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But when you see the abomination of desolationa standing where he should not be (let the one reading understand), then those who are in Judea must flee to the mountains, Bible
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From Dan. 9:27, 11:31, 12:11.

Quoted from Daniel 11:31.

“standing where he should not be.” The translations differ as to whether the text should read, where “he” should not be, or where “it” should not be. Some translations support “he” (ASV; ESV; NAB; NLT), while others support “it” (CJB; HCSB; NASB; NET; RSV). The grammar can be argued either way, as anyone who reads a few commentaries on the verse will discover (cp. Lenski; The Interpretation of St. Mark’s Gospel, vs. Lane; The New International Commentary). Blass and DeBunner (A Greek Grammar of the New Testament and Other Early Christian Literature, ¶ 134) point out that a masculine participle referring to a neuter noun can designate a person.

Since the grammar can legitimately be “he” or “it,” the meaning of the verse must be interpreted from the scope of Scripture. The “abomination of desolation,” which is referring to an abomination that causes desolation, is not a statue, but a person. Furthermore, not a historical person such as Antiochus Epiphanes (although he may have been type for the Antichrist), but a person who will be manifested in the last days, whom we know as the Antichrist or Man of Lawlessness (2 Thess. 2:3ff), who goes into the Temple of God to show that he is a god.


Commentary for: Mark 13:14