A DESOLATE HOUSE
Prophecy Of A Desolate House Is Doubled
For many years, Bible prophecy readers have pondered the
dual timelines of the Olivet Discourse found in Matthew 24. Recognizing the
tragic events which consumed Jerusalem in 70 AD matched Christ’s
description of things to come, the Preterists say the Tribulation
prophecies were exhausted in the Roman destruction of the city and temple. The Futurists
(those who say Christ will yet save the regathered Jews), tell us the last
generation will recapitulate the events Christ described.
“For then shall be great
tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no,
nor ever shall be” (Matthew 24:21).
As the evangelical Christian fellowships of our time
popularized the Rapture doctrine, (which rotates salvation between
Israel and the alleged “Church”), and that same “baby
boom” generation moved into influential positions in our mediacentric
world, the Futurists became dominant. Further, as international turmoil
surrounding Jerusalem has continued to escalate, those who see
the regathered Jewish nation as a harbinger that the end of the age is upon us,
have indoctrinated millions to their faulty perspectives.
At the center of many prophetic expectations is
something commonly referenced as a desolation, which occurs in both
timelines – then and now.
“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…” (Mark 13:14).
These verse have led to all sorts of fanciful
explanations. Some say the alleged “Antichrist,” after negotiating
a political treaty which facilitates the rebuilding of a modern version of a
temple in contemporary Jerusalem, will erect a statue of himself in that
temple. Others say this was fulfilled two thousand years ago as the Romans
compelled the ancient Jews to honor an image of Jupiter Olympus, one of
Because the Scriptures show Christ had both timelines in
view as He uttered these profound prophecies, elements from each generation are
embedded in His statements. For instance, when He stated the tribulation to
come would be unprecedented and unequalled in its severity (“such as was
not since the beginning…nor ever shall be”), history shows it could
not be exclusively applied to the conflagration in 66-70 AD at the siege of
Demographic experts estimate that approximately half a
million people were gathered in Jerusalem at the time, even as others dubiously
double that figure. Neither of these numbers comes close to the 25 million who
died during the black plague, or the 60 million who died during the 7 years of
World War II. Since this tribulation was specified to be the worst event in
history, this would indicate Christ’s prediction anticipates an event
that has yet to occur.
One of the problems this generates is related to how JESUS then stated that
those who see these things were to immediately “flee” from Judaea
(and pray that their flight did not occur on the Sabbath), thereby placing the desolation
in the near term event which was concluded in 70 AD. Thus, the net result of
the controversy is to plant seeds of doubt among the undiscerning, concerning
Christ’s ability to articulate prophecy.
To get to the bottom of this, we must start with the
prophecy Jesus originally referenced, when He told the disciples
what to do, “when ye shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken
of by Daniel the prophet” (Mark 13:14).
Perhaps the most crucial prophecy in the book of Daniel
is related to how much the various perspectives of the Preterists
(as well as the Futurists) differ from the key prophetic passage
in Daniel, which points us to the time of Christ and the Roman destruction of
Judaea and Jerusalem. Not only is there no “Antichrist” in the
famous 70 Weeks prophecy, the Rapturists who project that Christ will return in
our time (when He will supposedly save “all Israel”) have
disastrously confused the identities in the prophecy.
Instead of attempting to calculate tenuous details
concerning the sequential aspects of the 70 Week period, we would do well to
focus on identity, as the prophecy is not at all about any “Antichrist,”
or even the Tribulation. This astonishing Word from the LORD details the
accomplishments of the Saviour, the Holy One of Israel, whom we know to be JESUS CHRIST. In Daniel
9:24, we learn that once He arrives, the Saviour will accomplish the following:
“Seventy weeks are determined
upon thy people and upon thy holy city to  finish the transgression,  and
to make an end of sins,  and to make reconciliation for iniquity,  and to
bring in everlasting righteousness,  and to seal up the vision  and [to
seal up] prophecy,  and to anoint the most Holy” (Daniel 9:24).
 It is self evident that it is Christ who finishes
the transgression, with His death on the cross.
“When Jesus therefore had
received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his
head, and gave up the ghost” (John 19:20).
 The New Testament firmly establishes that since
Jesus took the penalty for our sins, it is Christ who makes an end of sins.
“And ye know that he was
manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin. Whosoever
abideth in him sinneth not” (I John 3:5, 6).
 It is the LORD Jesus who reconciles us to the
Father through His sacrifice.
“And all things are of God, who
hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the
ministry of reconciliation” (II Corinthians 5:18).
 As the righteousness which was generated through
conformity to the Old Testament law was built upon temporal obedience to the
statutes of the Old Covenant, the one who brings in everlasting righteousness,
through His one-time sacrifice, is Jesus Christ.
“And God is able to make all
grace abound toward you…his righteousness remaineth for ever”
(II Corinthians 9:8, 9).
 Through the single sacrifice of His only begotten
Son, God has forever sealed the vision which was only seen by those He has
chosen to live with Him.
“And as they came down from the
mountain, Jesus charged them, saying, Tell the vision to no man,
until the Son of man be risen again from the dead (Matthew 17:9).
 As the New Covenant in Christ arrived, the era of
prophecy anticipating eternal salvation was sealed, as John the Baptist was
said to be greater than a prophet – even as the least in Christ is
greater than John in the Kingdom of God.
”Among those that are born of
women there is not a greater prophet than John the Baptist: but
he that is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he” (Luke 7:28).
 The anointing of the most high occurred when
the glory of God poured through Jesus during the transfiguration, and the voice
of the LORD announced this is indeed His only begotten Son.
“And the Holy Ghost
descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon him, and a voice came from
heaven, which said, Thou art my beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased”
Since these 7 facets summarize what will occur during
the manifestation of the Saviour, we note that instead of witnessing to the
glorious fulfillment of these prophecies by Jesus Christ, the
false prophets of our time reverse the meaning of this Scripture by inserting a
fictional Antichrist, and fabricating a supposed peace treaty with those who
reject Christ – an abomination which makes the
A careful analysis of the balance of the 70 Weeks
prophecy tells us the Saviour in the prophecy will “confirm the
covenant” – and that covenant between God and man, is with Israel
– thereby negating the idea that Christ was unable to redeem Israel,
instead bestowing salvation on a fictional entity called “the
Church.” The prophecy further predicts Christ will be “cut
off” – which anticipates the sacrificial act through which He
“And Jesus answered them, saying,
The hour is come, that the Son of man should be glorified…for this cause
[to be cut off] came I unto this hour” (John 12:23, 27).
Daniel predicts that His momentous work on the cross shall
render the annual sacrifice of a lamb obsolete, through His astonishing
deed whereby God’s wrath against sinful man is satisfied.
“…he shall cause the
sacrifice and the oblation to cease…Neither by the blood of goats and
calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having
obtained eternal redemption for us”” (Daniel 9:27,
When born again Israel came into existence through the
Spirit, even as the physical body of Israel rejected Jesus, He announced that
the temple of the Jews (the “house of Israel” in the text) had now
been rendered desolate.
“Ye serpents, ye generation of
vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell? O Jerusalem, Jerusalem…Behold,
your house is left unto you desolate” (Matthew 23:33, 37, 38).
Daniel anticipated how Christ pronounced the Old
Covenant house of the LORD was now desolate, when he stated the
continual expansion of abominations will cause the LORD to proclaim “thy
people and…thy holy city” are desolate.
“…and for the overspreading
of abominations he [the Saviour] shall make it desolate,
even until the consummation” (Daniel 9:27).
Since there are twin timelines, and the body of Christ
as the temple of God (I Corinthians 3:16) has now reversed the role of Christ
with Antichrist through an abominable distortion of Daniel’s epic
prophecy, we are now seeing the Abomination of Desolation that Jesus
warned us about.
Matthew’s Gospel specifies what JESUS told us to do when
we see these abominations:
“When ye therefore shall see the
abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the
holy place” (Matthew 24:15).
The Holy Place where we are to stand is in Christ, where
He has entered in before us, in glory at the right hand of the Father.
“…by his own blood he
entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption
for us” (Hebrews 9:12).
Since we are NOW seated in Christ at the right
hand of the Father (Ephesians 1:20, 2:6), we are being told that when we see
such abominations, we are to stand steadfast in the truth.
“…that ye may be able to
withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore…”
(Ephesians 6:13, 14).
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