Friday, January 3, 2014

Yeshua (Jesus) Matthew 25 Verse 1 -46 , Wise and Foolish Virgins, Faithful and Slothful Servant

(This is a general interpretation of Holy Scripture. Please read the scriptures for yourself, pray, ask the Father our G-D for knowledge and he will give it to you. Please do not take our word as law, as there is only ONE Law, the Law of G-D)

There is not much to write with regard to Matthew 25, the chapter is about as self-explanatory as any Chapter in the Gospels. However we will discuss verses 14 through 40 because many will point to this teaching to falsely claim the right to teach a prosperity Gospel. This lesson from our Messiah has little to do with actual finances and more to do with spreading the Gospel of the Kingdom of Heaven. The more people you witness to the more people that will find the Lord our G-D through the Gospel.

Enjoy our Lord's Teachings!! G-D Bless you all!!!!

Matthew 25


1. Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom.
And five of them were wise, and five were foolish.
They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them:
But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.
While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.
And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.
Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps.
And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out.
But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves.
10 And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut.
11 Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us.
12 But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not.
13 Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.
14 For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods.
15 And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey.
16 Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents.
17 And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two.
18 But he that had received one went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord's money.
19 After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them.
20 And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more.
21 His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
22 He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them.
23 His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
24 Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed:
25 And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine.
26 His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed:
27 Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury.
28 Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents.
29 For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath.
30 And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
31 When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory:
32 And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:
33 And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.
34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:
35 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:
36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.
37 Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?
38 When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?
39 Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?
40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:
42 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink:
43 I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not.
44 Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee?
45 Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.
46 And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Yeshua (Jesus) Matthew 24, Consider all possibilities, Guard against deception and be watchful for the signs of the end of days

(This is a general interpretation of Holy Scripture. Please read the scriptures for yourself, pray, ask the Father our G-D for knowledge and he will give it to you. Please do not take our word as law, as there is only ONE Law, the Law of G-D)

What does it mean? How does this translate to our modern world? Are we living in the end of days? what does this mean? What does that mean? When you receive an answer the most most common response is; NO YOU'RE WRONG! My Church believes this was, or my Church believes that way.

I have came to conclusion that teaching Christian eschatology, or  attempting to interpret End of Days scripture is a no win situation, if you teach it as a part of your foundation, or include it in a so-called Statement of Faith. Opinions differ, people believe different things and there should be an open discussion in all of our Churches on the End of Days, an open mind is a watchful mind, an alert mind. 

This is what Yeshua was teaching us. The two most important, in my opinion, lessons to be learned from Matthew 24, or the Olivet Discourse, are; Do not be deceived and watch for the signs of the fulfillment of end of days prophecy. 

If the majority of Matthew 24 pertains to the end of ancient Jerusalem; so be it. If the majority of Matthew 24 strictly pertains to the End of Days; so be it. Remember; do not be deceived and be watchful, be open minded with regard to end of days scripture, consider all possibilities, that make sense of course. 


Matthew 24...

24 And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to shew him the buildings of the temple.
And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.
And 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?
And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.
For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.
And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.
For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.
All these are the beginning of sorrows.
Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake.
10 And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.
11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.
12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.
13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.
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.
15 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:)
16 Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains:
17 Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house:
18 Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes.
19 And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days!
20 But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day:
21 For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.
22 And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened.
23 Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not.
24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.
25 Behold, I have told you before.
26 Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not.
27 For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
28 For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together.
29 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:
30 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.
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.
32 Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh:
33 So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors.
34 Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.
35 Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.
36 But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.
37 But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
38 For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark,
39 And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
40 Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
41 Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
42 Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.
43 But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up.
44 Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.
45 Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season?
46 Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing.
47 Verily I say unto you, That he shall make him ruler over all his goods.
48 But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming;
49 And shall begin to smite his fellowservants, and to eat and drink with the drunken;
50 The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of,
51 And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.



Friday, December 14, 2012

Yeshua (Jesus) Matthew 24:15-20 Abomination of Desolation - Part One: Destruction of Jerusalem

(This is a general interpretation of Holy Scripture. Please read the scriptures for yourself, pray, ask the Father our G-D for knowledge and he will give it to you. Please do not take our word as law, as there is only ONE Law, the Law of G-D)

We have done well by not having to resort to multiple parts to any particular lesson but in this event, or lesson, we must break it up into multiple lessons. This is, in my mind, THE most contentious subject concerning end of days teachings in the New Testament among those educated in the Bible. Also, in this lesson. seeing that it is a lesson on end of days prophecy, I will write more than usual. Remember: You can be broad-minded with regard to end of days prophecy as your individual beliefs will not affect your individual salvation. So offering multiple interpretations will only expand the readers mind.

I have approached, what I call, the Abomination of Desolation problem by closely examining the Books of Matthew, Mark, Luke and of course Daniel. More specifically the Olivet Discourse in the three Synoptic Gospels and Daniel Chapter 11.

Matthew 24...


15 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:)
16 Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains:
17 Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house:
18 Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes.
19 And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days!
20 But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day:


Matthew and Luke are the Same!!!, almost


Destruction of Jerusalem


As I mentioned earlier we must place all the scriptures side-by-side, especially the Synoptic Gospels, to determine if there are any minor differences in the writings. 

We will compare Luke's Gospel and we must understand where the Book of Luke came from. 
Luke was not an Apostle, he was a physician from Syria who was a disciple of Paul. Luke’s account of the Gospel was what Paul was teaching in Asia Minor. 

I will also add that I have interacted with certain Christian theologians who simply do not believe Luke mentioned the Abomination of Desolation at all in Chapter 21. We will now list both Matthew’s account of this section of the Olivet discourse and Luke’s account of the same side by side.

Matthew Chapter 24
Luke Chapter 21
15When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:) 20And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh.

16Then let them which be in Judaea 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
21Then 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 thereignto.
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:
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.
21For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. 22And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened.  23Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not.  24For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.  25Behold, I have told you before.  26Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not.  27For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. 28For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together.

(Not in Chronological order) 22For these be the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled. (PART OF VERSE 23:) 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.

29Immediately 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:

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.


As you can read above Luke’s account of the Olivet Discourse with regard to the Abomination of Desolation, even though it is shorter than Matthew’s account, matches almost exactly. So for any theologian to suggest that Luke failed to mention the Abomination of Desolation is utter ridiculousness. We can speculate as to why some theologians dismiss, or completely ignore Luke’s account of not only the Abomination of Desolation but his account of the Great Tribulation. The likely reasoning behind this is probably due to the traditional interpretations of both the Abomination of Desolation and the Great Tribulation as compared to Paul's letters.

Now we ask ourselves this; why is Luke’s account seemingly so different, within the wording, of the Matthew and Mark’s account of the Abomination of Desolation? We also ask if there are any clues in Matthew 24 that would suggest that Jesus Christ was speaking of the destruction of Jerusalem other than speaking directly of the end of days?

The answer to the first question may not suit the beliefs of most Christian theologians, and all Christians for that matter, as it would appear, at face value, that Luke may have been written after 70 A.D. and the destruction of the Temple. That Luke practically declared the fulfillment of Jesus’ prophecy in Matthew 24, or more specifically the fulfillment of the Jesus’ statement on the Abomination of Desolation as the original prophecy was of course made by Daniel. One thing that would totally blow this theory out of the water would be that Luke never mentions the Temple at all in his account of the Olivet Discourse concerning the Abomination of Desolation. So by this fact alone it would seem that Luke was written before the destruction of the Temple in 70 A.D. BUT we must take into account that the Olivet Discourse begins with Jesus’ prophecy of the destruction of the Temple itself, so there would be no reason to mention it as it was the core of the prophecy to begin with.

Now the answer to the second question; did Jesus leave us a clue that would suggest the Abomination of Desolation was either connected to the destruction of Jerusalem, or the Temple. Actually he did with this statement.

Matthew 24
28For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together.

From Wikipedia: The Aquila was the eagle standard of a Roman legion, carried by a special grade legionary known as an Aquilifer. One eagle standard was carried by each legion. (Source-1) – Wikipedia for Roman Aquila

As we can see the Eagle clearly represented Rome and the fearsome Roman Legions. Jesus made this statement at the tail end of his statement on both the Abomination of Desolation and the Great Tribulation. The next phase of his prophecy aligns with most end times prophecies that phase being; at the end of the tribulation Jesus comes back.

So it certainly appears that Luke’s account of the Olivet Discourse and Matthew’s account of the same seem to reside in perfect harmony. Jesus, of course, does not tell us how long the tribulation period will last as he probably didn't know himself. He stated that only the Father knows the day and hour in which he will return. Luke also expresses this with his statement of “until the time of the gentiles be fulfilled”

Now the preceding analysis of the Abomination of Desolation, within the context of the New Testament, totally defies most, if not all, modern Christian interpretations.  It appears that Jesus may have been speaking of the Destruction of Jerusalem. 

Luke's Account of the Eagle
 Now that we have created a plausible explanation of how Matthew 24 and Luke 21 are describing the same event with regard to the Abomination of Desolation, as the end of ancient Israel, we must continue with Luke's account of the Eagle. Luke's account of the Eagle is not mentioned in Luke Chapter 21 it is mentioned in Luke 17. This section of the Olivet Discourse is out of order as compared to Matthew 24. This simple ordering of the scriptures may not appear, on the surface, as a major event but as we will show it is a major event. As Jesus' mention of the Eagle is clearly described as something that occurs during the Tribulation and that the evacuation of Jerusalem happens before the Tribulation. Jesus describes the Rapture, in verses 40 through 42, an event occurring after the Tribulation, and clearly happening AFTER the event that concerns the Eagle and the evacuation of Jerusalem.  

In Luke’s the account of the Eagle is the last event mentioned in his account of the Olivet Discourse (Chapters 17 and 21). We will break down, again, the order in which the Eagle, end of the Tribulation and the Rapture occur in Matthew and Luke. 

As we mentioned the Olivet Discourse is split in two in the Gospel of Luke. The last half of Luke 17 and the majority of Luke 21 is the parallel scripture as compared to Matthew 24. We can find one very important clue in Luke's account, and if the early Church fathers were correct it would actually be Paul's account, and that clue is verse 31 in Luke 17. This verse, as compared to Luke 21 and Matthew 24, should fit right after the mention of the Abomination of Desolation in Matthew 24 and the Desolation in Luke 21 but it is mentioned as directly associated with the Rapture, not the desolation of Jerusalem.

We can clearly read in Luke 17 that Paul is preaching that the Rapture event will happen when the people must flee Jerusalem. And we can also see that Paul is associating the end of the world, not just the end of the age of ancient Israel, with the Eagle, which would be associated with Rome. That would seem to contradict the teaching in Luke 21 as Paul is clearly teaching that a certain amount of time must pass before the end of the world (verse 24: ……until the time of the Gentiles be fulfilled) and the desolation and evacuation of Jerusalem.
   
As we mentioned before, we may yet again be accused of nitpicking the scriptures but in my estimation this is main problem with modern Christian eschatology, they do not nitpick the scriptures enough. The simple out of order quote of the eagle, alone, in Luke 17 would not justify the effort we have put into this examination but the fact that we have a seemingly minor contradiction in the order in which the people should expect to evacuate Jerusalem as compared to the Rapture event certainly justifies this close examination.

We must express the strict nature in which we are using the Gospel of Matthew as the measuring stick of the Gospels. And using this model we can see that Paul’s teachings in the Gospel of Luke, as associated with the Olivet Discourse, are very similar in Luke 21 and not so much in Luke 17.

 Why the difference? We can offer a couple of conclusions. First; and this answer may open a tremendous can of worms, is that the Gospel of Luke was altered, although slightly, after the destruction of Jerusalem and destruction of the second Temple. Now why would a blue-blood believing Christian like me ever suggest such an egregious act? The answer is rooted in what Paul believed and when he believed the end of the word would come. 

As we mentioned before, one can have an array of beliefs of end times scripture as these prophecies have absolutely nothing to do with your individual salvation. So Christians must broaden their minds and consider a multitude of interpretations.

Paul’s Actual Beliefs About The End Times

Before we dive into the multitude of complicated theories surrounding the probable connections between the Abomination of Desolation as mentioned in Daniel compared to the Gospels of Matthew and Mark, we will examine Paul’s belief on when the end of the world would occur. Just as the Apostle John, Paul believed he was literally living in the end of days. 

So it doesn't take a huge stretch of the imagination to suggest that Paul associated the coming fall of Jerusalem with the end of the world, as well as teaching that Rome (The Eagle) would have a hand in the fulfillment of end of days prophecy. Paul's teaching on the Gospel, which was recorded in Luke, gives us a glimpse into the past and allows us to consider the beliefs of the times. We must add that even if Paul seemed to attempt to interpret Christ's teachings in Matthew 24 in the end he was right on the money, except the world didn't end of course. 

Next we will examine a very complicated theory that compares Daniel's prophecy in Chapter 11 to Jesus' time. 




Thursday, September 6, 2012

(Jesus) Matthew 24:1-14, Christ Predicts 2nd Temple Destruction, End of the World, Beginning of Sorrows, Deception

(This is a general interpretation of Holy Scripture. Please read the word for yourself, pray and ask G-D for knowledge and he will give it to you. Do not take our word as law.)

DISCLAIMER: Interpreting end of days prophecy is just that, an interpretation. We have the ability to be open minded with regard to end of days prophecy because your personal, theological and or spiritual interpretation does not effect your Salvation through the Blood of Yeshua the Christ.

I must admit I have struggled to provide a lesson for Matthew Chapter 24 because of the multitude of interpretations. Many denominations of the Christian Church are divided on the proper interpretation of this chapter. However, the interpretations I will provide are just one of many that I have considered.

Matthew 24

1. And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to shew him the buildings of the temple.

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

3 And 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?

Some of the division begins here, in verse 3 with the interpretation of the word, or phrase, end of the world. Many believe that Yeshua actually meant to say "end of age" and not end of the world. We must however go back as far as we can to re-discover the true meaning behind this statement.

To start we must advise the reader that there are NO surviving ancient Greek texts of this particular Chapter of Matthew. So we must go to the next best thing; Jerome's Vulgate. We must trust Jerome's veracity to the Greek texts in which he used in his translations. According to the Blue Letter Bible website the Greek word used in this verse for "world" is αἰών , Which means of course, World, Forever or Eternity. This particular word was used 9 different times in the Book of Matthew. We will compare a few of the Greek instances of the use of this word, of course as cited by Blue Letter Bible, and compare it to Jerome's Vulgate to see if they match.


Matthew 12:32 And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come.

Matthew 12:32 - King James Version - English - World

Matthew 12:32 - Blue Letter Bible - Greek - αἰών - (World)

Matthew 12:32 - Jerome's Vulgate - Latin Word - saeculo (Century, World, Age)


Matthew 13:22 He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful.

Matthew 13:22 - King James Version - English - World

Matthew 13:22 - Blue Letter Bible - Greek - αἰών - (World)

Matthew 13:22 - Jerome's Vulgate - Latin - saeculi istius - (This World, Of This World)


Matthew 13:39 The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels.

Matthew 13:39 - King James Version - English - World

Matthew 13:39 - Blue Letter Bible - Greek - αἰών - (World)

Matthew 13:39 - Jerome's Vulgate - Latin - consummatio saeculi - (End of the World)


Matthew 13:40 As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world.

Matthew 13:40 - King James Version - English - World

Matthew 13:40 - Blue Letter Bible - Greek - αἰών - (World)

Matthew 13:40 - Jerome's Vulgate - Latin - consummatione saeculi - (End of the World)


Matthew 13:49 So shall it be at the end of the world: the angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the just,

Matthew 13:49 - King James Version - English - World

Matthew 13:49 - Blue Letter Bible - Greek - αἰών - (World)

Matthew 13:49 - Jerome's Vulgate - Latin - consummatione saeculi - (End of the World)


Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

Matthew 28:20 - King James Version - English - World

Matthew 28:20 - Blue Letter Bible - Greek - αἰών - (World)

Matthew 28:20 - Jerome's Vulgate - Latin - consummationem saeculi (Primary Usage - END) (Secondary usage - End of the World)

Now we must examine the usage of the Latin in Matthew 24 Verse 3 and compare it to the verses in the examples above. We know beyond a shadow of a doubt that in Matthew 13 that Yeshua is speaking specifically about the End of the World and not the end of a certain age.

Matthew 24:3 And 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?

Matthew 24:3 - King James Version - English - World

Matthew 24:3 - Blue Letter Bible - Greek - αἰών - (World)

Matthew 24:3 - Jerome's Vulgate - Latin - consummationis saeculi - (End of the World)

The confusion over this phrase is derived from the isolation of the Latin word saeculi and the fact that the primary usage of saeculi is indeed the term "age" as in a period of time. But you cannot translate the Latin texts in this particular verse by isolating saeculi, in my humble opinion. But I guess it could be argued that it could be isolated. We came to the conclusion that Matthew 24:3 speaks of the end of the world, in this particular interpretation of Matthew 24, because of how this same Latin phrase was used to clearly describe the End of the World in Matthew 13.

Even though we have certainly considered the latter, isolating saeculi, we will continue with the most common interpretation for Matthew 24:3 that Yeshua was speaking of the End of the World.

We must add that Yeshua prophesied the destruction of the 2nd Temple is verse 2. But there is something real interesting in his prophecy that most theologians miss. Yeshua said specifically that "There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down." This is extremely important as Yeshua not only predicted the destruction of the Temple but the TOTAL destruction of the Temple. Total meaning; that not one remnant of the Temple will survive. So while many believe that Yeshua's prophecy came to pass in 70 A.D when the Romans sacked Jerusalem and destroyed the Temple it truly came to pass when the Muslims constructed the Dome of the Rock, in our opinion, because all remnants of the 2nd Temple would have been removed then, around 688 A.D.

Continuing on;

Matthew 24

4 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.

5 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.

6 And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.

7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.

8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.

We continue with verses 4 through 8, or the Beginning of Sorrows. Many theological, or evangelical, interpretations place these events in the last 7 years before the return of Christ. However, we simply dismiss that interpretation because of how the evangelical community came to that conclusion. And that was the complete misinterpretation of the latter verses in Daniel Chapter 9 and the whole gap in Daniel's 70 week prophecy. Many believe that the last 7 years of this prophecy of Daniel will come to pass in the last 7 years. But in any event we continue to keep an open mind.

In simple terms we believe that Yeshua is speaking of the time period between his Resurrection leading up to his return. There have been many false Christs throughout history, many false prophets and false teachers. Then we arrive at verse 6 when super war is achieved, or mechanized war. The people of Europe must have certainly believed Hitler was the Antichrist and must have certainly believed the end was nigh. Then verse 7 is leading up to the age we live in today where disease runs rampant, natural disasters are becoming more and more deadly. But this is a simple interpretation, a common sense interpretation.


Matthew 24

9 Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake.

10 And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.

11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.

12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.

13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.

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.

Verses 9 through 14 may or may not be speaking of final age, or the final years. These verses seem to adhere to the common theological teaching of the of days Tribulation of Christians. But it could simply be yet a continuation, or another dimension, of the age between Christ's Resurrection and Return, a spiritual dimension, with Verses 4 through 8 being more natural or earthly and verses 9 through 14 being more spiritual. We sort of have proof of this by examining the history of the Church. Almost immediately after the Resurrection Christian ministers of the Gospel were persecuted and tortured in an unspeakable manner.

But yet again, this is a very simple, common sense, interpretation of the scripture. And yet again we keep a complete open mind with regard to the subject.

We do have one of the most important statements of human history in verse 14. That statement being the verse itself. Yeshua spoke in very few absolutes with regard to the end of the world, not saying Yeshua's prophecies are ambiguous, but simple. Yeshua's statement in verse 14 is an absolute and it pertains to the end of the world. Many Christians interpret, or misinterpret, this verse and say "the word of G-D will be preached" but that is not what Yeshua said, he said the "Gospel of the Kingdom" or the Gospel of the Kingdom of Heaven will be preached worldwide.

I sometimes get frustrated at many in the Church. I am confused as to why they do not teach, as a primary doctrine of faith, the Gospel of the Kingdom of Heaven. Most respond to me by saying "oh you are mistaken, we do preach it". My response to them is this; "I have proof that you do not teach it or use it as your primary statement of faith". They almost always look at me in confusion and say "proof you say?". I say "yes, PROOF". "If the Church's primary doctrine of faith had indeed historically been the Gospel of the Kingdom of Heaven the end of the world would have already came and went because the Church has indeed preached in all nations on earth". Then most respond by saying "you have a point"...

Monday, September 3, 2012

Yeshua (Jesus) Matthew 23:34-39, Announcement of the Desolation of the Temple and Jerusalem, Yeshua's Prophecies, Fulfillment of Daniel 9 and Leviticus 26

(This is a general interpretation of Holy Scripture. Please read the word for yourself, pray and ask G-D for knowledge and he will give it to you. Do not take our word as law.)

This will one of the most controversial lessons on the Gospel of the Kingdom of Heaven. I say controversial because it defies the popular theological interpretation of Daniel 9:27. Daniel 9 and more specifically Daniel 9:27 has been regulated to what theologians call the Daniel's 70 week gap theory. In this theory 69 (or 69.5) of Daniel's 70 weeks are fulfilled in the days of Christ but the fulfillment of the last week, hence the gap, is fulfilled in the final 7 (or 3.5) years before the return of Yeshua. 

This one interpretation influences a large percentage of eschatological interpretation. Or the interpretation of End Times Prophecy within the Christian Church. 

We will make this brief and explain the modern interpretation along side of what we believe to be the TRUE interpretation of Daniel 9:27. 

Daniel 9


24 Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy.
25 Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times.
26 And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.
27 And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.

These 4 versus in Daniel Chapter 9 are some of the most important verses, or prophecies, in the entirety of the Holy Bible. It predicts the coming of Christ, down to the year by the way, and describes what must happen before and during the time of the Messiah's arrival on Earth. 

Without making this overly complicated we will key in on Daniel 9:25 where it describes the Messiah as the "Prince". In modern Christian eschatology there is no conflict in this particular interpretation. The conflict begins in Daniel 9:26 where it describes the "people of the prince" coming to destroy the Temple and Jerusalem. In modern eschatology this prince is either a Roman Emperor, or Governor, or the antichrist figure. The Gap start at the end of the first sentence in Daniel 9:26...go 2000 plus years in the future and the gap closes and the prophecy continues. 

I could never wrap my head around this interpretation, to me it made no sense what-so-ever. How could Yeshua be the Prince in verse 25 and then the Prince in verse 26 be the antichrist? The fact is, in my opinion, Matthew 23 fulfills this prophecy. The "people" of the prince are simply the Gentiles. 

Matthew 23
34 Wherefore, 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:
35 That upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel unto the blood of Zacharias son of Barachias, whom ye slew between the temple and the altar.
36 Verily I say unto you, All these things shall come upon this generation.
37 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!
38 Behold, your house is left unto you desolate.
39 For I say unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.

As you can read in the Scripture above Jesus predicts the war that the Pharisee will wage against his Apostles. And the blood of the past Prophets and the blood of these Apostles will be tallied, then the destruction of both Jerusalem and the Temple will come to pass. The abominations of the Jewish people and their defiance of G-D's Law leads to the fulfillment of Moses' Prophecy in Leviticus 26.

Leviticus 26


31 And I will make your cities waste, and bring your sanctuaries unto desolation, and I will not smell the savour of your sweet odours.
32 And I will bring the land into desolation: and your enemies which dwell therein shall be astonished at it.
33 And I will scatter you among the heathen, and will draw out a sword after you: and your land shall be desolate, and your cities waste.

Like I stated before this is only my opinion and my interpretation. The interpretation of these scriptures will not affect your salvation, as long as you don't deny the Messiah.