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: Matthew 24:15-20
What is the Abomination of Desolation? This was an event that was prophesied by Daniel, and then taught by Christ. Many believe this event was fulfilled in 167 BC when Greek ruler Antiochus IV desecrated the Temple by sacrificing a Pig on the altar and declaring himself God. However this event happened before Christ, and Jesus is prophesying about another future event
If you look at the prophecies from Daniel (Daniel 9:27, Daniel 11:31, Daniel 12:11) It appears the prophecy is referring to an individual , that I believe is the Anti-Christ. Now many believe this event could also have been fulfilled AD 70 , during the destruction of The Temple, however we still haven’t seen the Anti-Christ , the First Horseman (Revelation 6), as foretold in the Bible.
So the question is, are we still expecting another abomination of desolation event? Well remember , We (Christians) are now the Temple of God (1 Cor. 3:16, 1 Cor 6:19) Could the final Abomination of Desolation be The Mark of The Beast (Rev 13:16-17, Rev 14:9-10, Rev. 16:2, Rev 20:4)
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 days shall be shortened. Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not. For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. Behold, I have told you before. Matthew 24:21-25
Jesus gives us some more detail into the Abomination of Desolation, first he says “Then Shall Be A Great Tribulation never to be seen again” Has the Great Tribulation happened yet? Most of us would say No, then the Abomination of Desolation must be a futuristic event. Now we know during the other two events mentioned, 167 BC and 70 AD, that great tribulation did come upon Israel, but Jesus said this would be a tribulation that was never seen before!
Jesus then warns about False Christs appearing, this sounds like the First Horseman, the coming of the Anti-Christ. Jesus said “Even the elect will be deceived” even people who claim to be Christians will fall to the Anti-Christ, don’t be deceived!
While we may not know exactly how everything is going to play out, we do know Christ is going to return, and we need to be ready and alert when that day comes, Amen!