Jews who understand warnings in ancient prophecies should correct their attitudes and behaviors before God and be prepared to leave Israel immediately when the prophetic armies surround Jerusalem and the abomination of desolation sits in the Temple. A major event that will occur 3½ years before the return of Christ is the invasion and occupation of Israel by The Antichrist‘s alliance of nations. Anyone in Israel when it is invaded and occupied will experience one of the most horrible and terrifying times in history.
There are a number of warning signs before this invasion. The first of these signs is the proclaiming of God the Father’s good news message by the elect of God scattered throughout the world, the high priest of the temple system in Jerusalem, and another person who is likely to be a high ranking government official of Israel. This good news message will include the proclamation that the Kingdom of God will soon be established on earth. About 3½ years before the return of Christ, the Jews and the elect of God who are in the nation of Israel will be given two very clear signs that the invasion and occupation of Israel is imminent. A person should immediately flee to survive and escape captivity.
“But when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, and then recognize that her desolation is near. Then those who are in Judea must flee to the mountains, and those who are in the midst of the city must leave, and those who are in the country must not enter the city; because these are days of vengeance, so that all things which are written will be fulfilled. Woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days; for there will be great distress upon the land and wrath to this people.” (Luke 21:20-23)
The reason that armies will surround Jerusalem is that an agreement will be made between the Antichrist’s alliance of nations and the Israelis to guarantee their protection. After the agreement, there will be peace and prosperity in the Middle East for a short time in a volatile political environment between Jews and Arabs. This period of peace will allow the Jews to build a temple to worship their God in Jerusalem. When this temple is completed, the Jews will institute a sacrificial system at this temple. When this happens, the political scene will worsen dramatically, because the Jews will worship the only true God, and Israel’s neighbors will become very hostile and will seek to destroy him.
The nations to the north and south of Israel will threaten to break their agreement of peace with Israel. Then, the king of the north who is the Antichrist and his alliance of nations will move against Egypt to honor its agreement to guarantee the peace. Egypt will be crushed along with several other Islamic nations in that geographical area, but the ancient nations of Amon and Moab, actual Jordan, will escape to protect the Jews fleeing from Israel per (Isaiah 16:1-5).
“At the end time the king of the South will collide with him, and the king of the North will storm against him with chariots, with horsemen and with many ships; and he will enter countries, overflow them and pass through. He will also enter the Beautiful Land, and many countries will fall; but these will be rescued out of his hand: Edom, Moab and the foremost of the sons of Ammon. Then he will stretch out his hand against other countries, and the land of Egypt will not escape. But he will gain control over the hidden treasures of gold and silver and over all the precious things of Egypt; and Libyans and Ethiopians will follow at his heels. But rumors from the East and from the North will disturb him, and he will go forth with great wrath to destroy and annihilate many. He will pitch the tents of his royal pavilion between the seas and the beautiful Holy Mountain; yet he will come to his end, and no one will help him.” (Daniel 11:40-45)
While the army of the Antichrist is crushing the Arabs in Northern Africa, the Islamic nations to the north and east, such as Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, and Syria, will indicate that they are also about to break their peace agreement with Israel. When this happens, the alliance of nations will send its army to Israel and Jerusalem under the pretense of protecting Israel from an invasion. The Israelis will welcome the protection of their allies’ powerful army and they will feel secure from their neighbors’ threat of invasion. However, the intentions of the Antichrist are more sinister for he intends to invade, destroy and remove Israel as an obstacle to his plan of world domination.
“Therefore when you see the ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION which was spoken of through Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place (let the reader understand), then those who are in Judea must flee to the mountains. Whoever is on the housetop must not go down to get the things out that are in his house. Whoever is in the field must not turn back to get his cloak.” (Matthew 24:15-18)
The Apostle Paul refers to the future Abomination of Desolation.
“Let no one in any way deceive you, for it will not come unless the Apostasy comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction, who opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, displaying himself as being God.” (2 Thessalonians 2:3-4)
The son of perdition is the Antichrist, leader of the alliance of nations called the Beast, and he will desecrate the temple; he is the desolating abomination. This powerful spirit masqueraded as a human will arrogantly desecrate the temple of the true God in Jerusalem by entering into it and sitting there in defiance of the true God. The Antichrist will attempt to prove to the world that he is indeed a god, and that the true God is no god.