Re: Understanding Prophecy (was Re: Daniel)

Date: Sun Jul 07 2002 - 15:30:09 EDT

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    You wrote: The fact that Mk.13:14 & Mt.24:15 (explicitly) could interpret
    Dan.11:31 as a
    prediction of some still future event (probably connected with the Roman
    seige of Jerusalem) provides some canonical warrant for seeing Daniel as yet
    unfulfilled prophecy.

    When Christ referred to "the abomination which causes desolation, spoken of
    through the prophet Daniel," in Matt.24:15 and Mark.13:14, he was applying
    those words of Daniel to the Roman armies which would desolate Jerusalem in
    AD 66-70. These two verse's parallel passage, Luke 21:20, makes this fact
    quite clear. In doing so Jesus was referring to Dan. 9:26,27. For there
    Daniel prophesied of a "ruler who will come" who he said would will "destroy
    the city and the sanctuary." Daniel said this ruler would "set up an
    abomination that causes desolation." This ruler, the one who would lead
    Rome's armies in their desolation of Jerusalem, was General Titus who later
    became the Emperor of Rome.

    Though Daniel 11:31 and 12:11 also refer to an "abomination which causes
    desolation," we cannot say with nearly as much certainty that Jesus was also
    referring to those passages of Daniel when he spoke the words recorded in
    Matt.24:15 and Mark.13:14. The "abomination that causes desolation" spoken of
    in Daniel 9:27 clearly refers to an abomination that would bring about a
    desolation after the time of Christ. It is not at all clear that the
    abominations spoken of in Daniel 11:31 and 12:11 refer to an abomination that
    would come after the time of Christ.

    The prophet Daniel may very well have been foretelling the coming of more
    than one "abomination," the first one at the time of Antiochus IV and the
    second one at the time of Rome's destruction of Jerusalem.


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