The patterns appear ever jumbled…
mixed up when winds blow the sand
in the environment, endemic yet so
intrinsic and aid in slight of hand…
of mind… of what was told to believe
by one assumed to be as dazzling light,
the human life so dim… so bleak, and
what was told to write by one so bright,
to want what God has… what God is…
this is an eternal hunger so unfulfilled
in time immemorial, can one suppose
God’s chosen would not be indwelled…
imbibed with the words of the Book;
hence, they are ‘the people of the Book,’
keepers of the breath of God… for it
is His will to be done, not pawn or rook
in a political gambit of words in a see
and be seen world, parting man’s order
established here… without seeking God
there’d be confusion, hate and disorder;
which is then the difference of being
known or wanting to be known, imagine
something would want to be thought of
as God, a pretender… for hell to begin.
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:)
[With the link for ‘Antichrist’ I’m not endorsing the site nor would I say I believe everything placed there but do find a very lengthly list of prophecies concerning the personage mentioned there.]
As to understanding coming from Daniel… here is a real quick lesson to learn by and from. Jerusalem went from being Hellenized (before 172 B.C.), by Antiochus Epiphanes IV, to being permanently garrisoned by Syrian soldiers (in 169). Daniel 9:26-27 also speaks about ‘abomination’ but in Daniel 11:31 is a telling of further cause to such a diabolical plan- to supplant the power of God for themselves… as being God and worthy of such worship. Here is another quick study on this same topic. To this end… Antiochus Epiphanes IV was a forerunner (archetype) to the Antichrist. For both Christian and Jew… the persecution will strengthen and worsen as at no other time in human history.
Many will try to undermine the very foundations of Christianity, laying claim to errors they have assumed for truth… about the timeframe and scope of prophecy, but have not considered (all) the evidence (some of it can be found here). The Psalms have been attributed to David historically, and factually (as a collected group of writings)… and tells us of the sacrifice of Jesus at the cross [Psalms 91]. Even to say these prophecies are just in the words of the prophets is not entirely accurate, see the link here, when 44 Messianic Prophecies were fulfilled. It is from mathematics this law is found… the associative property of algebra, what is equal on one side must be equal on the other. Taking this same view to prophecy, if prophecy of Jesus’s coming is true… then the prophecy concerning the end of the age must also be true.
As it concerns the body and blood of Jesus (what many refer to as ‘The Sacrament’); which parallels with the giving of His body and shedding of blood as a living sacrifice for all whom believe in Him, it must be also be understood this is also considered ‘the cup of blessing.’ It took Jesus to die on the cross for the sins of mankind, and when He drank from the other cup… the cup of God’s wrath (the cup of sorrows)- a sure telling of something sinful man will endure without accepting ‘the cup of blessing.’ Even Jesus made this clear, found in Luke 22:42. Thusly, the breaking of bread and drinking of wine (or grape juice for some denominations) becomes: symbolic (significant of what is being represented or illustrated), demonstrative (denoting the same things Jesus was subjected to) and qualitative (to show the value each practitioner places on what was done by Jesus is revered and believed in individually).
Luke 22:20 KJV
20 Likewise also the cup after supper, saying,This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you.
Luke 22:42 KJV
42 Saying,Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.
[Below is from a merging of thoughts… in abstract, and from Matthew Henry’s Commentary on the Whole Bible (Concise) from Luke 22:42.]
Jesus bids this passover welcome. He desired it, though he knew his sufferings would follow, because it was in order to his Father’s glory and man’s redemption. He takes his leave of all passovers, signifying thereby his doing away all the ordinances of the ceremonial law, of which the passover was one of the earliest and chief. That type was laid aside, because now in the kingdom of God the substance was come. The breaking of Christ’s body as a sacrifice for us, is therein brought to our remembrance by the breaking of bread. The shedding of Christ’s blood, by which the atonement was made, is represented by the wine in the cup.
[Below was fashioned from Matthew Henry’s Commentary (for Matthew 24), and is a compilation of abstracts to this end.]
Our Savior cautions his disciples to stand on their guard against false teachers. And he foretells wars and great commotions among nations. From the time that the Jews rejected Christ, and he left their house desolate, the sword never departed from them. See what comes of refusing the gospel. Those who will not hear the messengers of peace, shall be made to hear the messengers of war. But where the heart is fixed, trusting in God, it is kept in peace, and is not afraid. The evil day is not the further off for men’s putting it far from them. Our Lord’s coming will be happy to those that shall be found ready, but very dreadful to those that are not. When we looked forward to the eternity of misery that is before the obstinate refusers of Christ and his gospel, we may truly say,”The greatest earthly judgments are but the beginning of sorrows.” It is comforting that some shall endure even to the end.