THE GREAT TRIBULATION
BY: LINDA KEITH
1 COR 13:11, “WHEN I WAS A CHILD, I SPAKE AS A CHILD, I UNDERSTOOD (REASONED) AS A CHILD, I THOUGHT AS A CHILD; BUT, WHEN I BECAME A MAN, I PUT AWAY CHILDISH THINGS.”
We see again, as in EVERYWHERE in the Bible, the 3 realms or levels of God. My sisters and brothers, it is time for us to put away childish reasoning! “Present Truth” is not what the seminaries have been teaching, for hundreds of years. Our God is a God who keeps moving and keeps giving revelation to His Children, UNTIL they come into the place that HE has planned for us, and that is, into the image of Jesus Christ. (Rom 8:29)
COL 1:25-27, “WHEREOF I AM MADE A MINISTER, ACCORDING TO THE DISPENSATION OF GOD WHICH IS GIVEN TO ME FOR YOU, TO FULFILL THE WORD OF GOD: EVEN THE MYSTERY WHICH HATH BEEN HID FROM AGES AND GENERATIONS, BUT NOW IS MADE MANIFEST TO HIS SAINTS. TO WHOM GOD WOULD MAKE KNOWN WHAT IS THE RICHES OF THE GLORY OF THIS MYSTERY AMONG THE GENTILES: WHICH IS, CHRIST IN YOU, THE HOPE OF GLORY.”
“MT 13:35, “THAT IT MIGHT BE FULFILLED WHICH WAS SPOKEN BY THE PROPHET, SAYING, I WILL OPEN MY MOUTH IN PARABLES; I WILL UTTER THINGS WHICH HAVE BEEN KEPT SECRET FROM THE FOUNDATION OF THE WORLD.”
“ROM 16:25-27, “NOW TO HIM THAT IS OF POWER TO STABLISH YOU ACCORDING TO MY GOSPEL, AND THE PREACHING OF JESUS CHRIST, ACCORDING TO THE REVELATION OF THE MYSTERY, WHICH WAS KEPT SECRET SINCE THE WORLD BEGAN. BUT NOW IS MADE MANIFEST AND BY THE SCRIPTURES OF THE PROPHETS, ACCORDING TO THE COMMANDMENT OF THE EVERLASTING GOD, MADE KNOWN TO ALL NATIONS FOR THE OBEDIENCE OF FAITH.”
In this and the future studies, we are going to be bursting wide open, some myths; religious myths, that we have been raised on all of our Christian lives. Some of you aren’t going to want to accept theses truths, or want the myths exposed. But, those who are not in this to have their ears tickled or to make a name for themselves, as a prophet, or a great teacher or of an all knowing pastor; but wants Father’s Truths, will receive what Father is showing us. He will give understanding to those who are open-minded, open-hearted and are seeking Father’s Truth. This will be a lengthy study. Why? Because I want Father to give understanding of these myths to us all. And He will. He wants nothing in us, that is not HIS Truth.
THE GREAT TRIBULATION
REV 7:13-17, “AND ONE OF THE ELDERS ANSWERED, SAYING UNTO ME, WHAT ARE THESE WHICH ARE ARRAYED IN WHITE ROBES? AND WHENCE CAME THEY? AND I SAID UNTO HIM, SIR, THOU KNOWEST. AND HE SAID TO ME, THESE ARE THEY WHICH CAME OUT OF GREAT TRIBULATION, AND HAVE WASHED THEIR ROBES, AND MADE THEM WHITE IN THE BLOOD OF THE LAMB. THEREFORE, ARE THEY BEFORE THE THRONE OF GOD, AND SERVE HIM DAY AND NIGHT IN HIS TEMPLE AND HE THAT SITTETH ON THE THRONE SHALL DWELL AMONG THEM. THEY SHALL HUNGER NO MORE, NEITHER THIRST ANYMORE: NEITHER SHALL THE SUN LIGHT ON THEM, NOR ANY HEAT. FOR THE LAMB WHICH IS IN THE MIDST OF THE THRONE SHALL FEED THEM, AND SHALL LEAD THEM UNTO LIVING FOUNTAINS OF WATERS; AND GOD SHALL WIPE AWAY ALL TEARS FROM THEIR EYES.”
One of the problems with Christianity receiving Father’s truths and understanding of it, is, GENERATIONAL TEACHING. The church has been teaching DOCTRINES (the same ones, over and over), year after year and generation after generation. First, we all know that all nations are ordained to tribulation. But, we will be speaking of the tribulation that Jesus talks about in MT 23 and 24; and in Luke and in Mark
But, we will get deeper into this fart her on in the study. Most Christians have been taught (generational) doctrines of “The Great Tribulation”. But, what I don’t understand is this: from these generational teachings, is that the, so-called, Rapture had to take place first, BEFORE, the so-called Great Tribulation, that the Christians are waiting to take place. According to that teaching, there is supposed to be the Rapture, then seven years of tribulation. But, the church won’t be here to go through it and THE HOLY SPIRIT IS TAKEN OUT OF THE EARTH. But, we know that the Holy Spirit is EVERYWHERE! And if, the Holy Spirit is taken out of the earth, who will allow this TORTURING to take place? God is ALL in ALL. The Holy Spirit IS GOD! So, I can’t understand that teaching because IF He has come on the land to build the Church and set up His Kingdom, HOW IS HE GOING TO DO THIS IF THE CHURCH IS GONE?
There’s all kinds of holes in these generational teachings. I may have some of these details, about this teaching, mixed up; but, it doesn’t matter because it is not true anyway! If you really get down to it, and study church history, along with the fact that, when God deals with the bible, AND THIS IS IMPORTANT TO KNOW, God is a God of PRINCIPLES. He puts principles in the bible. What we have learned to do is to try and live by EVENTS in the bible. Father didn’t put the events in the bible for us to live by; He put events in the bible, for us to learn the PRINCIPLES OF the events.
Once we get through with this study, we’ll see in MT 24:14, where Jesus says, AFTER He talks about the tribulation:
“AND THIS GOSPEL OF THE KINGDOM SHALL BE PREACHED UNTO ALL NATIONS FOR A WITNESS”
Now, what He’s talking about is, after the tribulation has taken place, THEN the gospel OF THE TRIBULATION, is what is preached. It’s an example of what happens when we don’t accept Jesus, as Messiah, as Savior.
2 THES, 2:10-11 “AND WITH ALL DECEIVABLENESS OF UNRIGHTEOUSNESS IN THEM THAT PERISH; BECAUSE THEY RECEIVED NOT THE LOVE OF THE TRUTH THAT THEY MIGHT BE SAVED AND FOR THIS CAUSE GOD SHALL SEND THEM STRONG DELUSION THAT THEY SHOULD RECEIVE A LIE.”
VS 10 “WITH ALL DECEIVABLENESS…”
Notice, not just some, but ALL deceivableness, of unrighteousness; not believing God and what God says is unrighteousness.
“AND THEM THAT PERISH,”
This word “perish”, means, judge, not die.
“BECAUSE THEY RECEIVED NOT THE LOVE OF THE TRUTH.”
Let’s stop here for a minute. I want to try to explain something. Anytime that we get locked into a doctrine that is not true. (EX: the rapture), then we cannot receive the LOVE OF TRUTH, because, we have the LOVE OF A DOCTRINE. If that doctrine supersedes the TRUTH and that DOCTRINE has become an IDOL! And that brings us into idolatry. This is what’s happening with JERUSALEM, in the Great Tribulation, “that they may be saved (healed in their minds.)
VS 11, “AND FOR THIS CAUSE, GOD SHALL SEND THEM.”
Who is doing the sending? GOD IS!
“SHALL SEND THEM STRONG DELUSION THAT THEY SHALL BELIEVE A LIE.”
Let’s understand this, this is NOT something that man or the Antichrist is doing, it is something that GOD IS DOING! When people won’t receive the love of the truth, and notice, it’s not the love of the pastor, or the teacher or the minister that they admire, that they are to love, but, it’s the LOVE OF THE TRUTH. When they won’t receive the love of the Truth, God sends them STRONG DELUSION, so that, that person believes a lie. This is strong and it is deep, but it is Truth. You see it right there in God’s written Word. I know of TV ministers and others who know the Truth of The Kingdom, but will not teach it because they will lose congregation and MONEY!! When our little group was a group of a couple hundred people, and Father gave us revelation to HIS Truth of the Kingdom, all left except about the 10 or 15 who remained and are still together, after 20 years! I will tell you this; when Father gives revelation that is different from the “churches doctrines” you can look to be left by all that are loyal to the CHURCH instead of being loyal to Father. But, that’s OK. All are not called to manifest Him on earth.
JOHN 16:13, “HOWBEIT WHEN HE, THE SPIRIT OF TRUTH IS COME, HE WILL GUIDE YOU INTO ALL TRUTH; FOR HE SHALL NOT SPEAK OF HIMSELF; BUT WHATSOEVER HE SHALL HEAR, THAT SHALL HE SPEAK; AND HE WILL SHEW YOU THINGS TO COME.”
Notice, it says, “WHEN HE, THE SPIRIT OF TRUTH COMES…”
Gal 3:28, tells us that “in the Spirit there is neither male or female”. Spirit does not have a gender. But, here in John, it says “HE”, the Spirit of Truth.” Why? Because this is the Spirit of Christ that dwells in us. And we are “he” because we are “the Son, the Christ, the anointed ones of God.
“HE WILL GUIDE US INTO ALL TRUTH…”
ALL TRUTH! Now why is it that some have some truth, and some don’t have truth? The reason is because the Spirit of Truth is only a dimension of or a part of the Holy Spirit. When the Holy Spirit came, He brought ALL of Himself with Him, into us. But, there are dimensions of Him that manifest in us w he n we are open to Him and allow Him it to happen. Truth is only one dimension of the Holy Spirit. LOVE is a dimension; power is a dimension, etc. So, it says, “WHEN THE SPIRIT OF TRUTH COMES”, when we allow the Spirit to operate, THEN and only then will He lead us into all truth.
Example: You cannot believe in the Rapture and NOT believe in the Great Tribulation that the church is waiting for. IF you are a Rapture person (the doctrine), you are a Great Tribulation (the doctrine) person, you are an Armageddon (the doctrine) person. IF you are an Armageddon person (the doctrine), you are an Antichrist person (the doctrine). But, once Father gives you the Truth about the Rapture doctrine not being true, then you canNOT believe in the Rapture and STILL believe in the Great Tribulation. Because once He gives you one dimension of truth, if you allow that to come in, then what happens is that He leads you into ALL TRUTH about these doctrines.
1 JOHN 4:6, “WE ARE OF GOD; HE THAT KNOWETH GOD HEARETH US; HE THAT IS NOT OF GOD HEARETH NOT US. HEREBY, KNOW WE THE SPIRIT OF TRUTH, AND THE SPIRIT OF ERROR.”
“WE ARE OF GOD…”
Remember what we learned that the word “of” means? It means, “out from within”. We are out from within God.
“HE THAT KNOWETH GOD HEARETH US.”
Why? Because of the Spirit of Truth.
“HE THAT IS NOT OF GOD HEARETH NOT US, HEREBY KNOW WE THE SPIRIT OF TRUTH AND THE SPIRIT OF ERROR.”
So now, because of the Spirit that dwells in us;
“THE SPIRIT OF TRUTH THAT HAS COME” – IN US.
We now recognize the Spirit of Truth and if we can recognize the Spirit of Truth, then we automatically recognize the spirit of error. If we can recognize LIGHT, then we can recognize DARKNESS. The Spirit of Truth is a dimension of the Holy Spirit. The spirit of error isn’t a spirit at all, THE SPIRIT OF ERROR IS AN ATTITUDE! It’s an attitude that is created when we don’t receive the Spirit of Truth. It’s a manifestation in and of the flesh.
EXAMPLE: When someone gives us a truth that we haven’t heard or received before and we have the attitude of: “my pastor doesn’t believe this, so neither do I”. We not only miss out on a truth, but we deny the Holy Spirit of Truth to lead us into Truth. I’m not asking anyone to believe ME, I’m not asking for anyone to believe your pastor. What I am asking is you to go into a study, take it before Father; NOT TO DISAPPROVE OR TO PROVE a word, but solely, to allow the Spirit of Truth to show you Truth. Laziness of studying will only lead us into STRONG DELUSION!!
Jeremiah tells us the outcome of people without the Spirit of Truth.
JER 6:10, “TO WHOM SHALL I SPEAK, AND GIVE WARNING, THAT THEY MAY HEAR? BEHOLD, THEIR EAR IS UNCIRCUMCISED, AND THEY CANNOT HEARKEN; BEHOLD, THE WORD OF THE LORD IS UNTO THEM A REPROACH; THEY HAVE NO DELIGHT IN IT.”
I want to say, clearly, we are in tribulation; but, not the Great Tribulation that the churches teach. Get ready for a revelation, THE GREAT TRIBULATION HAS ALREADY HAPPENED!! And we’ll see this by the time we’re finished with this study.
Whey you hear people talk about what’s going on in the earth today, and that they believe it is the beginning of the Great Tribulation, know this: THEY HAVE NOT RECEIVED THE REVELATION OF THIS BY THE SPIRIT OF TRUTH!
LUKE 21:25-26, “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: MEN’S HEARTS FAILING THEM FOR FEAR, AND FOR LOOKING AFTER THOSE THINGS WHICH ARE COMING UPON THE EARTH; FOR THE POWERS OF HEAVEN SHALL BE SHAKEN.””
“MEN’S HEARTS FAILING THEM FOR FEAR.”
A lot of the things that some Christians are saying is out of FEAR! How many Christians have we heard say, “Oh I want the Rapture to come because I don’t want to go through the Great Tribulation?” We have to understand something. MANY people got saved OUT OF FEAR! And the preachers have to keep on preaching fear, in order to hold them! FEAR IS NOT OF THE LORD!! If God established us IN HIM, then we have the Mind of Christ, and He fears NOTHING! (1 Cor 2:16, Col 2:9-15, Col 1:19)
LUKE 21:26-27, “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. AND THEN SHALL THEY SEE THE SON OF MAN COMING IN A CLOUD WITH POWER AND GREAT GLORY.”
In these scriptures, Jesus is telling His disciples what is going to happen to the JEWS in Jerusalem… because they did not accept Him as Messiah. (THINK about it, folks. He wasn’t Savior UNTIL HE DIED AND RESURRECTED).
JOHN 1:11-12 is telling us, “HE CAME UNTO HIS OWN AND HIS OWN RECEIVE HIM NOT.”
Now, Father was not happy! (as we’ll see in Daniel 9) He was angry because He had sent prophet after prophet, proclaiming His coming. And when Father sent His Son, He was not received as Messiah. God set the punishment for those who would not receive Jesus. He not only set the punishment for the, but He set the punishment because for 4000 years He had been telling them about Jesus’ coming, by the prophets of the OT!! Father started prophesying about Jesus in the Book of Genesis and continued telling them all through the OT. So, in the NT Jesus begins telling what’s going to happen to the Jews and their future generations, up until the destroying of Jerusalem, because they would not accept Him as Messiah.
In 66AD, 70 years after Jesus had died, the Spirit of God came to Jerusalem and told those who DID believe that Jesus was the Messiah, what was going to happen. He told them that Jerusalem was going to be destroyed. He told them WHEN to leave Jerusalem and WHERE to go for safety. He told them to go to a place called Pelah. In 68AD, 2 years later, the Roman armies would surround Jerusalem and that no one would be allowed into or out of Jerusalem. It would get so bad that the people could do no trading, and would get so hungry that that the people would start killing their children and eating them! (Book of JOSEPHUS) So, in 70AD, Titus, the captain of the Roman army invaded Jerusalem.
We will get deeper into this farther on into the study.
REV. 7:13-17, “AND ONE OF THE ELDERS ANSWERED, SAYING UNTO ME. WHAT ARE THESE WHICH ARE ARRAYED IN WHITE ROBES? AND WHENCE CAME THEY? AND I SAID UNTO HIM, SIR THOU KNOWEST. AND HE SAID TO ME, THESE ARE THEY WHICH CAME OUT OF GREAT TRIBULATION, AND HAVE WASHED THEIR ROBES, AND MADE THEM WHITE IN THE BLOOD OF THE LAMB. THEREFORE ARE THEY BEFORE THE THRONE OF GOD, AND SERVE HIM DAY AND NIGHT IN HIS TEMPLE; AND HE THAT SITTETH ON THE THRONE SHALL DWELL AMONG THEM. THEY SHALL HUNGER NO MORE, NEITHER THIRST ANY MORE; NEITHER SHALL THE SUN LIGHT ON THEM, NOR ANY HEAT. FOR THE LAMB WHICH IS IN THE MIDST OF THE THRONE SHALL FEED THEM, AND SHALL LEAD THEM UNTO LIVING FOUNTAINS OF WATER; AND GOD SHALL WIPE AWAY ALL TEARS FROM THEIR EYES.”
SINCE THIS AND PROBABLY THE NEXT TWO PARTS OF THIS STUDY IS SO VERY IMPORTANT TO UNDERSTAND, THE GREAT TRIBULATION; I SUGGEST THAT YOU PRINT THEM OUT, SO YOU CAN READ THEM ALL TOGETHER. IF YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND WHAT I WILL BE SHOWING YOU OUT OF THE BOOK OF DANIEL, YOU WILL MISS THE COMPLETE UNDERSTANDING.
The first thing that we should notice, here in Rev 7:13-17, is that it DOES NOT say “THE” great tribulation; it says that these came out of great tribulation.
MATT 24:21, “FOR THEN SHALL BE GREAT TRIBULATION, SUCH AS WAS NOT SINCE THE BEGINNING OF THE WORLD TO THIS TIME, NO, NOR EVER SHALL BE.”
Here again, we DO NOT see the word “THE” great tribulation. Also, the words “TO THIS TIME”…what time was this? It was IN JESUS’ TIME, or shortly thereafter.
So, let’s go on with our study of the truth about this myth…the one that is taught that we Christians are going to go through. In the last part of this study we left off with the Titus, and the Roman army. They surrounded Jerusalem in 68AD. They surrounded Jerusalem for 2 years. Titus’ soldiers allowed no one into Jerusalem and no one was allowed out Jerusalem. We saw that in 66AD the Spirit of God had come into Jerusalem and told the Christians to leave Jerusalem and to go to a place called Pelah. And in obedience they left.
In 70AD, after having Jerusalem surrounded for 2 years, Titus invades Jerusalem and killed 1.1 million people and took another 1 million hostage. Titus and his army completely wiped out Jerusalem. (which we will get into details of this later) This great tribulation does not begin in the NT; it begins in OT Book of Daniel. It is VITAL to understand Daniel chapter 9. It is important that we see WHO is speaking, WHO is being spoken to and WHERE the speaking is coming from. Because, sometimes the speaking is from the intellect and sometimes the speaking is from the Spirit.
DANIEL 9:20-27, “AND WHILE I WAS SPEAKING, AND PRAYING, AND CONFESSING MY SIN AND THE SINS OF MY PEOPLE, ISRAEL, AND PRESENTING MY SUPPLICATION BEFORE THE LORD MY GOD FOR THE HOLY MOUNTAIN OF MY GOD;”
Here, in verse 20, it shows us that DANIEL IS SPEAKING. Also, Daniel was praying (supplication) for “the holy mountain of God”. The HOLY MOUNTAIN IS GOD’S PEOPLE.
VS 21, “YEA, WHILE 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.”
“EVEN THE MAN GABRIEL…”
Here, Daniel called Gabriel, “the man”. Now, what is Gabriel? Gabriel is an angel, and Archangel, the messenger. (Gabriel is the Archangel that was sent to tell Mary that she would bare Jesus.) But, here Daniel refers to him as “a man”.
VS21, “WHOM I HAD SEEN IN THE VISION, AT THE BEGINNING…”
This is referring to the beginning of Daniel’s being in prayer. Daniel had been in prayer 21 days. “The beginning” is what Daniel is talking about. Gabriel had been sent to answer Daniel’s prayer, in the form of a vision. But, Gabriel got hung up in the 2nd heaven, where the demonic hosts wouldn’t let Gabriel through, with the rest of the vision. So, Michael, the Archangel of war, was dispatched to go and help Gabriel . (Dan 10:13, 20). Michael was dispatched to battle against the demonic host, so that Gabriel could get through to take the answer for Daniel’s prayer to him (Daniel). This is awesome!!! So, this is what Daniel is talking about when he says, “WHILE I WAS SPEAKING IN PRAYER, EVEN THE MAN GABRIEL, and WHOM I HAD SEEN IN THE VISION AT THE BEGINNING.”
We’ll get into the oblation in just a bit. Now, we have to have clear understanding, that in verses 19-21, that it is Daniel who is doing the speaking. In verse 22, Gabriel takes over the conversation.
VS 22, “AND HE INFORMED ME, AND TALKED WITH ME, AND SAID, O DANIEL, I AM NOW COME FORTH TO GIVE THEE SKILL AND UNDERSTANDING,”
We must understand that Gabriel is an Archangel and he knows the beginning of God’s plan to the end of the plan. Angels are always in one accord with Father’s plan. Now, as we will see, Gabriel IS NOT talking about the time period that Daniel is living in. Gabriel knows the future, Daniel’s future. (Because angels have no future, they live only in the present, as we SHOULD be doing). But, Gabriel was showing Daniel this vision that was for the future. Gabriel knew that the Children of Israel WERE GOING TO REJECT THE MESSIAH. So, Gabriel says to Daniel, “I’m going to give you skill and understanding.” This means that Gabriel was going to show Daniel this Word, so that Daniel could prophesy it to a people.
VS 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.”
“AT THE BEGINNING OF THY SUPPLICATIONS THE COMMANDMENT CAME FORTH…”
The commandment was given by Father.
“CONSIDER THE VISION.”
Daniel was sleeping, while receiving this vision. And Father was about to give Daniel a vision of this tribulation. Now, Gabriel was sent there by Father to make sure that Daniel didn’t awaken UNTIL Daniel understood the vision. So, Gabriel begins to explain the vision to Daniel, in detail. And this is where WE MUST UNDERSTAND THE VISION.
VS 24, “SEVENTY WEEKS ARE DETERMINED UPON THY PEOPLE AND UPON THY HOLY CITY…
“70 WEEKS ARE DETERMINED…”
Father is saying, “I’m going to break this down for you.” He’s saying, “There is going to be a time period, that has ALREADY BEEN DETERMINED BY ME, THAT THEY (those Jews who did not accept Jesus as the Messiah, the anointed One of God) ARE GOING TO BE DESTROYED. 70 WEEKS ARE IN THIS TIME PERIOD.”
NOW UNDERSTAND THIS: (this is where it gets a little tricky); EVERY DAY OF EVERY WEEK (in this prophecy), EVERY DAY REPRESENTS 1 YEAR. SO, 7 DAYS REPRESENT 7 YEARS. OK? 70 WEEKS REPRESENT 7 X 70=490 YEARS. (We know that Spiritual time is not like our time. So, he (God) says, “70 WEEKS ARE DETERMINED UPON THE PEOPLE AND UPON THE HOLY CITY.”
“The people” was Israel and the “holy city” was Jerusalem. So, we know that’s what is being talked about has NOTHING TO DO WITH ANYONE ELSE, JUST ISRAEL AND JERUSALEM. (The Jews who did not accept God’s Messiah!) Just ISRAEL AND JERUSALEM!
VS 24, “70 WEEKS ARE DETERMINED UPON THY PEOPLE AND UPON THY HOLY CITY, TO FINISH THE TRANSGRESSION.”
The word “transgression” means to cover up lies and falsehoods. (just like the Rapture teaching, the Antichrist teaching, etc.) 70 weeks are determined to finish this covering of lies.
VS 24, “AND TO MAKE AN END OF SINS…” Notice, the word “sins” is plural. “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.”
OK. Now look at verse 24 very carefully and tell me Who fits the category of “finishing the transgression – to make an end of sin – to make reconciliation between Father and man – and to bring everlasting righteousness?” Who fits this description? JESUS!! So, Gabriel is telling Daniel that these are the events that are going to take place, because Father has determined it. If He (GOD) said, “70 weeks are determined to finish the transgression”, then once Jesus died, He died for the sin (singular) of THE WORLD! Now, understand this, the sin of the world WAS UNBELIEF. Within the sin realm are ALL SIN. ALL OF THEM! So, He had to die for the SIN to cover everything that was involved. Listen closely to verse 24, it takes in Jesus, doing ALL OF THIS. So, if it’s Jesus, who does all that verse 24 says, then NOT ONLY is Gabriel telling Daniel WHAT’S going to happen; Gabriel is telling Daniel WHEN IT’S GOING TO HAPPEN! Hallelujah!!
VS 25, “KNOW THEREFORE AND UNDERSTAND, THAT FROM THE GOING FORTH OF THE COMMANDMENT TO RESTORE AND TO BUILD JERUSALEM UNTO THE MESSIAH.”
Now, what this tells us, is: the children of Israel were captured and taken into captivity, in Babylon. And after they left Babylon, they were to be restored to Father. Father was the One Who caused the Syrians to come in and take then into Babylon in the first place.
“FROM THE GOING FORTH OF THE COMMANDMENT TO RESTORE AND TO BUILD JERUSALEM…”
Listen, every prophet, EVERY prophet from Daniel, who was the last of the major prophets; every prophet is in the time of the captivity of Jerusalem in Babylon – all the way to MALACHI. And that’s important because, HE SAID, “FROM THE GOING FORTH OF THE COMMANDMENT TO RESTORE AND BUILD… UNTO THE MESSIAH! And that is, believe it or not, between the last book of the OT and to the first book of the NT, 490 years! And nothing is heard from God during that period.
VS 25, “the Prince shall be 7 weeks.”
7 weeks, OK? Now, keep 7 weeks in mind.
“AND THREESCORE AND 2 WEEKS…”
This is 62 weeks. 1 SCORE=20 WEEKS, 3 SCORE=60 WEEKS, PLUS THE 7 WEEKS=69 WEEKS, right? Now, how many weeks does verse 24 tell us is determined: 70 weeks, right? Ok. 70 weeks are determined, yet only 69 weeks are explained by Gabriel. The church system can’t find that last week, so, what they have done – they’ve taken this last week and put it into the Book of Revelation and said, “the Rapture takes place and we’re gone for 7 years OR WEEK!” They do this because Daniel had explained where 69 of the 70 weeks are at. But, the 70th week – they (the church system) can’t find it! When we hear people talk about “Daniel’s 70 weeks”, this is what they’re talking about. So the Rapture people, to make it simple, took the Rapture and then say that the church will be gone for 7 years, which is supposed to be Daniel’s 70th week: and supposedly, they are gone 7 years while everyone else goes through 7 years of “THE GREAT TRIBULATION”, and then they come back. Then Armageddon and the Anti-christ and all those other myths (lies and falsehoods) are supposed to take place.
BUT LISTEN – VS 25, “THE PRINCE SHALL BE 7 WEEKS, AND 3 SCORE, AND 2 WEEKS; THE STREET SHALL BE BUILT AGAIN AND THE WALL, EVEN IN TROUBLOUS TIMES.“
VS 26, “AND AFTER THREESCORE AND 2 WEEKS SHALL MESSIAH BE CUT OFF…”
This meant that Jesus was going to die. Now, how long was the ministry of Jesus, on earth? We know that He lived 33 1/2 years, but, how long was His ministry? 3 1/2 years, right? Ok. How long is a week (here in Daniel)? 7 years. OK, we saw 69 weeks, explained by Gabriel, but the 70th week is missing. See this: Jesus is cut off in the middle of the week, so, He was cut off 3-1/2 years (into the last week, the 70th week. The church THINKS that this last week has to be 7 consecutive days (years, according to Daniel). But, it’s not. So, we see where half (midst or middle of the week) of the week is taken care of. 3-1/2 years of that last week is speaking of JESUS’ Ministry. So, that leaves us 3-1/2, yet to be understood. The other 3-1/2 years, is where Titus came in and surrounded Jerusalem, and goes in to invade and destroy it. What we have to understand about this 70th week IS: the First 3-1/2 of the 70th week was 70 years later, when Jerusalem was PUNISHED (by destroying the Jews in Jerusalem) for rejecting the MESSIAH! This makes up the whole of that last week that was missing. (which in the next part of this study, we will get into the LAST 3-1/2 years, the punishment.)
VS 26, “MESSIAH SHALL BE CUT OFF, BUT NOT FOR HIMSELF, AND THE PEOPLE OF THE PRINCE THAT SHALL COME SHALL DESTROY THE CITY.”
OK, look at verse 25.
The word “PRINCE” is capitalized.
Here in Verse 26, this “prince” is NOT capitalized. In verse 25, the Prince is JESUS. Here, in verse 26, the “prince is Titus and his army, who is to destroy the city. (You can read all of this in the History Book-Josephus.) Titus, the Warrior, is the prince being spoken of here. (Later, we’ll see how horrendous this man was.) The word “prince” means: a spiritual or military leader. We see BOTH types of “prince” in Jesus, (Spiritual leader), and in Titus, (military leader).
Now, notice what verse 26 says about Titus.
“THE PEOPLE OF THE PRINCE SHALL COME”,
This prince and his people (army) had to COME from somewhere; they weren’t just there, in Jerusalem. They had to COME, “to destroy the city and the sanctuary”. This sanctuary was Solomon’s Temple, there in Jerusalem. Titus wanted the stones, which were huge, because each stone of that building was inlaid WITH GOLD! Greed and riches was all that Titus was interested in.
VS 26, “THE END THEREOF SHALL BE A FLOOD…”
The flood is referring to people. Remember when we started studying the Book of Revelation, “the sea” referred to people? OK. So, here’s what happened, concerning this flood. When Titus surrounded the city, there were 2.1 million people there, in Jerusalem. It was SO crowed because of the feast that was held there. People came from the surrounding areas to attend the feast. Ordinarily, Jerusalem had a population of about 23,000 people. (Josephus). So, when all these people were there, in Jerusalem, Titus surrounded the city. He murdered 1.1 million of these people and took captive, the other million people there. (Keep in mind that the Spirit of God had warned God’s people to leave, before this, and to go to Pelah, where they would be safe.
VS 26, “AND UNTO THE END OF THE WAR, DESOLATIONS ARE DETERMINED.”
VS 27, “AND HE SHALL CONFIRM THE COVENANT WITH MANY FOR ONE WEEK…”
The covenant that is spoken of, here, is the covenant where God said, “because you did not accept My Son, as Messiah, desolation is going to come upon you.” (my words).
VS 27, “AND IN THE “MIDST OF THE WEEK” HE SHALL CAUSE THE SACRIFICE AND THE OBLATION TO CEASE…”
Now remember, Jesus died in the “midst or middle” of the week. (that lost 70th week) The “HE” that is going to cause the ceasing of the sacrifice and oblation, IS JESUS!! The SACRIFICE speaks of the animal that was placed on the altar and the killing of it. The oblation speaks of the OFFERING of that animal for sacrifice. JESUS’ SACRIFICE OF HIMSELF WAS “IN THE MIDST OF THAT 70TH WEEK. Jesus’ sacrifice put a stop to all that verse 27 speaks of.
VS 27, “AND FOR THE OVERSPREADING OF ABOMINATIONS.”
“Overspreading” means, a continuing of. And here’s what the abominations were: God had given Moses the law that was to govern His people. And what they didn’t know, was that, these laws would only last 1500 years. Because, from Moses to Jesus was 1500 years. So the abominations, once Jesus came on the scene and began to preach and minister the Word, they wouldn’t listen to Him. And He had been prophesied ALL THE WAY THROUGH THE OT!! So, God was just saying, “Look I brought a new law (Jesus) and a new Word; but, you want to WALK IN THE OLD LAW!” And what’s happening today? Christians are rejecting anything that is “NEW” to them and they want to stay in the old teachings of man!) So, that old law became an IDOL to the Jews. And that brought them into IDOLATRY, AND IDOLATRY IS AN ABOMINATION TO FATHER! When we won’t leave an old teaching, because we love our teacher or pastor, then, we have become an abomination to Father! Oh, I pray that you allow the Holy Spirit to show you this. I’m not saying to take every teaching that comes along; but, I am saying that when you receive something that is different from what you’ve been taught for 50 years, take it to Father. LET HIM SHOW YOU PRESENT TRUTH. Our Father doesn’t ever stop teaching; THE CHURCH HAS!!
VS 27, “…EVEN UNTIL THE CONSUMMATION AND THAT DETERMINED SHALL BE POURED UPON THE DESOLATION.”
The word, “consummation” is not what we’ve been taught that it means. The consummation of something is the END of something, not the beginning. Check it out. We’ve always said, “the consummation of a marriage”, but think about it, we consummate a wedding, AND THEN the marriage begins. At the END of the WEDDING, we consummate it, THEN we begin living our MARRIAGE. So, what Father is saying, here, is that until the consummation or the end of desolation, the end of the war, when Titus comes in and kills everyone, shall be poured upon the desolation. And we are going to get into that in our next part of the study.
So, we see that Gabriel prophesied all this in DANIEL’S DAY, for it to be FULFILLED IN JESUS’ DAY. Next, we get into The Great Tribulation.
In our last study, we were looking at Daniel, Chapter 9. We saw that this was Daniel’s prophecy about ISRAEL‘S going into tribulation as a command of God, for not accepting His Son, Jesus, as Messiah. It is very important that we see the TIME FRAME of this prophecy. A lot of people don’t see the significance in knowing the truth about, say, the Rapture, the Antichrist teaching, and this, The Great Tribulation. They don’t see the relevance because they don’t understand that the Word of God is chain linked. And when a person comes into the LIGHT or TRUTH of another section of the bible, it helps them to understand the LIGHT or TRUTH of another section of the bible. So, as I’m sure that many of you are aware that, especially since what happened on 9/11, yet many Christians believe that we are NOW in the beginning of the Great Tribulation.
I want to assure you of this one thing: IT IS NOT ABOUT TO BEGIN NOR ARE WE IN THE GREAT TRIBULATION! This study will clearly show you this truth, IF, you desire Father’s Truth, over what MAN is teaching!
We saw that in 66AD, the Holy Spirit came to warn the Christians, in Jerusalem, and told them to go to a place called Pelah, for safety. Two years later, Titus, the captain of the Roman army, came to Jerusalem and surrounded the city for 2 years. Titus allowed no one in or out of the city, and supplies that were needed to survive were running out. It got to the point that the people were starving and they began to eat their own children! Titus was a VERY cold, mean and vicious man.
What I have tried to do, up to this point, is to establish, in PRESENT TRUTH, a TIME FRAME of when all this was taking place. What will be seen, by knowing the time frame, is that this IS NOT A FUTURE EVENT, but is an event of the PAST. Paul says, in the Book of Thessalonians, that “ALL ARE ORDAINED TO TRIBULATION”. This is going to happen, is happening and will be happening to us. Tribulation is for refining us… for bringing forth the perfection of us. BUT, this Great Tribulation, that we’ve been taught, is coming upon us, HAS ALREADY HAPPENED! We looked at Daniel and went through the 70 weeks. And we found that all the weeks were accounted for, except one.
REVELATION 7:13, “AND ONE OF THE ELDERS ANSWERED, SAYING UNTO ME, WHAT ARE THESE WHICH ARE ARRAYED IN WHITE ROBES? AND WHENCE CAME THEY?”
“AND ONE OF THE ELDERS ANSWERED, SAYING UNTO ME…”
This is John speaking to the elders. Notice that the elders did not say, “WHO are these”. They said “WHAT are these. Now, where is JOHN? HE’S IN THE SPIRIT, on the Isle of Patmos. Right? So, John is SEEING “these arrayed in white robes” and he’s seeing in the Spirit.
“WHENCE CAME THEY?
The elder is asking John, “where did they come from?” Now, at this time, is John alive on the Isle of Patmos, or is he dead? He’s alive. I ask you this because it shows us a TIME FRAME!!
VS 14, “AND I SAID UNTO HIM, SIR, THOU KNOWEST. AND HE SAID TO ME, THESE ARE THEY WHICH CAME OUT OF GREAT TRIBULATION, AND HAVE WASHED THEIR ROBES, AND MADE THEM WHITE IN THE BLOOD OF THE LAMB.”
“These are they which came out of great tribulation…” Look at the word “came”. What tense is it? It’s in the past tense, right? So, here is John in the Isle of Patmos. The time that John was on Patmos was 68AD, which means that when John come to the Isle of Patmos, in 98AD, this word, “came”, shows us that it is in the past tense, WHICH SHOWS US THAT THE GREAT TRIBULATION HAS ALREADY TAKEN PLACE!
We’re looking at the TIME FRAME, which will show us WHEN the Great Tribulation took place. By the time that John, who was the last of the original 12 apostles, died, the Great Tribulation had taken place, already! We’re going to go slow and we’re going to take all of this into consideration, because it is so important to understand that this MYTH, that the church teaches, is just that, A MYTH!
The Great Tribulation took place in 70AD. There is only one Great Tribulation prophesied by the prophet, Daniel. “THESE ARE THEY WHICH CAME OUT OF GREAT TRIBULATION.”
We have learned, in our study of the Tabernacle, that this word “of”, in the Greek is “ek”, which means “out from within”. So, these in white robes came (past tense) “out from within” Great Tribulation! “AND HAVE WASHED THEIR ROBES AND MADE THEM WHITE IN THE BLOOD OF THE LAMB.”
OK, now, remember that the Spirit of God had come and warned His people to leave the city, for safety? In God’s people, there in Jerusalem, there were 2 groups:
1. There was a group of Christians that DID leave Jerusalem.
2. There was also, a group of Christians that DID NOT leave, when they were warned. They weren’t really sure if they believed or not. They stayed in Jerusalem and after 2 years, being that Titus had surrounded Jerusalem, these Christians could not, then, get out.
This 2nd group of people, while they were in the midst of this Great Tribulation, some of them began to believe that Jesus WAS the Messiah. Now remember, the reason that they were going through this Great Tribulation in the first place, was because of what John 1:11-12 tells us. “..HE CAME UNTO HIS OWN AND HIS OWN RECEIVED HIM NOT.”
So, while going through (as we will see later) this Great Tribulation, some of this 2nd group of people began to believe that Jesus WAS the MESSIAH. THEY WERE CONVERTED IN THE MIDST OF THIS GREAT TRIBULATION!! Hallelujah!! These were some of the 1.1 million people that had been taken captive by Titus. These that did begin to believe, “CAME OUT OF GREAT TRIBULATION AND WASHED THEIR ROBES AND MADE THEM WHITE IN THE BLOOD OF THE LAMB”.
MATT. 21:32-44, Now here, Jesus is talking to His disciples. He is about to give them the PARABLE of this VERY SAME GREAT TRIBULATION. By now, the disciples had learned that Jesus often taught in parables.
VS 32, “FOR JOHN CAME UNTO YOU IN THE WAY OF RIGHTEOUSNESS, AND YE BELIEVED HIM NOT…”
John, the Baptist, is the one that God sent, before Jesus. John the Baptist was in the wilderness all of his life, until he was 30 years old. Then, God brought John out of the wilderness to speak to the Jews regarding his cousin, Jesus’ coming and about repentance. As we know, the Jews (most of them) did not believe what John told them; and they didn’t believe that Jesus was the Son of God.
“BUT THE PUBLICANS AND THE HARLOTS BELIEVED HIM…”
These publicans and harlots were people in Israel, that were not saved – were almost atheists. They didn’t want to hear anything about God. But yet, they were the ones who DID believe what John the Baptist told them about Jesus. When you study all this out, the beautiful thing about this is, that these publicans and harlots were the ones, that in 66AD, when the Spirit of God came and warned the people in Jerusalem, about what was going to happen, these were the ones who left the city.
But, the “religious” people stayed in the city. “AND YE (the religious Jews) WHEN YE HAD SEEN IT, REPENTED NOT AFTERWARD, THAT YE MIGHT BELIEVE HIM.”
VS 33, “HEAR ANOTHER PARABLE; THERE WAS A CERTAIN HOUSEHOLDER, WHICH PLANTED A VINEYARD, AND HEDGED IT ROUND ABOUT, AND DIGGED A WINEPRESS IN IT, AND BUILT A TOWER, AND LET IT OUT TO HUSBANDMEN, AND WENT INTO A FAR COUNTRY.”
Here is a list that interprets the people spoken of and the things spoken of in this parable.
1) THE HOUSEHOLDER – is God
2) THE VINEYARD – is the city Jerusalem.
3) THE HUSBANDMEN – is natural Jerusalem.
4) THE SERVANTS – are the prophets that God had sent.
5) THE WINEPRESS – is Father’s anointing.
6) THE TOWER – is the Temple of Solomon that was in Jerusalem
7) AND HE WENT INTO A FAR COUNTRY – means the HOUSEHOLDER, GOD
The Holy Spirit of god comes in and gathers the people together, in Jerusalem. He anoints them to speak His Word; to be what He wants them to be and He gives them the temple to worship in, and He left.
VS 34, “AND WHEN THE TIME OF THE FRUIT DREW NEAR, HE SENT THIS SERVANTS TO THE HUSBANDMEN, THAT THEY MIGHT RECEIVE THE FRUITS OF IT.”
1) the time of the fruit, is harvest time.
2) the servants are the prophets
3) the fruits of IT, are the fruits of what the prophets spoke
VS 35, “AND THE HUSBANDMEN TOOK HIS SERVANTS, AND BEAT ONE, AND KILLED ANOTHER, AND STONED ANOTHER.”
If you read Hebrews, Chapter 11, you will find which of the prophets went through, what verse 35 is talking about.
VS 36, “AGAIN, HE SENT OTHER SERVANTS, MORE THAN THE FIRST, AND THEY DID UNTO THEM LIKEWISE.”
If you study the OT, you will find that there were more minor prophets than there were major prophets: Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel and Daniel were all major prophets. Obediah, Zephani, Amos, Malachi, Joel, etc. were all minor prophets. God sent the major prophets to declare that Jesus was the coming Messiah, and the Jews killed them. Then, God sent even more of the minor prophets to declare Jesus as Messiah, and they too, were killed. All of this, the killing of God’s prophets, and the rejecting of Jesus, after ALL the prophets had told them about His coming, was what brought God to bring about the Great Tribulation upon the people in Jerusalem.
REMEMBER, WE’RE LOOKING AT THE TIME FRAME HERE. GOD ALWAYS WARNS OF HIS MOVES THROUGH HIS PROPHETS! He warned of this coming Great Tribulation through His prophet, Daniel.
VS 37, “BUT LAST OF ALL HE SENT UNTO THEM, HIS SON, SAYING, THEY WILL REVERENCE MY SON!”
His Son, as we all know, was JESUS. After God had sent all the prophets to tell them about His Son, the Messiah, coming, He declared, “THEY WILL REVERENCE MY SON.”
VS 38, “BUT WHEN THE HUSBANDMEN SAW THE SON, THEY SAID AMONG THEMSELVES, THIS IS THE HEIR…”
Now as I read this verse, I had to ask: out of all the prophets that they had killed, how did they know that this was the heir? It was because they HAD listened to the prophet. They DID hear what the prophets had said. But, they didn’t think that Jesus looked like what they expected the Messiah to look like. They expected a royal king. And it’s the same today. The Christian world doesn’t see US as Christ, which is, God’s anointed ones, His many-membered Body. Because we don’t look like their imaginations think Christ’s Body is to look or sound like. And I have a little news for them, WE ARE. So, let’s go on.
VS 38, “COME LET US KILL HIM AND SEIZE ON HIS INHERITANCE.”
Jesus’ inheritance was DISCIPLES!! AND THE JEWS WANTED THESE PEOPLE!
VS 39, “AND THEY CAUGHT HIM AND CAST HIM OUT OF THE VINEYARD AND SLEW HIM…”
Now look back at the list; what was the vineyard? The vineyard was Jerusalem. So, this parable is showing that they captured Jesus and took Him to a place called the Valley of the Skull, Golgotha, or Calvary. And this place Calvary was OUTSIDE OF JERUSALEM. This is where they slew Him!
VS 40, “WHEN THE LORD THEREFORE OF THE VINEYARD COMETH, WHAT WILL HE DO UNTO THOSE HUSBANDMEN?”
This is the parable that Jesus gives about why those were going to go through this Great Tribulation. And know this; there has NEVER been a time when God destroyed something or someplace, that He didn’t warn them first.
EXAMPLE: “AS IN THE DAYS OF NOAH”.
God told Noah that He was going to destroy the world by water. HE ALWAYS GIVES THE PEOPLE A “TIME FRAME” TO REPENT!! He gave the people of Noah’s time 120 years to repent. He told Noah to build an ark. It took Noah 120 years to build the ark and all the time that Noah was building the ark, he was preaching and telling the people to repent. They laughed at Noah because they had never seen rain. But, repentance was preached for 120 years.
Another EXAMPLE: There were 5 cities that were God’s church. Sodom and Gomorrah were especially part of them. This is where Abraham paid tithes to Melchizadek. At the time, Sodom and Gomorrah were God’s church. He LOVED these people. But, they started having their idols. Everyone thinks that God destroyed these cities because of homosexuality, but He destroyed them because of idols! But, God told Abraham that He was going to destroy these cities. HE GAVE WARNING! And as for their TIME FRAME, He had Abraham to go and tell Lot. Lot was running back and forth, trying to find 40 righteous people; then 30; then 20; then 10 and then ended up with Lot, his wife and his 2 daughters. The bible doesn’t tell us how long this took, but as following the pattern that Father worked in, you can bet that the people were given time to repent.
So, here in Matt, Jesus, in this parable, is WARNING, again. (Daniel had prophesied a warning) about Jerusalem and how it was going to be destroyed. Jesus was 33 years old when He was warning about this Great Tribulation, the temple – the whole thing. (We’ll get into this in Matt 24.)
This Great Tribulation did not take place until 70AD, which means, that it did not take place until 70 YEARS AFTER JESUS DIED! So, again, we see a TIME FRAME and the fact that the people had time to repent and accept Jesus, as the Messiah.
VS 41-44, “THEY SAY UNTO HIM, HE WILL MISERABLY DESTROY THOSE WICKED MEN, AND WILL LET OUT HIS VINEYARD UNTO OTHER HUSBANDMEN, WHICH SHALL RENDER HIM THE FRUITS IN THEIR SEASONS. JESUS SAITH UNTO THEM, DID YE NEVER READ IN THE SCRIPTURES, THE STONE WHICH THE BUILDERS REJECTED, THE SAME IS BECOME THE HEAD OF THE CORNER; THIS IS THE LORD’S DOING, AND IT IS MARVELOUS IN OUR EYES? THEREFORE SAY I UNTO YOU, THE KINGDOM OF GOD SHALL BE TAKEN FROM YOU, AND GIVEN TO A NATION BRINGING FORTH THE FRUIT THEREOF. AND WHOSOEVER SHALL FALL ON THIS STONE SHALL BE BROKEN; BUT ON WHOMSOEVER IT SHALL FALL, IT WILL GRIND HIM TO POWDER.”
The Stone was/is Jesus. The builders are Israel. “THE KINGDOM SHALL BE TAKEN FROM YOU”, is talking about Father’s righteousness, peace and joy, because this is His Kingdom. They were God’s people, but they rejected His Son and them and the city of Jerusalem would be ground to powder.
It’s important to know that this Great Tribulation, as terrible as it was, is not going to happen in our day. Why? Because it happened in the days of the disciples. The churches and many Christians are living under a spirit of FEAR, and as we know, FEAR does not come from the Lord! So, Father’s truth is needed to set our brothers and sisters free! As I’ve said throughout these studies, IT IS THE TIMEFRAME OF THE GREAT TRIBULATION that is so important for us to see and understand. We have seen MUCH, already of the TIMEFRAME, in what we’ve studied so far. But we’re going to see more of it and the meaning behind the warning that JESUS gave His disciples.
It happened in the days of the apostles, and we saw in Daniel 9, that God ordained this tribulation, because the Jews would not accept His Son, as Messiah.
MATT 23:37-39, “O JERUSALEM, JERUSALEM, THOU THAT KILLEST THE PROPHETS, AND STONEST THEM WHICH ARE SENT UNTO THEE, HOW OFTEN WOULD I HAVE GATHERED THY CHILDREN, TOGETHER, EVEN AS A HEN GATHERETH HER CHICKENS UNDER HER WINGS, AND YE WOULD NOT! BEHOLD, YOUR HOUSE IS LEFT, UNTO YOU DESOLATE. FOR I SAY UNTO YOU, YE SHALL NOT SEE ME HENCEFORTH, TILL YE SHALL SAY, BLESSED IS HE THAT COMETH IN THE NAME OF THE LORD.”
I want you to bare in mind, until later, that here Jesus, is speaking this to the NATION of Jerusalem – not just a few people – but the whole nation of Jerusalem. What is being talked about (and it is Jesus who is speaking) is, how in the OT, God had sent prophet after prophet to proclaim the coming of Jesus, the Messiah. And the Jews would not only did not accept the prophets, but they killed them. As a result, in verse 38, JESUS tells them that their houses would be left desolate. This is speaking of the city of Jerusalem and how it was to be destroyed and left in ruins.
VS 38 “YOU WILL NOT SEE ME HENCEFORTH UNTIL YOU, THE JEWS, SAY, BLESSED IS HE THAT COMETH IN THE NAME OF THE LORD.”
The reason for this is because every prophet had come in the name of the Lord. And, AFTER the Great Tribulation, they DID say those very words! We want to keep in mind that the Bible was not written in verses and chapters, in Jesus’ and the disciples’ day. It was all written in the form of letters. That were passed to the churches and home meetings, and read aloud, when they met together.
We see in Chapter 24 of Matthew that the chapter starts with “AND.” So, we know, that it is just a continuation of Chapter 23. They are still on the same subject.
MATT 24:1, “AND JESUS WENT OUT, AND DEPARTED FROM THE TEMPLE: AND HIS DISCIPLES CAME UNTO HIM PRIVATELY…”
We need to understand what was going on here. Yes, Jesus walked out of the temple physically, but it’s more than just that. We know that behind every truth in the natural, there is also a spiritual meaning. What’s happening here is; God had been trying to bring the Jews into a higher dimension of light and into a new order. But, the Jews wanted to stay in the law. They wanted to hold on to the old, the works of the law, the temples, the sacrifices that were made in the temples, and to the oblation that took place with the sacrifices. Not only was Jesus departing from the physical temple, but He was departing from the old order! And He was trying to get the disciples to depart from that old order too – because, they were in idolatry and didn’t even know it. But, Father was moving them out of it. And at this point, they didn’t want to leave the law, it was more important to them, than what Jesus was imparting to them. We must understand, these disciples were just like you and I. No different. There was greed amongst them and some had really violent tempers, etc. They were not the holy people that we use to think they were, just because they walked with JESUS. I did an interesting study on the disciples and was very surprised at how wrong I had pictured them, for years!! But anyway, the law had become an idol to them, and Jesus was trying to bring them into a new beginning, in Him.”
VS 1, THE DISCIPLES CAME UNTO HIM FOR TO SHEW HIM THE BUILDINGS OF THE TEMPLE.”
The disciples and the Jews, like many Christians today, were hung up on the temple. Today a church is judged by the buildings and the size of the crowds and by the “celebrity” of the pastor or teacher. The disciples were no different from some Christians are today. But, we must remember, this was BEFORE JESUS HAD DIED. But, even AFTER He died, the disciples were just flesh and blood men that were open to the Holy Spirit at different times – the same as today.
VS 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.”
Jesus is explaining that there is coming, in the disciples’ days that this very temple is going to be destroyed. “There shall not be left “HERE”. This is another TIMEFRAME! He said the temple would be destroyed. Every time we get to the place where we are making something or someone a god to us, He will cause destruction/or a stopping of what we making into an idol, whether it be a person, a building, or a doctrine. The churches have made gods of the false doctrines – of this Great Tribulation Doctrine, The Rapture Doctrine, and the Antichrist!! And the people have accepted those gods! (whether they realize it or not) They have come to the place, where FEAR is what gets the attention of God’s people, and to the place where God’s people’s hope is in an event, the rapture, instead of having their hope in HIM. ANY, ANY, ANY TEACHING OF FEAR IS NOT OF GOD!! The ONLY fear we are to have is towards Father. And that fear is an awe, a respect, a love towards Him and, most of all, A BELIEF in His Word, whether we have all the understanding of that Word, yet, or not. But, God is destroying these idols of doctrine, by exposing them WITH HIS teaching – not Man’s. So, Jesus is saying, “there’s not going to be one stone left unturned “HERE.”
These stones that were used in the building of the temple, there in Jerusalem were 90 X 13 feet high. And each one of the stones was inlaid with gold. This is what had the disciples, the Jews, and Titus (the captain of the Roman army) so excited about this temple. Titus wanted the gold, after his army destroyed Jerusalem.
VS 3, “AND AS HE SAT UPON THE MOUNT OF OLIVES, THE DISCIPLES CAME TO HIM PRIVATELY, SAYING, TELL US, WHEN SHALL THESE THINGS BE? AND WHAT SHALL BE THE SIGN OF THY COMING, AND THE END OF THE WORLD?”
Now, notice closely, the disciples DID NOT ask, when is Your coming? or when is the end of the world? They ask “WHAT IS THE SIGN… of these 2 things”? The word “world” in the Greek means; ION or AGE. So, what the disciples wanted to know was, what sign are we going to see, to tell us that you’re coming and what sign will we see to know the end of this age is at hand?
VS 4, “AND JESUS ANSWERED THEM AND SAID UNTO THEM, TAKE HEED THAT NO MAN DECEIVE YOU.”
This verse should be on the walls of every church in the world!! If you cross-reference this scripture, it takes you to (Eph 5:6, Col 2:8,18, 2 Thes 2:3 and 1 John 4:1). YE NEED THAT NO MAN TEACH YOU.” This isn’t necessarily speaking of a physical man. And when it does speak of a physical person teaching you, they are ONLY to lead you to learn to study, and depend on the Holy Spirit to teach you. It’s speaking of the “carnality of the man who’s teaching you.” God set in the churches, pastors, teachers etc., for the teaching and the edifying of His saints. BUT, they are to teach FROM THE SPIRIT OF GOD, not their own carnality! (1Cor 2:9-16) And teaching from the Spirit DOES NOT TEACH FEAR!
VS 5, “FOR MANY SHALL COME IN MY NAME, SAYING I AM CHRIST; AND SHALL DECEIVE MANY.”
This word “CHRIST” means God’s anointed one. They will teach from the Anointing of God, our Father… not from the carnal mind, or from what the seminary teaches, year after year. If you desire, you will KNOW THEM BY THE ANOINTING!
We can see through this verse that Jesus is trying to bring the disciples into a new order, a higher realm in Him. It’s not the old order of repentance that John the Baptist preached. When Jesus came on the scene, John told people, “follow Him, I baptize with water, HE baptizes with Spirit.” THEN, after baptism, Jesus began His ministry of teaching. And that age of John’s message came to a close and Jesus preached THE KINGDOM OF GOD! It was the beginning of a new age. It was THIS new order that Jesus was trying to bring the disciples into. And it was DISCERNMENT that He was telling the disciples about. Discernment is ONLY by the Spirit of God. If we look at the physical attributes of a person, or the workings of a person, we can and will be deceived. BUT, we CANNOT be deceived by the Spirit of Christ within us.
The Christ in one person calls out to the Christ of another person. We are a many-membered body, and none of us have it all. We can and should discern the members of His Body and put together with what He have given them, in order to receive a complete truth!
VS 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.”
Now, who is Jesus talking to here? His disciples, right? OK. TIMEFRAME!! Jesus said that THEY, His disciples, would hear of wars and rumors of wars. So, the wars and the rumors HAD TO BE IN THE DAYS OF THE DISCIPLES! In THEIR days. BUT, WHO is troubled? The Christians of today!! Why? Because some man/woman taught them that this was coming on us, and then the world would end! FALSE TEACHING! What do they do with the scripture, “WORLD WITHOUT END?” Oh folks, we have to wake up!
“FOR ALL THESE THING MUST COME TO PASS, BUT THE END IS NOT YET”.
The words, “these things” are in italics. Which means, that King James added these words when he translated the original Bible, into the English language. It should read, “For all must come to pass, but the end is not yet.
“VS 7, “FOR NATION SHALL RISE AGAINST NATION…”
In the Bible, where the word “nation” is used, it speaks of a people. Unlike the word “country”, this speaks of a location of land. So, Jesus is telling the disciples that a people is going to rise up against another people. And what He was referring to, is, that the Roman soldiers were going to rise up against the JEWS. All through the OT history, every time Israel, or the children of Israel, went against God; God always sent an army, of another nation of people, to wipe out the Israelites. And most of the time it was the Syrian Nation. (Which is why the disciples were so surprised to see Jesus talking with the woman at the well because she was Syrian!) This time, God was going to use the Roman Nation to bring about destruction.
VS 7, “AND KINGDOM AGAINST KINGDOM.“
Kingdom speaks of government. So it’s going to be one government against the government of God, and one nation of people against another nation of people. This means that the government of Rome was going to rise up against the Jews.
VS 7, “AND THERE SHALL BE FAMINES, AND PESTILENCE, AND EARTHQUAKES, IN DIVERS PLACES.”
VS 8, “ALL THESE ARE THE BEGINNING OF SORROWS.”
What are the beginnings of sorrows? The things spoken of in verse 7! He’s saying, “These are JUST THE BEGINNINGS of what’s going to happen to the JEWS that DID NOT ACCEPT ME AS MESSIAH!!”
VS 9, “THEN SHALL THEY BE DELIVERED UP TO BE AFFLICTED, AND SHALL KILL YOU: AND YE SHALL BE HATED FOR MY NAME’S SAKE.”
Well, the time was going to come when Titus, of Rome, was going to surround the city of Jerusalem and he would keep Jerusalem surrounded for 2 years, allowing no one out of the city, or no one into the city. They would not be able to do any trading, and the people were going to get hungry, in fact, they would be so starved that they would kill and eat their own children!
VS 11 and 12, “AND MANY FALSE PROPHETS SHALL RISE, AND SHALL DECEIVE MANY. AND BECAUSE INIQUITY SHALL ABOUND, THE LOVE OF MANY SHALL WAX COLD.”
What Jesus is talking about here, is, the Jews had a love for each other. But, Jesus is saying, the time is coming when Jew will turn against Jew and the love they had for one another will wax cold. Why? Because they were starving when Titus held them captive and they couldn’t get out to get provisions! And each would be for himself, and they would forget the love that they had for each other and do what they felt that they had to do, in order to survive this Great Tribulation!!
VS 13, “BUT HE THAT SHALL ENDURE UNTO THE END, THE SAME SHALL BE SAVED.”
Here is a scripture that has been so taken out of context. This is the scripture that we see on tracts that are passed around, in connection with receiving salvation. Now we see that this scripture has ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to do with receiving salvation!! Do you see what deceit the scripture can be turned into to scare people? Jesus is pointing out, TO THE DISCIPLES (vs 1-3) that the time is coming, like as never before and will NEVER BE SEEN AGAIN!! And He’s telling His disciples, if they (those in Jerusalem), endured until the end of this Tribulation, that they would be saved (healed). (that’s what the word “saved”, in this scripture means in the Greek.) This is the same word used in Rom 10:1, where Paul says to Israel, “I pray that you be “saved. It means “healed” in their mind. The word “heart” means “mind”. And this was the only way any of these people in Jerusalem would be saved, your their mind (heart) to be saved. So, that’s why Jesus said, here in verse 13, “HE THAT ENDURETH TIL THE END”. After their hearts were to be healed, THEN is going to come THE SIGN”, of His coming and when they, in Jerusalem were going to come to salvation. His coming was to be IN THEIR HEART, because by the time that the Great Tribulation happened, Jesus would have been dead 70 years!
VS 14, now this is the launching pad!!
VS 14, “AND THIS GOSPEL…”
This Gospel, is all that Jesus told them in the first 13 verses. What is good about this, is that, word “gospel” means Good News. And as we read chapters 23 and 24, it sure doesn’t look like this was “good news.” But, Jesus said “THIS GOSPEL OR GOOD NEWS OF THE KINGDOM SHALL BE PREACHED.” In God’s eyes this IS good news. Because when God does something, He does it with restoration in mind. And His plan is to bring us BACK to the state of being that He created us in! Hallelujah!
“…THIS GOSPEL WILL BE PREACHED FOR A WITNESS, AND THEN SHALL THE END COME.”
COL 1:5-6, “FOR THE HOPE THAT IS LAID UP FOR YOU IN HEAVEN, WHEREOF YE HEARD BEFORE IN THE WORD OF THE TRUTH IN THE GOSPEL, WHICH IS COME UNTO YOU, AS IT IS IN ALL THE WORLD; AND BRINGETH FORTH FRUIT, AS IT DOETH ALSO IN YOU, SINCE THE DAY YE HEARD OF IT, AND KNEW THE GRACE OF GOD IN TRUTH.”
The Gospel of the Kingdom or the Gospel of God’s Government is, in THAT day, is that any nation that does not adhere to God, or any nation that rejects God, then God will reject them. NOW, here is the key: the key IS NOT that the people, a people, or a few people, who rejected HIM; God’s not talking about a few people, because there were JEWS who walked with Jesus, there were Jews who believed that Jesus was Messiah, and they received Him as Messiah. But, God’s talking about NATIONS of people. God looks at NATIONS. Remember when the children of Israel were captive in Egypt? There were many of them that cried out to God, for deliverance. But, it wasn’t until 400 years later, when THE WHOLE NATION OF ISRAEL cried out to Him, that God delivered them!! What Jesus is saying, is that Father is looking at a nation coming into a new order. You know, think about 9/11 and what happened. Since then, even the SECULAR world knows that it is more spiritual, than natural. We hear it on radio, see it on TV, we hear it from people that we talk to; the question is being ask; “HOW DID AMERICA DISPLEASE GOD?” Our nation, as a whole, is NOT where it should be. ALL must acknowledge our God!
Let’s go on with chapter 24. This is where JESUS starts explaining the TIMEFRAME, because the first word in the verse is “WHEN”.
VS 15, “WHEN YE THEREFORE SHALL SEE THE ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION, SPOKEN OF BY DANIEL THE PROPHET…”
We’ve already gone over what Daniel prophesied, in Dan. 9. The word, “desolation”, means, to be left in ruins. And before there can be desolation, there has to first be an abomination. The abomination was, the idolatry of the Jews…the NOT receiving JESUS as the Messiah. They received Him as a prophet, but not as the Messiah. (some still think this way)
VS 15, “WHEN YOU SEE THIS ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION, STAND IN THE HOLY PLACE…”
The holy place, that He’s speaking of was the place where the Holy Spirit warned those in Jerusalem to go to, Pelah! He spoke this to those WHO DID BELIEVE and receive Him as Messiah. And they obeyed, and Pelah became the holy place.
LUKE 21:20, “AND WHEN YE SHALL SEE JERUSALEM COMPASSED WITH ARMIES, THEN KNOW THAT THE DESOLATION THEREOF IS NIGH.”
The word “armies” is plural. 66AD is when the Spirit of God came and told those that believed to leave Jerusalem when they saw the abomination. 68AD is when the armies surrounded Jerusalem. God even prophesied this, in Leviticus.
LEV 26:27-30, “AND IF YE WILL NOT FOR ALL THIS HEARKEN UNTO ME, BUT WALK CONTRARY UNTO ME; THEN I WILL WALK CONTRARY UNTO YOU ALSO IN FURY; AND I, EVEN I, WILL CHASTISE YOU SEVEN TIMES FOR YOUR SINS AND YE SHALL EAT THE FLESH OF YOUR SONS AND THE FLESH OF YOUR DAUGHTERS SHALL YE EAT. AND I WILL DESTROY YOUR HIGH PLACES, AND CUT DOWN YOUR IMAGES, AND CAST YOUR CARCASSES UPON THE CAUCASUS OF YOU IDOLS, AND MY SOUL SHALL ABHOR YOU.”
God was mad, to say the least! He was mad at the Jews because their minds were on the temple instead of on Jesus! Images are the marks of our mind, imaginations. Now, in Jerusalem, in this Great Tribulation, not only did the temple fall on the Jews, they also fell on the ruins of the temple! And even Titus said, this HAD to be the work of God! And he was not at believer of our God!!
VS 31-32, “AND I WILL MAKE YOUR CITIES WASTE, AND BRING YOUR SANCTUARIES UNTO DESOLATION, AND I WILL NOT SMELL THE SAVOR OF YOUR SWEET ODORS. AND I WILL BRING THE LAND INTO DESOLATION; AND YOUR ENEMIES WHICH DWELL THEREIN SHALL BE ASTONISHED AT IT.”
Here, God prophesied about the desolation that took place in 68AD. And Titus and the armies were astonished when they destroyed Jerusalem, because they knew that the God of the Jews had always helped Israel!
Back to Matt 24 – The reason that JESUS called this tribulation that was going to take place GREAT (vs 21) was because NEVER before had there been such a tribulation like this. Even in the day of the flood.
Titus was so cruel and he was who God was using to bring justice upon those Jews who would not accept Jesus as Messiah.
During this Great Tribulation, Titus would kill a pregnant woman and then cut the baby out of her and then kill the baby. (you can read about Titus in the Book of Josephus, the historian) This tribulation was different from the destruction by the flood because at the flood, they didn’t starve and result to eating their own children.
MT 24:16-18, “THEN LET THEM WHICH BE IN JUDEA FLEE INTO THE MOUNTAINS; LET HIM 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
These verses deal with the year 66AD, when the Holy Spirit gave warning to those who God wanted saved. He was warning them:
“WHETHER YOU’RE AT WORK IN THE FIELDS OR JUST AT HOME; OR IF YOU’RE TRAVELING, DON’T COME BY WAY OF JERUSALEM.”
He told them, “WHEN YOU SEE THE ARMIES COMING, GET OUT, GO TO PELAH.”
He was telling them just how urgent it was for the to leave Jerusalem exactly when He told them to go.
MT 24:19-20, “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…”
Jesus knew how cruel and mean Titus was and what he would do to these pregnant women, through this Great Tribulation.
MT 24:21, “FOR THEN SHALL BE GREAT TRIBULATION, SUCH AS WAS NOT SINCE THE BEGINNING OF THE WORLD TO THIS TIE, NO NOR EVER SHALL BE”
Here again, we see the TIME FRAME. This is Jesus doing the talking. He said, speaking about this Great Tribulation that was to come, that there had never been such a time as this coming tribulation. Now, look at the next words; “NOR EVER SHALL BE”. So, where does the church get that we are going to go through the Great Tribulation. We saw, by the TIME FRAME that it cannot be in our day. It has already happened. It happened in the day of the disciples.
This shows us just how important it is to study for ourselves and allow the Holy Spirit to lead us. He will teach us all things. Depending on Him, we cannot be led into false teaching.
So, let’s see just what we’ve learned here, in this study. And remember: IT’S ALL IN THE BIBLE! All that needs to be done is to check it out for yourself. We’ve learned:
1. That the TIMEFRAME was shown in Daniel 9; it was shown by the things that Jesus told the disciples.
2. We learned that Father ALWAYS gives a warning when destruction is coming, BY HIM!
3. We saw, in Daniel 9, that this Great Tribulation was ORDAINED by God.
4. We learned how unaware we can be when it comes to idolatry. It isn’t always a carved object.
5. We learned what some words mean, when being talked about, in the Bible. (nations=people, countries=land, etc.)
6. We learned what some serious studying can do for us. And I’ll tell you something, if you think for one minute that your pastors are going to agree with this truth, think again! They won’t admit that they’ve been teaching in error for years, UNLESS they allow the Holy Spirit to say, “I forgive you”. Then they’d probably be blessed enormously in ministry.
7. Most of all, we have learned that NOW, we can rest in God!! We don’t have to worry about this Great Tribulation or anything else as long as we communicate with HIM!
I pray that you will go back over this study, with your Bible, your concordance, you history study books and allow the Holy Sprit to put your heart (mind) at rest, regarding this Great Tribulation.
THE GREAT TRIBULATION, Parts 1-5 [Linda Keith] 1