DANIEL 11 – Context of ‘The Abomination of Desolation’ תועבת שממה


Daniel 11 is an overview of the nations controlling Israel from the time of Cyrus to the time of Herod the Great.

It also provides the context of the ‘abomination of desolation‘ referred to by Jesus –

 So, when you see standing in the holy place ‘the abomination of desolation,’ described by the prophet Daniel (let the reader understand), then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains.  Matt. 24:15


Jesus was born into the dark world of Herod the Great.

Now Jesus having been born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king    Matt. 2:1

Below is the text of Daniel 11 with comments and interpretation –

The desolation of Israel was a progressive event.

Daniel recognised that Israel had already ‘turned aside’ in chapter 9.

Dan 9:5 We have sinned, and have committed iniquity, and have done wickedly, and have rebelled, even by turning aside (H5493) from thy precepts and from thy judgements.

Even though Jesus was killed in 31 CE and God was no longer in the Jewish Temple worship (veil of temple torn), the temple of Herod wasn’t swept away until 70 CE and the Jews were not scattered from Jerusalem until 135 CE.  Jesus told His followers in Matt. 24 to leave Jerusalem when they saw the abomination of desolation spoken of by Daniel. In fact he told his disciples to meet Him in Galilee after the resurrection – God was no longer in Jerusalem as the place of worship (as He told the Samaritan woman).  In graphic language similar to ‘flee Babylon run for your lives’, Jesus told His disciples to flee from Jerusalem. Despite the warning, His disciples still lingered in there for a while.

Having given a summary of  events to the death of Christ, the narrative reverts to more specific information about Herod the Great.  This technique is used throughout Daniel and Revelation where the same events are repeated (see Great Sign of Woman in Heaven)

…”but he will meet his end with no one to help him.” Herod met his end like all ‘Kings of the Earth”.

Daniel 12 continues the narrative – See Daniel 12 – Time of Blessing

Revelation fills in the gaps after Daniel’s prophecies – See Daniel Revelation Connection

There is another ‘Abomination of Desolation’ spoken of in Daniel 12 – a further judgement on Israel. The armies of Armageddon have gathered at the Euphrates in preparation (Revelation 16).  To read more about the coming trouble for Israel See  70 Years for Babylon

This is not the end of the prophecies concerning Herod the Great. Read more about him in Revelation 12 – Great Sign of the Woman in Heaven



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