When You See It Happen
Lord, thank You that You control the end of all things and will care for me and all Your people.
Read MATTHEW 24:15-28
 “So when you see standing in the holy place ‘the abomination that causes desolation,’ spoken of through the prophet Daniel-let the reader understand-  then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains.  Let no one on the roof of his house go down to take anything out of the house.  Let no one in the field go back to get his cloak.  How dreadful it will be in those days for pregnant women and nursing mothers!  Pray that your flight will not take place in winter or on the Sabbath.  For then there will be great distress, unequaled from the beginning of the world until now-and never to be equaled again.  If those days had not been cut short, no one would survive, but for the sake of the elect those days will be shortened.  At that time if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or, ‘There he is!’ do not believe it.  For false Christs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and miracles to deceive even the elect-if that were possible.  See, I have told you ahead of time.  “So if anyone tells you, ‘There he is, out in the desert,’ do not go out; or, ‘Here he is, in the inner rooms,’ do not believe it.  For as lightning that comes from the east is visible even in the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man.  Wherever there is a carcass, there the vultures will gather. Scripture taken from the Holy Bible, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society. All rights reserved throughout the world. Used by permission of International Bible Society.
ReflectWhat great deception is warned against here?
Just as Daniel’s prophecies are fulfilled in different ways at different times so, when Jesus quotes from Daniel, he is speaking of two different events. Parts of Matthew 24 refer to the siege of Jerusalem by the Romans in 70 AD. Other parts refer to Jesus’ second coming at a time yet to be revealed.
But there’s a clue in this passage about understanding prophecy. “When you see…” (15). Up until the moment a prophecy is fulfilled it can be difficult to know what it means. I can imagine Jesus’ disciples wondering, “What’s all this abomination business?” But when the events unfolded they knew, they remembered and they fled!
Jesus warns his disciples against being led astray by false prophets, by signs and wonders (23-25), i.e., the latest fad or enthusiasm. It’s not wrong to want to check out what God seems to be doing in various parts of the world, but we need to make sure we don’t lose sight of the basics of our faith, and the need to live faithfully for Jesus where we are.
How are you living faithfully for Jesus each day where you are and with the people around you?
Lord, give me an appetite for the Scriptures that will enable me to live as Your disciple here and now.
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