What is the Abomination of Desolation?

Hitchcock: Well, I think the abomination of desolation, it was spoken of in Daniel. The historical abomination of desolation is when Antiochus Epiphanes came and slaughtered a pig, a sow, and defiled the holy of holies in the Jewish temple. And that really serves as kind of the foreshadow or a type or a picture of what the final Antichrist will do. In fact, Jesus said when you see the abomination of desolation standing in the holy place spoken of by Daniel the prophet, then you need to flee. That’s in Matthew 24:15. So….

Hindson: And I think the thing that’s important about that is, Jesus was saying it has not yet occurred.

Hitchcock: That’s right. Yes, that’s right.

Hindson: It’s still in the future. So liberal scholars tend to say, “Oh, the Antichrist passages, they’re all about Antiochus Epiphanes.” Well, Jesus didn’t think so. He would have said it already happened. But Jesus said, no, it’s still coming in the future.

Hitchcock: Yes, to me there’s two phases to the abomination of desolation in the future. The Antichrist is going to sit in the temple of God and declare that he is God. But then, he can’t stay there in the temple 24/7, so they’re going to make an image. The false prophet is going to make an image to him that’s placed there. And then that will be the second phase of this final abomination of desolation where the Antichrist is worshipped as God.

Rhodes: And again this image is going to be given breath. The fact is that this