Summary: Grab you hat, Jesus is coming back!
Fulfilled And Yet To Be Fulfilled
Remember Last Week: at the beginning of Chapter 13 the disciples express how magnificent the Temple is in Jerusalem to which Jesus replies that the temple will be knocked down –
We saw that Jesus is not impressed with what we are impressed with. We can be impressed with religious things, yet ultimately this is not what it is all about. So the disciples want to know when is this going to happen? and what will be the signs it is about to happen. Jesus’ reply is known as the little apocalypse because of its brief description of the end times. Today we continue looking at that reply in the second part of chapter 13. Jesus is giving us a little insight into the end of time - Into the great tribulation.
We saw last week – as we will see this week - We are not to be end times maniacs - People who are overly concerned with the end times.
We also saw that bad things can happen to us, because of the Gospel of Jesus Christ – family may disown you, you may be arrested and beaten and betrayed - All because you have given you life over to Jesus.
As we continue to look at his reply to his disciples questions, when are these things going to happen and what will be the signs we need to understand: Jesus is answering their question, Jesus is answering beyond their question and into the future, perhaps our future.
Daniel 12:11 “From the time that the daily sacrifice is abolished and the abomination that causes desolation is set up, there will be 1,290 days.
Daniel 11:31 “His armed forces will rise up to desecrate the temple fortress and will abolish the daily sacrifice. Then they will set up the abomination that causes desolation.
Now it is true that the Romans were in the Temple just before its destruction. The Hebrew that underlies the Greek in this sentence, for abomination that causes desolation. Siqqus somen - Always refers to pagan worship in the form of idolatry. In this context here it means an unspeakable affront to the sanctity of God. Jesus proclaims a future abomination in the house of God. He is alluding to the cessation of sacrifice, not the destruction of the temple, this prophecy has not been fulfilled. The grammar states that it is a person of male gender who will stand in the Temple. It is true that Caligula attempted to set up a statue of himself in the temple, that Titus walked through the temple
and other like instances happened. But Jesus is not speaking of simply a desecration. He is speaking of THE desecration
Jesus is referring to the Antichrist. That is the person who fraudulently assumes the place of the true Christ and opposes the work of God the Father. A person, who will come to pass. None of the desecrations of the Temple have fit this description.
People are always predicting the Antichrist. Every major political or religious figure has been pegged: Nixion, Clinton, every Pope, Henry Kissenger - My favorite is Gerald Ford. What a joke, the anti Christ is a klutz.