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Q. What is the “abomination of desolation” mentioned in Matthew 24:15?
A. Historically, the abomination of desolation spoken of by Daniel (Dan. 11:31) occurred when Antiochus Epiphanes assaulted Jerusalem with his army in 168 B.C. Antiochus set up the image of Jupiter Olympus, a Greek and Roman god, in the Temple.

The immediate abomination of desolation to which Jesus referred was the desecration of the Temple and destruction of Jerusalem by Roman armies in A.D. 70.

However, Jesus’ prophecy is dual and has an end-time fulfillment. There is coming a time when armies will once again surround Jerusalem and an abomination will be set up in the city. When this occurs, those in Jerusalem are told to flee to the mountains (Matt. 24:16).  Read our article “The Abomination of Desolation” for a better understanding on this subject.
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