Abomination of Desolation, Little Horn, Tribulation

The End of the Indignation

In chapter 7, the timeframe during which the “little horn” is authorized to wage war “against the saints” is described as a “time, times, and part of a time.” At the end of the period, this malevolent ruler will lose his domain. In chapter 8, the angel Gabriel describes it as “the END OF THE INDIGNATION, for at the appointed time will be an end.” However horrific the “desolation” might be, it will not last forever.

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Abomination of Desolation, Antiochus, Little Horn

The King of the North

Beginning with the division of the Greek empire, the angel outlines the coming conflicts between two of the subsequent realms that will culminate in the rise of a “contemptible” ruler. Previously, the rise and division of the Greek empire were portrayed in the vision of the “Ram” and of the “Goat,” representing the realms of the “Medes and Persians” and “Greece,” respectively.

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Abomination of Desolation, Seventy Weeks

The Final Week – Abomination

The period of “seventy weeks” concludes with several unanswered questions, but the prophecy is not the end of the matter. Clear verbal links connect it to the visions of chapters 7 and 8, and to the subsequent vision in chapter 11. It is one part of a larger whole. The complete picture becomes clear only when all the visions of Daniel are considered.

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Abomination of Desolation, Seventy Weeks

After Sixty-Two Weeks

The final “week” culminates in the desecration of the Temple and the cessation of the daily burnt offerings. In Daniel, the focus is on the sanctuary and its ritual pollution. The described events occurred in Jerusalem, most pivotally, the “abomination that desolates.” The latter was installed by the figure who “corrupts” many of the “people.”

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