He has just addressed the masses, throngs of people eager to hear Him, to see Him, wanting to touch Him. He is a popular and loved Man because He hold’s nothing back and always, always speaks the truth. Now He speaks privately with His closest followers, prophesying future events.
“Therefore when you see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel* the prophet, standing in the holy place” (whoever reads, let him understand), let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. Let him who is on the housetop not go down to take anything out of his house. And let him who is in the field not go back to get his clothes.
The abomination could include the setting up of a heathen altar in the holy temple, with the pagan sacrificing of a pig or a child. Or the antichrist setting himself up as god, mandating worship to himself in and out of the temple. Daniel 9:27 seems to be denoting a multilevel prophetic fulfillment. I believe whatever takes place, the significance will be obvious to those who follow the one and only True God and are staying informed through His Word, the Bible.
“But woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days! “And pray that your flight not be in winter or on the Sabbath. For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be. And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved; but for the elect’s sake those days will be shortened.
Jesus is letting us know that God does not interfere with global affairs. Mankind directs their own path with their free will and either reaps the rewards for the right choices or pays the consequences for the wrong decisions. The law of reaping what one sows has not, nor never will change. The fact that God does not change is our stability! Clearly with what He is saying here is, that Christians are still on the planet at this time, so the rapture has not taken place yet. He is also assuring those who are His elect/Christians that they will be spared, at least in part.
“Then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘There!’ do not believe it. For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. See, I have told you beforehand. Therefore if they say to you, ‘Look, he is in the desert!’ do not go out; or ‘Look, he is in the inner rooms!’ do not believe it.
“For as the lightening comes from the east and flashes to the west, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.
There will be NO MISTAKING the return of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, God the Messiah! He will come in great and unlimited glory and power. Every eye will behold Him (Revelation 1:7) ! His return will be spectacular and unmistakable.
“For wherever the carcass is, there the eagles will gather together.
Jesus uses the birds of prey gathering over a carcass to describe the destruction that will surround Jerusalem’s fall and events of the final judgement.
“Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken.
“Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming out of the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And He will send His angels with a great shout of a trumpet, and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.
Now we have the rapture, bless the Lord God Almighty! Note that the signs in the heavens, the planetary signs have already manifested if Jesus’ explanation is sequential.
“Now learn this lesson from the fig tree: when its branch has already become tender and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near. So you also, when you see all these things, know that it is near – at the doors! Assuredly I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all these thins take place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away. “But of that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only.
If Jesus in His incarnate state does not know the time of His second coming, it is futile for others to speculate. But He did give full disclosure as to the signs of the season that we are to watch for. I believe we are clearly of the generation to witness these historical and spiritually significant events.
“But as the days of Noah were, so also will be the coming of the Son of Man be. For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.
“Then two men will be in the field: one will be taken and the other left. Two women will be grinding at the mill: one will be taken and the other left. Watch therefore, for you do not know the hour your Lord is coming.
“But know this, that if the master of the house had know what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into. Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.”
All scripture used the main post text are from Matthew 24:15-44 NKJV
Part 1 of this series can be found at: http://ow.ly/pQyEa
WHAT DO YOU THINK HOW PROPHESY FITS & THE WAR RUMORS, EXTREME WEATHER, FINANCIAL & MORAL DECLINE THAT WE ARE EXPERIENCING?
Are we naive enough to think America can continue to slide on terrorism, threats from other nations, war, forced invasions, or to carry on without any repercussions for our indulgent lifestyles? Folks, extremely bad times are on the horizon, utter chaos can break at any time with the signs of the times flashing warning! warning! right in our faces. It is impossible to deny that we live in threatening times.
Hell is eternal and it certainly is not one big party.
There is only one way to avoid eternal damnation with its extreme suffering and that is through accepting God’s priceless, yet free to us, gift of salvation. For all mankind. That one way is achieved by believing and confessing the following:
Every person is a sinner, including you, so admit it to God Who loves you regardless. Ask for His forgiveness.
Be willing to turn from your sins, He will help you to do so if you ask and trust Him to.
Believe Jesus Christ the Messiah; God in human flesh, shed His majestic and replete Blood to cleanse you from your sins, died for you, was buried and rose from the dead.
Invite the living, sacred Jesus Christ of Nazareth; God the Messiah (NOT the prophet!) into your life to be your personal Savior.
Get into the Bible. If you don’t have one, there are many online available. Get involved with a pure-doctrine Bible-believing church and get baptized. Tell others about your new life, bring your family, friends and coworkers to heaven with you, spare them the ravages of eternal hell!
*Daniel 9:27, 11:31, 12:11