14 “When you see ‘the abomination that causes desolation’ standing where it does not belong—let the reader understand—then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains.15 Let no one on the housetop go down or enter the house to take anything out. 16 Let no one in the field go back to get their cloak. 17 How dreadful it will be in those days for pregnant women and nursing mothers! 18 Pray that this will not take place in winter,19 because those will be days of distress unequaled from the beginning, when God created the world, until now—and never to be equaled again.
In 167 BC, the Roman king Antiochus Epiphanes set up a statue of Zeus in the temple in Jerusalem (the second one which was built under Herod) and sacrificed pigs on the altar. To some, this event is the “abomination that causes desolation.” Others believe that Jesus referred to the event in AD 70 when the Roman general Titus besieged Jerusalem. During this siege, over one million Jews dies and the second temple was destroyed. Still, others believe that Jesus was referring to the future attacks of anti-Christian powers and forces that would take place against God’s people just before the end of time and the Day of Judgment.
I have no idea when Christ will return. I do know that with each rising of the sun we are one day closer. Many believers, especially Americans, have been strongly influenced by a Premillenial interpretation of The Revelation. This approach leads to attaching specific prophecies to specific historical events. Additionally, specific symbols are attached to specific world figures or empires.There is a lot of talk about dragons and bears, Russia and the Catholic Church. It is all good fun and makes for some really colorful charts (I not only reject the theology, but also the cheesiness of the chart above this post) . The problem is that this approach is hellbent (pun sort of intended) on missing the forest for the trees.
Here is all you need to know: Toward the end, God’s children are going to go through some very difficult times. Various governmental, military, cultural and religious powers will serve as vehicles for Satan’s attack against God’s people. In the end, Jesus will prevail and those who have remained faithful will spend eternity in heaven with God, the hosts of heaven and all those who know Christ.