We only got through the fist two questions. Here are the answers, from the Bible.
1) What is the “abomination of desolation” spoken of by the prophet Daniel? “And after the sixty-two weeks, an anointed one shall be cut off, and shall have nothing; and the people of the prince who is to come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary. Its end shall come with a flood, and to the end there shall be war; desolations are decreed. And he shall make a strong covenant with many for one week; and for half of the week he shall cause sacrifice and offering to cease; and upon the wing of abominations shall come one who makes desolate, until the decreed end is poured out on the desolator.” (Daniel 9:26-27)
Jesus spoke of the “abomination of desolation”, which was spoken of by Daniel the prophet (see: Mt.24, Mk 13, Luke 21:21). St. Matthew tells us that Jesus warned Israel of the soon-to-appear “desolating sacrilege” or “abomination of desolation”:
“So when you see the desolating sacrilege spoken of by the prophet Daniel, standing in the holy place (let the reader understand), then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains; let him who is on the housetop not go down to take what is in his house; and let him who is in the field not turn back to take his mantle. And alas for those who are with child and for those who give suck in those days! Pray that your flight may not be in winter or on a Sabbath’” For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been from the beginning of the world until now, no, and never will be’” Matthew 24:15-21.
St. Mark also tells us that Jesus warned Israel of the “abomination of desolation”, saying: “But when you see the desolating sacrilege set up where it ought not to be (let the reader understand), then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains; let him who is on the housetop not go down, nor enter his house, to take anything away; and let him who is in the field not turn back to take his mantle. And alas for those who are with child and for those who give suck in those days! Pray that it may not happen in winter. For in those days there will be such tribulation as has not been from the beginning of the creation which God created until now, and never will be’” Mark 13: 14-19.
St. Luke answers our question for us: What is the “abomination of desolation”? the “sacrilege that desolates”? Jesus, in St. Luke’s gospel tells us: “But when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then know that its desolation has come near. Then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains, and let those who are inside the city depart, and let not those who are out in the country enter it; for these are days of vengeance, to fulfill all that is written. Alas for those who are with child and for those who give suck in those days! For great distress shall be upon the earth and wrath upon this people; they will fall by the edge of the sword, and be led captive among all nations; and Jerusalem will be trodden down by the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled” Luke 21: 20-24.
This event, the surrounding of Jerusalem and its desolation, occurred in the year 70 A.D, which was some forty year after Jesus prophecy was given, and in which Jesus sated that the events he spoke of (Jerusalem’s desolation) were to occur within that “generation”, which is about a forty years period of time. Within the lifetime of those who were hearing him speak, is what Jesus meant when he said “this generation” will witness these events: “Truly, I say to you, this generation will not pass away till all has taken place” Luke 21:32.
What are the “days of vengeance” Jesus is speaking of here? Here’s a clue, which will indicate, without a doubt, that Israel is both “Babylon” and the “Whore of Babylon” referred to in Revelation, and it’s “the abomination of desolation” that is the key that will unlock this great mystery for us. There was only one exception made by Jesus that allows either a man or a woman to divorce their spouse, and it’s here where things will get very interesting:
“And I say to you: whoever divorces his wife, except for unchastity, and marries another, commits adultery; and he who marries a divorced woman, commits adultery” Matthew 19: 9.
So why would God, whom Jesus has said, has told us that “…from the beginning [God] made them [people] male and female” and that it is “for this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh” and “for this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh” EVER permit ANY exception for DIVORCE? As Jesus does in St. Matthew’s gospel (MT 19:9) when he tells us that “whoever divorces his wife, except for unchastity, and marries another, commits adultery; and he who marries a divorced woman, commits adultery”?
What IS “unchastity”? It is “whoredom”; or living the lifestyle of a harlot, whether one is a man or a women and whether one takes money for it or not. THAT is the ONLY reason God permits divorce. Which is why, in St. Matthew‘s gospel, Matthew tells us that Jesus listed many reasons for why God was divorcing Israel, and that the destruction of Jerusalem was Israel’s judgment. And that until the fullness of the Gentiles be brought in, Israel was cut off and that the people of Israel would be scattered around the world, which is what happened to Jerusalem, Israel, and the Jewish people in 70 A.D.
At the end of MT 23, Jesus says: “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, killing the prophets and stoning those who are sent to you! How often would I have gathered your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you would not! Behold, your house is forsaken and desolate” (versus 37-38).
Accept it, deny it, investigate it, Israel is the Whore of Babylon, the Great Harlot, whose punishment, during the “days of vengeance” (Luke 21:21), which occurred in 70 AD, has already come upon Israel, because Israel alone was guilty of “all the righteous blood shed on earth, from the blood of innocent Abel to the blood of Zechariah the son of Barachiah, whom you murdered between the sanctuary and the altar” and Jesus told them so, and told them God was divorcing his errant, whorish, spouse Israel. “Truly, I say to you, all this will come upon this generation” Matthew 23: 36-37.
2) What is “Babylon”, and who is “the Great Harlot” [the Whore of Babylon] spoken of by St. John in the book of Revelation? “Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and said to me, ‘Come, I will show you the judgment of the great harlot who is seated upon many waters, with whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and with the wine of whose fornication the dwellers on earth have become drunk.’ And he carried me away in the Spirit into a wilderness, and I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast which was full of blasphemous names, and it had seven heads and ten horns. The woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet, and bedecked with gold and jewels and pearls, holding in her hand a golden cup full of abominations and the impurities of her fornication; and on her forehead was written a name of mystery: “Babylon the great, mother of harlots and of earth’s abominations. And I saw the woman, drunk with the blood of the saints and the blood of the martyrs of Jesus.” (Revelation 17: 1-6)
In Revelation 18:24, St. John tells us “…in her [Babylon] was found the blood of prophets and of saints, and of all who have been slain on earth.” In Luke 21:21, we read where Jesus told the leaders of Israel that “…upon you [Israel] may come all the righteous blood shed on earth, from the blood of innocent Abel to the blood of Zechariah the son of Barachiah, whom you murdered between the sanctuary and the altar.” In Luke 11:49-51, Jesus tells the rulers of Israel “Therefore also the Wisdom of God said, ‘I will send them prophets and apostles, some of whom they will kill and persecute,’ that the blood of all the prophets, shed from the foundation of the world, may be required of this generation, from the blood of Abel to the blood of Zechariah, who perished between the altar and the sanctuary. Yes, I tell you, it shall be required of this generation.”
Who, alone, is guilty of murdering “all who have been slain on earth”? Guilty of shedding “all the righteous blood shed on earth, from the blood of innocent Abel to the blood of Zechariah the son of Barachiah, whom you murdered between the sanctuary and the altar”? St. Luke tells us, doesn’t he? “God said, ‘I will send them prophets and apostles, some of whom they will kill and persecute,’ that the blood of all the prophets, shed from the foundation of the world, may be required of this generation, from the blood of Abel to the blood of Zechariah, who perished between the altar and the sanctuary. Yes, I tell you [Israel], it shall be required of this generation’” Luke 11:49-51. Believe it, accept it, or doubt it: Babylon = Israel, according to the Bible.
ADDENDUM FOR ALL BIBLE BELIEVING CHRISTIANS WHO SUPPORT ISRAEL TODAY
For those of you who are Christians, as I am, I have some very important questions for you:
1) Have you ever read the Bible?
2) Do you understand what you’re reading?
3) Do you understand that, according to Jesus himself, God rejected Israel over 2,000 years ago, because Israel, as a nation, rejected God’s only begotten Son, Jesus?
4) Do you know where, in the Bible, this rejection of Israel by Christ (and God, the Father) can be found?
5) Do you believe in (and act upon) what Jesus said (and did)?
*** ANSWERS ***
Christ proclaimed Israel’s rejection by God for Israel’s rejection of himself as God’s Messiah in the Gospel of St. Matthew, see: MT 23:38.
“O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often would I have gathered your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you would not! See, your house is left to you desolate. For I tell you, you will not see me again, until you say, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.’” Matthew 23: 37-39 (ESV)
Jesus—and God, his Father—was DONE with Israel – more than 2,000 years ago, according to Jesus and the Bible, so when will YOU decide to start believing in (and acting upon) what JESUS said, and STOP SUPPORTING ISRAEL?
Jesus on Israel – Bible Study: Matthew 23:38
The context for Matthew 23:37-39 – Matthew Chapter 23: Christ’s “Seven Woes” to the Jewish Scribes and Pharisees: http://esv.scripturetext.com/matthew/23.htm
The English text of MT 23:38: http://esv.scripturetext.com/matthew/23-38.htm
The original Greek text of MT 23:38: http://biblos.com/matthew/23-38.htm
Greek-English Interlinear text of Matthew 23:38: http://interlinearbible.org/matthew/23-38.htm
(The Greek word: “aphiémi”, “desolate” or “abandoned”, is found in the original Greek text of Matthew 23:38. The lexical entry for the word is: aphíēmi; which is a form of the word: aphietai used in Matthew 23:38)
Lexical entry for aphemi: http://strongsnumbers.com/greek/863.htm
First: what/who is “antichrist”? then who is “the man of sin”, which I explain a little of (but not all) near the end.
Who is “the man of lawlessness [sin]” spoken of by St. Paul? “Let no one deceive you in any way; for that day will not come, unless the rebellion comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of perdition, who opposes and exalts himself against every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, proclaiming himself to be God.” (2 Thessalonians 2:3-4) [add: “Children, it is the last hour, and as you have heard that antichrist is coming” 1 John 2:18
As I said, first: what or who is “antichrist”?
Here are ALL the passages in the Bible, which are found in St. John’s letters to the early church, wherein the word “antichrist” appears:
“Children, it is the last hour, and as you have heard that antichrist is coming, so now many antichrists have come. Therefore we know that it is the last hour. They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us. But they went out, that it might become plain that they all are not of us. But you have been anointed by the Holy One, and you all have knowledge. I write to you, not because you do not know the truth, but because you know it, and because no lie is of the truth. Who is the liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This is the antichrist, he who denies the Father and the Son. No one who denies the Son has the Father. Whoever confesses the Son has the Father also. Let what you heard from the beginning abide in you. If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, then you too will abide in the Son and in the Father. And this is the promise that he made to us, if we keep his commandments, eternal life.
“I write these things to you about those who are trying to deceive you. But the anointing that you received from him abides in you, and you have no need that anyone should teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about everything, and is true, and is no lie—just as it has taught you, abide in him” 1 John 2:18-27.
“Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you heard was coming and now is in the world already. Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. They are from the world; therefore they speak from the world, and the world listens to them. We are from God. Whoever knows God listens to us; whoever is not from God does not listen to us. By this we know the Spirit of truth and the spirit of error” 1 John 4: 1-6.
“I rejoiced greatly to find some of your children walking in the truth, just as we were commanded by the Father. And now I ask you, dear lady—not as though I were writing you a new commandment, but the one we have had from the beginning—that we love one another. And this is love, that we walk according to his commandments; this is the commandment, just as you have heard from the beginning, so that you should walk in it. For many deceivers have gone out into the world, those who do not confess the coming of Jesus Christ in the flesh. Such a one is the deceiver and the antichrist. Watch yourselves, so that you may not lose what we have worked for, but may win a full reward. Everyone who goes on ahead and does not abide in the teaching of Christ, does not have God. Whoever abides in the teaching has both the Father and the Son. If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not receive him into your house or give him any greeting, for whoever greets him takes part in his wicked works” 2 John 1: 7-11.
St John tells us doesn’t he? He says “antichrist is coming, so now many antichrists have come . . . this is the antichrist, he who denies the Father and the Son.” He, in this sense, as John says, is anyone (i.e., female/male, many/one, group/individual) “who denies the Father and the Son” (together). Not necessarily one, particular person. Rather, St. John is speaking of everyone in general or anyone who is against the Father and Son. Such a person or people group is antichrist, or “an” antichrist. Many Christians speak of “the antichrist” or “The Antichrist” (I would prefer the “AntiChrist” myself, much more trendy!:) by personifying John’ s “spirit of antichrist” (πνεῦμα τοῦ ἀντίχριστοu) which is found in 1 John 4:3, and turn St. John’s “many antichrists” (πολλοὶ = polloi = many; ἀντίχριστοι = antichristoi = antichrists), found in 1 John 2:18, into what they imagine to be a single, embodied, male, human person–a personification of evil, or evil incarnate, that is only ONE man (a true anti-Christ, in that Jesus is God (= love) incarnate and this is a reversal of who he is: Christ).
An interesting idea perhaps, but this very unique, individual personification of “the antichrist” as one, individual person—as opposed to the very general evil and spirit of antichrist, which St. John spoke of—has no biblical support. This anti- or opposite Christ-like figure, this embodiment of evil personified, evil incarnate, is become (in the minds of some Christians) a sort of inverted, perverted, upside down Christ, which is certainly a blasphemous (and, in my thinking: demonic) idea, but I don’t see it in the Bible. These Christians often confuse or conflate “the antichrist” St. John speaks of with “the man of sin” spoken of by St Paul in 2 Thessalonians 2:3, because it does sound singular, like one person, or man. But the two are NOT the same, and I think this obvious.
The same word ἀντίχριστος (antichristos) is certainly not used by St Paul, and there is no logical or biblical reason to conflate the two, although many well-meaning people seem to be drawn, by well meaning (but lousy) Bible teachers to posit the notional (imaginary and unbiblical) existence of a supposedly biblical “figure” that will soon appear on the world stage. An individual, person, a “man” of sin: the AntiChrist. In fact, St. John tells us that “many” (Greek: “πολλοὶ” (polloi) meaning: “many” ) antichrists (ἀντίχριστοι) have gone into the world. The “οι” ending at the end of makes it the plural form of the word ἀντίχριστ, which is: “antichristoi” or “antichrists” and not just one “antichrist” (ἀντίχριστος) as in “one person” (both the “οι” ending and context of the word make it: “antichrists”, plural; thus what St. John is telling us, here, is that there are “many antichrists” who are gone out into the world, and not just one; although one can certainly be “an antichrist person”, depending upon what one believes about the Father and his Son, Jesus.
Greek: ἀντίχριστος (antichistos = antichrist) ~ St. John
Greek: ἄνθρωπος (anthrōpos = man) τῆς (tēs = of) ἀνομίας (anomia = iniquity, lawlessness) ~ St. Paul
As I say, the two words or phrases are (obviously) NOT the same.
To begin at the beginning, let’s look at the word “antichrist” and ask ourselves if we know what the word is, means, or represents.
It’s a compound word isn’t it? anti-christ. like two words hooked-together, for a reason. What’s the first word? anti? what does it mean? Anti- what? Anti-establishment ? (I like being that.) Anti-war? (I like being that too.) Anti-abortion? (I like that as well.) Antichrist? Well, not so good; right? A person who says: “Christ? NOT!” is against what? Against who? Christ? What were most Jewish people in Israel 2,000 ago saying about Jesus? “Christ? NOT!”? What would one call Jewish people today (in Israel or anywhere else) who do NOT accept the sacrifice made by Christ for the remission of our sins (“Christ? NOT!”) who choose to reject the fact that Christ has conquered death, hell, and the grave through his glorious resurrection and that at HIS NAME (Jesus) EVERY knee will bow under heaven and in earth? Anti- (against) Christ? Any person or people-group can reject Christ. That’s their choice; everyone’s choice; including Israel’s.
What was the early Church made up of? All Jewish people, right? Right up until Acts 10? I have no problem with Jewish folks, I love Jewish folks, because I love everybody, but I cannot allow my human love for a fellow creature, made in the image of God, to cause me to ignore or overlook someone’s (Jewish folks or anyone’s) rejection of our Savior, Jesus Christ, whether someone is an atheist (“God? NOT!”), Muslims (who are antichrist, from their own book), or Jews (from their own non-canonical writings, which scorn the bastard, false prophet Jesus), or a Hindu. EVERY knee now MUST bow to CHRIST and to him alone (Atheists, Jews, Muslims and, Hindus too).
When it comes to language, words, and translations, this one is too easy: the English word “antichrist” is a direct translation, almost a complete transliteration, of the Greek word: ἀντίχριστος into English. Watch:
ἀ = a
ν = n
τ = t
ί = i
χ = ch
ρ = r
ί = i
σ = s
τ = t
ο = o
ς = s (at the end of a word, otherwise σ = s)
The word “anti” (ἀντί) and the word “Christ” (χριστος) appear together, here as “ἀντίχριστος” (anitchristos) a compound word, in English: antichrist (we drop the -os, which simply means: “of” or “the person of Christ”). To break the word down it looks like this: “ἀντί” (anti) “χριστος” (Christ) refering to being “against the person of Christ”. See more here.
To prepare for the next study, which is a continuing study of St. Paul’s “man of sin” (in 2 Thessalonians 2:2:3), read and study the text and the context of the passage, and check out biblos for help (online bible study tool website).
If you’re interested, see also here and here. Also, check out more Greek language helps here. A first lesson is a simple translation of a small portion of St. John’s Gospel from NT Greek into English (in one (not hard!) easy lesson!).
Here’s the English and NT Greek text of 2 Thessalonians 2:3,
“Let no one deceive you in any way. For that day will not come, unless the rebellion comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction”
μή τις ὑμᾶς ἐξαπατήσῃ κατὰ μηδένα τρόπον. ὅτι ἐὰν μὴ ἔλθῃ ἡ ἀποστασία πρῶτον καὶ ἀποκαλυφθῇ ὁ ἄνθρωπος τῆς ἀνομίας, ὁ υἱὸς τῆς ἀπωλείας