Saturday, March 26, 2022
The Monster of Desecration
15-20 “But be ready to run for it when you see the monster of desecration set up in the Temple sanctuary. The prophet Daniel described this. If you’ve read Daniel, you’ll know what I’m talking about. If you’re living in Judea at the time, run for the hills; if you’re working in the yard, don’t return to the house to get anything; if you’re out in the field, don’t go back and get your coat. Pregnant and nursing mothers will have it especially hard. Hope and pray this won’t happen during the winter or on a Sabbath.
-Matthew 24:15-20 The Message
Verse 15: “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—
Verse 16: then those who are in Judea must flee to the mountains.
Verses 15-16 studies: Daniel and Jesus mentioned “abomination of desolation.” What does this mean? It’s not seen, but it can be seen as an on-purpose attempt to mock and deny the reality of God’s presence. Daniel’s prediction did come true in 168 B.C. when Antiochus Epiphanes sacrificed a pig to Zeus on the sacred temple altar (Daniel 9:27; 11:30-31); Jesus’ words were remembered in A.D. 70 when Titus placed an idol on the rite of the burned temple after destroying Jerusalem.
27 And he will confirm a 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 the one who makes desolate, until a complete destruction, one that is decreed, gushes forth on the one who makes desolate.” -Daniel 9:27 NASB 30 For ships of Kittim will come against him; therefore, he will withdraw in fear and will return and curse the holy covenant and take action; so, he will come back and pay attention to those who abandon the holy covenant. 31 Forces from him will arise, desecrate the sanctuary fortress, and do away with the regular sacrifice. And they will set up the abomination of desolation. -Daniel 11:30-31 NASB
Ultimately, the antichrist will set up an image of himself and order all to worship it. (2 Thessalonians 2:4; Revelation 13:14-15)
4 who opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, displaying himself as being God. -2 Thessalonians 2:4 NASB 14 And he deceives those who live on the earth because of the signs which it was given him to perform in the presence of the beast, telling those who live on the earth to make an image to the beast who *had the wound of the sword and has come to life. 15 And it was given to him to give breath to the image of the beast, so that the image of the beast would even speak and cause all who do not worship the image of the beast to be killed. -Revelation 13:14-15 NASB
These are “abominations” that mock God.
Verse 17: Whoever is on the housetop must not go down to get things out of his house.
Verse 18: And whoever is in the field must not turn back to get his cloak.
Verse 19: But woe to those women who are pregnant, and to those who are nursing babies in those days!
Verse 20: Moreover, pray that when you flee, it will not be in the winter or on a Sabbath.