Summary of passage: Jesus continues telling the disciples what the Second Coming will be like. When an abomination that causes desolation stands in the temple, flee. There will be false prophets out to deceive the elect so don’t believe them.
6a) Jesus is speaking of his Second Coming and the end of the age. The holy place is the Jewish temple. An abomination is an idol that causes desolation.
b) Flee to the mountains. Take nothing with them.
c) Daniel (Daniel 9:27; 11:31; 12:11)
7a) Jesus says “there will be great distress, unequaled from the beginning of the world until now–and never to be equaled again.” “How dreadful it will be.”
b) To warn “the elect” or believers so they are not deceived and fall away by false prophets coming as himself.
Conclusions: I had to use a commentary to know what Jesus was talking about in verse 15. I knew it was the End Times, but specifically an idol in the temple was beyond me. I don’t remember ever hearing about the abomination that causes desolation before even though I’ve read Daniel so that was cool for me. Not a lot of meat here in my opinion without the rest of the passage that we study tomorrow.
End Notes: This passage is much debated by scholars in terms of timing. Did this happen prior to 70 AD? Did this happen in 70 AD before the Romans burned the temple down (many say there was no time for an idol to be set up). Does this mean a literal temple? Many argue this has not happened yet and believe it would be a blatant sign such as an Antichrist in a temple.
Jesus is quoting Daniel here and Paul echoes this in 2 Thessalonians 2:3-4.