Which mountain? What abomination?

When the disciples asked Jesus what the signs of the end of the age will be, the first thing Jesus said was, “Watch out that no one deceives you. For many will come in my name, claiming, “I am the Christ,” and will deceive many.”  (Matthew 24:4-5). I don’t think many of us would be deceived by someone coming up to us saying, “Hey, follow me, I am the Christ”, however, there must be a reason Jesus said this. So who are the ‘many’ who will be deceived, and how will this deception take place?

“Concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ … Don’t let anyone deceive you in any way, for that day will not come until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness revealed, the man doomed to destruction. He will oppose and will exalt himself over everything that is called God or is worshiped, so that he sets himself up in God’s temple, proclaiming himself to be God.
~2 Thessalonians 2:1-4

How does this relate to not being deceived? Well, here we see how a man of lawlessness, doomed to destruction, manages to set himself up in God’s temple, proclaiming himself to be God…sounds similar to the deception in Mt 24:5.

And how about Mt 24:15-16

“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.”

Here again we see an abomination standing in the holy place. But what is the holy place? What is the abomination? How did it get into the holy place? And which mountain must we flee to?

The holy place is God’s temple (modern-day church), and the only way the abomination can get there is by deceiving the ‘inhabitants’ of the holy place by claiming to be the Christ (Mt 24:5), proclaiming himself to be God (2 Thes 2:4). This is why we are warned so many times in the Bible to test spirits, discern the times, and watch out we are not deceived.

These passages are prophecies concerning the end times. Prophecies in the Bible are written using a ‘spiritual’ or ‘figurative’ language. They are not meant to be understood literally. But if we don’t understand what the true meaning of the figurative language is, then how are we going to do what is required of us, how are we going to know which mountain to go to, or what the abomination is? Jesus promises that there will be a time when he will speak plainly and not use this figurative language anymore (Jn 16:25). If the time has come when we can understand plainly, then we will know what mountain to go to and what this abomination is.

Even though the true meaning of the New Testament prophecies have been hidden, there is a promise that they are only hidden until the time God has appointed for their fulfillment (1 Cor 2:7; 1 Cor 13:12). At that time we will be able to see face-to-face and fully understand, but will we choose to see, or will we act like the Pharisees at the time of the first coming?

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Nobody is expected to believe without evidence. John 14:29 tells us that we have been given prophecies so that we are able to believe in their fulfillment when it happens. It’s time to fully understand the scriptures and the New Testament. Let’s have ears that hear and eyes that see, so that we can keep the covenant and do what is required of us.

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7 thoughts on “Which mountain? What abomination?

  1. THIS makes perfect sense!
    How would you explain the figurative language using people and nations… like Jezebel, Balaam, Balak, Babylon etc… these people/places are mentioned in Revelation too….??

    • Hi LL, great question! Just like God uses the physical characteristics of things (like seed, tree, light, water etc) to explain spiritual truths, the same thing applies for people and nations.

      These people do not come back to life at the end times, rather there will be entities that carry out similar roles (have the same characteristics) to that of these chracters from the Old Testament. They are used to explain the reality that will be present at the fulfillment of these prophecies.

      Here are some verses on these characters (just for some history) :)
      Jezebel: 1 Kings 16:30-31; 1 Kings 21:23-26
      Balaam and Balak: Numbers 22-24 (but Rv 2:14 sums it up pretty concisely)
      Babylon: This nation invaded South Judah and Jerusalem [Judea] and held God’s chosen people captive for 70 years. 2 Kings 20:14-18; Daniel 9:2

      God provides all the answers in His word.
      I hope this answer helps :)

  2. HL always enjoying coming to your blog because I know it will always cause me to think :). I think you hit the nail on the head, when you said will we choose to see . We can know all the right things to say, but if our hearts do not reflect these truths that we say we believe, then something is wrong there. Thanks for this post.

    • Hi Jon, glad to hear this has you thinking ;)
      I have been so so so blessed, and all I want to do is reach out to others who are interested in seeking a deeper understanding of God’s word.
      Thanks for always reading and commenting, always great hearing from you (heading over to your blog now) :)

  3. wow, I’ve never been shown these verses before. If we are living in the time of the new testament, then these things could happen in our time. I really want to know what that mountain is and where it is! Do you have more information on this topic? You seem to be knowledgable of the Word, can I discuss more with you via chat or skype?

    • Hi, I would be happy to chat with you further. My email address is on my Contact page and we can set something up :)

      God promises an appointed time, when the hidden secrets in His word will be opened and revealed. At that time we will understand the prophecies and see their fulfillment – in the physical world, actual physical entities.

      I would love to chat with you about this in greater detail.
      Looking forward to hearing from you~

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