“Abomination of Desolation”
“Abomination of Desolation”
Jesus gave a panoramic answer to the disciples question.
See to it that no one deceive you.
See to it that you be not frightened.
Be on guard.
You will be arrested, betrayed, persecuted, hated on His behalf.
The gospel will be preached to all nations.
Then the end will come.
Jesus then fills in more detail, beginning with that powerful word “but”…
“But when you see the ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION standing where it should not be (let the reader understand), then those who are in Judea must flee to the mountains.
“Therefore when you see the ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION which was spoken of through Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place (let the reader understand),
then those who are in Judea must flee to the mountains.
Jesus gives a timing element - the “Abomination of Desolation”.
This is in reference to Daniel 9…
“Seventy weeks have been decreed for your people and your holy city, to finish the transgression, to make an end of sin, to make atonement for iniquity, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision and prophecy and to anoint the most holy place.
“So you are to know and discern that from the issuing of a decree to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until Messiah the Prince there will be seven weeks and sixty-two weeks; it will be built again, with plaza and moat, even in times of distress.
“Then after the sixty-two weeks the Messiah will be cut off and have nothing, and the people of the prince who is to come will destroy the city and the sanctuary. And its end will come with a flood; even to the end there will be war; desolations are determined.
“And he will make a firm covenant with the many for one week, but in the middle of the week he will put a stop to sacrifice and grain offering; and on the wing of abominations will come one who makes desolate, even until a complete destruction, one that is decreed, is poured out on the one who makes desolate.”
Jesus speaks profound things here.
Jesus called Daniel a prophet.
Jesus believed that Daniel was a prophet.
Most seminaries today reject that the book of Daniel is prophetic.
They teach that it is history in the guise of “prophesy”.
Jesus says otherwise.
Who will you believe?
Jesus speaks of the abomination of desolation.
What is that?
It is the man-of-lawlessness, the antichrist, exalting himself as God by inhabiting the Holy of Holies…an abomination.
Matthew and Luke both insert parenthetical statements commanding the readers to understand
We are to search out these truths.
We are to learn.
We are to understand.
Lastly, Jesus tells us that when we see this abomination that those in Judea should flee to the mountains.
We will see more tomorrow.
For now, know that this is yet to occur…though many will say otherwise.
Believe the Word of the Lord.