Abomination of Desolation

A cryptic designation found in Matt. 24:15 , borrowed from Daniel ( 11:31 ; 12:11 ), where the corresponding phrase appears as “abomination that maketh desolate.” Daniel predicted a great desecration of the Temple by an alien power in an attempt to substitute a false system of worship for that of the true God. The Gr. bdelugma teµs ereµmoµseoµs , “abomination of desolation,” in Matt. 24:15 is identical with the LXX translation ( MS 88) of the Heb. shiqquÆs\ shomem in Dan. 12:11 . In Dan. 11:31 shiqquÆs\ meshoÆmem is rendered bdelugma ereµmoµseoµs ( MS 88). (Compare the LXX bdelugma toµn ereµmoµseoµn, “the abomination of desolations,” in Dan. 9:27 ; and hamartia ereµmoµseoµs, “transgression of desolation,” in Dan. 8:13 ; both of which doubtless are to be ide...

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