Most today believe a future ruler of a one-world government (the antichrist) will desecrate a rebuilt Jewish temple in Jerusalem during the great tribulation, which will follow our Lord’s second coming.
But what does the Bible say?
The words “abomination of desolation” come from Matthew 24:15 and Mark 13:14,
“When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)”
“But when ye shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing where it ought not, (let him that readeth understand,) then let them that be in Judaea flee to the mountains:”
These words are taken from Jesus’ teaching on the Mount of Olives. Luke’s record of the sermon tells us what the abomination of desolation truly was.
“And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh.” Luke 21:20
Instead of a futuristic antichrist, Jesus said plainly it was armies coming to make the city desolate. Because the Jews crucified Jesus in vicious hatred, God sent armies to destroy them. And He taught this in other places as well.
“Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; buthe will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.” Matthew 3:12
“They say unto him, He will miserably destroy those wicked men, and will let out his vineyard unto other husbandmen, which shall render him the fruits in their seasons.” Matthew 21:41
“But when the king heard thereof, he was wroth: and he sent forth his armies, and destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city.” Matthew 22:7
“Behold, your house is left unto you desolate.” Matthew 23:38
“For the days shall come upon thee, thatthine enemies shall cast a trench about thee, and compass thee round, and keep thee in on every side, And shall lay thee even with the ground, and thy children within thee; and they shall not leave in thee one stone upon another; because thou knewest not the time of thy visitation.” Luke 19:43-44
Matthew and Mark recorded words of Jesus fulfilling Daniel 9:26-27, which told of a prince coming to destroy the city and sanctuary for the wickedness of the Jews in murdering the Lord of glory. The prophecy declared that God had determined to pour desolations on Jerusalem until their consummation.
Luke did not write, “spoken of by Daniel the prophet,” for he explained in clear language the coming of the armies to destroy the city, thus defining exactly the meaning of “abomination of desolation.”
And Jesus promised all these things would happen to that generation of wicked men. His judgment would come within forty years.
“Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.” Matthew 24:34
Since the judgment would be so severe in its desolation of Jerusalem, Peter spent much of his sermon at Pentecost warning the believers about it.
“And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation.” Acts 2:40
And sure enough, in 70 A.D., the Roman prince Titus brought armies and completely destroyed Jerusalem and the temple and left it utterly desolate, just as Jesus had prophesied.
By definition, the Abomination of Desolation is something abhorrent to God that will bring to ruin or devastation. And when we search the Bible diligently, comparing scripture with scripture (the correct form in Biblical hermeneutics), we find that in almost all instances where the pertinent Hebrew word translated abomination [shiqquwts] is found, it is dealing in some way with God’s people falling away or forsaking Him, to serve the gods of the heathen nations. In other words, it clearly illustrates the spiritual idolatry of the Lord’s people in turning away from Him to serve false gods. It is in this context that we find that the disgusting (abominable) thing that God hates is His people going after false gods. It is this abomination that will leave them in ruin (desolate). The scripture is replete with examples of this abomination.
2nd Chronicles 15:8
- “And when Asa heard these words, and the prophecy of Oded the Prophet, he took courage, and put away the Abominable idols out of the land of Judah and Benjamin, and out of the cities which he had taken from mount Ephraim, and renewed the altar of the Lord, that was before the porch of the Lord.”
Here we see the false gods in Judah that Asa turned the people away from, were abominable [shiqquwts] to God. In other words, this was a horribly detestable thing in God’s sight. Asa restored the altar of God, and brought about a reformation of sorts, in turning the Lord’s people away from false doctrines to towards obedience to God. This isn’t an abnormality, this abomination is consistently seen illustrated throughout scripture.
- “for the children of Judah have done evil in My sight, saith the Lord: they have set their abominations in the house which is called by My name, to pollute it.
- and they have built the high places to Tophet, which is in the valley of the son of hunnon, to burn their sons and their daughters in the fire; which I commanded them not, neither came it into My heart.”
Here again we see this word [shiqquwts] or abomination as an illustration of the unclean disgusting practice of God’s people forsaking the true God to serve the gods of men. By doing so they are making the Lord’s house unclean, polluting His dwelling place, which is the thing that is most abhorrent to God. And God is not silent concerning these abominations, He warns His people that those who do such things will be left in “desolation.” That will be their judgement.
- “And I will destroy your high places, and cut down your images, and cast your carcases upon the carcases of your idols, and my soul shall abhor you.
- And I will make your cities waste, and bring your sanctuaries unto desolation, and I will not smell the savour of your sweet odours.
- And I will bring the land into desolation: and your enemies which dwell therein shall be astonished at it.”
“Desolation” is the judgment that the Lord has decreed upon His people who go after the false gods or idols of the unbelievers. And that Hebrew word translated “desolation” is [shamem], the exact same word used in the Daniel’s prophesy of the “Abomination that makes desolate.” It means brought to ruin or made devastated. Clearly this abomination of God’s people going after false gods, would bring His judgement that would leave them destitute or destroyed. The Biblical precedent is set in Leviticus, and is carried out all through the scriptures. This abomination, and the judgement thereof is clearly and frequently identified. This principle is not only seen in Old Testament testimony, it continues into the New Testament. Abomination standing in God’s house will make it a forsaken place deprived of God’s blessings. When Christ spoke in Matthew chapter twenty-four of the coming fulfillment of the prophecy of Daniel, the context is Him warning of the very same abominable things in God’s house that would make it desolate. Namely, the coming of false prophets to deceive, and who obviously serve false gods. Matthew 24 is a prophecy of God’s people falling away from the God of the Bible, to serve false gods in the holy place. And he that reads that prophesy should understand very clearly that the only “Holy Places” that could be subject to future prophesy after the cross, are:
- The body of believers
- The Church
There were no other Holy Places that are eligible to be Holy Places of God after He judged Israel by His death on the cross. A Jewish temple room in a building in the city of Jerusalem in A.D. 70 did not any longer qualify to be the Holy Place of God that would have abomination stand in it. That place in the Temple was no longer Holy nor God’s Dwelling place 30 plus years later. In Matthew twenty-four Christ spoke of a future event when many false prophets would rise and deceive many. It is in this context that the “Holy Place” would have abomination stand in it and Christians would have to flee. The context is that it takes place in the midst of great trial and tribulation for the true believers that are besieged by false prophets. The Holy Place thus isn’t a Jewish temple, but the Church.
- “When ye therefore shall see the Abomination of Desolation, spoken of by Daniel the Prophet stand in the Holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)
- then let them which be in Judaea flee into the Mountains:”
Many question “when” this abomination of desolation must take place. But the answer is right in the context of the chapter. It is obviously speaking of the time of this “great tribulation,” and the time clue is that this period will be unique. A.D. 70 just doesn’t qualify without all sorts of exegetical and hermeneutical gymnastics are attempted in order to get around clear grammatical text.
- “For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no,nor ever shall be.”
God informs us that this is a time of tribulation like none before, and like none ever will be again. Thus it could not be speaking of a time that was past, or the period of A.D. 70. Neither period qualifies as tribulation for believers greater than the world has ever seen, nor ever will see. That period will not occur until Satan is loosed. So this abomination that makes desolate is a prophecy of the latter days, not the immediate time of the Apostles or A.D. 70. And this is also confirmed by cross-referencing this in the books of Luke and Daniel. Luke chapter 21 mirrors Matthew, but speaks of Jerusalem as being the point of attack and desolation.
- “And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh.
- Then let them which are in Judaea flee to the mountains; and let them which are in the midst of it depart out; and let not them that are in the countries enter thereinto.”
Matthew speaks of the Holy place as where the abomination that makes desolate stands, and Luke tells us that when we see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then we know that it’s desolation is nigh. Thus we see that Jerusalem, the Holy Place, and Judaea, are synonymous with the camp of the saints. In other words, they are all figures or types of the place of the Lord’s people. Judaea because it means “of Judah”, the Lion’s whelp from which the King and deliverer was to come (Genesis 49:9-11). Just as Christ is called the Lion of the tribe of Judah (Revelation 5:5) because He is the fulfillment.
Likewise they are pictured as Jerusalem because it represented the Holy and beloved city of God. God’s word informs the saints that they had “spiritually” come unto Jerusalem, the dwelling place of God’s people.
- “But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels,
- To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect,”
Jerusalem is a word picture, a synonym for the Church, the holy city of the New Testament that is to spread the gospel to the world.
- “Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.”
Jesus equates the Church to a city set on a hill so that everyone all around it can see it’s light. The holy city of God in the New testament dispensation is the congregation as it is now the light of the world. This is the Holy City, the heavenly or spiritual Jerusalem that the corporate or external Church “represents.”
And the Holy Place, which was found within the Holy Temple in the Old Testament dispensation, is now in the Church, which is the New Testament Holy Temple. This is the New Testament dwelling place of God, not the Jewish temple building. The house of God is the Church.
- “For every house is builded by some man; but he that built all things is God.
- And Moses verily was faithful in all his house, as a servant, for a testimony of those things which were to be spoken after;
- But Christ as a son over his own house; whose house are we, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end.”
All of us are living stones or bricks in the house of God, which is the New Testament Church. When Matthew 24 prophecies of future happenings in the Holy Place, it speaks of the New Testament Holy Temple, not the Old. The Holy Place in the Old Testament Temple “represented” the way to the righteousness of God, and signified that it was through Christ (Hebrews 10:19-20). Thus this Holy Place where abomination stands in the New Testament dispensation, can only be in the visible Church.
So Judah, Jerusalem, and the Holy Place are all pictures illustrating the Lord’s congregation. When abomination stand in this Holy Temple, the Lord’s congregation, then the saints are to flee from this detestable thing. The very same spiritual language we can see in revelation chapter 20 as it speaks of the beloved city, the camp of the saints. It is spiritual Jerusalem. When Satan is loosed, he gathers the armies of the nations (Gentiles) to compass this beloved camp of the saints, and that represents the Church being persecuted. God is using metaphorical language in Matthew, Luke and Revelation to signify the place or habitation of His people. i.e., the Holy place where He said He would dwell with them. In fact, it is His dwelling there that made it a holy place. Just after the cross, God’s judgement upon the nation of Israel and taking from them the Kingdom (Matthew 21:43), that made their building no longer a holy temple and holy place. And the New Covenant Church qualifies as the Holy Place after the cross. It had become a temple of heresy, and of unbelieving Priests, Scribes and Pharisees. This Temple (over thirty years after Christ’s death) does not qualify as a “Holy Place.”
Moreover, we should note that God declares the Church shall “see” this abomination stand in the Holy Place. And so we know that God’s servants are meant to note and “recognize” this abomination so that they may flee. It’s not a warning meant for unbelieving Jews, it’s a warning meant for the Church to protect their spiritual well being. Surely we would not think that Christ was merely addressing a few saints who were physically in literal Jerusalem in A.D. 70? Instead, Christ is a warning the saints of a coming persecution of them (rather than the Jews), and of the arrival of false prophets and false Christs. These will bring reviling and hatred of these saints, not the apostate Jews. many theologians have turned this chapter all around so that the emphasis is all about the unbelieving Jews, when it is really about the Church, their enduring and their well being in this time of great tribulation. When they observe this prophesied abomination standing in the holy place, they are to flee from Judaea to the mountains. This does not mean that believers should go hide in the rocks when they see Romans in a city in A.D. 70, rather it is illustrating believers should flee from the abomination that would accompany the apostasy in God’s New Testament Holy Temple. It is illustrating that there is security only in the Holy mountains of God. And believe God, that is not the hills around Jerusalem in the middle east, no matter what Josephus, or any other man says.
- “As the mountains are round about Jerusalem, so the LORD is round about his people from henceforth even for ever.”
Here God “likens or equates” Himself to mountains that are around His people. He is declaring that the children of God have “true” protection only in Him, not the mountains. This is the picture God is painting in Matthew 24. Because “these Mountains” are the only ones that can protect the saints in time of trouble and the great tribulation caused by false prophets. Certainly physical mountains are no protection from such trials of faith.
Often people ignore the fact that God represents Himself using mountains as a metaphor. The scriptures are full of these earthly examples or figures that illustrate this very “spiritual” truth. In Matthew chapter 24 God says the faithful are to flee from the Holy Place because at this time it has become an abomination. And note that their fleeing from it, means they were in it. They weren’t Christians outside of it, they were Christians in it, and when they see this are told to flee from it. A.D. 70 again does not qualify. And in such times these saints are to flee to the only refuge that will protect them from the deceiving, the hatred, and the persecution. The mountains are where the feet of God dwell symbolically, not literally. The Holy Place in the Old Testament dispensation was inside the Old Testament Holy Temple. Thus the Holy Place in the New Testament dispensation is in the New Testament Holy Temple, which can only be the Church. We know that the Holy Place is used synonymously with the Temple because it’s illustrated that way in scripture. For example, in Acts, when they spoke of Christ declaring they would destroy the temple, and He would raise it up in three days.
- “And set up false witnesses, which said, This man ceaseth not to speak blasphemous words against this holy place, and the law:
- For we have heard him say, that this Jesus of Nazareth shall destroy this place, and shall change the customs which Moses delivered us.”
Here, the Jews unambiguously refer to the “Holy Place” as Temple at Jerusalem, as that is what they called it when they bore false witness against Christ concerning His prophecy of the Temple of His body. Again the Jews who stirred up the people against Paul spoke of the Holy place “as” the Temple.
- “Crying out, Men of Israel, help: This is the man, that teacheth all men every where against the people, and the law, and this place: and further brought Greeks also into the temple, and hath polluted this holy place.
- (For they had seen before with him in the city Trophimus an Ephesian, whom they supposed that Paul had brought into the temple.)”
So clearly, the Holy Place is used synonymously in speaking of the Holy Temple. And carefully note that the unbelieving Jews forever think that this building made with hands “is” the Holy Temple. While God reveals to the elect that the Church or congregation of the Lord is the New Testament representation of the Holy Temple. These are two distinct views of two distinct types of people. Spiritual people, and carnal or worldly people looking to the earthly and neglecting the deeper spiritual truths. Unfortunately, many theologians today choose to blur these lines of distinction.
On the New Testament side of the cross, future prophecy concerning the Holy Temple “must” refer to the Church, not the building housing the Jews that were cut off. You cannot have future prophecy regarding an Old Testament Temple building that represented Christ, in the New Testament dispensation, when Christ has already came as antitype of that Temple. And the only mountains that the servants of God can flee to that will bring security from abomination standing in the “New Testament” Holy Temple, is to God. He is the believer’s Mountain Retreat, the only refuge where the saints are secure. They are to flee to a place of true righteousness, peace, and safety, which only God’s spiritual mountains can provide.
- “Thy righteousness is like the great mountains; thy judgments are a great deep: O LORD, thou preservest man and beast.”
Here God likens His righteousness that preserves man to the great mountains, and these are the mountains to which the child of God should flee when he sees the abomination stand in the holy place. Mountains in the plural because God is surrounding the saints as their defense and protector.
We should not be surprised that God tells us that those in Judaea are to flee to the “mountains” for our security in this time of trial. Judaea is used here in a figurative and metaphorical sense, and refers not to any physical nation, but to the New Covenant congregation of God that is “spiritually” Judaea (of Judah). The Church is spiritually Judaea.
Using scripture as our guide and interpreter, we understand that when we see Abomination stand in the holy place, false prophets arising and deceiving many so that iniquity abounds and the love of God waxes cold, we are to flee to the mountains for our security. For they are the only sure refuge in this time of great tribulation. Even the very context illustrates that these mountains are figures of God’s righteous protection, for it is our foundation stone wherein we cannot be moved.
- “Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised in the city of our God, in the mountain of his holiness.
- Beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth, is mount Zion, on the sides of the north, the city of the great King.
- God is known in her palaces for a refuge.”
Thus when we flee from Judaea to the mountains, it is a figure of our taking refuge from this abomination in the Lord’s house, in the only place where the wicked cannot hurt or destroy. This is where our help will come from. Not from physical mountains or fortifications against worldly armies, but from spiritual mountains and fortifications that only our Lord can provide.
- “And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh.
- Then let them which are in Judaea flee to the mountains; and let them which are in the midst of it depart out; and let not them that are in the countries enter thereinto.
- For these be the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled.”
These are days of vengeance, days of the judgement of God against this people. These are not physical armies doing battle with the Lord’s people, as some suppose, but a spiritual army that comes against a spiritual Jerusalem. This is metaphorically Jerusalem, because it is the New Testament encampment of saints, not the Old. These are the saints, the beloved city, the representation of Jerusalem from above (Galatians 4:26). Revelation chapter 20 calls this the camp of the saints because the Church is the Lord’s spiritual army. By contrast, these armies gathered from the four quarters of the earth are the spiritual forces of the kingdom of Satan. The New Testament Church is the holy place, the spiritual Jerusalem (Hebrews 12:22; Galatians 4:25-26; Revelation 3:12, 21:2) that is being attacked by these forces of evil. It is this spiritual warfare against this spiritual Jerusalem, and not literal war within the nation of Israel. After the cross, the New Testament external covenant Church is the dwelling place of God, not national Israel. The only holy place where abomination “could” stand in after the resurrection of Christ, is the New Testament Church. It can’t stand in God (the holy Temple), and it can’t stand in the true believer (the holy Temple), but it can stand in the external or visible Church (the holy Temple). For we are collectively are built up a spiritual house, a Holy Temple of God.
- “In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit”.
The corporate or external Church and holy Temple of God is built with “precious” stones of Gold, silver and precious Jewels, and also of stones made of wood, hay and stubble. When God talks about the true Temple, He is speaking of only those in Christ. But when God speaks of the external Covenant body, there are those within it who are not truly saved. It depends on from what perspective God is speaking that we know to whom He is speaking of. Where two or three are gathered together in Christ’s name, there is He in the midst of them (Matthew 18:20), making them collectively the holy place. Christ stands in the Church, in the midst of the candlesticks. When a Church apostatizes, abomination is standing where it ought not.
In the whole context of the passages of Matthew and Mark that address this period is of false Christs’ and false prophets and how believers were to be careful not to be deceived by them. It’s not a context of invasion of nations, of Romans killing Jews, but of persecution “for the sake of Christ.” i.e., there is abomination in the Church which would deceive even the very chosen (elect) if that were possible. But it’s not possible because the elect or chosen “keep” the Word of God faithfully and thus are not deceived by these wolves coming in sheep’s clothing. They who will endure in this time of tribulation will be those with the :”faith of Christ” who will take heed to the warnings and flee to the Lord’s holy mountain.
- “They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.”
This is the mountain retreat, and only the knowledgeable of God will know that the only place where the elect will have security is in this holy mountain. The elect know God, and are known of God, and thus know the true peace and safety of assurance of Salvation.
- “How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth!”
These are the mountains that publish peace and bring safety. When the man of sin (lawlessness) is seated in the holy Temple ruling “as if” he was God (Abomination), this is the only place the elect can flee to. Because man’s action of lawlessness in the holy Temple will leave it desolate.
We look to the former literal buildings in Jerusalem as merely a “type” that looked forward to the true holy Temple Christ. With the coming of Christ, it fulfilled that type. Which means, we could never go back to having prophecy of the “type” again. When the veil in the holy temple that separated the holy place from the holiest, was ripped from top to bottom, that ended the literal temple being the holy place. And this disenfranchisement took place the instant that Christ died (Mark 15:37-38). Christ fulfilled the type, therefore there is now no possibility that the type (the literal temple) would be the holy place of abomination prophesied about as in A.D. 70. That theory is a product of theologians looking to historians, rather than to scripture as their authority and interpreter. It’s true enough that the holy place before the cross “was” the holiest in the literal Temple separated by a veil. But that temple is passed away in prophecy. When Christ died, he brought the shadow of the literal temple to it’s completion (fulfillment). That Temple pointed to Christ, just as the animal sacrifices and offerings therein pointed to an ultimate sacrifice. But that holy Temple “after the cross” could no more house the holy place as the sacrifices therein by the Jews could be a godly practice. It would be a denial of Christ. Likewise, the literal temple was no longer the place of the veil separating the holy place. The Biblical “facts” are, the veil between the Holiest of Holiness was ripped from top to bottom at Christ’s death on the cross, signifying that the way into the holy place was no longer pictured in that physical temple, but was now in it’s fulfillment in the New Testament Church.
- “Jesus, when He had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost.
- And, Behold, the veil of the Temple was ripped from top to the bottom; and the earth did quake.”
This signified that the Old Testament Temple and it’s ceremonial laws and practices were completed in Christ. This veil was destroyed when Christ died because it represented His flesh. With the sacrifice of His own flesh, this could no more be considered the separator between the holiest of holiness, and man. This Temple made with hands cannot be the object of future prophesy because it’s been fulfilled, completed, or brought to it’s end in Christ.
- “For Christ is not entered into the Holy Places made with hands, which are a figure of the True, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us:”
That literal temple made with hands was just a figure or shadow that prefigured the true Temple, which was Christ. He is the perfect Temple not made with hands, and it is through His flesh that man enters into the holy place, having been reconciled to God. The Priests who served in the literal temple before the cross were merely looking forward to the ultimate High Priest who would come and fulfill this office. The perfect tabernacle replaced the imperfect tabernacle made by man. So despite some theologian’s protests, after the death of Christ, the veil was no longer in that literal temple building located Jerusalem because it was no longer the Holy Place. The only veil separating man from the holy at this time is in Christ’s flesh, and it is represented in the New Covenant Church dispensation.
- “Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the Holiest by the blood of Jesus,
- by a new and living way which He hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, His Flesh!”
A new and living (as opposed to inanimate) way to enter into the Holiest Holy Place! Christ is now the way into the Holy Place. The veil before was a type of Christ’s flesh, which type now has been fulfilled by the antitype. The New Covenant veil was not a bit of cloth in a temple building in A.D. 70, it was in the body of Christ, and represented by the New Testament Church. Clearly, that literal temple building had no more significance “in prophesy” after they pierced His flesh, because it was fulfilled (completed) in His death. The literal was a shadow that prefigured God’s elect would enter into the holiest through the work of the ultimate High Priest, who sacrificed Himself.
- “Who needeth not daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for the people’s: for this he did once, when he offered up himself.”
Any prophesy by Christ of action in a Holy Temple (after the cross) has to be either speaking of Christ Himself, the believer’s body, or the Church. Those are the only Holy Temples’ of God that qualify for prophesy in the New Testament period. God would no more prophesy of a fulfilled temple “as if” it were unfulfilled, than He would prophesy of Elijah coming before Him. Because that prophesy that typified John the Baptist has already been completed. The whole idea of this prophecy being of the literal Jewish Temple is fatally flawed. To continue prophecy of Old Testament shadows would imply that they are not yet fulfilled. Yet these structures were examples for us, and with their fulfillment, they cannot come back.
- “The Holy Ghost this signifying, that the way into the holiest of all was not yet made manifest, while as the first tabernacle was yet standing:
- Which was a figure for the time then present, in which were offered both gifts and sacrifices, that could not make him that did the service perfect, as pertaining to the conscience;”
The tabernacle made with hands was merely a “figure” or representation of the true tabernacle Christ. Only the sacrifice of Christ ended the significance of animal sacrifices therein. Of course I’m well aware that there are many misguided souls prophesying about literal sacrifices that they claim are going to be practiced again in a literal temple in Jerusalem. But I’m sorry to say that they do not have a firm grasp of the scriptures, nor of God’s view of eschatology. They certainly do not understand God’s concept of fulfilled “types” in scripture. i.e., it would be confusion to teach such future prophecy. And God is not the author of confusion, man is. The only holy temple in New Testament times where abomination could stand, is the external or visible Covenant Church.