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If Bible prophecy is a new concept for you it is better to understand that the Bible is the only book in existence that has and does predict the future with a 100% accuracy. It not only is time dependent, but predicts events, people and nations with the exact 100 % accuracy.
To the scholar or student of prophecy the basic question that many want to know is the timing of the event s foretold, and for this the most important prophetic key to the opening of the yet to be fulfilled prophecies is the State of Israel!
Israel became a nation in May 14, 1948 and they capture the city of Jerusalem in June 7, 1967. Both these things had to happen before the coming of the seven years of Apocalypse or Tribulation. So the stage is set and the players are making their moves.
The article below is about the concept of a generation that was mentioned in Mathew 24 and bears directly to the timing of the Apocalypse. This timing is based on parameters that are directly proportional to the life span of a human generation.
| Matthew 24:34 and “This Generation”
By John McTernan
“Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled” (Matthew 24:34).
Some years ago I debated two atheists, Dan and Bill Courtney from the New York State Free Thinkers. During the debate we discussed the topic of Bible prophecy. The atheists took the position that Matthew 24:34 was a false prophecy by Jesus Christ because His generation passed away and the events prophesied did not take place. This is a common argument by many who attack the authority of the Bible. The Muslims often use this verse when I debate them.
Within Christianity, a doctrine called preterism (means past) also believes that this verse pertains to the generation of Jesus Christ. The preterists believe that all prophecy was fulfilled by 70 AD with the extreme view believing that Jesus Christ returned in 70 AD. Because this verse is so often used to attack the authority of Bible prophecy, it is very important to be grounded in the truth of this Scripture.
There are two keys to understanding the prophecy of Jesus Christ’s Second Coming as revealed in Matthew 24, also known as the Olivet Discourse. The first is to understand Matthew 24:3, while the second is that Mark and Luke also write about this topic. The three gospels together: Matthew 24, Mark 13, and Luke 21 are called synoptic and need to be studied together for the complete picture and understanding.
Jesus Christ and His disciples were in Jerusalem at the temple. He warned them that the temple was going to be destroyed. The disciples were upset upon hearing this and asked three questions. The questions are found in Matthew 24:3, which becomes very important because it is the basis for understanding Jesus Christ’s words found in Matthew 24, Mark 13 and Luke 21. These topics must be kept in mind when reading the chapters to understand what question He was addressing. The three questions are:
1. When shall these things be? (This is the coming destruction of the temple that was currently standing.)
2. What shall be the sign of your (Second) coming?
3. The end of the world.
“And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, ‘Tell us, (1) when shall these things be? and (2) what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of (3) the end of the world?’” (Matthew 24:3).
With this in mind, let’s look at Matthew 24:34 in the context which it was located. In the preceding verses, the Lord was addressing question two which is the “sign of his coming.”
This is found in verses 29-31.:
“Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. 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” (Matthew 24:29-31).
These verses are about the Second Coming of Jesus Christ and the events preceding His return. They are not about the coming destruction of the temple. Then in the following verse, He gives a parable about the “fig tree” putting forth its leaves you know the summer is near. The fig tree blooms very late in the spring, and when it does summertime is very close. The fig tree becomes a timepiece or calendar for an event.
“Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh” (Matthew 24:32).
The use of the word “fig tree” is very significant because in the Bible it can represent the nation of Israel. God uses this metaphor and others like it because the nation is supposed to bear spiritual fruit for Him. This is a very important parable as it is found in three gospel accounts: here in Matthew as well as Mark 13:28 and Luke 21:29. The fig tree represents Israel. The foundation of the fig tree representing Israel is found in the Old Testament:
“I found Israel like grapes in the wilderness; I saw your fathers as the first ripe in the fig tree at her first time” (Hosea 9:10).
When studying the gospels, there are many times that the Lord uses a parable about the fig tree. They are usually about bearing fruit, which Israel was not, and the subsequent destruction of the tree for being fruitless. In Matthew 24:32, Jesus Christ is talking about the fig tree coming to life and getting ready to bear fruit and not its destruction.
The context of Matthew 24:34 is the generation that sees the events coming to pass regarding the end of the age and the Second Coming of the Lord Jesus. THIS generation shall not pass until all the events are fulfilled. Let’s look at the entire section in context to see that the generation in focus is the one that is living during the Second Coming of Jesus Christ, and it is not the generation that sees the destruction of the temple. These are two separate events.
“Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.
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. Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh: So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors. Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled” (Matthew 24:29-34).
Luke 21 gives a tremendous key to understanding the setting of the generation mentioned in Matthew 24:34. Luke establishes the connection with the destruction of Jerusalem (question one) and then restoration of the city (question two). So events involving Jerusalem become the setting for the final generation.
In verses 20 and 21, Luke writes about the destruction of the city and what to look for. This is describing when Jerusalem is about to be destroyed. Jerusalem eventually was destroyed in 70 AD by the Roman army, thus fulfilling the warning of Jesus Christ. This answers the first question: “When shall these things be?”
“And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh. Then let them which are in Judaea 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 thereinto” (Luke 21:20-21).
Luke then goes on to say that the destruction of Jerusalem and the captivity of the Jewish people would not last forever. That Jerusalem would be under the control of the non Jews for only a certain period of time. Jesus Christ referred to this as the “times of the Gentiles.” The exact length of time was not mentioned, but the conclusion would be known as prophetic events would focus on Jerusalem.
“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” (Luke 21:24).
The prophet Zechariah also wrote that just prior to the Second Coming of Jesus Christ Jerusalem would again be the capital of a Jewish state, and the city would be the focus of world attention and massive world wars. The wars would end in the battle of Armageddon and the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.Christ then returns to Jerusalem and this ends the “times of the Gentiles.”
“In that day will I make the governors of Judah like an hearth of fire among the wood, and like a torch of fire in a sheaf; and they shall devour all the people round about, on the right hand and on the left: and Jerusalem shall be inhabited again in her own place, even in Jerusalem” (Zechariah 12:6).
The Second Coming of Jesus Christ comes at the end of the non Jewish control of Jerusalem. So according to the synoptic gospels regarding the Olivet Discourse, we could be the generation that will not pass away until all things be fulfilled. Just prior to the return of Jesus Christ, the world will be in an upheaval.
The sun and moon will show signs that perplex people. On earth, nature will be convulsing with worldwide massive earthquakes and the oceans roaring. The events are so frightening that men’s hearts will fail seeing what is happening. Events like these have never happened before but will just prior to the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. These events are warnings to the world of Christ’s return.
“And 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; men’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. And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory” (Luke 21:25-27).
Today, after 1900 years, the Jews are once again back on the land and Israel is a nation. As prophesied by Jesus Christ and the prophets, Jerusalem is once again the capital of a Jewish nation. Hebrew was a dead language, but it was revived and is the national language of Israel. The Israelis even have shekels for money! The fig tree is once again ready to bloom, so we know that “the summer is nigh” or Second Coming of Jesus Christ is near.
This is the generation that was mentioned in Matthew 24:34. This is the generation that shall see the end of the age and the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.
“Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass away, till all be fulfilled” (Luke 21:32).
The Lord then went on to say we should watch for we never know when these events might start taking place.
“Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come” (Matthew 24:42).
The watching was not limited to the generation of Jesus Christ but every generation until He returns. This is a sign that someone is a real Christian, when he is living with the Blessed Hope: Looking for the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ.
“So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation” (Hebrews 9:28).
“And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come” (1 Thessalonians 1:10).
“Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ” (Titus 2:13).
Pastor JD Faraq comments on the Republican debate and the fast pace of prophetic events.
He poses the question: If you knew for certain that Jesus was coming a certain day in the very near future what would you do differently now?
I would answer the question this way, I would keep doing exactly what I am doing now already, which is living a live of dedication to Him, telling all those whom I meet about Jesus and his return, warning them about the prophecies that I see coming in the very near future, telling everyone that Barack Hussein Obama is the Antichrist and my suspicion that Pope Francis is the False Prophet. To the Jews that I meet alert them about Obama being their biggest enemy ever and that he will be instrumental in their building their temple so that he can go in there and declare himself “gOd” the O is for Obama. Write a Blog on Bible Prophecy to alert the world to the truth with the hope they will become my brothers and sisters in Christ , and pray that all my beloved family and friends who consider my message insane will come to see its truth before it is to late to escape the destruction that is coming.
I do not expect the readers to imitate me 100%, but I would challenge you to optimize the short time left to witness for Christ as much as you can!
The prophetic article below is descriptive to the T with the present black president in the White House Mr. Obama. I shared this article’s content with several people today, and God confirmed its truthfulness through license plates with the 77 ending.
Thanks to Watchman for the link to the article.
Watchman (16 Aug 2015)
The Black Antichrist – Nov-2006
See this article written November 2006 (2-years before the election of BHO). It is amazing how accurate this writer was, now looking back over the last 9-years since this was written!! http://biblewatchman.com/blackanti.htm
~ A Watchman
This video link was send to me a few days ago.
Is the Illuminati sending us a message of destruction for the coming month?
The Obama administration has entered into a nuclear deal with Iran that puts the state of Israel in great danger. The negotiations in itself by extending several years permitted the Iranians to continue expanding their nuclear installations and knowledge at the same time that it restrained Israel from taking unilateral action to protect their State.
The intentions from the start were nefarious by all the parties involved each for their particular evil purposes, all against Israel.
Upon finishing the agreement the Obama administration took further action to exposed and endanger Israel by permitting this treaty to be sent to the UN for approval in the Security Council where the USA gave its approval also.
This course of action has placed Israel in great danger as well as the USA and many other gulf states who now must confront a more powerful and determined enemy in Iran.
Many years ago a book was published by the title of the Sampson Option and the author a journalist by the name of Seymour M. Hersh detailed the State of Israel’s hidden nuclear program as revealed by a defecting nuclear plant worker by the name of Mordechai Vanunu ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mordechai_Vanunu ). The article below follows the strategy of the Israelis in activating the Sampson Option (http://biblehub.com/niv/judges/16.htm ).
As the evil plan to destroy Israel by Obama (The Antichrist) and the many other nations that are in cahoots with Satan to destroy God’s plan is taking place the result will be the path to the seven year Tribulation and the destruction that it brings.
The real Sampson Option for Israel is the power of God when it acts to defend her against all the nations of the world, not their armies or nuclear weapons.
The Samson Option
By Matt Ward
On a moonless and cloudy night on 7thJune, 1981 Israeli fighters flew low and fast toward their target, skimming the desert floor on route to a confrontation many pilots believed would cost them their lives.
Most pilots took it for granted that their actions that night would provoke war but they all saw it as a risk worth taking. Their target was Osirak, the Iraqi nuclear power plant and it was being attacked because Iraq was on the verge of becoming a nuclear threshold state.
The mission, Operation Opera was a complete success and caused irrevocable damage to the infrastructure at Osirak, ending Iraq’s nuclear ambitions permanently.
The backlash was huge, even from the United States. But Israel, its leadership and its people saw the risks involved in this operation as worth taking. Many of the men who planned and ordered the mission were the same men who walked emaciated, lice-ridden and bent double from hunger, out from the Nazi crematoria forty years before and who had sworn at that time… “Never again.”
They had meant it.
In 2007 the world awakened to news of a mysterious disaster at an unnamed, off the map military complex deep in the Syrian Desert. It was a Syrian black site. Nobody was supposed to know about this site apart from a select few within the Syrian regimes upper hierarchy. All indications pointed to a significant attack by a sophisticated, highly trained and technologically superior enemy.
It later transpired, after much whispered talk in the press and at government conferences, that this attack was the result of Israeli action against an attempt by Syria to acquire nuclear threshold status.
Israel preemptively destroyed their infrastructure and materials in order to prevent a nuclear armed Syria becoming a present day reality in the Middle East.
The international response was muted while world leaders and the Middle East waited through gritted teeth for the inevitable Syrian reaction. None came other than for the Syrians to clean-up the radioactive material that had seeped into the local environment and then they quietly abandoned the site and walked away.
Syria knew they had come up against a formidable and determined enemy. They knew they were facing an enemy who had somehow infiltrated their air space, attacked their most secret clandestine military site and the secret program within it, and then made good their escape without even registering on Syrian military defensive radar systems.The entire attack, from start to finish was completely undetected and this unnerved the Syrian government.
“Never again” was once again quietly whispered through the halls of power in Jerusalem.
The Samson Doctrine is an Israeli military doctrine dictating that if Israel faces an existential threat to their existence, then Israel will could attack preemptively in order to the ensure the destruction of the threat and their enemies. This would happen even if the predicted response was to be Israel’s own complete destruction.
As Samson in the Old Testament book of Judges sacrificed himself so that he could kill an entire generation of Philistine leadership, thus ensuring the future safety and security of Israel, so too according to the Samson Doctrine Israel could strike first, even if the military reaction against them meant their own potential annihilation.
Israel was and is determined that “never again” will the Jewish race face the threat of complete destruction without a response; it is essentially Israel telling the world: If we are going down, every one of our enemies are coming down with us…
Israel today, in 2015 face a far greater threat than that posed in 1981 and 2007. Today they face an enemy that has publically and proudly called for her complete and swift destruction. They face an enemy whose Islamic eschatology demands their destruction in order to fulfil their own end-time expectations.
They face an enemy that is now, thanks to Barack Obama, the main player in the Middle East. They are emboldened, empowered and have been let completely “off the lead,” free to do as they will with no regard for consequences. Iran have won and Iran know it.
This particular threat is much more complex than any Israel has faced before. If reports on the Iranian nuclear agreement are to be believed, Israel will have to face off against the United States military directly, should they wish to repeat the exploits of 1981 or 2007.
Barack Obama and America, in the documentation and clauses of the agreement seem to have acquiesced to Iranian demands to be partly responsible for defending the Iranian nuclear infrastructure and program against all comers. This includes their “ally” Israel.
That this nuclear deal is a bad deal is at this point beyond question. It is an upfront, in your face betrayal of Israel. Major General Yaakov Amidror, former National Security Advisor to Benjamin Netanyahu believes that when this program rears its head again it will be a much more significant threat than the program we see now. It will pose such a threat to the national security of Israel that it will demand an immediate military response just to ensure and preserve the ongoing existence of the Jewish State.
Obama openly views Netanyahu and Israel, who overwhelmingly support Netanyahu’s opposition to this deal, as being the prime threats to this deal passing through Congress. Open warfare has been declared on Israel and her supporters.
Kerry and Obama have been clear that if this deal fails to pass and war breaks out, they will both be holding Israel directly responsible for it.
If this agreement with Iran does pass then Israel will be completely boxed in, they will have absolutely no where to go diplomatically. Iran will effectively be allowed to float the terms of this agreement with little or no meaningful consequence. Iran will have received a complete pass from the United States and the international community.
Yet Israelis will act, if only, because the ongoing survival of their nation depends on it.
It was the Samson Option that underpinned and girded the Israeli belief that an attack on Osirak’s in 1981 and then Syria in 2007 was the right course of action for the Jewish State to take, irrelevant of the consequences. The Samson Option is still the hard reality underpinning the concept of “…Never again…”
It is the final resort, the ultimate resolve that Israel and its people will never again be subjected to an attempted genocide without consequence or reply. Never again will they let the whims of a tyrannical dictator take the Jewish race to the very brink of annihilation. Osarik and Syria in 2007, a tangible demonstration of how far Israel is prepared to go and how much she is prepared to risk to ensure her survival.
It is the existence of the Samson Option that guarantees that the current status quo with Iran will not last. Israel will act, on their own in all probability. If the time comes the decision will be made and the IDF will make its move; all Israel will stand behind her and the world would be sent reeling by it.
Much of the world today already openly despise Israel. If they are forced to attack Iran, this will turn into open, unrestrained hatred.
Benjamin Netanyahu recently stated, “This deal means war.” Just like the leaders of Israel before him, Netanyahu absolutely means what he says.
Luis Vega has written this thought provoking and exposure article to warn of the coming critical dates in next September.
To the believer in Jesus Christ these exposures serve as a warning to the nearness of the Rapture and the coming Apocalypse.
Satan is preparing his followers for the coming seven years of battle for the soul body and spirit of humanity. The sides are drawn in such a manner that there will be no neutral ground to take.
You will have to choose to follow Jesus or Satan and your decision will affect your eternal destiny. You will enter the Kingdom of Jesus Christ or spend eternity in the Lake of Fire.
The post by Joe Wise brings us very wise and important words and wisdom from Joe and Jonathan Cahn as well as a short clip of a young girl’s rap for Jesus Christ. All are very good and thanks to Joe! Nando http://www.fivedoves.com/letters/aug2015/joew89.htm Joe Wise (9 Aug 2015) “Jonathan Cahn’s compelling message to America!“
THE SEVENTH SHEMITAHANDTHE HARBINGERS LEADING UP TO ITTHAT COULD HOLD THE SECRET OFAMERICA’S FUTURE,THE WORLD’S FUTURE,ANDYOUR FUTUREFor those of you who couldn’t be there live last Wednesday,here is the message from Jonathan Cahn.ISTRONGLYencourage you to watch it ASAP!His message details the correlation betweenAmerica and Israelas it relates to completed (fulfilled) Harbingers (Isaiah 9:10)stemming from their rebellion and refusal to repent!Remember:Jesus fulfilled the Spring Feasts to the very day and hour!The Fall Feasts begin with the Feast of Trumpets at SunsetElul 29 ( September 13, 2015).This is the same day the Shemitah ends at Sunsetand the same daythe Sun will be darkened by a partial Solar Eclipse!Jonathanfurther explains historical eventsthat have taken place during Shemitah years past,Super Shemitah’s, (Year of Jubilee),and on the exact day of Elul 29!Jonathan points outGod is not in a box!He isn’t required to do anythingon Elul 29 or the Feasts this year!However,if Gods Judgments have been determined for America,He is a God of Order,and it makes sense His Judgmentswill take place at the appointed times,His Feasts!POSSIBLYTHIS FALL!ARE YOU READY?TheGOOD NEWS ISThere is still time to:Repent! Get right with God!Accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior.Share the Gospeland store up treasure in Heaven!“Anyone with ears to hear must listen to the Spirit andunderstand what he is saying to the churches.Whoever is victorious will not be harmed by the second death. –Revelation 2:11 NLTI recommend reading the rest of chapter 2Please forward to every American you know!BLESSINGS!YouTubeYOU MAY ALSO WANT TO WATCHJonathan Cahn’s inaugural prayer breakfast speech 2013orthis 1 minute 41 second fun rap sermon from 2010(not Jonathan)
For His Glory, Honor, & Praise, Joe Wise