The desolation of abomination

In my scripture study today I jumped from the Book or Mormon to section 84 in the Doctrine and Covenants, specifically to the last verses 114 to 120. In verse 114 the Lord refers to the desolation of abomination. Is that a typo, a reversal in the mind of the prophet Joseph of the familiar phrase used in the Old and New Testaments of the abomination of desolation?

No, the order and wording of the phrase is intentional and correct. The Lord uses the same order of the words in section 88, verses 84-85. Is there some significance to this order or do the phrases carry the same meaning? You may argue that perhaps they do and I would listen with attentiveness but I think the Lord was referring to a specific event in these verses.

The phrase in the familiar order of 'abomination of desolation' refers to a set of circumstances that will exist in the last days. We know that the prophecy in Daniel and repeated in the New Testament referred to both the destruction of Jerusalem in 70AD as well as the prophesied siege of Jerusalem that will occur at the time of the second coming of the Savior.

However, and this is my opinion only, I believe the phrase as expressed in the uncustomary order of 'desolation of abomination' refers to a cataclysmic event at the time of the coming of the Savior that destroys the wicked who have participated in and are grossly engaged in acts of abomination that merit their being made desolate and 'utterly abolished' or destroyed.

Why else would the Lord warn his priesthood in these verses to go and warn the people of certain cities of the East Coast of the United States of an impending event that would 'rend their kingdoms' and 'shake the earth' and cause the starry heavens to tremble. The Lord referred to something in verse 119 that he has already put into motion but that we cannot yet see.

I believe that event is a cataclysmic 'planetary catastrophe of the most devastating kind where nature goes on a rampage, where almost all the works of mankind crumble in worldwide earthquakes while oceanic super-tsunamis rush in upon continents, wiping vast areas of the globe clean of any vestige of life as the heavens appear to reel about as a result of our planet's wobbling on its axis of rotation.'

I put most of that last paragraph in quotes because it was written by someone else who expressed it so much better than I could do. In case you haven't noticed, several of my recent posts have included quotes from the writings of Anthony E. Larson, the author of the Prophecy Trilogy. I have been reading new writings (new to me) from Mr. Larson over the past few days.

The verses seem clear to me. The Lord has already 'put forth his hand to exert the powers of heaven' with something that 'will not only shake the earth, but the starry heavens shall tremble.' That something will cause the desolation of abomination that now exists and is only getting worse before it is utterly and completely destroyed when the Lord comes again.

What do you think? Is there an intended difference in meaning between these two phrases?


Focus said…
I have only recently discovered your essays, and I enjoy them immensely......and have shared them with family a friends.

Now I have to hurry up and read all of your wonderful essays, as well as reading the "Trioloy" books you recommended.

Thank you for taking the time to broaden our horizons.

Cameron said…
I think abomination of desolation means homosexual marriage in the temple. Homosexual acts are an abomination and homosexuality will render the earth desolate if practiced on a wide scale.
Tuscoro said…
I think you have a very limited view in what is meant and you are feeding off of Anthony Larsen’s narrow view.

You don't have to post this comment but if you choose to know and understand what is really meant, I invite you. But I assure you, you won't like it.
Mary Ann S. said…
These are all very interesting comments, and I also agree that something cataclysmic will happen at the end of the age, but I am not sure why people seem to think that "most" memebers of the church don't believe that - most of the people I know do...including members of my family who are not members of the LDS church. It's all right there in the scriptures...

I started reading Anthony Larsen's blog the other day, but am uncomfortable with his comments about the general authorities not teaching things in Conference because they are "taboo" among members - I believe that whatever is taught at Conference is inspired, and that is what the Lord wanted them to say. The General Authorities have never been shy of speaking out on hard topics when they've been inspired to do so. However, Brother Larsen has done a lot of interesting research. I just hope that I misunderstood that comment, because it made his work seem less credible to me.

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