What is distance?
Distance is a numerical measurement of how far apart objects are. In physics or everyday usage, distance may refer to a physical length or an estimation based on other criteria (e.g. “two counties over”). In most cases, “distance from A to B” is interchangeable with “distance from B to A”. In mathematics, a distance function or metric is a generalization of the concept of physical distance. A metric is a function that behaves according to a specific set of rules, and is a way of describing what it means for elements of some space to be “close to” or “far away from” each other.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Distance
And it doesn’t stop at physics and maths, but we can figure the basics from these two.
Couple of days ago, I was reading through Maccabees 1 (interesting how this set of books were discarded from the Protestant Bible, because of a twist of Greek).
1 Maccabees 1:57 Douay-Rheims 1899 American Edition (DRA)
57 On the fifteenth day of the month Casleu, in the hundred and forty-fifth year, king Antiochus set up the abominable idol of desolation upon the altar of God, and they built altars throughout all the cities of Juda round about:https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1+Maccabees+1%3A57&version=DRA
And this phrase: “the abominable idol of desolation” took my attention out of context. And ping!, I went for a hunt, a phrase hunt.
Young’s Literal TranslationDaniel 11:31 https://biblehub.com/daniel/11-31.htm
And strong ones out of him stand up, and have polluted the sanctuary, the stronghold, and have turned aside the continual sacrifice, and appointed the desolating abomination.
Young’s Literal TranslationDaniel 12:11 https://biblehub.com/daniel/12-11.htm
and from the time of the turning aside of the perpetual sacrifice, and to the giving out of the desolating abomination, are days a thousand, two hundred, and ninety.
Let’s go Greek now, sort of.
Young’s Literal TranslationMark 13:14 https://biblehub.com/mark/13-14.htm
‘And when ye may see the abomination of the desolation, that was spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing where it ought not, (whoever is reading let him understand), then those in Judea, let them flee to the mountains;
Young’s Literal TranslationMatthew 24:15 https://biblehub.com/matthew/24-15.htm
‘Whenever, therefore, ye may see the abomination of the desolation, that was spoken of through Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place (whoever is reading let him observe)
Abomination taken separately, like desolation in its own reading, infer numerous meanings. Yet if we look for the phrase ‘abomination of desolation’ instead of the independent words in it, then the search results provide a more focused perspective.
The Suppression of the Jewish Cult:
Under these conditions it is not surprising that Antiochus should have had both the inclination and the courage to undertake the total eradication of the Jewish religion and the establishment of Greek polytheism in its stead. The observance of all Jewish laws, especially those relating to the Sabbath and to circumcision, were forbidden under pain of death. The Jewish cult was set aside, and in all cities of Judea, sacrifices must be brought to the pagan deities. Representatives of the crown everywhere enforced the edict. Once a month a search was instituted, and whoever had secreted a copy of the Law or had observed the rite of circumcision was condemned to death. In Jerusalem on the 15th of Chislev of the year 145 aet Sel, i.e. in December 168 B.C., a pagan altar was built on the Great Altar of Burnt Sacrifices, and on the 25th of Chislev, sacrifice was brought on this altar for the first time (1 Maccabees 1:54, 59). This evidently was the “abomination of desolation.” The sacrifice, according to 2 Maccabees was brought to the Olympian Zeus, to whom the temple of Jerusalem had been dedicated. At the feast of Dionysus, the Jews were obliged to march in the Bacchanalian procession, crowned with laurel leaves. Christ applies the phrase to what was to take place at the advance of the Romans against Jerusalem. They who would behold the “abomination of desolation” standing in the holy place, He bids flee to the mountains, which probably refers to the advance of the Roman army into the city and temple, carrying standards which bore images of the Roman gods and were the objects of pagan worship.Frank E. Hirsch — https://biblehub.com/topical/a/abomination_of_desolation.htm
Makes trivial sense that the Greeks had desecrated the Temple with a huge statue of Zeus. Then came the Romans with their version of Jupiter, even
Caligula c. 40 AD when he ordered that a golden statue depicting himself as Zeus incarnate be set up in the Temple in Jerusalemhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abomination_of_desolation
And it goes on and on, like a broken plate in a vintage jukebox. This is why the number pi is (still) considered irrational: because the trivia never ends. This is why most all analysts will be right when interpreting prophecies to fulfill every now and then, from Antiochus, to Caligula, to Hadrian, to Abd al-Malik and further on to historical moments yet to come. They all carry their own weight of truth because this reality (that we deem historical) is a broken jukebox.
However, the abomination of desolation brings division. Because this is the function of the NULL, of nothingness, to divide existence, to introduce the abyss, as infinity (whereas many find infinity as a superlative, it is not).
The world of men is dreaming, it has gone mad in its sleep, and a snake is strangling it, but it can’t wake up.D. H. Lawrence
Abomination is ugly. There is no beauty in it.
Distance is desolation. No person in it.
On the bright side now, the one that can only endure.
Commanders of God’s armies and ministers of the divine glory,https://orthodoxwiki.org/Archangel_Michael#Hymns
princes of the bodiless angels and guides of mankind,
ask for what is good for us, and for great mercy,
supreme commanders of the Bodiless Hosts.