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Matthew Chapter 24 Explained

The Olivet Discourse, Matthew chapter twenty-four is perhaps one of the most misunderstood prophetic passages in the Bible. Jesus disciples are showing him the buildings of the temple and Jesus prophesies their destruction:

See ye not all these things…there shall not be left here one stone upon another…”

Matthew records two questions asked by Jesus’ disciples when they reach the Mount of Olives. The first question is differentiated by the phrase, “these things” and the author uses this key throughout the text to separate the two answers. I have highlighted the first question and its direct answers in yellow-round box, the second in blue-square box.

“These things” also begs the question: What things? The answer is in the previous verse, the “buildings of the temple”. The buildings of the temple were standing when Jesus was there. This does not include the outer wall or retaining stones of the Temple Mount itself. Jesus knew what was going to happen: in 70 AD the Romans burned the Temple and all of the gold overlay melted and seeped between the stones of the Temple itself so that the Roman soldiers turned over every stone of the buildings to extract that gold, completely fulfilling Jesus prophecy to the letter.mat-24-text-a

Question #1: when shall these things be? In other words, when shall there not be left here one stone upon another of the (antecedent) buildings of the temple?

Question #2: what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?

Jesus and his disciples are leaving the temple mount where Jesus briefly comments on the coming destruction of the buildings there. After they travel the short distance to the mount of Olives they engage in a private conference where the two question are asked. In verses 15 through 22, Jesus directly answers the first question in relation to events including the annihilation of Judea, the Temple and the Hebrew Nation, culminating in the 70 AD desolation by addressing the disciples directly, “ye therefore shall see…” then he broadens the scope to “them which be in Judaea” with instructions to follow the signs for that generation.mat-24-text-b

You will notice that the text only includes us parenthetically, (whoso readeth…). If we were included with those who would see the “abomination of desolation”, Then the text would have been stated, “whoso or whosoever shall see”. This is a major distinction of the Authorized King James Version of the bible: The translators worked vigorously to only present a word for word translation from the original Greek, where as most modern versions attempt to interpret the text for you – but whose interpretation are they giving you but their own, and that is decidedly Futurist.

Jesus then in a very conversational mode broaches general instruction for the entire last days era in verses 4-14 and 23-26. In these sections Jesus expresses conditions that are applicable to the entire end times, including the time from his ascension until he returns. These are more of a warning and instructional in quality as an addendum to the subject questions, and not specific to either question, therefore I have not highlighted those.

Jesus then closes this section (v.22) with a promise that the tribulation of that time, which they would see, would be shortened because it was necessary for the elect to survive to preach the Gospel of the Kingdom to the world. Remember that the first century Christians were a sect of the Hebrew religion which was experiencing the wrath of the Roman Empire. This is why Jesus instructed His followers to flee Jerusalem and Judea. Many try to apply v.22 to the days preceding the Return of Christ, but it is not necessary for the elect to survive through His return because we will all be resurrected at that time, not to mention that the Revelation explicitly states that many will suffer beheading for rejecting the Mark of the Beast.

Also compare this Roman desolation with the prior Babylonian desolation: Many of the Jews were spared and allowed to prosper in exile and eventually returned to the land as a nation; the Roman desolation however was complete with the prophesied death of the people and nation and dispersion for almost 2 thousand years – it was indeed worse than anything Israel had ever or I believe will ever again experience.

The end time tribulation is only mentioned in v. 29 (“the tribulation of those days”) also notice that the duration is never mentioned, but I believe we are in it now and will be until the 7th millennium begins.

In verses 27-31 the conversation wanders to specifically address some points of the second question about his return and the end of the world, then back to the general in verses 32 and 33. Jesus then wraps up question #1 in verse 34 before he continues to finish the topics of question #2.mat-24-text-c

One key is in the term “these things” from the Strong’s Greek 5023. When searched for occurrences of the G5023 I find a universal indication to things present, or we could say “these present things” but never is it used to reference things far off or belonging to a future generation. This rule of grammar is followed very closely in this chapter as indicated by the introduction of “these things” in the first question and its inclusion in the answer specific to “This generation”, also the exclusion of the phrase in the second question and all of those things which are specifically ascribed to Jesus’ return and the end of the world.mat-24-text-d

The End Begins – Exposing the Left Behind Delusion

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Early Church Fathers Were Historicist – H. Grattan Guinness

300px-HenryGuinnessI continually hear that the early church fathers were all futurists with only vague references, there is nothing vague in what our author reveals here:

.1. The Fathers interpreted the four wild beasts of prophecy as representing the four empires, Babylon, Persia, Greece, and Rome. Here we have the foundation of the historical interpretation of prophecy. Take as an instance the words of Hippolytus on the great image and four wild beasts of Daniel : ” The golden head of the image,” he says, “is identical with the lioness, by which the Babylonians were represented ; the shoulders and the arms of silver are the same with the bear, by which the Persians and Medes are meant ; the belly and thighs of brass are the leopard, by which the Greeks who ruled from Alexander onwards are intended ; the legs of iron are the dreadful and terrible beast, by which the Romans who hold the empire now are meant ; the toes of clay and iron are the ten horns which are to be; Continue reading Early Church Fathers Were Historicist – H. Grattan Guinness

The Man of Sin 2 – H. Grattan Guinness

There are several features in this portrait which I must ask you specially to notice. Observe the place occupied by the man of sin the “temple ” or house of God. This is not, and cannot be, any Jewish temple. Paul, who uses this expression in his prophetic portrait of Romanism, employs it both in Corinthians and Ephesians with reference to the Christian Church. In the second Epistle to the Corinthians, writing to Gentile Christians, he says, ” Ye are the temple of the living God ; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them.” In Ephesians he calls the Church “a holy temple,” a ” habitation of God through the Spirit ” ; and he would never have applied it to the Jewish temple, Continue reading The Man of Sin 2 – H. Grattan Guinness

The Man of Sin – H. Grattan Guinness

…But this apostasy was to have a head, and the coming and character of that head are the great subject of Paul’s Thessalonian prophecy. A mistaken apprehension of his first letter to them had led the Thessalonians to expect an immediate advent of Christ, and in his second epistle Paul sets himself to correct this error by further instruction as to the future. He tells them of something that was destined to precede the return of Christ, a great apostasy, which would reach its climax in the manifestation of a certain mighty power of evil ; to which he attaches three names, and of which he gives many particulars similar to those which Daniel gave of his “little horn,” such as the place and time of its origin, its nature, sphere, character, conduct, and doom. Continue reading The Man of Sin – H. Grattan Guinness

Vatican Moves on Temple Mount 2014

Within two months of the end of Camp David the Palestinian Authority birthed the second intifada – a terrorist war against Israel, but giving Israel a continual bloody nose would not yield the result desired. Israel defeated the second intifada moving the Palestinians back to square one. Present Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas has a different tactic in mind: to get the UN to step in and impose a solution on Israel. KerryNetanyahuIsrael Then US Secretary of State John Kerry restarted negotiations on July 29, 2013. Israeli and Palestinian negotiators met in Washington to restart formal negotiations after a more than three year void. A nine month deadline was set which ends on April 31st 2014.

How are the talks going?  What is being worked out behind the scenes?  No one is talking, at least not to the press.  US Secretary of State John Kerry made clear at the outset of the talks he labored so intensively to restart that he would be the only one authorized to speak on their progress. Continue reading Vatican Moves on Temple Mount 2014

MARK OF THE BEAST TARGET DATE 2018

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COVER: “GET READY FOR A WORLD CURRENCY”
Title of article: Get Ready for the Phoenix
Source: Economist; 01/9/88, Vol. 306, pp 9-10
THIRTY years from now, Americans, Japanese, Europeans, and people in many other rich countries, and some relatively poor ones will probably be paying for their shopping with the same currency.  Prices will be quoted not in dollars, yen or D-marks but in, let’s say, the phoenix.  The phoenix will be favored by companies and shoppers because it will be more convenient than today’s national currencies, which by then will seem a quaint cause of much disruption to economic life in the last twentieth century. Continue reading MARK OF THE BEAST TARGET DATE 2018

Empire of the City – The Unholy Trinity that Rules the World

And the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell: and great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath.
(Rev 16:19)

Yes, The Vatican is “The City” of The Empire Of The City, you could just as well say, “The Empire of the Vatican.” Thru this tripartite division she fulfills every criterion of the Revelation to qualify as Mystery Babylon. You will also notice that “city” is singular in all instances, this is more an indication of proof with the contemporary use in the description: The Empire Of The City. Therefore we have three locations, if not the entire world, to fulfill all of the grandeur, evil and catastrophe applied to the city, Mystery Babylon: Little explanation is necessary when the required criteria are applied to the tripartite administrated New World Social-Economic Order of the Woman that rides the Beast. It would be impossible to apply all of these points to any one particular nation, even The United States of America. Continue reading Empire of the City – The Unholy Trinity that Rules the World