He will confirm a covenant with many for one “seven.” In the middle of the “seven” he will put an end to sacrifice and offering. And on a wing of the temple he will set up an abomination that causes desolation, until the end that is decreed is poured out on him. (Dan. 9:27)
His armed forces will rise up to desecrate the temple fortress and will abolish the daily sacrifice. Then they will set up the abomination that causes desolation. (Dan. 11:31)
From the time that the daily sacrifice is abolished and the abomination that causes desolation is set up, there will be 1,290 days. (Dan. 12:11)
So when you see standing in the holy place “the abomination that causes desolation,” spoken of through the prophet Daniel—let the reader understand—then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. (Matt. 24:15,16)
When you see “the abomination that causes desolation” standing where it does not belong—let the reader understand—then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. (Mark 13:14)
From those Scriptures we learn:
1. The abomination that causes desolation will be set up on a wing of the temple in the holy place. That reveals the location.
2. That act referred to as the abomination, will be the cause of the referred-to desolation.
3. The abomination that causes desolation will follow the abolishment of the daily sacrifice by 1,290 days.
4. Something will be set up and will be standing in the holy place, which is related to an indirect reference to the the abomination that causes desolation.
That indirect reference to the abomination that causes desolation is this one:
Don't let anyone deceive you in any way, for that day will not come until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the man doomed to destruction. He will oppose and will exalt himself over everything that is called God or is worshiped, so that he sets himself up in God's temple, proclaiming himself to be God. (2 Thess. 2:3,4)
The mysterious abomination that causes desolation is revealed in that passage. It will occur when the antichrist himself proclaims himself in the temple to be God. That will occur 1,290 days after the daily sacrifice is abolished, according to Scripture. What will be desolated? The answer is Jerusalem:
When you see Jerusalem being surrounded by armies, you will know that its desolation is near. Then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains, let those in the city get out, and let those in the country not enter the city. (Luke 21:20,21)
Before the abomination that causes desolation can occur there must be a temple. Hence, the building of the temple and the daily sacrifice being done within it are major events to watch for. As the days get darker and things get worse on this planet, the glorious Paradise home-going for the saints gets closer and closer. Remain faithful to the Lord Jesus. We have exciting and wonderful days awaiting us (1 Cor. 2:9; Rev. 21:4; Phil. 1:20-23; Heb. 3:14; etc.) Remember, the abomination that causes desolation cannot occur until there is a temple.