Matt. 24: 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
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:)
THE “DESOLATION” OF DANIEL SPOKEN OF – A KEY
Another important key to the understanding of what we are talking about – the end of the age of the Jewish system, temple worship, etc., can be found in the statement of Jesus in answer to the question of the Apostles when they asked Him saying;
❞𝙈𝙖𝙨𝙩𝙚𝙧 𝙗𝙪𝙩 𝙬𝙝𝙚𝙣 𝙩𝙝𝙚𝙨𝙚 𝙩𝙝𝙞𝙣𝙜𝙨 𝙨𝙝𝙖𝙡𝙡 𝙗𝙚 (𝙏𝙝𝙚 𝙙𝙚𝙨𝙩𝙧𝙪𝙘𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣 𝙤𝙛 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙩𝙚𝙢𝙥𝙡𝙚…). 𝘼𝙣𝙙 𝙬𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙨𝙞𝙜𝙣 𝙬𝙞𝙡𝙡 𝙩𝙝𝙚𝙧𝙚 𝙗𝙚 𝙬𝙝𝙚𝙣 𝙩𝙝𝙚𝙨𝙚 𝙩𝙝𝙞𝙣𝙜𝙨 𝙨𝙝𝙖𝙡𝙡 𝙘𝙤𝙢𝙚 𝙩𝙤 𝙥𝙖𝙨𝙨❞
Mind you, the Temple was the object of their discussion (Math.124:1-3), don’t forget that.
They wanted to know when this very important prophecy would be fulfilled and what signs would be forthcoming to alert them.
Listen to part of what He told them in Matt. 24:15 as a sign;
“When ye therefore shall see the abomination of 𝘿𝙀𝙎𝙊𝙇𝘼𝙏𝙄𝙊𝙉, 𝙨𝙥𝙤𝙠𝙚𝙣 𝙤𝙛 𝙗𝙮 𝘿𝙖𝙣𝙞𝙚𝙡❞…see that as a sign of the then destruction of the temple.
𝘼𝙣𝙙 𝙬𝙝𝙚𝙣 𝙮𝙚 𝙨𝙝𝙖𝙡𝙡 𝙨𝙚𝙚 𝙅𝙚𝙧𝙪𝙨𝙖𝙡𝙚𝙢 𝙘𝙤𝙢𝙥𝙖𝙨𝙨𝙚𝙙 𝙬𝙞𝙩𝙝 𝙖𝙧𝙢𝙞𝙚𝙨 (𝙍𝙤𝙢𝙖𝙣 𝙨𝙤𝙡𝙙𝙞𝙚𝙧𝙨) 𝙩𝙝𝙚𝙣 𝙆𝙉𝙊𝙒 𝙩𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝘿𝙀𝙎𝙊𝙇𝘼𝙏𝙄𝙊𝙉 (𝙤𝙛 𝙅𝙚𝙧𝙪𝙨𝙖𝙡𝙚𝙢) 𝙩𝙝𝙚𝙧𝙚𝙛𝙤𝙧𝙚 𝙞𝙨 𝙣𝙞𝙜𝙝,❞ 𝙇𝙪𝙠𝙚 21:20 𝙆𝙅𝙑.
Did you get the link there? The people, who asked for the sign, got the sign of the desolation. How on earth would the preachers of today project this into our age? What has the desolation spoken of by Daniel concerning Jerusalem got to do with us, except for spiritual application and drawing a lesson from it? Absolutely nothing!
So to apply this and many other verses in Matt. 24 to our day is the misapplication of scriptures and so missing the true meaning of the entire chapter.
Let it be emphatically stated here that all the wars and destruction spoken of in this chapter had to do with Daniel’s holy city (the Jerusalem) and his people (the Jews) period!
Read the Book “Throne of Blood “by Josephus, the greatest Jewish Historian and see what I am talking about ..
See what follows in the admonition of Jesus to them that once the disciples noticed the “’desolation sign” they should take the following actions:
“Then let them which is on the housetop not come down to take anything out of his house, Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes. And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days. But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the Sabbath day,” Matt. 24:16-20 KJV.
Let us think a bit. Assuming this was the Rapture that the ‘Pentecostal world’ has made us to believe in.
Does it mean a baby can prevent one from being raptured, or how will you explain Jesus words, “woe unto them that are with child?” What about “But pray that your flight be not in the winter neither on the Sabbath day.”
Does it mean the winter or Sabbath is not a good season for one to be raptured?
You see, Jesus was only saying, one cannot tell when exactly these Roman soldiers will move in, but pray that as they certainly would come in, let it not be in the winter season, for that would be too cold a weather condition for you to be running away on the open field.
And let it not be on the Sabbath day, for you may be observing one of your feast days or resting days and so be taken unawares and trapped within the city. And for those with little children it would hectic for you to running in times of war with Children.
It is clear enough, the Romans came, camped around Jerusalem; and at God’s intervention, without anyone opposing the Romans or challenging them for a fight, they pulled up their stakes and left.
At that sign, all the Christians who remembered the words of Jesus fled the city. Therefore, when General Titus eventually came in with his armies and leveled the city to the ground, not a single Christian died.
They saw the abomination of desolation and escaped for their dear lives as Jesus had said.
So you see, that the Jewish 𝘄𝗼𝗿𝗹𝗱❞ 𝗲𝗻𝗱𝗲𝗱 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗶𝗻𝘁𝗿𝗼𝗱𝘂𝗰𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗼𝗳 𝗖𝗵𝗿𝗶𝘀𝘁𝗶𝗮𝗻𝗶𝘁𝘆, 𝗺𝗼𝗿𝗲 𝗲𝘀𝗽𝗲𝗰𝗶𝗮𝗹𝗹𝘆 𝗮𝗳𝘁𝗲𝗿 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗱𝗲𝗮𝘁𝗵 𝗿𝗲𝘀𝘂𝗿𝗿𝗲𝗰𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗼𝘂𝘁𝗽𝗼𝘂𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗛𝗼𝗹𝘆 𝗚𝗵𝗼𝘀𝘁 𝗼𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗱𝗮𝘆 𝗼𝗳 𝗣𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗰𝗼𝘀𝘁.
“For Christ has not entered the holy places made with hands…now to appear in the presence of God for us; not that He should offer Himself often, as the high priest enters the most holy place every year with the blood of another – He then would have had to suffer often since the foundation of the world; but now, once at “the end of the ages” He has appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself,” Heb. 9:24-26 NKJ.
𝐄𝐧𝐝 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐚𝐠𝐞𝐬❞ (plural). Yes, spanning a whole period of 42 (14 x 3) generations, from Abraham to Christ (Matt. 1: 17) when animal sacrifices were offered, the presence of Christ terminates (ends) all of these modes of worship in order to find favour with God.
Even so shall all the systems of man come to an end, as the presence of Christ is increasingly manifested through His Church which God has allowed for the past years, that Christ alone will eventually reign supreme in all of God’s creation. Amen.
To be continued…