Here’s what CatholicCulture.Com says about this portion of Daniel:
[FONT="]A despicable person (11. 21), Antiochus IV got power by intrigue. Soon after taking the throne he invaded Judah where he destroyed the prince of the covenant, Onias III. Onias sought refuge in Daphne, near Antioch, but was assassinated there in 171 BC.
[/FONT] [FONT="]Then he attacked the King of the South, Ptolemy VI in 169. He tried to win over Ptolemy VI and there seemed to be peace. He advanced on Memphis, but a nationalist faction in Alexandria proclaimed the brother of Ptolemy VI as king. Antiochus wanted to take Memphis, but considered it impossible to take. With great wealth he went back to Syria. [/FONT]
[FONT="]In going through Palestine he took the temple treasures, and left a garrison in Jerusalem. A year later he tried a campaign against Egypt. In Alexandria he met a Roman Senator Popilius Laenas, who drew a circle around Antiochus in the sand, ordered him to get out of Egypt. Antiochus did. (The Kittim are the Romans). [/FONT]
In Palestine he persecuted the Jews, demanding they offer sacrifice to the gods. He built a Greek type gymnasium there. Some Jews gave in; many did not, especially Eleazar and the Mother of seven sons. The Maccabees and others made up an army and won remarkable victories. Antiochus did not respect the gods of his ancestors. Yet he seemed to identify himself with Olympian Zeus. From 169-66 his image was on coins, seeming to identify himself with Zeus Olympios. . He called himself Epiphanes, a god who appears. He did not honor “the delight of women” (11. 37), seemingly Adonis-Tammuz. [/FONT]
[FONT=Comic Sans MS]In Jerusalem (11. 31) he stopped the continual daily sacrifice in the temple, and set up the “abomination of desolation” there. In view of the fact that Antiochus is the type of Antichrist, and in view of the multiple fulfillment mentioned above in our study of the 70 weeks of years, we may ask if this also foretells that the Mass will be stopped at the time of the Antichrist–we do not know, and we recall Lk 18. 8, and 2 Thes. 2. 3. The abomination of desolation was seen just before the fall of Jerusalem in 70 AD–probably it was the entrance of the Roman military standards into the Temple, with the eagles on them, which the soldiers worshipped. [/FONT]