Jesus came out from the temple and was going away when His disciples came up to point out the temple buildings to Him. And He said to them, "Do you not see all these things? Truly I say to you, not one stone here will be left upon another, which will not be torn down."
As He was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, "Tell us, when will these things happen, and what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?"
The disciples asked Jesus about 3 specific topics:
1. The destruction of the temple buildings
2. The sign of Jesus return
3. The end of the age
And Jesus answered and said to them, "See to it that no one misleads you.
"For many will come in My name, saying, 'I am the Christ,' and will mislead many.
False teachings about Jesus and the time of His return have been preached in the past and will continue to be preached.
You will be hearing of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not frightened for those things must take place, but that is not yet the end.
The time of the end does not come by wars. They are not an imminent sign of Jesus' return.
For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and in various places there will be famines and earthquakes. But all these things are merely the beginning of birth pangs. Then they will deliver you to tribulation, and will kill you, and you will be hated by all nations because of My name.
Wars, famines, earthquakes, and religious persecution have prevailed for many years, but they are not a sign of His coming.
"At that time many will fall away and will betray one another and hate one another.
"Many false prophets will arise and will mislead many.
"Because lawlessness is increased, most people's love will grow cold.
People have become cold in the way they treat other human beings, but this is just due as Jesus pointed out "because lawlessness is increased." The news media and the entertainment business just pump out violence and lawlessness, and people get used to crime.
But the one who endures to the end, he will be saved.
This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come.
After the true news of His return is preached to the whole world, then He will return. You are listening to this news right now!
Therefore when you see the ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION which was spoken of through Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place (let the reader understand), then those who are in Judea must flee to the mountains.
What Jesus is describing now is for the Jews of that time, the ones that were in Jerusalem when the temple was destroyed. Jesus is now answering question number 1. There are many interpretations of what is meant by the "abomination of desolation." I suggest the reader compare what is said in Matthew with what is said by Luke:
But when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then recognize that her desolation is near. Then those who are in Judea must flee to the mountains, and those who are in the midst of the city must leave, and those who are in the country must not enter the city;
desolation was caused by the Roman armies. The Roman armies entered
into Jerusalem and into the temple -- an abomination. When that
happened it was just too late. There was no time to pack up.
It was just that simple. Only rubble remains of what was once God's
Whoever is in the field must not turn back to get his cloak.
But woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days!
But pray that your flight will not be in the winter, or on a Sabbath.
For then there will be a great tribulation, such as has not occurred since the beginning of the world until now, nor ever will.
The tribulation for the Jews was going to be intense. They had to flee to the mountains, and out of the land of Israel, and were not able to come back to their land till many, many generations later. Even now, the Jews have no jurisdiction over God's temple ruins.
Unless those days had been cut short, no life would have been saved; but for the sake of the elect those days will be cut short.
The tribulation for the Jews started with the fall of Jerusalem in AD 70, continued over the years with pogroms in diverse cities, and reached a decisive moment during the time of Hitler. That persecution is what the old testament refers to as "Jacob's trouble" Jeremiah 30:7. Satan has tried to destroy all the Jews, so that God could not keep the promise He made to Abraham; but he was not allowed -- "for the sake of the elect" those days were cut short. This is explained in more detail in Reasons for the Rapture, and also in Woman with 12 Stars.
Then if anyone says to you, 'Behold, here is the Christ,' or 'There He is,' do not believe him.
For false Christs and false prophets will arise and will show great signs and wonders, so as to mislead, if possible, even the elect.
Behold, I have told you in advance.
So if they say to you, 'Behold, He is in the wilderness,' do not go out, or, 'Behold, He is in the inner rooms,' do not believe them.
For just as the lightning comes from the east and flashes even to the west, so will the coming of the Son of Man be.
Wherever the corpse is, there the vultures will gather.
God is telling us to be alert, not to go to any place... that the "vultures will gather" wherever the corpse is. The Lord will send His angels to gather us. We do not need to follow any human direction.
The rapture will occur with no indication that the time for it is near. It will happen in an instant. God will take us out from the tribulations that we suffer on this earth to the new abodes in the heavens.
But immediately after the tribulation of those days THE SUN WILL BE DARKENED, AND THE MOON WILL NOT GIVE ITS LIGHT, AND THE STARS WILL FALL from the sky, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. And then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the SON OF MAN COMING ON THE CLOUDS OF THE SKY with power and great glory.
These signs are the ones AFTER the rapture, before the Wrath of God starts.
And He will send forth His angels with A GREAT TRUMPET and THEY WILL GATHER TOGETHER His elect from the four winds, from one end of the sky to the other.
Now learn the parable from the fig tree: when its branch has already become tender and puts forth its leaves, you know that summer is near;
So, you too, when you see all these things, recognize that He is near, right at the door.
"These things" refer to the sun darkening, the moon darkening, and the stars falling.
Truly I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place.
The generation that sees the sign will not pass away till the event is fulfilled. The generation that saw the abomination of desolation -- the Roman armies surrounding Jerusalem -- saw the destruction of Jerusalem and its temple (question number 1.)
The generation that is suffering tribulation will be taken out of it in the rapture (question number 2)
The generation that sees the signs in the sun, moon and stars will be left behind after the rapture and will see the return of Christ for the battle of Armageddon and the end of the age (question number 3.)
Do not confuse the rapture/rescue with the resurrection. The first resurrection occurs some years after the rapture, as explained in Timeline to Revelation and The First Resurrection.
Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away.
Yes, God creates a new heaven and a new earth.
But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone.
At that time Jesus did not know that He would take so many years in returning to earth. Only the father knew.
For the coming of the Son of Man will be just like the days of Noah.
Jesus did not know the time, but He knew the conditions that had to be present for the rapture.
For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark,
and they did not understand until the flood came and took them all away; so will the coming of the Son of Man be.
The people during the time of Noah did not understand; the same now, very few people are reading these words that you are reading now; most people are hooked to their TVs and are being influenced by Satan with lies and corruption.
Then there will be two in the field; one will be taken and one will be left. Two will be grinding at the mill; one will be taken and one will be left. Therefore be on the alert, for you do not know which day your Lord is coming.
As you can see, Jesus might come to rapture you when you are at work. You might be taken and your co-worker might not. It is like a train we are all waiting for, and the train is late. If we step out and go to do something else, we might lose the train. The train will leave and we will be left behind. So it will be at the time of Jesus coming to rescue His followers.
But be sure of this, that if the head of the house had known at what time of the night the thief was coming, he would have been on the alert and would not have allowed his house to be broken into.
in the Night.
For the rapture there will be NO SIGNS. In an instant Christ will appear, like lightning. You have to be ready. You do not have time to convince people to go with you. You do not have time to call people and ask them if they are going; the bible says that the man in the field not return to the house to get his coat.
We are sounding the alarm that the Lord is coming! Be prepared to leave. Don't miss "the train"! Do not delay your departure by doing something else. Remember Lot's wife, Luke 17:32. Take the warning, so you are not part of the group that is left behind.
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