sawdust wrote:This image is set up in the first half of the trib, whereas the verses you quoted earlier, I saw as happening at the midway point which is what precipitates the breaking of the peace covenant between the leader of the revived Roman Empire (first beast/Antichrist) and the second beast (Israel/false prophet).
From what I understand? .. To set the image up from the beginning? That would not please the religious Jews. It would infuriate them. Yet, the first half of the Tribulation is supposed to be a time of peace with everyone adoring the Beast. He is to set up a time of false peace.
Its the second half where all hell breaks lose. That is why I see the image being placed in the second half, not the first. There could be no peace in the beginning if that happened then. Also, the Bible warns the believers to flee to the hills when they see the abomination being set up in the Temple. They flee sometime in the last half of the Tribulation, not at the beginning.
I also believe that one of the evil duo will be a false prophet from Israel (the land). The other, the Beast dictator, from Europe. After all... the image will be set up in the Temple (in Israel), not in the Vatican (Rome).
Grace and peace, GeneZ