Daniel 11:31 Index
"And arms shall stand on his part, and they shall pollute the sanctuary of strength, and shall take away the daily sacrifice, and they shall place the abomination that maketh desolate."
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"...arms shall stand on his part..."

  • Daniel 11:31-35 place the Papal Power in control. With its last serious opposition eliminated (Ostrogoths A.D. 538), the Papacy showed her crushing power... With the Papal Power now in control and the arms of state at their command, persecution followed. (KC 134)

"...they shall pollute the sanctuary..."

  • [Historically] this passage has been understood to describe the action of the great apostate power [Papal Rome] in Christian history that substituted a false sacrifice and ministration for the true sacrifice of Christ and His ministration as high priest in the heavenly sanctuary. (4BC 873)

"...they shall place the abomination that maketh desolate."

  • The work of the [Roman] papacy is here delineated. This is the first time this expression occurs in the book of Daniel, although similar words appear in the clause "for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it dislocate" (Daniel 9:27). Christ's words concerning the "abomination of desolation" (Matthew 24:15) may be considered as applying particularly to this earlier reference in Daniel 9:27 rather than to Daniel 11:31. Speaking of the impending destruction of Jerusalem, which took place in A.D. 70, Jesus identified the Roman armies surrounding the city as "the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet" (Matthew 24:15; Luke 21:20).... In view of the fact that Daniel 9:27 is part of the angel's explanation of Daniel 8:11-13, the natural conclusion is that Daniel 8:11-13 is a blended prophecy (similar to that of Matthew 24 [DA 628]) that applies both to the destruction of the Temple and Jerusalem by the Romans and to the work of the papacy in the Christian centuries.... It should further be noted that Jesus' explicit reference to the work of the "abomination of desolation" as yet future in His time makes it certain that Antiochus Epiphanes did not meet the specifications of the prophecy. (4BC 873-874)