Therefore when you see the abomination of desolation which was spoken of through Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place (let the reader understand). (Matthew 24:15)
During the end times, the Antichrist will head a confederacy of ten European nations that will generally correspond to the territory of the ancient Roman empire (see Dan. 7:24; cf.2:40--43), and he will at first pretend to be Israel's deliverer from her enemies, and she will make an alliance with him (9:27). But after he is victorious over the nations from the south, north, and east who have come against Israel, he will reveal his true evil character and his hatred for Israel and for God (Dan. 11:40--45). It is while occupying Israel under the guise of being her protector that the Antichrist will commit the abomination of desolation.
Bdelugma (abomination) denotes an object of disgust, repulsion, and abhorrence. In Scripture it is used primarily to denote things associated with idolatry and gross ungodliness. The Hebrew equivalent was often used of rites and paraphernalia associated with the wicked conduct of pagan religions. In the book of Revelation it is used to represent the immoralities and spiritual uncleanness of the false religious system known as "Babylon the great, the mother of harlots" (17:4--5). In the new heaven and new earth there will be "nothing unclean and no one who practices abominations and lying" (21:27).
The abomination of desolation may be translated, "the abomination which makes desolate, or lays waste." In other words, the abomination causes the desolation...