Matthew’s account concerns an event that occurs after the "beginning of sorrows"; that is, a future "abomination of desolation." Here Jesus is referencing an event that happened two centuries earlier but will be repeated in the future. “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. (Matt. 24:15-16). Jesus is warning the Jews to flee to the mountains (Petra?) as the Great Tribulation is beginning.
Antiochus was prophetic of the Antichrist who will come to power in the 70th Week of Daniel. This coming prince will hold his own Abomination of Desolation in the midst of the 70th Week. He, too, will set up an idol-an image of himself-to be worshipped in the Holy of Holies in the temple in Jerusalem. Just as Antiochus tried to wipe out everything Jewish, after the Abomination of Desolation the antichrist will have contaminated the Holy of Holies and will kill and torture them. Ths will also be known as the "Time of Jacob's Trouble."