Signs of Yeshua’s Return
The Abomination of Desolation
What are the signs that we should be looking for that let us know we are about to see the return of Yeshua? This question is one that many people would like to know the answer to. Let us seek out the answer to this question together. Yeshua tells us to watch for the abomination of desolation spoken of by Daniel.
Daniel 9:24 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 prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy.
In the original Hebrew, Daniel is told in this prophesy that “seventy sevens” are determined upon thy people… Many of the ancient wise men of Israel as well as Christian Scholars understood this to mean seventy sets of seven years; this explanation seems to line up with the rest of the prophesies. There are gaps in the 70 week prophecy; the way it is given indicates this. The seventy weeks of Daniel end with the anointing of the MOST HOLY. This has not happened yet.
Daniel 9:26 And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the PRINCE that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined. 27 And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.
There is definitely a gap between the sixty nine weeks and the seventieth week as there is approximately forty years between Yeshua’s death and the destruction of the temple. The end shall be with a flood, which has not happened yet, and until the end of this particular war, desolations are determined. The seventieth week is not the tribulation period; it is a covenant that the vile prince of the people who destroyed Jerusalem confirms. It is the prince of the people that destroyed Jerusalem that stops the daily sacrifice, not Yeshua, as we will see from this next passage. Notice that the tribulation period is addressed in verse 26 (the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined).; the final seventieth week is about a covenant, not the length of the tribulation period.
Daniel 11:21 And in his estate shall stand up a vile person, to whom they shall not give the honour of the kingdom: but he shall come in peaceably, and obtain the kingdom by flatteries. 22 And with the arms of a flood shall they be overflown from before him, and shall be broken; yea, also the PRINCE OF THE COVENANT. 23 And after the league made with him he shall work deceitfully: for he shall come up, and shall become strong with a small people. 31 And arms shall stand on his part, and they shall pollute the sanctuary of strength, and shall take away the daily sacrifice, and they shall place the abomination that maketh desolate. 32 And such as do wickedly against the covenant shall he corrupt by flatteries: but the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits.
This prince that is to come is not Yeshua; this prince is a vile person who works deceitfully. Here Daniel calls the covenant that this vile prince confirms a “league made with him.” This is not a covenant he makes with Israel but what we would call a coalition of armies or nations. This vile prince causes the daily sacrifice to be stopped in the middle of this seven year league or covenant. The sacrifices in the temple after Yeshua’s death did not cease for forty years after His sacrifice. The seventieth week could not have occurred immediately following the sixty ninth week. Yeshua established the sacrificial system as a physical picture of the spiritual realities accomplished by His ultimate sacrifice, the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world (Rev 13:8). This physical picture continues as long as there is a physical realm as we can see from Zechariah 14:21, Ezekiel 40:41-43, Ezekiel 44:10-16, Ezekiel 45:21-25, and Ezekiel 46:24.
Daniel 12:11 And from the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away, and the abomination that maketh desolate set up, there shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety days.
Matthew 24:15 When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:) 16 Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains: 17 Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house: 18 Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes. 19 And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days! 20 But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day: 21 For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.
Yeshua tells us that when we see the abomination, there will be great tribulation like we have never seen, nor ever will see again. It was bad when Rome destroyed Jerusalem and the Temple but this had already happened before; the second time was not any worse than the first time.
2 Chronicles 36:15 And the LORD God of their fathers sent to them by his messengers, rising up betimes, and sending; because he had compassion on his people, and on his dwelling place: 16 But they mocked the messengers of God, and despised his words, and misused his prophets, until the wrath of the LORD arose against his people, till there was no remedy. 17 Therefore he brought upon them the king of the Chaldees, who slew their young men with the sword in the house of their sanctuary, and had no compassion upon young man or maiden, old man, or him that stooped for age: he gave them all into his hand. 18 And all the vessels of the house of God, great and small, and the treasures of the house of the LORD, and the treasures of the king, and of his princes; all these he brought to Babylon. 19 And they burnt the house of God, and brake down the wall of Jerusalem, and burnt all the palaces thereof with fire, and destroyed all the goodly vessels thereof. 20 And them that had escaped from the sword carried he away to Babylon; where they were sevants to him and his sons until the reign of the kingdom of Persia:
The holocaust was worse than either event, in my opinion. The event that Yeshua is talking about will make everything that has already happened pale in comparison. There is a second witness to this fact in Luke.
Luke 21:20 And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh. 21 Then let them which are in Judaea flee to the mountains; and let them which are in the midst of it depart out; and let not them that are in the countries enter thereinto. 22 For these be the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled. 23 But woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck, in those days! for there shall be great distress in the land, and wrath upon this people. 24 And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.
The language that Luke uses for Yeshua’s instructions to us in response to the armies surrounding Jerusalem is the same that Matthew uses in Yeshua’s instructions for us when we see the abomination of desolation; these events will happen at the same time. Luke tells us that when this happens, all things that are written concerning this event will be fulfilled. Luke tells us that the sign we are to look for is when Jerusalem is compassed with armies; Matthew tells us to look for the abomination of desolation. Let’s look at another account of this time that has been written.
Zechariah 14:1 Behold, the day of the LORD cometh, and thy spoil shall be divided in the midst of thee. 2 For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity, and the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city. 3 Then shall the LORD go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle. 4 And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south.
Zechariah lumps the whole tribulation period together that precedes the Day of the Lord; there is actually a gap between verses two and three. We can see the length of this gap, the length of the tribulation period, by looking at Luke’s account and also in Revelation.
Luke 21:23 But woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck, in those days! for there shall be great distress in the land, and wrath upon this people. 24 And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the TIMES OF THE GENTILES be fulfilled. 25 And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; 26 Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. 27 And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.
The “times of the Gentiles” were not fulfilled when Rome destroyed Jerusalem. Currently, Jerusalem is controlled by Jews, not Gentiles. The Gentiles will again take Jerusalem.
Revelation 11:1 And there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein. 2 But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months. 3 And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth.
Luke’s “times of the Gentiles,” is given in Revelation: it is forty two months; this is also the same time period that the two witnesses will be prophesying. You might have noticed that Daniel gave a period of 1290 days; this is 30 days longer than these other time periods. The extra thirty days looks like the time period between the cessation of the daily sacrifices and the abomination of desolation. This extra 30 days will give us time to prepare to leave Jerusalem when the abomination occurs and Jerusalem is compassed with armies. Zechariah shows us that this time period ends with the coming of Messiah Yeshua. Joel chapters two and three also refer to this time period, though Joel focuses more on the events right before Yeshua’s return. The stellar signs given in Joel 3:15-16 are the same signs that Yeshua gives for His return in Luke above, in Mark, and also in Matthew 24.
Mark 13:24 But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, 25 And the stars of heaven shall fall, and the powers that are in heaven shall be shaken. 26 And then shall they see the Son of man coming in the clouds with great power and glory.
Matthew 24:29 Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: 30 And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.
Joel 3:15 The sun and the moon shall be darkened, and the stars shall withdraw their shining. 16 The LORD also shall roar out of Zion, and utter his voice from Jerusalem; and the heavens and the earth shall shake: but the LORD will be the hope of his people, and the strength of the children of Israel.
`This is when He steps down on the Mount of Olives as Zechariah tells us. Zechariah 14 coupled with Joel 2,3 makes it clear that this scenario all plays out right before the Day of YHVH when Yeshua returns, not over a 2000 year period. An abomination that made desolate did occur when Rome destroyed Jerusalem but it also occurred when Antiochus slaughtered a pig on the alter. There is an abomination standing in the holy place even today. There can be many foreshadows before the prophesy is actually fulfilled. Hosea was used to prophesy about a time period that Yeshua refers to as well.
NKJ Hosea 6:1 Come, and let us return to the LORD; For He has torn, but He will heal us; He has stricken, but He will bind us up. 2 After two days He will revive us; On the third day He will raise us up, That we may live in His sight. 3 Let us know, Let us pursue the knowledge of the LORD. His going forth is established as the morning; He will come to us like the rain, Like the latter and former rain to the earth.
Please notice that Hosea ties this time period to the former and latter rain; this is the time period that started when Peter stood up on Shavuot (Pentecost - Acts 2:14-21) and quoted from the prophet Joel. Joel’s prophesy (Joel 2:23-32) is about the former and latter rain as well, which Peter demonstrates to be the pouring out of the Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit). Joel’s latter rain outpouring is right before the Day of the Lord, the day Yeshua returns (Zechariah 14:1-4; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-1 Thess. 5:4). Hosea’s prophesy shows us the same thing: “on the third day He will raise us up, that we may live in His sight.” Yeshua refers to Hosea’s prophesy in a veiled way of telling us the time of His return.
Luke 13:31 The same day there came certain of the Pharisees, saying unto him, Get thee out, and depart hence: for Herod will kill thee. 32 And he said unto them, Go ye, and tell that fox, Behold, I cast out devils, and I do cures to day and to morrow, and the third day I shall be perfected.
Many have tried to time the two days (two thousand year period – see 2 Peter 3:8) from Yeshua’s birth. Yeshua indicates that the time clock started when He began to cast out devils and do cures. This did not occur until after His baptism and infilling of the Ruach HaKodesh. In summation, what we are looking for is the daily sacrifice to begin again, the sacrifices to be stopped by the vile prince, the abomination that makes desolate to be set up, standing in the holy place (in the rebuilt temple or at least on the temple mount), Jerusalem surrounded by armies, the two witnesses beginning to prophesy, Jerusalem is ransacked and controlled by the Gentiles for 42 months, the death and resurrection of the two witnesses, and finally Yeshua’s return. Remember the words of our Messiah.
Matthew 24:13 But he who endures to the end shall be saved.
May we all endure until the end and may Abba bless you and keep you with His Shalom.