The Destruction Of Jerusalem And The Temple

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Point #2 – The destruction of Jerusalem and the temple in A.D. 70 fulfills Christ’s prophecy of perilous times.
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With v. 15 we come to a critical juncture in the discourse. To this point Jesus has referred to general signs that would characterize the period preceding Israel 's collapse. Here in v. 15, though, he refers to one sign that unmistakably signals that the prophesied destruction is at hand. It would serve to alert the people of that generation as to the proximity of Jerusalem 's ruin. In response to the question, "When will these things be?" Jesus now answers "When you see . . ." (v. 15).
Abomination of Desolation is literally, the abomination that causes desolation. In the OT, "abomination" = an object of disgust, hatred, something that causes revulsion; an idolatrous offense or affront to the true worship of God.
The Abomination of Desolation is referred to 4x in Daniel 8:13; 9:27; 11:31; 12:11. The first and immediate reference was to the Syrian king Antiochus who ruled over Palestine in 175-65 b.c. He called himself Theos Epiphanes ("manifest God") but his enemies called him Epimanes ("madman; the insane one").
In 168 b.c. Antiochus Epiphanes slaughtered 40,000 Jews and plundered the temple. He sacrificed a pig on the altar of burnt offering, sprinkled broth from the unclean flesh all over the holy grounds as an act of deliberate defilement. He then erected an image of Zeus above the altar. It was a sacrilege of indescribable proportions indelibly imprinted

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