Matthew 24:15-22. “When ye therefore shall see the ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:) Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains: Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house: Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes. And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days! But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day: For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those says shall be shortened.”
I want to emphasize again that my purpose here is not to go into an in-depth study of the prophecies of the end times. To do that is way beyond the scope of these short daily posts. You can begin to dig further by studying Daniel, Ezekiel, and Revelation, just for starters. There is also a wealth of information on the Web, but please be careful if you go to that resource. People of all persuasions regarding end-time prophecies are writing on the subject. Sift it ALL including my own words, through the Word of God. When you aren’t sure, consult your godly, biblically-sound pastor or teacher. The thing to be aware of is that Jesus wants us to know and understand (v. 15), making it clear that prophecy is not to be shrouded in indecipherable secrecy that only a few chosen people can understand.
All right, let’s look at the Abomination of Desolation. It could take a couple of days for us to pick through the verses at the top of this post. We’ll see.
According to Daniel, these events will take place during the Tribulation period. The first 3 1/2 years will be bad. The second 3 1/2 years will be beyond anything the world has ever seen, or will ever see again. It is then that the Abomination of Desolation will appear. The phrase could correctly be rendered “the abomination that creates desolation.” This abomination will stand in God’s holy place, the Temple, and will present himself as God. He won’t be the first to present himself as God, but the distinguishing factor that this is Anti-Christ will be the pact he makes with Israel for its peace and protection, which he will then break in such a horrific way that it will lead to utter desolation.
You know, it is election day here in America as I write this post. Many promises have been made by many politicians, most of which will not be fulfilled. One political party presents its leader as The Answer, but his answers have proven to be empty promises. Some have said he is the Anti-Christ, and we know he has no love for Israel. However, at least so far, he has not claimed that he is God; nor has he tried to make a treaty with Israel for Israel’s protection and safety. We need to be careful about accusing anyone, or assuming that we know who Anti-Christ is or will be. We don’t. He may be alive now; he may not have been born yet. It is not our job to know these things, nor to prepare to annihilate him when he appears on the world scene. God will take care of that in His own time.
It is our job to be sharing Christ; it is our job to study the scriptures as the Bereans did. It is our job to love the lost, to love God, to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with our God. (Micah 6:8)