MUSINGS - November 25, 2018
THE LONG ANSWER - PART 4
Peter, James, John, and Andrew asked him (Jesus) privately, "Tell us, when will this happen? What will be the sign when all this will come to an end?"
"When you see the disgusting thing that will cause destruction standing where it should not (let the reader take note), those of you in Judea should flee to the mountains. Those who are on the roof should not come down to get anything out of their houses. Those who are in the field should not turn back to get their coats. "How horrible it will be for the women who are pregnant or who are nursing babies in those days. Pray that it will not be in winter. It will be a time of misery that has not happened from the beginning of God's creation until now, and will certainly never happen again. If the Lord does not reduce that time, no one will be saved. But those days will be reduced because of those whom God has chosen.
These now are signs of the end times. When you see the disgusting thing that will cause destruction standing where it should not. I'm not a prophet nor a great theologian but I see that where stood the Temple in Jerusalem on the Temple Mount in the Old City of Jerusalem, the current site Al-Aqsa Mosque, that to me could be fulfillment of this prophesy. The final Temple was destroyed by the Romans within forty some years s after Christmas predicted it. That effectively destroyed the Jewish nation until 14 May 1948, David Ben-Gurion, the head of the Jewish Agency, declared "the establishment of a Jewish state in Eretz-Israel, to be known as the State of Israel. By then the mosque, which was built between 1168 and 1174, had been on the site of the Temple for 774 years.
As I said many others have tried to understand this prophesy and interpreted it many different ways. However, whatever else is true we have Christ's word that those days will be reduced because of those whom God has chosen. We read in Ephesians 1:4-6
Before the creation of the world, he chose us through Christ to be holy and perfect in his presence. Because of his love he had already decided to adopt us through Jesus Christ. He freely chose to do this so that the kindness he had given us in his dear Son would be praised and given glory.
We know that the end will not come until the Gosple has reached everyone (Mark 13:10) so it is our duty, as those chosen by God, to shorten the time by sharing it with everyone.
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