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by Wayne Blank
"Now this is what you shall offer upon the altar: two lambs a year old day by day continually. One lamb you shall offer in the morning, and the other lamb you shall offer in the evening" (Exodus 29:38-39 RSV)
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.
"Forces from him shall appear and profane the temple and fortress, and shall take away the continual burnt offering. And they shall set up the abomination that makes desolate"
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":
"He said, "Go your way, Daniel, for the words are shut up and sealed until the time of the end. Many shall purify themselves, and make themselves white, and be refined; but the wicked shall do wickedly; and none of the wicked shall understand; but those who are wise shall understand. And from the time that the continual burnt offering is taken away, and the abomination that makes desolate is set up, there shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety days. " (Daniel 12:9-11 RSV)
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, including Israel which may well be a member of the European Union by that time.
"Forces from him shall appear and profane the temple and fortress, and shall take away the continual burnt offering. And they shall set up the abomination that makes desolate. He shall seduce with flattery those who violate the covenant; but the people who know their God shall stand firm and take action.
The arrogance of the "beast" leader will know no limits, "he shall exalt himself and magnify himself above every god, and shall speak astonishing things against the God of gods."
"And the king shall do according to his will; he shall exalt himself and magnify himself above every god, and shall speak astonishing things against the God of gods. He shall prosper till the indignation is accomplished; for what is determined shall be done. He shall give no heed to the gods of his fathers, or to the one beloved by women; he shall not give heed to any other god, for he shall magnify himself above all. He shall honor the god of fortresses instead of these; a god whom his fathers did not know he shall honor with gold and silver, with precious stones and costly gifts. He shall deal with the strongest fortresses by the help of a foreign god; those who acknowledge him he shall magnify with honor. He shall make them rulers over many and shall divide the land for a price." (Daniel 11:36-39 RSV)
The Muslim nations will oppose "the king of the north," but they will be overrun by him.
"At the time of the end the king of the south shall attack him; but the king of the north shall rush upon him like a whirlwind, with chariots and horsemen, and with many ships; and he shall come into countries and shall overflow and pass through. He shall come into the glorious land. And tens of thousands shall fall, but these shall be delivered out of his hand: Edom and Moab and the main part of the Ammonites. He shall stretch out his hand against the countries, and the land of Egypt shall not escape. He shall become ruler of the treasures of gold and of silver, and all the precious things of Egypt; and the Libyans and the Ethiopians shall follow in his train. But tidings from the east and the north shall alarm him, and he shall go forth with great fury to exterminate and utterly destroy many. And he shall pitch his palatial tents between the sea and the glorious holy mountain; yet he shall come to his end, with none to help him." (Daniel 11:40-45 RSV)