In light of the fact that the abomination that causes desolation is said to have been present in the holy place which as stated above signifies the Temple everywhere else in the Bible, it is also possible that the abomination that causes desolation are the Zealots whose vile murders in the Temple grounds desecrated the Temple. In 2 Kings 23:13, Ezekiel 5:11; 8-10; 22:1-16 idolatry and unjust bloodshed are said to be abominations. One of the problems with this interpretation is that Daniel 9:26-27 links the abomination that causes desolation with the prince who is to come which as explained above is Caesar Titus, not the Jewish rebels. Furthermore, a previous abomination that causes desolation is mentioned in Daniel 11:31-32. In these verses the abomination of desolation denotes the Greek armies who placed an idol of Zeus on the Temple altar in Jerusalem in the second century B.C. A similar abomination is implicitly expected at the end of the age. If the first instance of the abomination that causes desolation was an idol that accompanied the Greek armies, the second is likely to be a similar idol accompanying the Roman army. If the murderous acts of the Zealots are the abomination that causes desolation in Matthew 24:15 then this interpretation conflicts with the precedent set in Daniel 11:31-32. Another argument against this view is the fact that the Zealots continuously defiled the Temple from the beginning of the Jewish War in A.D. 66 until the fall of Jerusalem in A.D. 70. Given the fact that the Zealots desecrated the Temple with murder and various diverse lawless acts over the course of roughly four years, at which point amidst all these abominable acts were the people supposed to drop everything and flee as Jesus warned in vs. 17 and 18?