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

I thought the Temple WAS destroyed in 70AD?

A Facebook friend commented on a Last Day Bible Prophecy link:

She wrote: "I thought that the Temple WAS destroyed in 70AD and that the Wailing Wall is not part of the Temple but a retaining wall for the foundation upon which the Temple stood. Comments?"

 I answered with this comment:

Retaining walls and foundations are integral parts of a building.  Portions of the Western Wall (Wailing Wall) are not the only remains of Herod’s temple:

"In 66 CE the Jewish population rebelled against the Roman empire. Four years later, in 70 CE, Roman legions under Titus retook and subsequently destroyed much of Jerusalem and the Second Temple... the Western Wall is not the only remaining part of the Temple Mount. Currently, Robinson's Arch (named after American Edward Robinson) remains as the beginning of an arch that spanned the gap between the top of the platform and the higher ground farther away. This had been used by the priests as an entrance. Commoners had entered through the still-extant, but now plugged, gates on the southern side which led through beautiful colonnades to the top of the platform. One of these colonnades is still extant and reachable through the Temple Mount. The Southern wall was designed as a grand entrance. Recent archeological digs have found thousands of mikvehs (ceremonial bathtubs) for the ritual purification of the worshipers, as well as a grand stairway leading to the now blocked entrance. Inside the walls, the platform was supported by a series of vaulted archways, now called Solomon's Stables, which still exist..."

                             http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Herod%27s_Temple#Herod.27s_Temple


Whatever we choose to believe about the total annihilation of the temple and “the desolation of Jerusalem,”* should not interfere with consideration of Jesus’ prophecies in context.  Jesus came out of the temple. Then He, and His disciples, were looking at the "buildings of the temple” (“buildings” is plural)  The Lord continued:

"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. (Mat 24:2)"

"Seest thou these great buildings? there shall not be left one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down. (Mar 13:2)"

"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. (Luk 21:6)"

The disciples wanted to know “WHEN” this would occur and what would be “THE SIGN”:

“…Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of Thy coming, and of the end of the world? (Mat 24:3)”

“Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign when all these things shall be fulfilled? (Mar 13:4)”

“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? (Luk 21:7)”

Read these full reports of Matthew, Mark and Luke and see that they are plainly describing the Lord’s prophecies for the Last Days (not 70 A.D.).  Jesus also answers their question about “THE SIGN” :

“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,) then let them that be in Judaea flee to the mountains (Mar 13:14)”

“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,) then let them that be in Judaea flee to the mountains (Mar 13:14)”

“And 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… (Luk 21:20-21)”

The “sign” (which is the ‘setting up’ of the Abomination of Desolation) will be armies making a stand by SURROUNDING JERUSALEM.*  The Abomination of Desolation will be the actual annihilation of Jerusalem where, at the temple site, “there shall not be left one stone upon another.”

I believe “Judaea” is simply “the kingdom of the Jews.”  They have continuously provided world-governments with Judea-Christian laws and principles (The Old Testament) and they have spiritually received authority from God to rule (often from behind the scenes as with the Federal Reserve banking system).  Judah’s authority will cease when Jesus returns as King:

“The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet [his posterity], until Shiloh come (Gen 49:10)” 

 

*The "desolations" of Jerusalem 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.      C. 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

 

--Clark Callear