Abomination of Desolation; Matthew 24:20
When cleaning up some of my past emails, I came across this one that was in response to a query I had about Daniels prophecy regarding the “abomination of desolation” and thought I would share this response to my question. We had taken part in a Bible study by a Pastor that did not believe in the “Abomination that makes desolation” and I was forced to speak up that it was very ‘real’ and would take place in the “End of Days”. He disagreed, so I sent out queries. Franklin Graham of Billy Graham Evangilistic Society; Jack vanImpe and John Hagee responded, and all agreed with what Max and I teach, so I thought I would share this response:
September 28, 2009
Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. On behalf of Pastor John Hagee, we appreciate your support and confidence you have in John Hagee Ministries.
We acknowledge receipt of your letter. You disagree with a teaching you heard on Bible prophecy and are requesting an explanation of ‘the Abomination of Desolation’ (Matt. 24 verse 20).
This verse is referring to the invasion of the Antichrist in the 31/2 years of the second half of the Tribulation period. The Antichrist will enter Judea and take over the Temple (Dan 9:27; 11:40-45). Israel will have to flee from Judea. The invasion of the Antichrist is referred to as the ‘Abomination of Desolation’. This term is interpreted as the ‘idolatrous image’ to be set up by the final Antichrist (The “beast” or “man of sin” of II Thess.2:3-4) in the restored Temple of Jerusalem in the latter half of Daniel’s seventeenth week (Dan. 9:27; 12:11). The Antichrist will compel the Jews to worship his image. This is the abomination idol that causes desolation. (Zech. 11:16-17).
Of course it will be more difficult to flee in the cold of winter; and the Jews held it unlawful to travel more that one mile on the Sabbath Day.
God’s word says, “The joy of the Lord is our strength”. (Neh. 8:10). We pray for you in the name our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. May God bless you with peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.
John Hagee Ministries
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