The Challenge of Being Prepared

Note from sound team: Part of this week’s recording was interrupted during scripture reading, please refer to Mark 13 for the missing material.

Note from Pastor John: I want to correct one statement I made in this sermon that I later found was incorrect historically.  I stated that the first “abomination that causes desolation” in Daniel 9:27, 11:31, and 12:11 referred to a time when a Roman emperor erected an altar to himself in the temple of Jerusalem, which happened before the first Temple was destroyed.

There were two errors in this statement:

  1. The altar was to the pagan god Zeus, not himself.
  2. This happened in 168 B.C., which is long after the first Temple was destroyed.  Thus, this happened in the second Temple (the one Herod expanded and remodeled for the Jews during Jesus’ time), and no destruction followed this.  However, it was still considered an “abomination,” which Jesus’ hearers would have known about from their own history.

Hope this helps!

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