Section : Signs of the Times

After their triumphal entry into Jerusalem, YHVH’s Savior’s disciples were fully expecting to see the great day of his wrath against the corrupt Jewish rulers.

This was in fact the original plan.

And when they drew nigh unto Jerusalem…then sent Jesus two disciples…ye shall find an ass tied, and a colt with her: loose them, and bring them unto me. And if any man say ought unto you, ye shall say, The Lord hath need of them; and straightway he will send them. All this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, Tell ye the daughter of Sion, Behold, thy King cometh unto thee, meek, and sitting upon an ass, and a colt the foal of an ass…And a very great multitude spread their garments in the way; others cut down branches from the trees, and strawed them in the way. And the multitudes that went before, and that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna to the son of David: Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest…This is Jesus the prophet of Nazareth of Galilee.

And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves, And said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves. And the blind and the lame came to him in the temple; and he healed them.” (Matthew 21)

They were expecting Jesus to take over the kingdom of Israel at that time, with them sitting on twelve thrones as viceroys

“And when the [usurper] chief priests and scribes saw the wonderful things that he did, and the children crying in the temple, and saying, Hosanna to the son / prophesied heir of David; they were sore displeased, And said unto him, Hearest thou what these say?” 

“I send unto you prophets, and wise men, and scribes: and some of them ye shall kill and crucify; and some of them shall ye scourge in your synagogues, and persecute them from city to city: That upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel unto the blood of Zacharias son of Barachias, whom ye slew between the temple and the altar. Verily I say unto you, All these things shall come upon this generation.” (Matthew 21:12-14, 23:34-36)

Jesus “taught daily in the temple” (Luke 19:47) in the days leading to his crucifixion, so he was very familiar with the details of the magnificent complex when “his disciples came to him for to shew him the buildings of the temple.” (Matthew 24:1)

Clearly they were not familiarizing him with it, they were gloating over their new residence and wondering where each of them would be enthroned.

“And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.” (Matthew 24:2)

What a bummer. The logical conclusion to this news that was that there would be a war for the kingdom, like the Maccabees had waged against vicious Antiochus Epiphenes, with a lot of righteous people being terrorized and martyred.

They didn’t want to throw cold water on the joyous expectant crowd, so they kept this bad news to themselves.

“The disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us…what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world / ultimate salvation from sin’s suffering and death?” (Matthew 24:3)

Pay close attention to his answer.

“Take heed that no man deceive you.” (Matthew 24:4)

This is not a warning to them so much as to the later generations who would read their accounts. The scripturally literate apostles were well aware of false Christs / Saviors appearing to rescue their followers every time horrific events occurred.

Excerpts from Isaiah 8-25

“the LORD spake thus to me with a strong hand, and instructed me that I should not walk in the way of this people, saying, Say ye not, A confederacy [with Egypt, with Assyria, with Babylon, with Persia, with Greece, with Rome…, to all them to whom this people shall say, A confederacy… [instead, as instructed in the law of Moses] Sanctify the LORD of hosts/ armies himself; and let him be your fear, and let him be your dread. And he shall be for a sanctuary; but for a stone of stumbling and for a rock of offenceto the inhabitants of Jerusalem. And many among them shall stumble, and fall, and be broken, and be snared, and be taken. 

Bind up the testimony, seal the law among my disciples. And I will wait upon the LORD, that hideth his face from the house of Jacob, and I will look for him. Behold, I and the children whom the LORD hath given me are for signs and for wonders in Israel from the LORD of hosts, which dwelt in mount Zion…To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them

And in that day did the LORD God of hosts call to weeping, and to mourning, and to baldness, and to girding with sackcloth: And behold joy and gladness, slaying oxen, and killing sheep, eating flesh, and drinking wine: let us eat and drink; for to morrow we shall die…Surely this iniquity shall not be purged from you till ye die, saith the LORD God of hosts…And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will call my servant…and he shall be a father to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and to the house of Judah. And the key of the house of David will I lay upon his shoulder; so he shall open, and none shall shut; and he shall shut, and none shall open.

he will destroy in this mountain the face of the covering cast over all people, and the vail that is spread over all nations. He will swallow up death in victory; and the LORD God will wipe away tears from off all faces; and the rebuke of his people shall he take away from off all the earth: for the Lord hath spoken it.

And it shall be said in that day, Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him, and he will save us: this is the LORD; we have waited for him, we will be glad and rejoice in his salvation.

As YHVH’s Savior answered his disciple’s query, he only provided talking points. His scripturally literate Apostles could fill in the details from the scriptures describing tribulation and rescue:

  • Genesis, especially the prototypical days of Noah and Nimrod,
  • Exodus – Joshua battling giants,
  • history books from Judges through the Maccabees under oppression from foreign nations
  • the prophets from Enoch through John the Baptist preaching the name / way of salvation.

The next opportunity to reclaim dominion by mankind was lost by the Jewish rulers who rejected Paul’s preaching, and the responsibility for leading the Kingdom of Heaven on earth was left with the Gentiles. 

Because of the scriptural illiteracy of the burgeoning numbers of Gentile Christians, John collates Daniel with Matthew 24 in the book of Revelation.

Do realize, the sequence not time delineated. Once one of these forces gets moving, the momentum keeps it going, until all the winds of war merge like an F5 tornado into one totally chaotic maelstrom.

  1. Many shall come in my YHVH’s Savior’s name  / attributes of spiritual salvation and shall deceive many leading to
  2. Wars with associated famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places leading to blame and
  3. World-wide tribulation on YHVH’s people who shall fall by the sword, by flame, by captivity, and by spoil…to try them and to purge and to make them white, leads to
  4. Religious leaders taking offense, betraying and hating YHVH’s people leads to
  5. Rise of false prophets leads to
  6. Forsaking the holy covenant, which in Jesus’ update of Daniel’s prophecy certainly means the New Covenant in his blood so these prophets are within what we call Christianity.
  7. Israel places the abomination that maketh desolate in the holy place.
  8. The vile king shall exalt himself and shall plant the tabernacles / tents / bivouac of his palace between the seas in the glorious holy mountain.

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