Daniel 12: The Abomination of Desolation and the Great Tribulation as Predicted by the Prophet
Both the abomination that causes desolation and the subsequent great tribulation is foretold in the biblical book of Daniel, specifically chapter 12. Can you explain what this means? Exactly what is the desolation-inducing abomination? What role does it play in relation to the Great Tribulation and other events of the end times? This article will decipher the meaning of this obscure passage and show how it relates to our modern life.
One of the most often asked issues about Daniel 12 concerns the meaning of the “abomination that creates desolation” that is mentioned in the chapter. All of this has sparked a lot of conjecture, but the Bible may have some answers. Firstly, in verse 11, we observe that an altar will be used to burn incense for the gods. Anything that is offensive to religious beliefs or that pollutes a holy site is an abomination. Something that is an abomination in the Jewish and Christian faiths is more than just repulsive; it can also be a basis for judgment. Because crucifixion was a shameful death reserved for slaves and prisoners of war, Christians believe the Romans crucified Jesus Christ out of hatred for him.
For some researchers, this verse seems to foreshadow Rome’s dominion over Jerusalem. In 63 B.C., the Roman commander Pompey conquered Jerusalem and incorporated it into the Roman Empire (this event is commemorated on our American coins). Also in Palestine, he had coins struck with his likeness to be used as legal tender. Not knowing the exact time of the event is frustrating. Antiochus IV Epiphanes in 168 B.C., Pompey in 63 B.C., and Titus in AD 70 are all plausible candidates.
What does this mean for us in the here and now? Prophecy makes far more sense if you know what is meant by “abomination of desolation.” There is a lot of battle going on right now, and we Christians need to be careful that we don’t get sucked into it. It is not acceptable to abandon our regular gatherings, as some have suggested. As the Day draws near, we should strengthen our mutual support. He who sits on the throne will guard them with His everlasting presence.
In what ways can we use this knowledge right now? The meaning of these verses can be interpreted in numerous ways. To begin, remember that when Titus destroyed Jerusalem in AD 70, they were substantially fulfilled. On the other hand, many faiths insist that the prophesied events have yet to take place. We can’t possibly know that, so how do we? You could look at it like this. Instead of Jesus’s life being given up voluntarily as an act of love for humanity, it was stolen from Him by an external force (the Romans) in Jesus’s day. The rest of the people who are still alive today will be granted immortality if they put their faith in Jesus as their Lord and Savior. The dead will be resurrected from their graves, as predicted by Daniel. According to John’s prophecy, when Jesus calls, everyone in the dead will get up.