|THE ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION
PART 2, THE GLORY
The Holy Ghost has told me that before I go further, I must understand this verse from Daniel 11. "And he
shall plant the tabernacles of his palace between the seas in the glorious holy mountain; yet he shall
come to his end, and none shall help him." (Dan. 11:45).
Houteff had this to say. ""It is self-evident that planting "the tabernacles of his palace" cannot mean
planting his capitol. The tabernacles, therefore, may denote a branch of his palace. And his choosing to
plant them "in the glorious holy mountain," indicates that the place is intended to attach to his
tabernacles the holiness of the Christian's God. Investing the tabernacles of his palace with such
sanctity, can mean that it is to house the headquarters of the soon-coming ecclesiastical world-
government, which we have already considered." (Note the use of the qualifying words "may" and "can.")
""But one location, perhaps Mount Sinai, is "between the seas" -- the Red Sea and the Mediterranean.
His choosing it instead of Jerusalem, implies that it is because Palestine, as well as Edom, Moab and
Ammon, shall "escape out of his hand." (Note the use of the qualifying word "perhaps.")
""The statement, "he shall come to his end, and none shall help him," shows that he has previously been
helped by some other power, and that he will not continue long thereafter, and most likely means that his
ecclesiasticism will be overthrown by the horns of the scarlet-colored beast (Rev. 17:16)."
""It now being apparent that "the tabernacles of his palace" are supposed to represent holiness, and that
the woman riding the beast (Rev. 17:3), settles the world's social, economic, political, and religious
problems, the truth is clear that the present Christian governments are to be reorganized, and ruled by
an ecclesiastical head -- not by Hitler."" ( V. T. Houteff, "The World, Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow," 1942, p.
At the time that Houteff wrote this, Hitler was alive and his war machine was successfully threatening the
world. Britain had acquired the title used in Daniel 11, king of the north and was in control of Palestine
under the British Mandate of 1920. The sovereign nation of Israel did not exist. Then, as now, the location
of Mount Sinai was unknown. Then, as now, Jerusalem was also between two seas, the Mediterranean
Sea and the Dead Sea.
At the urging of the Holy Ghost, I completed a study of the glory, so that I could prove the location of "the
glorious holy mountain" of Daniel 11:45. Here are the scriptural concepts I uncovered.
God is glorious. "Look upon Zion, the city of our solemnities: thine eyes shall see Jerusalem a quiet
habitation, a tabernacle that shall not be taken down; not one of the stakes thereof shall ever be
removed, neither shall any of the cords thereof be broken. But there the glorious Lord will be unto us a
place of broad rivers and streams (of living water); wherein shall go no galley with oars, neither shall
gallant ship pass thereby (not real rivers and streams, but symbolic waters). For the Lord is our judge, the
Lord is our lawgiver, the Lord is our king; He will save us." (Is. 33:20-22). This prophecy is far from its
fulfillment in strife-torn Israel, but our Glorious God will prevail.
Christ is glorious. "And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld His glory, the glory
as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth." (John 1:14).
The Holy Ghost is glorious. "And the glory of the God of Israel (the Holy Ghost) was gone up from the
cherub, whereupon (s)he was, to the threshold of the house." (Ez. 9:3).
The voice of the Lord is glorious. "And the Lord shall cause His glorious voice to be heard, and shall
shew the lighting down of His arm, with the indignation of His anger, and with the flame of a devouring
fire, with scattering, and tempest, and hailstones." (Is.30:30). Regretfully, God's voice, His prophecies, will
be heard in the time of the plagues.
Christ's King is glorious. "And speak unto him, saying, Thus speaketh the Lord of hosts, saying, Behold
the man whose name is The Branch; and he shall grow up out of his place, and he shall build the temple
of the Lord: even he shall build the temple of the Lord; and he shall bear the glory, and shall sit and rule
upon his throne; and he shall be a priest upon his throne..." (Zech. 6:12,13).
Christ's King sits on a glorious throne. "And I will clothe him with thy robe, and strengthen him with thy
girdle, and I will commit thy government into his hand: and he shall be a father to the inhabitants of
Jerusalem, and to the house of Judah. And the key of the house of David will I lay upon his shoulder; so
he shall open, and none shall shut; and he shall shut, and none shall open. And I will fasten him as a nail
in a sure place; and he shall be for a glorious throne to his father’s house." (Is. 22:21-23).
The throne of God's kings, Saul, David, etc is glorious. "A glorious high throne from the beginning is the
place of our sanctuary." (Jer. 17:12). The Kingdom of God is safe in the mountains of Israel.
The city of God is glorious. "His foundation is in the holy mountains. The Lord loveth the gates of Zion
more than all the dwellings of Jacob. Glorious things are spoken of thee, O city of God. Selah." (Ps. 87:1-
The house of God exists to glorify God. "Thus speaketh the Lord of hosts, saying, This people say, The
time is not come, the time that the Lord's house should be built. Then came the word of the Lord by
Haggai the prophet, saying, Thus saith the Lord of hosts; Consider your ways. Go up to the mountain, and
bring wood, and build the house; and I will take pleasure in it, and I will be glorified, saith the Lord."
The gospel of Christ is glorious. "But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: in whom the god
of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of
Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them." (2 Cor. 4:3,4).
The purified Christian church is glorious. "Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the
church, and gave Himself for it; that He might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the
word, that He might present it to Himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing;
but that it should be holy and without blemish." (Eph. 5:25-27).
The Kingdom of God is glorious. "And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and
shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God, having the glory of
God: and her light was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal..." (Rev.
When the descendants of the lost tribes return, Jerusalem and Zion will be glorified. "For Zion’s sake will
I not hold my peace, and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest, until the righteousness thereof go forth as
brightness, and the salvation thereof as a lamp that burneth. And the Gentiles shall see thy
righteousness, and all kings thy glory: and thou shalt be called by a new name, which the mouth of the
Lord shall name. Thou shalt also be a crown of glory in the hand of the Lord, and a royal diadem in the
hand of thy God. I have set watchmen upon thy walls, O Jerusalem, which shall never hold their peace
day nor night: ye that make mention of the Lord, keep not silence. And give him no rest, till he establish,
and till he make Jerusalem a praise in the earth. Go through, go through the gates; prepare ye the way of
the people; cast up, cast up the highway; gather out the stones; lift up a standard for the people. Behold,
the Lord hath proclaimed unto the end of the world, Say ye to the daughter of Zion, Behold, thy salvation
cometh; behold, his reward is with him, and his work before him. And they shall call them, The holy
people, The redeemed of the Lord: and thou shalt be called, Sought out, A city not forsaken." (Is. 62:1-
The redeemed of the Lord are the 144,000 sealed servants of God, 12,000 from each of twelve tribes of
Israel, the wave sheaf of the scattered tribes of Israel. "And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount
Sion (Zion), and with Him an hundred forty and four thousand, having His Father’s name written in their
foreheads. And I heard a voice from heaven, as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of a great
thunder: and I heard the voice of harpers harping with their harps: and they sung as it were a new song
before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the
hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth. These are they which were
not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever He
goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb. And in
their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault before the throne of God." (Rev. 14:1-5).
The 144,000 of the lost and scattered tribes return to an Israel prepared for them by the Messianic Jews
and by God, "prepare ye the way of the people; cast up, cast up the highway; gather out the stones; lift up
a standard (ensign) for the people." (Is. 62:10). "And He (God) shall set up an ensign for the nations, and
shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners
of the earth." (Is. 11:12).
The 144,000 become an ensign themselves. "And the Lord their God shall save them (the 144,000) in that
day as the flock of His people: for they shall be as the stones of a crown, lifted up as an ensign upon His
land." (Zech. 9:6).
At that time, it is said of Jerusalem: "Jerusalem shall be inhabited as towns without walls for the multitude
of men and cattle therein: for I, saith the Lord, will be unto her a wall of fire round about, and will be the
glory in the midst of her. Ho, ho, come forth, and flee from the land of the north, saith the Lord: for I have
spread you (the scattered tribes) abroad as the four winds of the heaven, saith the Lord. Deliver thyself,
O Zion, that dwellest with the daughter of Babylon." (Zech. 2:4-7).
The wall of fire around Jerusalem is the angelic and earthly hosts of God and God Himself. "For thus hath
the Lord spoken unto me, Like as the lion and the young lion roaring on his prey, when a multitude of
shepherds is called forth against him, he will not be afraid of their voice, nor abase himself for the noise
of them: so shall the Lord of hosts come down to fight for mount Zion, and for the hill thereof. As birds
flying, so will the Lord of hosts defend Jerusalem; defending also He will deliver it; and passing over He
will preserve it. Turn ye unto Him (God) from whom the children of Israel have deeply revolted (refused
the promised Messiah, this is the time for the Jews to accept Christ)." (Is. 31:4-6).
The glory within Jerusalem is the Holy Ghost. The people who found the Kingdom of God (Zion) are told to
deliver themselves from the world, Babylon. It is the duty of every Zionist in the world to get out of God's
way so He can destroy the wicked of the world, here symbolized as Babylon. (See No. 56, "The Third
Mount Sinai is also a glorious mountain. God gave Moses the Ten Commandments there. "And the glory
of the Lord abode upon mount Sinai, and the cloud covered it six days: and the seventh day He called
unto Moses out of the midst of the cloud. And the sight of the glory of the Lord was like devouring fire on
the top of the mount in the eyes of the children of Israel." (Ex. 24:16:17).
But there is only one mountain that can be "the glorious holy mountain" of this prophecy and that is
Mount Moriah, the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, Israel. Christ's words about the abomination of desolation
let us know that there is a mystery to be understood about His warning. "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..." (Matt. 24:15,16). Christ
Himself indicated that this scripture would only be understood with effort.
The first part of the mystery is the location of the holy place, where the abomination of desolation stands.
The answer is on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, Israel. The next part of the mystery is what the
abomination of desolation is. Here is the reason that Houteff did not tell you where it was, but only where
it might be. Once you know its location, there is no question of what it is. Since no prophecy is ever to be
understood before God chooses to unveil it, Houteff could not tell you where it was.
It is pictured at the top of the article. The Al Aqsa Mosque, on Temple Mount, in Jerusalem, Israel is on
the left, it sits in the location of a Temple storehouse. The Dome of the Rock is near the center of the
picture, it sits on the actual Temple site. To fulfill the prophecy, there had to be at least two structures.
"And he shall plant the tabernacles of his palace between the seas in the glorious holy mountain; yet he
shall come to his end, and none shall help him." (Dan. 11:45). The palace is a huge mosque in Mecca,
Saudi Arabia. A tabernacle is a removable place of worship. Because these two buildings are called
"tabernacles" in prophecy, God considers them temporary.
There is no question that the presence of these buildings on Temple Mount is an abomination. A shrine
and a temple to a false god with a false priesthood keeping a false daily sits in the holiest place on earth,
a place consecrated to the one true God. It also makes all Christian and Jewish pilgrims desolate
because they are forbidden to worship on Temple Mount. (The Israeli government banned Jewish prayers
on Temple Mount to quell Arab hostilities.) The Jews worship in the closest place they can, the wailing
wall, the western retaining wall of Temple Mount.
The Al Aqsa mosque and the Dome of the Rock are in the upper left corner of the picture.
How this abomination relates to the words of Daniel the prophet is the third part of the mystery. I'll take
that up in Part 3.
Amo Paul Bishop Roden