“Therefore when you see the ‘abomination of desolation’, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place, then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. Let him who is on the house-top not come down to take anything out of his house. And let him who is in the field not go back to get his clothes.” - Matthew 24:15-18
Jesus said that there would come a time which was called by Daniel the prophet “an abomination”. This abomination of desolation was a prediction by Jesus of the Roman army that would come to Jerusalem and besiege it. And when they entered the city they brought their ensigns into the temple and placed them over against the eastern gate and made sacrifices to them.
They laid waste to the city, and destroyed the temple; they stood where they were not supposed to, on the holy place, an area where the holy of holies was situated.
No profane person was permitted to stand there, but the Romans did, and so fulfilled the words of Jesus. Those who remembered what Jesus had said in His prophecy and fled from the city when the Romans invaded, escaped the awful massacre of thousands of Jews.
It became a means, however, to scatter the Christians throughout the known world and to proclaim the gospel. As a nation the Jews were dispersed all over the world without a homeland of their own. Much of Jesus’ prophetic word has come to pass and all of it shall be fulfilled before the end. Be watchful and prayerful as we live in expectation of His soon return.
Dear heavenly Father, You have given us Your word with clear details of Jesus’ return and the end of the age. Help me today to redeem the time and live to please You in all things, in the name of the Lord Jesus.