“But when ye shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing where it ought not, (let him that readeth understand,) then let them that be in Judaea flee to the mountains: 15 And let him that is on the housetop not go down into the house, neither enter therein, to take any thing out of his house: 16 And let him that is in the field not turn back again for to take up his garment. 17 But woe to them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days! 18 And pray ye that your flight be not in the winter. 19 For in those days shall be affliction, such as was not from the beginning of the creation which God created unto this time, neither shall be. 20 And except that the Lord had shortened those days, no flesh should be saved: but for the elect’s sake, whom he hath chosen, he hath shortened the days. 21 And then if any man shall say to you, Lo, here is Christ; or, lo, he is there; believe him not: 22 For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall shew signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect. 23 But take ye heed: behold, I have foretold you all things.” Mark 13:14-23 (KJV)
KEEP YOUR EYES OPEN – WATCH
Daniel speaks of this in his prophecies (Daniel 9:27; 11:31). Daniel’s prophecy was fulfilled partly in Antiochus Epiphanes in the second century B.C. when he sacrificed a pig on the temple altar. That was before Jesus was born, so this prophecy must be of another day. The destruction of the temple in 70 A.D. did not involve an “Abomination of Desolation”. Since Jesus was speaking of a future day, there must be a future one yet to come. Daniel’s prophecy covered both events – that of Antiochus Epiphanes and the yet future “Antichrist”.
When this final one appears it will be following a time of peace – three and one half years – then this “Judas” will set himself up as God on the throne in Jerusalem and demand the worship of the Hebrews (2 Thes. 2:1-4). At this time Jesus tells these people to “…Flee to the mountains”, and “…not go back to get his clothes…”. He tells that it will be a time of great sorrow, unlike anything known to mankind (v. 19). This will be a time when material possessions will not matter for protection, security, or safety.
Fleeing from the evil one to live in the hills, woods, and caves will be far better. However, those of us who are presently “in Christ Jesus” do not need to fear this dark time – “we are not of the darkness” but of the light (1 Thessalonians 5:4-5). We will be removed from the earth in order that God might deal with His people the Hebrews, and call them back to Himself. Jeremiah the prophet calls this “…the time of Jacob’s trouble…” (Jeremiah 30:7).
Salvation is of our Lord. Jesus Christ died for our sins; on the cross; was buried, and rose again. He promised to come again and receive us unto Himself. Call on the name of the Lord and you too will be saved from your sins and the wrath to come.
The “Elect” (v. 20) must surely refer to the nation of Israel, and/or those who have received Jesus as their Savior during this time. There will be “False christ’s”, and “false prophets” who will be able to do mysterious deeds, and wonders and try to deceive the populace, and even, “If possible, even the elect.” It will be a time for them that they must have their senses sharpened, and their eyes wide open. Of course that is a good thought for all of us in our day.
Christian; Keep Your Eyes Open – Watch.
-Tim A. Blankenship