3 Questions (Matthew 24:1-3)
I am Christ (Matthew 24:4-5)
Rumors of Wars (Matthew 24:6-7a)
Famines, Pestilence, and Earthquakes (Matthew 24:7b)
Just the Beginning (Matthew 24:8)
Wax Cold (Matthew 24:9-13)
The End (Matthew 24:13-14)
Abomination of Desolation (Part 1 Matthew 24:15)
Abomination of Desolation (Part 2 Matthew 24:15)
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:) (Matthew 24:15)
So Jesus name drops Daniel. What happened? In 168 B.C., Antiochus Epiphanies (King of Syria) and his army entered Jerusalem, slaughtered around 6oo,000 Jews, and sacrificed pigs on the altar. So did something like this happen in 70 A.D.?
“upon the burning of the holy house itself, and of all the buildings lying round about it, brought their ensigns to the temple, and set them over against its eastern gate; and there did they offer sacrifices to them . . .” (Wars, VI, vi, 1).
We find the parallel account in Luke 21:
And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh. (Luke 21:20)
Futurists will say that Matthew 24 is speaking of a rebuilt temple with Mr. Antichrist. How in the world can the so called future “3rd Temple” be holy? Think about that question for a minute. What makes it so holy? Are you telling me that Christ rejecting sacrifices by Christ rejecting people in a rebuilt Christ rejecting temple is holy?
For we are the temple of the living God. (2 Corinthians 6:16)
For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, God’s building. (1 Cor 3:9)
But Christ is faithful as a son over God’s house. And we are his house, if we hold on to our courage and the hope of which we boast. (Heb 3:6)
Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? (1 Cor 6:19)
There is much scripture to indicate that the “holy place” spoken of here in Matthew 24:15 is indeed speaking of Jerusalem and not the temple only as some believe. (See Neh 11:1, Dan 9:24, Matt 4:5, 27:53, Luk 21:20) The very next verse I believe also proves that Matthew 24:15 is speaking of the “holy place” as Jerusalem, not the temple only.
Then let them which be in Judaea (not those around the temple only) flee into the mountains (Matthew 24:16)
The sense of urgency continues…..
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 24:17-20)
Why the urgency if it was only regarding the temple with Mr. Antichrist? Futurist Charles Ryrie states:
“This is the man of sin (2 Thess 2:4), the Antichrist, who at this midpoint in the Tribulation breaks the covenant he made with the Jewish people at the beginning of the Tribulation (Dan 9:27) and demands that they and the world worship him. Those who resist will be persecuted, and many will be martyred; that is the reason for the urgency of the instructions in verses 16-22.” (Ryrie)
I disagree with Ryrie. He applies all those verses for our day and a rebuilt temple.(Which we have no temple still and no Mr.Antichrist) Matthew 24, Dan 9:27, & 2 Thess 2:4 all relate to the 1st century. (30-70 A.D.) With that said, it makes more sense to believe that it was the Roman Army invading the holy city. Remember, the Roman army slaughtered 1.1 million Jews.
Finally, the beloved Charles Spurgeon had this to say in regards to Matthew 24:15:
“This portion of our Savior’s words appears to relate solely to the destruction of Jerusalem. As soon as Christ’s disciples saw ‘the abomination of desolation’, that is, the Roman ensigns, with their idolatrous emblems, ‘stand in the holy place’, they knew that the time for them to escape had arrived, and they did ‘flee to the mountains.’ The Christians in Jerusalem and the surrounding towns and villages, ‘in Judea’, availed themselves of the first opportunity for eluding the Roman armies, and fled to the mountain city of Pella, in Perea, where they were preserved from the general destruction which overthrew the Jews.”
One day in the future I will be doing a post on 2 Thess 2:1-8 regarding the man of sin & the temple. Stay tuned for Matthew 24:16-20!!!
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