Today an essay was transmitted to me, written by one of my readers in 2004. He was meditating about the prophecy in Daniel 11, the sanctuary, the constant feature and the disgusting thing causing desolation.
Please let me say that the Aramaic used in Daniel 11 is really difficult to understand and many words in that text are ambiguous. This makes a proper interpretation of Daniel even more difficult.
I also want to add that according to Daniel12:9 the words are made secret and are sealed up until the end…
“Go, Daniel, because the words are made secret and sealed up until the time of [the] end […]10 Many will cleanse themselves and whiten themselves and will be refined. And the wicked ones will certainly act wickedly, and no wicked ones at all will understand; but the ones having insight will understand (Daniel11)
So unless we have really entered the last 1335 days as we suppose, every attempt to decode these chapters of Daniel is doomed to failure and I am wrong here as well.
But if we are in those last days, we can cleanse ourselves and gain insight.
In any event, my reader pointed out correctly, that Jesus warning about the “disgusting thing” standing at a holy place can only limited be applied to the temple in 66CE…
15 “Therefore, when YOU catch sight of the disgusting thing that causes desolation, as spoken of through Daniel the prophet, standing in a holy place, (let the reader use discernment,) 16 then let those in Ju·de´a begin fleeing to the mountains. (Matthew24)
From God’s perspective, the temple was no longer a real holy place in 66CE, the church of the New Covenant saints was. I personally am not completely sure if this is so or not but let us supposes that for the minute.
This encampment should serve as a sign, not to God but to the Jews and Jewish Christians of those days. The temple was the centre of worship and the hub of the live of the Jews. Really, religion was so deeply interwoven with secular society that we can’t separate the one from the other.
So religion was the one thing that was the centre of Jewish live and that made the Jewish world go round in those days.
The “constant feature” was animal sacrifice for worship in the temple. The “fortress” were the walls of
Now all of this ceased or was attacked in 66CE and destroyed in 70CE.
But what if we try to apply the greater symbolic meaning of Jesus’ words to our modern time, this time globally?
My reader points out that the God that is globally worshipped today is “Mammon”, money and its temple are the banks and stock exchanges of the world. In fact, I add that the “fortress” or “wall” of today’s “holy city of capitalism” is the New Yorker Wall Street, the NYSE!!!
Surely, this Wall is under attack these days and the temple of money worship is about to be destroyed. This is the “holy place” from a human perspective today.
Now the “constant feature” is global trade, world banking, the global stock exchanges and the related transferring of trillions every day.
The conclusion I reach base on the hypothesis of my reader, is that we might see the freezing of international money transfer in the next few days. Maybe the “constant feature” pauses and is stopped for “emergency reasons”…
Surely, an interesting concept!
I again advise my readers to take their money now and buy goods they need.