"Abomination Of Desolation"

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Last Updated on May 24, 2015, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 201

Context: Jesus, after denouncing the Pharisees and Sadducees, the strict followers of the law, in the temple in Jerusalem for their disbelief and corruption and after declaring to His disciples that not one stone of the temple will be left on another, goes to the Mount of Olives. There, when questioned about the time of destruction of the temple and the time and sign of His Second Coming and the Day of Judgment, He explains to them that many will be led astray by false ones saying, "I am Christ," that there will be wars and sorrow, but that "the end is not yet." Prophesying the persecution of the faithful and the falling away of the weak, He says that the gospel of the Kingdom of Heaven will be preached to all nations before the end. When, however, after the spread of the gospel, a holy place has been defiled as one was defiled in Daniel's prophecy, then will be wars and times of tribulation:

When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand,)
Then let them which be in Judea flee into the mountains.

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