In Mark 13:14-20, Jesus warns his disciples about the coming destruction of the temple and the signs that will precede it. He tells them that when they see the “abomination of desolation” standing where it should not be, they should flee to the mountains.
Jesus then describes the hardships and tribulations that will occur during this time, including false prophets and false messiahs. He cautions the disciples not to be led astray by them.
He also describes natural disasters such as earthquakes, famines, and wars that will occur, but tells the disciples that these are just the beginning of the birth pains. He reassures them that even though these events may be scary, they should not be afraid, as they will ultimately be saved.
Jesus concludes by telling his disciples that the time will come when they will be persecuted and betrayed, even by their own family members. However, those who endure to the end will be saved.
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UCG Bible Commentary on Daniel 8
“What is the ‘Abomination of Desolation’? ” chapter of the UCG Middle East in Bible Prophecy booklet: