The Abomination of Desolation will occur at the midpoint of the seven-year period (Daniel's 70th week) when the Antichrist’s great tribulation begins. Jesus links the great tribulation persecution of God’s people with the abomination of desolation. “Then they will deliver you to tribulation, and will kill you, and you will be hated by all nations because of My name” (Matt 24:9). The martyrdom realized in this verse is coupled with all the other trials that Jesus mentions: “At that time many will fall away and will betray one another and hate one another. false prophets will arise and will mislead many. Because lawlessness is increased, most people’s love will grow cold. But the one who endures to the end, he will be saved” (Matt 24:10–13). These are a variety of extreme trials that Christians will experience during the future Antichrist’s great tribulation. This time is followed by the end of the age: “This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come” (Matt 24:14). This is consistent with the persecution that we are told later in the discourse where Jesus’s return will cut short the great tribulation.
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