Kirkland 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: And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: Antiochus Epiphanes was a Syrian king who came to power about BC. He is one of the Selucids, who in succession to Alexander the Great built a realm in Syrian and adjacent lands. In imposing Hellenism, he was but following out the intentions of his predecessor, Alexander the Great, whose dream was to create an empire by culture.
This had a measure of success, but there was a core of priests and people who refused to abandon the faith of their forefathers and be Hellenized.
By his Hellenism, Epiphanes tried to put an end to the Jewish religious community. The events were the cause of the Maccabean struggle. Antiochus decided to turn the temple at Jerusalem into a Greek temple of Zeus or Dionysus. Apollinius slew multitudes, dismantled and pillaged the city.
They then, from a fortress they had built commanding the temple, fell on and slew the devout Jews worshipping at the temple; so that temple services were discontinued. Antiochus decreed that all should conform to Hellenism. The temple was consecrated to Zeus - Dionysus.
The central event depicted here has ever since been known as the abomination of desolation. If that is what it looks like to you, stick with us, we hope to dissuade you of that notion. Alexander the Great had a grand plan, conquer the world via Greek culture Hellenism. Antiochus Epiphanes, his successor, had a most difficult proposition attempting to subvert Jews under his realm in Palestine.
By now, you should be seeing the prophetic implications involved here. History is repeating itself. So far, of a subversive nature, but eventually an Antiochus Epiphanes is going to arrive who will seek to impose his will by force The present day culture war, at its core, is anti-Christ and anti-Christian.
We think you will be amazed at just how relevant they are. This study is being written in May of Islamic terrorism, the geo-political alignment of nations, the culture war, and conservative vs liberal polarization. The upshot of which, we believe, will, in the not too distant future, usher in the antichrist and the great tribulation. The persecutions by Antiochus Epiphanes occasioned the rise of the Maccabeans, they were strong, they knew their God and did exploits.
The book of Daniel has much to say about these times. Antiochus Epiphanes and the abomination of desolation form no part of the American experience, not so with the Jews in the time of Christ.
Jesus presumably observed the feast of Dedication, John It would be well for us if we were too. Things that are first are most significant in the Bible. They set the precedent. They are the prototype, the paradigm. Though there be many lines of prophecy culminating in the endtimes, the Antiochan one takes precedence. An understanding of our times, that is. Momentous things are going on already. This is a very long study. We cover a lot, almost whole chapters. Were we to post every passage cited, it would be prohibitively long.
It is assumed, therefore, that you look up the passages we cite yourself. To stay with us on this study, you are going to have to put forth some effort on your part. This is not superficial stuff, the sort of pablum so many are used to. For those who have very little interest in prophetic matters — sad to say, not many nowadays do - we might as well say up front.
However, for those who see it otherwise, read on. We try to leave no stone unturned, yet this study, long as it is, is hardly more than a primer. There are dimensions to the image of the beast and mark of the beast, for instance, that are beyond the scope of this article. No room to fit in a commentary on Dan. This article has ramifications, theological and political, we could not fully address, such as: We touch on a great amount of issues, however, always keeping the focus on the main theme, the prophecies of Daniel in relation to the career of the antichrist.
What you see in this study is not recent impulses. Rather it comes from long years of prophetic study. I am no prophecy neophyte. For prophecy students, much of what you see in this study you are probably familiar with. However, you will find insights, I dare say, you have not considered before. I claim no infallibility. However, I do believe in a God and his prophetic word which are.
In particular, the subject matter at hand. In the Gospels, for instance we see Jesus conversing often with the Jews about the kingdom. It was obviously a term of common usage among them. But where did they get such terminology from? From the prophets in general, and Daniel in particular. The kingdom is very prominent in Daniel…plus a lot of other prophetic concepts of common usage among them.
Much of which was developed in the period of time between the Old and New Testaments. The apocalyptic writings of this period the Pseudipigrapha reveal that their prophetic concepts were based primarily on Daniel. Daniel set the precedent. Their concept of a coming kingdom was derived largely from a common theme we see in Daniel, that of a Son of Man who was to come with the clouds of heaven, defeat and take over the last earthly kingdom in a succession of kingdoms, or world empires.
It was to be an earthly kingdom, because the Son of man takes their earthly kingdom from them, replacing it by his own kingdom. We see this in Dan. Daniel is the basis for many important prophetic themes in the New Testament, such as: Not an exhaustive list, enough to get the idea though, of the great influence Daniel has on the New Testament.
Especially, as it relates to his second coming and his subsequent kingdom reign, cp Dan. The Abomination of Desolation, cp Dan. The Great Tribulation, cp Dan.
The post-tribulational coming of the Son of man in the clouds of heaven, cp Dan. The Resurrection, cp Dan. The Kingdom, cp Dan. Apocalyptic being defined as sequential prophecy, prophetic visions featuring a series or sequence of events.
The Son of man, 1: Who is also the Ancient of Days, the almighty, cp Dan. Oneness revelation of the Godhead, or the mighty God in Christ.. Elsewhere known in the NT as the man of sin, or the antichrist.
The Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven, cp Dan. The kingdom, cp Dan. The judgment of the saints at the inauguration of the kingdom, cp Dan. What we know of him comes from historical sources. His career took place in the inter-testament period. By the time we get into the NT, however, he has become a tremendously important historical figure. The prophecies of Matt.
His career takes up a lot of space in Daniel. As the primary forerunner of Antichrist, Antiochus Epiphanes is hugely important. This is why so much space is given in Daniel describing the career of one evil man - because he prefigures the ultimate evil man. Daniel is our primary Biblical source of reference in this study. Before we do, a preliminary point concerning Daniel and the book of Revelation.
The book of Revelation is not an identical rubber stamp, a straight through duplicate of what we see in Daniel - a common mistake made by Dispensationalists. Daniel, and all OT prophecy, must be interpreted by the superior light of NT revelation. The NT often modifies the basic imagery we see in the OT prophets. We see this in the book of Revelation. The four horsemen of Rev.
The beast with seven heads and ten horns of Rev.