JESUS AND THE END
Matthew 24:24 And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to shew him the buildings of the temple.
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.
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?
Jesus’ disciples were often asking for clarification on his coming, and on the end of the world. It is a fascination we still have today.
Matthew 24:4 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.
6 And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.
All the time we hear people say wars are an indication of the end of days.
Jesus says, no, they are not. False Christs and antichrists will deceive, wars will grow greater and greater, but what? The end is not yet.
Matthew 24:7 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.
False christs, wars, famines, earthquakes and pestilences are only the beginning of sorrows.
Matthew 24:9 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.
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.
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.
In all nations today, the gospel of the kingdom is preached. Now we look for ‘the abomination of desolation.”
Matthew 24:15 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:)
Daniel spake of occupation and destruction of Jerusalem, which had taken place both during his life, and during the reign of Messiah.
Daniel 9:16 O Lord, according to all thy righteousness, I beseech thee, let thine anger and thy fury be turned away from thy city Jerusalem, thy holy mountain: because for our sins, and for the iniquities of our fathers, Jerusalem and thy people are become a reproach to all that are about us.
17 Now therefore, O our God, hear the prayer of thy servant, and his supplications, and cause thy face to shine upon thy sanctuary that is desolate, for the Lord’s sake.
18 O my God, incline thine ear, and hear; open thine eyes, and behold our desolations, and the city which is called by thy name: for we do not present our supplications before thee for our righteousnesses, but for thy great mercies.
See? Destruction so great it was referred to as ‘desolation,’ which is ‘devastation’ or ‘ruin.’
Daniel 9:19 O Lord, hear; O Lord, forgive; O Lord, hearken and do; defer not, for thine own sake, O my God: for thy city and thy people are called by thy name.
20 And whiles I was speaking, and praying, and confessing my sin and the sin of my people Israel, and presenting my supplication before the Lord my God for the holy mountain of my God;
21 Yea, whiles I was speaking in prayer, even the man Gabriel, whom I had seen in the vision at the beginning, being caused to fly swiftly, touched me about the time of the evening oblation.
22 And he informed me, and talked with me, and said, O Daniel, I am now come forth to give thee skill and understanding.
23 At the beginning of thy supplications the commandment came forth, and I am come to shew thee; for thou art greatly beloved: therefore understand the matter, and consider the vision.
The ‘man’ Gabriel, a messenger of God, is giving Daniel understanding.
Daniel 9:24 Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy.
These ‘weeks’ are not each ‘a seven day period.’ They are ‘shabua,’ a seven. A seven of days was referred to as a ‘shabua,’ but so was a seven of years.
Thus, this is not a figurative usage of shabua that means where ever in Scripture we see ‘week’ it might mean seven years. It was Gabriel expounding clearly.
This was not some mystical code.
Daniel 9:25 Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times.
Gabriel was clearly saying that from the time Darius commanded the Temple to be rebuilt to Messiah (Jesus referred to as the anointed) would be 62 plus 7 shabua, 69 periods of seven years.
Daniel 9:26 And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.
After the 62, Messiah was ‘cut off.’ We know this as his crucifixion. We know this crucifixion occurred after his triumphant entry into Jerusalem where the people greeted him as a king shortly before he was executed, cut off, not for his sake but for ours.
The 40 days between his crucifixion and his ascension are all that are gone of the last of these shabua.
Daniel 9:27 And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.
And so we again will see desolation in Jerusalem. We cannot assume this week of confirmation is immediately after the 62. In fact, we find no real mention of the seven shabua immediately after the 62.
But in the last week, the Messiah confirming the covenant to Israel, there will be desolation in Jerusalem, and the people of a prince will come to destroy the city and the Messiah will cause the sacrifices to cease.
Keep this in mind, we’ll get back to these missing seven years.
Matt. 24:16 Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains:
When this desolation occurs, a prince will come to destroy the city, and there will be a flood. During this flood, head for the mountains, or stay on the rooftops.
Matt. 24:17 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!
20 But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day:
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.
These days will be horrid. But this happens before the second coming.
Matt. 24:23 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.
There are numerous men in history and even today who claim to be the second coming of Christ.
Simon the sorcerer in Acts hinted he was Christ. Hong Xiuquan, who led to the deaths of countless millions and started the infamous Boxer Rebellion. Sun Myung Moon. At least sixteen religious leaders today claim to be Jesus and have followers.
But the second coming, meaning the return from Heaven, of Christ shall be a global show. Jesus won’t be teaching in the desert or in chambers like during his ministry to Israel.
It will be a global phenomenon, a light show coming out of the east and shining to the West.
Matt. 24:28 For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together.
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:
After this great tribulation that except the days are shortened no flesh would survive, the very powers of the heavens will be shaken. Then, when all this is done, shall the Son of Man come with power and great glory.
Matt. 24:30 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.
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.
Keep this in mind: Tribulation, the heavens shaken, coming of Christ, the elect gathered.
Matt. 24:32 Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh:
33 So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors.
34 Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.
Here we seem to have a problem. That generation had come and gone, but these things have not happened.
But what does verse 34 really say?
The word “parelthe” is the word “elthe,” meaning “go” or “come,” with the prefix “par,” or “through.” Its literal meaning is to “come through” or “go through,” and has been translated “Come along” or “pass through,” the latter its idiomatic connotation.
Literally Jesus said, “This generation shall not come along unto all these things being fulfilled.”
Matt. 24:35 Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.
36 But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.
Jesus is a man. He doesn’t know the hour. Some mock and say, taking his time, huh? And they either reject Scripture or worse, twist it to mean something else.
If Jesus was saying these things were to happen very soon in verse 34, why was he preparing them for a long time in verses 35 and 36?
But realizing that he was really preparing us for a long haul, that we need to bunker down and be patient because no one in that generation would even be around to see it, we know that indeed, Mankind will see that Heaven and earth will melt, but his word will come to pass.
Matt. 24:37 But as the days of Noah 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.
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.
42 Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.
Even if it seems Heaven and earth will pass first (its already been two millennium) the words of our Lord will not pass.
Matt. 24:43 But know this, that if the goodman 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.
“Be ye ready.”
Mark 13 agrees with Matthew 24:
Mark 13:1 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!
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.
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?
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.
Again, we see the pattern: false Christs, wars, the gospel to all nations, and wars but the beginning of sorrows.
Mark 13:7 And when ye shall hear of wars and rumours 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 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.
10 And the gospel must first be published among all nations.
Today, there is not a nation on earth that does not have Christians in it. Even in the 50 or so nations where almost 3,000 were killed in 2013 for clinging to the name of Jesus Christ, his gospel is preached.
And the first or second tongues of all people either have translations, or the work is being done.
Christ will not return just because of this. He will not come faster if this is completed faster…the time and the season is in God’s power, no man knows the hour but He does.
But this was foretold.
Mark 13:11 But when they shall lead you, and deliver you up, take no thought beforehand what ye shall speak, neither do ye premeditate: but whatsoever shall be given you in that hour, that speak ye: for it is not ye that speak, but the Holy Ghost.
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.
We see this hate rise and become greater.
Today, Christians are harassed and persecuted by ‘humanists,’ human secularists, communists, autocrats, Islamists, Hindus, Shinto, animalists, and ‘liberal Christians.’
The followers of Christ are indeed hated for Christ’s sake.
Mark 13:14 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!
18 And pray ye that your flight be not in the winter.
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.
See? Agreement with Matthew 24.
Mark 13:21 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.
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.
26 And then shall they see the Son of man coming in the clouds with great power and glory.
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.
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 So ye in like manner, when ye shall see these things come to pass, know that it is nigh, even at the doors.
30 Verily I say unto you, that this generation shall not pass, till all these things be done.
Again, that generation did not come unto all those things coming to pass. Same as Matthew 24, this was mistranslated because of misunderstanding the nuance of usage.
Mark 13:31 Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away.
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.
33 Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is.
34 For the Son of Man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his servants, and to every man his work, and commanded the porter to watch.
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.
It may seem as if the Lord is slack. He is not. He will be here when the time is right.