Southern aerial view of the Temple Mount and Al-Aqsa Mosque. Photo by Andrew Shiva, courtesy

Southern aerial view of the Temple Mount and Al-Aqsa Mosque. Photo by Andrew Shiva, courtesy

The nation of Israel is destined to play a major part in the Last Days. Indeed, the Last Days will center around the nation. A key Bible prophecy, indicating the beginning of the Great Tribulation will occur in Israel, on (or around), the Temple Mount.


The first place of worship for Israel was the Tabernacle in the wilderness, built during the days of Moses. It was used until David set up a tent on Mount Zion in the city of Jerusalem. In this structure he installed the Ark of the Covenant and the priests continued their ministry (1 Chron. 15:1; 16:1; 2 Sam. 6:17).

Solomon built the first Temple on the Mount Moriah in 960 B.C.. It was later destroyed in 586 B.C. by the Babylonian armies of King Nebuchadnezzar. The second Temple was rebuilt on the Mount by Zerubbabel (circa 520 B.C.), and it was later expanded during the reign of Herod the Great. This Temple stood until the Jewish revolt of A.D. 66, which of course ended in disaster when the Temple was destroyed by the Roman legions of Titus in A.D. 70. It is interesting to note that both Temples were destroyed on the very same day of the Jewish calendar,  Tisha B’Av, the 9th of Av (roughly, 655 years apart), which falls in our month of August.

Forty years previous to the Roman destruction, the disciples of Jesus tried to impress him with the wonder and beauty of the Temple. Jesus had just confronted the deceit of the Pharisees  and wasn’t impressed with legalism and the outward adornments of religion. He led the disciples out of the city across the Red Heifer Bridge to the Mount of Olives. Turning around, and facing the city and the Temple complex Jesus said, ” See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, there shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down (Matt.24:2). After a moment of thought one of the disciples said, “Tell us, when shall these things be? And what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?”

Most of you know the rest. Jesus gives warnings regarding the deceptive nature of the times; warnings about coming false christs and false prophets, and false signs and wonders. Wars, rumors of war, famine and pestilence, and a warning about the rise of iniquity and Christian persecution.

But there is one sign that is greater than all of the others because it is a clear indication, a signal for the End of the Age, that is distinct and recognizable by all. That sign is the Abomination of Desolation.

Matt.24:15-21:  When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand): Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains: Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house: Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes. And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days!  But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day:  For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.

It is interesting to note that once the Abomination of Desolation takes place, the text says “then shall be great tribulation.” All of the other signs lead up to that point, and once it occurs Jesus says run for your life, this is it. For then shall be Great Tribulation. Furthermore, Jesus also says that unless the days were shortened no flesh will survive; in other words, all human life will be annihilated.


Without a doubt this sign indicates the beginning of the end of our world as we know it. That is why Jesus is clear; he wants you the reader to understand exactly what the Abomination of Desolation is, and he wants you to realize that once this act occurs, troubles without equal in all the history of the world are about to begin. Indeed, I do not think there is anything that we could compare this period of time in Earth history with. The warning is clear.

The Abomination of Desolation refers to a great act of evil that happened in the history of Israel. It is so important that Daniel wrote about it, as did Paul the Apostle.

Daniel 9:27: And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.

Daniel 11:31:  And arms shall stand on his part, and they shall pollute the sanctuary of strength, and shall take away the daily sacrifice, and they shall place the abomination that maketh desolate.

In 168 B.C., the Seleucid king Antiochus Epiphanes began to persecute the Jews, forbidding the daily sacrifice in the Temple. Thousands of Jews died, and he desecrated the Temple when he installed a statue of Zeus in the Holy of Holies. He also slaughtered a pig on the Great Altar, and spread its broth throughout the Temple, effectively defiling the sacred areas.

If not for the guerrilla warfare of the Maccabees the Jewish nation may not have survived. In 165 B.C. they forced the armies of Antiochus to withdraw and cleansed the Temple, reinstituting the daily sacrifice and oblations.

Bust of Antiochus IV of Syria.

Bust of Antiochus IV of Syria.

Antiochus referred to himself as Antíochos D’ ho Epiphanḗs, which means “God Manifest.” It was a continuation of the old Emperor cult practiced by most of the tyrants of the time.

This scenario, which occurred almost  200 years before the time of Christ, is the Abomination of Desolation. However, it was not fulfilled in detail by Antiochus (he didn’t sign a covenant with Israel), and it will occur in the future just as Jesus predicted.

Paul also wrote about the Abomination of Desolation when he said that the Man of Sin will sit in the Temple of God. Not only will the Antichrist install himself in the Temple as God, he will also institute a living Image in the minds of his worshippers. Once a Beast follower receives the Image of the Beast in the mind, a mark of some type will erupt on the right hand or forehead; this is the Mark of the Beast.

 2 Thessalonians 2: 4: Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.

Once the Beast enters a rebuilt Temple and takes his seat in the place of God, then will begin 3 1/2 years of tribulation that will be unlike any other period of time in all Earth history. It will be a time of evil supernatural activity that will overwhelm the people of Earth.

This sign of the Abomination of Desolation will be unmistakable. Jesus, Daniel, and Paul, predicted the event, and it is a clear sign to Christians that the end is near; the return of the Messiah is at hand.

This sign is unlike the recent false signs we have seen: the Blood Moon fiasco in September, and others like it. The Abomination of Desolation is a REAL biblical sign to the nations.

When will it happen? First, Satan and his fallen angels will be cast to the Earth (Rev. 12). That is the beginning of the Strong Delusion. For an in-depth study I suggest my book Alien Antichrist, which will provide all the details you need to know. In the book I go into detail about the Antichrist, the Image and Mark of the Beast, and the real meaning behind the number 666.

Thanks for visiting, and have a happy Thanksgiving holiday!

Jeff Wingo

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