Hanukkah and the Future Abomination of Desolation

Because the original Hanukkah most likely foreshadows events of the Great Tribulation, it is a great extra-biblical study.  Although the story is found in 1 and 2 Maccabees, which are found in the apocrypha and aren’t in the canon of scripture, Jesus celebrated the holiday in Jerusalem (John 10:22 ) and the book of Daniel foretells some of its events.  For these reasons although we cannot call the story “scripture”, it is a study of great interest. Those aspects of the story that related to the foreshadows of the Great Tribulation are of most interest to me and there are hints within the story as to a link between Hanukkah and the future Abomination of Desolation.  These hints are further evidence that the Antichrist will be Islamic.  Before we look at the links between Hanukkah and the Tribulation ,  let’s discuss the entire story.

In 334 BC  Alexander the Great ascended to the throne of Macedonia and began his military conquests in fulfillment of Nebuchadnezzar’s dream of the metal statue.  Upon his death, Alexander’s empire was divided into four kingdoms as a foreshadow of the fulfillment of Daniel 7 and 8.  Two of these empires emerged as the most powerful.  They were the Ptolemaic Dynasty (Egypt area) and the Seleucid Dynasty (Assyrian area).  In Daniel Chapter 11, God’s word refers to them as the Kings of the South and Kings of North.  In 175 BC Antiochus IV arose.  Daniel 11:21 refers to him as a “vile person.”  He assumed the name “god Manifest.”  or Antiochus Epiphanes.  As foretold in Daniel 11, Antiochus (the King of the North) fought several wars against the King of the South.  In a famous incident a Roman representative drew a “line in the sand” around Antiochus and said before he crossed the line he would have to decide whether to withdraw back to Syria or consider himself at war  with Rome itself.  Antiochus withdrew.

Angry at his humiliation in Egypt he attacked Jerusalem, killed thousands and desecrated the temple.  2 Maccabees tells the tale:

When the news of these events reached the king, he thought Judea was in revolt. So he broke camp and marched from Egypt while wild with emotion, and took the city by force.  He commanded his soldiers to cut down without mercy anyone they met and to slaughter those fleeing into their houses.  They killed young and old, murdered adolescents, women and children, and slaughtered virgins and infants.  Over a three-day period, eighty thousand people’s lives were ruined. Forty thousand were killed in hand-to-hand fighting, and no fewer than those slaughtered were sold as slaves.  Not content with these measures, he dared to enter into the holiest temple of all the earth, guided by Menelaus, who had become a traitor to the laws and to his native land.  Clutching the holy equipment with polluted and unclean hands, Antiochus made off with them and the things donated by other kings to increase the prestige, glory, and honor of the holy place.  (2 Mac. 5: 11 – 16 CEB)

He then went further, outlawing the Jewish religion and customs  Many were burned for celebrating the Sabbath and mothers were thrown down from the top of the city walls for circumcising their infant boys.  In a final act of defiance, he set up a statue of the pagan god Zeus in the temple and sacrificed pigs on the altar of YHWH.

But a brave band of Jewish rebels led by Judah Maccabee led a revolt that overthrew Antiochus.  Tradition maintains that after reclaiming the Temple, the rebels wished to rededicate it to the Lord but only 1 day of oil remained.  Miraculously however the lights of the Menorah remained lit for 8 days.

Antiochus is considered a foreshadow of the Antichrist and the events prior to the Maccabee revolt are thought to be foreshadows of the Great Tribulation.  We learned in this post that at the midpoint of the Tribulation the Antichrist will invade and conquer Jerusalem just as Antiochus did.  This man of evil will desecrate the temple and will set up the Abomination of Desolation.

What this horrid sign entailed in those days and what it will entail in the future has been the subject of speculation for centuries.  Jesus referred to it directly:

Therefore when you see the abomination of desolation which was spoken of through Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place (let the reader understand),  then those who are in Judea must flee to the mountains.  (Matt. 24: 15-16 NASB)

Notice Matthew interjects the phrase “let the reader understand” into Jesus’ quote.  It behooves us then to try and understand this evil sign because it is the signal for at least those in Judea to flee to the “mountains.”

What was the Abomination that occurred under Antiochus?  if we understand it, perhaps we can understand the future sign as Matthew instructs us.  Some believe it was an altar to Zeus that Antiochus set up to offer up his pig sacrifices.

Now on the fifteenth day of Kislev in the year 145, they set up a disgusting and destructive thing on the altar for entirely burned offerings in the sanctuary. The inspectors built other altars in the surrounding Judean towns. (1 Mac. 1: 54 CEB)

 Unfortunately the apocrypha doesn’t tell us directly.  But if we assemble clues we may have a better understanding.

  • We learn later, after the temple was recaptured that polluted “stones” were removed.   We can assume the Abomination was made of these stones.  Some claim it was a metal statue but this non-scriptural verse contradicts that.

They cleansed the sanctuary and took the polluted stones to a ritually unclean place. (Mac. 4: 42 CEB, emphasis mine)

  •  We also learn that at least in Antiochus’ day, the abomination was of a size that the set on the altar.  The altar was 5 cubits (7.5 feet) square.   If the foreshadow of Antiochus’ abomination holds true in the Tribulation, the Abomination will be less than this dimension. which is fairly small.
  • The Hebrew word found in Daniel 9 and 11 where the source verses are found is shiqquts meaning detestable thing or detestable idol.  The word is strongly associated with idolatry.
  • There is speculation that the stones that were removed were meteorites.  In Dan. 8:10 we see the “little horn” causes some of the stars to fall from the sky.   Might these have been meteorites during Antiochus’ day?  Greek culture has other examples of meteorites being used in worship.  In the temple of Artemis in Ephesus there was a sacred stone that fell from the sky.  This was the most famous temple in the Greek world.  Might Antiochus have tried to copy the worship there in the temple of the Jews by also using meteorites?

Let’s assemble these four clues together.  We should expect a small idol made of stone or stones that may be a meteorite.

We also know from this post that the Antichrist will be Islamic.  Is there a famous meteorite used in Islamic worship?  There is!  It may be the most sacred object in all of Islam, the Black Stone which is set in the Kaaba.  There are those who even believe it is the sacred stone that fell from the sky that once graced the temple of Artemis in Ephesus!  Many believe that Muhammad brought the stone to Mecca from Ephesus.


Might this picture be of the future Abomination?  It is an apt image of the Beast (Islam).



18 thoughts on “Hanukkah and the Future Abomination of Desolation”

  1. Hmm something came up to my mind recently. There are supposed to be ten realms (horns) according to book of Revelation, but in the Middle East there would be missing few. If there are few caliphates to be created in european countries, we may have the answear what this ten realms (horns) will be. There are at least uk, germany and france (three horns/crowns) that one day may become one.

    1. I haven’t attempted to analyze where the ten horns are. We know from Dan. 8 that the Neo-Turkish empire that is established after it defeats Iran will be divided into four (just as Alexander the Great’s Empire). So there are four of them.

      However, I strongly doubt that any will be from Europe. The Old Testament prophets are clear about the nations that Jesus judges upon his return and all of them are north African, Middle Eastern, or Western Asian countries. NONE are European.

      Someday I’ll undertake a study to at least guess at the ten horns, but for now I don’t know. Many of the countries may not yet even exist.

  2. I read Vernon’s anguish…I, too, feel and identify with his pain. I’ve emailed my Sr. Pastor, Missions Pastor and Bible teacher/Elder who seem to think that prophecy does not fit into our church’s missional statement of making, maturing, and multiplying disciples!

    Unbelievable! So their saying that over 25% of God’s Word does not fit in their scope of the church! How hard-hearted and stiff-necked is that! It is as though they do not really believe that Jesus is really coming back and ruling on earth!

    Truly, fundamental, Qu’ran-following Muslims are murdering Christians and Jews in the Middle East and Europe, burning churches and fire-bombing synagogues like match sticks and believing that Islam is not what the church is going to face shortly and suffer under is as bad as watching Obama deny that Islam is no threat to the West!

    It is with great sadness that I can feel the frustration of the OT prophets when they dealt with Israel on behalf of God. Talking to my church about biblical prophecy unsealing and becoming comprehensible is no different today! *sigh*


    1. Yes, good4u, the sleeping church is more frustrating to me than our politicians who do not have the Holy Spirit within them. Of course our Lord prophesied this in Matt. 25:5. The new book is designed to help awaken pastors and churches.

      Getting church leaders to read the book, something that doesn’t interest them, is a major issue. This weekend, several brothers and I began working on a script for a short video to accompany the book when it is given to a church leader. Hopefully the video will convince them to open it. Only the Spirit can help once the book is opened.

  3. I am praying for that to become a reality brother! I am still working on an audience for the summer hopefully. I am facing a wall of apathy from the Church. If I am not being challenged, I am being Ignored. No one dares to challenge the Rome model of Antichrist in this island. I created my websites to cater to readers here…but most of my readers are from North America, which at the same time is both positive and sad, considering I live on an island with the most Churches per square mile than any other nation in the world!

      1. Thanks Yoli, I have listened to this before. My personal belief about prophecy is that “in these last days (He) has spoken to us in His Son” Heb. 1:2 Although God spoke directly to the prophets and apostles, now that the canon of scripture is solidified and available, He prophetically speaks through his Word. IMO God may give us dreams and visions to be applied in our own lives, but revelation for the Church at large comes through interpretation of the Bible. So I put very little stock in those who say “God gave me this vision for the Church.” The mantle of a prophet is heavy: perfection of vision. There cannot be one error. The mantle of a false prophet is heavy as well. I am making no judgment here on Wilkerson or any other prophet. I just place no stock in them.

  4. Nelson,

    This is is a good post! As the events of these last days continue to unfold, more evidence comes to light which further “cements” the idea that the Beast is surely Islam.It would now be absolutely shocking if it were anything to the contrary. I will repost this later today.

    1. Happy New Year brother Vernon. I am looking forward to speaking in your beautiful island country next year! And of course, to see you again.

      You are correct, it seems more and more evidence is uncovered monthly that points to Islam.

  5. And for those who aren’t familiar with what Muslims are expecting in the days to come about the black stone, the hadith says:
    Ibn `Abbas (may Allah be pleased with him) further related that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said: “By Allah, Allah will bring it forth on the Day of Judgment, and it will have two eyes with which it will see and a tongue with which it will speak, and it will testify in favor of those who touched it in sincerity.” (At-Tirmidhi, Sunan)

    1. Reminds me of Dan. 7:8 and what it says about the Antichrist
      While I was contemplating the horns, behold, another horn, a little one, came up among them, and three of the first horns were pulled out by the roots before it; and behold, this horn possessed eyes like the eyes of a man and a mouth uttering great boasts.

  6. Circumcising, not “circumscribing” infant males.

    But other than that error, I think you are definitely on to something here.

    1. The article doesn’t mention that the Black Stone is actually 6 or 7 smaller stones fused together in a cement type matrix. This even further “cements” the idea (poor pun) given that the original Abomination was made of “stones” not a single stone.

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