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How could a leader take away the daily sacrifice in Daniel?


It set itself up to be as great as the commander of the army of the Lord; it took away the daily sacrifice from the Lord, and his sanctuary was thrown down. Because of rebellion, the Lord’s people and the daily sacrifice were given over to it. It prospered in everything it did, and truth was thrown to the ground. Daniel 8:11-12
            The prophecy Daniel saw revealed a future leader who would stop the practices of sacrifices in the temple.  One of the future Greek kings, Anthiochus Epiphanes, reigned from 175 to 164 BC.  When a revolt occurred in Jerusalem, led by a Jewish group called the Maccabeans, Anthiochus invaded Jerusalem, stormed the temple, stole the treasures, erected a statue to Zeus and sacrificed a pig on its altar.  Daniel called this an “abomination of desolation” or an “abomination that causes desolation.”
            This brazen act stopped the sacrifices in the temple until the pig’s blood could be cleaned up.  (NOTE: The Talmud said that while cleaning the temple, a small jar of oil lit all the candles for eight days and the Jews considered that a miracle.  The celebration of Hanukkah honors that miracle.)
            Antiochus stopped the sacrifices for many years.  A Jewish led Maccabbean revolt restored the control of Jerusalem to the Jews who then reopened the temple.
            Jesus talked about this abomination saying that another abomination would come later.  Some think that’s when Rome entered Jerusalem in 70 AD and destroyed Jerusalem and the temple.  Others believe another future ruler (an antichrist) will do the same if the sacrifices are somehow restored in the temple.