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The Truth Shall Make You Free



CHAPTER XXVI

"ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION"

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THE proclamation of the good news that God's kingdom has been established and will stand for ever was foretold by Jesus. It was to be done by those who should be hated of all nations for his name's sake. (Matthew 24: 9,14) Inasmuch as the proclaimers are abominable in the nation's sight, so also is the good news they proclaim abominable, because the news glorifies Jesus' name or office as King. The worldly nations refuse to have any king but "Caesar". Hence the proud course that the nations adopt in the face of the proclamation of God's kingdom through Christ is abominable to Jehovah God. "Every one that is proud in heart is an abomination to Jehovah: though hand join in hand, he shall not be unpunished." "He that justifieth the wicked, and he that condemneth the righteous, both of them alike are an abomination to Jehovah." —Proverbs 16: 5; 17:15, A.R.V.

Long ago, in the typical Theocracy, when King David had made the hill of Zion his capital and brought the sacred ark of the covenant of Jehovah into the tent he pitched there, Mount Zion became holy to Jehovah and he inspired

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David to write these words: "The earth is Jehovah's, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein. . . . Who shall ascend into the hill of Jehovah? and who shall stand in his holy place? He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto falsehood, and hath not sworn deceitfully." (Psalm 24:1-4, A.R.V.) Do "Christendom's" rulers and governors measure up to those divine requirements? Secular and religious history answers no! even though the ruler of Vatican City "blessed" the rebellion against Spain's republic in 1936 and called the false-swearing traitor to democracy a "Christian gentleman". The rulers and governors who turn away their ears from hearing the good news of God's established kingdom and who at the same time make religious prayers and sacrifices to Him do not meet his requirements. Instead, he that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer is an abomination. The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to Jehovah; but the prayer of the upright is his delight. The way of the wicked is an abomination to Jehovah; but he loveth him that followeth after righteousness." —Proverbs 28:9; 15:8,9, A.R.V.

Ancient Mount Zion with its holy ark of the covenant and with its anointed king who "sat on the throne of Jehovah" as his Theocratic representative was the "holy place". Its king had to meet the Lord God's holy requirements. Mount Zion as the "holy place" typified the kingdom of God. Christ Jesus ascended into that

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holy place of the Messianic kingdom because he perfectly met the divine requirements; and his Father gave him the right thereto in A.D. 29 at his anointing. He gave him the Kingdom in A.D. 1914, at the end of the "seven times". Christ's lowly footstep followers keep their hands clean and unspotted from this world of polities, commerce and religion and keep their hearts pure in devotion to God's Righteous Government. These ascend with their Head, Christ Jesus, into the royal hill of the great King of Eternity and are permitted to stand as approved in the holy place of his kingdom as "heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ Jesus". (Revelation 2:10; 3:21; 14:1; 20:4,6) By following the requirements stated at 2 Peter 1:5-11 they make their calling and election sure. At their resurrection out of death they are granted an abundant entrance into the heavenly kingdom.

The apostle Paul, who was in the Kingdom covenant, spoke of professed Christians who wanted to set aside the searching requirements and to run ahead and start reigning before God's time, right down here on earth without Christ Jesus. He reproved these proud, self-exalting ones, saying: "Now ye are full, now ye are rich, ye have reigned as kings without us: and I would to God ye did reign, that we also might reign with you. . . . For the kingdom of God is not in word, but in power." —1 Corinthians 4:8-20.

Such attempt by professing Christians to ignore the Lord's rules and time and to estab-

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lish themselves as kings in the Lord's name and without his Anointed King is an attempt to ascend the hill of Zion and to stand in the holy place. It is antichrist, because it is a setting up of a counterfeit kingdom of God in the place and stead of the true kingdom of Jehovah's Christ. It is confusing and blinds mankind to the truth. It prevents their belief and hope in God's power to erect his promised Government, and hence leads to destruction. It brings contempt and reproach upon God's name and kingdom. It is all an abomination of desolation in God's sight. For this cause it is said to "Christendom", as it was said to unfaithful Jerusalem: "Behold, your house is left unto you desolate." (Matthew 23: 38) She is not a holy place.

The prophet Daniel foretold the setting up of just such an "abomination that maketh desolate" after A.D. 1914, in the "time of the end". (Daniel 11:31; 12:11) Christ Jesus declared that the fulfillment of Daniel's prophecy would follow World War I and would be one of the proofs of the end of the world (aion), and that the abominable thing would be stood up in spite of the preaching of the good news of the Kingdom. Hence it would be showing the height of disdain and disbelief for the glad message. Immediately after foretelling the preaching of the Kingdom gospel in all the habitable earth for a witness to the nations Jesus said: "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

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them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains." (Matthew 24:15,16) "But when ye shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing where it ought not, (let him that readeth understand,) then let them that be in Judaea flee to the mountains." —Mark 13:14.

Do we have this added proof today that the final end will soon overtake Satan's organization, including "Christendom", and that it is therefore high time to flee to God's "mountain" of the Kingdom and take refuge under it? Honest examiners of the facts will admit that we do. As far back as its issue of June, 1880, (page 6) The Watchtower pointed forward to the ending of the "seven times" of the Gentiles in 1914. After that date was reached, and World War I came, proving that it was the time for the Messianic rule to begin and all human governments to yield their power and control to the Rightful Ruler, the testimony to this effect was pressed with greater force and publicity than ever by Jehovah's people. The answer of the nations of "Christendom" to the testimony these witnesses gave was hatred, unbelief, persecution, imprisonment, banning of their literature and stoppage of their Christian work. In fact, the work of Jehovah's consecrated people was left like the "two witnesses" or "two prophets" symbolically pictured at Revelation 11:3-10. "And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them." A few days

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afterward the 'dead witnesses' were revived and work was resumed.

Shortly after the World War ended in 1918 the remnant of the faithful witnesses of the Lord were revived and gathered together for his service. Then the testifying to the reign of God's Son went forward with increased zeal and vigor. The governments of "Christendom" observed it with astonishment. At the Peace Treaty conference at Versailles, France, in 1919, a league of nations was proposed and urged upon the nations, especially by the American president in attendance. The proposal was adopted and incorporated into the Peace Treaty, and the treaty was thereafter submitted to the governments of the victorious Allies. The United States Senate refused to ratify the treaty with a league of nations included.

While the League issue was being threshed out both at the Peace Conference and in the legislative chambers of governments the religious clergy of "Christendom" preached in favor of this international organization and its Permanent Court of International Justice as the only means for maintaining world peace, security, and prosperity. On May 9, 1919, the so-called "Council of the Federation of Churches of Christ in America" came out with a report advocating the League and blatantly declaring: "The League of Nations is the political expression of the Kingdom of God on earth." The pope of Rome tried to get atop the League as a most opportune vehicle to ride, but failed.

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On January 16,1920, the League of Nations held its first meeting, at Geneva, Switzerland.

That was the first manifestation and establishment of the predicted "abomination of desolation". It was a counterfeit kingdom of God, a presumptuous substitute for the government of "the Prince of Peace". The clergy of America tried for years with might and main to shove the United States into it, and an American association called "League of Nations, Incorporated" urged American entry, saying, "In a world as dark as this, why blow out the only light there is?" To this blasphemous makeshift for the divine Government which descends from God out of heaven "Christendom" pinned her hopes. At length 57 nations had joined this super-national government. By rejecting the message concerning the end of the Gentile times and the establishment of the Messianic kingdom, "Christendom" rejected Christ as King and worshiped a creature of her own hands as the image of his kingdom. But it was in fact not an image of that divine Government. The typical Theocracy in the days of King David and Solomon was a prophetic pre-imaging of the Rule of Jehovah God by his Son. "Christendom's" monstrous creation was an "image of the beast". (Revelation 13:14,15) She set it up over earth, which is the Lord's, to take the place of Jehovah's Theocratic Government. Hence she made it to stand "where it ought not". Where is that? "In the holy place," in the place and stead of God's Theocratic rule by his Messiah. What an "abomination" indeed!

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The League was definitely not the Rule of "the Lion of the tribe of Juda". Being a collective organization of over fifty governments of the Devil's world, and incorporating representative parts of the seven world-powers which held successive world dominance from ancient Egypt down till the "time of the end", the League of Nations is likened in the Scriptures to a "scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns". Interpreting this symbolic vision to provide a key for its understanding, God's angel said: "There are seven kings: five are fallen, and one is, and the other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space. And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition." (Revelation 17: 3,10,11) When the "seven times" of the Gentiles ended, in 1914, the seventh "king" or dominating world power had come. Profane history identifies it as the Anglo-American world imperialism, the bulwark of Protestantism.

Since the seven-headed "beast" is the eighth ruling creature and is of the seven, being composed of them and incorporating them, it is the prophetic picturization of the League of Nations. Being full of names of blasphemy, this royal-colored beast is not of Jehovah's origination. It is of the "god of this world", and is antichrist. It blinds men to the truth and keeps them in bondage to the mimic god and away from Jehovah and his glorious kingdom. Those wondering at it and admiring it, heedless of

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God's warning Word, will not gain life in the new world. (Revelation 13: 8) Jesus said: "That which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God." —Luke 16:15.

The sight of the "abomination of desolation" standing contrary to divine law in the place that is "holy" or set apart for God's Righteous Government is a sign, Jesus said; a sign that the great tribulation is dangerously near. It is a signal to flee with utmost haste out of the danger zone. In the January 1, 1921, issue of The Watchtower the League of Nations was pointed out both as the "image of the beast" and as the "abomination that maketh desolate". From then on Jehovah's witnesses used every means of publicity to call public attention to the danger signal, the desolating abomination, and to sound the alarm for the people to flee out of Babylonish "Christendom" and all other parts of Satan's visible organization and to take refuge in the mountain of God's organization. The Lord's "other sheep" heeded the warning and fled to his Theocratic mountain, which shall never be moved. They join in sounding the warning. As the features of the "abomination" become more and more distinct, the flight of the "other sheep" speeds up.

The seven-headed "abomination" was patched together for the preservation of the peace and security of the world that Satan the Devil might continue his domination thereof. Concerning its fortunes the prophetic account says: "The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall as-

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cend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is." (Revelation 17:8) The time when this "peace and security" beast "is not" is when it has descended into the "bottomless pit" or the abyss of inaction, inoperativeness and frustration of its announced purposes. In 1928 the worldly governments, including America, endeavored to reinforce the "peace and security" armor of the League by producing the Paris Peace Pact outlawing war. But such human devices did not prevent the fulfillment of divine prophecy. Because the papal Vatican could not get astride this League "beast", which was dominated by Protestant Britain, the papacy promoted totalitarian movements in order to forge a so-called "sword of the church" and to remake the League and alter its form to suit papal designs for world domination.

In harmony with its ambitious scheme the Vatican established itself as a political state in 1929, known as "Vatican City". It signed concordats with the totalitarian dictators, and it welcomed to the papal court the representatives of all countries, including Japan, that turned totalitarian after the Nazi-Fascist pattern.

As a result totalitarian aggression began, without any reproof or condemnation from the Vatican. In September, 1939, total war broke out. Thereafter more than thirty members (the

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majority) of the League of Nations became actively involved in the struggle between totalitarian and democratic political powers, symbolized in Daniel 11:40-43 as war between the Rome-controlled "king of the north" and "the king of the south" under Anglo-American control. Thereby the essential functions of the League of Nations and its Permanent Court of Arbitration were forced to suspend operations, and the seven-headed "beast" took a fall down into the bottomless pit or abyss, but not to stay down.

The prophecy says that the international "collective security" beast will "ascend out of the abyss" and "shall be present". (Revelation 17:8, Diaglott; Roth.) This must come at the close of the total war and at the international effort then to restore peace and security. Even during the dark hours of the total war the revival of such a mechanism of international cooperation was widely and soberly discussed, especially among the United Nations, and an international police force was proposed to safeguard the peace and enforce the decrees of the "beast". Hence the beast must have horns, and the Revelation prophecy shows it has "ten", which is a complete all-embracing earthly number. This police force will encompass the earth, but particularly "Christendom", as foreshadowed by unfaithful Jerusalem, who rejected Christ Jesus as King and whose house was left unto her desolate. During the global war the earth was encompassed with armies. It was deemed necessary also to continue thus encom-

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passing the globe with armies permanently after the total war as a protective device against aggressors and disturbers of man-made peace. The scheme is pushed under the seemingly good pretext of maintaining the "Four Freedoms"; but, contrary thereto, the prophecy shows that great political pressure and regimentation will be applied to the people to make all support the political-religious "new world order".

It is written: "As many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed. And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: and that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name." (Revelation 13:15-17) Though this had a measure of application before the scarlet-colored beast, which is the "image of the beast", went into the abyss, it will apply still more so after the scarlet beast ascends out of it. This beast has learned quite a few totalitarian tricks during the total war, and it will not unlearn them or discard them in the postwar "new order".

The "peace and security" beast ascends out of the abyss, but not to freedom, for a blood-drunk "woman" gets on the beast's back and rides it and reigns over it as mistress. Writes the apostle John: "I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet-coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns." The "woman" does not have any nauseating feelings

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at riding this "abomination of desolation". She herself is described as "having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication: and upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH." —Revelation 17:1-5.

The "woman" is the "great whore" having international relations. She symbolizes Satan's offspring, namely, "organized religion." Its most blasphemous and deceptive and powerful expression on earth is the religion of "Christendom" under the dominance and lead of the Roman Catholic Hierarchy. With so many discordant selfish elements making up the postwar association of nations, Babylonish religion under the Vatican's leadership will serve as the binding tie, but only for a time. The Vatican will act as a supranational power over the postwar confederacy of nations. She will assume to mediate between God and man and thereby insure the blessings from on high upon the international agency of control and stability.

The "woman" will ride the "abomination of desolation", and will call the arrangement the "restoration of the Kingdom of Christ on earth". Thereby "Christendom" will make the abomination to stand once again "where it ought not", "in the holy place." Because of this blasphemous anti-Christ abomination, "Christendom" will bring irreparable desolation upon her own self first, and upon all nations of the earth shortly thereafter, at Armageddon.



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