By Irvin Baxter
It started out on an airplane over the Atlantic Ocean while flying toward Israel with my 1996 Endtime Prophecy Tour group. I had been studying the prophecies of Jesus in Matthew 24:15-21. Jesus foretold that, when the Jews saw the event called the Abomination of Desolation spoken of by Daniel the prophet, those residing in Judea would have to flee for their lives. He said the situation would be so desperate that, if they were on their housetops at the time of the Abomination of Desolation, they should not even go down into their houses to grab their clothes. Or, if they were working in the field, they should not return to their houses to gather their possessions. He said that residents of Judea would have to immediately run for their lives, “For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.”
This prophecy would mean nothing to a person not familiar with Judea. However, having been to Israel several times, I understood perfectly why Jesus issued this warning 2,000 years ago for the Jewish residents living in Judea shortly before His Second Coming.