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Today, I would like to talk about Matthew 24:15-22. In these verses, Jesus talks about a major event that will take place right before His coming. Before we get started, let’s pray: Heavenly Father, we praise Your holy name and bow before You giving You our allegiance. We have evidence of Your past leading and know that You will continue to guide our walk with You. We come to you now, asking that Your Spirit guides us in Your truth concerning our topic of the day. Grant us the promise of growing in You and soon being with You in Your kingdom. We thank You for hearing and answering our prayer, in Jesus precious name, Amen.
“So when you see standing in the holy place ‘the abomination that causes desolation’ spoken of through the prophet Daniel – let the reader understand – then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains.” (Matthew 24:15, 16) It’s important we understand that Jesus is talking to His disciples and our end time generations. (Matthew 24:34) He is talking directly to His disciples and us because He says, “let the reader understand” and “this generations will certainly not pass away until all things have happened.” (Matthew 24:15 and 24:34) God’s Word is very repetitive across both the old and new testaments. His wants to leave no doubt of His purpose and plans for those who believe and call upon His name. (Psalms 99:6) But, what does Jesus mean when He talks of the “abomination” and what “holy place” is He talking about?
Jesus is telling us about something or someone very significant that will attempt to destroy something God has put into place involving His people. In order to be that significant, it must have something to do with guidelines or direction God has given us so that we can know Him and have eternal life – something that sets us apart from the sinful, corrupt world led by Satan. In Daniel 11:31, (Jesus referred to Daniel in Matthew 24:15,16) Daniel prophesied that the temple would be desecrated and the abomination that causes desolation would be set up. He is clearly telling us that minions of Satan will set something up that is contrary to God’s will – informing us that the abomination is a thing and not a person.
Daniel 11:32 goes on to say the he (Satan and his evil minions) will further “corrupt those who have broken the covenant.” What covenant is Jesus talking about? On Mount Sinai, Moses received the tablets of stone upon which God had written His Ten Commandments. (Exodus 34:28) These were significant beginnings for God’s chosen people – at that time and for His chosen in the end of times.
I want to give special notice to Exodus 34:29 which says: “When Moses came down from Mount Sinai with the two tablets of the covenant law in his hands, he was not aware that his face was radiant because he had spoken with the Lord.” The word covenant is used interchangeably with the word commandment. So when Daniel was speaking about those who had broken the covenant, he was speaking about the 10 Commandments. In Exodus 34:28 Daniel says, “and He wrote on the tablets the words of the covenant – the Ten Commandments.” Both words are used in relation to Moses receiving the covenant or Ten Commandments of God. Therefore we can conclude that Jesus is speaking of the Ten Commandments when He quotes from Daniel 11:32.
So, let’s summarize. We have established that the abomination is a things and the covenant referred to the Ten Commandment of God. This means, that at the very end, Satan and his followers will desecrate the Ten Commandments with something, in an attempt to destroy a part of God’s covenant law. At this point we need to take a critical look at the Ten Commandments and call upon the Holy Spirit to direct us to what would be considered the holy place. The first 4 commandments speak to our relationship with God and the last 6 speak to our relationship with humankind. It seems logical that the holy place would be found in the first 4.
Daniel says, “He will speak against the Most High and oppress His holy people and try to change the set times and the laws.” (Daniel 7:25) Well, let’s see which of the Ten Commandments or covenant laws talks about set times. The 4th commandment tells us “Remember the Sabbath to keep it holy.” (Exodus 20:8) According to God, the 7th Day Sabbath is a set time and is a holy day consecrated to His creation week. God made the earth and all things in it and called it good. “In six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth… but He rested on the 7th day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath and made it holy.” (Exodus 20:11) The Sabbath was instituted at the end of the creation week – long before Abraham’s descendants became a chosen nation, thus the reason why the 4th commandments starts with the word remember. It was not a new period of time set aside just for the Jews, but was established in God’s covenant law for all of us. (I will go more in-depth with this topic at a later date) I know it might be tough to swallow because of what most of us have been taught, but I am convinced we should be looking for an event that tries to change one of God’s Ten Commandments. A change that will be forced on everyone in the world.
To wrap it up, Jesus tells us the end is at the door when we see the abomination in the holy place. (Matthew 24:33) At that time, He tells us to flee to the mountains. In others words, the end has come and there is no more work for us to do. We must leave everything behind and flee to a safe place where Jesus will protect us from everything evil people can devise to find us. In Matthew 24:22 Jesus tells us, “If those days had not been cut short, no one would survive, but for the sake of the elect those days will be shortened.” After a shortened time, Jesus will appear in the clouds of glory and every eye shall see Him.” (Matthew 24:30) My prayer is that we are all ready to be received and lifted up in the clouds to meet Jesus, Amen!
Until next time, may our God of the covenant law place His truth upon our hearts. 2 Corinthians 3:3