Chapter 12 (The Adversary – The Devil) – The Great Tribulation – Part 1

Introduction:

Every once in a while it is necessary in the telling of a story to step back and explain the broader context of things for the hearer of the story. There was a sense in which chapter 11 did that. The first 10 chapters brought us to the point of the end and before anything further could be explained chapter 11 brought the context of events in Jerusalem into focus. In doing so chapter 11 brought us past the demarcation line set by Christ called the end (Matt. 24). We had to understand the important context of Jerusalem before we could understand the end. Now the Antichrist is in the temple as taught by Paul in II Thessalonians. Now the remnant of Israel has looked upon Christ as their Savior and chapter 12 will again step back even further to look at the grand context of Israel, its importance in history, and its place in the great tribulation that is to come. Christ said this: “and then shall the end come. When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:) Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains: Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house: Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes. And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days! But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day: For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be” (Matt. 24:14-21).