End Time - Prophecies

THE GREAT DEBATE! Futurists VS Preterists. Did the Abomination of Desolation in Matthew 24:15 already Fulfill?

Section 1: Introduction - The Great Debate: Preterist VS Futurist

Preterist

Basically, Preterists (Amillennialism/Preterism) offer an eschatological view that interprets prophecies of the Bible as occurring in the past, including most or all of the prophecies of the Book of Revelation, Preterists interpret as occurring in the past. For more information on the eschatological view: Amillennialism/Preterism, and their different camps, please visit gotquestions.org directly.

Futurist

Basically, Futurists (Premillennialism/Chiliasm) offer an eschatological view that rather interprets prophecies of the Bible as certain prophecies do remain yet to be historically fulfilled. Even certain parallel prophecies from the Book of Daniel, and all of the prophecies from the Book of Revelation, Futurists do interpret as prophetic events that have not yet fulfilled in human history. My Camp. For more information on the eschatological view: Premillennialism/Chiliasm and their different camps, please visit gotquestions.org directly.

Reference Links

All links offer a New Window so that the Reader would not lose their place within this article while perusing link references of interest. All reference links to the Bible Teachers and their articles are Futurists in their eschatology, and are provided for the reader to research on their own if they so chose to do so.

Bible Teacher Refences

Section 2 - My own Dealing with Preterists

I, myself, had more than one encounter with Preterists. One Preterist, who stated to me that Matthew Chapter 24 verse 15 (Matthew 24:15), which is a prophecy of an Abomination of Desolation, also spoken of through the Prophet Daniel, had fulfilled in A.D. 70. Preterists actually hold four different view(s) in regards to how the prophetic verse of Matthew 24:15 could have already fulfilled back in the first century A.D.

One of the Preterist views in regards, the Third View, refers to when the Romans destroyed the City [Jerusalem], and set the Sanctuary [Historic Second Holy Temple] on fire to burn to the ground, and that the Romans soldiers had also set up their standards [Idols/Images] opposite the eastern gate and offered sacrifices, per a commentary by Dr. Stanley D. Toussaint. My own investigation will be investigating the "Third View" held by the Preterists.

For those unfamiliar, the prophecy written in Matthew 24:15, was prophesied by the LORD Jesus Christ Himself to His disciples, and has to do with a prophetic event known as an Abomination of Desolation, which again, was also spoken of through Daniel the Prophet.

Section 3: Topic of Investigation - Abomination of Desolation

Questions to ask in this Investigation

  1. What defines an act of an Abomination of Desolation?
  2. Is there an act of an Abomination of Desolation on historic record by which, I may review how it was defined/classified as an Abomination of Desolation?

Exhibit A: Historic Record of an Abomination of Desolation

"Refers to the desecration of the Temple by the erection of a Zeus statue in its sacred precincts by Antiochus Epiphanes " [Jewish Encyclopedia]

"On his way back from Egypt in 169 B.C.E., Antiochus broke into the Temple, and carried off its precious vessels; two years later he erected the "abomination of desolation" on the altar, turning the building into a temple of Zeus." [Jewish Virtual Library]

Case File: Antiochus Epiphanies, and his Abomination of Desolation committed

  1. Antiochus Epiphanies ordered sacred services of the Jews to be stopped. "Sabbaths and festivals were not to be observed;..." (Per Jewish Encyclopedia), "The sacred services were suspended for over three years" (Jewish Virtual Library)
  2. Antiochus Epiphanies was a Gentile [Non Jewish]
  3. Antiochus Epiphanies erected a Statue/Image of another god On The Altar inside the Holy Temple ='s Definition of an Abomination of Desolation
  4. Antiochus Epiphanies committed his Abomination of Desolation historically in 167 B.C. [Before the First Coming of Jesus Christ]
  5. Antiochus Epiphanies, also sacrificed a pig on the altar in the Temple
  6. Antiochus Epiphanies committed his Abomination of Desolation on the Altar in the Historic Second Holy Temple, which was later destroyed in A.D. 70

Section 4: Preterists Present Their Case on Matthew 24:15

The four different views Preterists hold to on how Matthew 24:15 could have fulfilled are listed below. Please visit the on-line commentary by Dr. Stanley D. Toussaint, and see pages 479 & 480, to peruse these four views and his commentary in regards for yourself if you'd like. Dr. Toussaint's commentary is in a .pdf file format. Per Dr. Toussaint's commentary, Preterists feel the prophecy of the Abomination of Desolation written in Matthew 24:15, also spoken of through the prophet Daniel, could have fulfilled either before or during the fall of Jerusalem. Mark 13:14 is a parallel of Matthew 24:15 in regards to the prophecy of an Abomination of Desolation.

  1. "First, preterists say it could have been the occupation of the temple courts by murderous zealots. These zealots even invaded the holy of holies [location of the Altar], placed an imposter in office as high priest, and ordained unqualified misfits to the priesthood. Josephus [a Jewish Historian of that time] referred to this in The Jewish Wars."
  2. "Second, preterists say the abomination of desolation may have been the intrusion into Jerusalem by Idumeans (at the invitation and aid of the zealots), who slaughtered many people, including the chief priest Annas. (This polluted the temple courts with blood and took place before A.D. 70, probably in A.D. 68.)"
  3. "Third [Third View], preterists say it is possible that the abomination of desolation refers to the capture and burning of the temple by the Romans. Torching the temple, the Romans soldiers set up their standards [Images/Idols] opposite the eastern gate and offered sacrifices. Preterists says, “The Roman abomination hypothesis is the most popular since it parallels the actions of Antiochus Epiphanes.”
  4. "The fourth explanation of the abomination of desolation. A certain Preterist believes it describes the corruption of the temple by the abominations and defilements of apostate Israel."

Investigation Q: In regards to the Preterist Third View, and in light of Section 3 Exhibit A above, does the Roman abomination hypothesis really parallel the actions of Antiochus Epiphanes?

In light of what a Historic Record has already defined for me as to exactly what defines an Abomination of Desolation in Section 3 Exhibit A, noting also the Case-File on Antiochus Epiphanes in Section 3, only the Third View offered by the Preterists warrants my further investigation, and already with another heavy question to ponder.

Investigation Q: Why doesn't the Jewish Encyclopedia, nor the Jewish Virtual Library, recognize the Third View, or any of the other three views offered by the Preterists as another Abomination of Desolation in Jewish History?

Section 5: The Keeping of History

Exhibit B: Jewish Prophecy Somewhat Tinged by Christianity

  • Historical Record - Jewish Encyclopedia - ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION
  • In referencing the Jewish Encyclopedia link from the bullet above on the historic Abomination of Desolation committed by Antiochus Epiphanies, the Reader of my investigation should Take Note that the Jewish Encyclopedia refers their Jewish prophecy as being somewhat tinged by Christianity on that web page.

Investigation Q: Perhaps Exhibit B just above, the Jews feeling their Jewish Prophecy as being somewhat tinged by Christianity is the reason why the Jewish Encyclopedia does not recognize at least the Third View [ #3 in Section 4] offered by the Preterists as another Abomination of Desolation?

Exhibit C: Fulfilled Prophecies, Prophesied by The LORD Jesus Christ

What is interesting about the comment made by the Jewish Encyclopedia of their Jewish prophecy being somewhat tinged by Christianity is that the Jewish Encyclopedia does list the destruction of their Historic Second Holy Temple; the destruction of Jerusalem; and their Historic worldwide exile [diaspora] in their Jewish Encyclopedia. Three Major Historical Events in Jewish History, which all three were prophesied by the LORD Jesus Christ to occur.

  1. Jesus foretold specifically of the Destruction of the Historic Second Holy Temple in the parallel accounts of His Olivet Discourse in Matthew 24:2 (See parallels also: Mark 13:2, Luke 21:6), which fulfilled in A.D. 70
  2. Jesus foretold Jerusalem would also be left desolate because the Jews did not recognize their visitation by the Messiah {Jesus} Luke 19:43-44. Jerusalem would be destroyed, Luke 21:20-23, which fulfilled in A.D. 70
  3. After falling from the edge of the sword from the war with the Romans, the LORD Jesus Christ foretold that the Jews would then be scattered among the nations [exile - diaspora]. First part of the prophetic verse Luke 21:24

Exhibit D: References from Jewish Encyclopedia for Exhibit C.

  1. Destruction of The Historic Second Holy Temple (70)
  2. Destruction of the City [Jerusalem] (70)
  3. Vicissitudes of Roman Rule. Dispersion. II. The vicissitudes just described exerted a decisive influence upon the dispersion of the Jewish people throughout the world.

Exhibit E: The Ancient Roman Writer/Historian Tacitus

Per an ancient Roman writer/historian by the name of Tacitus, the mad Roman Emperor Gaius Julius Caesar Germanicus - nicknamed Caligula, who thought he was a god, attempted to commit an Abomination of Desolation prior to his assassination in A.D. 41. The Roman Emperor Caligula, demanded an image of himself [Statue/effigy] to be placed in the Historic Second Holy Temple in the Holy of Holies [Altar area]. Had the mad Roman Emperor Caligula gotten his foul way, there would have been another historic record of an Abomination of Desolation on record, aside the historic record of the Abomination of Desolation committed further back in time in 167 B.C. by Antiochus Epiphanes. The Jewish Encyclopedia, the Jewish Virtual Library, and Temple Mount Org, all have record of this failed attempt to commit another Abomination of Desolation by the mad Roman Emperor Caligula. I offer this historic information for the four reasons listed below.

  1. There is a Historical record of this failed attempt to commit an Abomination of Desolation by the mad Roman Emperor Caligula. Section 5 Exhibit E.
  2. As historical evidence in support as to what exactly Defines an Abomination of Desolation.
  3. The failed attempt to set-up an Image/Statue of the mad Roman Emperor Caligula [another god] in the Holy of Holies [Altar area] of the Historic Second Holy Temple [Section 5 Exhibit E], verifies and supports the original definition given for an Abomination of Desolation noted above in Section 3 Exhibit A.
  4. There is only one (1) definition for an Abomination of Desolation

Exhibit F: The ancient Jewish Writer/Historian Josephus

In section 4, and per Dr. Toussaint's commentary, Preterists believe the Abomination of Desolation Prophesied by the LORD Jesus Christ in Matthew 24:15, and also spoken of through the Prophet Daniel, could have happened before or during the fall of Jerusalem, which also included the destruction of the Historic Second Holy Temple.

For those unfamiliar, the ancient Jewish Writer/Historian Josephus, did write of the destruction of Jerusalem and the Historic Second Holy Temple back in A.D. 70, as these events took place right before his very eyes. Josephus, also wrote of the mad Roman Emperor Caligula, per Temple Mount Org.

Section 6 My Closing Argument

Exhibits B, C, and D of Section 5 were exhibited to clearly display that although the Jews still refer their Jewish Prophecy as somewhat tinged by Christianity, the Jews have not rejected what had actually occurred in their very own Jewish History [Exhibit D], which are historically fulfilled prophecies [Exhibit C] written/recorded in their Jewish Encyclopedia, and historically written/recorded in their Jewish Encyclopedia, just as the LORD Jesus Christ had prophesied they would occur.

In Light of Exhibits E & F of Section 5, it is certainly not because the Jews find their Jewish Prophecy as somewhat tinged by Christianity that the Jews do not recognize the Third View, or any of the other three views offered by the Preterists as an Abomination of Desolation. It's simply because the Jews do not have another official historical record of another actual Abomination of Desolation by its original given definition [Section 3, Exhibit A] taking place in the time-frame of before or during the destruction of Jerusalem and the Historic Second Holy Temple.

If the prophetic Abomination of Desolation written in the prophetic verse of Matthew 24:15, and also spoken of through the prophet Daniel had actually fulfilled before or during the A.D. 70 destruction of Jerusalem and the Historic Second Holy Temple, that is if another Abomination of Desolation by its given definition had actually occurred back then, the Jewish Encyclopedia would surely have on historical record of another official act of an Abomination of Desolation taking place in their Jewish History, as such a foul act pertains to Jewish History.

The Jewish Encyclopedia & Virtual Library, only acknowledges/records the one (1) foul Historic Abomination of Desolation committed by Antiochus Epiphanies further back in time in 167 B.C.[Section 3, Exhibit A and Case File #2], and that is the real simple reality.

For the Jewish People to Consider

Exhibits B, C, and D were also exhibited to pose a question to the Jewish People.

Q: Have you investigated personally for yourselves whether or not Jewish Prophecy is really somewhat tinged by Christianity?

Section 7: My Determination of this Case

In light of the Historic Record of the Abomination of Desolation historically committed by Antiochus Epiphanies back in 167 B.C. [Section 3 Exhibit A], along with the historic record of the failed attempt by the mad Roman Emperor Caligula [Section 5 Exhibit E] to commit another Abomination of Desolation prior to his assassination in A.D 41, It is quite clear to me that what defines an Abomination of Desolation is the erecting of a Statue [Idol/Image] of another god Over The Altar inside a Holy Temple of the Jews.

And, Not even at the location: 'opposite the eastern gate.' [Third View of the Preterists]

In Section 4 #3, the Preterists conclude that their Third View parallels the historic Abomination of Desolation committed by Antiochus Epiphanies back in 167 B.C. [Section 3 Exhibit A]. Per the Historical Records of both Section 3 Exhibit A, and the failed attempt of Section 5 Exhibit E, no parallel can honestly be concluded.

My determination therefore being since the Jewish Encyclopedia, Virtual Library, rightly only acknowledge the one (1) historical record of an Abomination of Desolation committed in 167 B.C. by Antiochus Epiphanies, such a reality simply means that the end-times prophecy given by the LORD Jesus Christ and written in Matthew 24:15, also spoken of through Daniel the Prophet, has not yet occurred in human history, and remains yet to be fulfilled as of the month of June of the year 2012, as such an end-times prophecy requires a Third Temple of the Jews to be built in Jerusalem on the temple mount in order for another actual Abomination of Desolation to occur. I will be providing more supportive information in regards in the following Prophecy Review Section.

Section 8 - A Future Third Temple and another Abomination of Desolation

Q: Who is prophesied to commit this future Abomination of Desolation the LORD Jesus Christ prophesied of in Matthew 24:15, also spoken of through the prophet Daniel?

A: Futurists refer to him as the end-times antichrist, who is also referred to by other Biblical titles within the Holy Bible, aside the Biblical title: antichrist.

Bible Teacher Reference

"The Bible indicates in at least four places that the Jewish people will rebuild a third temple structure on the temple mount in the end times.' Dr. Mark Hitchcock

Q: Who do the Preterists refer to as their antichrist in their interpretation of Scripture?

Bible Teacher Reference

A: Most preterists believe the following: 1. Nero was the Antichrist. There will be no future individual Antichrist. Dr. Ed Hindson, courtesy of acordingtoprophecy.org.

In 2 Thessalonians Chapter 2, the Apostle Paul inspired by the Holy Spirit, prophesied of a Man of Lawlessness [man of sin] taking his seat in the Temple of God, claiming himself to be God. The Preterists interpret this man of lawlessness as historically being the Roman Emperor Nero. I will investigate the Preterist interpretation further in Prophecy Review Section # 8. Man of Lawlessness [man of sin], being yet another Biblical title referring to the end-times antichrist.

Before anyone entertains the thought that a Third Temple of the Jews will never be built in Jerusalem on the temple mount, please feel free to read the next section: Prophecy Review Section. For the rest, I rest my case, that the prophecy of Matthew chapter 24 verse 15 (Matthew 24:15) also spoken of through the Prophet Daniel, has not yet occurred in human history, has not yet been fulfilled in human history, and still awaits to be fulfilled, as of the month of June of the year 2012.

End of my initial Investigation.


Prophecy Review Section

Prophecies that I will review within this entire Prophecy Review Section of course will be reviewed in the Chronological order given, in context. The Purpose of this Prophecy Review Section is to provide further support of my determination, determined in Section 7 of my initial Investigation above. And, that certain parallel prophecies do require a Third Temple of the Jews to be built on the temple mount in order for another actual Abomination of Desolation to occur. For those unfamiliar, I will also provide very basic notes where needed.

Book of Matthew Prophecy Review # 1

Matthew Chapter 24 Verses 1 through 16, Matthew 24:1-16.

"Then Jesus went out and departed from the temple, and His disciples came up to show Him the buildings of the temple." (Matthew 24:1)

Matthew V-1 Note: Buildings of the temple, refer to the Historic Second Holy Temple.

And Jesus said to them, “Do you not see all these things? Assuredly, I say to you, not one stone shall be left here upon another, that shall not be thrown down.” (Matthew 24:2)

Dropping Anchor - Anchor # 1
Anchoring A Time Line

The Prophecy made by the LORD Jesus Christ of the destruction of the Historic Second Holy Temple in Matthew 24:2 above in bold, fulfilled historically in A.D. 70.

 

Establishing a Time-Line: A.D. 70

As He was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things happen, and what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?” (Matthew 24:3)

Matthew V-3 Note # 1: Obviously, the disciple were inquiring about the time of His Second Coming in verse 3 above. It is written in Acts 1:6-7 of the disciples asking the LORD Jesus Christ after His Resurrection from the dead if the LORD would then be restoring the Kingdom to Israel. The LORD Jesus Christ then replied to His disciples that it was not for them to know times and epochs GOD the Father had fixed by His own Authority.

And Jesus answered and said to them, See to it that no one misleads you." (Matthew 24:4)

"For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will mislead many." (Matthew 24:5)

"You will be hearing of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not frightened, for those things must take place, but that is not yet the end. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and in various places there will be famines and earthquakes. But all these things are merely the beginning of birth pangs. (Matthew 24:6-8)

“Then they will deliver you to tribulation, and will kill you, and you will be hated by all nations because of My name. At that time many will fall away and will betray one another and hate one another. Many false prophets will arise and will mislead many. Because lawlessness is increased, most people’s love will grow cold. But the one who endures to the end, he will be saved. This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come. (Matthew 24:9-14)

"Therefore when you see the ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION which was spoken of through Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place (let the reader understand), (Matthew 24:15)

"then those who are in Judea must flee to the mountains. (Matthew 24:16)

Observation # 1

Per my determination, determined in Section 7 of my initial Investigation, the prophetic verse of Matthew 24:15 given by the LORD Jesus Christ of an Abomination of Desolation, which was also spoken of through the prophet Daniel, requires a Third Jewish Temple to be in service in order for another actual Abomination of Desolation to occur.

Current Events

  1. Interesting, that the Jews already have all the instruments made and prepared to once again conduct Temple Service in a Third Temple. Even the Levite Priests are in training. [See Reference Link: The Temple Institute for a Third Temple].

Findings in Archaelogy

What else is interesting is that the Temple Institute has published on their official web site the most recent finding in archeology that suggests that the Third Temple of the Jews could be built without disturbing the location of the Dome of the Rock. I will review this finding in archaeology further after the completion of the Prophecy Review Section.

Book of Luke Prophecy Review # 2

Luke Chapter 21, verses 20 through 24. Scripture in BOLD, represents prophecy that has already been historically fulfilled.

"But when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then recognize that her desolation is near. (Luke 21:20)

"Then those who are in Judea must flee to the mountains, and those who are in the midst of the city must leave, and those who are in the country must not enter the city;" (Luke 21:21)

"because these are days of vengeance, so that all things which are written will be fulfilled." (Luke 21:22)

"Woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days; for there will be great distress upon the land and wrath to this people;" (Luke 21:23)

Dropping Anchor - Anchor # 2
Anchoring A Time Line

The LORD Jesus Christ prophesied of the destruction of Jerusalem by the Romans, which historically fulfilled in A.D. 70.

 

Establishing a Time-Line: A.D. 70

Bible Teacher References

"and they will fall by the edge of the sword, and will be led captive into all the nations; and Jerusalem will be trampled under foot by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled." (Luke 21:24)

Dropping Anchor - Anchor # 3
Anchoring A Time Line

The partial part of the prophecy in BOLD in Luke 21:24 just above is the only part of the prophetic verse that I'll examine here, as that particular part of the prophetic verse has already been historically fulfilled. Upon the destruction of the Historic Second Holy Temple, and Jerusalem the city back in A.D. 70 is when the Jews began their Historic exile [diaspora] into all the nations. Please also note the word: UNTIL within the prophetic verse of Luke 21:24.

 

Establishing Time-Lines:

 

A.D. 70 - Exile of Jews into all the nations began.

"The Second Jewish Revolt against Rome —
also known as the Bar Cochba Revolt
(A.D. 132-135)" Dr. Arnold Fruchtenbaum Page 5.

Reference Note

References used that refer to the Jewish Revolt of A.D. 132-135, spell the name of this particular Jewish Revolt [Bar Kokba/Cochba] differently, however regardless of this spelling discrepancy, all references in regards, do refer to the same exact Jewish Revolt that took place A.D. 132-135.

Bible Teacher & Library References

  1. Luke 21:24: "In this passage [the bolded part above], Jesus predicted the destruction of Jerusalem which took place in 70 A.D. and the subsequent diaspora--the global dispersion of the Jews." Dr. Tony Garland.
  2. Luke 21:24 "He will scatter them via the A.D. 70 judgment" Dr. Thomas Ice.
  3. Library: The Bar-Kokhba Revolt (132-135 C.E.) Jewish Virtual Library
  4. Library: End of the War - Bar Kokba Revolt. "Indeed, the end of the Jewish nation had come." Jewish Encyclopedia
Observation # 2

Dropped Anchors

Dropped ANCHOR # 1

The Historic Second Holy Temple was destroyed in A.D. 70, historically fulfilling the prophecy prophesied by the LORD Jesus Christ in Matthew 24:2.

Dropped ANCHOR # 2

The City Jerusalem was also destroyed in A.D. 70, historically fulfilling the prophecy prophesied by the LORD Jesus Christ in Luke 21:20-23

Dropped ANCHOR # 3

The Jews began their exile [diaspora] in A.D. 70 into all the nations, historically fulfilling the part of Luke 21:24 in bold, prophesied by the LORD Jesus Christ. Please remember the prophetic verse of Luke 21:24 included the word: UNTIL.

Special Observation To Note - Part 1

As stated by Dr. Thomas Ice from a reference link above, both the Preterist and the Futurists agree that Luke 21:20-24 was a literal prophecy of the A.D. 70 Judgement, which Historical Records do verify. What the Reader should Note is that the Preterists claim that the Luke 21:20-24 prophecy is a parallel of the Matthew 24:15 prophecy, also spoken of through the Prophet Daniel, which historical records do not verify [Sections 5,6,7 of my initial investigation].

Preterists interpret the word desolation in the below prophetic verse of Luke 21:20, as including an Abomination of Desolation. Dr. Thomas Ice answers the Preterist interpretation below the Luke 21:20 prophetic verse.

"But when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then recognize that her desolation is near. (Luke 21:20)

Bible Teacher Reference

Please keep the Special Observation Note # 1 in mind when I further examine the Book of Daniel in regards.

Q: In considering the Historically Fulfilled Prophecies on the Dropped Anchors listed above, what would first have to occur before a Third Temple of the Jews could even be thought to be built in Jerusalem on the temple mount?

Book of Ezekiel Prophecy Review # 3

"Therefore prophesy concerning the land of Israel and say to the mountains and to the hills, to the ravines and to the valleys, "Thus says the Lord GOD, 'Behold, I have spoken in My jealousy and in My wrath because you have endured the insults of the nations. Therefore thus says the Lord GOD, 'I have sworn that surely the nations which are around you will themselves endure their insults. But you, O mountains of Israel, you will put forth your branches and bear your fruit for My people Israel; for they will soon come." (Ezekiel 36:6-8)

"They will say, 'This desolate land [Israel] has become like the garden of Eden; and the waste, desolate and ruined cities are fortified and inhabited.' (Ezekiel 36:35)

"Say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD, “Behold, I will take the sons of Israel from among the nations where they have gone, and I will gather them from every side and bring them into their own land; and I will make them one nation in the land [1948], on the mountains of Israel; and one king will be king for all of them; and they will no longer be two nations and no longer be divided into two kingdoms." (Ezekiel 37:21-22)

"After many days you will be summoned; in the LATTER YEARS you will come into the land that is restored from the SWORD, whose inhabitants [Jews] have been gathered from many nations to the mountains of Israel which had been a continual waste; but its people [Jews] were brought out from the nations, and they are living securely, all of them." (Ezekiel 38:8)

 

Observation # 2-B

LATTER YEARS - Ezekiel 38:8 above

A Reference of what will occur in the End-Times in and against Israel.

the land that is restored from the SWORD - Ezekiel 38:8 above

Restored from the SWORD The LORD Jesus Christ prophesied the Jews [they] would fall from within the prophetic part of the verse Luke 21:24 in bold.

 

The LORD Jesus Christ did prophesy within the prophetic verse of Luke 21:24 that the Jews [they] would fall from the edge of the SWORD, and be scattered among the nations; and Jerusalem would be trampled by the Gentiles .....'UNTIL' The word: 'UNTIL', also declaring that the Jews would be returning from their scattered exile [diaspora] into all the nations, back into their ancient homeland per Divine timing, and in preparation for the Second Coming of the LORD Jesus Christ.

Bible Teacher Reference

Land of ancient Israel to be Restored

In regards to Ezekiel 36:6-8, Ezekiel 36:35 above. If we've actually studied the history of the A.D. 70 destruction brought on by the Romans against the Jews, we would know that the ancient homeland of the Jews did remain a continual waste, Ezekiel 38:8, until LORD GOD started to bring Jews back into their ancient homeland. The agriculture of the land of the Israel has indeed become like the garden of Eden. One need only take a real good look.

 

After many days you will be summoned - Ezekiel 38:8

A Massive War against the restored Jewish Nation will occur in the Latter Years/End-Times/Last Days, [Ezekiel chapters 38 & 39]. A coalition of nations/peoples against the restored nation of Israel that includes Persia [Persia AKA modern day IRAN]. Sound familiar?

Bible Teacher Reference

Video Presentation: Ezekiel's Prophetic Enigma by Hal Lindsey

Bible Teacher References

Dropping Anchor - Anchor # 4
Anchoring A Time Line

Lord GOD had promised Israel would become a Nation. Bible Prophecy Historically Fulfilled.

 

Establishing a Time-Line: 1948 Israel Became a Nation

 

Lord GOD had also kept His promise that the land of Israel would begin to be restored from its ruin of the A.D. 70 destruction, upon returning Jews from their exile/diaspora back to their ancient homeland.

 

Observation # 3

Q: In considering the Historically Fulfilled Prophecies of the Dropped Anchors as listed in Observation # 2, what would first have to occur before a Third Temple of the Jews could even be thought to be built in Jerusalem on the temple mount?

Dropped Anchor # 4

A: Before a Third Temple could even be thought to be built in Jerusalem on the temple mount, Jews of course would have to first be restored back into their ancient homeland from their exile [diaspora] that began in A.D. 70, and be as a Nation of people, which Israel became a nation in 1948.

Current Events

  1. Orthodox Jews eagerly await to build their Third Temple
  2. Israel has been a Nation since the year 1948
  3. The once destroyed land of ancient Israel has been restored and Inhabited by Jews.
  4. Jews are still returning to Israel to make Israel their Home
  5. War threats [IRAN], among others against Israel are increasing.

Parallel Prophecies

For those unfamiliar, please keep the first two Dropped Anchors of Observation # 2 above in mind, as they do Parallel prophetically prophecy written in Daniel Chapter 9 verse 26 [Daniel 9:26], which I'll examine next from the Book of Daniel.

Book of Daniel Prophecy Review # 4

I will first be examining Chapter 9 of the Book of Daniel, verses 24 through 27. For those unfamiliar, the 70 weeks given within the prophetic Daniel 9:24 verse are Sabbatical years. "Each week", therefore representing a period of "7 years each" for a grand total of 490 years.

NOTING A TIME GAP

Although the Daniel 9:24-27 prophecy does call for only 490 years to complete, the Reader should notice A BIG GAP OF TIME, which will present itself as far longer than the 490 years prophesied to complete. This Big Gap of Time should be noticed between the prophetic verses of verse 26 and verse 27. The Reason why will be explained with further references in Observation # 6.

Bible Teachers: Daniel 9:24-27 Commentaries

Below, I've provided four different resources/studies by four different Bible Teachers in regards to the 70 week Prophecy, Sabbatical years. The first two include in-defense commentaries against the Preterist views.

The Prophecy of Daniel 9:24-27

I will be focusing mainly on the prophecies regarding the Historically Fulfilled Prophecies of the destruction of the city [Jerusalem] and the Sanctuary [Historic Second Holy Temple], that God had also given to Daniel to prophesy about.

"Seventy weeks have been decreed for your people and your holy city, to finish the transgression, to make an end of sin, to make atonement for iniquity, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision and prophecy and to anoint the most holy place." (Daniel 9:24)

"So you are to know and discern that from the issuing of a decree to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until Messiah the Prince there will be seven weeks and sixty-two weeks; it will be built again, with plaza and moat, even in times of distress. (Daniel 9:25)

"Then after the sixty-two weeks the Messiah will be cut off and have nothing, and the people of the prince who is to come will destroy the city and the sanctuary. And its end [Jerusalem] will come with a flood [War]; even to the end there will be war; desolations are determined. (Daniel 9:26)

Dropping Anchor - Anchor # 5
Anchoring A Time Line

In verse 26 above, a prophecy in bold clearly declares that the Life of the Messiah {Jesus} historically would be lived out BEFORE the A.D. 70 historic destruction of the City [Jerusalem] and Sanctuary [Historic Second Holy Temple] had occurred. This prophecy of the Messiah being cut off [rejected/put to death] and have nothing [would not reign until His Second Coming], fulfilled historically in the Life, Death, and Resurrection of the LORD Jesus Christ.

 

Establishing Time-Line: A.D. 33. Establishing exactly Who Jesus was, and still IS. The CHRIST. Amen.

 

Dropping Anchor - Anchor # 6
Anchoring A Time Line

Another section in bold of the prophetic verse 26 above clearly prophecies of the A.D. 70 destruction of the City [Jerusalem] and Sanctuary [Historic Second Holy Temple] by the Romans, which occurred historically about 37 years AFTER the Life, Death, Resurrection, and Ascension of the LORD Jesus Christ into Heaven.

 

Establishing Time-Line: A.D. 70

The Romans Destroyed the City and Sanctuary in A.D. 70.

 

Observation # 4 - Daniel 9:26

As prophesied and written in Daniel 9:26

Dropped Anchor # 5

The Messiah {Jesus} would historically come onto the world scene BEFORE the the historic destruction of the city [Jerusalem] and the Sanctuary [Historic Second Holy Temple] had occurred.

For the Jewish People to Consider

 

Bible Teacher Reference

Dropped Anchor # 6

The two particular parallel prophecies, (1) the destruction of the City [Jerusalem] and (2) Sanctuary [Historic Second Holy Temple] from the prophetic verse of Daniel 9:26, which again, both were destroyed in A.D. 70. by the Romans, do Parallel the historically fulfilled prophecies prophesied by the LORD Jesus Christ Himself in regards to the destruction of the Sanctuary [Historic Second Holy Temple] Matthew 24:2, and the destruction of the City [Jerusalem] Luke 21:20-23.

 

Since those two particular parallel prophecies from Daniel 9:26 given to the prophet Daniel by LORD GOD, do Parallel the prophecies prophesied by the LORD Jesus Christ Himself, we know both prophetically & historically that the exile [diaspora] of the Jews into all the nations Followed [part of verse Luke 21:24 in bold].

 

And, there hasn't been a Temple of the Jews on the temple mount in Jerusalem since A.D. 70.

 

NOTING A TIME GAP

Please keep in mind A BIG GAP OF TIME that I've mentioned above.

 

Observation # 5 - Daniel 9:26

The Prince who is to come? [as written from Daniel 9:26]

  • Another Biblical title used to refer to the end-times antichirst.
  • Beast; First Beast; Son of Perdition; Man of Lawlessness [man of sin]; Prince who is to come...etc; are Biblical titles, and all referring to the end-times antichrist.
  • The use of Prince who is to come written within the prophetic verse of the Daniel 9:26 scripture also offers the blood line [ancestry line] of the end-times antichrist. The blood line stems from the People who destroyed the City [Jerusalem] and the Sanctuary [Historic Second Holy Temple] back in A.D. 70, which those People were the Romans.

Bible Teacher: Dr. Thomas Ice Helps us below

 

"Because the emphasis of this verse [verse 26] is upon “the people,” not the subordinate clause “the prince who is to come.” This passage is apparently stated this way so that this prophecy would link the Roman destruction with the a.d. 70 event, but at the same time setting up the antichrist to be linked to the final week of years to the first “he” in verse 27."

 

"He is not described as the prince coming with the people, but instead a detached and distant description, as one who is coming. This suggests that the people and the prince will not arrive in history together. Dr. Steven Miller adds, “but v. 27 makes clear that this ‘ruler’ will be the future persecutor of Israel during the seventieth seven. ‘The people of the rule’ does not mean that the people ‘belong to’ the ruler but rather that the ruler will come from these people.” - Dr. Thomas Ice, page 27 of link .pdf.

 

The Preterist Interpretation - Prince who is to come

Preterists interpret the "prince who is to come' as being the Messiah {Jesus} just cut off from the prophetic chronological order. The reason why I provided the Bible Teacher Reference from Dr. Thomas Ice just above.

I also provided the Dropped Anchors [Dropped Anchors # 5 & # 6] and their related information to clearly display the chronology. We'll examine this Preterist interpretation more in observation # 6.

 

NOTING A TIME GAP

Again, please prepare to keep in mind A BIG GAP OF TIME that I've mentioned previously, as we move to examine the prophetic verse of Daniel 9:27.

"And he [prince who is to come] will make a firm covenant with the many for one week [for 7 years], but in the middle of the week he will put a stop to sacrifice and grain offering; and on the wing of abominations will come one who makes desolate, even until a complete destruction, one that is decreed, is poured out on the one who makes desolate." (Daniel 9:27)

Observation # 6 - Daniel 9:27

Q: Prince who is to come: The antichrist, or the Messiah Jesus Christ?

Bible Teacher Reference

 

A: Prince who is to come, refers to the coming end-times antichrist.

 

Now that we know that we're dealing with the end-times antichrist [prince who is to come] in the prophetic verse of Daniel 9:27, that 'And he' does refer to the prince [antichrist] who is still yet to come as of June of the year 2012, we now also know, we have A BIG TIME GAP beyond the 490 years prophesied to complete the Daniel 9:24-27 prophecy, which will be explained within this big Observation # 6.

But, let's examine what this prince [antichrist] will first do in sequence when he does show up on the world scene within the future, possibly the very near future. To see if the Daniel 9:27 prophetic verse too does in fact require a Third Temple of the Jews to be built.

 

Making A Firm Covenant

Q: Has the prophesied Firm Covenant in Daniel 9:27 been fulfilled already in History?

A: No, there is no historical record of such a Firm Covenant being made with "the Many" for 7 years as of June of the year 2012.

 

Keep In Mind a coming "Firm Covenant with the many"
 
Where the 'context' of the prophecy of Daniel 9:24-27 is clearly directed toward the Prophet Daniel and his people, the Jews, this coming Firm Covenant as prophesied in the prophetic verse of Daniel 9:27 that will be made with "the many," obviously includes being made with the Jews too.
 

I wrote another article just below with Bible Teacher References too in regards to what may be meant by: "The Many". Author and Bible Teacher Joel Rosenberg emphasizes/suggests "the many" as the antichrist will confirm a firm covenant between the surrounding nations of Israel, and Israel, as a peaceful solution.

 

Q: Is part of Daniel 9:27 referring to a future covenant to be made with 'JUST the Jews?

Before we examine what this coming prince [antichrist] will do next in sequence, let's address the Big Gap of Time.

WHY A BIG GAP OF TIME?

Because the Jews did reject their Messiah Jesus Christ at His First Coming, the complete fulfillment of the prophecy of Daniel 9:24-27 has been postponed. The Apostle Paul under the Divine Inspiration of the Holy Spirit helps us out with understanding one reason for this big gap of time we are noticing.

 

"For I do not want you, brethren, to be uninformed of this mystery-- so that you will not be wise [proud/conceited] in your own estimation-- that a partial hardening has happened to Israel UNTIL the fullness of the Gentiles has come in;" (Romans 11:25)

 

Bible Teacher Reference - Partial Hardening on Israel

Bible Teacher Reference - Fullness of The Gentiles

Bible Teacher Reference - So that you will not be wise

The UNTIL of the prophetic Romans 11:25 verse above, obviously has not happened yet in history in either case, and True Christians would/should have nothing to do with the likes of anti-semitism.

In simplicity, The LORD Jesus Christ Himself helps us to understand the main reason for the big time gap.

 

"For I say to you [Jerusalem/Israel], from now on you will not see Me UNTIL you say, 'BLESSED IS HE WHO COMES IN THE NAME OF THE LORD!' "(Matthew 23:39)

 

Whenever GOD makes use of the word UNTIL in His Word, such does mean UNTIL. It is the omniscience of Lord GOD here "knowing ahead of time", when in a future time, the remnant of Israel will recognize who their Messiah was and Still Is, Jesus of Nazareth, The Christ. Obviously, UNTIL used by GOD Himself here hasn't happened yet either in history. Obviously.

Bible Teacher References - Why A Gap In Daniel's 70 Weeks

The Poison of Replacement Theology

I have to address a ridiculous theology known as Replacement Theology before we get back on track that the prophetic verse of Daniel 9:27 does require a Third Temple of the Jews to be built.

Replacement Theology basically states that because the Jews rejected their true Messiah Jesus Christ, the Christian Church age has replaced Israel in the promises from GOD. What the LORD Jesus Christ Himself stated in Matthew 23:39 above, alone exposes the poisonous false doctrine of replacement theology. No, I'm not Jewish.

 

If replacement theology were correct, the verse of Matthew 23:39 would not have been stated by The LORD Jesus Christ, and obviously would not exist in the 23rd chapter of Matthew of the Holy Bible. The 23rd chapter of Matthew would have ended with the verse Matthew 23:38 instead. The context being Matthew 23:37-39. Matthew 23:39 does exist in the 23rd chapter of Matthew, and so does that word UNTIL within the verse of Matthew 23:39, as noted above.

 

I provided a link just below to another article I wrote in regards to the ills of replacement theology, which also provides link resources of more in-depth teachings by the Bible Teachers themselves, and other resources on Jewish awakenings emerging toward the LORD Jesus Christ. Glory be to GOD!

 

Good Riddance Replacement Theology. Jews are still the Chosen of GOD.

 

Sacred Services Stopped
 
What the prince [antichrist] who is still yet to come will do next in sequence.

In order for this prince [antichrist] who is still yet to come to put a stop to a "sacred service" of the Jews, such as putting a stop to sacrifice and grain offering, a Temple of the Jews is required to be in service. And so, the question does become, which Temple of the Jews is the prophetic verse of Daniel 9:27 referring to that is prophesied to suffer an act of having its sacred service of sacrifices and grain offering to be stopped?

 

Remember now, following the chronological order of this GOD given prophecy to the prophet Daniel, the Historic Second Holy Temple is prophesied as being destroyed in the prophetic verse of Daniel 9:26, and historically fulfilled in A.D. 70 by the Romans, and there hasn't been a Temple of the Jews standing in Jerusalem on the Temple Mount since A.D. 70.

 

Something Similar to Note - Sacred Services Stopped

Antiochus Epiphanies ordered sacred services of the Jews to be stopped too, but the total act of Antiochus Epiphanies, occurred further back in time in 167 B.C. [See Case File #1 in Section 3 on Antiochus Epiphanies of my initial investigation above]

 

Bible Teacher References

Conclusion Daniel 9:24-27

Obviously, the prophecy of Daniel 9:24-27 remains unfulfilled, obviously because the time for the prophecies from the prophetic verse of Daniel 9:27 have simply not yet occurred in human history, which obviously presented a big gap of time between the prophetic verses of Daniel 9:26 & Daniel 9:27, which we already know why.

 

Per Section 7 of my initial Investigation noted above, the prophecy written in Matthew 24:15 requires a Third Temple of the Jews be in existence on the temple mount. The prophetic part of the Daniel 9:27 verse that refers to the stopping of sacrifice and grain offering, also requires that a Third Temple of the Jews first be built in Jerusalem on the temple mount in order for another actual Abomination of Desolation to occur.

Current Events

  1. Orthodox Jews eagerly await to build their Third Temple
  2. Israel has been a Nation since the year 1948
  3. The once destroyed land of ancient Israel has been restored and Inhabited by Jews, and developing.
  4. Jews are still returning to Israel to make Israel their Home
  5. War threats [IRAN], among others, against Israel are increasing.
  6. More Jews realizing Jesus was and still IS, the Christ

A Question To Keep In Mind

Q: What could this future Firm Covenant be all about that this coming prince [antichrist] will make firm with "the many" including the Jews?

Daniel Chapters 11 and 12 Prophecy Review # 5

Now, I will examine the Abomination of Desolation(s) GOD had His prophet Daniel prophesy of, which includes the prophetic verse of Daniel 9:27 just examined above. The end-times prophetic verse of Daniel 12:11 further below is a parallel of the prophetic verse of Daniel 9:27 examined above. But first, let's examine the prophecy of the ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION historically committed by Antiochus Epiphanies further back in 167 B.C..

"And forces shall be mustered by him, and they shall defile the sanctuary fortress; then they shall take away the daily sacrifices, and place there the abomination of desolation." (Daniel 11:31)

Dropping Anchor - Anchor # 7
Anchoring A Time Line

Daniel chapter 11 verse 31 above records the historically fulfilled prophecy of the Historic act of an ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION that was committed historically by Antiochus Epiphanies, back in 167 B.C. This Abomination of Desolation committed by Antiochus Epiphanies was committed in the Historic Second Holy Temple, which was receiving a massive update by Herod prior to its utter destruction in A.D. 70.

 

Establishing Time-Line: 167 B.C.

Bible Teacher References

Examining in Chronological Order

As we continue reading the closing verses of Daniel chapter 11 [starting from Daniel 11:40], we note the Word of GOD begins to prophecy about the "Time of THE END." The Prophet Daniel kept pestering GOD to know more about When these future events would occur, and below was the answer Daniel received from GOD through the Arch Angel Gabriel.

He said, “Go your way, Daniel, for these words are concealed and sealed up until the end time. Many will be purged, purified and refined, but the wicked will act wickedly; and none of the wicked will understand, but those who have insight will understand. (Daniel 12:9-10)

Below, when we examine the prophecy of Daniel 12:11-13, we'll examine that the prophecy prophesies of an another Abomination of Desolation to be set up in the end-times/end of the age.

"From the time that the regular sacrifice is abolished and the abomination of desolation is set up, there will be 1,290 days. "How blessed is he who keeps waiting and attains to the 1,335 days! "But as for you, go your way to the end; then you will enter into rest and rise again for your allotted portion at the end of the age." (Daniel 12:11-13)

Bible Teacher References

Observation # 7

Per Section 7 of my initial investigation, I determined that the prophecy of Matthew 24:15, does require that a Third Temple of the Jews be built on the Temple Mount in order for another actual Abomination of Desolation to occur.

 

And, so do the parallel end-time prophecies of Daniel 9:27 and Daniel 12:11.

 

Special Observation To Note - Part 2

In Observation # 2, I pointed out to the Reader that the Preterists claim that the Luke 21:20-24 prophecy is a parallel to Matthew 24:15. Per what is Historical, and what is Prophetic in regards, no parallel can honestly be concluded, as the prophecy of Matthew 24:15, which was also spoken of through the Prophet Daniel, requires a Third Temple of the Jews to be in existence in order for another actual Abomination of Desolation to occur.

 

Keeping That Question In Mind

Q: What could this future Firm Covenant be all about that this coming prince [antichrist] will make firm with "the many" including the Jews?

Book of Zechariah - Prophecy Review # 6

Zechariah Chapter 12

""Behold, I am going to make Jerusalem a cup that causes reeling to all the peoples around; and when the siege is against Jerusalem, it will also be against Judah. It will come about in that day [in the end-times] that I will make Jerusalem a heavy stone [HEAVY ISSUE] for all the peoples; all who lift it will be severely injured. And all the nations of the earth will be gathered against it." (Zechariah 12:2-3)
 
 
Bible Teacher References
Observation # 8

In this day and age we live in the year 2012, Jerusalem certainly has become a Heavy Burdensome Political issue for all the peoples, hasn't it. [purposely without a question mark]

Q: When in history have "ALL" the nations been against Jerusalem/Israel?

 

Current Events
  1. Orthodox Jews eagerly await to build their Third Temple
  2. Israel has been a Nation since the year 1948
  3. The once destroyed land of ancient Israel has been restored and Inhabited by Jews, and developing.
  4. Jews are still returning to Israel to make Israel their Home
  5. War threats [IRAN], among others, against Israel are increasing.
  6. There is a real political Battle for Jerusalem

Prophecy Watch

I had written another article in regards below.

Book of Joel Prophecy Review # 7

Joel Chapter 3

"I will gather all the nations And bring them down to the valley of Jehoshaphat [ARMAGEDDON]. Then I will enter into judgment with them there On behalf of My people and My inheritance, Israel, Whom they have scattered among the nations; And they have divided up My land." (Joel 3:2)

Bible Teacher Reference

"The Bible strongly warns the nations not to divide the Land of Israel and states that all nations who do so will face God’s judgment. (Joel 3:2) By Author and Bible Teacher Joel Rosenberg.

"Bible prophecy suggests the Land will be divided again in the last days. The Hebrew prophet wrote in Daniel 9:26-27 that in the last days “the prince who is to come” (the Antichrist) “will make a firm covenant” (a peace treaty) “with the many” (neighbors of Israel) for seven years, but will then break that treaty after three and a half years. This strongly — though not definitively — suggests a state will be created or reaffirmed through this treaty." By Joel Rosenberg.

Observation # 9

Q: Could the current middle-east struggle that is drawing all nations to seek a so-called peaceful two state solution very well lead to the future coming Firm Covenant prophesied in the prophetic verse of Daniel 9:27?

 

Q: Could the findings in Archaeology I mentioned in Observation # 1 that suggest the building of a Third Temple of the Jews would not disturb the location of the Dome of the Rock, help firm this coming Firm Covenant?

Current Events

  1. Orthodox Jews eagerly await to build their Third Temple
  2. Israel has been a Nation since the year 1948
  3. The once destroyed land of ancient Israel has been restored and Inhabited by Jews, and developing.
  4. Jews are still returning to Israel to make Israel their Home
  5. War threats [IRAN], among others, against Israel are increasing.
  6. There is a political Battle for Jerusalem
  7. The Nations are really seeking to divide up Israel for a two state solution.

Book of 2 Thessalonians Prophecy Review # 8

Examining 2 Thessalonians chapter 2

As I stated in Section 8 of my initial investigation above, the Preterist interpret the Man of Lawlessness [man of sin] prophesied by the Apostle Paul, as historically being the Roman Emperor Nero. Let us now examine and investigate.

In the Scripture of 2 Thessalonians 2:1-10 below, I left the verse numbers in to help assist those unfamiliar to examine the Chronological Order of prophetic events. The Apostle Paul prophesied under the Inspiration of the Holy Spirit the below.

1 "Now we request you, brethren, with regard to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, 2 that you not be quickly shaken from your composure or be disturbed either by a spirit or a message or a letter as if from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord [Second Coming of Jesus Christ] has come . 3 Let no one in any way deceive you, for it [Day of the Lord] will not come unless the apostasy comes first, and the man of lawlessness [antichrist] is revealed, the son of destruction [antichrist], 4 who opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, displaying himself as being God." (2 Thessalonians 2:1-4)

Observation # 10-A

This man of lawlessness [antichrist], who opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god or object of worship, so that he [the antichrist] will take his seat in the Temple of God, displaying himself as being God, is interpreted as the antichrist in progress of committing an Abomination of Desolation. Dr. Stanley D. Toussaint writes below.

Bible Teacher Reference

Encyclopedia Historic References - Nero

The Roman Emperor Nero was certainly anti-christian, an antichrist person, a vile man who persecuted Christians within Rome.

 

Q: But, was The Roman Emperor Nero thee antichrist, thee man of lawlessness, prophesied to seat himself in the Temple of God, claiming himself to be God?

Library & Encyclopedia Historic References - Nero

Bible Teacher Reference

Once again, History can not support a Preterist interpretation.

 

Our Investigation on the Preterist view of the Roman Emperor Nero as being the man of lawlessness [man of sin] will continue in Observation # 10 B.

5 "Do you not remember that while I was still with you, I was telling you these things? 6 And you know what restrains him now, so that in his time he will be revealed. 7 For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only he [the HOLY SPIRIT] who now restrains will do so until he [HIS Ministry through the Christian Church Age] is taken out of the way. 8 Then that lawless one [the antichrist] will be revealed whom the Lord will slay with the breath of His mouth and bring to an end by the appearance of His coming [SECOND COMING]; 9 that is, the one [the antichrist] whose coming is in accord with the activity of Satan, with all power and signs and false wonders, 10 and with all the deception of wickedness for those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth so as to be saved."

Observation # 10-B

Day of The LORD

This singular man of lawlessness [antichrist] is prophesied to arrive on the world scene BEFORE the Day of the LORD, Before the physical Second Coming of Jesus Christ. This man of Lawlessness is also prophesied to meet his end at the physical Second Coming of Jesus Christ [Day of the Lord]. In other words, this man of lawlessness is prophesied to be living in the very generation that will witness the physical Second Coming of Jesus Christ.

Encyclopedia References - Roman Emperor Nero

Bible Teacher References

The FOUR Preterist Views

In Section 4 of my initial investigation above, are displayed the 4 different Preterist view(s) on how the Abomination of Desolation in Matthew 24:15, aslo spoken through Daniel the Prophet, could have fulfilled back in A.D 70.

 

Not even the Third View of the Preterists matches the clear description given to us in the prophetic scripture of 2 Thessalonians 2:3-4, right from the Word of GOD. That is, a single man [the antichrist] will commit the coming Abomination of Desolation, just as a single man, Antiochus Epiphanies, committed his historic Abomination of Desolation further back in time in 167 B.C.

 

The Determination Stands

Since History keeping can not support Nero as being the antichrist of 2 Thessalonians 2:3-4?

Per Section 7 of my initial investigation above, I determined that the prophecy of Matthew 24:15, does require that a Third Temple of the Jews be built on the Temple Mount in order for another actual Abomination of Desolation to occur.

 

And, so do the parallel end-time prophecies of Daniel 9:27, Daniel 12:11, and 2 Thessalonians 2:3-4.

Anticipating A Future Abomination of Desolation

What this coming man of lawlessness [antichrist] would need to do in order to commit his future Abomination of Desolation is to place a statue/image of another god on the ALTAR of the coming Third Temple of the Jews to complete his future Abomination of Desolation.

 

Where this man of lawlessness will be claiming himself as God, 2 Thessalonians 2:4, placing a statue of himself on the altar in the coming Third Temple of the Jews would in fact be an Abomination of Desolation.

 

Interesting that the book of Revelation does prophesy that people in the end-times will make an "image/statue" of the beast [antichrist] to worship 'IT'. We'll soon be examining the very prophetic scripture as we move to examine the book of Revelation in regards.

Book of Revelation Prophecy Review # 9

Preterists contend the Book of Revelation written earlier than the Traditional A.D. 95 date. Futurists, stand with the Traditional A.D. 95 date, however, Futurists believe regardless of the date written, the Book of Revelation is a prophetic Book of what is still yet to take place within the future.

Bible Teacher References

Video Debate - Futurist vs Preterist

"Dr. Mark Hitchcock and Mr. Hank Hanegraaff debate the date of the Book of Revelation. The debate took place on December 10, 2007 at the annual Pre-Trib Study Group meeting in Dallas, TX. Dr. Hichcock will argue for the AD 95 date. Mr. Hanegraaff will argue for the AD 65 date. While the AD 95 date does not impact the futurist interpretive approach of Dr. Hitchcock's view, Mr. Hanegraaff preterist view requires an AD 65 date or his view of Revelation is rendered impossible." Dr. Thomas Ice.

Revelation Chapter 11

1 "Then there was given me a measuring rod like a staff; and someone said, "Get up and measure the temple of God and the altar, and those who worship in it. 2 Leave out the court which is outside the temple and do not measure it, for it has been given to the nations; and they will tread under foot the holy city for forty-two months." (Revelation 11:1-2)

Observation # 11

A Measuring of a Temple - Revelation 11:1-2

Q: Which Temple was to be measured?

The Preterist Interpretation

Because the Preterists do contend with a vigor that the Book of Revelation was rather written [A.D. 65,66] before the historic A.D. 70 destruction of the City [Jerusalem] and the Sanctuary [Historic Second Holy Temple], the Preterists naturally interpret the above Revelation 11:1-2 prophecy as referring to the Historic Second Holy Temple destroyed in A.D. 70.

Temples of the Holy Bible

Below, Dr. Arnold Fruchtenbaum offers insight as to which of the four temples of the Holy Bible GOD did sanction. It should be noted that Herod almost completely re-built the Historic Second Holy Temple, and that almost completely rebuilt does not qualify as a Fifth temple, but rather a massive remodeling of the Historic Second Holy Temple before it was totally destroyed in A.D. 70.

 

Bible Teacher Reference

The Four Temples of the Bible by Dr. Arnold Fruchtenbaum

"The key passage that speaks about the building of the Temple [Third Temple] for the Tribulation is given in Isaiah 66:1-6. This passage, Isaiah 66:1-6, speaks of a Temple that God does not sanction. It is in light of this fact that we are able to conclude which Temple Isaiah is speaking of, for God did sanction both Solomon's Temple and the Second Temple of the past. God Himself will be involved in the rebuilding of the Fourth Temple of the Millennium and, therefore, it too is sanctioned by God. However, since this passage speaks of a Temple, which God refuses to sanction, we have to conclude that only one Temple will fit this description: the Temple [Third Temple] of the Great Tribulation Period. By Dr. Arnold Fruchtenbaum, starting at Page 24. "Four Temples of the Bible." Revelation 11:1-2, Tribulation Temple, Third Temple.

 

Other Bible Teacher References

The Simple Historical Reality Remains

The Simple Historical Reality Remains, and that historical reality is that there is only one (1) official historical record on record of an Abomination of Desolation by its given definition that had occurred in Jewish History, which occurred historically further back in time in 167 B.C., as explained in Section 7 of my determination for my initial Investigation.

 

Per Section 7 of my initial investigation noted above, I determined that the prophecy of Matthew 24:15, does require that a Third Temple of the Jews be built on the Temple Mount in order for another actual Abomination of Desolation to occur.

 

And, so do the parallel end-time prophecies of Daniel 9:27, Daniel 12:11, 2 Thessalonians 2:3-4, and Revelation 11:1-2.

 

Q: Would the end-times antichrist set up a statue of himself in the coming Third Temple on its Altar?

Revelation Chapter 13

I underlined our focus within the below scripture of Revelation Chapter 13.

"Then I saw another beast [false prophet] coming up out of the earth, and he had two horns like a lamb and spoke like a dragon [Satan]. And he exercises all the authority of the first beast [the antichrist] in his presence, and causes the earth and those who dwell in it to worship the first beast [the antichrist], whose deadly wound was healed. He performs great signs, so that he even makes fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men. And he deceives those who dwell on the earth by those signs which he was granted to do in the sight of the beast [the antichrist], telling those who dwell on the earth to make an image to the beast [anticrist] who was wounded by the sword and lived. He was granted power to give breath to the image of the beast [antichrist], that the image of the beast [antichrist] should both speak and cause as many as would not worship the image of the beast [antichrist] to be killed." (Revelation 13:11-15)

The false prophet [another beast] will be another-beast of a godless man, who will work to promote the first-beast [the antichrist]. To GOD, that's exactly what they both are considered as, Beasts, godless evil men. This false prophet to come will tell those who dwell on Earth [All inhabitants of the Earth left at that future time] to make an "Image" of the first-beast [the antichrist] to Worship the first-beast [the antichrist]. This "Image" of the first-beast [the antichrist] will be able to speak, and decide [make a judgement] who dies that does not worship "IT."

Observation # 12

Q: Since this 'image' they will make will be in the likeness of the Beast [antichrist] himself, which age in all of mankind's history has mankind been able to produce such a likeness of a man where IT could even think and decide [make a judgement call] for ITself?

Immortal Avatar: Russian project seeks to create robot with human brain

 

Bible Teacher Reference

Remember There will be Spiritual Deception Too

Aside the reality of what emerging technology is bringing upon mankind, as it rapidly explodes into the year 2012, we also must remember the reality of 'The Deception' the Bible clearly warns mankind of that will be used in order to deceive mankind of the truth. According to 2 Thessalonians 2:9-10 above, the man of lawlessness [antichrist] will come with all power and lying and false wonders of the deception of Satan [Lucifer] himself, who is a very real, very powerful spiritual being, and very bent on deceiving the heart and mind of the souls of mankind of the truth. The Bible also forewarns our battle is beyond our carnal existence below.

"For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places." (Ephesians 6:12)


 

 

Observation # 12

Where the coming Abomination of Desolation is still yet Future. And, where LORD GOD alone is omnipresent, the antichrist would need someTHING to represent him where the antichrist will not be able to be everywhere at once.

 

And so, if it is to be a Robotic Likeness [Image/Statue] of the antichrist that would be placed in the coming Third Temple on its Altar, such a foul act would in fact be classified as an official act of an Abomination of Desolation by its original given definition, considering the prophetic fact that the antichrist will be claiming himself as being God, 2 Thessalonians 2:4.

 

Let us do remember though, that the Current Events listed below from throughout this Prophecy Review Section are not all speculation, as some of the prophetic events I listed in regards to what the LORD declared will occur in the end-times are now historical fact in fulfillment of Bible Prophecy, and other prophetic events I listed, are in fact emerging more-n-more toward fulfillment, right before our very eyes.

 

Current Events

  1. Orthodox Jews eagerly await to build their Third Temple
  2. Israel has been a Nation since the year 1948
  3. The once destroyed land of ancient Israel has been restored and Inhabited by Jews, and developing.
  4. Jews are still returning to Israel to make Israel their Home
  5. War threats [IRAN], among others, against Israel are increasing.
  6. There is a political Battle for Jerusalem
  7. The Nations are seeking to divide up Israel, the two state solution.

 

Book of Matthew - Prophecy Review # 10

Matthew chapter 24 - Which Generation?

"Truly I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place." (Matthew 24:34)

In Prophecy Review # 1, we examined only verses 1 through 15-16 of Matthew chapter 24. For those unfamiliar, please note the above 34th prophetic verse is of the very same Chapter. Preterists interpret the above Matthew 24:34 verse as the LORD Jesus Christ referring to the Generation He was speaking to, His Contemporaries.

In light of the determination I made in Section 7 of my initial investigation, along with the supportive information provided within this Prophecy Review Section, I'd like to present the below question to the Reader to consider for themselves before they continue reading on.

Q: Which Generation do you think the LORD Jesus Christ was referring to as....This Generation will not pass away until all these things take place?

Bible Teacher References

Observation # 13

In Conclusion

I have concluded the Prophecy Review Section, which clearly does support the determination I made in Section 7 of my initial Investigation.

 

The end-time parallel prophecies: Matthew 24:15; Daniel 9:27; Daniel 12:11; 2 Thessalonians 2:3-4; and Revelation 11:1-2, not only demand there be a Third Temple, but that these end-time parallel prophecies are in fact telling mankind There Will Be A Third Temple of the Jews standing on the temple mount in Jerusalem in a Divine appointed time within the future, possibly the very near future.

 

Q: Have you accepted Jesus Christ as your personal LORD and Savior of your Life?

 

Matthew 24:34 - Which Generation?

Per the determination I made in section 7 of my initial investigation, along with the supportive information provided within the Prophecy Review Section, the LORD Jesus Christ was rather referring to...

The very generation who will also witness a Third Temple, and a second official act of an actual Abomination of Desolation.

 

This Generation will not pass away until all these things take place.

 

Our Current Generation IS beginning to see these things take place.

 

Current Events

  1. Orthodox Jews eagerly await to build their Third Temple
  2. Israel has been a Nation since the year 1948
  3. The once destroyed land of ancient Israel has been restored and Inhabited by Jews, and developing.
  4. Jews are still returning to Israel to make Israel their Home
  5. War threats [IRAN], among others, against Israel are increasing.
  6. There is a political Battle for Jerusalem
  7. The Nations are seeking to divide up Israel, the two state solution.

A Coming Third Temple of the Jews

Observing Current Events through the prophetic lens of Bible Prophecy.

In this last section, A Coming Third Temple of the Jews, I'll be examining the following.

  • Dilemmas in Building a Third Temple of the Jews.
  • Yet another finding in Archaeology via The official web site of the Temple Institute themselves, suggesting that a Third Temple of the Jews could be built without disturbing the location of the Dome of The Rock.
  • Analysis by Futurists

Building A Third Temple: Main Dilemmas

Since most already know how the Muslim people would feel about a Third Temple of the Jews standing on the temple mount, we also need to address how the Orthodox Jews feel about the Dome of the Rock standing on the temple mount in order to truly understand the two main Dilemmas of building a Third Temple of the Jews on the temple mount. Orthodox Judaism, considers all Islamic presence on the Mount to be a defilement of their historical holy location. The Temple Institute of the Third Holy Temple states the Dome of the Rock would have to be moved, relocated. Another dilemma for the Jews is knowing the exact historic location of the Altar of the First and Second Holy Temple on the temple mount in order to begin building a Third.

Building A Third Temple: Findings in Archaeology

Although there are two other previous findings in archaeology suggesting the historic location of the First and Second Holy Temple of the Jews that I know of, the Temple Institute for a Third Jewish Temple has published on their official web site a third finding in archaeology, the 2007 finding in archaeology by Hebrew University archaeologist Prof. Joseph Patrich . See below.

"Archaeologist: Ancient cistern proves location of Second Temple"

"The site identified by Hebrew University archaeologist Prof. Joseph Patrich, based on the study of a large underground cistern on the Temple Mount and passages from the Mishna, places the Temple and its corresponding courtyards, chambers and gates in a more southeasterly and diagonal frame of reference compared to previous studies. Patrich said that his research indicates that the rock over which the Dome of the Rock was built in the 7th century CE is actually outside the confines of the Temple. By thus locating the laver, the water wheel, the ramp and the altar, one can then finally map, again in coordination with the Mishna, the alignment of the Temple itself and its gates and chambers,". Temple Institute, Third Temple

World Net Daily, Temple Location Found, reports more in-depth on this finding in archaeology by Hebrew University archaeologist Prof. Joseph Patrich, which offers diagrams and archaeological statistics displaying that the Dome of the Rock is not in the way of building a Third Temple.

Although it seems both a Third Temple and the Dome of the Rock could "FIT" on the temple mount in Jerusalem per findings in archaeology, at present, we must remember the two main Dilemmas. That is, neither the Orthodox Jews nor the Muslims, would share the Temple mount. Let's re- examine Revelation 11:1-2 again below.

1 "Then there was given me a measuring rod like a staff; and someone said, "Get up and measure the temple of God and the altar, and those who worship in it. 2 Leave out the court which is outside the temple and do not measure it, for it has been given to the nations; and they will tread under foot the holy city for forty-two months." (Revelation 11:1-2)

The Revelation 11:2 prophecy tell us that the outer court of the coming Third Temple was not to be measured because that area has been given to the Nations.

Q: In light of the coming Firm Covenant of Daniel 9:27, could the Revelation 11:2 prophetic verse also be prophesying that the temple mount area of Jerusalem would be divided?

Q: In light of the coming Firm Covenant of Daniel 9:27, could the Revelation 11:2 prophetic verse also be prophesying that the Third Temple of the Jews and the Dome of the Rock would stand together on the Temple Mount?

Remembering the Prophecy Review Sections under "Current Events".

  • There is a real political Issue/Battle for Jerusalem nowadays - Zechariah 12:2-3, as reviewed in Prophecy Review Section # 6.
  • The Nations are really seeking to divide up Israel, the two state solution, which the end-time prophecy of Joel 3:2 forewarns what the outcome will be for those Nations who Divided up the land of Israel in history. Prophecy Review Section # 7.

Q: Suggesting perhaps the coming Firm Covenant [as reviewed in the Prophecy Review Section # 4, Observation # 6] is not too far away from arriving on the world scene?

Analyzing VIA Findings in Archaeology

Below, three Bible Teachers, Futurists, made their statements based on two previous findings in Archaeology by Dr. Asher Kaufman, and Tuvia Sagiv. The Temple Institute, only lists the most recent 2007 finding in archaeology by Hebrew University archaeologist Prof. Joseph Patrich. The Analysis by the below Bible Teachers are their views as to the possibility of why the Revelation 11:1-2 prophecy prophesies to leave out the outer court, which is that there is a strong possibility that both the Third Temple of the Jews and The Dome of the Rock would share the temple mount in the near future.

Bible Teacher References

  • Pages 149-150 from the book: "There's A New World Coming." A Book commentary on the Book of Revelation by Hal Lindsey.
  • Dr. Chuck Missler, Koinonia House: "It is, indeed, time to learn what the Bible has to say about these things. We are being plunged into a period of time about which the Bible has more to say than any other period of history - including the time that Jesus walked the shores of Galilee or climbed the mountains of Judea. Stay tuned. It’s all coming, just like God said it would. He means what He says and says what He means. Let’s all do our homework. Are you really ready for all this?"
  • Dr. Andy Woods. Part 2.

Building A Third Temple: The Futurist Debates

In understanding the two main dilemmas of building a Third Temple of the Jews on the temple mount, I do need to state there are debates even among the Futurists of eschatology [my camp] themselves in regards to how there could be a future Third Temple of the Jews along with the Dome of the Rock standing on the temple mount together.

Some Futurists suggest that a prophesied War, or other prophesied wars could come about first, liberating the entire temple mount for the Jews to build their Third Temple. Other Futurist suggest the opposite, that the building of a Third Jewish Temple could come about first by the coming Firm Covenant as prophesied in Daniel 9:27, which this view doesn't necessarily rule out some type of prophetic war occurring first. The purpose of this final section of my article is not to address these and other debates, nor their accurate stances in regards in depth among the Futurists, but I certainly would like to at least address the reason why there are debates even among Futurists for those unfamiliar.

The GOD of the Holy Bible certainly is not the GOD of confusion, 1 Corinthians 14:33.

Below, is what The LORD Jesus Christ foretold what Christians would know.

"so, you too, when you see all these things, recognize that He is near, right at the door." (Matthew 24:33)

"But when these things begin to take place, straighten up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near." (Luke 21:28)

"But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone." (Matthew 24:36)

Thus, why the debates among Futurists of eschatology of how a Third Temple of the Jews could be built with the Dome of the Rock standing there, and it's simply because Only the Omniscient, all knowing, LORD GOD knows the exact specifics/details of 'WHEN' and 'HOW'. Christians were only given to know the signs-of-the-times, to Recognize the Nearness of the Second Coming of our LORD & Savior Jesus Christ. Those signs folks are clearly emerging more-n-more right before the eyes of mankind well into the year 2012.

Current Events

  1. Orthodox Jews eagerly await to build their Third Temple
  2. Israel has been a Nation since the year 1948
  3. The once destroyed land of ancient Israel has been restored and Inhabited by Jews, and developing.
  4. Jews are still returning to Israel to make Israel their Home
  5. War threats [IRAN], among others, against Israel are increasing.
  6. There is a political Battle for Jerusalem
  7. The Nations are seeking to divide up Israel, the two state solution.

Per Bible Prophecy and what is Historic folks, Mankind is living in the very last days, which the prophetic events still to come, could begin to unfold very quickly.

Q: How do You become Saved through Jesus Christ?

Being Saved

 

 

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Rapture of The Church Age

Q: Can the word Rapture be found in the Bible?

A: Does Paul really describe a "rapture"? That seems to be the question of many skeptics and scoffers. They argue that the word "rapture" is no where to be found in Scripture. In addressing their argument, it behooves us to keep in mind that the Latin Vulgate was the primary Bible translation utilized for one thousand years preceding the Reformation. In short, the Latin Vulgate "reigned" as the primary Bible translation longer than any other translation. In the Latin Vulgate the Greek word harpazo was translated *****"rapiemur"***** which is clearly related to our English terms "Rapture" or "raptured". So those detractors who argue that the term Rapture does not appear in the Bible are only expressing their ignorance and are obviously unaware of the prominence of the Latin Vulgate translation in church history.

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