Apostolic Preterist

Coming of the Lord study

 

THE COMING OF THE LORD, THE LAST DAYS, AND THE END OF THE WORLD SCRIPTURES

As taught by Jesus and his Apostles

There is a major misconception and error in most modern day minds concerning the meaning of

these terms, and the error is, that any time these terms are used, they always refers to a future time

at the end of the church age, the end of time, or the end of our present physical world. People never

seem to stop long enough to study their Bibles and observe how these terms were used by Jesus and

his Apostles, or they would realize they used these terms as to something that would take place in

their generation to end the Jewish age of law- keeping and to fully establish his New Covenant

Kingdom in the earth.

Two different viewpoints- Three different positions

  1. First Viewpoint-FUTURIST .

a) The coming of the Lord, the last days, and the end of the world are events that will take place

sometime in the future. The Great Tribulation is a future seven-year period that follows a gap

of 2000-and still counting-years which takes place between the 69th and 70th week of

Daniel's prophecy.

b) Three Positions on when the rapture will occur: Pre Tribulation, Mid Tribulation, Post

Tribulation

  1. Second Viewpoint-HISTORICAL

a) Most-or all-of these prophecies were fulfilled in the generation in which Jesus and the

Apostles lived and were concluded in 70 AD with the destruction of Jerusalem and its old

covenant worship system of animal sacrifices. This fulfillment was the sign to all men that

God's New Covenant was now fully established in the earth, and is His final method of

obtaining salvation.

b) HISTORICIST

(1) Most prophecy is now history that has progressively been fulfilling itself through time,

even up to our day.

c) PARTIAL PRETERIST (past)

(1) Preterist means past. Partial past interpretation of prophecy believes the Church-Jew

and Gentile in one body-is the True Israel of God, Daniel's 70 weeks are fulfilled, the

Great Tribulation and the time of Jacob's trouble was the destruction of Jerusalem in

70 AD, Jerusalem was Revelation's Babylon the Great, Matthew 24 was fulfilled during

the generation in which it was written, the first 19 chapters of the book of Revelation

are fulfilled, and the remaining chapters of Revelation are being fulfilled in the Church

d) TOTAL PRETERIST

(1) Full preterists believes the Church-Jew

and Gentile in one body-is the True Israel of God, Daniel's 70 weeks are fulfilled, the

Great Tribulation and the time of Jacob's trouble was the destruction of Jerusalem in

70 AD, Jerusalem was Revelation's Babylon the Great, Matthew 24 was fulfilled during

the generation in which it was written just like partial preterist only the difference is

they do not believe that there is any prophecies that have not been fulfilled.

They also believe that the Lord came in judgment against Jerusalem in

70 AD. He resurrected the dead at that time, and that

we who are alive and remain will be caught up to meet the Lord as we die. They also

believe this Kingdom is an "everlasting Kingdom that will never be destroyed."

e) 1 Thessalonians 4:13-17. The Partial Preterists believe its fulfillment will take place in the

future. The Total Preterists believe its fulfillment took place in 70 AD when Jesus came back to

bring judgment against Jerusalem.

f) Please note that all viewpoints-both Futurist and Historicist-believe in the resurrection of

the dead and spending eternity with Jesus as the eternal reward of the Christian.

THE BIBLE is VERY CLEAR

WERE JESUS AND THE APOSTLES WRONG?

QUOTES OF STATEMENTS

1) National publication- "The Apostles preached the coming of the Lord because they believed it

was the last days. Two thousand years later I am preaching the coming of the Lord because it is

the last days."

2) ','The Apostles were mistaken in their interpretation of the time period in which Jesus was

referring. That was a good thing though because their mistake saved the lives of those in the early

church when they fled from Jerusalem in 70 AD."

WAS JESUS A DECEIVER?

In his book, The Last Days According to !Jesus, R. C. Sproul addresses this subject of Preterism and the

way critics use scriptures about Jesus' coming to attack Christianity.

NOW LET'S READ AND DISCUSS SOME OF THE SCRIPTURES THAT CONTAIN THE STATEMENTS

MADE ON THESE SUBJECTS BY JESUS AND THE APOSTLES.

Jesus (to His disciples)

Matthew 10:23 When you are persecuted in one place, flee to another. I tell you the truth, you will not finish going through the cities of Israel before the Son of Man comes.

Matthew 16:27 For the Son of Man is going to come in his Father's glory with his angels, and then he will reward each person according to what he has done.

Matthew 16:28 I tell you the truth, some who are standing here will not taste death before they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom

Jesus confirmed His coming in that generation when he spoke to Peter concernlng John.

John 21:18-24 Verily, verily, I say unto thee, When thou wast young, thou girdedst thyself, and walkedst whither thou wouldest: but when thou shalt be old, thou shalt stretch forth thy hands, and another shall gird thee, and carry thee whither thou wouldest not. 19This spake he, signifying by what death he should glorify God. And when he had spoken this, he saith unto him, Follow me. 20Then Peter, turning about, seeth the disciple whom Jesus loved following; which also leaned on his breast at supper, and said, Lord, which is he that betrayeth thee? 21Peter seeing him saith to Jesus, Lord, and what shall this man do? 22Jesus saith unto him, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee? follow thou me. 23Then went this saying abroad among the brethren, that that disciple should not die: yet Jesus said not unto him, He shall not die; but, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee? 24This is the disciple which testifieth of these things, and wrote these things: and we know that his testimony is true.

John was the only apostle alive in 70 A.D all the rest had been killed according to history.

JESUS SPOKE TO THKHIGH PRIEST AND THE SANHEDRIN

Matthew 26:63-66

Matthew 26:63-66 But Jesus held his peace. And the high priest answered and said unto him, I adjure thee by the living God, that thou tell us whether thou be the Christ, the Son of God. 64Jesus saith unto him, Thou hast said: nevertheless I say unto you, Hereafter shall ye see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven. 65Then the high priest rent his clothes, saying, He hath spoken blasphemy; what further need have we of witnesses? behold, now ye have heard his blasphemy. 66What think ye? They answered and said, He is guilty of death.

The High Priest knew that Jesus was applying to Himself a messianic prophecy found in the book of Daniel.

Daniel 7:13-14 I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him. 14And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.

There are two subjects that have not been fully studied out by most Christians, in regards to

Biblical imagery and definitions. They are:

1) JESUS COMINGIN THE CLOUDS

2) THE KINGDOMOF GOD

JESUS COMING IN THE CLOUDS

"COMING IN THE CLOUDS" is Old Testament imagery that usually refers to God's coming in judgment

on a nation. God usually used another nation's army to carry out this type of coming.

Isaiah 19:1 The burden of Egypt. Behold, the LORD rideth upon a swift cloud, and shall come into Egypt: and the idols of Egypt shall be moved at his presence, and the heart of Egypt shall melt in the midst of it.

Jeremiah 4:13-14 Behold, he shall come up as clouds, and his chariots shall be as a whirlwind: his horses are swifter than eagles. Woe unto us! for we are spoiled. 14O Jerusalem, wash thine heart from wickedness, that thou mayest be saved. How long shall thy vain thoughts lodge within thee?

Ezekiel 30:3 For the day is near, even the day of the LORD is near, a cloudy day; it shall be the time of the heathen.

Ezekiel 30:18-19 At Tehaphnehes also the day shall be darkened, when I shall break there the yokes of Egypt: and the pomp of her strength shall cease in her: as for her, a cloud shall cover her, and her daughters shall go into captivity. 19Thus will I execute judgments in Egypt: and they shall know that I am the LORD

Nahum 1:2-6 God is jealous, and the LORD revengeth; the LORD revengeth, and is furious; the LORD will take vengeance on his adversaries, and he reserveth wrath for his enemies. 3The LORD is slow to anger, and great in power, and will not at all acquit the wicked: the LORD hath his way in the whirlwind and in the storm, and the clouds are the dust of his feet. 4He rebuketh the sea, and maketh it dry, and drieth up all the rivers: Bashan languisheth, and Carmel, and the flower of Lebanon languisheth. 5The mountains quake at him, and the hills melt, and the earth is burned at his presence, yea, the world, and all that dwell therein. 6Who can stand before his indignation? and who can abide in the fierceness of his anger? his fury is poured out like fire, and the rocks are thrown down by him.

The Lord uses the same biblical imagery used in the book of Revelation to describe His coming in

judgment, and the clouds are described as the dust of the Lord's feet.

Zephaniah used the same type of imagery in his prophecies.

Zephaniah 1:14-17 The great day of the LORD is near, it is near, and hasteth greatly, even the voice of the day of the LORD: the mighty man shall cry there bitterly. 15That day is a day of wrath, a day of trouble and distress, a day of wasteness and desolation, a day of darkness and gloominess, a day of clouds and thick darkness, 16A day of the trumpet and alarm against the fenced cities, and against the high towers. 17And I will bring distress upon men, that they shall walk like blind men, because they have sinned against the LORD: and their blood shall be poured out as dust, and their flesh as the dung.

Joel 2:1-11 Blow ye the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain: let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of the LORD cometh, for it is nigh at hand; 2A day of darkness and of gloominess, a day of clouds and of thick darkness, as the morning spread upon the mountains: a great people and a strong; there hath not been ever the like, neither shall be any more after it, even to the years of many generations. 3A fire devoureth before them; and behind them a flame burneth: the land is as the garden of Eden before them, and behind them a desolate wilderness; yea, and nothing shall escape them. 4The appearance of them is as the appearance of horses; and as horsemen, so shall they run. 5Like the noise of chariots on the tops of mountains shall they leap, like the noise of a flame of fire that devoureth the stubble, as a strong people set in battle array. 6Before their face the people shall be much pained: all faces shall gather blackness. 7They shall run like mighty men; they shall climb the wall like men of war; and they shall march every one on his ways, and they shall not break their ranks: 8Neither shall one thrust another; they shall walk every one in his path: and when they fall upon the sword, they shall not be wounded. 9They shall run to and fro in the city; they shall run upon the wall, they shall climb up upon the houses; they shall enter in at the windows like a thief. 10The earth shall quake before them; the heavens shall tremble: the sun and the moon shall be dark, and the stars shall withdraw their shining: 11And the LORD shall utter his voice before his army: for his camp is very great: for he is strong that executeth his word: for the day of the LORD is great and very terrible; and who can abide it?

Notice that much the language of Joel's description of the heathen army is identical to the imagery

used in the book of Revelation.

This again proves that His coming in the clouds refers to God using another nation's army to execute

His judgments on another nation. In verse 10 He even uses the same biblical imagery as is found in

Matthew 24 and Revelation 6 to describe what was to happen after the destruction of Jerusalem.

Some say Matthew 24 and the book of Revelation have to be future since the sun, moon, and stars are

still in the sky. God said in the Old Testament, the SUN, MOON, and STARS were "for signs" and "to

rule," which means a sign of rulership or government.

Genesis 1:14,16 And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years: 16And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also.
In biblical imagery, seeing a star fall from the sky foretold a coming change in the government to

which it was referenced.

Josephs dream and human government

Genesis 37:9-10 9And he dreamed yet another dream, and told it his brethren, and said, Behold, I have dreamed a dream more; and, behold, the sun and the moon and the eleven stars made obeisance to me. 10And he told it to his father, and to his brethren: and his father rebuked him, and said unto him, What is this dream that thou hast dreamed? Shall I and thy mother and thy brethren indeed come to bow down ourselves to thee to the earth? 11And his brethren envied him; but his father observed the saying.

In biblical imagery, seeing a star fall from the sky foretold a coming change in the government to

which it was referenced.

PROPHECY OF THE DESTRUCTION OF BABYLON INTHE O.T.

Isaiah 13:9-11 Behold, the day of the LORD cometh, cruel both with wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate: and he shall destroy the sinners thereof out of it. 10For the stars of heaven and the constellations thereof shall not give their light: the sun shall be darkened in his going forth, and the moon shall not cause her light to shine. 11And I will punish the world for their evil, and the wicked for their iniquity; and I will cause the arrogancy of the proud to cease, and will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible.

The actual fulfillment of this- happened. when the armies of the Medes and Persians defeated the King of Babylon and took over his city. This represented a change in government and authority.

THE DESTRUCTION OF EGYPT

Ezekiel 32:7-8 And when I shall put thee out, I will cover the heaven, and make the stars thereof dark; I will cover the sun with a cloud, and the moon shall not give her light. 8All the bright lights of heaven will I make dark over thee, and set darkness upon thy land, saith the Lord GOD.

The defeat of Idumea and Bozarah

Isaiah 34:4 And all the host of heaven shall be dissolved, and the heavens shall be rolled together as a scroll: and all their host shall fall down, as the leaf falleth off from the vine, and as a falling fig from the fig tree.

This is the same language as the wrath in Rev 6

Revelation 6:13-16 And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind. 14And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places. 15And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; 16And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb:

Compare Rev 6 with Luke 23

Luke 23:28-30 But Jesus turning unto them said, Daughters of Jerusalem, weep not for me, but weep for yourselves, and for your children. 29For, behold, the days are coming, in the which they shall say, Blessed are the barren, and the wombs that never bare, and the paps which never gave suck. 30Then shall they begin to say to the mountains, Fall on us; and to the hills, Cover us.

WHAT IS THE KINGDOM OF GOD ACCORDING TO THE BIBLE?

Matthew 3:1-2 1In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea, 2And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

Words of Jesus

Matthew 4:17 From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

HE THEN SENT OUT HIS DISCIPLES

Matthew 10:7 And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand.

Notice that they were all preaching that the Kingdom of God was “at hand” and not several thousand years away. That means they had to be referring to the Church Kingdom.

Matthew 12:28 28But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you.

John 18:36 Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence.

Luke 17:20-21 And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation: 21Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.

Romans 14:17 know, and am persuaded by the Lord Jesus, that there is nothing unclean of itself: but to him that esteemeth any thing to be unclean, to him it is unclean. 15But if thy brother be grieved with thy meat, now walkest thou not charitably. Destroy not him with thy meat, for whom Christ died. 16Let not then your good be evil spoken of: 17For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost. 18For he that in these things serveth Christ is acceptable to God, and approved of men.

John 3:5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.

It is easy to see that Jesus and His Apostles believed that the Kingdom of God to be the spirit of God indwelling in the hearts of believers after they are born again and not a future kingdom in the earth.

Colossians 1:12-13 Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: 13Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: 14In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:

With these points established, you can understand that HIS “Coming in the clouds” Deals with his judgment on Jerusalem and the full establishment of his kingdom in the earth

MORE STATEMENTS MADE BY JESUS AND HIS APOSTLES

Matthew 24:1-3 And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to shew him the buildings of the temple. 2And 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. 3And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world? (age) (according to the greek)

They were asking for the one sign that would bring about the destruction of the temple, the coming of the Lord, and the end of their age in their Generation.

Mark 13:4 Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign when all these things shall be fulfilled?

Matthew 24:34 Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled

These statements make it very clear that these occurrences should not be divided-if you are going to

allow Scripture to interpret Scripture. Strong's Concordance supports this interpretation I in its

definitions of the Matthew 24:3 word "coming."

COMING-Parousia (par-oo-see-ah=.Srrong's NT: 3952). It is said to be, "from the present participle of

NT: 3918; a being near, i.e. advent (often. return; specifically, of Christ to punish Jerusalem, or

finally the wicked); (by implication) physically, aspect: KJV-coming, presence."

Three different Greek words translated "world" in the KJV.

1) Cosmos

2) Aion

3) Oikoumene

WORLD - COSMOS 2889. cosmos, cosmos; prob. from the base of G2865; orderly arrangement, i.e.

decoration; by impl. the world (in a wide or narrow sense, indud. its inhab., lit. or fig. [mor.]):-

Adorning, world. (EXAMPLE)

Matthew 4:8 Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them

WORLD- 165. aion, ahee-ohn': from the same as G104; prop. an age; by extenso perpetuity (also past);

bim l. the world; spec. (Jewish) a Messianic period (present or future):-age, course, eternal, (for'

ever (-more), [n- ever, eginnmg of the, while the) world (began, without end). CompoGS550.

This is the word used in Matthew 24:3. There it shows that they were asking about the end of the

"age," and not the end of the "cosmos" (earth) as most people try to teach. The Jews onl¥

understood there to be two ages: the current age they were living in, and the coming age of their

Messiah.

Hebrews 1:1-2 God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, 2Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds

This scripture calls the time that they were living in the "last days." This refers to the last days of the

Jewish age of Law-keeping.

Hebrews 9:26 For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.

This says Jesus died at the end of the world. Is that still future as well? We know that this is

impossible to apply to the future since Jesus died almost 2,000 years ago

HIS COMING WAS NEAR AND WAS TO HAPPEN IN THEIR DAY

Hebrews 10:25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

Hebrews 10:37 For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry.

1st Peter 1:20 Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you

1st Corinthians 10:11 Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.

Paul said that they were the ones upon whom "the ends of the world are come." He couldn't have been

talking about the end of the physical world because it is stilI here, so he must have been talking~out

the end of the Jewish age of Law-keeping.

OIKOUMENE- THE KNOWN WORLD

WORLD - 3625. oikoumene, oy-kou-men-ay; fern. part. pres. pass. of G3611 (as noun, by impl. of

GI093); land, i.e. the (terrene part of the) globe; spec. the Roman empire:-earth, world. (EXAMPLE)

Matthew 24:14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.

Most scholars say this refers to the inhabited part of the earth, or "their known inhabited part",

more specifically the Roman empire of their day. .A brief look at a few scriptures will show this is

something that was fulfilled in their day before the end came at Jerusalem.

Romans 1:8 First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, that your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world

Romans 10:18 But I say, Have they not heard? Yes verily, their sound went into all the earth, and their words unto the ends of the world.

Colossians 1:5-6 For the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, whereof ye heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel; 6Which is come unto you, as it is in all the world; and bringeth forth fruit, as it doth also in you, since the day ye heard of it, and knew the grace of God in truth:

Colossians 1:23 If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister

Romans 16:25-26 Now to him that is of power to establish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began, 26But now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith:

"All the world" meant the inhabited world that they knew in their day.

Luke 2:1 And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed

You would then have to say that this scripture is future, because the whole earth has never been

taxed. We know this future time frame can't be true. This scripture clearly applied only to the Roman

Empire, and was definitely fulfilled during that time.

Acts 11:28 And there stood up one of them named Agabus, and signified by the spirit that there should be great dearth(famine) throughout all the world: which came to pass in the days of Claudius Caesar

Some would say since the "whole world" has never experienced a worldwide famine, this scripture has

to be referring to the future as well. The remaining context tells us that it happened in the days of

Claudius Caesar. We can thereby know with certainty that it was for their time, and not written for a

future time.

MATTHEW AND LUKES ACCOUNT OF THE ABOMONATION OF DESOLATION

MATTHEW 24:15 gives the key sign to recognize the time of the end-:-the Abomination of

Desolation. Luke revealed this occurrence to be the armies surrounding Jerusalem. That is exactly

what the early church saw, and thereby knew to flee to safety before the corning judgment on

Jerusalem took place.

Matthew 24:15-21 When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:) 16Then let them which be in Judea flee into the mountains: 17Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house: 18Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes. 19And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days! 20But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the Sabbath day: 21For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.

Jesus would only give such a warning because He knew when this judgment took place that there

would still be some who were still engaged in the Jewish Law and its customs. Jesus let those to

whom He spoke know that they were the ones that would see the heathen army surround Jerusalem.

When they saw this they were to escape that city because Jesus said there was a great tribulation

coming.

Josephus, in his Volume One of the Works of Josephus, says, "Whereas the war which the Jews made

with the Romans hath been the greatest of all those, not only that have been in our times, but, in a

manner, of those that ever were heard of; both of those wherein cities have fought against cities, or

nations against nations."

Luke 21:20-40 And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh. 21Then let them which are in Judea flee to the mountains; and let them which are in the midst of it depart out; and let not them that are in the countries enter there into. 22For these be the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled. 23But woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck, in those days! for there shall be great distress in the land, and wrath upon this people. 24And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled. 25And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; 26Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming

on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. 27And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. 28And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh. 29And he spake to them a parable; Behold the fig tree, and all the trees; 30When they now shoot forth, ye see and know of your own selves that summer is now nigh at hand. 31So likewise ye, when ye see these things come to pass, know ye that the kingdom of God is nigh at hand. 32Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass away, till all be fulfilled. 33Heaven and earth (the law) shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away. 34And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares. 35For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth. 36Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man. 37And in the day time he was teaching in the temple; and at night he went out, and abode in the mount that is called the mount of Olives. 38And all the people came early in the morning to him in the temple, for to hear him. And he came out, and went, as he was wont, to the mount of Olives; and his disciples also followed him. 40And when he was at the place, he said unto them, Pray that ye enter not into temptation

It explains in the heaven and earth book I gave you that heaven and earth in the old testament was used several times to describe the law and the Israelites

Time of the gentiles Luke 21:24 And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled

This is the same statement as Matthew, except Luke replaced the phrase, "abomination of desolation"

with what it actually was, "Jerusalem compassed with armies."

The Abomination was actually the abominable sins of Israel, which are revealed in Ezekiel chapters

8 and 16. The judgment, however, would be carried out by a heathen army just as God has always

done in the past.

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THE TIME OF THE GENTILES

.Some teach this "time of the Gentiles" (Luke 21:24) refers to the time of the Gentile Church Age. The

problem is there is no "Gentile" Church Age since the Church of Jesus Christ is plainly explained in

Scripture as being" Jew and Gentile together in one body".

I believe this reference to the "time of the Gentiles" is the time that God allotted to the Gentiles for

the destruction of Jerusalem. This siege was prophesied to last approximately 42 months, and

according to history, it did.

Revelations 11:1-2 1And there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein. 2But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months

Here God is separating the New Jerusalem- the true Church-from the old Jerusalem. He goes on to

show that because Jerusalem is no longer the place of His true worship system, she is going to be,

"trodden down of the Gentiles," for 42 months. This was fulfilled a few years later in 70 AD.

Daniel 12:6-9 And one said to the man clothed in linen, which was upon the waters of the river, How long shall it be to the end of these wonders? 7And I heard the man clothed in linen, which was upon the waters of the river, when he held up his right hand and his left hand unto heaven, and sware by him that liveth for ever that it shall be for a time, times, and an half; and when he shall have accomplished to scatter the power of the holy people, all these things shall be finished. 8And I heard, but I understood not: then said I, O my Lord, what shall be the end of these things? 9And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end.

COMPARE THIS WITH THE TIME TEXT IF THE BOOK OF REVELATION

John opened the vision that Daniel sealed because it was now "the time of the end."

Revelations 1:1,3 The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John: 3Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand

Revelations 1:7 Behold, he cometh with clouds(judgement); and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen

"He cometh with clouds" is the same biblical imagery used in the Old Testament to describe Gods

coming in judgment against a nation, and God usually used another nations army to carry out this

destruction. "Every eye shall see him" is imagery dealing with the fact that all, including "those who

piei-ced hilli", will see and know about his coming in judgment against Jerusalem.

Revelations 22:6,7,10 And he said unto me, These sayings are faithful and true: and the Lord God of the holy prophets sent his angel to shew unto his servants the things which must shortly be done. 7Behold, I come quickly: blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book. 10And he saith unto me, Seal not the sayings of the prophecy of this book: for the time is at hand

God told Daniel to seal his book because its prophecies would not be fulfilled in the days in which

they were written. God told John not to seal his book because the time for its fulfillment was at hand.

Revelations 22:12 And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be. 13I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.

Remember, Jesus said that some of them would still be alive when He came back to give His

rewards.

Revelations 22:20 He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.

MORE TIME TEXT GIVING BY JESUS AND HIS APOSTLES.

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I believe-along with many other biblical scholars and writers-that the Book of Revelation (most or

aID was fulfilled during the age in which it was written. It was written in the early 60's AD, and

before the fall of Jerusalem and in the days of the "sixth King." The fall of Jerusalem occurred, just

as the Bible said it would, in the days of the ten kings associated with the Roman Empire .

.We do know that the Apostle John was writing Revelation during the time of the sixth king. Albinus

was the sixth of these rulers and he ruled Judea from 61-65 AD. This makes the time of John's

writing of Revelation to have happened sometime during the early 60's AD.

Nero himself took control of Judea because of the trouble the Romans were having there with the

Jews. This made Nero the eighth king. Revelation says the eighth king was the beast, and most

scholars also agree that Nero was the beast of Revelation 13 which persecuted the Church for three

and one-half years. This three and one-half year persecution of the Church occurred in the last of

Nero's reign and ended with his death in 68 AD.This creates a perfect fulfillment to this prophecy and

it took place shortly after John penned the book in the early 60's AD.

'" Argument against writings of Irenaeus

History is inconclusive when dealing with this subject. To determine truth about the Bible one must

look beyond history and look to the Bible itself; to determine the time frame in which Revelation was written

Three of the more powerful points of Internal evidence for a Pre-70 AD writing of the book of

Revelation.

1) Why would John write to a church in Revelation 11:2 about the holy city being trodden under foot

by the Gentiles for forty-two months as a future event, if it had already been fulfilled in 70 AD

2) History indicates that Laodicea was destroyed by an earthquake in 66 AD (see new Ungers

Bible Dictionary), and was not rebuilt till the 161-180AD reign of the Roman emperor marcus

Aurelius. Since that is the case, why would John be writing to a church in a city that had been

destroyed 30 years prior to his writing?

3) The Bible reveals Jerusalem to be the Great Whore that sat on a political beast (Rome) and used

its influence toward this governmental power to persecute and to kill Jesus. His apostles, His

prophets, and His saints. The beast would then turn onthe whore, make her desolate. And burn

her with fire. The perfect fulfillment of this took place during the three and one-half year siege of

Jerusalem ending in September 70 AD.

The terms "last days" and "the end of the world" were used most of the time in the New Testament in

reference to the last days of the Jewish age of Law-keeping as the meihod of salvation-not to a

future time at the end of the physical world. This "last days of the Jewish age" was spiritually ended

with the death of Jesus, but was physically and literally ended with the destruction of Jerusalem

and its old worship system. This destruction serves as THE SIGN that the Son of Man is ruling in his

Kingdom.

MORETIMETEXTGIVENBYJESUSANDHIS APOSTLES

PETER SAID…1st Peter 4:7 But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer

1st Peter 4:17 For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?

PAULSAID...

Paul answered this when he wrote to the persecuted church at Thessalonica and assured them that

God was about to pour out His wrath upon those that were persecuting them.

2nd Thessalonians 1:3-10 We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is meet, because that your faith groweth exceedingly, and the charity of every one of you all toward each other aboundeth; 4So that we ourselves glory in you in the churches of God for your patience and faith in all your persecutions and tribulations that ye endure: 5Which is a manifest token of the righteous judgment of God, that ye may be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which ye also suffer: 6Seeing it is a righteous thing with God to recompense tribulation to them that trouble you; 7And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, 8In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: 9Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power; 10When he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them that believe (because our testimony among you was believed) in that day.

Paul spoke as though he expected for God to soon take vengeance against those who were troubling

them during their lifetime. Paul is clearly stating it was their obedience to Jesus and His gospel that

would save them, and their rebellion against Him that would bring judgment. Paul added more

statements on this time text in 1 Corinthians 7 and in Romans 16.

1st Corinthians 7:29 But this I say, brethren, the time is short: it remaineth, that both they that have wives be as though they had none

Romans 16:20 20And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen. During this time the church was being persecuted badly and they are being reassured that God is going to bruise Satan shortly.

Malachi 4:1-3 For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the LORD of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch. 2But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall. 3And ye shall tread down the wicked; for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet in the day that I shall do this, saith the LORD of hosts.

When you compare these two texts it seems that Paul was drawing his statements in Romans from the

book of Malachi. Many scholars say Paul had to be referring to the destruction of Jerusalem and its

old worship system when he wrote Romans 16:20

TRYING TO RESSURECT WHAT GOD HAS DESTROYED

Galatians 2:18-19 8For if I build again the things which I destroyed, I make myself a transgressor. 19For I through the law am dead to the law, that I might live unto God.

Paul is clearly saying we don't need to resurrect this old Law system, or the Temple, or the blood of

red heifers. He is saying all we need is Jesus' blood!

Romans 10:4 4For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.

Romans 3:20 20Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.

Paul said, "The Law gives us the knowledge of sin." J.esus is the one who came to deliver us from the

curse of the Law, because it brings us destruction.

James 5:7-9 7Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain. 8Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh. 9Grudge not one against another, brethren, lest ye be condemned: behold, the judge standeth before the door.

[To the Jewish farmer the purpose of the early rain was to cause the seeds to grow, and the purpose of

the latter rain was to mature this same crop for harvesting. Judging from his time text given in the next

verse. James is evidently viewing the early church period from the outpouring of the Holy Ghost (seed

rain) until the destruction of Jerusalem as one planting and harvest season. This agrees with many of the

parables in the Bible such as the wheat and tares of Matthew 13:3743. There Jesus said the wicked (tares)

were gathered first and the righteous (wheat) were left to shine forth as the sun.]

Notice, James wrote, "the coming of the Lord draweth nigh." He also wrote, "the judge standeth

before the dOOL" He didn't say He was on Hisway to the door. He said He is at the door now.

Wheat and tares Matthew 13:37-43 He answered and said unto them, He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man; 38The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one; 39The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels. 40As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world. 41The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; 42And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. 43Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.

JOHN SAID…

1st John 2:18 Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time

John said it was then the "last time," which is the same" thing as "last days," because the spirit of

antichrist was already working. The spirit of antichrist was a reference to those Christians who had

left Christianity and went back into Judaism's legalistic system of Law-keeping.

JESUS SAID…

Matthew 24:34 Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.

Luke 21:22 For these be the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled.

Luke 21:32 For these be the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled.

BABYLON THE GREAT

Revelation 16:6 For they have shed the blood of saints and prophets, and thou hast given them blood to drink; for they are worthy

Revelation 18:20 Rejoice over her, thou heaven, and ye holy apostles and prophets; for God hath avenged you on her.

Revelation 18:24 And in her was found the blood of prophets, and of saints, and of all that were slain upon the earth.

Remember this description. When we can find a city guilty of the blood of the prophets, apostles,

saints, and (the key point) of all that were slain upon the earth, then we can know for sure to what city

this refers.

Revelation 11:8 And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified

Revelation 19:2 For true and righteous are his judgments: for he hath judged the great whore, which did corrupt the earth with her fornication, and hath avenged the blood of his servants at her hand.

In what great city was Jesus crucified? Rome or Jerusalem? It was Jerusalem. This is a definite

reference to Jerusalem being "the great city

Revelation 14:8 8And there followed another angel, saying, Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.

The great city that has fallen in this judgment is Jerusaiem. Babylon is that great city that sat on the

beast that had seven heads (seven mountains) and ten horns.

THE WORDS OF JESUS TO THE UNBELIEVING JEWS IN MATTHEW 23

Matthew 23:29-32 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because ye build the tombs of the prophets, and garnish the sepulchers of the righteous, 30And say, If we had been in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets. 31Wherefore ye be witnesses unto yourselves, that ye are the children of them which killed the prophets. 32Fill ye up then the measure of your fathers.

Matthew's, "Fill ye up the measure of your fathers," and Daniel's, "Finish the transgression," are

synonymous descriptions of the same event. Daniel said this event would take place during his 70

weeks prophecy, and Matthew indicated that this would happen when the unbelieving Jews killed

their Messiah.

Matthew 23:33-36 Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell? 34Wherefore, behold, 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: 35That 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. 36Verily I say unto you, All these things shall come upon this generation.

The unbelieving Jews were the ones that God was going to hold responsible for all the blood !hat had

been shed in the earth. Jesus called the name of the city that killed the prophets, the apostles, and

was guilty of the blood of all righteous clear back to righteous Abel, "Jerusalem." He then said He was

going to bring all those things on her in that generation and make her desolate. This was fulfilled in 70

AD, forty years after Jesus' crucifixion. He gave them one generation-forty years-to choose between

Him, and the Law. Those who refused Him, He judged according to the Law.

PAUL AGREED WITH JESUS

1st Thessalonians 2:14-16 For ye, brethren, became followers of the churches of God which in Judaea are in Christ Jesus: for ye also have suffered like things of your own countrymen, even as they have of the Jews: 15Who both killed the Lord Jesus, and their own prophets, and have persecuted us; and they please not God, and are contrary to all men: 16Forbidding us to speak to the Gentiles that they might be saved, to fill up their sins always: for the wrath is come upon them to the uttermost

Paul agreed with the words of Jesus. God sent His wrath to avenge for their killing of the prophets,

apostles, the saints, and even their Messiah-Jesus.

COMPARING AND INTERPRETING SCRIPTURE WITH SCRIPTURE

You can understand the gathering of the elect (Matthew 24) by comparing the destruction of Babylon

the Great (Jerusalem), followed by an invitation to the marriage supper (Revelation 19), with the

f ' parable of the wedding feast (Matthew 22).

Matthew 22:1-3 And Jesus answered and spoke unto them again by parables, and said, 2The kingdom of heaven is like unto a certain king, (God) which made a marriage for his son(Jesus), 3And sent forth his servants (apostles) to call them that were bidden to the wedding: and they would not come. Matthew 22:4-10 Again, he sent fourth other servants (apostles), saying, tell them which are bidden, behold, I have prepared my dinner: Oxen and my fatlings are killed, and all the things are ready: Come unto the marriage. But they made light of it, and went there ways, one to his farm another to his merchandise and the remnant took his servants (apostles), and in treated them spitefully, and slew them, but when the king (God) heard there off, He was wroth: and he sent fourth his armies (Roman armies 70 A.D) and destroyed those murderers, and burned up there city (70 A.D destruction of Jerusalem and the temple. Which there was no need for because no longer do we need the blood of bulls and goats but we have Jesus blood to wash away our sins). Then saith he to his servants (apostles) the wedding is ready, they (Jewish people who rejected Christ) which were bidden were not worthy go ye therefore unto the highways, and as many as ye shall find bid to the marriage. (Anyone who will accept Christ and repent be baptized and filled with the holy ghost can enter into a marriage relationship with Christ and be saved)

The marriage supper was already prepared before the destruction of Jerusalem, so the invitation to

the marriage feast was literally nothing more than the preaching of the gospel to the lost, which brings

a person into a marriage relationship with Jesus Christ under the New Covenant. The servants

destroyed were the apostles, so God destroyed Jerusalem.

They "gathered together" those who would come. This is the "gathering together of the elect" in

Matthew 24, which followed the great tribulation (the destruction of Jerusalem). In Revelation 19, the

marriage supper took place after Jerusalem was destroyed.

Revelations 19:2 For true and righteous are his judgments: for he hath judged the great whore, which did corrupt the earth with her fornication, and hath avenged the blood of his servants (Apostles) at her hand

Revelations 19:7 Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honor to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife (The church) hath made herself ready.

This compares with the marriage invitation found in Matthew 22. It took place after the city was

destroyed. This also matches the sending out of His angels (messengers/preachers) to gather the

elect from the four corners of the earth immediately after the tribulation of those days.

Matthew 24:31 And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

Conclusion

Jesus and His Apostles taught that the COMING OF THE LORD, the END OF THE WORLD (AGE, and

the LAST DAYS, were all primarily referring to His coming in judgment on Jerusalem. They taught

that this coming would happen in their generation, and would bring an end to the Old Covenant

worship system. This coming (the destruction of Jerusalem) would be a sign to all men that Jesus was

ruling in the heavens and that His Kingdom had been thoroughly placed in the Earth which was . -

fulfilled by placing His Spirit in the hearts of His believers through a born again experience.

Dispensationalists and Futurists must have a future Jewish Temple and the restoration

sacrificial system in order to fulfill their prophetic interpretations of the scriptures. In prayer God

showed me that the danger of Futurist doctrine is that it deceives you into believing the New World

Order is a prophesied occurrence that cannot be prayed against. But that is not true because &.~

True Church-through prayer and fasting-has the power to bring this system down or at least

hold it back from its anti-Christian agenda so that the Church can continue to accomplish

purpose in the earth.

God wants to bring us to spiritual fullness and to a unity of focus so that we can defeat the powers of'

darkness and evangelize our world for His Kingdom!

Whether we ever agree on every area of prophecy or not, let's agree to respect and honor each other

and to work together to reach this lost world with the only gospel that will ever save anyone

Apostle's New Testament gospel of Jesus Christ!

By Pastor Smith

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