When blind are the sighted
unwilling to see…
see truths apparent as they
are and must be,
the senses so temporal, bound
to this Earth,
angels cry ’til they laugh…
unknown is our worth,
this temporary lesson for
never were we told to beggar
another in strife,
not told to amass mountains
of fame, piles of cash…
wherein to deny another
of mediocrity’s lash,
the passion of the Christ
will be our own to know…
be not bewildered when
fallow fields grow to show
no mercy, they hated The Lord,
and hold no less for you…
understand it when it happens
and know truth a vital clue.
Christian Studies lead to but one conclusion… the Bible is a history book turned upside down- telling what we will go through before we get there. Old Testament had more to do with the coming of the Messiah (Jesus)… also some to tell of in the times in which we live today. New Testament tells us what: happened when the Messiah came, comes from human hands in our present and future, and of the second coming [the return] of Jesus as Lord. This Theocracy will not be run by man (on God’s account) but by God Himself- the Kingdom of God on Earth.
[Some of the abstracts used are from here and come under (at the bottom of the page) Commentary critical.]
Israel reached the summit of abominations, which drew down desolation (Matthew 24:28), nay, which is the desolation itself, when, after murdering Messiah, they offered sacrifices, Mosaic indeed in form, but heathenish in spirit (compare Isaiah 1:13, Ezekiel 5:11). Christ refers to this passage (Matthew 24:15), “When ye see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place” (the latter words being tacitly implied in “abominations” as being such as are committed against the sanctuary). TREGELLES translates, “upon the wing of abominations shall be that which causes desolation”; namely, an idol set up on a wing or pinnacle of the temple (compare Matthew 4:5) by Antichrist, who makes a covenant with the restored Jews for the last of the seventy weeks of years (fulfilling Jesus’ words, “If another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive”), and for the first three and a half years keeps it, then in the midst of the week breaks it, causing the daily sacrifices to cease.
Christianity, Biblical prophecy, also tells me the ‘Temple’ in Jerusalem will be rebuilt. There are people in Israel (today) looking forward to this event, and here is one group standing at the ready. This is, indeed, a very important time in human history. Watch for ‘the Red Cow‘ rising in importance to Jewish Prophecy concerning the nation. The prophecy of Daniel speaks of seventy weeks (years) and God’s timepiece is on hold [at the moment] to allow for the church (the living temple… the body of Christ) to preach the ‘Good News’ of the Gospel. The last week (understood as the last seven years) in Biblical prophecy will be split in two, three and one half years each. The first three and a half years will bring peace… in the Middle East but the last three and a half years will be ‘The Great Tribulation.’
Daniel 9:24-27… is where this is spelled out, more specifically in verse twenty seven.
the vision–the further revelation as to Messiah in connection with Jeremiah’s prophecy of seventy years of the captivity. The charge to “understand” is the same as in Matthew 24:15, where Rome primarily, and Antichrist ultimately, is referred to.
Since He (Jesus) came as a servant, He chose for His appearing the period darkest of all as to His people’s temporal state. Always fresh persecutors have been rising, whose end is destruction, and so it shall be with the last enemy, Antichrist.
Messiah was to cause all sacrifices and oblations in general to “cease” utterly. There is here an allusion only to Antiochus’ act; to comfort God’s people when sacrificial worship was to be trodden down, by pointing them to the Messianic time when salvation would fully come and yet temple sacrifices cease. This is the same consolation as Jeremiah and Ezekiel gave under like circumstances, when the destruction of Jerusalem by Nebuchadnezzar was impending (Jeremiah 3:16, 31:31, Ezekiel 11:19). Jesus died in the middle of the last week, A.D. 30. His prophetic life lasted three and a half years; the very time in which “the saints are given into the hand” of Antichrist (Daniel 7:25).
Jesus taught:” I am telling you now before it happens, that when it does happen you will believe that I am He” (John 13:19).
May we endeavor to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace, to love one another with a pure heart fervently, and to walk humbly with our God.
[The abstracts of information on the ‘Temple’ come from the link below. and the writing on the subject fromAnthony J. Petrotta]
While the temple certainly has a history and integrity of its own, it was created by extension of the tabernacle and is associated with such diverse topics as a mountain and a city, the cosmos and a person’s body, and God’s glory and name. The biblical authors from Moses through Ezekiel and Haggai to John of Patmos never describe a complete temple, but offer a vision of what the temple was to be: the locus of the presence of God.
The paradoxical and symbolic nature of the temple is thus seen as the author(s) construct the parameters of temple theology: the transcendent deity graciously appears before his holy people in the place of his choosing, a dwelling symbolically rich by virtue of its ability to generate varied metaphoric associations (fire, cloud, tent, ark, and most especially “name” in the Pentateuch).
Paul also makes the correspondence between the temple and body: “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit?” (1 Cor 6:19; see also Rom 12:1-2). Of course, the believer can be called the temple of God only because Christ himself is the temple and the believer participates in Christ (1 Cor 3:9-17). The believer, like Paul himself, must be (cultically) pure in order to live in God’s presence (2 Cor 2:17). If God can dwell in a holy place, by extension, he could dwell in a holy person!
After the destruction of the temple in a.d. 70, temple theology loses none of its living and healing power since the temple was always “beyond” its physical presence. A theology of temple answers the problem of how God’s presence is mediated. Specifically, temple theology recognizes the importance of “sacred space.” Its analogue is sacred timeSabbath, festivals, and appointed times of prayer. Humankind is oriented in time and space, thus Sabbath and temple testify to “eternity” beyond the confines of our usual orientation. Sabbath and temple redeem time and space.
[Antichrist and Antiochus (the precursor) of the same destructive spirit]
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