…as young Skywalker wielded his weapon, Damien unsheathed his sword. The echoes of steel on laser would be heard for generations to come.
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 (Matthew 24:15-16).
Friends, this is either really scary stuff here (makings for good books and movies) …or the description of an event that occurred many years ago in Israel’s history. Since both options are readily available for the biblical novice, such as myself…
I’ve been encouraged recently by more than one to allow the Scriptures to interpret themselves… such as keeping the context of the entire Bible in focus when grasping ‘what does it say’? So what did others say of this event?
Notice, the immediate text references Daniel. What did he say? He said that there was one coming on the wings of abomination who would put an end to sacrifices and cause desolation (Daniel 9:27).
What about the other accounts of the gospel? Did any of these writers acknowledge anything pertaining to these words found in Matthew? Yes! The twenty-first chapter of Luke presents his take on this day of teaching in the lives of Jesus’ disciples.
Just as Matthew twenty-four, Luke describes a series of questions presented to Jesus to which He responds. We find all of the same elements and warnings with one exception. Luke describes the Abomination term with a more comprehensible identity. He writes…
But when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then recognize that her desolation is near. Then those who are in Judea must flee to the mountains… (Luke 21:20-21).
Then is there an event in the history of these people (within the generation Jesus spoke to – verse 34) that meets the requirements of this prophecy? It sure sounds an awful lot like Titus’ invasion and destruction of the Temple in A.D. 70. What say you?
- The mount of Olives and Matthew 24 (creationconcept.wordpress.com)
- Preterism, Futurism, and Matthew 24 (creationconcept.wordpress.com)
- Biblical Prophecy “Start of World War 3 Begins With Egypt” (disclose.tv)
- Mark Chapters 10-14 (westminsterreads.org)