Most people aren't aware of what the abominations are and what the desolation is. They think the "abomination" is an army of some sort, or a future anti-Christ figure seated in the Sanctuary. The truth is much more personal and significant than you realize.
The abominations are the sins of God's people. They are the cause of the desolation that ultimately comes. By studying biblical text we find out that there are 3 major occurrences of the abomination/desolation scenario. As we look at each one we'll see that, once again, the issue of the Sabbath comes to the forefront, because, the abominations are sins against Sabbath-keeping. These 3 events are what are referred to as conditional prophecies. Bad things wouldn't happen if they did the right thing. BTW, the end time prophecies are also conditional.
In the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim king of Judah, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came to Jerusalem and besieged it. And the Lord gave Jehoiakim king of Judah into his hand, with some of the articles of the house of God, which he carried into the land of Shinar to the house of his god; and he brought the articles into the treasure house of his god. With the historical context set, Jehoiakim and Jerusalem were given over to Babylon and King Nebuchadnezzar - hence, the desolation caused by the abominations.
Jehoiakim had been so evil that his son, Jehoiachin, had to take over. Jehoiachin continued his dad's evil and was seceded by Zedekiah. Zedekiah unfortunately turns out to be as evil as the first two! What did these 3 do that was so evil !?!
The Prophet Jeremiah told the people of Jerusalem in Jehoiakim's day that if they would show honor to God's Seventh Day Sabbath that their city would remain forever and that their example would be the reason surrounding heathen nations repent and come to God. (Jeremiah 17: 19-26)
Or, if they didn't, "the palaces of Jerusalem would be devoured"! (Jeremiah 17:27) Ezekiel was told to prophesy or be held accountable. What are the abominations of Jehoiakim and his people? :
- unclean beasts had been brought in the House of God and even slaughtered on the Sabbath
- the women were weeping for Tammuz; on the Sabbath
- 25 men stood in God's Holy place on the Sabbath, with their backs toward the temple and their faces looking east to worship the sun god
If you didn't know, the Jewish temple is built so that the Ark of the Covenant is placed on the western side - you must face west to worship. These men were actually denying the one true God and worshipping the pagan sun god. The implication here is that Judah as a whole was involved in these pagan practices! The Temple was destroyed!
The Abomination that Causes Desolation - 2
History has a way of repeating itself - especially if we refuse to learn. In 70 A.D. the Roman General Titus once again destroyed the Temple in Jerusalem, just as Daniel warned (Dan. Ch. 9). The abominations of the people would once again have everything to do with the Sabbath.
The New Testament explicitly shows the tension between the ruling Sanhedrin and Jesus. Jesus pointed out, time and time again that :
- the Sabbath was being maligned with money changers in the Temple
- the 500 + rules created by man for Sabbath-keeping were legalistic and actually causing people to ignore the Sabbath. No human is capable of keeping such rules
- the religious people of the day hated Jesus for healing on the Sabbath
- they even quibbled over the Apostles walking through wheat fields and eating grain as they walked thereby harvesting on the Sabbath (the sin here is hypocrisy)
- and worst of all; the Lord of the Sabbath - Jesus - was not recognized as the Messiah
There's much more - just read the New testament.
Trouble comes in threes sometimes. There's one more left!
The desolation this 3rd time does not involve just Jerusalem or the modern nation of Israel. It involves spiritual Israel (all true believers). The desolation will encompass the entire world! The sins, the abominations, will be widespread and unrecognized by most just as described earlier in history. People will be worshipping Tammuz and Sol Invictus, all the while abusing the Sabbath by doing business on it. And worst of all, the religious leaders of the day, as in the past, will be teaching Christians it is correct to abuse the Sabbath!
People will gladly follow the Religious/Political powers of the day, the modern Sanhedrin, the Beast and it's Images and the abuse will even be codified into law and true Christians will be hunted down and killed for worshipping on the true Sabbath! Before Jerusalem (the world) falls this time, the true believers will be rescued, just as in 70 A.D.
The DESOLATION will be the complete destruction of planet earth and everyone in it who has not recognized the truth.
Do you really begin to understand now why those crazy Seventh Day Adventists blabber about the Sabbath so much?
It's because God does !!! If your church still teaches pagan worship I beg and plead with you - come out of her !!!