December 6, 2019

An Abomination of Desolation Establishment

In 1 Maccabees, Chapter 1 we read about Antiochus (Antichrist) who completely destroyed the Temple and all that was in it and deliberately established laws that ran contrary (anti) to the Laws of God and demanded all must follow his laws or die. As the writings related, he established an abomination that desolates. In other Scriptures we are promised that in the Latter Days, Satan will establish his Abomination of Desolation, and will claim to be the one and only god…that there are no other gods above him.

When you read the following, ask yourself if our existence is being channeled into an abomination that desolates. Where then does that put us?

{1:10} And there came out of them a wicked root
Antiochus surnamed Epiphanes, son of Antiochus the king,
who had been an hostage at Rome, and he reigned in the
hundred and thirty and seventh year of the kingdom of the
Greeks.
{1:11} 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.

{1:12} So this device pleased them well.
{1:13} Then certain of the people were so forward herein,
that they went to the king, who gave them licence to do
after the ordinances of the heathen:
{1:14} Whereupon they built a place of exercise at
Jerusalem according to the customs of the heathen:
{1:15} And made themselves uncircumcised, and forsook
the holy covenant, and joined themselves to the heathen,
and were sold to do mischief.
{1:16} Now when the kingdom was established before
Antiochus, he thought to reign over Egypt that he might
have the dominion of two realms.
{1:17} Wherefore he entered into Egypt with a great
multitude, with chariots, and elephants, and horsemen, and a
great navy,
{1:18} And made war against Ptolemee king of Egypt:
but Ptolemee was afraid of him, and fled; and many were
wounded to death.
{1:19} Thus they got the strong cities in the land of Egypt

and he took the spoils thereof.
{1:20} 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,
{1:21} And entered proudly into the sanctuary, and took
away the golden altar, and the candlestick of light, and all
the vessels thereof,
{1:22} 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.
{1:23} He took also the silver and the gold, and the
precious vessels: also he took the hidden treasures which he
found.
{1:24} And when he had taken all away, he went into his
own land, having made a great massacre, and spoken very
proudly.
{1:25} Therefore there was a great mourning in Israel, in
every place where they were;

{1:26} So that the princes and elders mourned, the virgins
and young men were made feeble, and the beauty of women
was changed.
{1:27} Every bridegroom took up lamentation, and she
that sat in the marriage chamber was in heaviness,
{1:28} The land also was moved for the inhabitants
thereof, and all the house of Jacob was covered with
confusion.
{1:29} 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,
{1:30} 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.
{1:31} 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.
{1:32} But the women and children took they captive, and

possessed the cattle.
{1:33} 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.
{1:34} And they put therein a sinful nation, wicked men,
and fortified themselves therein.
{1:35} 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:

{1:36} For it was a place to lie in wait against the
sanctuary, and an evil adversary to Israel.
{1:37} Thus they shed innocent blood on every side of the
sanctuary, and defiled it:
{1:38} 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.
{1:39} Her sanctuary was laid waste like a wilderness, her

feasts were turned into mourning, her sabbaths into
reproach her honour into contempt.
{1:40} As had been her glory, so was her dishonour
increased, and her excellency was turned into mourning.
{1:41} Moreover king Antiochus wrote to his whole
kingdom, that all should be one people,
{1:42} And every one should leave his laws: so all the
heathen agreed according to the commandment of the king.
{1:43} Yea, many also of the Israelites consented to his
religion, and sacrificed unto idols, and profaned the sabbath.
{1:44} 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,
{1:45} And forbid burnt offerings, and sacrifice, and
drink offerings, in the temple; and that they should profane
the sabbaths and festival days:
{1:46} And pollute the sanctuary and holy people:
{1:47} Set up altars, and groves, and chapels of idols, and
sacrifice swine’s flesh, and unclean beasts:

{1:48} That they should also leave their children
uncircumcised, and make their souls abominable with all
manner of uncleanness and profanation:
{1:49} To the end they might forget the law, and change
all the ordinances.
{1:50} And whosoever would not do according to the
commandment of the king, he said, he should die.
{1:51} 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.
{1:52} 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;
{1:53} And drove the Israelites into secret places, even
wheresoever they could flee for succour.
{1:54} 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;

{1:55} And burnt incense at the doors of their houses, and
in the streets.
{1:56} And when they had rent in pieces the books of the
law which they found, they burnt them with fire.
{1:57} 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.

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