Do you not know that you are the Temple of God, and that The Spirit of God dwells within you? 1Corinthians 3:16
Two roles are available for participation in the process that leads to believing things that are completely false:
- Being the hearer having “itching ears”, wanting to hear only what you want to hear and availing yourself of teachers who will only tell you what you want to hear.
- Being the proctor who is unwittingly deceived into foolishly speaking words without knowledge or is willing to prostitute himself by presenting whatever information people will pay for.
As a youth I (wrongly) came to believe that the ragged Tent of Meeting which Joshua brought into the land, the Tabernacle of (the) Testimony constructed by Moses after the pattern shown to him by God, was some form of precursor to the true purpose of God: the Temple built by Solomon (subsequently destroyed under Babylon’s king Nebuchadnezzar, rebuilt in the time of Ezra, and destroyed again under Rome’s emperor Vespasian).
Never mind the fact that God told David, “Thou shalt NOT build me a house to dwell in!” as he reminded him, “Did I speak a word with any of the judges of Israel, whom I commanded to shepherd my people, saying, ‘Why have you not built me a house?'” 1Chronicles 17:4, 6
For more on this, see my article What is The House of God? .
In the same way the Tabernacle is presented as a primitive version of the stone Temple(s), so the emergence of the assemblies of believers after the resurrection of Jesus are regarded as the primitive church; primitive when compared to the sophisticated organizations that comprise modern Christianity, of course.
This high-minded relegation of the handiwork of God to primitive stature in favor of the allegedly advanced handiwork of men is known as blasphemy. You have been warned.
Firstly, God did not supersede His Tent of Meeting with the Temple of Solomon, or the subsequent Temple of Herod. God superseded His Tent of Meeting with the Promise of the Father, the Spirit of Holiness.
Secondly, the pattern of God’s interaction with His people in that first century, recorded in the book of Acts, was not superseded by the religion of Christianity. His assembly (church) is the same worldwide, multi-generational construction project today as it was then.
But false teaching would be a necessary component to prepare the hearts and minds of mankind to eagerly receive that which was to come.
Knowledge of the Abomination of Desolation, the abomination that makes desolate, has been in the Earth since God gave the vision to Daniel in approximately 540 BC.
In Daniel chapter 11 we are introduced to several kings who engage in battle back and forth. Historical timelines associate these kings with the likes of the kings of Persia, Alexander the Great and the four generals of Greece, Antiochus III (the Great), Antiochus IV (Epiphanes) and others.
In classic prophetic form, the specifics of the vision do not precisely match all aspects of the historical associations (e.g., Daniel 11:2 covers a 200 year period in which Persia saw nine kings, not four.)