In this last end, once the highest level of abomination has been reached, “a king of fierce countenance and understanding dark sentences shall stand up.” Now, let’s consider what is written in Matthew chapter 24:
“When you 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 them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains: Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house.” (v. 15-17)
Let us look for the original Greek words for some of the words in Strong’s Concordance:
“Not” in the Greek appropriately means “God forbid”
“Come down” means, to descend, to step down
“Take”: by Hebraism, (compare H5375) to expiate sin
H5375 is nasa’ in Hebrew which also means forgive, pardon
Expiate in the dictionary means, to make amends for, to extinguish the guilt incurred by
To expiate sin means,
– to make amends for sin,
– to extinguish the guilt incurred by sin
– forgive sin
– pardon sin
“Any thing” can also mean, “any man or any person”
“House” could also mean “family or household”
It looks like God forbid whosoever is on the housetop to descend or step down for him to make amends for sin, even to be pardoned for it or to be forgiven from it, and God included any member from his family. God seems to be so full of indignation that He forbids any form of repentance from this person who is on the housetop including his whole household.
But who do you think is on the housetop? Could this be literal or just being used figuratively? Remember that this is Daniel’s prophecy about the abomination of desolation inside God’s temple (Church) so we ought to get the context from there for us to UNDERSTAND what this is all about. This has to be referring to the conclusion of the 70 weeks prophecy in Daniel 9:27 – “…and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation…”
Again as for the meaning of the word “OVERSPREADING”, in Strong’s Concordance, it can also mean “A PINNACLE OF A BUILDING.” While in Lange’s Commentary here’s what is written:
Von Lengerke, “the DESOLATOR comes upon the PINNACLE of abomination”; (also Hengstenberg, Maurer, Reinke); de Wette, “the abomination of the DESOLATOR shall stand on the PINNACLE OF THE TEMPLE;” Havernick, “on the HEAD (or SUMMIT) of the abominations is a DESOLATOR; …Fuller, “and over the covering of abominations stands a DESOLATOR;”
So WHO is on the HOUSETOP?
It’s the DESOLATOR in God’s Church! – “the abomination of the DESOLATOR shall stand on the PINNACLE OF THE TEMPLE” – once this desolator reached the highest position of authority in the temple or the highest point of abomination, God said that He will not allow him to go down to repent of his sins including his own family! Let us look at a similar prophecy in Habakkuk chapter 2 (v. 9):
“Woe to him that coveteth an evil covetousness to his house, that he may set his nest on high, that he may be delivered from the power of evil!”
Here’s what is written in Matthew Henry Commentary regarding this verse:
The crime for which this woe is denounced is much the same with that in the foregoing article – an insatiable desire of wealth and honour; it is coveting an evil covetousness to his house, that is, grasping at an abundance for his family. Note, Covetousness is a very evil thing in a family; it brings disquiet and uneasiness into it (he that is greedy of gain troubles his own house), and, which is worse, it brings the curse of God upon it and upon all the affairs of it. Woe to him that gains an evil gain; so the margin reads it… Now observe, What this covetous wretch aims at; it is to set his nest on high, to raise his family to some greater dignity than it had before arrived at, or to set it, as he apprehends, out of the reach of danger, that he may be delivered from the power of evil, that it may not be in the power of the worst of his enemies to do him a mischief nor so much as to disturb his repose. Note, It is common for men to pretend it as an excuse for their covetousness and ambition that they only consult their own safety, and aim to secure themselves; and yet they do but deceive themselves when they think their wealth will be a strong city to them, and a high wall, for it is so only in their own conceit, (Prov. 18:11).
This DESOLATOR inside God’s Church thinks that by going up the ladder of authority in God’s Church “to set his nest on high, to raise his family to some greater dignity …that he may be delivered from the power of evil.”
What then is the reason GOD FORBIDS whosoever is on the housetop to come down and repent of his sin? The answer is in verse 10:
“Thou hast consulted shame to thy house by cutting off many people, and hast sinned against thy soul.”
Continuing from Matthew Henry:
What he will get by it: Thou hast consulted, not safety, but shame, to thy house, by cutting off many people, v. 10. Note, An estate raised by iniquity is a scandal to a family. Those that cut off, or undermine, others, to make room for themselves, that impoverish others to enrich themselves, do but consult shame to their houses, and fasten upon them a mark of infamy. Yet that is not the worst of it: “Thou hast sinned against thy own soul, hast brought that under guilt and wrath, and endangered that.” Note, Those that do wrong to their neighbour do a much greater wrong to their own souls.
It seems that this DESOLATOR has come to his position of authority in God’s Church (in the PINNACLE OF THE TEMPLE) mainly because of cutting off many people in God’s Church through several suspensions and disfellowshipment of members, he even “impoverish others to enrich themselves.” Has this not happened in recent history even inside the Philadelphia Church of God?
Who do you think could this DESOLATOR be?