THE GREAT TRIBULATION

In Matthew 24:20-21 Jesus’ told his disciples that he would come immediately after “a great tribulation”: . .  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.

Jesus told the disciples of His generation to flee Judea and escape the coming tribulation when they see the advancing Roman armies.

Many believe that this terrible time still lies in our future. I have met people who live in fear of this. Others hope they will be raptured away instead of facing this dreadful experience.  But as I will show, this unprecedented event took place long ago:

  • Jesus words are addressed to Jews, Sabbath keepers, Judeans, to flee Judea and escape this imminent tribulation. Luke (21:21) warns them to keep out of Jerusalem. They must be alert and watch for the signs Jesus indicated in order to escape (15-16) this great distress. How could this possibly apply to us?
  • Jesus’ warning is to the generation he is addressing—it is ‘your flight’. How can this refer to our future?
  • This tribulation would be like nothing previous—terrible suffering at the end of the age but Jesus’ term ‘nor ever will’ means life goes on afterwards. How can this be the end of the world?
  • The Jewish eyewitness historian, Josephus, described the incomparable horror of 68-70 AD– 3½ chaotic, awful years, in his famous work ‘Wars of the Jews’—it’s history! How can this not be what Jesus foretold?
  • Jesus warned His disciples that they would face tribulation in their witnessing about Him (Mat 24:9). In Luke’s Acts and Paul’s letters don’t we read how much the unbelieving Jews persecuted them constantly?
  •  Jesus said they were to remain faithful to the ‘end’, an end which they could clearly foresee—either the end of the current age or of their earthly lives. How could this possibly be about the end of the world?
  • On His way to the cross, Jesus said to the weeping crowds, Daughters of Jerusalem, stop weeping for Me, but weep for yourselves and for your children. For behold, the days are coming when they will say, ‘Blessed are the barren, and the wombs that never bore, and the breasts that never nursed.’Then they will begin to say to the mountains ‘fall on us and to the hills ‘cover us’. (Luke 23:27ff). These people will face terrible times in their own generation, coming upon the apostate Jews—as Jesus had said, because these are days of vengeance, so that all things which are written will be fulfilled (Luke 21:22). This took place in 68-70 AD when the Jerusalem temple and city were destroyed. So how can this be the end of the world?

The word used in the Greek NT for ‘tribulation’ is thlipsis. Strongs’ Concordance lists these uses in the NT: oppression, affliction, tribulation, distress.  For example, note the following among the 45 occurances:

* Matthew 24:9 : They will deliver you to tribulation, and will kill you, and you will be hated by all nations . .

*Acts 14:22. We must enter the kingdom of God through many persecutions.

*2 Corinthians 1:4. [God ] comforts us in all our affliction so . . .

*Revelation 7:14. These are the ones who come out of the great tribulation . .

Finally, looking at Rev 7:9-14, John’s question about a great multitude which no one could count, from every nation and all tribes and peoples and tongues, standing before the throne and the Lamb, is then told: These are the ones who come out of the great tribulation.” This is a different ‘great tribulation’.

So what great tribulation is this?

This is that great tribulation: The world takes it out on Jesus’ people with a vengeance. In all periods of history the most horrific things have been done to believers right up to the present day. In the world you will have tribulation (John 16:23). The awful suffering experienced now by many in China, North Korea, Iran and Muslim dominated nations—is this not for them “the great tribulation” of their lives? Won’t they all appear before the throne?

The ‘Futurist’ view I am addressing here insults and discredits these suffering saints, who can surely identify with Paul when he talks about his sufferings filling up what’s lacking in the suffering of Christ (Colossians 1:24).

The NT affirms that suffering (thlipsis, distress) is part of the Christian life and cannot be avoided. Show me any NT writer who wrote about future believers facing some great tribulation ending the world far away into the distant future.

They expected this event to happen in their generation.                         

Seeing the Son of Man

When you read Matthew 24, Jesus’ prediction that the Son of Man will come, do you believe as many do, that He will be seen with human physical eyes? In this short note I show how this does not line up with the scriptures.

The most common Greek word used for ‘see’ is horao. Strongs’ lists these uses for horao:

To see with eyes,  but also to see with the mind, to perceive, to know, to become acquainted with by experience, to experience, to look to, to take heed, beware, to care for, pay heed to.

For example in any of the following cases*, the word horao can be translated by any of the above uses.

*Mat 16:28. Truly, I say to you, there are some standing here who will not taste death until they see [horaō] the Son of Man coming in his kingdom.”

*Mat 24:15. “So when you see [horaō] the abomination of desolation—spoken about by Daniel the prophet—standing in the holy place” (let the reader understand) “then those in Judea must flee . . . .

*Mat 24:30. Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and all the tribes of the earth will mourn. They will see [horaō] the Son of Man arriving on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.

*Mat 24:33. So also you, when you see [horaō] all these things, know that he is near, right at the door.

*Mat 26:64. Jesus said to [high priest], “You have said it yourself. But I tell you, from now on you will see [horaō] the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of Power and coming on the clouds of heaven.” 

 Check out Mat 24:37 and you will note that Jesus said His coming won’t be seen! Just the reverse:

Just like the days of Noah were, so the coming of the Son of Man will be . . .and they knew nothing until the flood came and took them all away. It will be the same at the coming of the Son of Man.

The Lord will not be seen! In Noah’s days they knew nothing,’ so the coming of the Son of Man will be’!

Not even Noah was said to have seen God.

And at Mat 24:43, Jesus says He comes like a thief—unexpectedly. The thief in the night conceals himself. 

But know this, that if the master of the house had known in what part of the night the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and would not have let his house be broken into.

Is the thief seen? Does the thief tell you when he is coming? Does he make a noise and wake you up?

Can you show me from the scriptures where we read of the Lord coming in judgment and visibly? We can note the many visions of Daniel and John where they are unable to stand up in his presence, who ‘dwells in unapproachable light’.[1] The appearances of the Lord in the several theophanies[2] in the Old Testament are disguised or hidden from normal sight. Moses only ‘saw’ Him after He had passed (Exod 33:20-23)[3].

When Saul of Tarsus fell down at the sound of the voice of Jesus (Acts 9:7), he and his companions heard the voice but did not see Jesus—Saul saw the tremendous, glory light only.

Then Peter heard the voice only in that vision at Joppa (Acts 10:9ff). 

In Revelation, Jesus warned some gatherings of believers that he would come to them[4] but do you imagine that the Son of Man seated at the right hand of God in clouds of glory was then going to be visibly seen?

Finally, looking at Revelation 1:7b we have the same Greek word [horaō]: Behold, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see [horaō] him . . . 

Now, can you see it? (I mean, do you get it?)

FOOTNOTES


[1] E.g., Daniel 8:18, 10:8-9; Revelation 1:17, 22:8.

[2] These are appearances of the Lord or Christ in the OT to various people—e.g., Abraham, Jacob, Joshua.

[3] Deuteronomy 33:20 The Lord said to Moses You cannot see my face, for no man can see me and live.

[4] Revelation 2:5,16,25; 3:3,11,21

Replace lockdowns with safe effective cures

https://thevoiceoftheaustralianpeople.com/

Lives are Being Lost Because Our Government Is Restricting The Prevention And The Cure!!

This information below is now on the public record.

  1. There are several known safe preventatives and cures for this disease–Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ), Ivermectin and the asthma steroid drug Budesonide (‘Symbicort’).
  2. These are being used safely effectively in various parts of the world.
  3. Fake science reports re HCQ published in 2 prestigious journals have both been withdrawn as faulty science, an unheard-of scandal.
  4. Lockdowns are causing many more illnesses and even more deaths (suicides) besides wrecking lives, businesses and our economy.
  5. Medical workers are fearful and prohibited from deviating from the authoritarian dictates of the top health elites.

My daughter works for a leading online help for kids and they are overwhelmed by calls from help. She and colleagues are under enormous stress. This cannot and must not remain.

With these highly effective and safe medicines available, I plead with you to do whatever you can stop any further lockdowns and open our borders.

Please start by viewing this link and signing the petition: https://thevoiceoftheaustralianpeople.com/.

See more details on this site.

Hydroxychloroquine Cures Coronavirus!

“Chloroquine is a potent inhibitor of SARS coronavirus infection and spread”

The authors, peer-reviewed scientists, published their conclusions in Virology Journal. 2005; 2: 69.  NIH, USA and published online 2005 Aug 22. doi: 10.1186/1743-422X-2-69

They said in 2005 “Severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) is caused by a newly discovered coronavirus (SARS-CoV).

These scientists reported then

 “that chloroquine has strong antiviral effects on SARS-CoV infection of primate cells. These inhibitory effects are observed when the cells are treated with the drug either before or after exposure to the virus, suggesting both prophylactic and therapeutic advantage. In addition to the well-known functions of chloroquine such as elevations of endosomal pH, the drug appears to interfere with terminal glycosylation of the cellular receptor, angiotensin-converting enzyme 2. This may negatively influence the virus-receptor binding and abrogate the infection, with further ramifications by the elevation of vesicular pH, resulting in the inhibition of infection and spread of SARS CoV at clinically admissible concentrations.”

They concluded with these words

“Chloroquine is effective in preventing the spread of SARS CoV in cell culture. Favorable inhibition of virus spread was observed when the cells were either treated with chloroquine prior to or after SARS CoV infection. In addition, the indirect immunofluorescence assay described herein represents a simple and rapid method for screening SARS-CoV antiviral compounds.”

That was 15 years ago. But now in 2020, the elite medical people in the US are talking about its ineffectiveness and even making its use illegal in some states for the fight against Covid19. Now Dr Fauci is apparently suffering from memory loss.

In Australia, meekly following the US, it is now illegal to prescribe or sell Hydroxychloroquine this same drug which is safer than asprin or paracetamol and has been used for 60 years as a safe treatment to cure various illnesses or as a preventative. In the meantime with lockdowns and restrictions, mental illness is soaring, suicide rates rising, children deprived of normal lives and education, businesses destroyed, tens of thousands out of work and the nation’s economy being ruined.

See also recent study at https://www.henryford.com/news/2020/07/hydro-treatment-study

“The study was published today in the International Journal of Infectious Diseases, the peer-reviewed, open-access online publication of the International Society of Infectious Diseases (ISID.org).”

So why is Hydroxychloroquine now being denied as treatment for the virus in Australia?

 Why is Australia governed now by the opinions of medical authorities?

Hydroxychloroquine (a preferred derivative of chloroquine) is a medication traditionally prescribed over 60 years safely to prevent or treat malaria infections. In certain countries and parts of the world where malaria is still present, a person can easily catch malaria from a seemingly insignificant mosquito bite. In most countries, it is freely available without a prescription.

And this evidence of deliberate misinformation: Medical Scandal of the Decade Erupts as Lancet and NEJM Both Retract Studies Finding Hydroxychloriquine Deadly and Ineffective. June 6, 2020

This was a form of Politicized Science. The drug companies were supporting the publishing of this fake news financially.

Now you know, what do you about it?

Well you can spread the information. Ask questions of your political representatives. Write to newspapers.

Christian lives matter in northern Nigeria

Out of the mountain of despair:

Published by Barnabas Fund 5  August 2020

Nigerian Christian leaders around the globe have called on the International Criminal Court (ICC) in the Hague to act now against the “pernicious genocide” in northern Nigeria.

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The Southern Kaduna People’s Union (SOKAPU) letter to the chief prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, opened by commending ICC’s role in the capture and potential extradition of the genocidal despot Al Bashir, Sudan’s popularly-deposed president.

But the church leaders go on to boldly flag that the ICC is failing Nigeria by not acting against the blatant genocidal persecution now unfolding in the north, as ongoing atrocities perpetrated by Fulani militants, Boko Haram and other murderous extremists mount day on day.

Enough of the bloodshed

A gathering of hundreds of Christians, dressed in black, protested on Sunday, 2 August against the slaughter and called on Buhari’s government to “rise to their responsibility” in Nigeria’s Kaduna State also seemed to go unnoticed by the world.

The day was marked by “fierce prayers for peace” asking God to intervene in the troubled region, reported Ibrahim Wuyo of Vanguard News, Nigeria, as the peaceful protesters waved heartrending banners. One simply said, “Enough of the bloodshed, widows and orphans are increasing.”

“The arc of the universe tends towards justice”

The arc of God’s universe, long though it is, “tends towards justice”, as a courageous man of God once said. Dr Martin Luther King Jr gave his historic address in front of Abraham Lincoln’s statue 57 years ago this month to claim the bounced “promissory note of freedom”. The “long night of captivity” had ended with Lincoln’s abolition of slavery, but racial justice and socio-economic freedom were yet owed to African Americans 100 years later.

A group of upstanding Muslim men are clearly visible in the assembly, standing close behind Dr King in support, as he spoke of conducting the struggle for freedom on the “high plain of dignity and discipline” and never allowing their righteous protest to degenerate into hate and violence.

What would such men of morality and decency make of the horrific slaughter of Christians unfolding in West Africa today at the cruel hands of Islamist extremists?

“Soul force” overcomes the force of hate

The covid-lockdown frenzy of anti-Christian violence that has spiked this year in West Africa, particularly in northern Nigeria, has barely been opposed by police or military intervention. Militants are mercilessly killing young and old with impunity – destroying lives and families, homes and hope.

The “new militancy” Dr King spoke of in 1963 answered physical force with “soul force” – love alone can conquer hate. It is just such magnificent spiritual courage we hear of from our partners in Nigeria, and other Sahel countries, where a flood of extremist violence is engulfing Christian communities.

Christians caught in this spiritual battle are forgiving their persecutors, rebuilding shattered lives amid post-covid hardships and pointing men of violence to the Prince of Peace.

In April, Rose, the 27-year-old widow of Nigerian pastor, Matthew Tagwi, prayed that her husband’s Fulani militant killers “will get to know this Jesus I know” as she forgave them and asked the Lord to save their souls.

 “Creative suffering” is redemptive

What Dr King described as “creative suffering” is a profound and redemptive force in a fallen world. Just as he called for hope at that pivotal moment, we are moved to echo his words and ask Christians in these uncertain and difficult times of accelerating global persecution not to “wallow in the valley of despair”. We place our complete trust in the Lord, knowing that, to His glory, He will exalt every valley, make the rough things of this present world smooth and every crooked place straight (Isaiah 40:4).

“With our faith we hew out of the mountain of despair the mountain of hope.”

–  Dr Martin Luther King Jr

 

 

Racism and Guilt–Getting a True Perspective

Repostedthanks Brian Mallalieu for posting this a few days ago

Friends,

Black lives matter protests have gone around the world while in America the looting and destruction across mostly black areas and the murder of black business people and black cops continues. What a mess!

In Canada we have a Liberal party that has made it clear that if you do not celebrate the murder of unborn children, you are not welcome in that party.  In the Democratic party of America it is the same.  The ultimate violence, state-sanctioned violence,  being torn limb from limb while still alive, is visited upon the most innocent and helpless-the unborn child and in the place that should be the safest- a mother’s womb.

We humans are moral creatures.  Meaning that whether or not we recognize the Creator’s moral law, we experience guilt over wrongs done and seek forgiveness and redemption.  Killing the unborn and sexual anarchy are now celebrated “rights” but the moral basis of creation still operates so the guilt from these actions accumulates and has to go somewhere. . . . In the leftist “progressive” universe one of the deposits for this ocean of guilt is race relations.

Orgies of guilt about the sins of white slave owners are very convenient since I do not have to face the reality of violence against the unborn or my own relational violence and sexual anarchy.  Guilt for the sins of others long dead is false guilt with no possibility of forgiveness or redemption.  White slave owner?  What about the Arabs who captured and sold the slaves to the traders?  What about the black Africans who captured and sold their black brothers to the traders?  Should they pay reparations?  Should Antifa burn down Arab North Africa (some of which still keep black slaves)?

Those captured by false guilt, see the looters and rioters as “protesters” and let them loot, burn and kill.  Since you solve the “problem” of an unwanted child by gruesome violence  does your moral logic dictate that you must accept violence as a solution to the problem of racism? To all problems?

Orgies of false guilt drive orgies of violence seeking to wipe away that guilt.  Cannot be done.  Burning, looting and murder and/or allowing percieved victims to burn, loot and murder does not remove false guilt.  Violence only multiplies violence and creates more real guilt.  (Of course, I am channeling MLK, Mandella and Mother Teresa here!)

There is only one solution to false guilt.  Truth.  I am not responsible for my father’s sins, no matter how reprehensible.

There is only one solution to real guilt.  One Man died a violent death at our hands to take that violence upon Himself and to say, “Father forgive them!”.

There is only one solution to the sin of racism- to recognize my own sins and failures, confess them and seek forgiveness from those that I have wronged and begin to love them and serve them.  Real guilt is personal, one on one, relational thus forgivable and this forgiveness leads to reconciliation and rebuilding.

Oh and is this racism?  The world goes crazy over Covid 19 which has a 99.9% recovery rate.  Starvation is 100% fatal and has a very simple cure but it really only affects brown and black people.  What the church spends on buildings and sound systems in one year could solve world hunger.  What the west spends on pet food could end starvation.  What  the world spends on armaments in one hour could solve world hunger for a year.   We have the means to do this but apparently, we do not have the will.   But then most of the starving are brown or black.  Probably nothing to see here.  While you are (if you are) joining the protests about black lives  maybe you need to ask yourself why you are riding on a collective false guilt wagon leading to more violence and think about doing something that actually makes a difference?

Yes we are seeking to help feed folks starving because of the Covid lockdowns.  In Uganda the lockdowns measures are actually increasing while the rest of the world is easing restrictions.  Typical kleptocracy playbook- keep your people in misery, the better to extort money from the west.  The more misery, the more money available to steal.

Steve (a Jesus agent on commission in East Africa)

Indigenous academic: Black Lives Matter protests “ridiculous”

Indigenous academic,  Anthony Dillon, says the Black Lives Matter protests were “ridiculous” and the “rent-a-crowds” did not care about the real issues.

Read this great article : https://www.news.com.au/national/black-lives-matter-protesters-in-australia-are-just-rentacrowds/news-story/9c06a20372ff0b828b18b1222324b659

 

THE LIVING GOD WHO MADE US SAYS:

ALL LIVES MATTER

UNBORN LIVES MATTER

YOUNG LIVES MATTER

ELDERLY LIVES MATTER

CHINESE LIVES MATTER

INDIGENOUS LIVES MATTER

 

 

 

 

REMNANT – THIS is YOUR HOUR – A Word

by Andrew Strom

Deaths, job losses, closures. We are all surrounded by tragedy
at this moment – and as we all know, the damage will go on and
on – well after the deaths decline. Livelihoods ruined, homes and
businesses gone, millions devastated and left bankrupt. Most
do not realize exactly how much has been lost.

And so we will weep with those who weep. We cannot downplay
the tragedy of what is happening here. But I have a very different
word for the Remnant of God. You know who you are.

Despite all this tragedy, to those who have been “waiting” in the
caves and the rocks and the depths of the wilderness – I say,
“Lift up your eyes.” The very season you have been waiting for
is here. Your true ministry is about to begin.

We are living in the “sudden stop.” We are living in the great ‘Reset’.
In 100 years when they speak of this era, they will speak of this
as the moment when everything changed. Like World War II, like
the Great Depression – this is the hour after which nothing will ever
be the same. And Remnant – this is the season you were built for.

I am speaking to those who have been set apart. You have allowed
yourself to be broken. You have trained yourself for battle. You
know how to preach Repentance and Conviction of sin. You have
been trained in the healing of the sick and the moving of the Holy
Spirit. You know how to baptize, to pray powerfully – and to train
others. You are a fully-equipped preacher of the true gospel.

You have used your time well. You have paid down your debt. Your
hands are free of shackles – and you’re ready to go. You have a
boldness and an audacity about you. While others shrink back,
you will jump forward. You were built for such a time as this.

Some of you 65+ will come out of retirement. Your latter years
will be much more fruitful than the former ones. The old era did
not welcome you. The new era has no choice.”Fortune favors the
brave,” goes the saying. And this has never been more true than
it is now.

While others fear – you are bold. While others play it safe – you
see this hour for what it is – and you seize the moment. Those
who shrink back will miss out. Those who are alert – and move
forward with boldness – will have the field almost to themselves.

I say to the remnant, “Lift up your eyes.” Everything has changed.
Do not confine your gaze to your own nation. Many of you will be
headed overseas. “But,” you say, “The planes are grounded. Most
nations are closed.” Yes – for now that is true. But before long
there will be travel again. And the people will be hungry for a word
from the Lord. Especially the poor.

Where once you were ignored – now you will be welcomed. Where
once you were constrained – now you will be loosed. Where
once you were disregarded – now you will be respected. “Who
dares wins.” Go forth like Joshua and take the land.

Do not be distracted. Politics is a distraction. Current events are
a distraction. Social media is a distraction. Keep your eye on the
prize – the big picture. Today’s harvest is whiter than it’s ever
been. Be alert. Watch for the doors to open and for the Lord’s
timing. Act with boldness. Seize the day.

Most of the world will be in turmoil. Most of the people will be
shrinking back. Very few will be travelling. Many churches and
businesses will be in trouble. But you will be looking around with
alert eyes – for where the Lord may send you.

Do not fear. Go forth with boldness. The former things are passed
away. Remnant – this is the hour you were built for. Don’t let it
pass you by.

Special blessings to all,

Andrew Strom.

From: REVIVAL List <prophetic@revivalschool.com>

What Really Happened around 70 AD?

Many things.

In A.D. 70 when the Roman armies destroyed the ‘holy’ city of Jerusalem Including the magnificent Jewish temple, a wonder of the ancient world, they utterly wiped these from the surface of the land of Israel as Jesus predicted.

That momentous event, which was so devastating to the Jews, must have seemed like the end of the world to them. It was the single most climactic thing to have taken place in that period. Right?

A number of the Jews who witnessed this were followers of Jesus and had escaped out of Jerusalem and Israel when those terrible things took place.

Some of these believers then wrote down the words, actions and sufferings of Jesus in writings which we know and read today as the four gospels. Three of these authors, Matthew, Mark and Luke, recorded the many things Jesus told the disciples would take place and while some of them would be still alive.

And yet why is that event never once mentioned as having happened anywhere in the New Testament? Not even in the book Revelation.

That leads us to believe that these 27 documents were penned before this awesome historical event took place–all penned around 68 AD.

It is also a fact that 40 years previously, Jesus accurately foretold his sufferings and death at the hands of the Roman occupying forces and the collaboration of the Jewish leadership of the day which took place about 30 A D.

Not only did he predict his death and how and where it would take place, but also he would be raised up from the sealed tomb within three days.

These historical events changed everything. The shockwaves are still rebounding right around the world and even more today in 2020 (AD).

How does it affect you?

Isn’t it time you turned back to God, to acknowledge and confess Jesus as Lord?

To dig? To research? To do your own thinking? To cease following the crowd?

The “End of the Age”?

Fact: In Matthew 24, after Jesus declared ‘not one stone of this temple will remain on another’ he answers His disciples’ two questions: when will this happen? what is the sign of your coming and the end of the age?

Fact: Jesus was using in the typically dramatic language of OT prophets prophesying God’s coming judgment. He spoke to Jews whom He had taught and not to modern thinkers or English speakers.

Fact: In Matthew 24 the phrase ‘the end of the age’ occurs many times. The Greek word for ‘age’ is aion and not  kosmos (‘world’). Hebrews 9:26 says ‘Jesus appeared at the end of the age, to put away sin.’ 

Here are six passages in Matthew’s Olivet Discourse chapter 24, which raise relevant questions about this phrase.

v15 “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  

  1. ‘Those in Judea must flee’ (not ‘in the world’). Jesus told his followers to flee Judea when the Romans occupy the Holy place. Can this be the end of the world if they can escape Judea and survive?

 v17 Whoever is on the housetop must not go down to get things out that are in his house.  Whoever is in the field must not turn back to get his cloak . . .  pray that your flight will not be in winter, or on a Sabbath.

  1. We have already seen it’s Judea/Jerusalem that is in focus. Jesus talks about people working in the field (rural Judea) and Sabbath keepers (Jews)—right? So how can this be the end of the world?

 21 For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not occurred since the beginning of the world until now, nor ever will.  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. 

  1. Jesus spoke about a great time of suffering (not the Great . . ) coming unprecedented in the world which would again never be as awful. So doesn’t that mean there is life after this? Further, can you see Jesus talks about the time being cut short so the elect would survive? This is the end of the Mosaic age—what apostate Israel will suffer under the wrath of God. How can this be the end of the world?

 v23 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. . . . 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.

  1. Jesus tells them His coming is not seen with physical eyes. As in the O.T., His coming in judgment won’t be optically seen. So they are not to take any notice of people exclaiming He is ‘here’ or ‘there’.

 v27 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. 28 Wherever the corpse is, there the vultures will gather.  

  1. Lightning is limited geographically. Could a flash of lightning cover much beyond Judea? Its coming is unpredictable, instantaneous, swift. It is mostly seen at night. Jesus ‘comes like a thief in the night’, swift, hidden. Do you imagine the form of the glorious, unapproachable, terrifying Son of Man would be seen? He remains at the right hand of the Ancient of Days—right? Do you really think his enemies would see him and still live? Come on!

The insignia of the Roman might was the eagle and the army carried standards of eagles, idolatrous to Jews.

Graphic descriptions in the writings of the ancient historian Josephus talk about piles of dead bodies and blood flowing in the streets of Jerusalem in AD70. Have you read Josephus’ ‘Wars’?

 v 30 then will appear the sign of the Son of Man in Heaven, and then all the tribes of the land will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.

  1. Jesus said ‘tribes of the land’ (not peoples but tribes). Isn’t this all about the apostate Jews who rejected Jesus Messiah realising their fate and mourn ‘seeing’ their doom? Can you see this is a Judean context, the land of Israel? Isn’t this about the end of the long Mosaic age? Facts and logic. Plain thinking?

This very short article raises many implications and many questions will be raised which we cannot deal with here.

What do you really think?

‘Let God be true though all men are liars.’