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Wing of the Temple

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Daniel 9:27; “He will confirm a covenant with many for one ‘seven,’ but in the middle of that ‘seven’ he will put an end to sacrifice and offering.  And one who causes desolation will place abominations on a wing of the temple until the end that is decreed is poured out on him.” (NIV, 1984 Edition)


We are told in Daniel 9:27 that the person we often refer to as “Antichrist” will, “put an end to sacrifice” and also that, “at the temple he will set up an abomination that causes desolation.”  Because of this verse, it is often understandably assumed that a new Temple must be built and that animal sacrifices must be re-established at some point prior to the middle of Daniel’s seven year period.  I believe, however, that the Temple is already there hiding in plain sight and that sacrifices are taking place daily.


About forty years ago when I first read Daniel 9:27 in my newly purchased NIV Bible translation, the wording of one phrase instantly grabbed my attention because it was not in the King James version that I had been reading up until that time.  The phrase was, “on a wing of the temple.”  This phrase is not found in most English translations and was removed from the NIV translation in the 2011 update, but a footnote in the 2011 version gives an alternate translation that is very similar to that in the older version.  I do not have the background to do my own translating and I do understand that the word “wing” was the only word of that phrase that actually came from the original language.  Most translators evidently did not know what to do with “wing” and seemingly just ignored it.  I believe that it is important and probably should have been translated as “outer edge”, which is one of its meanings as explained in Unger’s Bible Dictionary (Merrill F. Unger, Moody Press, 1966).  I believe that this phrase is likely referring to what we call the “Western Wall” or “Wailing Wall”, that part of the ancient Temple in Jerusalem which has survived nearly two thousand years.  I also believe that the “sacrifices” referred to by Daniel apply to the true heart responses of the people, Christians and Jews, who worship there as suggested by such Bible verses as Psalm 51:17 or Romans 12:1.  This concept could be important as to how we perceive other endtime Scripture and does fit nicely into my understanding of the Prewrath positon as explained elsewhere on this website.

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