The “abomination of desolation” is first mentioned by Daniel (DANIEL 9:27, 11:31, 12:11) and two other times in the Gospels (MATTHEW 24:15, MARK 13:14). Many scholars point to the intertestamental era in 167 BC as the abomination of desolation when Antiochus IV Epiphanes invaded Jerusalem and erected a statue of Zeus in the Temple. The problem is that Jesus Christ came after that and appears to point to a later time when the Temple will be violated again. Some believe this to be AD 70, when Rome ransacked and destroyed the Second Temple once and for all. The problem is again, there was no real abomination of desolation that took place. The clearest understanding, then, is that Jesus Christ was talking about the seven-year tribulation to come in the end. And He gives us some details on the order of what to expect. When God speaks about what we, the reader, will see, we would do well to pay attention to the details of these events.
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