The prophet Daniel describes for us a future event called "the abomination that makes desolate". What is that? Has this already happened or is this something yet to come? Will there be anything in the Hebrew pictographs that might help us understand what this is? Does this somehow relate to Messiah? It’s time to find out.
The Ancient Prophetic Scriptures tell us Daniel was one of the young men from Judah that was taken into captivity by the King of Babylon over 2500 years ago. Though he was never to return home, he was never far from the God of his fathers. At one point in his life, the angel Gabriel appeared to Daniel and revealed a number of future events and a timetable for them that Daniel would subsequently record.
In the book of Daniel Chapter 9 verse 27, Daniel wrote of a future prince that would come after the arrival of Messiah the Prince. This prince would fill the void left by the absence of Messiah who would be cut off or killed. This future prince would promise peace:
And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abomination he shall make it desolate even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.
What is this abomination that makes desolate? We get another clue in the writings of Rabbi Paul in one of his letters. In II Thessalonians Chapter 2 verse 4 this future prince is described as one:
Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.
What mystery can the Ancient Hebrew pictographic letters reveal to us to further describe this prince that falsely declares himself to be God? Let’s first examine Shiqquts, the Hebrew word for abomination, that in conventional Hebrew is used of something impure or detestable like an idol. Shiqquts is spelled Sheen Qoof Vav Tsade.
Sheen is the picture of teeth and means to press, to consume, or to destroy, and is the one letter God uses to identify Himself.
Qoof is the picture of the back of the head and means the last, the least, or behind.
Vav is the picture of the nail or a wooden hook and means to fasten or secure two things that are separated from one another.
Tsade is the picture of the fishhook and means to catch, to harvest, to have a strong desire, or to need, and can also mean just or righteous.
The first mystery we see in Shiqquts is that these things, these least things, will be caught or harvested and joined with destruction. Elohim obviously hates all things Shiqquts.
But there is something more to consider here. The Vav connects what is on one side of the word with the other. We know the fishhook is on one side, but what is on the other? The letters Sheen Qoof make the word translated sack. In His just humor, Elohim is telling us that everything Shiqquts will be caught and bagged. There will be no escaping destruction for this false prince who claims to be God.
The letters in Shiqquts are also numbers which have a meaning based on how they are used throughout the scriptures. The numbers in this word will give us a link to Messiah.
Sheen is the number 300 and points us to the final blood sacrifice of the Perfect Lamb of God.
Qoof is the number 100 and stands for God’s election of grace or the children of promise.
Vav is the number 6 and stands for man’s enmity with God, falling short, imperfection, or the evils of Satan.
Tsade is the number 90 and refers to a judgment ordained in heaven at the conclusion of a matter.
These numbers reveal to us that all things Shiqquts have fallen short of God’s standards and will come under a judgment ordained in heaven. This judgment will come at the hand of the Perfect Lamb of God who proved by His blood sacrifice that He is the only one who deserves our worship and is the only one who can rescue the children of promise.
Next, let’s look at Shamem, the Hebrew word translated here as desolation. In conventional Hebrew, this word means to be so appalled as to be put to silence. Shamem is spelled Sheen Mem Mem. Ancient Hebrew
Sheen again is the picture of teeth and means to press, to consume, or to destroy, and is the one letter God uses to identify Himself.
Mem is the picture of waters that can be chaotic and destructive like a tsunami or peaceful like a stream watering the desert.
Mem again is the picture of waters that can be chaotic and destructive like a tsunami or peaceful like a stream watering the desert.
In the pictographic letters of Shamem we see a picture of pressure and multiplied chaos and destruction. This picture is so devastating and overwhelming that it almost defies words and description.
The numbers in the letters for Shamem will also add meaning and point us to the work of Messiah.
As we just saw, Sheen is the number 300 and points us to the final blood sacrifice of the Perfect Lamb of God.
Mem is the number 40 and describes a time of trial, testing, or probation.
These numbers show us that the extreme chaos and destruction we just found in Shamem will compose an incredibly difficult test or trial. This desolation can only be resolved by the finished work of the Perfect Lamb of God.
This act of the coming prince who enters the temple and falsely claims to be God will be the Shiqquts Shamem that Daniel describes for us. As appalling as this insult to Elohim will be, in the letters and numbers the fate of this false prince is carefully preserved. There will be no escape for him; he will be caught and destroyed by the very God he pretends to be.
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