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Study Resources :: Dictionaries :: Abomination of Desolation

Dictionaries :: Abomination of Desolation

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Below are articles from the following dictionary:
Smith's Bible Dictionary

Abomination of Desolation:

Mentioned by our Saviour (Matthew 24:15) as a sign of the approaching destruction of Jerusalem, with reference to Daniel 9:27; 11:31; 12:11. The Jews considered the prophecy of Daniel as fulfilled in the profanation of the Temple under Antiochus Epiphanes, when the Israelites themselves erected an idolatrous altar upon the sacred altar, and offered sacrifice thereon: this altar is described as "an abomination of desolation" (1 Maccabees 1:54; 6:7). The prophecy, however, referred ultimately to the destruction of Jerusalem by the Romans, and consequently the "abomination" must describe some occurrence connected with that event. But it is not easy to find one which meets all the requirements of the case; the introduction of the Roman standards into the Temple would not be an "abomination," properly speaking, unless it could be shown that the Jews themselves participated in the worship of them; moreover, this event, as well as several others which have been proposed, such as the erection of the statue of Hadrian, fail in regard to the time of their occurrence, being subsequent to the destruction of the city. It appears most probable that the profanities of the Zealots constituted the abomination, which was the sign of the impending ruin.

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