November 5, 2023

“Could This Be The End?” Part 2 – “The Coming Holocaust”

Passage: Matthew 24:15-31
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Dr. Brad Patterson

November 5, 2023

“Could This Be The End”

Part 2:  The Coming Holocaust

Matthew 24:15-28

15 “So when you see the abomination of desolation spoken of by the prophet Daniel, standing in the holy place (let the reader understand), 

16 then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. 

17 Let the one who is on the housetop not go down to take what is in his house, 

18 and let the one who is in the field not turn back to take his cloak. 

19 And alas for women who are pregnant and for those who are nursing infants in those days! 

20 Pray that your flight may not be in winter or on a Sabbath. 

21 For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been from the beginning of the world until now, no, and never will be. 

22 And if those days had not been cut short, no human being would be saved. But for the sake of the elect those days will be cut short.

23 Then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘There he is!’ do not believe it. 

24 For false christs and false prophets will arise and perform great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect. 

25 See, I have told you beforehand. 

26 So, if they say to you, ‘Look, he is in the wilderness,’ do not go out. If they say, ‘Look, he is in the inner rooms,’ do not believe it. 

27 For as the lightning comes from the east and shines as far as the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. 

28 Wherever the corpse is, there the vultures will gather.

  1. Hell is unleashed. Matthew 24:15-22


            Abomination of Desolation”

An abomination is “something that acuses disgust or hatred”; and desolation is “a state of complete emptiness or destruction.”




Daniel 9:27

27 “And he shall make a strong covenant with many for one week, and for half of the week he shall put an end to sacrifice and offering. And on the wing of abominations shall come one who makes desolate, until the decreed end is poured out on the desolator.”


Daniel 11:31

31 “Forces from him shall appear and profane the temple and fortress, and shall take away the regular burnt offering. And they shall set up the abomination that makes desolate.”


Daniel 12:11

11 “And from the time that the regular burnt offering is taken away and the abomination that makes desolate is set up, there shall be 1,290 days.”


Daniel’s Predictions:

  1. A future ruler will make a treaty with the people of Israel.
  2. The terms of this treaty will be for a “week”—which we take to be a period of seven years.
  3. Midway through this time, the ruler will gather his troops and put an end to the sacrifices and offerings in the temple.
  4. At that time the ruler will desecrate the temple, setting up some type of sacrilegious object.
  5. The desecration of the temple will continue until the judgement of God is finally meted out on the ruler and his followers 1,290 days (3½ years and 1 month) later.



  1. False Christ bring Confusion Matthew 24:23-27


Confusion  - to pour or come together


2 Thessalonians 2:1-12

 1 Now concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered together to him, we ask you, brothers, 


not to be quickly shaken in mind or alarmed, either by a spirit or a spoken word, or a letter seeming to be from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord has come. 


Let no one deceive you in any way. For that day will not come, unless the rebellion comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction, 


who opposes and exalts himself against every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, proclaiming himself to be God.


Do you not remember that when I was still with you I told you these things? 


And you know what is restraining him now so that he may be revealed in his time. 


For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work. Only he who now restrains it will do so until he is out of the way. 


And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will kill with the breath of his mouth and bring to nothing by the appearance of his coming. 


The coming of the lawless one is by the activity of Satan with all power and false signs and wonders, 


10 and with all wicked deception for those who are perishing, because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. 


11 Therefore God sends them a strong delusion, so that they may believe what is false, 


12 in order that all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.


  1. What should we do to have biblical discernment?


  1. Learn to hear the shepherd’s voice!


John 10:27

27 “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.”



  1. Death becomes Dinner Matthew 24:28


In the Great Tribulation 21/2 million die every day for 42 months.


Revelation 6:8

And I looked, and behold, a pale horse! And its rider's name was Death, and Hades followed him. And they were given authority over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword and with famine and with pestilence and by wild beasts of the earth.



Avoid the coming Holocaust by Trusting Jesus as your Savior today!

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