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Prophecy in Mathew 24

Matthew 24, Prophecy from YaHshua
Presented by your servant, Dan L Baxley

The following is a commentary on Matthew 24, one of the most important Prophetic writings in the whole Bible, especially when coupled with the Book of Revelation.  YaHshua is a direct source and tells us what our Heavenly Father wants us to know --   

(Rev 1:1) This is the Revelation of YaHshua the Messiah, which the FATHER gave Him to show to His servants the things which must happen soon, which He sent and made known by His angel to His servant, John.

It is clear that the Book of Revelation is from our Heavenly Father, given to His Son, YaHshua, to open and reveal to His servants what is to come.   But, something was recorded before the Book of Revelation, and this too came from our Savior, YaHshua.  It is knows as the Olivet Prophecy, or the Sermon on the Mount -- Matthew 24, Mark 13 and Luke 21, parallel accounts, each proving and supporting the other.  YaHshua, our salvation, while still in the flesh told His Disciples what He already knew and about what was to come.  Notice, however, the Apostle John, in the very first verse of Revelation Chapter 1 verse 1, say "...things which must happen soon ...",  was informed that the Angel (Messenger) of YaHshua was going to tell John about things the would happen soon.  

We know that the book of Revelation and the revealing delivered to John, dates after the Temple was destroyed by the Romans, around 68-71 AD, over a period of 3 (3.5years?) years that the Temple was under siege, overcome, dismantled, block by block and those not killed, taken into slavery.  The dating for 95 AD is accepted by most scholars.  This dating is AFTER the Temple destruction.  What is odd, John makes not mention of the Temple -- odd, unless there is no, literal Temple building.  However, there are some other prophetic pointers that seem to include an actual Temple, but we find nothing in our Lord YaHshua's, Matthew revelation or in the Book of Revelation about a literal Temple building.  

Now, let's look at what YaHshua had to say to His disciples 60 years before the Apostle John recorded what was revealed to him by our Lord's Angel.  Let's listen with our spiritual intellect, realizing we have 1,900 years of historical wisdom about a future of things which must happen soon. We have to decide what "soon" means -- earthly time or heavenly time?  

Matthew -- YaHshua's The Prophetic Revealing:

(Mat 24:1) YaHshua left the temple and was walking away when his disciples came up to him to call his attention to its buildings.

Comment: Notice the disciples were admiring the “buildings” not just the Temple but the whole complex.  Several other buildings and walls and structures, many having nothing to do with the Temple itself. King Herod was admittedly a wicked king but he spent 40 years of his life building this monument to himself and to keep the Jewish leadership happy, and, perhaps, to buy favor with the God of Israel. He would not be the first to think to buy his salvation his way into favor.

(Mat 24:2) Do you see all these things? He asked. "I tell you the truth, not one stone here will be left on another; every-one will be thrown down."

Comment: Our Messiah said this and it happened, but not as many teach. It is really quite simple -- our Messiah is obviously speaking of the “buildings” the disciples were admiring. Some of the stones used in the construction of the surrounding buildings were approximately 42’ x 11’ x 20’ and weighted several tons. The Romans tore the Temple down to the ground in 68AD – 70AD but the complete destruction of the buildings has not, to this day the Western wall still stands in part.  We cannot say this prophecy is really finished -- everyone knows about the “Wailing Wall” and it is yet to be thrown down making a complete fulfillment of YaHshua’s words, in fact, reading from Josephus we have a record that that portion of the Wall was left standing as a monument of Roman power, so everyone could see how great the Wall was and what a might deed it had to have been to have torn it down – they left that portion to proclaim their greatness – it is not part of the Temple and never has been.   Also, it was not until 138AD – 140AD that the whole of Jerusalem was flattened, but still portions of the wall of the Temple area (the Wailing Wall) were left standing, covered perhaps, but standing and today stands as a grim reminder of Israel’s punishment. Perhaps we are waiting the final fulfillment of this prophecy -- from the lips or our Savior -- I think so.

A small historical note: Titus Caesar order everything torn down (70 AD) and ground to dust except for the west wall and three massive towers to serve a garrison for soldiers left there to proclaim the victory of Caesar. This information can be found in, "Josephus War of the Jew". A second rebellion in 138 AD led to the complete leveling of all of Jerusalem 140 AD.

(Mat 24:3) As YaHshua was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately. "Tell us," they said, "when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?"

Comment: First, verses 1 and 2 show us that YaHshua and His Disciples were at the Temple complex and suddenly in verse 3 they had moved to the Mount of Olives, across the Kidron valley from the Temple Mount -- they would have had a clear view of the Temple, in all of its glory.  The walk from the Temple to the place where YaHshua would sit down and His disciples would ask the follow up question, would have taken some time, time that the disciples may have been discussing and wondering about what YaHshua had said.  The respect they held for YaHshua had to have been and extra influence from the Spirit and often led to their timidity in approaching Him, in questioning Him.  This was the the first time that they took their time in approaching Him with questions -- after all, they had seen what He could do -- Mat 8:25-27.  

Now, imagine, if you will, YaHshua and His disciples are sitting on the Mount of Olives, the very mountain He will return AFTER the Great Day of His Wrath -- Zech to and they are looking across the valley of Kidron, a deep gorge, to a full view of the Temple, the walls, the towers, all gleaming bright white and gold in the sun light.

(Mat 24:4) YaHshua answered: "Watch out that no one deceives you.
(Mat 24:5) For many will come in My Name, claiming, 'I am the Christ, ' and will deceive many.

Comment: What a warning, wow! “Many will come in My Name” -- and do we see that today? Not really, not quite yet -- they did see it in their day, "many coming in His Name”, false prophets, teaching in His Name, a Name given Him by His Father, our Father (John 17:12). History shows us His Name was abandoned soon after the last disciple died.

Today, however, the revealed birth name of our Savior is becoming evermore present. As knowledge increases and the errors of past scholars these last few hundred years, knowingly and unknowingly, is uncovered, the knowledge of His real Identity and that of the Father is growing. Even in times past you can find reverence to the Holy Name of God, the God of Israel mention in writings, but never in the Scriptures -- like a secret well kept.
  The Biblical scholars and translators joined with the Jewish scholars in following a "custom of men" in regards to the Holy Identity of our Savior and Creator. They purposely used the method of substitution when it came to the use of the Holy Name of our Creator and Savior. The term “lord” being the favored word substituted for the Heavenly Name of the God of Israel, the God of the Holy Bible.
  The prophetic sense of verse 5 is many will again begin use of His true Identity. He does not say they will call Him by another Name but by His Name and His Name is YaHshua, not Jesus.  It is of interest to note that His Name was recognized as Joshua  in Old English, the language of the King James Bible, and while This name is found in the KJV throughout the Old Testament, it is dropped and changed to a completely different name.  This does, of course, protectsHis true Name and true Identification from being unnecessarily misused and abused, but in this word of Prophecy His Name is going to be misused and abuse in the times before His return.  This would mean that His True Identity would have to become common knowledge again.  

With this knowledge we must take care we are not deceived by someone because there will be those who use His true identity for their own greed and if not that they will be ego driven -- for many will come in His Name, acknowledging this truth and deceive many.  Once again, our standard, our guide for determining Scriptures, our only protection against these false teachers is His Spirit in us and being able to discern the truth.  In Matthew Chapter 23, we read about the 7 Woes -- Mat 23:13, 15, 16, 23, 25, 27, and 29 -- Woe to you Teachers of the Law (Torah) and Woe to you blind guides.  Seven times YaHshua calls out those who Teach the Torah, and who is it we find that are doing this today?  Hebrew Roots proponents and Sacred Names groups.  For some reason the NIV is missing verse 14, a verse included by other translations, also a Woe, and making this 8 Woes, our Lord YaHshua, hands out to those who Teach Torah, the Old Covenant.

In Acts 12:4 we see that there is salvation in only one Name and eventually everyone will be given the chanced to accept or reject that Name. Believe me, the knowledge of His true Identity is a relevant truth for those called but it is not the deciding factor. A false teacher can have this knowledge and be using it to deceive those coming to this truth for the first time -- the verses warning us about false teachers apply to those with this knowledge just as it does to those who reject this truth, perhaps even more so, especially when we refer back to the 7 Woes our Lord and Savior, YaHshua, pronounces against those teaching the Old Covenant Torah.  There were False teachers, and after them more were appearing in the First Century and beyond.  Many of them went outside of the Word and were called deceivers, teaching things made up (fiction), exhibiting false humility but were then and are still now, vicious wolves devouring the flock -- Luke 21:8; 2 Tim 3:13; Eph 4:14, 5:6; Titus 1:10-11; 1 Tim 4:1-2;  Mat 7:15; Acts 20:29-31; 2 Pt 2:2-3; 2 John 1:7-11 -- read those verse, and more, and you will see that the First Century Church is only the beginning of the attack on the Ecclesia (church, that is, the congregation of YaHshua -- those called out -- Rom 1:7; 1; 11:29, Ths 1:4 --  And just so no one gets a big head, read 1 Cor 1:26)

  When you read in the book of Revelation those things concerning the Beast and the False Prophet you can see that it is truly a battle of names, of identity, which god is your God (Rev 13:17, 13:6-8; 14:1, 14:11; 7:3; 9:4)?  It is a battle over names and you need this knowledge if you are to endure the coming "time of trouble". Some will reject His Name for another -- rejecting the true Identity of our Savior, YaHshua, for the name of the Beast, and more than that, taking the number of his name (Rev 13:16-18).   For those refusing to accept the identity of the Beast as promoted by the False Prophet, also called a Beast, a Beast that appears like a Lamb but has the mouth of the Dragon (Satan) and is seen with Two Horns, not one, but TWO.  Horns are seen as rulers or representative of those in power.  This Two Horned Lamb, speaking blaspheme and with enough power to cause both great and small to worship the first Beast will require everyone to accept the Mark of the First Beast, by either His Name or the number of his name, or the sum of his name -- some kind of ID that will identify the bearer with the Beast.  There will be something connected with this that will appear to be beneficial to all mankind and anyone refusing to take on this Mark, one way or another, will be denied the ability to make a living, to buy or sell, and eventually, the Second Beast, that False Prophet with the two horns will have power enough to pass the death penalty onto anyone refusing to take on this Mark.  This Mark will be something will allow you to buy food, or to sell goods or to hold a job and without it you will be societies outcast.  What would cause such a thing to be accepted as beneficial to all of mankind?  Perhaps a worldwide virus, a sickness that can only be stopped if you take on the Mark (a type of vaccine)?

The mark, or "seal" of our Father's Name, on the other hand, in those terrible days will be of great importance to those living in those days (Rev 7:3, 9:4). You need the "seal" of His Name while rejecting the "mark" of the beast and his name.  Why?  Because, the plagues that our Heavenly Father is going to unleash on those with the Mark of the Beast is going to be the Super of all Super plagues.  With His supernatural Sealing, His Holy Name, literally placed, by His Angel on His sons and daughters still waiting the Return of YaHshua, these will be protected from these last days Plagues pour out upon the wicked of this world.

We have yet to see "many" preaching this truth, let alone preaching in His Name, as opposed to the Beast name, but it is becoming more and more prevalent everyday as many begin to see the name “Jesus” is a bogus name and does not belong to our Savior, a name dreamed up, a name that is really hard to pin to any past language in a clear connection -- contrary to what some try to suppose, the name JESUS, is not backward transposable, to Greek, period!  

Sooner or later those of us that make a habit of studying the Scriptures will have put enough pressure on the false teachers and those living in this error to finally abandon this “other Christ” and attempt to reconcile the false name “Jesus” with the true Name of Our Savior. In this day we have many more teachers using the birth name of our Savior along side of the false name attempting to blend the two -- this is becoming a common practice among many Evangelical Pastors, however, it is the "feminine" name, Yeshua, that they use, in most cases -- by dropping the H from YaHshua and going with Yeshua, they turn to a feminine application as opposed to His Masculine Name (See Strong's H3444 - Yeshua - Feminine passive participle of H3467). We are seeing this, just as the first century Church saw it, but in "reverse".  In the First Century it was a battle to retain His Birth Name, but the Gentile control won out and while the Gentile originally clung to His Holy Name, that would change (Times of the Gentiles are not over -- Mt 12:21 & Luke 21:24).  Strong Gentile works took control of the Church or churches and a pattern of deceit set in, leading to a separation from the Jewish brethren, this separation became a political move, as well as a religious power move, and this led to the changing, then the complete replacing of His Birth Name.  Reading your own New Testament you will see How important knowing and restoring His Birth Name is -- reread, 2 John 1:7 -- replace the bogus name, Jesus with His Birth Name YaHshua, and then ask yourself, Who do I confess?  Remember, the name, JESUS, never existed until around 400 years ago, while His Birth Name, YaHshua (Joshua) has existed ever since the time of Moses and before.  

Another thing you should watch for, in association with this knew knowledge, is a warning found in Revelation 3:9, a small work, not a lot of strength but an era of the ecclesia that has not denied His Name -- along with not denying His Name there are those that claim to be Jews and are not, they obviously will have knowledge of our Savior's true Identity, and we see some attempting to restore the Old covenant, and by doing this they are claiming, in effect, that they are Jews -- be forewarned about joining with any of the Hebrew Roots groups.  At present these Hebrew and sacred names groups are few in number but steadily growing, and becoming argumentative with anyone refusing their Old Testament restoration movements in favor of the New Covenant -- now read Rev 3:9 again.  Then there are those Christians that teach the British and the Americans are Israelites (Jews), some know this teaching as "British Israelism". They ignore the warnings concerning Names and taking on titles that do not belong to them. This, of course, all fits into the “end age” pattern of what our Messiah tells us will be shaping up as we head toward the opening of the last Seals in the book of Revelation. These things, about identity, will come into play at an intensified rate, after the 6th seal of Revelation 6 is opened and the "great quake" occurs and from that devastating event, progressing through a recovery period and the rise of the Beast and the False Prophet which will build to a battle over identity, a battle, literally over names, the Beast Name or the Name you confess that was given to our Savior, YaHshua.  Who will you confess allegiance to?

(Mat 24:6) You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come.

Comment: This is very interesting -- a warning for all ages -- notice, the disciples were asking about the “end age” (verse 3). YaHshua give a caution -- "not to be troubled", or too concerned about world events concerning "wars and rumors of wars”. Certainly these things should rate our attention but we are not to become overly concerned.  And, we have an historical background, running nearly 2,000 years, showing us how true this statement is.  World history is filled with wars and rumors of wars, and still things go on -- because the end is not yet -- but -- we are closer now, by far, than they were in the First Century -- I wonder what would have happened had believers in that first few years had known that it would be as long as it has?  From their writings we can see that the Apostles thought, at least in the beginning, that the Return of YaHshua would be in their time.  Each generation has this same desire -- that YaHshua will come in their own lifetime.  Lucky for you and me, or we would never have had a chance at Eternity, as we would never have existed.  

(Mat 24:7) Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places.

Comment: We can read about these things today and in every generation from the time of the Roman Empires rule down to our very own day. “Earthquakes in various places”, what kind of warning or caution is that? You see, Yahshua knew full well that we, the believers, those called to Him, would, or should understand the basic events to unfold prior to His return. This caution is there will be earthquakes and not to assume that every earthquake that comes along has anything to do with the Great Earth announcing His return. The other earthquakes we will discuss later are not to be confused with the many earthquakes happening in “various” places, as we approach the Great Quake of the 6th seal. The "great quake" will be a worldwide event, not just a few quakes in diverse places. This Great Quake will involve the whole of earth, shaken, perhaps even tipped, rolling from side to side like a drunk trying to find his footing -- Isaiah 24:20; Luke 21:25; Ps 79:6;

(Mat 24:8) All these are the beginning of birth pains.

Comment: The things our Savior mentions -- actually covers 2000 plus years, as we see, unlike his disciples sitting at his feet on the Mount of Olives the, the “end age” is not yet – these things are but the “beginning of birth pains”. The early Disciples would never have dreamed a continuation of 2000 or more years. They thought they were living in those "end days" and down through the ages and generations after generation has believed this very same thing -- we have the teachers of today teaching this very thing, -- "we are the end time generation, they say. These false teachers even deceive themselves (2 Titus 3:13) by their “end time” doctrines. One thing is sure, we, you and I, are living in OUR end days. How is this? you are not immortal and you will die sometime within the generation you live, so, the "end time" is the end of your life.
  But this is not the teachings of the false teachers, no they, like those before them, think to know the mind of God and without reservation use the words of our Savior to prove we live in the “End Times”, even though our Savior says plainly, “All these (you know, the things He just mentioned) are the beginning of birth pains” -- not the beginning of the pregnancy, but of the “birth”. Very few babies are born at the first sign of birth pain – ask any mother about the process of birthing -- and you may get a better understanding of what our Savior was saying. Remember, the news of the earth has always been bad -- world news, from the beginning has always been filled with elements of war, and world disturbances of all sorts, just like today. Look as WWII, if you want to see a time that would have fit the "end time" scenario as the preachers of end time prophecy teach, but, no we continue on, awaiting the "great quake", the shaking of the heavens.

(Mat 24:9) Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me.

Comment: You can actually go back in history and see where the first followers of YaHshua (remember, the name “Jesus” did not come into being until 1600 years later) were persecuted for staying loyal to YaHshua as Savior. Later a false church rose up, a state approved church (church of the government?), and this Church began its own brand of “Christian” persecution, and not only Christians of the Word, but the Jews too -- remember, the first converts were all Jews (YaHuda or YeHuda). In Satan’s hunt to annihilate the Jews many a true Christian (follower of YaHshua) was caught up in the same satanic snare, and the reverse is true also, when a Christian follower of the Messiah, YaHshua, is persecuted so is the Jew. I think, however, the Messiah is saying something even bigger, encompassing an even greater area of the earth than that of the Roman Empire -- this can be seen in His statement, “…hated by all nations, because of Me” or "...for My Name's Sake..." (Mt 10:22; 19:29).  Certainly we can see, historically, the trials that believers of the Word have endured but “...all nations”? That is a prophetic statement from the words our Savior spoke and those words go out to all nations, not just in the land of Israel or the city Jerusalem (YaHushalayim).  Remember, YaHshua’s disciples are asking about the “end of the age”. (

Note: About the name Judah and its proper pronunciation:  Judah (Hebrew: יְהוּדָה‎,  Standard Yəhuda Tiberian Yehuḏā) was, according to the Book of Genesis,  the fourth son of Jacob and Leah, the founder of the Israelite Tribe of Judah.  Pronunciation: Yəhuda). Brown-Driver-Briggs: Phonetic -- yeh-hoo-daw' -- Wikipedia:The name originates from the Hebrew name, YaHudah).

(Mat 24:10) At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other,

Comment: Something is going to happen that will cause many to fall away. It has happened in the past when the people YaHshua have been distressed. Many a professing Christian has stumbled under the stain of physical assault. Here we see, what I believe to be the "great falling away" (2 Th 2:3). The sense of this statement is troubling, indeed, to think of brothers and sister in the faith actually hating each other and betraying one another. What must be the condition of the world to cause such a “betraying”. Doesn’t this suggest a kind of outing by your friend? What is it that would begin a search for those that bare His Name and cause many to turn away and to disclose those of the faith, to identify them and for what purpose? I shudder to think.

(Mat 24:11) and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people.

Comment: this, of course has been going on from the beginning, but it really fits here. As those turn away from the true faith in YaHshua and begin exposing the true followers to the authorities, they will need a replacement belief to replace what they have abandoned – they will be ripe for exploitation by the many false prophets.

(Mat 24:12) Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, (Mat 24:13) but he who stands firm to the end will be saved.

Comment: As the days of Noah, so goes the saying, so we will see it in the end age. How else can you explain the many traitors of the faith? I am also of the opinion that this “love” is the “love” professing Christians have or are supposed to have. Notice, it is the increase in wickedness that the “love” grows cold. As the climate of the world becomes ever more wicked and violent the pressure on the follower of the Messiah will increase. As the world continues to become more wicked it would only be natural for their love to be cold. Our concern and love for our Savior and our Heavenly father must be unwavering and our love to “mankind” must be maintained if for no other reason than men are made in the image of the Creator Himself, and He so loved the world He sacrificed Himself for it. He wants everyone to be saved even knowing this will not be the case and we, in our love should be respecters of His feelings as His Children. You can hate the evil and the wickedness but pray for those caught up in the wickedness of the world to change, to repent and that is what the Book of Revelation and the coming Wrath of the Lamb and the Father is mostly about – giving the people of the earth the chance to repent. The whole mystery of God is bringing the repentant soul into the Kingdom by and through YaHshua.

(Mat 24:14) And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.

Comment: There is a parallel found in Mark’s writings, to really make this statement stand out in a meaning that few have recognized. Looking at Mark 13:10 we find, “must be published in all the world”. Putting the two quotes together, as many fail to do, and you have a statement that the Gospel must be “preached” and “published” in all the world -- " all nations".

This preaching of the message of salvation has been preached in all the world, there is no denying that, but published? Even Paul suggested to the Colossians, the gospel had been preached to every creature under heaven (Colossians 1:23). And yes I know this word for “published” in Mark can also be interpreted as “preached” but isn’t it interesting that the subject of “preaching and publishing” of the word are the same? The publishing of the Word in all the world has only recently occurred.

China was the last holdout and today, in our time the Gospel message, the very Word of God is being literally published in China. Just a few years, say in the 80s, if you had suggested such a thing would happen so quickly you would have been laughed at.  China, in our modern times, went from banning the Hebrew, Christian Bibles from private ownership and anyone found owning one were in danger of being imprisoned.  There was a drive, back in the early 80s to fund a program that would smuggle Bibles into China.  Now, today, a large percentage of all Bibles are printed in China.  

I personally believe the political attitude in China, allowing a certain westernizing for economic gain, came about largely to tear down this last wall against the Holy Bible and its being published in all nations. My friends, you are living in a time that is experiencing a prophetic happening and not one seems to have noticed this --  the world plugs along living in a fog – the Word Published in China! There is yet another concern with this “preaching” of the Gospel to the whole world and this can be found in Revelation 14:6 -- an Angel (messenger) is to fly through the air proclaiming the Gospel to the world -- could this possibly be a work that will literally fly around the world, broadcasting the Gospel Message?  This might be considered the absolute final Gospel message – no one will be able to say, “Well, I never heard that”, and this will be the final and complete fulfillment of YaHshua’s prophetic statement -- the Gospel preached to the whole world .... and then the end shall come.

(Mat 24:15) So when you see standing in the Holy Place 'the abomination that causes desolation,' spoken of through the prophet Daniel--let the reader understand-- (Mat 24:16) then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains.

Comment: The warning here I believe concerns a much greater event than the destruction of Jerusalem by the Roman armies around 70 AD, although one can see a type of fulfillment, but notice, the warning is not merely for those living in Jerusalem but to all of Judah and that basically covers the whole of modern Israel today. Most of the history we get concerning the events and timing of the destruction of the Temple in and around 68 - 70 AD comes to us from the writings of Josephus (The Wars of the Jews) and the book of Maccabees, found in the bible, The American Bible.  

In this prophetic statement the center piece is, "...the abomination that causes desolation ...", and the instruction for those in Judea (YaHuda) are to flee to the Mountians -- notice the wording, it is not, flee into the mountains, but to the mountains.  Mountains are, many times, interpreted to mean, Nations.  This makes sense when we consider the context.  If those living in Judah are to flee to the mountains of Judah, they would still be in Judah.  The possibility, it seems to me, leans toward the people living in Judah, the territory we call Israel today, is the actual territory that was occupied by the tribes that made up Judah as a nation and it is Judah not fleeing into Judah but to the Mountains or Nations to escape what is going to come on all of Judah, again.  Prior to WW2 the idea that there would even be a nation of Judah/Israel would have been laughable, but in May of 1948, a new Israel, as a nation was established.  And if there is a prophetic clock it began ticking again when that happened.   

Let me say right here, no one, that is no one, has this nailed down. Our Savior gives us a source, Daniel, and some of what Daniel says is plain and easy to understand, it being a prophetic piece of history, but some of the remarks by Daniel concerning the "abomination of (or causes) desolation" is not so easily understood.  Daniel mentions three abominations, so, which abomination is YaHshua talking about?

We know from the Messiah's warning it is a specific event He is thinking about. Don't forget YaHshua's follow-up remark, "let the reader understand". We know from Daniel there is an example of an abomination taking place concerning Antiochus Epiphanies and the fulfillment under Antiochus was spot on -- he was the agent of fulfillment for at least one of the three abominations Daniel mentions.  This fulfillment took place around 168 BC so our Savior obviously knew this event "spoken of by Daniel the prophet" had already occurred, a fulfilling of the prophetic word, becoming historical, words written centuries before it happened. So, what is He, YaHshua, our Savior, referring to? It can't be the same event, and so we are left with the fall of Jerusalem and the destruction of the Temple in 68-70 AD under the Roman command of Titus. Is that the other abomination Daniel mentions?  Is this the event our Savior was talking about? Consider, the three abominations -- Daniel 9:27; 11:31; 12:11.  

The first two have an historical fulfillment, only the abomination that seems to be waiting fulfillment is found in Chapter 12 of Daniel.  Some want to apply this to our Savior having gone to the Cross as the final sacrifice for sin, putting a spiritual end to the Temple worship and animal sacrifice.  Of course, the Temple worship and animal sacrifice continued until the destruction of the Temple and Temple mount 68 -70 AD.  One could say, then, that the abomination, after YaHshua died for us on the Cross, was the continuing practice of animal sacrificing on the Temple mount. Its ultimate destruction could, then, be called the thing that caused destruction, its own distruction.  Another 70 years later all of Jerusalem was leveled.  The Sacrificial system ended, cutting off the sin offering for the people of Israel, having denied YaHshua.  This all seem plausible until you look at the full context about this abomination -- the context -- Daniel 12:10-13, and we see that this part of the writing is sealed.  And we also see that this is not meant to be understood until the end days, or the latter days, and it seems to suggest the understanding is a time not too long before Daniel will rise in the Resurrection?  The prophetic days mentioned, if a day for a year is considered, would not meet a fulfillment yet, because if that time were counted out, then 1902 would have been the year of fulfillment.  Just by our time and the past history we see Israel back in the land and a lot of talk about a rebuilding of the Temple -- could this be the possible coming abomination?  

Some of this you will have to decide for yourself. To me it seems to make sense our Savior, Yahshua, is speaking about a time further into the future, more into our time or a next generation, or two,  and I get of the feeling for this from something Daniel was told in the full context, ending with -- Daniel,  But go you your way till the end be: for you shall rest, and stand in your lot at the end of the days -- read all of Daniel 12:12-13 -- this is important, so, why don't we dig in a little more?

(Dan 12:6-7) One of them said to the man clothed in linen, who was above the waters of the river, "How long will it be before these astonishing things are fulfilled?" The man clothed in linen, who was above the waters of the river, lifted his right hand and his left hand toward heaven, and I heard him swear by him who lives forever, saying, "It will be for a time, times and half a time. When the power of the holy people has been finally broken, all these things will be completed."
(Dan 12:8) I heard, but I did not understand. So I asked, "My lord, what will the outcome of all this be?"
(Dan 12:9-10) He replied, "Go your way, Daniel, because the words are closed up and sealed until the time of the end. Many will be purified, made spotless and refined, but the wicked will continue to be wicked. None of the wicked will understand, but those who are wise will understand.
(Dan 12:11-13) From the time that the daily sacrifice is abolished and the abomination that causes desolation is set up, there will be 1,290 days. Blessed is the one who waits for and reaches the end of the 1,335 days. As for you, go your way till the end. You will rest, and then at the end of the days you will rise to receive your allotted inheritance.

It is from these verses that many end-time teachers think the Temple is to be rebuilt, as previously mentioned.  And if this is the answer, then the reasoning for this is the mentioning of the 1290 days -- there is no way you can fit that time into a period coming off the destruction of the Temple under Titus.  The 1290 days, even figured at a day for a year principle does not measure up as a marking of the "end time" so these days are projected into a future timing after the rebuilding of the Temple.  Figuring in this way would mean that the 1290 days are expected to be literal days, not years.  Notice verses 9-10, Daniel is told the 'words are sealed up until the end time'. So, what if we are not in the "end time", as being taught today?

Apparently each generation of prophets have been able to place them-selves in the last generation, each generation desiring the Coming or Return of our Lord and Savior but here we are, nearly 50 generations later (A biblical generation counted as 40 years), and the prophecy teachers are still following in the footsteps of those before them and pronouncing this generation, their generation as the last -- the desire is strong and maybe wrong, or so it has proven for the past 50 generatons.  With this in mind let's consider that the sealing up of the words until the "end times" is not the end, like the end of the world, but the end of the animal sacrificing for sin?  If, on the other hand, this sealing up of the words, means the literal end days, or at least to the coming of our Savior, then the words are still "sealed up", right?  And if that is the correct meaning, then no one can understand Daniel because we are not yet in the End Times, or days, because, generation after generation is still here, still waiting for His Return -- and good for us, because if He had come in any previous generation, you and I and millions of other potential children of the Living God, would not be here.  

Now take a critical look as verse 11-10, and we see many, not all, not millions, but "many" are made spotless at this time, but see what is said next, "the wicked will continue to be wicked"? Does this sound like going into the Kingdom? It sounds more like a continuation of time -- and further it says that those who are wise, opposite of wicked, will understand.  Look, we know our Savior put an end to the daily Sacrifice, by His personal sacrifice.  It would seem to make more sense that in the overall view, not the word by translated word, some agreeing and some not, but the overall picture is that our Lord and Savior, YaHshua, came and put an end to the daily sacrificial system and when the Jews, His own people in the flesh, rejected Him, for the most part, and continued with the system under the Old Covenant, still, then another kind of Prince came, a Prince of Rome and demolished the Temple (70 AD), but the people of Israel, being a stubborn people, kept attempting to restore the system, even to plans for rebuilding the Temple, so, in 140 AD the Roman Empire still in power, came and destoryed all of Jerusalem, this time leveling it to the ground, beaten into dust, and the Jews remaining, again, taken into slavery -- that is those who did not escape by running off into other countries.  The End of Daily Sacrifice -- Like Daniel 7:28 says, "This is the end of the matter."

1290 and 1335 Days?  And the 2300 days?
The complete stopping of the daily sacrificing came in 69-70 AD and has not resumed since, but the prophetic days, specifically mentioned, the 1290 days and the 1335 days cannot be ignored.  To me, at this time, it is not the Muslim Dome of the Rock, as it came to be called, that is the abomination -- after all, this Dome of the Rock has been there for centuries, dating from around 691 AD to the present.  So, what other possibility is there?  Is there going to be a rebuilding of a Jewish Temple?  After all, YaHshua said that when you see the Abomination that causes Desolation, and so far, it would look like this Abomination is the continued efforts to restore or carry out animal sacrifice at the Temple complex, but there is no Temple.  This would seem, then, that a Temple must be rebuilt to bring about the coming of the Antichrist and then, the coming of our Lord and Savior, YaHshua.  What would happen is the Jewish state were to undertake such a project?  I most certainly would cause trouble, lots of trouble and lots of destruction.  The surrounding Arab nations would not allow this unless?  Unless a might religious leader were to arise and convince the Arab nations, the Muslims of Islam to allow it, even to encourage it, but it would have to be a leader both Jew and Arab would honor -- a Jewish Messiah and a Muslim Wadi, or Messiah.  Could that be possible?  And would the Christians powers that be, allow it?  Of course, the biggest Christian Power is the Roman Catholic Church, the Pope.  And, we still have not solved the mystery of the 1290 days and the 1335 days.  These days seem to connect up with the Book of Revelations -- unless these days in Revelation are a repeat -- not meant to be the same but each applied to its own time.  In other words, the 1290 days in Daniel would only apply to events Daniel meant to apply at a future time, a time having to do with the ending of the Old Covenant at the Cross.  Meaning, possibly, that these days are to repeat in the Revelation account?  Not the same days, but a repeat, a pattern set previously to be repeated, maybe?

The famous or infamous 2300 days, or, as it is printed, 2300 evenings and 2300 mornings.  There is a simple solution to these days -- maybe too simple for some, but here is how I see it, and believe the word explains itself. Daniel 8:14 -- the Temple will be reconsecrated after a period of 2300 days.  Some apply this to the end time and as a proof the Temple must be rebuilt.  But, letting the word speak for itself, we come to Daniel 8:26, where it is explained to us -- The vision of the evenings and mornings that has been given you is true, but seal up the vision, for it concerns the distant future -- Notice, it is not about the End Days or End Times but, from Daniels time, from his point in history, it is something to happen in the distant future.  the context is very suggestive of a time in the future but not the future end.  This can easily, then, apply to the Maccabean revolt against the Roman power, resulting in the taking back of the Temple and the time period from when the Temple Alter was descecrated by Antiochus to the time under Judas Maccabeus, 165 BC.  The context for Daniel is all about a future date, from his point in history, to the descecration by Antiochus and then the fulfillment of the 2300 days when the Temple is reconsecrated, cleansed again.  The dating during these periods and exact pin pointing of days and times is off and cannot be anything but apporximate, not by years but by days as the historians all give different times, but all are in the same ballpark, so to speak.  Some have calculated this timing of 2300 evening and mornings to be spot on.  Others place this in the same time frame but not so exactly, however, calculating the number within  the daily sacrificing events and the reason these days are mentioned as evenings and mornings because, on some days there is more than one Daily sacrifice.  All within the context of the whole chapter, it is about a time surrounding a time covering this period in actual historical, past, events.

A little more speculation, and that is all we have until we witness the fulfillment:  Our Savior's statement in Matthew 24:15, the subject of this lengthy comment, mentions the "holy place" but no mention of the Temple, which is curious. If we are to understand the Temple He saw, in a future destruction, being rebuilt, why wouldn't He mention the Temple, say, a rebuilt Temple, or third Temple? He had just told His disciples the Temple would be destroyed? The "holy place" is Mount Moriah itself. So, I am not totally convinced the Temple is to be rebuilt. What about the 1290 days, the 1335 Days? There are certainly a lot of opinions and a lot of differing views taught as fact, but, at this point I'm not sure and believer there is a lot of guessing -- as they saying goes, seeing is believing, and this is the case with most all prophecy. I admit I am not wise enough to sort all of this out but one thing is certain, when the event of the Great Quake hits this earth, the 6th Seal opening, we will all begin to see things and understand things we can only guess at right now, perhaps that will be when the understanding of the closed portion of the Book of Daniel will be opened -- Rev 6:12-17?

More speculation within the confines of Scripture: The "abomination that causes desolation" is seen standing in the "holy place", as YaHshua says, it is then the Jews, or anyone in Judah/Jerusalem, are warned to escape to the hills. Run for the hills, get out of there, leave, flee -- discussed earlier as possible meaning an escape into the nations. YaHshua's warning and command is urgent and is a perpetual warning -- He doesn't know the time, the angels don't know, we don't know the time, and Satan doesn't know the time, only our Father in Heaven (Mat 24:36) and we have not yet seen the "abomination that causes desolation".  

What is this “abomination that causes desolation standing in the Holy place”? I am not sure, but, if I were to guess I would say it is the “False Prophet”, the one that stands in the place of the True God, the one speaking mighty things against the Creator and our Savior YaHshua, perhaps in the assumption they are speaking for the God of Heaven but instead speak for the “god of this world” (II Corinthians 4:4).  And we are told that this individual is standing in the Temple, or sitting in the Temple of God saying he is God -- 2 Thes 2:3-4?  The same individual that will be able to perform miracles, calling fire from the sky (Rev 13:13), perhaps, causing the betrayal of the true followers of YaHshua, causing small and great to worship the Beast system, and the Beast himself.

When you see this Destroyer standing in the Holy Place those in Judah should head for the Mountains because something is about to happen on a grand scale. Keep in mind, for this to happen the Temple does not necessarily have to be rebuilt. The Holy Place is still there, the spot of the Holy of Holies is still there – the building is gone that’s all. A great religious leader of world renown could take the steps leading to the Holy Mountain where the Temple once stood and make his way to the Holy of Holies and this abomination will cause much destruction. Just think about it – I’m only guessing, of course. There is, of course, the possibility, as in BC 168, that an idol will be set up as well.

There are some that believe this object is the Dome of the Rock, as previously mentioned, but from the following verses we see this "abomination" is going to mark the beginning of a "great distress", and it is this event that puts this "abomination" further into the future, a time preceding the return of our Savior. We need His intervention or none will be saved. A time, or an event preceding the Great Quake of Revelation 6:12-17 -- a must read study.  The context in the following verses, especially verse 21, that this is going to be something never seen before -- the Great Quake?  A worldwide destruction?  

(Mat 24:17) Let no one on the roof of his house go down to take anything out of the house.
(Mat 24:18) Let no one in the field go back to get his cloak.
(Mat 24:19) How dreadful it will be in those days for pregnant women and nursing mothers!
(Mat 24:20) Pray that your flight will not take place in winter or on the Sabbath.
(Mat 24:21) For then there will be great distress, unequaled from the beginning of the world until now-- and never to be equaled again.  NIV

Translation Note: Great Distress --  KJV =Tribulation -- Strong's Greek Dictionary, G2347, Pressure, Tribulation, Trouble, Distress or Affliction)  The Great Distress in its most popular translation, Tribulation, was popularized by the King James translation and appears 5 times in the Gospels, three of those occurrences have to do with the Mount of Olives Prophecy, but this word, Tribulation does not appear even one time in the Book of Revelation.

Comment: We see this event to come, leading to something never before equaled, something worthy a warning to the inhabitants of Judah to head for the hills (mountains). Some have suggested this was fulfilled when the Roman Armies killed about 1 to 3 million (depending upon your source) in and around the Jerusalem purge of 68-70 AD.

The words in verse 21, ends with, "...never to be equaled again", and if we take that literally we have to consider the context first --  and when we look at what the Germans did in WWII, 6 million Jews, and another 6 million, many of whom were Christians, 12 million total in their purge, and this is not counting the 70 million total deaths counted as a result of that worldwide war. Nothing on that scale has ever happened before and there can be no comparison with the smaller scale Roman purge of the Jews back in first century AD. Many bible teachers during WWII times, 1939-45, were labeling Mussolini and Hitler as the two horns of the Beast government and the Pope as the False Prophet, and it all looked pretty good, except the Pope refused to step forward -- so, what came of it all?  Wars and Rumors of Wars -- the Korean War, Cold War, Vietnam War – the War on Terrorist, mostly Islamic Terrorist.  So, what about another World War, like WWII, the war that ended with a Nuclear Bomb?  Can it happen again? After WW I who would have believed WW II could be worse – WW I had been labeled the war to end all wars – Hitler and Mussolini were on the move, militarily, as early as 1936, ending in 1945.  The official date for the beginning of WW1 is August of 1914 coming to an official end on January 1918.  World War 2, again instigated by the German military with the invasion of Poland, September 1939.  

Considering modern history I don’t buy the prophecy pitch that the Romans were the fulfillment of this prophetic, great distress, or tribulation, as something never to be equaled again. To my understanding of this verse, this prophetic statement from our Savor, is that it is still future and is going to be brought about by the Great Quake of Revelation 6 – the 6th Seal.   

For those that say, What about the destruction of the temple by the Romans, consider a prophetic word our Savior YaHshua said in an earlier teaching moment with His disciples -- (Mat 23:38-39) Look, your house is left to you desolate. For I tell you, you will not see Me again until you say, 'Blessed is he who comes in the Name of the Lord (YaHWeH)' "  Later, in Mat 24 He says not one stone will will rest upon another -- the context of Mat 23 and 24 do not suggest a rebuilding of the Temple, only its destruction.

And, as we shall see, this coming time of great distress, or should be say, greater distress, or tribulation, is still to come.  And, it all starts with the Abomination that causes Destruction -- this, then, leading into that Great Time of Distress -- the Abomination being the Trigger, or so it would seem, that sets this time of Great Distress (Tribulation) in motion.  Notice, as mentioned previously, that the Abomination does not have to be in a Temple, but happens on the Holy Place, the place where the Temple once stood -- it does not say, specifically, in a Temple building.  Something terrible is going to take place on the Holy Mount, or the place considered Holy Ground, that will trigger the destruction, which I believe will be the opening of the 6th Seal we read about in Revelation 6:12-17 -- the Wrath of the Lamb.

(Mat 24:22) If those days had not been cut short, no one would survive, but for the sake of the elect those days will be shortened.

Comment: Here is another clue, from the prophetic words from our Savior, YaHshua, relating to a time that is still in the future. For the sake of the Elect things are going to be shortened. There seems to be a real danger here of losing the Elect and within this context, something is happening that threatens the survival of everyone, -- as in the days of Noah -- so goes the warning -- Mat 24:27-29 -- a time of near extinction would result if a saving intervention were not to take place. I believe this may also mean a spiritual survival not just a physical one, even the elect falling under the spell of the False Prophet, if that were possible -- the next verses 23 & 24.  

I know that no one wants to here these things, they are not the soft words, the easy word but they are His words all the same and we should, no, we need to listen and hear what He is telling us -- what He has been telling us since that day on the Temple Mount and His Disciples asked Him that questions -- When?  If you do not close your eyes and stuff up your ears you will be better suited in preparing yourself for the evil times ahead. You do not need to be taken by surprise for we are not disciples of darkness (1Th 5:4-5). If you understand the necessity of the coming events, unpleasant as they may be, you will not be weakened in your faith but strengthened all the more in our Savior, YaHshua.  But, if you are not aware and are not watching and you are caught off guard you may falter, you faith may collapse and you could become one of the Scoffers, questioning the failure or apparent failure of His expected coming, asking, Where is the promise of His coming, everything continues as it always has been (2 Pt 3:3-4)? I would liken it to hitting you thumb with a hammer and the first words out of your mouth would not be, Praise God, or HalleluYaH.   If, however, you were told the next strike of the hammer you would be hitting your thumb and you should Praise God you did not knock your thumb completely off then your response is more likely to be, “Praise you YaH”, or, HalleluYaH – thanks for the warning, I may have a damaged thumb but I am still whole.  Pity the scoffer for he or she, will have lost more than a thumb.  

We are not setting dates but we are watching the seasons, and each generation has its season, after all, the end of everything and facing the Judgment is at the end of every individuals own life -- we are all, in every generation, standing at death's door, with our next wakened moment facing Judgment leading to either life or eternal death.  Read the following verses together -- Mark 13:32, Mt 24:32-33 and Mt 16:1-4 -- it is not the dates we are setting but being aware of our surrounding, it is not a sign we seek, but our firm belief in His words that a time, as He explains it, is coming.  Yes, there has been distress in the world, but not like what is coming, at least, not yet.

(Mat 24:23) At that time if anyone says to you, 'Look, here is the Christ!' or, 'There he is!' do not believe it.
(Mat 24:24) For false Christs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and miracles to deceive even the elect--if that were possible.

Comment: These words should ring in your ears just look at what has happened and continues to happen as “false Christ” come and go throughout history -- some are called gurus others shamans and saviors, messiahs and some have even declared themselves to be the Christ -- even the Pope claims to be in place of the Savior, on Earth -- the Vicar of Christ, is to say, in His Place. Even today we see demon filled preachers putting on shows filled with “signs” and “miracles” (1 Th 2:9, 2 Peter 2:3) . This should give a believer pause, a warning of the first order.

Signs, miracles, and wonders, and stories made up (fiction) are the first order the false teachers and prophets all engage in. Making things up or reporting things made up, fictional accounts, as truth.   No wonder Satan and those of his spirit appear as "angels of light", this is all fitting for the god of this world, Satan (2 Cor 11:13-14). Certainly this was true then, it is true now and every century in-between – but even more so as we are hurled into the evil days ahead.

Keep in mind this coming time of Great Distress is to be in a time that needs to be shortened, for the elect's sake. With this understanding it is plain the events spoken of do not find their final fulfillment 1900 years in the past. There is no “gap theory” either, that is one of the many false doctrines taught by the Rapture people. Each of the 7 Seals in the Book of Revelation has been and is being removed in 7 stages.  The 7 Seals of Revelation, chapter 6, make that plain. Each of those Seals brings us closer to our Savior’s return. Those seals are historical progressions with the next to the final seal delivering the world into the “Wrath of the Lamb” (Rev 6:12-17).  We are not there yet, the previous Seals can be clearly seen down through history, bringing us to the edge of the opening of the 6th Seal -- a time of Great Distress.  More on that later as we progress through our Savior's words and fit them to the opening of the 6th Seal.

It is with a “Great Sign” our Savior will announce His coming and the whole world will shake and those seeking for a sign will get one, but will it be one they are expecting or watching for?   His "sign" will be so stupendous as to scare the life out of the bravest. The “signs” of the agents of Satan will be very convincing even if it were possible to deceive the “elect”. The way it is worded it seems these false prophets will not be able to deceive the elect. I’m thinking this is the case as the elect are so grounded in the Word that anyone attempting to convince the religious community “great signs” and "miracles" the elect will be able to "discern" these things as not from our Creator. By His word, the written words of God, the elect will be able to see these things for what they are – deceiving signs -- deceiving miracles. All believers should be wary of anyone coming with “signs” and “miracles” as these things are actually and “end time” warning of deception, not of the Holy Spirit as these fakers of today and tomorrow try to make out. If you are in a Church that is centered on “sign” and “miracles” then you had better take a second look. Our Savior has warned us – our Savior has warned you.

Reading II Thessalonians 2:9-10 closely and you will see the use of “signs” and “miracles” is not the sign of a true man of God or woman of God, far from it -- YaHshua warned those who would listen -- false messiahs, and false prophets, able to show signs and perform miracles, at such a convincing level that if it were possible, even the Elect of God, those called by Him, might even be deceived, if that were possible. Isn’t it amazing how many ministries are built around these kinds of things, as proofs for who they claim to be or for pure Christian entertainment?  When the plain words of our Messiah warns against these things. Read Matthew 12:39 and then think twice about searching or seeking for signs. Protect yourself, take up the serious study and reading or you Savior's words and the words of guidance from the letters of His Apostles, that we might learn from them -- John 17:20 -- to believe in Him, YaHshua, through their, His Apostles, message, their Letters, which we have in a Book we call the New Testament.  Notice, however, in this last prayer, He is praying for those that are with Him and then He extends His pray to include those individuals that would come to believe in Him through their (His Disciples/Apostles) message and that there is no mention of a Church or collective or group but as individuals many come to believe in what they have written and passed down through the ages.  

(Mat 24:25) See, I have told you ahead of time.

Comment: This is a chilling statement. Our Messiah, YaHshua, has warned us “ahead of time”, first to them, His immediate disciples and passed down to us. We have been warned – given a heads up, so to speak – are we listening? I hope so but what I see in the Evangelical community is not good it is down right scary. The deceivers have infiltrated the Evangelical community and in their own minds are deceiving and deceiving even themselves -- 2 Tim 3:12-13. If you are seeking signs and wonders you will get them and more, you will see what you want to see, hear what you want to hear unless you pin your learning on His prophetic words and not the smooth sayings of men or women that appeal to you like astonishing lovers wooing you into their den.  YaHshua was constantly having to answer those who were demanding a sign that would prove He was who He said He was and is.  When the ultimate sign hits this world is will be something beyond man, it will be a heavenly blow and it will a global event -- but will it be recognized for what it is -- the sign of His coming?

(Mat 24:26) So if anyone tells you, 'There He is, out in the desert,' do not go out; or, 'Here He is, in the inner rooms,' do not believe it.

Comment: If you, as a Believer, have to be told where the Messiah is then you have missed out. This also demonstrates your ignorance toward the Word of God.  The world of humanity will see this Earth-shaking event as the end of the world just as the prophets of science has been telling us all along.  Those ignorant of His word and the words of His Apostles will see what appears to be the collapse of everything and the final extinction event prophesied by the men and women of science, not as the Return of our Savior and the end of all war, well, almost -- I say, almost, because this wil only be the sign of His Coming.  This verse, this statement given to us who believe is a key, a key unlocking a truth that will identify the false Messiah from the True and rightful Savior's return.   If you have to be told where He is then you are not with Him or you are being told a lie and either way you are missing out -- that is, if you have to be told.   HalleluYah.

(Mat 24:27) For as lightning that comes from the east is visible even in the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man.

Comment: I love this verse, it is so simple yet so difficult for the world to understand. For one thing lightening does not travel from east to west (as the KJV has it – the NIV, quoted here has actually tried to make sense of it, but the wrong sense). Lightening is not only seen from the east, but the west, the north and south. In reality lightening comes from above to the ground and sometimes from the ground up to the clouds.  There is, however, a better understanding and meaning for this verse. What is it that appears to travel from east to west and is as bright as lightening and is seen by everyone the world over? The sun, of course, just as we see it move across the earth from east to west. Is it the sun that is moving? No, of course not, it is the rotation of the earth -- the sun is stationary. When we see our Savior coming He will be as a bright sun approaching the earth and all of the earth, every eye, will see him just as they see the sun appearing to move from east to west so will be the coming of our Savior.  The people of earth, small and great will shake with fear and dread as it will literally appear as though a sun is on a collision course with earth, just as the earth scientist have prophesied would one day happen -- of course, they prophecy in error, saying this event could happen but most likely not for millions and millions of years.  Of course, they are not talking about the Return of our Savior.  They and most of mankind will see this event as the natural order of the physical world, the eventual demise of planet Earth.  This is why professing believers need to alert and see this coming event for what it is -- The Sign of His Coming and the Wrath of the Lamb -- the opening of the 6th Seal.

(Mat 24:28) Wherever there is a carcass, there the vultures will gather.

Comment: This is a hard one, no one seems to know exactly what this means.  At this point in the Prophetic Timeline it may not be something to worry, it may be additional information.  From this point of view I will take a crack giving this a better understanding.  I have heard of the possible interpretations, interpretations not supported by any of the original wording, but much more suitable to the Christian mind and that is this: Wherever the Body is there the chicks will gather. This makes sense over other suggestions by the mere fact that we are discussing our Savior's return. Like I said, however, there is no support for this other than a Christian sense of being gathered to the Messiah. Another suggestion involves the dead bodies to result form our Savior’s deliverance of Israel and the deliverance of His Elect. It either means something happy, or something very sad, or both.  My, unauthorized, take on this would be this -- Where His Body will be, literally, so will the Chick be gathered also.  In other words, where ever our Savior is so will the Elect be.  Not quit as gruesome a translation but certainly one that makes more sense.  It could just simply mean that there will be mass casualties for the vultures to feed upon.  Or, if symbolism is your food, then whose body is it, and who then would the vultures be?

(Mat 24:29) Immediately after the distress of those days 'the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from the sky, and the heavenly bodies will be shaken.'
(Mat 24:30) At that time the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and all the nations of the earth will mourn. They will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky, with power and great glory.

Comment: Now we can really get down to business. This is straight out of Isaiah 34:4 and further elaborated on and identified as the 6th Seal of Revelation 6. Everything mentioned here is mirrored in the vision of revelation given to John, but first revealed to IsaYaH (Isaiah). There cannot be any mistaking this. More proof that the return of our Savior is anything but secret or silent, as the Rapture teachers would have you believe. Notice, it is "immediately after the distress of those days", what days? The days of "abomination that causes desolation" -- AFTER, not BEFORE. We will see a great persecution taking place in Israel and then the intervention of our Savior by a mighty, "great quake", that will reset the world political systems.  Again, there is the Great Distress followed by the heavenly signs.  Think about it this way -- before the sun can be darkened something happens to cause it.  First there is distress and something causes for or brings that about and this destress then brings about the visual signs in the sky and the heavens above.  The Abomination, then the Shaking of the whole Earth followed by the Heavenly signs, the sky appearing to roll back, the sun darkening the moon looking like blood -- all of this triggered by the Abomination that causes desolation.  

(Mat 24:31) And He will send his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather His elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other.

Comment: Here we are launched into the sounding of the Trumpets and the gathering of the Elect from every corner of the earth. Imagine such an event, but is this at that same moment the Earthly signs, the Great Quake and heavens appearing to roll back is happening?  I do not believe this is the case.  These things all take time, earth time, and would not be instantaneous.  No one teaches that it is but the discussion about His return is.  Putting first things first.  We are told that this is the Wrath of the Lamb and while this might be a snap of the fingers in heavenly time, in earthly time it would be much longer.  Prior to this sounding of the Trumpet mentioned here we have to realize that there are 7 Trumpet sounding and before the First Trumpet sounds we have to deal with the 6th Seal event and later, the 7th Seal, launching the world into the 7 Trumpet sounds and these Trumpets take us into the moment of Resurrection. Read Revelation 10:7, when the 7th Trumpet is ABOUT to sound, “the Mystery of God is accomplished”. From here and into Revelation 11 where you see the resurrection of the Two Witnesses and, I believe, the Elect of the earth, dead and living -- it is this Sounding of the Trumpet we see the fulfillment of the elect being gathered by His Holy Angels. It is then in verse 15 we are to hear the 7th Trumpet sound and it is highlighted by the declaration of all the kingdoms becoming the Kingdoms of God punctuated with another “earthquake and a Great Hail Storm”. From here our Messiah, in His “end of age” lesson, giving His disciples, then and now, a lesson in observation.

(Mat 24:32) Now learn this lesson from the fig tree: As soon as its twigs get tender and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near.
(Mat 24:33) Even so, when you see all these things, you know that it is near, right at the door.

Comment: When we see these things, like the budding or spring time, we should know we are near.  Near, not there yet, at the door, not opened all the way.  So, we have to ask ourselves, have we or any of those before us, anyone, seen these things, observed these events yet? No, we have not and they have not because these things have not occurred yet.

An interesting side light to this warning of observation is that modern man leaves the reading of the skies and the heavens to others. Today most have their nose so close to the ground (myself included) they seldom look up to the heavens other than to admire its beauty in a romantic mood but seldom to tell what the weather is going to be like.  We, as a people, have lost that talent and perhaps it is a sign of modern man’s inability to read the “end age” weather signs?  Modern Christian's inability to study and understand the scriptures for themselves.

Here is an interesting point in the lesson of the "fig tree". Our Savior gives the example of a fig tree breaking from spring into summer. Revelation 6:13 also speaks about the fig tree but in this case it seems to be a reference to an untimely event. The fruit is shaken from the tree before time!  The time is near the time for fruiting but something happens to cause the first buds to fall, prematurely, to the ground.  This is a pretty big hint that the warning for the coming Wrath of the Lamb, which is to follow the Abomination that causes desolation and will be something not expected.  But remember this, at this point in prophetic time, we have not yet discussed the Two Beasts of Revelation 13 -- YaHshua, in this His prophetic time-line has made not mention of the Beast to come.  

(Mat 24:34) I tell you the truth, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened.
(Mat 24:35) Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.
(Mat 24:36) No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.

Comment: How often are these verses quoted and then almost immediately broken? I have heard it all. Okay, we can’t know the day or the hour, but we can know the season, they say, and then begins the speculation on the day and the hour. After all, they say, He didn’t say we couldn’t know the year, only the day and the hour, right? I personally am not against weather watching -- watching and looking for the season of His coming.  After all, the Messiah told us that we should learn the lesson of the “fig tree”, right -- verse 32?  We are told to watch, to be aware, not to be caught off guard because we are not children of the dark -- 1 Thes 5:4-6.  We are to watch for the untimely shaking of the tree and its unripen fruit falling to the ground -- Rev 6:13.  

This could all be applied to the times, a few decades, after our Savior YaHshua's crucifixion and some do apply the destruciton of the Temple, 70 AD and later the city, 140AD, as the fulfillment of these verses.  The problem, of course, and as mentioned previously, is that the signs given by YaHshua

Listen, my friends, when the fruit falls and hits the ground and is bruised it will rot. I see as an alert, to be observant not so much in world political events but for events out of man’s control -- beyond man's control. We do not control the weather, nor do we control earth movements, like earthquakes -- the wind blows where it will and it is our Creator and only our Creator that can control the heavens and the earth as described in the opening of the 6th Seal. The natural events of the earth are controlled by its Creator so it is these events we are to look for as well as events happening in the Middle East, events surrounding Judah -- Modern Israel.  Keep watch as the proof of His Word unfolds -- it is then we can tell when the fruit is about to fall, it is then we will know what this Great Shaking, the darkening of the sun and moon is all about and that the time is near -- that is for those of us who survive this devastation to strike the whole of mankind. As the days of Noah, remember?

(Mat 24:37) As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.
(Mat 24:38) For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark;
(Mat 24:39) and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.

Comment: The Days of Noah” , how often have we heard those words? Verse 38 is a favorite quote for all prophecy teachers, “they were eating and drinking, and marrying and giving in marriage”. This all sounds almost ideal, the earth would appear to be in times of great bliss and happiness, as some tell it, but the days of Noah were anything but ideal. Violence filled the earth in those days and the wickedness of man reached to the heavens – sound familiar? Even in all of the current turmoil people are going about their business, especially here in the United States, as if nothing is happening. Fighting a war on terror, collapsing economy and what is the average citizen doing? Going to the movies, taking vacations, flying here and there, not a care, not a worry. Even the unemployed are living pretty good. Sure some of the newly unemployed have had to downsize from their 3-4000 square foot home but by and large life is really good when compared to the average citizen of Pakistan, or India, or Mexico, or South America, or just about anywhere else. Even in those impoverished nations they still are marrying and giving n marriage as if all things continue, the level of poverty or wealth does not stop this event.

UPDATE 2020 -2021:  Coronavirus -- go to this link for an update that might fit into this commentary -- Mark of the Beast?

  Look, I’m not saying we should give up living because there are Wars and Rumors of Wars but we should be paying more attention than we are. In the times of Noah he was found to be blameless before YHWH and some have suggested this could well mean that he was the last of the line of Adam not to having crossbred with other races (Gen 7:1, some see this verse as "prefect in his generation). I’m not so sure of this as he had three sons and this would make them pure, genetically, also. The fact of the scripture is found in the Genesis 6:9, Noah, a righteous man, a man walking with the Creator and this fact is mentioned right after we see the men of God mingling with the daughters of other men, so you can see the natural connection. We see this in the world today the barrier of interracial marriage has been brought down. God originally confused the languages of men dividing the races by tongue and then by area. Men, however, enjoy doing just the opposite of what the Creator wants.

A day is coming when everyone will return to their own land, or place of origin -- ”like sheep without a shepherd” -- Isaiah 13:12-14 -- the timing of these prophetic words is seen in the statement, “Wrath of YHWH”, in the day of His burning anger and the day He shakes the earth – now couple that with the prophetic words found in, Rev 6:12-15.  This is no joke, a time is coming when the population of this Earth will be reduced in an effort to stop man from reaching Satan's target for the elimination of, first, all those that will not worship him, and second, that failing, to destroy all of mankind.  Why?  As asked previously -- because he sees us as his and his angels replacements.  But, in his demented mind, he fails to see that we are more than that, we are to be more than the Angels and to be like YaHshua -- we are to be the born again, Children of the Living God, YaH, brothers and sisters to YaHshua -- Hebrews 2:11 -- "...So YaHshua is not ashamed to call them brothers".

As the days of Noah, not only had the people in the days of Noah, become wicked in everything they did that even those called men of God, those who began to call on and worship in the name of YaHWeH -- Genesis 4:26 -- had become corrupted beyond repair -- from was being lost, as we see in Genesis 6, by intermarriage leading them away from the true god. Anyone knowing the story of Solomon can see this very same thing as he took to himself wives of every race and in doing so he began to cave in to their demands for religious representation in Israel. In his later years Solomon had returned Israel to a pagan worship second only to the Canaanites before them. This time of Noah is more than marrying and giving in marriage, it is a time of losing the true worship, a true gospel being lost. This makes the remark of our Savior even more pointed concerning His return, “Will He find faith on earth?” (Luke 18:8). In Noah’s day it was only Noah, only Noah while his three sons their families went along for the ride. So, as the days of Noah? Will He find faith when He returns? It may well be that the true followers of YaHshua may number in a few thousand (the 144,000 for sure) and not the millions mentioned in today’s Christian census.  YaHshua jumps to a parable about separating people -- taking the weed, first, then the wheat -- just the opposite of what the Rapturist teach.   

(Mat 24:40) Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left.
(Mat 24:41) Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left.
(Mat 24:42) Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come.

Comment: Those who teach the doctrine of the Rapture, not to be confused with the Resurrection, like to quote this verse giving no heed to the lesson about the “parable of the Weeds” -- Matthew 13:24-30 -- in this parable it is the weeds that are collected first -- "...First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned".  Those taken first, in this parable, are not the followers ot the Christ but the weeds and it is the weed, those taken up first, that are thrown into the fire. This parable is a witness against the false Rapture teaching.

The context running through verses 40 - 42, here in Matthew 24, sounds more like an equal division of people.  One taken while one is left and this begs the question, Are both Christians?  One is worthy and the other is not?  The one and the other are side by side, coworkers, it would seem.  The context would fit the taking of the Weeds much better than saying one is worthy to stay, while the other is not and is pulled up to be bundled up for burning.  If that is the Rapture, I want nothing to do with it.  We are told to watch, not just us, in this generation but every generation for the last 1900 years.  In the next quotes, YaHshua makes known the reason to keep watch, to be awake, to not stick our heads in the sand, to not fall into a comfort zone, to stay aware about events happening in this world.  We can see that with believers, each generation has thought it was living in the final generation.  It must be realized that our Heavenly Father does not delay the way men think of delay -- no He is not delaying, He is on time -- 2 Peter 3:9.

(Mat 24:43) But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into.
(Mat 24:44) So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.

Comment: 1 Thessalonians 5:4-5 is the answer to this – we are not children of the darkness that this day should take us by surprise. I am afraid, however, that that may be just the case, as we have seen, only a few escaped in the days of Noah -- we must pray for our brothers and sisters to have courage, to be able to stand in the day of His Wrath that we might glorify His Name. Will YaHshua find faith when He returns?  This is a question He asked and we should be able to shout, Yes! Hopefully, we can answer as Isayah did, "... here am I...", Oh Lord YaHshua, here am I -- Isa 6:8

(Mat 24:45) Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom the master has put in charge of the servants in his household to give them their food at the proper time?

Comment: I pray this is food for you is at the proper time. I know this is a selfish endeavor on my part but I seem driven to it.  Feeding on His Word is seeking the Kingdom first --  Mat 6:33.

(Mat 24:46) It will be good for that servant whose master finds him doing so when he returns.
(Mat 24:47) I tell you the truth, he will put him in charge of all his possessions.
(Mat 24:48) But suppose that servant is wicked and says to himself, 'My master is staying away a long time,'
(Mat 24:49) and he then begins to beat his fellow servants and to eat and drink with drunkards.
(Mat 24:50) The master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he is not aware of.

Comment: Of course, I do not want to be that servant -- we are all servants, one to another and we all have the same teacher, YaHshua -- 1 Cor 2:6-16. These verses in Matthew speak for themselves and anyone attempting to teach the Word, or to care for the people within the Body of the Messiah should take them seriously. The day of reckoning is approaching, be gentle with those you are feeding, and for yourself, be patient with those you teach in sharing the word, and be kind to those helping or feeding you.  Never compromising the Word of truth and most certainly never using the Word to punish those you are supposed to encourage by the Word. There is more than one way in the art of beating the children of God --  and to their shame, many false teachers desiring to be adored as leaders use the Word itself as a club to keep those they are deceiving in line, this, of course, is mostly for personal gain, either by greed or to feed their own ego --  2 Pt 2:3 --1 Ths 2:5.  Seekers are constantly being threatened not to judge, and you will be judged as you judge, which is true, but not the whole truth -- Mt 7:1.

This is a true saying from our Messiah, YaHshua, but is a quote that is misused and abused. The understanding is in judging, not by your words but by the Word and words of our Father in Heaven and our Savior YaHshua -- for we are also told to judge by righteous judgment, and by this, then, we are not judging by He is -- John 7:24.  When you use the Word of God as your instrument of judgment it is not you that judge but the Word -- do you see? It is not for us to "condemn" but we must judge by the written word -- it would be foolish to live with evil because we are afraid to make a judgment against evil.  And, It is by the written word we are able to defend ourselves against the deceivers, and we must make judgments constantly concerning our belief and knowledge as the Spirit leads us, as opposed to the false teachers threaten us into silence, with the "judgment club" of words they use to beat the weak back into their line of teaching. This is a pattern that is used in the misuse of the word to silence the those who would question or seek better answers, so that only the timid remain and in some cases this is used to drive a brother or sister out with the next accusation, that of being one that causes divisiveness, never mind that lies are being told and other fake demonstrations of falsehood.   But make no mistake, the abuses some of us have endured mentally and some physically, these greedy teachers will and pretenders will be alloted their place next to the hypocrites.

(Mat 24:51) He will cut him to pieces and assign him a place with the hypocrites, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Comment: Sounds like hell to me – outside of the Kingdom, do doubt. It is appropriate our Savior would end with this warning to the servants of the household as He began with a warning about “deceivers”.  He had a lot to say without giving away all the details. Why else the Book of Revelation?  The Book of Revelation follows the pattern set by our Savior YaHshua, with much more detail, but the pattern was set by YaHshua.  Call it a time line, or outline, it is a brief, covering nearly 2,000 years that is up to date with each and every passing generation.  This works because each and every generation repeats itself.  There is an old saying, that those who fail to learn from History are destined to repeat themselves, and that is a truism.  Just ask yourself, at this point in time, in this era, we call, Modern, what could mankind do, that they have not already done?  What evil could mankind undertake that would not be a repeat for what has already been done?  How often will mankind have to repeat itself before it realized that mankind cannot save itself, not matter how we worship the work of our own hands, we cannot save ourselves, we need help beyond ourselves and that help is coming but first mankind has to go to the very brink of its own extinction for this reality to really set in.

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