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The Daily Sacrifice

During the period of Israelite history in which the Tabernacle, and then the Temple, existed, the "daily sacrifice" was a God-commanded burnt offering of two year-old lambs, the first at dawn, and the second at evening:

"Now this is that which thou shalt offer upon the altar; two lambs of the first year day by day continually. The one lamb thou shalt offer in the morning; and the other lamb thou shalt offer at even" (Exodus 29:38-39 KJV)

The portable Tabernacle In The Wilderness was replaced by the Temple (see Temples) in Jerusalem. When the Temples were destroyed, first by the Babylonians in 586 BC (which occurred before Daniel's prophecies below, see Why Babylon?) and then by the Romans (see Fall of Jerusalem In 70 A.D.), the daily sacrifice, by the Jews, ended. It ended for Christians with the coming of the Messiah anyway, but does that mean that non-Christian Jews will not again be offering their "daily sacrifice" in their Temple of God (see "My Father's House") in Jerusalem? According to Prophecy, they surely will, just before The Return Of Jesus Christ.

"like a whirlwind, with chariots, and with horsemen, and with many ships"

Hitler The prophet Daniel provides some of the most spectacular and precise prophecies of the Word of God (many of which The Lord repeated to the apostle John for his writing of the Book of Revelation). Included in the knowledge that God gave him to record is an "abomination of desolation" that is described as existing in the time just prior to Christ's return - that will do away with the Jews' "daily sacrifice" in a Jewish Temple.

As these verses state, the "daily sacrifice" of the prophecy was not to occur in Daniel's time, but in the time of the "end":

"And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end. Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand. And from the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away, and the abomination that maketh desolate set up, there shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety days." (Daniel 12:9-11 KJV)

The entity responsible for the "abomination of desolation" that prevents the "daily sacrifice" will be a great military/religious superpower identified as "the king of the north," a clearly-prophesied European federation (see Daniel's Statue and Ein Volk! Ein Reich! Ein Euro!) that will successfully over-run much of the Middle East - it will not have the bulk of its armed forces bogged down for many years in just a single country:

"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. And such as do wickedly against the covenant shall he corrupt by flatteries: but the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits."

"And they that understand among the people shall instruct many: yet they shall fall by the sword, and by flame, by captivity, and by spoil, many days. Now when they shall fall, they shall be holpen with a little help: but many shall cleave to them with flatteries. And some of them of understanding shall fall, to try them, and to purge, and to make them white, even to the time of the end: because it is yet for a time appointed."

"And the king shall do according to his will; and he shall exalt himself, and magnify himself above every god, and shall speak marvellous things against the God of gods, and shall prosper till the indignation be accomplished: for that that is determined shall be done. Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers, nor the desire of women, nor regard any god: for he shall magnify himself above all. But in his estate shall he honour the God of forces: and a god whom his fathers knew not shall he honour with gold, and silver, and with precious stones, and pleasant things. Thus shall he do in the most strong holds with a strange god, whom he shall acknowledge and increase with glory: and he shall cause them to rule over many, and shall divide the land for gain."

"And at the time of the end shall the king of the south push at him: and the king of the north shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, and with horsemen, and with many ships; and he shall enter into the countries, and shall overflow and pass over. He shall enter also into the glorious land, and many countries shall be overthrown: but these shall escape out of his hand, even Edom, and Moab, and the chief of the children of Ammon. He shall stretch forth his hand also upon the countries: and the land of Egypt shall not escape. But he shall have power over the treasures of gold and of silver, and over all the precious things of Egypt: and the Libyans and the Ethiopians shall be at his steps. But tidings out of the east and out of the north shall trouble him: therefore he shall go forth with great fury to destroy, and utterly to make away many. And he shall plant the tabernacles of his palace between the seas in the glorious holy mountain; yet he shall come to his end, and none shall help him." (Daniel 11:31-45 KJV)

Fact Finder: How can we be absolutely certain that Jerusalem will be the focus of the Messiah's return?
See Sodom and Egypt and Who Should Flee Into The Mountains?

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