In Daniel, the abomination of desolation is spoken of. This is also spoken of by Yahushua, in Matthew 24:15-22. Whilst I was aware it had been mentioned in different locations in scripture, I had never really thought of the implications of it being spoken of By Yahushua as well. Here is the section of scripture Spoke of by Yahushua in Matthew 24:
15 “So when you see the abomination of desolation [the appalling sacrilege that astonishes and makes desolate], spoken of by the prophet Daniel, standing in the Holy Place (let the reader understand), 16 then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains [for refuge].
17 “Whoever is on the housetop must not go down to get the things that are in his house [because there will not be enough time]. 18 “Whoever is in the field must not turn back to get his coat. 19 And woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days! 20 Pray that your flight [from persecution and suffering] will not be in winter, or on a Sabbath [when Jewish laws prohibit travel]. 21 For at that time there will be a great tribulation (pressure, distress, oppression), such as has not occurred since the beginning of the world until now, nor ever will [again]. 22 And if those days [of tribulation] had not been cut short, no human life would be saved; but for the sake of the elect (YHWH’s chosen ones) those days will be shortened.
Personally, I had always looked at the prophecy in Daniel 9:27 as being fulfilled, however, here we have Yahushua, after Daniel, speaking of the same thing.
We are told that what has been will be again in Ecclesiastes 1:9-11
9 That which has been is that which will be [again],
And that which has been done is that which will be done again.
So there is nothing new under the sun.
10 Is there anything of which it can be said,
“See this, it is new”?
It has already existed for [the vast] ages [of time recorded or unrecorded]
Which were before us.
11 There is no remembrance of earlier things,
Nor also of the later things that are to come;
There will be for them no remembrance
By generations who will come after them.
A similar thing is spoke of in Ecclesiastes 3:14-15
14 I know that whatever YHWH does, it endures forever; nothing can be added to it nor can anything be taken from it, for YHWH does it so that men will fear and worship Him [with awe-filled reverence, knowing that He is YHWH]. 15 That which is has already been, and that which will be has already been, for YHWH seeks what has passed by [so that history repeats itself].
So the obvious question is – will this repeat itself? Well scripture also speaks of a time very similar to what is spoken of in Matthew 24:15-22. This can be seen in Revelation 12. I am not sure why I had not noticed it before. Both speak of a time where we are to flea to the wilderness.
13 And when the dragon saw that he was thrown down to the earth, he persecuted the woman who had given birth to the male Child. 14 But the two wings of the great eagle were given to the woman, so that she could fly into the wilderness to her place, where she was nourished for a time and times and half a time (three and one-half years), away from the presence of the serpent (Satan). 15 And the serpent hurled water like a river out of his mouth after the woman, so that he might cause her to be swept away with the flood. 16 But the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened its mouth and swallowed up the river which the dragon had hurled out of his mouth. 17 So the dragon was enraged with the woman, and he went off to wage war on the rest of her children (seed), those who keep and obey the commandments of YHWH and have the testimony of Yahushua [holding firmly to it and bearing witness to Him].
The difference in this section of scripture is that we are given a sign. A sign is something to look for, before an event takes place. But that sign comes midway through a seven year period – a time when we are told to flee.
It reminds me of the story of Lot, in the sense that Lot was told to flea, as the destruction was about to come upon the cities. I suppose I had always thought that I might know when as I would be able to see the destruction taking place around me, but Lot was not to see the destruction until afterwards. Sarah, for example was turned into a pillar, because she looked back. I feel that if you are not prepared for this time, it will come upon you unawares, and you will not have any time to prepare, you will simply need to flee.
What does being prepared mean though? I feel it means we should be reading His scriptures and learning as much as we can about the things it contains. Lot already knew the two angles. He was told about the coming destruction. He was given a warning and was told to act upon that warning. He was told to flea to the mountains (Genesis 19:17) – but asked if he could stay in a small town. They were told not to look back – Do we look back to our old ways? Sarah was consumed because she did – one might look at this spiritually as going back to sin.
When studying a year ago, I came across the following sections in Revelation 12, so I made a video about it, to explain it to others. If indeed it actually is a seven year period, and from the three and a half year mark, times get very tough, then we may be nearing that time.
Is the video correct? I really do not know for certain. But what I do know is that the signs seem to match what we are told of in the scriptures.