Will the Church see the Abomination of Desolation?
Let us look at scripture and see what we can find.
First, to understand this passage of scripture, we must take the entire chapter in context. If we take the chapter out of it's context, then we will run into problems. So to who is Jesus speaking here? The disciples. Who are the disciples? Those who have been his followers. Devoted their lives to Him.
So with that in mind, let us continue.
He is still speaking to the disciples here. Now he says that they would be delivered up to be afflicted. They would be killed. They would be hated because of him and his name.
(Let us stop for a brief moment. While it is true that the Jews have been persecuted because of their rejection of Jesus. But it is not because that they hold Jesus name higher than any name. It is not because they refused to leave the name of Jesus. The disciples, soon after the death of Jesus started to suffer because of the name of Jesus.
These men not only refused to let down the name of Jesus, but they rejoiced to be able to suffer for his name. They departed their beating, rejoicing! And we wonder why most of the churches today do not have the gifts of the spirit working among them. Let us never depart from the faith that the apostles bled and died for.)
Jesus here tells them that many more things would happen. Love would wax cold. False prophets would arise. But those that endured to the end, would be saved. This is key here. What was one of the questions which the disciples asked him? What would the end of the world be. So Jesus, speaking in the context of the question asked, tells them that he who endured to the end would be saved.
Also notice the change of personal pronoun here as well. He has been speaking to the disciples using ye and you. Letting them know that he is speaking directly to them. Referrencing the church. But now he changes to the indirect pronoun "he". Not speaking about or to anybody in particular. This "he" can include those within his hearing or anybody else He would make referrence to.
Now once again Jesus explains when the end of the world would come. After the gospel had been preached to all the world for a witness. Then, He said, the end would come. Now notice what comes next.
Verse 15, when ye shall see. He draws his attention back to the disciples here, calling upon the personal pronoun ye. Once again he has directed his following comments to the future church. So what does he say?
When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet...
He tells them when ye or when you (future church) see the AoD, which was referrenced by Daniel. Then he gives instructions on what to do after this event. Verse 16 he changes back to the indirect pronoun "them". Let "them" in Judaea to flee to the mountains. Let "him" not come down to take anything from the house. He is not speaking directly to the disciples, but rather to those in Judaea at this time. Which could include the disciples, but he does not want to exclude it to them. Hence the change of pronouns used.
But then notice verse 20. He wants to make sure that the disciples (future church) knew that they were also included in this. He then says "pray ye that your flight...."
Now Jesus here states that at this time, the Great Tribulation would begin. Then He continues by stating that for the elect's sake, the days would be shortened. Then He turns His attention back to the disciples. "If any man shall say to you..." Then he tells them not to believe it, not to be deceived by these false Christs.
But then in verse 24 Jesus states that these false Christs would arise with great signs and wonders. That if it were possible, they would deceive the very elect. He has told them. He warned them, the elect, the future church. I have warned you. But he thinks enough of it, that it bares repeating again.
Now he has repeated this warning to them, the elect, not to be deceived. Not to follow after them. Then he continues to tell them that His coming would be like lightning.
Now notice, immediately after the tribulation. The sun would be darkened, the moon would stop shining, the stars would fall, the heavens would be shaken.
Then Jesus answers their final question. When His return would be. Verse 30. And THEN shall appear the sign of the Son of Man... At this point, He sends his angels with the sound of a trumpet, to gather together his elect. Remember who the elect were? The disciples who He warned not to be deceived by the false Christs.
Here we can see conclusive evidence that, in fact, the church will see the AoD and subsequent Great Tribulation Period.