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6. The Destruction of Jerusalem
(Matthew 24:15-22)
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:)
16   Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains:
17   Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house:
18   Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes.
19   And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days!
20   But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day:
21   For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.
22   And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened.

Here Christ summarized the final judgment that will fall on the world in the last days before His coming. He explained to his disciples God's punishments to come, especially upon Jerusalem, because the Jewish nation had rejected and crucified the Son of God. Jesus Christ sought forgiveness for them and His Father accepted His prayer.
The Jews then were divided into two parties. The Zealots used violence against the priests inside the temple, raining stones and fire on them. The blood of the dead priests flowed near the holy altar, covering the floor of the temple. In late 70 AD, while the Romans were coming to besiege Jerusalem, the Christians of Jewish origin concluded that this murder of the temple priests was the predicted abomination of desolation in the midst of the temple. As a result, in accordance with the guidance of Christ's clear prophecy, they departed to the city of Pella, located on the other side of the Jordan River among the ten independent towns. They fled before the siege of Jerusalem began, and saved themselves from the great tribulation that fell on the population of their holy city.
When Titus, the Roman commander, arrived with a powerful army, he began his siege of Jerusalem on the days of Passover, while the city was overflowing with pilgrims. The siege lasted for five months, causing starvation in the city. Many of the people left the city and surrendered to the Romans, who then crucified them without pity. Thousands of them hung on crosses raised around the walls of Jerusalem.
After capturing the city, burning the temple, and destroying the magnificent buildings, the Romans enslaved the Jews. Thus began for them a terrible period of hardship and oppression in accordance with their cry to Pilate at Jesus' trial, "His blood be on us and on our children."
The abomination of desolation can be seen today when there is unnecessary division among believers, causing bitterness and vengeance among them in a church. This may occur in spite of persecution from those outside the body of believers. Christianity divided against itself contradicts its original essence of love and forgiveness. In addition, our own Savior told us that a house divided against itself cannot stand. If we see or partake in this kind of division, we must repent and ask forgiveness. We must submit to one another, and seek a humble attitude. If we have disputes (other than one side's denial of essential Christian doctrine), we must strive to make peace lest we invite rebuke from our Master. Anyone who deliberately causes dissension will be responsible for the consequences.
In times of imminent peril and danger, it is not only lawful, but our duty, to seek our own preservation by good and honest means. If God opens a door of escape, we ought to depart quickly; otherwise, we do not trust God, but tempt Him. When death is at the door, delays are dangerous. Lot was told, "Do not look behind you" (Genesis 19:17). The same principle applies to those clinging to a state of sin. When they see their future of certain ruin, and consequently, the necessity of fleeing to Christ, they must take heed. If not, they will perish from eternal delays.
When fleeing, the wise man avoids carrying too many possessions with him, because they are a burden, and impede his flight. When the Syrian army was panicked by God into flight, they left behind their garments and vessels (2 Kings 7:15). Those who carried off the least were safest in their flight. At such a time of danger, we must be thankful for our lives, though we lose our possessions, for "isn't life more than food" (Matthew 6:25)? A Greek proverb says, "The penniless traveler can lose nothing by robbers" and a fleeing, empty-handed philosopher once said, "I have all my property with me." So will he that has Christ in his heart carry Him everywhere, even if stripped of all.

 

Prayer:   Father, we deserve your wrath and destruction like the others, for we are haughty, proud, divided into groups and parties, and hateful with each other. Forgive us our illusion that we are better than others, and unify us in the humbleness of love based on your powerful Gospel.

 

Question:

218. What does abomination of desolation mean?

 

 

Table of contents

PREFACE

PART 1
THE PRELIMINARY PERIOD IN THE MINISTRY OF CHRIST
(MATTHEW 1:1 - 4:25)

PART 2
CHRIST TEACHES AND MINISTERS IN GALILEE
(MATTHEW 5:1 - 11:1)

PART 3
THE UNBELIEVING JEWS AND THEIR ENMITY TO JESUS
(MATTHEW 11:2-18:35)

PART 4
JESUS’ MINISTRY IN THE JORDAN VALLEY DURING HIS JOURNEY TO JERUSALEM
(MATTHEW 19:1 - 20:34)

PART 5
JESUS’ LAST MINISTRIES IN JERUSALEM
(MATTHEW 21:1 - 25:46)

A - A DISPUTE IN THE TEMPLE
(MATTHEW 21:1 - 22:46)

1. Jesus’ Entrance into Jerusalem
(Matthew 21:1-9)
21:1
A - A DISPUTE IN THE TEMPLE
(MATTHEW 21:1 - 22:46)

1. Jesus’ Entrance into Jerusalem
(Matthew 21:1-9) - continued
21:6
2. Jesus Cleanses the Temple
(Matthew 21:10-17)
21:10
2. Jesus Cleanses the Temple
(Matthew 21:10-17) - continued
21:14
3. The Unfruitful Fig Tree Cursed
(Matthew 21:18-22)
21:18
4. Jesus Questioned by the Elders of the Jews
(Matthew 21:23-27)
21:23
4. Jesus Questioned by the Elders of the Jews
(Matthew 21:23-27) - continued
21:24
5. Jesus Gives Four Parables
(Matthew 21:28 - 22:14)

a) The Parable of the Two Sons
(Matthew 21:28-32)
21:28
b) The Parable of the Wicked Vinedressers
(Matthew 21:33-41)
21:33
c) The Parable about the Stumbling Block
(Matthew 21:42-46)
21:42
d) The Parable of the Great Wedding Feast
(Matthew 22:1-14)
22:1
6. The Things that are Caesar’s, and Those that are God’s
(Matthew 22:15-22)
22:15
7. In the Resurrection they neither Marry nor are Given in Marriage
(Matthew 22:23-33)
22:23
8. The Great Commandment
(Matthew 22:34-40)
22:34
9. Christ is the Lord
(Matthew 22:41-46)
22:41
B - CHRIST REBUKES AND WARNS THE JEWISH SPIRITUAL LEADERS
(MATTHEW 23:1-39) (The Fifth Collection of the Words of Jesus)

1. Rebuke of the Scribes and Pharisees (Matthew 23:1-7)
23:1
2. The Humility of Faithful Teachers
(Matthew 23:8-12)
23:8
3. The First Woe to the Scribes and Pharisees
(Matthew 23:13)
23:13
4. The Second Woe
(Matthew 23:14)
23:14
5. The Third Woe
(Matthew 23:15)
23:15
6. The Fourth Woe
(Matthew 23:16-22)
23:16
7. The Fifth Woe
(Matthew 23:23-24)
23:23
8. The Sixth Woe
(Matthew 23:25-26)
23:25
9. The Seventh Woe
(Matthew 23:27-28)
23:27
10. The Eighth Woe
(Matthew 23:29-33)
23:29
11. Jesus’ Prophesy about Jerusalem
(Matthew 23:34-36)
23:34
12. The Hardheartedness of the People of Jerusalem in Front of Christ’s Mercy and Compassion
(Matthew 23:37-39)
23:37
C - CHRIST’S SERMON ON THE MOUNT OF OLIVES
(MATTHEW 24:1-25:46) (The Sixth Collection of Words of Jesus)

1. Christ Leaves the Temple (Matthew 24:1-2)
24:1
2. The Disciples’ Questions (Matthew 24:3) 24:3
3. Take Heed that no One Deceives You
(Matthew 24:4-5)
24:4
4. God’s Wrath Falling on Men
(Matthew 24:6-8)
24:6
5. They Will Deliver You up to Tribulation
(Matthew 24:9-14)
24:9
5. They Will Deliver You up to Tribulation
(Matthew 24:9-14) - continued
24:12
6. The Destruction of Jerusalem
(Matthew 24:15-22)
24:15
7. False Christs
(Matthew 24:23-26)
24:23
8. The Clear Signs of Christ’s Second Coming
(Matthew 24:27-31)
24:27
9. The End of the Worlds
(Matthew 24:32-36)
24:32
10. The Salvation of the Believers
(Matthew 24:37-41)
24:37
11. Watch!
(Matthew 24:42-51)
24:42
11. Watch!
(Matthew 24:42-51) - continued
24:45
12. The Parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins
(Matthew 25:1-13)
25:1
12. The Parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins
(Matthew 25:1-13) - continued
25:6
12. The Parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins
(Matthew 25:1-13) - continued
25:8
13. The Parable of the Talents
(Matthew 25:14-30)

a) Are You Talented?
(Matthew 25:14-18)
25:14
b) The Lord Rewards the Faithful
(Matthew 25:19-23)
25:19
c) The Lord Judges the Lazy Servant
(Matthew 25:24-30)
25:24
14. Christ is the Eternal Judge
(Matthew 25:31-33)
25:31
15. Christ’s Judgment on His Loving Followers
(Matthew 25:34-40)
25:34
16. The Judge’s Judgment on the Evil Ones
(Matthew 25:41-46)
25:41

PART 6
CHRIST’S SUFFEINGS AND DEATH
(MATTHEW 26:1-27:66)

PART 7
THE RESURRECTION OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST
(MATTHEW 28:1-20)

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