Abomination of Desolation
What is the Abomination of Desolation all about? What does it mean? And why?
The statue Zeus in the Apocrypha story was anciently considered the abomination of desolation (see I Maccabees 1:54 & II Macc. 6:2). Why? Consider that Zeus means God. The Greek word in Acts 14:13 and II Macc 6:2 is Dios which in Spanish means "God".
"Originally, before Greek and Latin became differentiated as distinct languages, there was one mother term--Deos, perhaps--which was a personal name(man gave) for the Almighty. Later, as various sects invented trendy lesser gods and gave them personal names, each sect claimed that its private god was actually Deos. As a result, by the time changes in pronunciation caused 'Deos' to become 'Deus' in one area, and 'Theos' in another, all three terms had become generalized to mean 'god' instead of 'God'.
"Philosophers such as Xenophanes, Plato and Aristotle in effect tried to reverse the trend toward generalization by returning to the original use of theos as a personal name. The result? Both the original specific and the later general meanings began to co-exist.
"Zeus, as a third variant of the original Deos, managed to avoid generalization, surviving as a specific personal name. In fact, Epimenides used Zeus as a personal name for the Almighty in another part of the very poem which Paul the apostle quoted in Titus 1:12! A different fate, however--and a far more serious one--befell the Zeus variant.
"Greek theologians, tinkering through centuries with the Almighty's personal name Zeus, gradually introduced meanings that were inconsistent with the original concept. They decided, for example, to make Zeus the offspring of two other beings--Kronus (the Greek god of Time, sometimes plays as their version of the Ancient of days) and Rhea. Once theologians tricked worshipers into accepting their revision, the name Zeus no longer designated an uncreated Creator. In the absence of a sufficient number of 'Koleans' to defend the original concept, 'Zeus' died as a valid name for God. That once profound word went on to become so encrusted with barnacles of error that not even a Plato or an Aristotle could rescue it. They simply had to bypass it in favor of Theos. So also did Jewish translators and (Messiahan) apostles." Eternity in Their Hearts p. 49, 50
Even the name Jupiter which was an old Roman name they gave to Elohim. Jupiter was in older times spelled Iupiter handed down from Greeks as Iou-piter! which means "Father Yahu". Yahu is reduced to "Iou" in Greek. Example Yahudah (Hebrew word for Judah) in Greek becomes Iouda. Jehu (originally Yahu) in the Septuagint is Iou, the English text beside it has "Ju"!
What am I trying to say by all of this? Let me tell you in one brief sentence. What the heathen did was make a statue of what they thought Eloah looked like.
This is the sin that brings down the wrath of Elohim and brings desolation. The Hebrews knew that it was a sin. They well knew the commandment, "Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: thou shalt not bow down thy self to them, nor serve them: for I YAHUWAH thy Eloheka am a jealous El, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; and shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me and keep My commandments." Exodus 20: 4-6
The Creator did not address Himself as Zeus upon Mt. Sinai, the name was invented by man, which was inspired from beneath. YAHUWAH had to destroy the first temple, because it made the idea of graven images seem OK.
Antiochus Epiphanes thought Jerusalem should be the place above all else where God "Dios" should be worshipped. But the faithful Hebrews did not want the wrath of Elohim to fall upon the place, so they took action, especially Mattathias.
"He was inflamed with zeal, and his reins trembled, neither could he forebear to show his anger according to judgment: wherefore he ran, and slew him upon the altar. Also the kings commissioner who compelled men to sacrifice, he killed at that time, and the altar (and idol- I Macc. 1:54) he pulled down." I Macc. 2:24, 25
This is also why popery is styled abomination of desolation, because the pope styles himself "Lord God", or has set himself in the place of El.
By the way the Canaanite idol "El" also came into being by this same concept, they made an image of what they thought El was like. The ancients probably did not worship them at first, they said it only was a representation of what "El" was like. Then because of further rejection of truth, they became degraded to the point of worshipping graven images.
In the Adventist Review July 7, 2000 p. 13. Victor Issa ran an ad showing his graven image works, which were on display at the General Conference Session in Toronto, and now have been transferred to the General Conference headquarters in Washington D.C., also in this ad is a picture of a graven image that is supposed to represent the Messiah which they erroneously call "Jesus", which was not the name the angel Gabriel delivered. What gross errors come when the sacred name message is not received. Issa told me himself that this image was in front of an Adventist hospital near Loveland Colorado (I told him personally about Psalm 115:8 - he is now thinking about it). This is only the beginning stages of full blown idolatry, by which the Devil endeavors to bring the wrath of Elohim upon the Adventists.
I can't help but wonder if the Jews did not conceal the name so that the heathen would not make an image and give it the sacred name, thus profaning it.
"I am YAHUWAH: that is My name: and My glory will I not give to another (name), neither My praise to graven images." Isaiah 42:8
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