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The Abomination of Desolation Part 2

The Brazen Serpent

The Christological Symbol (Brazen Serpent Sculpture), created by Italian artist, Giovanni Fantoni, stands atop Mount Nebo. It is symbolic of the bronze serpent created by Moses in the wilderness (Numbers 21:4-9) and the cross upon which Jesus was crucified (John 3:14).

Mount Nebo

According to the 2 Maccabees 2:4-7, the Prophet Jeremiah hid the tabernacle and the Ark of the Covenant here.

Recent history

Pope Benedict XVI visited the site on May 9, 2009, gave a speech, and looked out from the top of the mountain in the direction of Jerusalem.

ISRAEL: The pope’s gifts–taking stock

Significance to Christianity

“As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life“.[11]

Hezekiah destroyed the brazen serpent, calling it Nehushtan, or “a lump of brass.” From this it was argued by some that rulers in Church and State have authority to prohibit, in the public worship of God, the use of things that have been abused to Idolatry. [1] But this likely falls short of the true significance of Hezekiah’s actions – the condemnation of idol worship that has replaced true worship. Conservative scholars note a similar episode in the life of Gideon [12] as a theological parallel. [2][3] The Apostle Paul condemns this principle of replacement in Romans 1.22-23, 25.


The creation of a bronze snake (the Nehustan) is attributed to Moses in the Book of Numbers (Numbers 21:6).

The Talmud, Rosh Hashanah 29a, asserts that it was not the copper serpent that healed the Israelites, but it was their looking up and submitting themselves to God.


Numbers 21:5-9

5And the people spake against God, and against Moses, Wherefore have ye brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? for there is no bread, neither is there any water; and our soul loatheth this light bread.

6And the LORD sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and much people of Israel died.

7Therefore the people came to Moses, and said, We have sinned, for we have spoken against the LORD, and against thee; pray unto the LORD, that he take away the serpents from us. And Moses prayed for the people.

8And the LORD said unto Moses, Make thee a fiery serpent, and set it upon a pole: and it shall come to pass, that every one that is bitten, when he looketh upon it, shall live.

9And Moses made a serpent of brass, and put it upon a pole, and it came to pass, that if a serpent had bitten any man, when he beheld the serpent of brass, he lived.


2 Kings 18:4

4He removed the high places, and brake the images, and cut down the groves, and brake in pieces the brasen serpent that Moses had made: for unto those days the children of Israel did burn incense to it: and he called it Nehushtan.


Book of Zephaniah

Some scholars believe that much of the material does not date from the days of King Josiah (ca. 640-609 BC), but is actually post-monarchic. Three general possibilities are that a person, possibly named Zephaniah, prophesied the words of the book of Zephaniah; the general message of a Josianic prophet is conveyed through the book of Zephaniah; or the name could have been employed, either during the monarchic or post-monarchic period, as a ‘speaking voice’, possibly for rhetorical purposes. Although it is possible that a post-monarchic author assumed the persona of a monarchic prophet to add credibility to his message, there is no evidence to support such a claim.


THE LINK PRECEDING states that Zephaniah the prophet of the Book of Zephaniah is the only prophet of the prophets in the OT that gives a partial genealogy of himself.

I wonder why Zephaniah would give his partial genealogy and what difference does it make? Why bother?

I looked up the gospel of Matthew to see if Hezekiah was part of the genealogy of Jesus that Matthew proposes in his gospel and it does include Hezekiah in the NIV and Ezekias in the KJV:

Matthew 1:9 NIV

9Uzziah the father of Jotham, Jotham the father of Ahaz, Ahaz the father of Hezekiah,

Matthew 1:9 KJV

9And Ozias begat Joatham; and Joatham begat Achaz; and Achaz begat Ezekias;

I am assuming that Hezekiah and Ezekias are one and the same person, but I don’t know!

I believe that Zephaniah supports the Gospel of Matthew’s genealogy up to Hezekiah/Ezekias to support himself as a true prophet and the Gospel of Matthew is using the prophets book of Zephaniah (his genealogy) to support his claim to being the Messiah with the other two synoptic renditions of Jesus (Gospels of Mark and Luke) in collusion with the Q source, Paul, his family, followers and cohorts and Josephus Flavius son of Matthew (historian) and his account of history

to quell the truth about Jesus written about in the Gospel of John.

and I believe it is not by accident, but purposeful with the intent to deceive and promote a false Jesus. If you read my posts you will see lots and lots of examples to support my belief.

There is a world of difference between the Gospel of John and the other gospels and they should be examined carefully!

Daniel 7:25 And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.

I think history has been multiplied and divided to hide the prophetic events people are expecting to come that have already occurred and to confuse the masses about who Jesus was, when he came, and why he came. It is not a mistake or just differing viewpoints of that time that can explain the differences between the Synoptic Gospels and the Gospel of John!

Josephus and the holy books of Jerusalem

Below is an article presented by ChristianAnswers with a listing of many prophecies about the identification of Jesus:

Messianic Prophecies

“More specificially, he would be of the house of David (2 Samuel 7:12-16Jeremiah 23:5Psalm 89:3-4). Fulfilled: See Christ’s genealogy in Matthew 1Luke 1:273269. Note: Since the the Jewish genealogical records were destroyed in 70 A.D., along with the destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple, it would not be possible for a Messiah imposter who was born later to prove his lineage back to David and thus fulfill this prophecy.”

Do you think this may mean that there might actually have been a false Messiah that wants to replace the true Messiah back in those days?

It is no accident that the records were destroyed!

SO anyone that comes saying he is the Messiah in this present age OR IN THE PAST cannot possibly prove his IDENTIFICATION BY HIS GENEALOGY!

The messiah is supposed to come from the line of David, but if you recall one of David’s sons called Soloman had hundreds of wives!

I believe the Abomination of Desolation occurred then, but often times prophecies have a dual fulfillment and meaning so it could be possible that it will happen again. Also SOME FULFILLMENTs OF PROPHECIES ARE FALSE FULFILLMENTS CREATED AND IMPLEMENTED BY A FALSE PROPHET AND A FALSE MESSIAH TO PROVE THEIR FALSE ID-ENTITY AND FALSE PROPHECIES!

The gospels of Matthew and Luke WROTE that there was Desolation:

Matthew 23:38

Beholdyour house is left unto you desolate.

Luke 13:35

Beholdyour house is left unto you desolate: and verily I say unto you, Ye shall not see me, until the time come when ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.








If the Gospel of Matthew is looking back in history to make prophetic statements about things of the past (implying the desolation of Jerusalem and the Temple) obviously the genealogical records were  destroyed by the time the gospel of Matthew was completed then why bother adding genealogy of Jesus to his text? There is no way to prove or disprove his genealogy and the gospel writer of Matthew must realize this Catch-22.

It seems to me that the statements about

‘beholding their desolation’ etc.,

written by the false prophets and false shepherds/wolves

who wrote the gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke

are the poison

that Jesus warns his disciples

about at the last supper

in the Gospel of John!

I believe that the story in Numbers 21:4-9 is a prophetic picture pointing us to what is written in the Gospel of John because Jesus knew what would be written about him in the other gospels. When a person discovers the lies in the Synoptic Gospels or discovers the contradictions in the bible. it can be disconcerting and take a person’s faith down a notch or two and for some can even make them lose faith totally in what is written. I have come often to different levels of despair about the contradictions because of what is written in the gospels, the OT,  and in the history information afforded us, but when I read the gospel of John and read about Jesus in most parts, it helps me to believe when I am at my lowest.

I honestly think the devil is in the details of the gospels! I think we have been robbed of so much by the powers in the church that supposedly protected the gospels. Nevertheless there are morsels left in the gospels to hold us over.

I have a hard time with people that say not to believe because there are contradictions. It is like saying there was never a temple because now there is a mosque sitting in the same spot. That’s ridiculous. Or when someone says that the holocaust did not occur. We luckily have photos to show the evidence of the holocaust which we did not have in the biblical days. The only way to keep the truth in the gospels was to allow the lies, otherwise all would have been lost. So when you find a contradiction in the bible and there are many, many of them, it is a good idea to do research in other books, gospels, anywhere that you can find information (and also pray) and eventually the truth will shine through the lies that have been sown purposefully to trip you up and wear you down.

They are the stones!

That’s why I believe that what happened to the Hebrews in Numbers was for this generation also to look past the lies and see!

Read the Gospel of John and learn it well and it will help to see more clearly.

As far as the Synoptic Gospels there are some outstanding parts that very well could be true, but mixed in are some parts that just do not measure up to the standards of reliability.

In many ways life itself is a contradiction. We are living in times that are very similar to the confusion that engulfed those days in Israel but we now have access to more information than ever before and we should take advantage of what we have been given to sort it out, so to speak.

There is no comparison to any other than who, what and why Jesus came!

Even if you have to read between the lines He is a miracle!

 Life is a miracle but full of a lot of diversions, slippery slopes, pit falls, and lessons, etc. which makes life hard to live sometimes.

Abomination of Desolation: Part one

In The Garden of Gethsemane

The Covenant with Many


Salute No Man

Joseph of Arimathea (A JUST MAN)


November 1, 2010 Posted by | Bible Contradictions, Bible Controversies, BIBLE PROPHECY, Book of Daniel, Gospel of Matthew, JOSEPHUS, POPE BENEDICT XVI, Synoptic Gospels, THE ABOMINATION THAT CAUSES DESOLATION | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment