Jesus answered them and GAVE THEM THE SIGN: “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:)...” Mark reported: “But when ye shall see the ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing where it ought not, (let him that readeth understand)” Luke's Report TELLS US PLAINLY what we're supposed to "UNDERSTAND": “And WHEN YE SHALL SEE JERUSALEM COMPASSED WITH ARMIES, THEN KNOW that the DESOLATION THEREOF is nigh.” The END-TIME ANNIHILATION of JERUSALEM IS THE ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION!! (Mat 24:15, Luk 21:20, Mar 13:14) ..... Let's TURN ON THE NEWS and see if armies are CURRENTLY surrounding Jerusalem?? --clark

Explanation of how the future “Abomination of Desolation” Pertains to Jerusalem

Originally published as: Here’s a concise explanation of what I believe about Jerusalem
(Here edited with commentary of Clark Callear Oct 9, 2011)


Matthew, Mark, and Luke each documented their first-hand account of Jesus' prophecy concerning:
the sign "of thy [Jesus Christ's] coming"
aka:
the sign "of the end of the world"
aka:
the sign "when all these things shall be fulfilled"
aka:
the sign "when these things shall come to pass"

Matthew, Mark, and Luke are quoted as follows:
"And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.  And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?  (Matt 24:2-3)"

"And Jesus answering said unto him, Seest thou these great buildings? there shall not be left one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.  And as he sat upon the mount of Olives over against the temple, Peter and James and John and Andrew asked him privately, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign when all these things shall be fulfilled? (Mark 13:2-4)"

"As for these things which ye behold, the days will come, in the which there shall not be left one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.  And they asked him, saying, Master, but when shall these things be? and what sign will there be when these things shall come to pass? (Luke 21:6-7)"

Matthew and Mark tell us that the time of "the abomination of desolation" is the time to "flee."  Luke defines "the abomination of desolation" for us.  He also defines "the sign":
"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 Judaea flee into the mountains (Matt 24:15-16)"
"when ye shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing where it ought not, (let him that readeth understand,) then let them that be in Judaea flee to the mountains (Mark 13:14)"
"when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh.  Then let them which are in Judaea flee to the mountains (Luke 21:20-21)"

The Bible is plainly showing us that the "the desolation of Jerusalem" is "the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet"   The sign will be when we see "Jerusalem compassed [surrounded] with armies."

Understanding the timing of the A of B is a way for us to “set the calendar” for last day Bible prophecy.  Of course it is still true that “of that day and hour knoweth no man,  so we cannot know exactly when the A of B occurs, but once it actually occurs, the Bible gives us some definite dates!
Before we look at the Biblical math I want to point out a couple passages that speak of annihilations of the temple mount in Jerusalem.  Desolations and destructions at the temple mount have occurred historically and will continue until The Lord returns as King.  Here King David cries out regarding these “perpetual desolations” of “the sanctuary:”
 “O God, why hast Thou cast us off for ever? why doth Thine anger smoke against the sheep of Thy pasture?  Remember Thy congregation, which Thou hast purchased of old; the rod of Thine inheritance, which Thou hast redeemed; this mount Zion, wherein Thou hast dwelt.  Lift up Thy feet unto the perpetual desolations; even all that the enemy hath done wickedly in the sanctuaryThey have cast fire into Thy sanctuary, they have defiled by casting down the dwelling place of Thy name to the ground... there is no more any prophet: neither is there among us any that knoweth how long.  O God, how long shall the adversary reproach? shall the enemy blaspheme Thy name for ever?  Why withdrawest thou Thy hand, even Thy right hand? (Psa 74:1-11)”

The Abomination of Desolation, spoken of by Daniel the Prophet, (A of D) is not the final destruction of the temple site. We are told there will be a final and utter destruction of Jerusalem* at the end of Daniel’s 70 Weeks 

“…for the overspreading of abominations He shall make it [the City of Jerusalem] desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate (Dan 9:27).” 

So the A of D will occur in the end times: “when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh.” And within the same timeframe (at the end of Daniel’s 70 weeks) we’re warned of a final destruction*.  This, of course, indicates that a rebuilding process will be happening during the Tribulation. The Bible speaks of a restoring of Jerusalem and how portions “shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times (Dan 9:25).”
*The "desolations thereof" are plural. By my count, throughout time, 3 such desolations are by men's armies (2 have occurred & A of D is about to occur any day), with the final 2 being by the Hand of The Lord:
1. circa 587 BC: 2Ki 25:9
2. 70 AD
3. Abomination of Desolation: Luke 19:44 & 21:20
4. God, before 7th Trump: Eze 14:21-23 & 15:6-8 & Rev 11:13
5. God, during 7th Trump: Eze 15:6-8 & Dan 9:27
Now for the Bible math:  How long is the time period from the A of D until the Lord’s return?
“Then I heard one saint speaking, and another saint said unto that certain saint which spake, How long shall be the vision concerning the daily sacrifice, and the transgression of desolation, to give both the sanctuary and the host to be trodden under foot?   And he said unto me, Unto two thousand and three hundred days; then shall the sanctuary be cleansed (Dan 8:13-14).”
This 2300 days is an exact number for us.  We will be able to count-down the days until the “mystery” of God’s rapture/resurrection is fulfilled.  We are told the time for this is at the sounding of the last trumpet of Revelation 11:15:
Behold, I shew you a mystery [see verse below]; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,  In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the LAST TRUMP: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed (1Cr 15:51-52).”
“… in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets (Rev 10:7).”
And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of His Christ; and He shall reign for ever and ever (Rev 11:15).”

--clark
P.S. Watch soon for my comment below about the 2300 days and how this fits with the 3½ years given for Israel’s flight into the wilderness (“where she hath a place prepared of God”)  and how “the times of the Gentiles” are fulfilled.

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