Stand In The Holy Place
his admonition, found in the Gospels amidst Jesus Christ’s instructions to His disciples, deals with a specific course of action they were instructed to perform. Similar to other prophecies, it has a catalyst in that Christ said
“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.” – Matthew 24:15
Although the Jewish Supremacists in the Rapture Cult and similar traditions have completely destroyed the true meaning of this amazing passage with their comic book characterization of the Antichrist (supposedly standing in a rebuilt Jewish temple with a broken treaty in his pocket), the true disciples of Christ recognize the ominous consequences of misreading this crucial passage.
Even as multitudes of “foolish virgins” continue to spout the lie that grace places no demands upon them, Jesus is clearly instructing the believers that when they “see “this mysterious phenomena labeled as an abomination, they are to take action. Not dissimilar to His parallel warning where the disciples were told to flee Jerusalem when they saw it surrounded by armies, to fail to respond to His warning virtually guarantees a retribution this writer wants no part of.
Thus, we must learn the truth of the matter. Because this “abomination of desolation” is a rather mystical term that can be taken several different ways, we may start with a definition of the term “holy place,” for there is no ambiguity in the New Testament concerning this crucial subject.
The Holy Place Is In A Rebuilt Jewish Temple?
The Holy Place was a sacred portion of the temple in Old Testament times. However, with the revelation of Jesus Christ, Scripture tells us that Jesus described His own body as the temple:
“Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” (John 2:19)
Paul later confirms the believers share in the role of the third temple of Israel by becoming vessels of the Spirit of the LORD:
“Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?” (I Corinthians 3:16)
In each of these instances, and numerous others, the Greek word that is used for temple references a holy place, as opposed to a brick or stone building. In fact, the book of Hebrews plainly tells us that at Christ’s ascension to the Father, He now exists in the holy place in heaven:
“But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building; Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.” (Hebrews 9:11,12)
Since the sacred text further tells us that at his ascension Christ “sat down” (Hebrews 1:3) at the right hand of the Father, we see this “holy place” is definitely associated with the “temple” in heaven. This means that any earthly temple, whether it presently stands, or is rebuilt in the future, can never contain the “holy place” spoken of in Scripture. This is confirmed with the statement
“Howbeit the most High dwelleth not in temples made with hands; as saith the prophet… (Acts 7:48)
The New Covenant
When the young Christian believer named Stephen declared the previous truth, the Scriptures tell us those who sought to retain the primacy of the physical temple murdered him. Because a tree is known by its fruit, this becomes a key in understanding the true nature of the mysterious abomination of desolation that is to trigger the associated admonition which instructs the believer to “stand in the holy place.”
At this point we might digress a moment and point out that God chose to bring about the shift in covenants that placed all Spiritual authority (including the accouterments of the priesthood mentioned earlier) in His only begotten Son
Jesus Christ. Despite the fact that those with a legalistic agenda continue to seek to revive the Old Testament system of temples and sacrifices, that same book of Hebrews flatly tells us that God removed the old to make way for the new:
“In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hast had no pleasure. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second. But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God” (Hebrews 10:6,9,12).
These are fundamentals of New Testament doctrine, for it is clear the physical kingdom of Old Covenant Israel was to be transformed into Christ’s eternal Spiritual kingdom – and there are many, many verses that tell us the Old Testament order was but a figure of the New Covenant. Thus, because the Old Testament physical temple system was categorically stated to be a “shadow” of the New Testament Spiritual temple system, if we determine what was an abomination in the old, we may get a glimpse of what is an abomination in the new.
The Abomination Of Desolation
In the Bible, the word “abomination” occurs 63 times, and all but 4 instances are in the Old Testament. The term is applied to all sorts of despicable things including bringing an unclean thing into the temple (Deuteronomy 23:18), homosexuality (Leviticus 18:22), idolatry (Deuteronomy 27:15), and even pride, lying, and the shedding of innocent blood (Proverbs 6:17). However, Jesus pointed us more precisely at the abomination “spoken of by Daniel the prophet,” so it is there we will find the trigger to His command to “stand in the holy place.”
Daniel’s prophecy mentions the word abomination with the term desolation (or desolate) three times, so we have some solid data on the subject. In chapter 9, in the 70 week prophecy, we see that after Christ causes the “sacrifice and the oblation to cease” through that one time sacrifice we just covered in Hebrews, the Jews still see themselves as the seed of Abraham, and continue to offer physical sacrifices of animals for their sins – an abomination of the first magnitude. Because of this, the text predicts the complete desolation of Jerusalem and the temple when the prophecy says
“….for the overspreading of abominations he [God] shall make it [Jerusalem and the temple] desolate, even until the consummation….(Daniel 9:27)
This judgment was executed through the Roman siege of Jerusalem. Thus, the abomination here is related to a refusal to honour the sacrifice of Christ, and the bestowal of His salvation upon those who have been spiritually regenerated by His blood.
In the second instance of an abomination in Daniel, after the king of the North is rebuffed in his effort to make war in chapter 11,
“he shall be grieved, and return, and have indignation against the holy covenant [the true Remnant of Spiritual Israel]….he shall even return, and have intelligence with them that forsake the holy covenant [the Judaeo-Christians in the apostate church]…and they shall pollute the sanctuary of strength [the Spiritual temple which is the body of Christ], and shall take away the daily sacrifice, and they shall place the abomination that maketh desolate.” (Daniel 11:31)
In our multi-layered approach to prophecy wherein the Armageddon Script is fulfilled repetitively during multiple eras, portions of this are fulfilled in differing time periods. For instance, the removal of the “daily sacrifice” can occur during the Antiochus Epiphanes manifestation of the “script” in 167 BC, and the “indignation against the holy covenant” can occur in our time when the “king of the North” (either George Bush or another Northern “Christian” leader) persecutes the Remnant with the tacit approval of the Jewish-Supremacists in the Judaeo-Christian “church” that claims the Jews are still the chosen people.
Stand In The Holy Place
This ceding of the birthright of born again Israel back to Christ-less Jewry is the same profane evil (read abomination) committed by Esau – another portion of the Armageddon Script. This “abomination” has already occurred many times, but it can still have more manifestations in which the harlot church takes yet another step towards the same heresy.
Based upon the fact the abomination in Daniel was always manifested with some form of “pollution” or a “blasphemy” involving the “sanctuary,” the near term abomination would have to involve a repudiation of the truth that the present temple, the body of Christ, has no need of any Jewish form of sacrifice. Thus, it is extremely likely the pending “abomination” is related to some form of resumption of sacrifice or ritual related to the Jewish program of salvation, and the “Israel First” Judaeo-Christians of our time would almost certainly be closely associated with this abomination.
The event itself will likely be directly related to the antichrist claim that the Jews are the still the seed of Abraham, and the chosen people, when the New Testament book of Romans tells us the exact opposite:
“They which are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God: but the children of the promise are counted for the seed.” (Romans 9:8)
This means that when each pivotal event occurs that is a manifestation of this “abomination,” the Remnant is told to “stand in the holy place.” This holy place is in Christ, and since we are in Him, we are now standing in the heavenlies in Him.
Finally, at some point, this cycle of repetitive fulfillment will be concluded, and a final sealing will take place. At that point, we fully expect to see tribulational events explode as the age enters its final chapter. The tribulational program will commence, and every believer will be forced to choose which version represents the way of the LORD.
In short, the “Christians” will either recognize their true identity as Spiritual Israel and be forced to leave the corporate Babylonian churches they’ve sustained (and be martyred as they are forced out into the wilderness), or the leavening process long underway will have taken its toll, and they will continue on with the apostate church as she provides the justification for the beast’s persecution of the true saints of glory.
-- James Lloyd
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