Is the Abomination of Desolation upon us?
In a world where so many people are wishing and living like things are back to normal, I don't like that I'm the one who has to tell you this, but we are no where close to being back to normal. In fact, I don't believe we can ever get back to what was considered normal before the year 2020. Lately, I've been seeing that things are only going to continue getting worse. And, the news and social media have been confirming this to me.
I know that most of us are so busy just trying to survive and raise our families in this world today. However, you need to slow down and take a serious look at what's going on around you. Both in our country and worldwide.
I've been trying to help steer people in the right direction of being ready for what is to come for a few years now. But, you know what? It's time for me to focus on getting myself and my family ready. Now. And, that in itself should speak clearly to you who have been following me! Having said that...this may or may not be my last article.
People talk about and even say they're praying for our Lord Jesus to come soon. If you have done that, have you ever stopped to think of what would have to happen for that to come into fruition? How bad things would have to be in this world? What? Do you think He will come in a time of peace, rainbows, and unicorns? I don't think so! There would be no need for Him to come for us at a time like that. No, it would be a time of complete chaos and utter disruption. A world full of evil. A world full of hate for God and His people. To see that type of a world, all we have to do is open our eyes, because it is here people. We are living in that world. We are living in The End Times!! We have prayed for this to happen! Seriously.
Buckle up Buttercup
I truly believe we are at a point of no return. We will never be able to return to the days of old. And, by “old” I mean pre 2020. You don't have to believe me. It's your choice whether you do or not. However, as I said earlier, just open your eyes and look around you. Take a look at the television, the news, the programming. Wanna know what it was like in the hearts of people in the Days of Noah? There you have it, right in front of your eyes. The shows on our televisions make it seem like everyone lives like that and there's nothing wrong with it. You know, when God said that it was wrong for men to desire men and for women to desire women? Well, He didn't mean that it was wrong unless you wanted to do it! Yet, our world makes it seem like that's a normal thing. Well, I'm here to tell you that it is NOT a normal thing! It is an abomination to God! The way we, as humans, live our lives these days is disgusting to me, I know it has to be disgusting to God. All you have to do to know that is read the Bible. That's where we learn about Him and His ways and what He wants. In fact, here, let's take a moment to focus on something that I have been thinking about a lot.
Matthew 24:15-21 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:)
Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains:
Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house:
Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes.
And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days!
But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day:
For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. (KJV)
I've spent years trying to figure out what the Abomination of Desolation is that is spoken of here. I was searching and researching for “Abomination of Desolation” as a whole. Then, it dawned on me! That is two words. Duh. So, I Googled both words, individually, and here's what I found:
Do you see it? Or, perhaps I should say, what did you see in your mind when you read those two definitions? Before I tell you what I saw, I want you to take a moment and search your mind for what you saw. If you have to, read them over again, and maybe again.
Okay, I'll tell you what I saw. I saw our world today. Not just in the United States, but worldwide. It has never been this bad before. At least not in the half a century plus that I have been alive. I saw Sodom and Gomorrah, and how much our world resembles them. I saw how it must have been in the days of Noah, in seeing our world today. I saw a world without God. Not because He doesn't want to be here, but because He's not allowed here by the majority. Oh, He's here in the heart of the believers, but He does not have reign on this earth. Satan does. And, he's bringing out his big guns. To sum it up, I see the beginning of “the” abomination of desolation that both Daniel and Jesus spoke of. A world that is full of hatred and disgust and is empty, desolate.
So, what do we need to do when we realize what we have seen, or are seeing? We need to be prepared! Verses 14-20 sure sound like a major, worldwide SHTF situation to me! Like the end all of all SHTF situations even.
The Great Tribulation (the mother of all SHTF scenarios)
I believe that we are within days, hours, or even minutes of the beginning of the end. Verse 21 above says, “For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.” When shall this tribulation be? After God has warned His people of the abomination of desolation. After we are able to have our eyes opened to what is going on around us and in this world. God has been giving us strong warnings to be ready/prepared for a few years now. We are “this” close to being in that state of abomination worldwide. In case you weren't aware, the Taliban were just given permission by the President of the United States to reign and take over the Middle East (and in essence, the world). Our president is actually trying to reason with the Taliban leader, thinking he will be a reasonable person and believing every word and promise the Taliban leader makes.
I take Verse 21 as a warning to us to be prepared for what is to come. Jesus is letting us know that we are headed for trouble! And, if we open our eyes (and our minds) we can see that it is coming soon!
If you believe in a pre-tribulation rapture then you don't need to do anything to prepare beyond this point. Or do you? If you believe in the mid-tribulation rapture, then you will need to make sure you are prepared to endure the first half of the tribulation. I used to be a mid-trib believer until I actually studied it myself in the Bible. (You can read about that by clicking/tapping here.) If you are a post-tribulation believer, then you REALLY need to be prepared!! Both physically and spiritually!
Here, let me help you to see how it is going to be. In the verses immediately following the ones above where Jesus told us what to be on the look out for, He told us this:
Matthew 24:22-28 And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened.
Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not.
For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.
Behold, I have told you before.
Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not.
For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together. (KJV)
In His round about way of telling us things, I believe Jesus is telling us to not listen to man (humans) regarding what to do during the time of the Tribulation, but to listen to and follow God. And, that those who are in power will try to persuade us to follow them, and will even attempt to trick us or deceive us. But, beware. We need to be in such a relationship with God (the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit) that we know what He would have us hear and have us do. We will (and do) need to be able to shut out all of the things we are being told by those in power and be able to hear His voice. We need to learn and be familiar with His voice. We need to do that now so that we are prepared for the times that are yet to come!
I believe He's also telling us that the powers that be will try and convince us that Jesus is alive and walking on this earth. But, we Christians know better, don't we? There will be many fooled though. In fact, it will seem so real that even some believers will be deceived. (Please note, Jesus is not talking about BEFORE the tribulation, but DURING the tribulation.)
And, even though we will experience tribulation like none have ever before, He will shorten those days for us. But, Jesus will not be walking among us. Do not be fooled. Keep our eyes on the sky, because that's the way He will be coming!
Matthew 24:29-31 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:
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.
And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other. (KJV)
To summarize, we are close, very close, to the beginning of The Great Tribulation. We need to be sure that we and our loved ones are ready to endure what is to come. Not just ready physically with food, shelter, etc., but also ready spiritually. We need to be sure we can recognize God's voice among the many voices that will be trying to convince us what to do. Once The Great Tribulation is over and done with, we will see Jesus coming in the sky! Then, He will have His angels gather us and we will forever be with Him!!
So, as we are going through the trials and tribulations on this earth, remember that we WILL be rewarded for our faithfulness to Him. But, we must be prepared, and we must remain faithful to God and ONLY God.
It is my prayer that God will open your eyes and your mind to what He has in store for you and your family/loved ones. And, that you will be open to hearing from Him and have the strength and courage to step out and do that which He shows you that you need to do. We are close. So very close.
I hope I have helped you or encouraged you in some way over the past couple of years (or so) to seek God's will and to be ready for whatever it is that we will have to endure.
Providing there is a next time, until next time...Happy prepping, and God bless!
1 Thessalonians 4:17, Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together
with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we
ever be with the Lord. (KJV)