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Hanukkah In Prophecy

A key prophecy by Jesus Christ about the "abomination of desolation" that will occur in the days just prior to His Return:

"24:13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. 24:14 And this gospel of the kingdom [see The Gospel of The Kingdom of God] shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.

24:15 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: 24:16 Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains: 24:17 Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house: 24:18 Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes. 24:19 And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days! 24:20 But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day: 24:21 For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. 24:22 And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened. 24:23 Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not. 24:24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. 24:25 Behold, I have told you before.

24:26 Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not. 24:27 For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. 24:28 For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together.

24:29 Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:

24:30 And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory." (Matthew 24:13-30 KJV)

The Origin Of Hanukkah

The Messiah specifically referred to "the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet." What did Daniel write?

Abomination of Desolation

"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. 11:32 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. 11:33 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." (Daniel 11:31-33 KJV)

"12:10 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. 12:11 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. 12:12 Blessed is he that waiteth, and cometh to the thousand three hundred and five and thirty days." (Daniel 12:10-12 KJV)

In Matthew 24:13-30 (quoted above), Christ was obviously speaking of the abomination of desolation that will happen just before His return (as plainly described in the full context of His prophecy - see the Fact Finder question below), based upon two major prefigures of that end-time abomination of desolation.

The first involved the Seleucid king (see The Seleucids) Antiochus IV in 167 B.C. when he entered the Temple (see Temples) in Jerusalem, erected an altar to the pagan god Zeus, and sacrificed a pig on it. That desecration, dated as the 25th of Kislev according to the Bible Calendar, triggered the Maccabean Revolt by the Hasmoneans (see The Maccabees). Their eventual victory and cleansing of the Temple is still commemorated by Jews today by the annual Festival of Hanukkah.

The second involved the fall of Jerusalem In 70 A.D. (see Titus Vespasianus; also Pella) when the Romans erected their idolatrous Roman eagle military standard (interestingly, Adolf Hitler's Nazis used the very same sort of eagle for their political and military symbol) in the Temple. Idols (see Second Commandment) are just as abominable to God as pigs (see Clean and Unclean) and both were abominations that caused desolation of the Temple, but neither of those incidents can possibly be what Christ was talking about in describing the yet future time of His return. The only factors that they all have in common is that they occurred / will occur in Jerusalem, in Judea, and all happened / will happen as a matter of military force with a religious motive i.e. an end-time "Christian" warlord, who will quite likely regard himself as a modern-day "crusader" (see The Crusades).

In its full context, Christ's reference to the abomination of desolation wasn't talking about the incident with Antiochus IV, which occurred over 150 years before Christ made that prophecy, or the Roman military idols, which happened only about 40 years after Christ made that prophecy. Christ was talking about the abomination of desolation that will occur in Jerusalem just before His return. Christ's prophecy doesn't specify what the abomination will be, but it will be just as despicable to God's Holy Place as the sacrifice of a pig, or the worship of an eagle idol.

Fact Finder: Why did the Messiah refer to end-time Jerusalem as "Sodom and Egypt"?
See Sodom and Egypt; listen also to the sermon Hanukkah In Prophecy

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