We have done well by not having to resort to multiple parts to any particular lesson but in this event, or lesson, we must break it up into multiple lessons. This is, in my mind, THE most contentious subject concerning end of days teachings in the New Testament among those educated in the Bible. Also, in this lesson. seeing that it is a lesson on end of days prophecy, I will write more than usual. Remember: You can be broad-minded with regard to end of days prophecy as your individual beliefs will not affect your individual salvation. So offering multiple interpretations will only expand the readers mind.
I have approached, what I call, the Abomination of Desolation problem by closely examining the Books of Matthew, Mark, Luke and of course Daniel. More specifically the Olivet Discourse in the three Synoptic Gospels and Daniel Chapter 11.
Matthew and Luke are the Same!!!, almost
Destruction of Jerusalem
Matthew Chapter 24
Luke Chapter 21
15When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation,
spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let
20And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then
know that the desolation thereof is nigh.
16Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains: 17Let
him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his
house: 18Neither let him which is in the field return back
to take his clothes
21Then let them which are in Judaea flee to the mountains; and let them which are in the midst of it depart out; and let not them that are in the countries enter thereignto.
19And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give
suck in those days! 20But pray ye that your flight be not in the
winter, neither on the sabbath day:
23But woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck, in those days! for there shall be great distress in the land, and wrath upon this people.
21For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since
the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. 22And
except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but
for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened. 23Then
if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not.
24For 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. 25Behold, I have told you
before. 26Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he
is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe
it not. 27For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and
shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man
be. 28For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles
be gathered together.
(Not in Chronological order)
22For these be the days of vengeance, that all things which are written
may be fulfilled. (PART OF VERSE
23:) for there shall be great distress in the land, and wrath upon
this people. 24And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and
shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden
down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.
29Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun
be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall
from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:
25And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in
the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea
and the waves roaring; 26Men's hearts failing them for fear,
and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the
powers of heaven shall be shaken.