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Let The Reader Understand

John Collins11/01/2013

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Daniel 11 gives a prophecy of the kings of the north and south, a time when kings would rise in Persia, one of which would stir up his kingdom against Greece.  After this took place, a mighty king would rise and fall, his kingdom broken and scattered.  The princes of the king of the south would grow strong, and would make an alliance to the king of the north through the daughter of the south, but this alliance would not last.  But this alliance would plant a root that would rise from the union.

From the branch that sprung up, great power and wealth would come from plunders of war.  As the branch rose into power, Daniel’s word from God became vividly detailed with the description of this rise of authority by a mighty leader, how the cities would become fortified, the terms of surrender as they were invaded, the daughter that would be given in surrender, and the breach of those terms as the treaty was broken.  Each detail given describes a signpost for this prophecy, all describing the rising nations in the ancient world.  As the last king rose into power, his alliance with Jerusalem was strong, but as he fell from power, this king turned away from Jerusalem, back to those that had forsaken the Old Covenant.

He shall turn back and pay attention to those who forsake the holy covenant.  Forces from him shall appear and profane the temple and fortress, and shall take away the regular 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.

Daniel 11:30-32

Many have examined this prophecy without examining the recorded history of the nation of Israel, and mistakenly bind this to the words of Christ as Jesus warned of the coming “Abomination of Desolation.” 

Jesus said,

“But when you see the abomination of desolation standing where he ought not to be (let the reader understand), then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains.”

Mark 13:14


We know that the words of Christ can never fail.  We know that Daniel’s prophecy was the Word from the Lord, which also can never fail.  But without recorded history, we are forced to place Daniel’s prophecy in our future, pointing it to a time and place beyond the coming Messiah.  Ironically, this is a prophecy that the Jews have recorded to be fulfilled.  While they still look for a coming “messiah,” this prophecy of Daniel has a record from history that matches the events surrounding the invasion of the Temple – to the letter.

In the first book of the Maccabees, recorded Jewish history during the time between Malachi and the coming of Christ, the scribes took note of all of the events as the “abomination” was placed into the Temple.  Just as the prophecy of Daniel, it records the story of the rise of Alexander as he plundered the Medes and Persians.  Daniel mentions the time when the kings of Persia would rise and overpower King Darius the Mede, and another king would rise against the kingdom of Greece.  This aligns perfectly with the first few sentences in the book of Maccabees:

“And it happened, after that Alexander son of Philip, the Macedonian, who came out of the land of Chettiim, had smitten Darius king of the Persians and Medes, that he reigned in his stead, the first over Greece, And made many wars, and won many strong holds, and slew the kings of the earth, And went through to the ends of the earth, and took spoils of many nations, insomuch that the earth was quiet before him; whereupon he was exalted and his heart was lifted up.  And he gathered a mighty strong host and ruled over countries, and nations, and kings, who became tributaries unto him.”

1 Maccabees 1:1-4

Daniel’s prophecy declared that a portion of the Jews that had abandoned the Old Covenant would make a treaty with the rising power, breaking the Old Covenant in full by joining themselves to the Gentile nations.  This also is recorded in Maccabees:

“In those days went there out of Israel wicked men, who persuaded many, saying, Let us go and make a covenant with the heathen that are round about us: for since we departed from them we have had much sorrow.”

1 Maccabees 1:11

Daniel’s prophecy declared that the rising power would make war with Egypt, and plunder the gold and silver from the temples of Baal.  Their conquest of Egypt would make them strong, and they would become even more powerful.  This, again, is recorded in Maccabees:

“Now when the kingdom was established before Antiochus, he thought to reign over Egypt that he might have the dominion of two realms.  Wherefore he entered into Egypt with a great multitude, with chariots, and elephants, and horsemen, and a great navy, And made war against Ptolemee king of Egypt: but Ptolemee was afraid of him, and fled; and many were wounded to death.  Thus they got the strong cities in the land of Egypt and he took the spoils thereof.

1 Maccabees 1:16-19


But the most interesting part is the ultimate consequence for abandoning the Old Covenant.  Many prophesies in the Old Testament that point to the “Day of the Lord” describe the utter destruction of the worship of Israel, from the temple to the death camps to all who would try and serve the Lord.  Since the Holocaust, many Christian ministers having studied this prophecy from Daniel have applied the prophecy to the slaughter of innocence that took place in Nazi Germany – but they do so without examining the entire prophecy.  Nazy Germany is neither Mede nor Persian, and neither Greece nor powerful from the spoils of Egypt. 

Jewish history records many things in the beginning of this chapter, and if you examine the Old Testament Prophecies, you will find many statements fulfilling visions from Isaiah to Malachi as the Temple is profaned, ending with the abomination of desolation in the Holy Temple:

Starting in verse 20:

20 And after that Antiochus had smitten Egypt, he returned again in the hundred forty and third year, and went up against Israel and Jerusalem with a great multitude,

21 And entered proudly into the sanctuary, and took away the golden altar, and the candlestick of light, and all the vessels thereof,

22 And the table of the shewbread, and the pouring vessels, and the vials. and the censers of gold, and the veil, and the crown, and the golden ornaments that were before the temple, all which he pulled off.

23 He took also the silver and the gold, and the precious vessels: also he took the hidden treasures which he found.

24 And when he had taken all away, he went into his own land, having made a great massacre, and spoken very proudly.

25 Therefore there was a great mourning in Israel, in every place where they were;

26 So that the princes and elders mourned, the virgins and young men were made feeble, and the beauty of women was changed.

27 Every bridegroom took up lamentation, and she that sat in the marriage chamber was in heaviness,

28 The land also was moved for the inhabitants thereof, and all the house of Jacob was covered with confusion.

29 And after two years fully expired the king sent his chief collector of tribute unto the cities of Juda, who came unto Jerusalem with a great multitude,

30 And spake peaceable words unto them, but all was deceit: for when they had given him credence, he fell suddenly upon the city, and smote it very sore, and destroyed much people of Israel.

31 And when he had taken the spoils of the city, he set it on fire, and pulled down the houses and walls thereof on every side.

32 But the women and children took they captive, and possessed the cattle.

33 Then builded they the city of David with a great and strong wall, and with mighty towers, and made it a strong hold for them.

34 And they put therein a sinful nation, wicked men, and fortified themselves therein.

35 They stored it also with armour and victuals, and when they had gathered together the spoils of Jerusalem, they laid them up there, and so they became a sore snare:

36 For it was a place to lie in wait against the sanctuary, and an evil adversary to Israel.

37 Thus they shed innocent blood on every side of the sanctuary, and defiled it:

38 Insomuch that the inhabitants of Jerusalem fled because of them: whereupon the city was made an habitation of strangers, and became strange to those that were born in her; and her own children left her.

39 Her sanctuary was laid waste like a wilderness, her feasts were turned into mourning, her sabbaths into reproach her honour into contempt.

40 As had been her glory, so was her dishonour increased, and her excellency was turned into mourning.

41 Moreover king Antiochus wrote to his whole kingdom, that all should be one people,

42 And every one should leave his laws: so all the heathen agreed according to the commandment of the king.

43 Yea, many also of the Israelites consented to his religion, and sacrificed unto idols, and profaned the sabbath.

44 For the king had sent letters by messengers unto Jerusalem and the cities of Juda that they should follow the strange laws of the land,

45 And forbid burnt offerings, and sacrifice, and drink offerings, in the temple; and that they should profane the sabbaths and festival days:

46 And pollute the sanctuary and holy people:

47 Set up altars, and groves, and chapels of idols, and sacrifice swine’s flesh, and unclean beasts:

48 That they should also leave their children uncircumcised, and make their souls abominable with all manner of uncleanness and profanation:

49 To the end they might forget the law, and change all the ordinances.

50 And whosoever would not do according to the commandment of the king, he said, he should die.

51 In the selfsame manner wrote he to his whole kingdom, and appointed overseers over all the people, commanding the cities of Juda to sacrifice, city by city.

52 Then many of the people were gathered unto them, to wit every one that forsook the law; and so they committed evils in the land;

53 And drove the Israelites into secret places, even wheresoever they could flee for succour.

54 Now the fifteenth day of the month Casleu, in the hundred forty and fifth year, they set up the abomination of desolation upon the altar, and builded idol altars throughout the cities of Juda on every side;

55 And burnt incense at the doors of their houses, and in the streets.

56 And when they had rent in pieces the books of the law which they found, they burnt them with fire.

57 And whosoever was found with any the book of the testament, or if any committed to the law, the king’s commandment was, that they should put him to death.

58 Thus did they by their authority unto the Israelites every month, to as many as were found in the cities.


William Branham said that this prophecy of Daniel, describing the “abomination that makes desolate” was describing the Mosque of Omar, and the establishment of this Muslim sanctuary would bring an end to the Gentile dispensation.  But he ignored the statements about the Medes, the Persians, the Greeks, the princes, the daughters, the surrender, the conquest of Egypt, and the other prophecies throughout the Old Testament that align with this breach of the Old Covenant. 

“Look how the ‘abomination’ of Daniel, and so forth...?... he said. "When the great Prince shall come, He'll prophesy a--a thousand and two hundred and threescore days," which was three years and six months. And that's exactly what Jesus preached. He come to the Jews alone, then He'll be cut off for a--a Sacrifice for the people. ‘And that abomination maketh desolation,’ the Mohammedans set up the Moslem of Omar there. "And they would tread down the walls of Jerusalem until (Whew. Until what?) the Gentile dispensation be fulfilled."



But Branham is not alone in this belief, and this was not his original idea.  As the world was in turmoil from the world at war, and having seen reports of the thousands of Jews slaughtered at the hands of an evil dictator, one would easily jump to conclusions that we are seeing Daniel’s prophecy fulfilled.  But those conclusions can only be derived by avoiding every specific detail that Daniel gives in his description of the events leading up to the abomination of desolation. 

Worse, to believe that Daniel’s prophecy is pointing to the 20th century, we must place ourselves once more under the Old Covenant.  Daniel specifically described the situation leading to the destruction of Temple worship as being orchestrated by the Jews that had abandoned the Old Covenant – not the New Covenant of Grace that would be established in the Coming Kingdom.

Reading the New Testament, we find that the Kingdom of Heaven is established by every member of the Body of Christ, the people that Christ has taken for His Name.  Revelation says that the New Jerusalem was adorned as a Bride for the Bridegroom, and this city, New Jerusalem was a city not built by human hands.  Our bodies are now the temple.

I believe that we are at the end time.  Notice the words of Christ in each and every Gospel as he describes the Abomination of Desolation.  In parenthesis, you will find these words:  (Let the reader understand.)

So when you see the abomination of desolation spoken of by the prophet Daniel, standing in the holy place (let the reader understand)

Matthew 24:15

Some think that this is a conflict in scripture.  Why would Jesus say this, when he had access to all of the Jewish history?  Why would he take a prophecy from Daniel, point it to the future, when they were living, breathing examples that Jerusalem had been invaded after the temple was destroyed? 

I believe there is a reason why these words are written, “Let the reader understand.”  Our bodies are the temples, and we are part of the City of God.  We are pillars in the Kingdom.

Could it be that these words were referring to the abomination that would come to invade our hearts and minds, replacing our love of scripture with something else?  Could it be that the abomination that makes desolate is not a physical structure, but rather an idol that has been placed in the hearts and minds of each fallen soldier that has abandoned the Gospel of Jesus Christ to worship a man?  Could it be that deceit, false prophecy, false teaching, twisted scriptures, and abandoned love is our “abomination?” 

What if this abomination had already been established in the temples of human hearts without us even realizing it?  What if it destroyed the love for our fellow man, made us abandon the reason for the Commandments, and turned our hearts to stone?

Ask yourselves these questions, and examine your hearts.  Do you love your brother enough to give your life for him as Christ did for you?  Are you the type that would leave the herd of sheep to find that one lost, wandering soul?  That soul that is asking questions that are painful to answer, that soul that is seeking to dig himself or herself out of confusion that has been created by false teaching? 

What if that abomination is blinding the eyes and searing the hearts of Christians?

There’s only one answer.  Return the original Message.  The Gospel of Jesus Christ! 

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