We know these elements match because of the symmetry of the themes in the context. This observation isn't of some random factoid but rather the acknowledgment of one of the Author's hidden ways of directing the student. With confidence in the connection, we may apply what we've learned about verse 21 to increase our understanding of verse 15.
Therefore when you see the ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION which was spoken of through Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place (let the reader understand), ~ Matthew 24:15
The expression, “let the reader understand,” stands out. Y'shua would sometimes declare, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.” In verse, 15, that's for the reader, not the hearer or listener. It's for us. Reading. Now. He is helping, opening our ears.
So, we're directed into the book of Daniel to get more insight into what is meant, and that direction is so obvious that it's almost like a flashing neon arrow. As we follow that direction, we take with us what has been learned about the megas thlipsis. We know that it's a unique season that features a time war, the elect's special op and the subsequent reset that manifests in a replay of the recent past, with changed outcomes.
A traditional view of the abomination of desolation sees it as having been modeled before. These are easily discovered. Wikipedia identifies three instances: The re-dedication of the Temple to Zeus by Antiochus IV Epiphanes in 167 BC, the worship of the Roman Standards on the Temple Mount under Titus in 70 AD and the building of the Dome of the Rock by the Umayyad Caliph Abd al-Malik ibn Marwan in 691 AD. I'm not rejecting those or any interpretations that focus on what manifests strictly in this realm and involves an earthly Temple. However, what we're into here is beyond the natural order of things, a perspective that will become more apparent in the book of Daniel.
The abomination of desolation is the subject of Daniel 12:11, 11:31 and a little more loosely, of Daniel 9:27. Let's begin with chapter 12.
The following image is a screenshot from the interactive version, showing the highlighted target verse with its thematic companion. Feel free to explore the interactive version (click on the image to load it in your browser) until you're convinced that the highlighted elements are matching, as claimed.
Here's some commentary about verses 5-7, excerpted from a recent post.
“The river is the river of time. Two stood by it, one on each bank, on the earth but distinctly separated by time, which is to say, in different referential systems. The man dressed in linen who was above the waters of the river was over the river of time, above or beyond time and unbound to either referential system. One standing on a bank asked him a question about time which, of course, would pertain to his particular frame of reference. The man dressed in linen swore by Him who lives forever, which is a descriptive that pertains to time and declares the relevant domain of His authority, which is time. The answer given contains a very interesting reference to how long it would be. Although it is typically interpreted to simply indicate the span of three and a half years, there's more to it than just that. The expression, “time, times and half a time” literally refers to time, multiplied time and fractional time.”
I've also written about the expression, “time, times and half a time,” that it suggests the manipulation of a time-space portal. (“The Penitent Man” ...manipulate a wormhole to facilitate time travel ... speeding up one end (times) while slowing down the other (half a time).)
The secret key to understanding involves knowing that the management of time or time-space is in view. Are you catching on? Let the reader understand. We're dealing with time in flux, shifting, with disruptions of the regular flow of time. The perceived continuum will be set in disarray, and this provides the setting for the unfolding of the prophecies. The numbers of days given in verses 11 and 12 must be understood to apply within the framework of this unique season when non-linear progressions are a reality.
Moving on to Daniel 11, the following image is a screenshot from the interactive version I published a few days ago. Again, we see the highlighted target verse with its thematic companion; and again, feel free to explore the interactive version (click on the image to load it in your browser) until you're convinced that the highlighted elements are indeed matching.
As you reflect on the companion to the verse that names the abomination of desolation, what should come to mind is 2 Thessalonians 2.
36 “Then the king will do as he pleases, and he will exalt and magnify himself above every god and will speak monstrous things against the God of gods; and he will prosper until the indignation is finished, for that which is decreed will be done. ~ Daniel 11:36
3 Let no one in any way deceive you, for it will not come unless the apostasy comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction, 4 who opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, displaying himself as being God. ~ 2 Thessalonians 2:3-4
I've written at length about that context, with a central event being a baptism and anointing that will manifest as a sign for the Bride. That's the sign that is appointed for the 13th day of the 1st month, even the very one that passed by just a few weeks ago. It's so far unfulfilled, but that's not yet the end of the matter. The revealing of the lawless one will still come right on schedule, at the appointed time.
The English word, “apostasy,” is translated from the Greek word that literally means, a standing away from. The thematic companion reveals that it has everything to do with transitions in the heavenly realm. You may recall my dramatic history with this passage and this very pairing, going all the way back to 1991. Consider the time words in verses 6 and 7: restrains him now - in his time - already at work - now restrains - until. Also, in verse 3, unless the *standing away from* comes first. Clues, important clues.
There are good reasons why I've been laboring to bring forth these thematic exhibits. They provide those of us who seek after it with significant benefit in this season!
The Lord permits His Adversary to acquire a degree of control over space-time for a limited season, to accomplish His own purposes. Stargates will be opened and transits will be made, and great delusion will be poured out. Matthew 24 reveals that all but the very elect will absolutely be deceived. This happens in the context of great tribulation. This is what the abomination of desolation is about.
A penetrating look at the passage in 2 Thessalonians 2 adds further insight to those we've visited in following a well marked trail from Matthew 24. Although there is language that clearly points us to the physical, natural and earthly, there is a deeper layering where supernatural activites are pictured, heavenly realms are accessed and time-space is manipulated. When considering these passages, lift up your eyes. Seek the Lord's help in seeing not the earthly but where thrones are heavenly and kings and warriors are angelic and wars are time wars.
4 Now if He were on earth, He would not be a priest at all, since there are those who offer the gifts according to the Law; 5 who serve a copy and shadow of the heavenly things, just as Moses was warned by God when he was about to erect the tabernacle; for, "SEE," He says, "THAT YOU MAKE all things ACCORDING TO THE PATTERN WHICH WAS SHOWN YOU ON THE MOUNTAIN." ~ Hebrews 8:4-5
Therefore it was necessary for the copies of the things in the heavens to be cleansed with these, but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these. ~ Hebrews 9:23
Let's return to give our target verse in Daniel 11 a closer look.
Forces from him will arise, desecrate the sanctuary fortress, and do away with the regular sacrifice. And they will set up the abomination of desolation. ~ Daniel 11:31
Fortress. Young's literal (YLT) translates it as, stronghold.
3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, 4 for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. ~ 2 Corinthians 10:3-4
3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: 4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) ~ 2 Corinthians 10:3-4 KJV
In Daniel 11:31, see the fortified sanctuary as one that is not carnal, and the warring as not being of the kind that is after the flesh.
Here's how the NASB lexicon renders the Hebrew of, “and do away with the regular sacrifice.”
To turn aside continuity. Think: Space time continuum. The KJV lexicon renders it, “To turn off continuance.” The natural flow of time is going to be disrupted, and, while there will be a significant impact on the natural order, it will be influenced by what impact there is on the heavenly order.
Let's return to our target verse in Daniel 12.
From the time that the regular sacrifice is abolished and the abomination of desolation is set up, there will be 1,290 days. ~ Daniel 12:11
According to the NASB Lexicon, “From the time that the regular sacrifice is abolished” is rendered literally as, “time continuity to turn aside.”
Can't we begin to accept that in the literal sense, knowing now what we're really facing?