June 17, 2007

Mark 13.14-20

"But when you see the 'abomination of desolation' usurping a place which is not his (Let the reader understand), then those who are in Judea must take to the hills. If a man is on the roof, he must not come down into the house to fetch anything out; if in the field, he must not come back for his cloak.

"Alas for women with child in those days, and for those who have children at the breast! Pray that it may not come in winter. For those days will bring distress such as never has been until now since the creation of the world--and never will be again. If the Lord had not cut short that time of troubles, no living thing could survive. However, for the sake of his own, whom He has chosen, He has cut short the time."

1 Comments:

At 1:11 PM, Blogger forrest said...

Judea, about 40 years later, was a good place to be away from. But not as thoroughly murderous a place as during the Bar Kochba revolt in the next century.

The Jerusalem church is supposed to have timely slipped out of town, warned by "a vision" shortly before the exits closed entirely. Whatever did happen, they ceased to be an effective influence on other churches within the Roman Empire.

Hard to say what that "abomination" would have been, that hadn't already happened. Just something from Daniel that wanted to be in the text, so they let it?

And is this talking merely about the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem?--or is it a prediction of some worldwide disaster, still looming? If so, it seems premature, way too early either for precise timing or to help anyone avert the occasion...

 

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