desecration. Also, when an abominable act occurs in the temple, it results to desecration. Such abominable act as Idol worship, murder or fornication when perpetrated in the Holy place desecrates it and renders it desolate. Although we are still trying to arrive at what abomination of desolation is, it is clear from what we have learnt so far that it will be an unprecedented event. To help with that, let us find out what “abomination” mean to the people of the Old Testament. The word translated ‘abomination’ in Hebrew is shiqqus. It is heavily associated with idolatrous practices as the Theological Workbook of the Old Testament explains: shiqqus. Detestable thing, idol. This noun is always used in connection with idolatrous practices, either referring to the idols themselves as being abhorrent and detestable in God’s sight, or to something associated with the idolatrous ritual. Idols generally are referred to as an abomination (Jeremiah 16:18; Ezekiel 5:11; Ezekiel 7:20; 2 Chron. 15:8, etc). Not only are the idols an abomination, but they that worship them ‘become detestable like that which they love’ (Hosea 9:10), for they identify themselves with the idols. Idol Worship in the “Holy Place” As it happens, there is an idol of worship featured prominently in Revelation in connection with the Antichrist. However, you may not have ever recognized it as such due to the slightly different terminology used: Revelation 13:14-15 — 14 He [the “False Prophet”] deceives those who live on the earth because of the signs that he is permitted to perform on behalf of the beast [the “Antichrist”], telling those who live on the earth to make an image of the beast who had the sword wound and yet lived. An image is a likeness or representation of something. When it comes to false gods like Zeus, Baal or the Antichrist, it typically refers to a statue. But this is more than a statue. The “image” of the Antichrist made by the False Prophet for all to worship has a “spirit” with or in it that enables it to speak!: Revelation 13:15 — He was permitted to give a spirit to the image of the beast, so that the image of the beast could both speak and cause whoever would not worship the image of the beast to be killed.
Corrupting Those Who Act Wickedly Towards the Covenant What is the covenant? There are several covenants throughout the Bible, so how do we know which one this is? Throughout chapter 11 of the Book of Daniel it speaks of his hatred of the ‘holy covenant.” This isn’t some political treaty between Israel and the Jews as portrayed by some school of thoughts, the Bible doesn’t say anything about it being a political treaty or legislation that is referred to in fact it makes clear that it is a religious covenant by describing it as sacred and holy. The Eucharist is the Covenant! In his First Epistle to the Corinthians (1 Corinthians 11:23-25) Paul the Apostle gives the earliest recorded description of Jesus’ Last Supper: “The Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, ‘This is my body which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.’ In the same way also the cup, after supper, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me’.” The synoptic gospels, Mark 14:22-25, Matthew 26:26-29, Luke 22:13-20, depict Jesus as presiding over the Last Supper. References to Jesus’ body and blood foreshadow his crucifixion, and he identifies them as a new covenant. Pay close attention to the word of consecration of the Eucharist, the words of Jesus Himself: “…and as they were eating, Jesus took bread and blessed it, and broke it, and gave it to the disciples and said, Take, eat, this is my body. And He took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them saying, Drink you all of it: For this is My Blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sin. (Mathew 26: 26-28) Satan hates the “holy covenant” and in particular the people of the covenant. The term “holy” means sacred, covenant means divine ordinance with signs or pledges. It is God’s covenant with man that this ‘beast’ hates, and especially the people who are under it. Daniel 11:32 With flattery he will corrupt those who act wickedly toward the covenant… This passage tells us that those who participate in the abuse of the covenant (Eucharist) would be deceived (corrupted) with earthly goods: wealth, power, ability to do miracles, special privileges, etc. This would serve as an incentive and may encourage others to join in the act. Verses 34 tells us that “many would cleave to their flattery” (join in the abuse so as to enjoy the privileges attached to it) Abolition of the Daily Sacrifice What is the Daily Sacrifice? Before the coming of Christ, sacrifices of animals were offered to God as sin offerings for the remission of sin. Thought inadequate and sometimes not pleasing to God, this practice was common among the people of Israel. In the New Testament however, Christ became the sacrificial lamb which was offered once and for all, a wholesome sacrifice. With this notion of Christ sacrificing Himself once and for all, other denominations order than the Catholic Church misunderstood the concept while maintaining that sacrifice is no longer needed, thereby neglecting the exhortation of Christ who commanded that we celebrate a memorial of His sacrifice on the cross; the memorial in itself being a re-enactment of the same sacrifice on Calvary and as such a sacrifice in itself. Matthew 26:26-30 - While they were eating, Jesus took bread, said the blessing, broke it, and giving it to his disciples said, “Take and eat; this is my body.” Then he took a cup, gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you,for this is my blood of the covenant, which will be shed on behalf of many for the forgiveness of sins. I tell you, from now on I shall not drink this fruit of the vine until the day when I drink it with you in the kingdom of my Father.” Then, after singing a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives. The perpetuity of the sacrifice is expressed in Malachi 1:11 - “For from the rising of the sun, even to its setting, my name is great among the nations; And everywhere they bring sacrifice to my name, and a pure offering; For great is my name among the nations, says the LORD of hosts.” This is a prophecy of a pure offering that will be offered in every place from the rising of the sun to its setting. Thus, there will be only one sacrifice, but it will be offered in many places around the world. This prophecy is fulfilled only by the Catholic Church in the celebration of Masses around the world, where the sacrifice of Christ which is “in act” is offered for our salvation. The Catholic Church has always maintained that the Holy Mass is a sacrifice and not mere service, a position which has been at variance with other Christian denominations that believe that sacrifices are no longer required because Christ died once and for all. The Holy Mass is not different from the Sacrifice at Calvary, it is a memorial and as such, a re-enactment of Christ’s supreme sacrifice at Calvary. Thus, the daily sacrifice that would be abolished is non-other than the Sacrifice of the Holy Eucharist which is celebrated daily in most Catholic Churches and Chapels around the world. Now that we have established that the “daily sacrifice” which would be abolished in indeed the sacrifice of the Holy Eucharist, we move to the next point: Who does the abolition? We have been told that he who would abolish the daily sacrifice would not do it from outside but from within. He would “stand at the holy place,” a place he “ought not to stand” in the first place. The antagonist who is known as the “False Prophet” would be in a position of authority, and would have the administrative power to determine the trend of worship of the people. The book of Revelation makes it clear that the future Antichrist will be aided by this individual known as the False Prophet. He is the man who helps to convince the world that the Antichrist is worthy and deserving of worship, and ultimately it is he who enforces this worship on penalty of death. The bible also makes the provocative implication that the False Prophet may actually claim to be Jesus of Nazareth, and the prophet Daniel tells us that this powerful spiritual leader will come from Rome Let’s look at the Book of Revelation Revelation 13:11-15: Then I saw another beast, coming out of the earth. He had two horns like a lamb, but he spoke like a dragon. He exercised all the authority of the first beast on his behalf, and made the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast, whose fatal wound had been healed. And he performed great and miraculous signs, even causing fire to come down from heaven to earth in full view of men. Because of the signs he was given power to do on behalf of the first beast, he deceived the inhabitants of the earth. He ordered them to set up an image in honor of the beast who was wounded by the sword and yet lived. He was given power to give breath to the image of the first beast, so that it could speak and cause all who refused to worship the image to be killed.
The False Prophet’s description in Revelation 13:11 is described as having two horns “like a lamb…” What does it mean to be like a lamb? The metaphor of a “Lamb” is used twenty-eight times throughout the book of Revelation. It is used almost exclusively, twenty-seven of these times in fact, as a reference to the Lamb of God, Jesus Christ. The single instance where the term “Lamb” is not used in connection with Jesus Christ is here in Revelation 13 in reference to the False Prophet. The False Prophet appears like a lamb, yet he speaks like a dragon. When the term “lamb” is used to describe a person, it means that the individual is holy; Jesus Christ is the Lamb of God. Also, “lamb” or “sheep” is used to describe priests and pastors of souls. When the Bible makes reference to wolves in sheep’s clothing it speaks about those who claim to be true prophets and puts up false appearance but inwardly, they are full of evil and deceit. Thus, if the False Prophet is described as having two horns like a lamb who exercised some authority it could mean that he may be a Bishop or even the Pope. Another point is that by referring to him as the “false” prophet the bible is telling us that the most important characteristic is that he is, through and through, FALSE. This would be especially true were he to make the stupendous claim to actually be Jesus of Nazareth. His career would be most profoundly characterized by it’s falsity. Conclusion From this little write-up, we now understand the nature of the “Abomination of Desolation.” Firstly, we learn that it would be within the “Holy Place” which translates to a church. Whatever it is, be it an event, a person or an act, it would be within the “Holy Place.” Secondly, it would result in the abolition of the daily sacrifice: stoppage of the Holy Mass. Thirdly, it would bring about deception or corruption of those who abuse (act wickedly against) the covenant (Eucharist). Following from the deduction that the “Abomination of Desolation would occur within (not outside) the “Holy Place” and it would result among other things, the abolition of the daily sacrifice which we understand to be the daily masses celebrated around the world, then, the question is: who has power within the church to “abolish,” “stop” or “alter” the daily sacrifice (Holy Mass)? From available information on Vatican II, Pope Paul VI sanctioned the “reformation” of the Holy Mass, some things which were previously allowed in the Old Mass were “abolished” and new things were introduced. Upon the completion of the reformation, the Pope approved the new Mass in place of the Old. From the foregoing, there is no doubt that the Pope possesses the power and authority to “alter” or “abolish” the Holy Sacrifice or at least, some aspect of it. Abolition of the daily sacrifice does not exactly mean the abolition of the entire Mass. What qualifies the Mass as a sacrifice is the Liturgy of the Eucharist and if that is tampered with, the Holy Mass becomes an ordinary service which may become displeasing to God. For consecration to be valid, three conditions must be met: 1. There must be a validly ordained priest 2. Form (word of the consecration, exact word of Christ during the last supper) 3. Matter (Host and altar wine) It follows that anybody other than a validly ordained priest cannot offer up the sacrifice of the Eucharist. A Pentecostal Pastor or a woman cannot offer up the sacrifice of the Eucharist, it would be an abomination to do so. The word spoken during consecration are the exact words spoken by our Lord Jesus Christ during the Last Supper, the celebrating priest MUST use those words for transubstantiation to occur. Alteration of the word of consecration would result in an invalid consecration on the part of the priest. This is because, it is Christ Himself who does the consecration and as such it is His words that make the consecration valid and not that of the priest. Furthermore, only the approved host and wine would be valid for the celebration of the Holy Eucharist. This means that fruit juice, table wine or beer would not become the blood of Christ even if a validly ordained priest consecrates them. The wine MUST be an altar wine from the fruit of the vine. Also, if any other bread is used other than the unleavened bread (host), the consecration would be invalid. Thus, the said “abolition” of the daily sacrifice may be subtle and may escape the notice of an average catholic, this is because tampering with the form or matter of the Eucharistic consecration may not be a huge alteration but it would be enough to render the
whole celebration of the Mass invalid, thereby accomplishing the decide of the abolition of the daily sacrifice.
This work is not a product of research or intellect, rather, of an infused knowledge from the Holy Spirit, thus, I claim no credit . I hope it would help the reader understand the mysteries of the end time and the prophesy that a “Pope” would become the “False Prophet”—- SCO BISHOP
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