'Abomination of Desolation'
Let's find where the 'abomination of desolation' is mentioned in the book of Daniel. From then on we will try to understand the end time mysteries, which our Lord ordered us to study so that we have a better understanding of end time prophecies
Dan 11:29-31 " At the appointed time he ( king of the North) shall return and go toward the south; but it shall not be like the former or the latter. For ships from Chittim shall come against him; therefore he shall be grieved, and return in rage against the holy covenant, and do damage. So he shall return and show regard for those who forsake the holy covenant. And forces shall be mustered by him, and they shall defile the sanctuary fortress; then they shall take away the daily [sacrifices,] and place there the abomination of desolation.
This king of the North will remove the daily [sacrifice] and replaced it with the abomination of desolation. These events will only occur at the appointed time, so when is this appointed time?
Dan 11:35 "And some of those of understanding shall fall, to refine them, purify them, and make them white, until the time of the end; because it is still for the appointed time."
From the above scripture, the appointed time will be during the time of the end. So this 'Endtime king of the North' will be the last days' king of the Northern Kingdom.
Who was the king of the North?
Dan 11:1-3 "Also in the first year of Darius the Mede, I, even I, stood up to confirm and strengthen him. And now I will tell you the truth: Behold, three more kings will arise in Persia, and the fourth shall be far richer than them all; by his strength, through his riches, he shall stir up all against the realm of Greece. Then a mighty king shall arise, who shall rule with great dominion, and do according to his will. And when he has arisen, his kingdom shall be broken up and divided toward the four winds of heaven, but not among his posterity nor according to his dominion with which he ruled; for his kingdom shall be uprooted, even for others besides these."
Alexander the Great defeated the last Persian King Darius III. Within a short period of 11 years, he ruled the areas from Greece, Persia, Egypt and to India.
After the death of Alexander the Great, the Grecian Empire was broken up into 4 kingdoms under the control of each General.
1. Greece and Macedonia
Gen. Cassander took control of Greece and Macedonia;
Gen. Lysimachus took control of Thrace and most of Asia Minor;
3. Southern kingdom
Gen. Ptolemy took control of Egypt, Israel and Petra.
4. Northern kingdom
Gen. Seleucus took control of Iran, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon (former Persian Empire).
Present Northern Kingdom
There are at least 4 groups fighting one another in this region.
1. The Shia which governs Iran, Iraq and Syria.
2. The Sunni, which is the majority in Syria, are rebelling against the ruling party in both Syria and Iraq.
The West supported the Shia by disposing Saddam Hussein in Iraq, but in Syria they are supporting the rebelling Sunnis.
3. ISIS the Islamic extremists, which formed the Sunni Caliphate in Syria and Iraq and are fighting everyone.
4. The Kurds are protecting their own land from ISIS and are rebelling against the ruling powers for independence.
ISIS for its great atrocities and horrific killings will soon be annihilated and then the Endtime king of the North headed by Persia (Iran) will form the Northern Kingdom or Alliance