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And the world passes away, and the lust thereof:
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“After these things I saw, and, look! a great crowd, which no man was able to number, out of all
nations and tribes and peoples and tongues, standing before the throne andbefore the Lamb,
dressed in white robes; and there were palm branches in their hands.
Yes, the holding back of the four winds allows for the salvation of another group besides the
144,000 members of
Chapter 7 --13 Reads--And in response one of the elders said to me: “These who are dressed in the white robes
, who are they and where did they come from?”
14 So right away I said to him: “My lord, you are the one that knows.” And he said to me:
“These are the ones that come out of the great tribulation, and they have washed their robes
and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.
15 That is why they are before the throne of God; and they are rendering him sacred service day
and night in his temple; and the One seated on the throne will spread his tent over them.
16 They will hunger no more nor thirst anymore, neither will the sun beat down upon them
nor any scorching heat,
17 because the Lamb, who is in the midst of the throne, will shepherd them, and will
guide them to fountains of waters of life.
8 And when he opened the seventh seal, a silence occurred in heaven for about a half hour.
2 And I saw the seven angels that stand before God, and seven trumpets were given them.
The Great Tribulation Starts Commentary It Comes In Phases “Let the Reader Use Discernment”
The “earth” represents
the world of mankind alienated from God. Such a world existed in Noah’s day
and, by divine decree, ended with the Flood. “By the same word the heavens and
the earth that are now are stored up for fire and are being reserved to the Day
of Judgment and of destruction of the ungodly men.” (2 Pet. 3:7) Whereas
the Flood destroyed the ungodly all at one time, the coming destruction will
occur in stages during “the great tribulation.” (Rev. 7:14) In the first phase
of that tribulation, God will move the political rulers of this world to
“The Elements . . . Will Be Dissolved”
5 What are “the elements” that “will be dissolved”? A Bible dictionary defines “elements” as “first principles,” or “rudiments.” The term, it says, “was used of the letters of the alphabet, as elements of speech.” Thus, “the elements” mentioned by Peter refer to the fundamental things that give the world its ungodly characteristics, attitudes, ways, and goals. “The elements” include “the spirit of the world,” which “operates in the sons of disobedience.” (1 Cor. 2:12; read Ephesians 2:1-3.) That spirit, or “air,” pervades Satan’s world. It impels people to think, plan, speak, and act in ways that reflect the mind of Satan, the proud, defiant “ruler of the authority of the air.”
6 Therefore, knowingly or unknowingly, wittingly or unwittingly those infected by the world’s spirit allow their minds and hearts to be influenced by Satan, so that they reflect his thinking and attitude. As a result, they do what they want, without regard for the will of God. They react to situations on the basis of pride or selfishness, they manifest a rebellious attitude toward authority, and they give free rein to “the desire of the flesh and the desire of the eyes.”—Read 1 John 2:15-17.
10 God’s people once understood that the first phase of the great tribulation began in 1914 and that the final part would come at the battle of Armageddon. (Revelation 16:14, 16; Compare WT April 1,1939, page 110.) So we can understand why it was once thought that the latter-day “disgusting thing” must have stood in a holy place soon after World War I.
in later years we have come to see things differently. On
12 Then a significantly adjusted explanation was offered: “To correspond with the events of the first century, . . . the antitypical ‘great tribulation’ did not begin in 1914 C.E. Rather, what took place upon Jerusalem’s modern antitype in 1914-1918 was merely ‘a beginning of pangs of distress’ . . . The ‘great tribulation’ such as will not occur again is yet ahead, for it means the destruction of the world empire of false religion (including Christendom) followed by the ‘war of the great day of God the Almighty’ at Armageddon.” This meant that the entire great tribulation was yet ahead.
has a direct bearing on discerning when “the disgusting thing” stands in a holy
place. Recall what happened in the first century. The Romans attacked
A Future Attack
book of Revelation describes a future destructive attack on false religion.
Chapter 17 outlines God’s judgment against “
depicts “a scarlet-colored wild beast” that exists for a time, disappears, and
then returns. (Revelation 17:3, 8) This beast is supported by world
rulers. Details supplied in the prophecy help us to identify this symbolic
beast as a peace organization that came into existence in 1919 as the
16 Since the start of the great tribulation is yet future, is the “standing in a holy place” still ahead of us? Evidently so. While “the disgusting thing” made its appearance early in this century and has, thus, existed for decades, it will take a position in a unique way “in a holy place” in the near future. As first-century followers of Christ must have keenly watched to see how the “standing in a holy place” would develop, so do present-day Christians. Admittedly, we will have to wait for the actual fulfillment to know all the details. Yet, it is noteworthy that in some lands there is already a detectable and growing antipathy toward religion. Some political elements, in league with former Christians who have deviated from the true faith, are promoting hostility against religion in general and true Christians in particular. (Psalm 94:20, 21; 1 Timothy 6:20, 21) Consequently, political powers even now “battle with the Lamb,” and as Revelation indicates, this fight will intensify. While they cannot literally get their hands on the Lamb of God—Jesus Christ in his exalted, glorified state—they will further vent their opposition against God’s true worshipers, his “holy ones” in particular. (Daniel 7:25; compare Romans 8:27; Colossians 1:2; Revelation 12:17.) We have divine assurance that the Lamb and those with him will be victorious.—Revelation -21.
know that desolation awaits false religion.
18 After foretelling ‘the standing of the disgusting thing in a holy place,’ Jesus warned discerning ones to act. Did he mean that at that late point—when “the disgusting thing” is “standing in a holy place”—many people will flee from false religion and take up true worship? Hardly. Consider the first fulfillment. Jesus said: “Let those inJudea begin fleeing to the mountains. Let the man on the housetop not come down, nor go inside to take anything out of his house; and let the man in the field not return to the things behind to pick up his outer garment. Woe to the pregnant women and those suckling a baby in those days! Keep praying that it may not occur in wintertime.”—Mark -18.
did not say that only those in
then, did the comparatively small number of chosen ones back then act on Jesus’
advice? By leaving
21 Consider now, the larger fulfillment. We have for many decades been urging people to get out of false religion and to take up true worship. (Revelation 18:4, 5) Millions have done so. Jesus’ prophecy does not indicate that once the great tribulation breaks out, masses will turn to pure worship; certainly, there was no mass conversion of Jews in 66 C.E. Yet, true Christians will have great incentive to apply Jesus’ warning and flee.
cannot presently have full details about the great tribulation, but we
can logically conclude that for us the flight Jesus spoke of will not be in a
geographic sense. God’s people are already around the globe, virtually in every
corner. We can be sure, though, that when flight is necessary, Christians will
have to continue to maintain a clear distinction between themselves and false
religious organizations. It is also significant that Jesus warned about not
going back to one’s house to retrieve garments or other goods. (Matthew
24:17, 18) So there may be tests ahead as to how we view material things;
are they the most important thing, or is the salvation that will come for all
on God’s side more important? Yes, our fleeing may involve some hardships and
deprivations. We will have to be ready to do whatever it takes, as did our
first-century counterparts who fled from
must be certain that our refuge continues to be Jehovah and his mountain like
organization. (2 Samuel 22:2, 3; Psalm 18:2; Daniel 2:35, 44)
That is where we will find protection! We will not imitate the masses of
mankind who will flee to “the caves” and hide “in the rock-masses of the
mountains”—human organizations and institutions that may remain for a very
short while after
24 There is no reason for us to live in fear of what is going to happen. Jesus did not want his disciples back then to be afraid, and he does not want us to be in fear, either now or in the days to come. He alerted us so that we can be preparing our hearts and minds. After all, obedient Christians will not be punished when destruction comes on false religion and the rest of this wicked system. They will be discerning and heed the warning about ‘the disgusting thing standing in a holy place.’ And they will act decisively on their unshakable faith. May we never forget what Jesus promised: “He that has endured to the end is the one that will be saved.”—Mark .
ONE THOUGH NINE READS
“Let the Reader Use Discernment”
“When you catch sight of
the disgusting thing that causes desolation. . . standing in a holy
place, . . . then let
OUR being alerted to an
approaching calamity can enable us to avoid it. (Proverbs 22:3) So imagine the
situation of Christians in
2 In a prophecy with implications for us today, Jesus outlined a composite sign that included wars, food shortages, earthquakes, pestilences, and persecution of Christians preaching about God’s Kingdom. (Matthew 24:4-14; Luke 21:10-19) Jesus also offered a clue that would help his disciples to know that the end was close—a ‘disgusting thing that causes desolation standing in a holy place.’ (Matthew 24:15) Let us reexamine those meaningful words to see how they can affect our lives now and in the future.
outlining the sign, Jesus said: “When you catch sight of the disgusting thing
that causes desolation, as spoken of through Daniel the prophet, standing in a
holy place, (let the reader use discernment,) then let those in
accounts by Mark and Luke provide supplemental details. Where Matthew uses
“standing in a holy place,” Mark 13:14 says “standing
where it ought not.” Luke adds
Jesus’ words: “When you see
5 Jesus urged readers to use discernment. Readers of what? Likely, of Daniel chapter 9. There we find a prophecy indicating when Messiah would appear and foretelling that he would be “cut off” after three and a half years. The prophecy says: “Upon the wing of disgusting things there will be the one causing desolation; and until an extermination, the very thing decided upon will go pouring out also upon the one lying desolate.”—Daniel 9:26, 27; see also Daniel ; .
Jews thought that this applied to the profanation of the temple by
Antiochus IV about 200 years earlier. However, Jesus showed otherwise,
urging discernment because “the disgusting thing” was yet to appear and stand
in “a holy place.” It is apparent that Jesus was referring to the Roman army that
would come in 66 C.E. with distinctive ensigns. Such standards, long
in use, were virtual idols and were disgusting to the Jews. When, though, would
they ‘stand in a holy place’? That happened when the Roman army, with its
A Modern-Day “Disgusting Thing”
World War I, we have seen the larger fulfillment of Jesus’ sign recorded
in Matthew chapter 24. Yet, recall his words: “When you catch sight of the
disgusting thing that causes desolation, . . .
standing in a holy place, . . . then let those in
the confidence of Jehovah’s servants that this prophecy would be
fulfilled, The Watchtower of
9 The preceding article summarized a clarified view of much of Matthew chapters 24 and 25. Is some clarification in order regarding ‘the disgusting thing standing in a holy place’? Apparently so. Jesus’ prophecy closely links the “standing in a holy place” with the outbreak of the foretold “tribulation.” Hence, even though “the disgusting thing” has long existed, the link between its “standing in a holy place” and the great tribulation should affect our thinking. How so?
Footnotes And Questions
“The Roman standards were guarded with religious veneration in the temples at Rome; and the reverence of this people for their ensigns was in proportion to their superiority to other nations . . . [To soldiers it] was perhaps the most sacred thing the earth possessed. The Roman soldier swore by his ensign.”—The EncyclopædiaBritannica, 11th Edition.
It should be noted that while the fulfillment of Jesus’ words in 66-70 C.E. can help us to understand how they will be fulfilled at the great tribulation, the two fulfillments cannot be exactly parallel because the fulfillments occur against different backdrops.
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Do You Recall?
□ How did “the disgusting thing that causes desolation” manifest itself in the first century?
□ Why is it reasonable to think that the modern-day “disgusting thing” will stand in a holy place at a future time?
□ What attack by a “disgusting thing” is foretold in Revelation?
□ What sort of “fleeing” may yet be required on our part?
1. The warning Jesus gave as found at Luke , 44 had what outcome?
2, 3. Why should we be interested in Jesus’ prophecy recorded at Matthew 24:15-21?
4. What indicates that Matthew 24:15 had a fulfillment in the first century?
5, 6. (a) Why would readers of Daniel chapter 9 need discernment? (b) How was Jesus’ prophecy about “the disgusting thing” fulfilled?
7. What prophecy of Jesus is being fulfilled in our time?
8. For years, how have Jehovah’s Witnesses identified “the disgusting thing” in modern times?
9, 10. How did an earlier understanding of the great tribulation influence our view of the time when “the disgusting thing” would stand in a holy place?
11, 12. In 1969, what readjusted view of the great tribulation was presented?
13. Why is it logical to say that there will be a future ‘standing in a holy place’ by “the disgusting thing”?
14, 15. How does Revelation chapter 17 help us to understand events leading up to Armageddon?
16. What noteworthy developments are taking place involving religion?
17. Without being dogmatic, what might we say as to how “the disgusting thing” will stand in a holy place?
18, 19. What reasons are given to show that “fleeing to the mountains” will not mean changing religion?
20. How did the early disciples respond to Jesus’ warning to flee to the mountains?
21. We need not expect what when “the disgusting thing” attacks?
22. Our applying Jesus’ advice about fleeing to the mountains may involve what?
23, 24. (a) Where only will we find protection? (b) What effect should Jesus’ warning about ‘the disgusting thing standing in a holy place’ have on us?
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The scarlet-colored wild beast of Revelation chapter 17 is “the disgusting thing” referred to by Jesus
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The scarlet-colored wild beast will lead a devastating attack on religion
The Greek word for “tribulation” conveys the idea of
distress or suffering resulting from the pressures of circumstances. Jesus
spoke of an unprecedented “great tribulation” that would come upon
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