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The Abomination of Desolation Throughout History
presented by charles huntley. Clever
Today, the Christian community uses the term "Abomination of Desolation" inter-changeably with "Antichrist." In searching for this blasphemous power, they have speculated much. Perhaps you have heard slandering theories pointing to people like Henry Kissinger or Bill Gates, accompanied with archaic numbering schemes that purport to total 666.
It would not be prudent to only present "The Daniel 12 Code Revealed",
which emphasizes the fact, Jesus in the New Testament and Daniel in the
Old Testament both identifies the Abomination of Desolation as Rome, without
a follow-up. Neither should I leave one partially informed without a fuller
description of what the Bible actually says concerning the continuity between
Imperial Rome and the Roman System as we know it today.
Furthermore, it is imperative that you trust the warnings in the Bible because Satan, who deceived God’s immaculate angels in heaven, has greater success with unsuspecting humans.
He employs delusions never imagined by earlier Christians, such as bleeding icons, apparitions, locutions, distorted logic, and every other means possible to deceive the very elect, doing great wonders, even making fire appear from heaven” (Revelation 13:13).
This means assaulting our sense of reason; they are the spirits of demons, working with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in those who perish; and strong delusions that they should believe a lie; for Satan knows that his time is short (2 Thessalonians 2:10, 11; Revelation 12:17; 16:14). These Satanic deceptions compel the Abomination of Desolation and its allies to seek world subjection to their religious dogma. This will, they suppose, reduce a global chastisement, while ushering in the anticipated millennium of peace (Flynn, The Thunder of Justice, 365,366). We must not listen to lying spirits and doctrines of devils but trust God's Word, as Christ says, "It is written, man shall... live... by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God" (Matthew 4:4).
You may recall that Daniel describes four major world governments that would rule this earth. The fourth would RULE UNTIL THE END OF TIME. The first was the Babylonian Empire, then occupying what we know as Iraq. Under the reign of Belshazzar, its last Chaldean ruler, Daniel was given more visions symbolizing additional characteristics of each successive kingdom. Without extensive study of these prophecies, it is sufficient to say that a messenger from heaven mentioned the next two empires by name: "They are the kings of Media and Persia" and the second "is the kingdom of Greece" (Daniel 8:20, 21). Before Daniel died, he witnessed the fall of Babylon and the rise of the Medo-Persian empire (the story of Daniel and the lion's den occurred under Darius, the Medo-Persian monarch). Then the kingdom of Greece ruled in various degrees until its demise in about 168 B.C. It then gave way to the fourth kingdom, the Roman Empire. Daniel 12 positively identifies its dominion by saying that at the time of Christ (7740), "The Abomination of Desolation will be SET UP [established]" and Jesus also identified Rome as the "Abomination of Desolation" that would besiege Jerusalem (see Matthew. 24:15; Mark 13:14; Daniel 11:31; 12:11)--the Christians fled after the siege in A.D. 66 by Cestius; then, Jerusalem was destroyed and plundered in the sack of A.D. 70 led by the Roman General Titus. Now that we have briefly established a historical foundation, let us continue our discussion of the continuity of the Roman System, the fourth kingdom, throughout history.
Our modern culture has benefited much from this system in its earlier years. Although we now consider Roman Numerals archaic, many of our modern civil rights and laws are obtained from their judicial system. Regardless of the good points, Imperial Rome crucified the Majesty of heaven and then was "SET UP", or established, becoming a tool in Satan's hands to persecute God's people (Read about Perpetua on the Internet, published at www.revealed.org/ perpetua.htm ).
Returning to the fall of Imperial Rome, this division of the Roman System into smaller parts is first discussed in Daniel chapter two: "And the fourth kingdom shall be as strong as iron.... [it] shall [also] be divided.... They shall not adhere one to another" (verses 40, 41 and 43). Again, the transition is described in greater detail in chapter seven of Daniel: A fourth beast [Rome], dreadful and terrible, exceedingly strong... and it had ten horns" (verse 7). The Roman empire had ten major divisions; one of these territories would predominate and is called a little horn in verse eight: "I was considering the horns [kingdoms], and there was another horn, a little one, coming up among them, before whom three of the first horns were plucked out by the roots, and there, in this horn, were eyes like the eyes of a man, and a mouth speaking pompous words."
The three horns plucked out were Arian, believing Jesus was not equal with God the Father. The Catholic emperor Zeno was instrumental in the eradication of the first horn, the Heruli, in A.D. 493. Then the Catholic emperor Justinian destroyed the second horn, the Vandals, in 534 A.D., and
was so certain of complete victory that he officially stated in A.D. 533 that the Pope of Rome was the "head of all the Holy Churches." Then the Ostrogoths, the third horn, were defeated in A.D. 538 after besieging Rome. (Procopius, History, 5.16.11). Thus, in A.D. 538, the little horn of the Christian church in Rome was free to declare itself sovereign, an illusion they have never forsaken.
Beware, the Bible predicts the lengthy reign of the Roman System, even into our troubled future: "I was watching; and the same [little] horn was making war against the saints, and PREVAILING AGAINST THEM, until the Ancient of Days came... [the coming of Christ]" (Verse 21, 22).
So, the first demise of the Roman System was essential in its metamorphose from a despotic monarchy to a religious format with influence over subordinate kingdoms. The religious form of the Abomination of Desolation during the "Spiritual Dark Ages" flourished under such titles as "The Holy Roman Empire" and “The Papal States" until dealt an almost fatal wound (Revelation 13:3). This will be discussed next.
The second "persecution" and demise of the Roman System is only temporary when this power would receive an apparently fatal wound. This occurred after the 1260 years (the Spiritual Dark Ages) in 1798 during the French Revolution. Under Napoleon's authority, his troops entered Rome and took Pope Pius VI captive; he died an exile in Valence, France.
To emphasize this important time of history, Daniel and Revelation both repeat the ascendancy of the Roman System for a period of 1260 days, 42 month, and 3 1/2 times (years). Under the Jewish calendar these periods all indicate 1260 days, or prophetic years (Ezekiel 4:6 and Numbers 14:34). This period of the Great Tribulation, foretold by Christ (Matthew. 24:21), would therefore last 1260 years and is what I call the "Spiritual Dark Ages." It stretches from the supremacy of Rome after Justinian's victory over the Ostrogoth's siege of Rome in 538, to 1798 (A.D. 538 + 1260 years = 1798 A.D.), the year of France's conquest of Rome.
One might ask, "Exactly why did France attempt the destruction of the Roman System?" The answer is quite simple, for the same reason people today reject God--the Church has failed to present a true representation of God's loving nature. Hypocrisy within the church causes "the way of truth ... to be evil spoken of" (2 Peter 2:2). Imagining they had the power to supersede Scripture with church tradition, enforcement required sanctions, the inflicting of punishment upon "heretics" for non-compliance. For centuries the Abomination of Desolation conspired with statesmen to force religious dogma and, by any means possible, to acquire wealth, including confiscation of property, from their opponents and the ignorant. This travesty of God's will included their influence of French magistrates and kings to use violent means against their humble Protestant citizens like the Huguenots and Albigenses, whose only desire was to live peaceably as Bible-believing Christians. With cunningness that only Satan could invent, machines of torture were designed to prolong the life of their victims at the point of near-death; often the suffers coveted the torments of hell, that appeared sweeter than the pains that were being inflicted upon them by these professed Christians. "But in his estate shall he honor the God of forces [violence]: and a god whom his fathers knew not shall he honor with gold, and silver, and with precious stones, and pleasant things" (Daniel 11:38).
As you can see, the Roman Church did not properly emulate the Savior. The most forceful action Jesus ever commanded the disciples concerning those who reject His truths was: "And whosoever will not receive you, when you go out of that city, shake off the very dust from your feet for a testimony against them" (Luke 9:25). Jesus taught the church to "love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; that you may be the children of your Father which is in heaven..." (Matthew 5:44, 45).
Violent acts by the Abomination of Desolation against the populace would, as you should expect, foster hatred of God and the Roman Church. France duplicated the techniques of Rome well. Honoring Satan, the "God their fathers knew not", revolutionists resorted to the same violent means to eliminate this abomination that so distorted the true principles of heaven. The French clergy, congregations, and bureaucrats, were fed to the blood-thirsty guillotine as countless thousands perished during what is known as "The Reign of Terror."
During this time, France, the country that rejected the truths revived by the Protestant Reformation, exalted atheism by briefly conquering God's "two witnesses." This is the Old and New Testament, not Elijah and Enoch as some speculate; Jesus said: "Elijah has already come" (Matthew 17:12). And the angel Gabriel also indicated Elijah was John the Baptist (Luke 1:17). The two scriptural witnesses were "slain" in November 1793 when Christianity was outlawed and Bibles burned and dragged through the dung-laden streets of Paris (spiritually called Sodom and Egypt in Revelation 11:8) among shouts of glee and rejoicing.
Appalled at the carnage and their miserable experiment with atheism, after "three and one-half days" (Revelation 11:11), which are years in prophetic time, that is, June of 1797, the French National Assembly unanimously restored the Bible in its country and instituted a hint of the religious freedoms we enjoy today (Smith: Daniel and Revelation, 539.4).
Spiritual rulership was restored to the Roman System when Napoleon signed the Concordat of 1801 with Pope Pius VII. This agreement allowed ecclesiastic (religious) leadership by Roman bishops, but removed them from secular (civil) rule. Their promise to not intrude in governmental affairs effectively restricted the Roman System from violating civil rights and religious freedoms. As proper as it may seem to them, that restriction will ultimately be repudiated and church dogma enforced again by civil governments under the "mark of the beast"; this is discussed in chapter three.
So the second predicted demise of the Abomination of Desolation forced the Roman System into a period of compelled religious toleration. Meanwhile, the invention of the printing press allowed Bibles to be printed and distributed freely, and missionaries presented the Gospel uninhibited by major persecution. God provided His people with a rest from profound oppression so that His Word could freely "prophesy again about many peoples, nations, tongues, and kings" (Revelation 10:11). But that is not the end of the story as the Bible predicts the recovery of Rome. Saint John recorded in Revelation 13:3, "And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and ALL the world wondered after the beast."
In 1929 Benito Mussolini signed an agreement with Pope Pius XI. Called
the Lateran Treaty, it formed Vatican City as an independent territory
within Italy. This action gives the Roman System precedence over all Christian
religions of the world because it now has political influence in every
major country. Ronald Reagan appointed the first United States ambassador
to the Vatican; Rome also enjoys representation before the United Nations--"the
deadly wound was healed." During the completely "healed wound", Rome (and
some Protestants) will influence governments to enforce the "mark of the
beast" upon ALL the world (Revelation 13:3, 7; 14:9, 11; 15:2; 16:2; 19:20;
20:4). Again, this will be discussed in the next chapter.
God condemns organizations because of His truths they suppress and the sins they condone; therefore, Rome must meet final judgment. The third "persecution" and final demise of the Abomination of Desolation is still future, and is described in several parts of the Bible. Let us start with Daniel 7:11. "I watched then till the beast was slain, and its body destroyed and given to the burning flame." "But the court shall be seated [in heaven], and they shall take away his dominion, to consume and destroy it forever" (verse 26). "But he shall be broken..." (Daniel 8:25). And in the outline of the seven last plagues of Revelation, "The fifth angel poured out his bowl on the throne of the beast, and his kingdom became full of darkness; and they gnawed their tongues because of the pain" (Revelation 16:10). This is not describing Nero's burning of Rome which occurred about four decades before John wrote the prediction; it fulfills under the seven last plagues, when the very nations that give authority to the Abomination of Desolation realize their great error and initiate the destruction of Rome (Revelation 17: 12,13,16). "Therefore her plagues will come in one day--death and mourning and famine. And she will be utterly burned with fire, for strong is the Lord God who judges her" (Revelation 18:8).
The final destruction of the Roman System is no secret to their own bureaucracy. The disclosure by the Vatican of the last vision of Fatima suggests great problems, an end-time “chastisement”, because, among other things, they did not effectively convert Russia to Catholicism. And Rome is very much aware of the A.D. 1139 prophecy of Saint Malachy. Its fullest description in modern times is recorded in the Catholic Encyclopedia published in 1911.
Malachy delivered to Pope Innocent II an unusual vision of the future where he allegedly names the attributes of every pontiff to the end of time. Those who trace this prophecy understand that the third to the last pontiff, called Ad Labore Solis in Malachi’s vision, applied to the late Pope John Paul II--he was born and buried on days having an eclipse of the sun (solis).
According to 1 Thessalonians 2: 8-12, Satan is restrained from appearing until Christ allows. In other words, Satan can not predict the date of his exact arrival from this twelfth-century vision. That means Satan will probably deceive by extending Malachi’s list with additional Popes, but Malachy only lists two more pontiffs after John Paul II. First, “Gloria Olivae."
The Order of Benedictines has a branch called Olivetans. It literally means Olive Oil. Malachi’s prediction says “Olivae” (Pope Benedict XVI) should be followed by "Petrus Romanus"--another bishop may arrive claiming unity with Peter himself (and see: Flynn, the Thunder of Justice, 1993, pp. 255, 256).
The last book of the Bible warns us of extreme end-time deceptions: "they are the spirits of devils, working miracles" (Revelation 16:14). And the Book of Mormon claims one or more of Christ's disciples have never died, and will appear at the end of the days (3 Nephi 28:6). These are most challenging delusions as demons appear in human form and tenants of spiritualism invade Christians. Protestants and Catholics unite with spiritualism to battle God's saints. It will, says Jesus, "if possible, shall deceive the very elect" (Matthew 24:23, 24).
How can you possibly survive such overwhelming deceptions? You must not trust in those who violate "the least of God's commandments" while professing to be knowledgeable in the Scriptures. You must plead with God in prayer for knowledge of the truth and faith to endure. You must personally be an avid Bible student. In God's strength, you must live the truth. And you must compare testing presentations with God's Word--then you will prevail: "To the law [all ten of His commandments] and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, [it is] because [there is] no light in them" (Isaiah 8:20).
Malachi’s discourse closes by outlining the final demise of the Roman System as follows: "In the final "persecution" of the Holy Roman Church there will reign Peter the Roman, who will feed his flock amid many tribulations, after which the seven-hilled city [which is Rome] will be destroyed and the dreadful Judge [actually Satan] will judge the people." After this, the Church of Rome will undergo significant modifications.
Because organized Christianity wantonly altered God's law, divine justice permits them to attribute Satanic delusions and false visions to heavenly origin; they will finally introduce the Devil as the long-expected messiah "because they received not the love of the truth that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie" (2 Thessalonians 2:10, 11).
The part that concerns me most in Malachi’s vision is the statement that
the "dreadful Judge will [then] judge the people." Malachy wanted us to
believe that the Judge is Christ coming to rule this confused planet. This
is perhaps Satan's greatest delusion of all. This doctrine is known
as the "temporal millennium" or “the age to come."
After Satan decimates the Roman System, and our noble attempts at Global Governance--to form a "One World Government"-- has utterly failed in total chaos of our society and economic security, Lucifer himself will arrive as a savior and sit in the temple of God, showing himself to be God. Let us together study this important topic.
In Paul's first letter to the Thessalonians, he described Christ's visible coming and the resurrection of the righteous with these words:
"For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord will by no means precede them which are asleep [dead]. For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel [Michael's voice, see Daniel 12:1] and with the trumpet of God: and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be CAUGHT UP together with them in the CLOUDS to meet the Lord IN THE AIR, and so we shall always be with the Lord" (1 Thessalonians. 4:15-17).
"Now I admonish you, brothers concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together [resurrection] to him, that you be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit [vision] nor by word [false teachers] nor by letter as from us [misquoted Scripture], as that the day of Christ [the resurrection] is at hand. LET NO MAN DECEIVE YOU BY ANY MEANS: for that day SHALL NOT COME except [for two things:] there comes a falling away first ['for men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection [homosexuality], truce breakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, high minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof...'--(2 Timothy 3:2)]. And [secondly,] THE MAN OF SIN [Lucifer] IS revealed, the son of perdition, who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that HE SITS IN THE TEMPLE OF GOD [in Israel: Daniel 11:45] SHOWING HIMSELF THAT HE IS GOD.... WHOM THE LORD WILL CONSUME WITH THE BREATH OF HIS MOUTH AND DESTROY WITH THE BRIGHTNESS OF HIS COMING... [Satan comes] with all power, signs, and lying wonders" (2 Thessalonians 2:1-4, 8, 9).
Christ will certainly reign forever on earth, but 1,000 years from now--the Bible is precise--at Christ's SECOND coming there will be no utopia here, NO MILLENNIUM OF PEACE ON EARTH. This is a Satanic delusion. We will be rescued from the holocaust on earth at the great harvest of mankind, and are going to heaven to those mansions He has prepared for the redeemed (John 14:1-4). And in Isaiah we read, "They are all gathered together and come to you.... Who are these that fly as a cloud, as a dove to their nest?" (Isaiah 60: 1-8). The saints will ascend to Heaven and this present earth will be totally destroyed during the millennium.
Many prognosticators of the so called "age-to-come theory"--a coming millennium of peace and safety--feel that the scriptural translations of earth's demise are erroneous. For the benefit of those who do not trust their Protestant or Catholic Bibles, they should study Isaiah 24 from several different translations, including the English translation of the Holy Scriptures produced by the Jewish Publication Society of America. That Bible is a non-Gentile translation, and almost verbatim with the King James Bible which is quoted here:
(17) "Terror, and the pit, and the trap, are upon you, O inhabitant of the earth. (18) And it shall come to pass, that he who flees from the noise of the fear shall fall into the pit; and he that comes up out of the midst of the pit shall be taken in the trap: for the windows on high are opened, and the foundations of the earth do shake. (19) The earth is utterly broken, the earth is clean dissolved, the earth is moved exceedingly. (20) The earth shall reel to and fro like a drunkard, and will be removed like a cottage; and the transgression thereof will be heavy upon it; and it shall fall, and NOT RISE AGAIN. (21) And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord will punish the host of the high heaven on high [e. g., Lucifer and his fallen angels]. And the kings of the earth upon the earth [including the Roman System]. (22) And they will be gathered together as prisoners are gathered in the dungeon, and shall be shut up in the prison [the grave], and after many days [1,000 years, see Revelation 20:1-3] they will be punished. (23) THEN the moon will be confounded, and the sun ashamed; for the Lord of hosts will [then] reign [on this newly re-created earth] in mount Zion, and in Jerusalem, and before His ancients gloriously." Isaiah 24:17-23
Another thought that conflicts with popular theology, and that is essential to properly understand God's dealing with sin, is the fact that God is the only one with the inherent propensity to live forever. As recorded by Paul: "The King of kings, and Lord of lords, who ONLY HAS IMMORTALITY, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto..." (1 Timothy 6: 15, 16). If God is the only immortal being, what happens to the devil? Well, he is mortal AND DIES like the rest of the wicked in the soon coming battle of Armageddon, except for one small difference which we will now discover as Isaiah 14 describes Lucifer's plight: (verse 15) "Yet you [Lucifer] shall be brought down to Sheol [the grave], to the lowest depths of the pit. (18) All the kings of the nations, all of them sleep [have died] in glory, everyone in his own house [tomb]; but you are CAST OUT OF YOUR GRAVE like an abominable branch. (20) YOU WILL NOT BE JOINED WITH THEM IN BURIAL...."
This far we have established that Satan has used the Roman System to fulfill his purposes--they are both ultimately destroyed. And after the soon-approaching destruction of earth, Lucifer is raised from the grave to wander the ashes of this desolate planet for a thousand years, knowing that he will face judgment when Christ returns with the Holy City. When we speak of the Roman System, we are really speaking of Lucifer because he is responsible for all evil. So, let us terminate this discourse on the Roman System by discussing Lucifer's fate after 7,000 years of his ignoble attempt to rule earth.
For brevity, we will only use a few verses to document his demise. The first is in Revelation 20, verses seven and eight which reads: "Now when THE THOUSAND YEARS ARE EXPIRED, Satan will be released for a little while from his prison and will go out to deceive the nations which are in the four corners of the earth, Gog* and Magog*, to gather them together to battle, whose number is as the sands of the sea." At this point, the wicked "nations" are resurrected to life. Satan's "purgatory" is over; he is no longer bound by isolation, and has the same people who were previously gullible to his deceptions to delude for one final attack. Continuing with verse nine: "They went up on the breadth of the earth and surrounded the camp of the saints and the beloved city [the New Jerusalem from Heaven (Revelation 21:1-27)]. And fire came down from God out of heaven and devoured THEM" (Lucifer and the resurrected wicked). Please notice that the word "THEM" is plural, meaning they are ALL consumed by fire--this is the "second death" (Revelation 2:11; 20:6, 14; 21:8).
Let me again direct your attention to Revelation 20 where it describes the destruction of the wicked AFTER 1,000 years. Previously I marked Gog and Magog with asterisks (*). Most Bible teachers apply these verses to Communist or Arab countries that, they say, will attack Israel while the saints are supposedly raptured to heaven for seven years, but this scripture has another application. First, you should recall that Satan himself attempts to rule from the Holy Land before he is killed in Armageddon. Just how long this charlatan can deceive the inhabitants of earth is a subject of debate; most theorize either three and one-half, or seven years. He falsely promises eternal life for those upon which the seven last plagues of Revelation 16 will fall, including the seventh plague of death in Armageddon. Scripture is plain on one point, Satan knows that his time is short, and makes war with the remnant people "who keep the commandments of God" (Revelation 12:17).
While these plagues are falling, God's people are not mysteriously "raptured" to heaven because words of encouragement are spoken to them in Revelation. After six plagues, and immediately before the last plague of Armageddon, Jesus encourages the saints to endure a little longer: "Behold I come as a thief, Blessed is he that watches, and keeps his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame"--take note, Jesus does not "come as a thief" before the plagues like popular theories suggest (Revelation. 16: 15). And, "Here is the patience of the saints; here are those who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus" (Ibid. 14:12). Since Satan's war is against those who keep God's Ten Commandments, it is apparent that some will not comply with Satan's attempt to change God's Sabbath to his counterfeit day, Sunday.
This false Sabbath has been so effectively substituted by the Roman System and will now be verified personally from Lucifer's mouth. When the deceived finally realize the Saints are the ones shielded by God to be translated without experiencing death, and this majestic-looking creature professing to be God is really the Devil who deceived them, it is too late. Their only recourse is to attempt his destruction. Realizing that they have lost eternal life because of Lucifer's lying, their frustration is turned against him. "I will bring strangers upon you, the terrible of the nations: and they will draw their swords against the beauty of your wisdom, and they will defile your brightness. They will bring you down to the pit [grave], and you will die.... You will die the deaths of the uncircumcised by the hand of strangers: for I have spoken it, says the Lord God" (Ezekiel 28:7-10). This is the first application of Gog and Magog--the military assaults against Israel (Armageddon) trigger uncontrollable events that kill Lucifer and destroy the earth. At this time Christ harvests the earth of His faithful saints, "and... [we] will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever" (Psalms 23:6).
SECOND DEATH OF THE WICKED
During the second destruction of Gog and Magog the scene repeats on a much larger scale after the seventh millennium, 1,000 years in the future, when Christ comes with His redeemed in the Holy City, the New Jerusalem, to re-create planet earth. "For thus says the LORD that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; he has established it, he created it not in vain, HE FORMED IT TO BE INHABITED, I [am] the LORD; and [there is] none else" (Isaiah 45:18). All the resurrected militants (as many as the sands of the seashore--Revelation 20:8) who lived throughout history are now destroyed FOREVER. This is the final destruction of the wicked and Lucifer. It takes place AFTER he roams this devastated planet alone for 1,000 years. Then he mobilizes the RESURRECTED WICKED to battle against the Holy city that descends to earth (Revelation 21:1-5). Gog, Magog and other nations attack Israel "after many days" (8010, and see Ezekiel 38:8). The description of this confrontation leaves no doubt that everyone attacking Israel is destroyed. Let us peruse a few sentences:
"Surely in that day there shall be a great earthquake in the land of Israel, so that the fish of the sea, the birds of the heavens, the beasts of the field, all creeping things that creep on the earth, and all men who are on the face of the earth shall shake AT MY PRESENCE. The mountains shall be thrown down, the steep places shall fall, and every wall shall fall to the ground... And I will bring him to judgment with pestilence and bloodshed; I will rain down on him, on his troops and on the many peoples who are with him flooding rain, great hailstones, fire, and brimstone" (Ezekiel 38:19, 20, 22).
Now, my friends, you have learned the significant points about the Abomination of Desolation. Satan used the Roman System to persecute God's people at the time of Christ, and then forced religious dogma throughout medieval history. This persecution has now diminished temporarily to allow the Bible to be freely presented to the entire world as Jesus accurately predicted: "And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come" (Matthew 24:14).
After the Abomination of Desolation meets judgments under the fifth plague, and immediately before Christ comes, Lucifer will be here in person impersonating Jesus, and then he is briefly destroyed in Armageddon. After this, Lucifer is resurrected and forced to wander alone through the ashes of this destroyed planet for 1,000 years. As God rested from His works on the seventh day, Lucifer rests from his works during the seventh millennium. He contemplates the results of his rebellion against Heaven. He cannot say, like God, "It was very good" (Genesis 1: 31). And he awaits the second resurrection of the wicked. These he marshals to attack the Holy City that descends from heaven. At the beginning of the eighth millennium (80th century from the Edenic fall, and 1,000 years in the future), this final act of violence is met with the second death of Lucifer and the wicked.
The controversy between good and evil will be over and sin and sinners are eradicated from God's universe: "The wages of sin is [eternal] death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord" (Romans 6:23).
Thank you for struggling through this chapter. Undoubtedly some of these thoughts are new to you. They will become clearer as we repeat them in context in other chapters.