Analyzing Matthew 24

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1 ¶ And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to shew him the buildings of the temple.

 

1 ¶ And as he went out of the temple, one of his disciples saith unto him, Master, see what manner of stones and what buildings are here!

 

5 ¶ And as some spake of the temple, how it was adorned with goodly stones and gifts, he said,

 

The disciples not realizing this was Christ’s last trip to the temple, wanted him to be proud of it. Remember, the expected him to set up a kingdom there. The Jews did not expect the Messiah to tell them my kingdom is not of this earth. Even here I don’t think they got the concept fully.
2 And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? Verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.

 

2 And Jesus answering said unto him, Seest thou these great buildings? There shall not be left one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.

 

6 As for these things which ye behold, the days will come, in the which there shall not be left one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.

 

Jesus must have stunned them when he told them this beautiful temple would fall, not one stone left unturned.
3 And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? And what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?

 

3 And as he sat upon the mount of Olives over against the temple, Peter and James and John and Andrew asked him privately,

4 Tell us, when shall these things be? And what shall be the sign when all these things shall be fulfilled?

 

7 And they asked him, saying, Master, but when shall these things be? And what sign will there be when these things shall come to pass?

 

Note: this is not a public discourse; it is an answer to not even the 12, but an answer to the private desire of Peter, James Andrew, and John to understand what their Lord has said.

 

They ask him:

1.            When will the temple and Jerusalem be destroyed?

2.           What shall be the sign of your coming into kingship, the restoration of the Throne of David; when will all that was written by the prophets of old regarding the establishment of the Messiah upon the throne of David?

4 ¶ And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.

5 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.

 

5 ¶ And Jesus answering them began to say, Take heed lest any man deceive you:

6 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.

 

8 And he said, Take heed that ye be not deceived: for many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and the time draweth near: go ye not therefore after them.

 

Christ warns them. It is important to understand that the Jews were not looking for a spiritual Messiah; They were looking for a great warrior, who would take back all that had been lost and establish the physical throne of David. This is not to argue the relevance of this scripture to today, for that is the glory of God in his living word, but to evaluate, what is being asked and answered, prophesied and warned against. Indeed there have been many Jewish men who have claimed to be the Messiah since Jesus spoke these words to 4. He is still here knowing that he is about to die, and that they will be confused, trying to get them to understand the Kingdom that is to come.
6 And ye shall hear of wars and rumors of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.

7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.

8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.

 

7 And when ye shall hear of wars and rumors of wars, be ye not troubled: for such things must needs be; but the end shall not be yet.

8 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be earthquakes in divers places, and there shall be famines and troubles: these are the beginnings of sorrows.

 

9 But when ye shall hear of wars and commotions, be not terrified: for these things must first come to pass; but the end is not by and by.

10 Then said he unto them, Nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom:

11 And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven.

 

The writings of the historian Josephus confirm the fulfillment of this prophesy with the destruction of the temple in 70 AD

 

But clearly he is saying these things ARE NOT SIGNS OF THE END

 

Sorrows of a woman travailing to birth a child.

 

Sorrows of Israel as she brings forth a King.

 

Sorrows like those of Daniel who has just been told by Gabriel the 70 weeks assigned to Israel.

9 Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake.

 

9 But take heed to yourselves: for they shall deliver you up to councils; and in the synagogues ye shall be beaten: and ye shall be brought before rulers and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them.

 

12 But before all these, they shall lay their hands on you, and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues, and into prisons, being brought before kings and rulers for my name’s sake.

 

Note:

 

Three of these four to whom Jesus spoke would not see the destruction of Jerusalem. They would each be martyred before 70AD. Only John is thought to have lived past this date and he was imprisoned most of this time.

 

Andrew 60 AD

James 44AD

Peter 55 AD

John 100AD??

10 And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.

11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.

12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.

13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.

 

12 Now the brother shall betray the brother to death, and the father the son; and children shall rise up against their parents, and shall cause them to be put to death.

13 And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.

 

16 And ye shall be betrayed both by parents, and brethren, and kinsfolks, and friends; and some of you shall they cause to be put to death.

17 And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake.

18 But there shall not an hair of your head perish.

19 In your patience possess ye your souls.

 

This is a transition; After that time shall these things happen

 

 

 

14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.

 

10 And the gospel must first be published among all nations.

 

13 And it shall turn to you for a testimony.

14 Settle it therefore in your hearts, not to meditate before what ye shall answer:

15 For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay nor resist.

16 And ye shall be betrayed both by parents, and brethren, and kinsfolks, and friends; and some of you shall they cause to be put to death.

17 And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake.

18 But there shall not an hair of your head perish.

19 In your patience possess ye your souls.

 

The Gospel must be preached before the end, but do not be afraid of what is to become of you. It will be the testimony of the Gospel.

 

Do not resist or worry what you will say, the Holy Spirit will give you words and the fact that you laid down your lives for me will testify that the Gospel of Me is true.

 

We know this is the case today.

 

Not a hair on your heads shall perish because you are going to be saved by my blood.

15 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:)

16 Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains:

17 Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house:

18 Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes.

19 And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days!

 

4 ¶ But when ye shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing where it ought not, (let him that readeth understand,) then let them that be in Judaea flee to the mountains:

15 And let him that is on the housetop not go down into the house, neither enter therein, to take any thing out of his house:

16 And let him that is in the field not turn back again for to take up his garment.

17 But woe to them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days!

 

  You will note that no corresponding text speaks of the abomination of desolation in Luke. I think this is significant. Because when you look at the next frame in Luke shows the duality of this prophesy for 70AD and for the future.

 

Some try to say that these texts apply to the destruction of the temple in 70 AD. I do not. But I do believe they apply to the antichrist’s desolation in the temple.

 

You will note that they refer to Daniel 9. This is a foretelling of the tribulation period.

 

You must remember that Daniel did not see the church or the bride of Christ. He was in prayer for the forgiveness of Israel’s ills when Gabriel came and told him of the 70 weeks appointed for Israel.

 

The gap between the 69th week and the 70th is the time of the Gentiles; the time of the church.

 

 

    20 ¶ And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh.

21 Then let them which are in Judaea flee to the mountains; and let them which are in the midst of it depart out; and let not them that are in the countries enter thereinto.

22 For these be the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled.

23 But woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck, in those days! For there shall be great distress in the land, and wrath upon this people.

24 And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.

 

This I believe speaks to the destruction of the temple in 70AD after which time the people or Israel will be led away and scattered throughout the nations. The Gentiles will tread down on Jerusalem.

 

It is said by Josephus that no Christians were killed in this war on Jerusalem, because they headed this warning.

 

Notice that there is no reference her to the abomination of desolation or of Daniel. I realize these are 3 accounts of the same talk, but I think this is God’s way of preventing those who would say that the totality of this part of the scripture was fulfilled in 70AD. When you look at the 3 accounts you find there is both a fulfilled and unfulfilled element to the scripture.

 

Notice these are the days of vengeance. Vengeance is not used in the text of Daniel or in Revelation.
Vengeance is used in Isaiah, but there it is vengeance against those who troded upon Israel.

 

In Jeremiah, however vengeance is vengeance against Israel, God allowed the Babylonians to destroy the temple in 586, because they would not heed the warnings of the prophet Jeremiah.

 

Here we see the same thing. The Romans are allowed to destroy the temple in 70 AD because Israel would not heed the prophet Jesus and repent.

 

This is particularly interesting if you realize that Babylon the great heathen nation is now moved to Rome.

 

Notice the distress in the land and wrath, but here not like has never been or ever will be seen.

 

This speaks of this trodding down of Jerusalem will continue until the time of the gentiles be fulfilled. The end of the church age.

20 But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the Sabbath day:

 

18 And pray ye that your flight be not in the winter.

 

  Note again no parallel in Luke’s account.

 

I think this is a hint… an interjection of something we are to know of the rapture.

 

I don’t have space here to develop this but I will come back to it. Just note…the 4 he speaks to will be dead in Christ. And winter is a season. Pray you. He has been previously speaking in them… not he for but a moment says you pray your flight will not be in winter or on the Sabbath.

21 For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.

22 And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.

 

19 For in those days shall be affliction, such as was not from the beginning of the creation which God created unto this time, neither shall be.

20 And except that the Lord had shortened those days, no flesh should be saved: but for the elect’s sake, whom he hath chosen, he hath shortened the days.

 

  For then, after your flight in those days great tribulation

 

Note many try to say the elect here is the church but I think not because

1.            The church does not exist.

2.           The 4 he is speaking to think the Jews are the elect

3.           The Jews always thought of themselves as the elect.

4.           They have just heard the gospel shall be preached to the nations, but they still do not fully understand the church as evidenced in the Passover meal to come, they still do not get that Jesus is not going to literally set up his kingdom now,

5.           The commandment to go ye into all the world has not been given yet. The elect here that shall be the cause of the shortening of days will be Israel.

29 Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:

 

24 ¶ But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light,

25 And the stars of heaven shall fall, and the powers that are in heaven shall be shaken.

 

25 And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring;

26 Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.

 

I tend to think this is again an interjection.

 

Because the stars of heaven falling and the powers of heaven shaken, seems to refer to Rev 12- where Satan and is cast out of heaven into the earth at the midpoint of the tribulation

 

Notice Luke says the Nations not the Jew and not the Church, by the midpoint of Revelation, the Jews understand what has happened and the honeymoon with the anitchrist is over, and the church is not here. The nations are perplexed and are distressed and do not understand. They are just angry at God, if they understood, they would repent.

23 Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not.

24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.

25 Behold, I have told you before.

26 Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not.

27 For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

 

21 And then if any man shall say to you, Lo, here is Christ; or, lo, he is there; believe him not:

22 For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall shew signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect.

23 But take ye heed: behold, I have foretold you all things.

 

28 And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.

 

 

This fits with my thoughts above; I see this as Jesus backtracking to ensure they understand.

 

Here we see a warning to whom? Some still looking for the Jewish Messiah. And Jesus warns; many will come and say Christ is over here or over there, many will believe that the Antichrist is Christ, but they were told before hand, everyone shall see the coming of the son of man.

 

Again, it will not be the church who is the elect that will be deceived, The church knows who Christ is but Israel because they are looking for a different kind of Messiah;

 

This is why in Luke, we told look up your redemption is nigh.

 

The church is already redeemed. Israel will be redeemed when the Messiah is on the throne in Jerusalem. They do not see redemption as spiritual, remember their sacrifices atoned for their sin, they don’t believe in Sin nature of man. The Messiah they await is an earthly King.

30 And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.

 

26 And then shall they see the Son of man coming in the clouds with great power and glory.

 

27 And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.

 

Notice who mourns the tribes of the earth. The 12 tribes of the earth mourn because now they realize Jesus was and is the Messiah and they missed the wedding. Albeit they will attend the wedding feast, but they could have been the bride.
31 And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

 

27 And then shall he send his angels, and shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from the uttermost part of the earth to the uttermost part of heaven.

 

  The angels will gather the elect; Israel from the 4 winds every direction and place.

 

This is not from literal heaven and I can show you this usage elsewhere if you need.

It means from every direction of earth

32 ¶ Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh:

 

28 ¶ Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When her branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is near:

 

29 ¶ And he spake to them a parable; Behold the fig tree, and all the trees;

30 When they now shoot forth, ye see and know of your own selves that summer is now nigh at hand.

 

In the summer when the leaves come fourth the fruit is actually already there. The wise Christian needs have fruit by summer. And if they have fruit they will go up in the fall at the blowing of the last trump of Ra Hashanah

 

The fruit of the fig grows in the summer and are ripe in the fall-

 

 

33 So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors.

 

29 So ye in like manner, when ye shall see these things come to pass, know that it is nigh, even at the doors.

 

31 So likewise ye, when ye see these things come to pass, know ye that the kingdom of God is nigh at hand.

 

This is a rapture hint; figs are ripe in fall; the wheat is harvested in the fall. The feast of trumpets is in the fall. The last trump is the trump of Rosh Hashanah, the feast of trumpets and the time of the rapture.

 

 

34 Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.

35 Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.

 

30 Verily I say unto you, that this generation shall not pass, till all these things be done.

31 Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away.

 

32 Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass away, till all be fulfilled.

33 Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away.

 

Hear what I say, the generations of Abraham will not pass away till all be fulfilled.

 

The times have now been changed and the appointed times that were once clearly known have been changed, Ra Hashanah comes this year two days before the real new moon, but in some months as late as October…getting near winter huh? But the Word does not pass away and testifies to GOD’S true appointed times.

 

 

36 But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.

 

32 But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father.

 

  In Christ’s day no one knows when Ra Hashanah will begin until the first sliver of the new moon is seen, and sanctified by the Sanhedrin; In our day no one knows when the groom comes for the bride but the father of the groom.
37 But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

38 For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark,

39 And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

 

    In the days of Noah, all thought he was a nut.

 

He entered the ark and no rain came for seven days, for seven days they laughed and then destruction came and took them away.

 

No one knows when the church will be taken, and even when it is for a time it will be passed off as something else, the Jews will have peace for a time and during the 7 years of tribulation there will be those who still do not believe and the destruction will come.

 

Like Noah who was closed up with God who shut the door, the bride will be safe in the bridal chamber in the house of the father of the bride. Not to come out until the Marriage Feast on the 7th day.

 

Like the days of Awe between Ra Hashanah and Yom Kippur Heaven is also shut up and no one knows the judgment until the end.

40 Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.

41 Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left.

 

    When the last trump blows to signal the beginning of Ra Hashanah, the work stops no matter if they were in the field.

 

The bride will be taken the other left.

42 Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.

43 But know this, that if the good man of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up.

44 Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.

 

33       Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is.

 

35 Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning:

36 Lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping.

37 And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch.

 

36 Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.

 

Watch, you won’t know the hour, but you will know the season.

 

The Bride doesn’t know when he comes, but she knows the season, and when the best man blows the shofar and she goes out to greet him.

 

Pray that you will be the bride and counted worthy to escape that which is to come.

 

 

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