The Abomination of Desolation

Joseph Holbrook, Jr.

READ : Daniel 11:29-35

Josephus, the Jewish historian, in his book The Wars of the Jews, records that Antiochus Ephiphanes was defeated by the Romans on the island of Cyprus. Then, he turned on the covenant people, offered a pig on the altar and scattered its blood all over the temple. So, we can get a picture of what the heavenly messenger is telling Daniel when he speaks of “the abomination that makes desolate.”

Antiochus himself soon left the area and went east to Babylon and Persia where he died in 169 B.C., an insane man. His atrocities were referred to by our Lord in Matthew 24:25 when he warned of the coming chaos under Titus the Roman. In our own day the horrors of the Holocaust and the brutal killing in Cambodia, Rwanda and Bosnia make it clear that human evil is capable of unspeakable abominations. Every day persecuted brothers and sisters in Christ are dying.

What kind of people ought we to be? We are part of that kingdom of peace and justice that shall never be destroyed. Let’s live like king’s kids.


Father, give us courage. Give us wisdom for the living of these days. Help us to stand tall against whatever flattery, intrigue or deceit would try to entice us away from the simplicity that is in Christ. In his name. Amen.