It never occurred to most of our generation that it would be during our lifetime that we are no longer reading the Olivet Prophecy but rather the Olivet History and Current Events.
Since the days of our youth, many of us "Baby Boomers" have heard and read the 24th chapter of Matthew known as the Olivet Prophecy. Ironically though, it never occurred to most of our generation that it would be during our lifetime that all those prophecies would come to pass and that we would one day wake up to find we are no longer reading the Olivet Prophecy but rather the Olivet History and Current Events. To that end, we will learn (and document by following the specific instructions of Jesus Christ when we get to verses 32-35 of this 24th chapter) that the final generation began on May 15, 1948, and we will discover that lo and behold... many of the prophecies contained in this chapter have already come to pass just as He said they would... and that means that the hour is late! Matthew 24:33 "So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors."
Let us begin this exciting chapter by first recalling that at the conclusion of our last study Jesus Christ had just informed the scribes and Pharisees that "their house shall be left desolate" and that they shall see Him no more until they say "Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord (Mat. 23:39)." Observe now that Jesus "goes out" and "departs", as in removes Himself from the temple!
The word "buildings" in Greek is the compound word "oikodome" which means the architectural structure of the house or edifice! Though this temple was far inferior in beauty and awe to the one king Solomon built, it was nevertheless a magnificent and quite impressive structure indeed.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.
Those who are familiar with the law, i.e. have been to school in the Old Testament, know that the temple was but a type, a shadow, used symbolically to teach us about the true temple which is the body of Christ. You "see", the "structure" of that temple had now become corrupt through the infiltration of the scribes and Pharisees who now sat in the seat of Moses. In other words, the offspring of the "false rock", those "cold dead stones" now made up the structure of the temple, not the "living stones" which make up His spiritual house, the true temple and body of Christ. Remember, they have now rejected the chief cornerstone, the true Rock, for as it is written in Deut. 32:31 "...their rock is not as our Rock"! Peter (petros) understood this and explained it well in 1 Peter 2:4-6.buildings, oikodome, oy-kod-om-ay', Greek 3619; feminine (abstract) of a compound of Greek 3624 (oikos) and the base of Greek 1430 (doma); architecture, i.e. (concrete) a structure; figurative confirmation :- building, edify (-ication, -ing).oikos, oy'-kos, Greek 3624; of uncertain affinity; a dwelling (more or less extensive, literal or figurative); by implication a family (more or less related, literal or figurative) :- home, house (-hold), temple.
doma, do'-mah, Greek 1430; from demo (to build); properly an edifice, i.e. (special) a roof :- housetop.
Again, they rejected the Anointed One of God, the precious Rock of our Salvation! You "see", their temple is not our temple for the true body of Christ is made up of "living stones", stones that possess life which comes from Jesus Christ, who gives us eternal life!1 Peter 2:4-6
To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious,
So what we "see" happening here following the rejection of the chief corner stone, is Jesus Christ going forth and departing from that temple to the Mount of Olives. Do you remember what "olive" is in Greek? It is "El-ah'-Yah". Of course mounts or mountains are symbolic of nations or governments. Ye also, as lively (living) stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.
 Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on Him shall not be confounded.
olive, elaia, el-ah'-yah, Greek 1636; feminine of a presumed derivative from an obsolete primary; an olive (the tree or the fruit) :- olive (berry, tree).
Christ used the Greek word "blepo" when He said unto His disciples "See ye" not all these things? This word is important for it means to "take heed" and "perceive", as in open your eyes and ears and pay real close attention to what is being presented and taught.Matthew 24:2
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.
You "see", Christ is not talking about the physical stones of the temple but rather the "kenites" who have taken over the temple. In other words, that wicked evil temple that shall be standing in Jerusalem when Christ returns shall be pulverized and all those stones "thrown down", turned to powder!blepo, blep'-o, Greek 991; a primary verb; to look at (literal or figurative) :- behold, beware, lie, look (on, to), perceive, regard, see, sight, take heed. Compare Greek 3700 (optanomai).
Remember we already learned this, i.e. that our Rock, the Chief Cornerstone which has become the head of the corner, shall "grind those stones (kenites) who reject Him to powder, spiritually speaking!throne down, kataluo, kat-al-oo'-o, Greek 2647; from Greek 2596 (kata) and Greek 3089 (luo); to loosen down (disintegrate), i.e. (by implication) to demolish (literal or figurative); specially [compare Greek 2646 (kataluma)] to halt for the night :- destroy, dissolve, be guest, lodge, come to nought, overthrow, throw down.
They perceived right for a change. And so it shall be at the second advent when Jesus Christ returns to this earth as King of kings and Lord of lords that the "Stone" cut out without hands (Dan. 2:34, 45) shall come and level that idolatrous temple they have built up and grind it to powder such that there shall not be one "stone" left standing upon another!Matthew 21:42-45
Jesus saith unto them, Did ye never read in the scriptures, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner: this is the Lord's doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes?
 Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof.
 And whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder.
 And when the chief priests and Pharisees had heard His parables, they perceived that He spake of them.
Note: If one is able to read and understand that the timeframe spoken of in this entire 24th chapter concerns the events just prior to the return of Jesus Christ and the "end of the age" when He comes and pulverizes ALL the stones of the temple set up by the kenites, then any discussion of the fulfillment of the destruction of the temple (other than in type) having taken place prior to the final generation, such as in 70 AD by Titus the Roman general, would be nonsensical and an admittance to ignorance of the subject. Even if one doesn't know his stones from a hole in the ground, he or she would have to admit that the "wailing wall" still stands, meaning that there are still some stones standing upon another! Blepo!
The disciples have come to Christ "privately" to ask three specific questions: "When shall these things be", i.e. when He comes and smashes the temple, etc., "What shall be the sign of His coming", and "What shall be the sign of the end of the world (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?
When true disciples of Jesus Christ go to Him, meaning they go to the Word of God seeking answers to their questions, He will reveal the answers to them for He alone is the Revelator... not some man! In fact, what Jesus Christ is about to outline for His disciples on the Mount of Olives concerning the "things" of this final generation, parallel exactly those "things" He reveals in the book of the unveiling (apokalupsis) concerning this same short season, i.e. the final generation of the fig tree which we shall learn of a few lessons hence.world = aion, ahee-ohn', Greek 165; from the same as Greek 104 (aei); properly an age; by extension perpetuity (also past); by implication the world; specially (Jewish) a Messianic period (present or future) :- age, course, eternal, (for) ever (-more), [n-]ever, (beginning of the, while the) world (began, without end). Compare Greek 5550 (chronos).
The word "shortly" means a "brief space of time", which means these "things" that take place happen during the short season at the end of this flesh age, i.e. during the final generation!Rev. 1:1
The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto Him, to shew unto His servants things which must shortly come to pass; and He sent and signified it by His angel unto His servant John:
So in answer to their questions, Jesus begins with the first sign coupled with a "blepo", open up your eyes, and a warning to watch out for Christian preachers, teachers, ministers, etc.!shortly, tachos, takh'-os, Greek 5034; from the same as Greek 5036 (tachus); a brief space (of time), i.e. with Greek 1722 (en) prefixed) in haste :- + quickly, + shortly, + speedily.
Take heed that no MAN deceives you. If you truly want to know the "when", "what", "why", "where", etc., of the events of this final generation then you must go privately to Jesus Christ, to the Word of God, and see and listen with open eyes and ears to what He has to say instead of following after the traditions of men that those who are Biblically illiterate take as "gospel"! This is important because Jesus Christ said (next verse) that in these last days, during the final short season at the end of this age, which is NOW, the majority will be deceived... which means that the majority are wrong in what they teach and in what they believe. How is that possible?Matthew 24:4
And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.
In my name means "in His authority". They come as Christian preachers, pastors, ministers, teachers, priests, etc., etc., all claiming to represent Him and saying "Jesus is Lord", "Praise the Lord", "Lord, Lord"! The problem is all that most of them teach are the idolatrous traditions of men! Very few claiming to represent Him in these last days ever teach the Word of God chapter by chapter and verse by verse whereby the people can come to know Christ and become firmly founded upon the true Rock. Paul also spoke concerning the telos, the time of the end of this age when Christ would come and destroy the temple and we would gather back to Him. He also warned us not to let MAN deceive us by any means concerning when that happens. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.
The subject is the second advent, the return of Christ when we gather together unto Him.2 Thes. 2:1-4
Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto Him,
Do not be fooled by some fly-away, any-moment "Rapture Theory" which teaches that those who are "Left Behind" are the ones who are not saved! You have been warned by Jesus Christ directly and through His servant Paul to beware and take heed to the teachings of men and to stick with what you can document in the Word of God. Otherwise you will be deceived and spiritually seduced by the false messiah! That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.
The false messiah who is Satan himself appearing as an angel of light claiming to be God, shall appear at the sound of the 6th Trump and deceive the whole world with the exception of those who have the seal of God in their foreheads (Rev. 9:4), i.e. are knowledgeable of His Word and do not have their foreheads filled with fairy tales about snakes and apples and Ishtar bunnies and fly-away theories! Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;
You "see" (blepo), the deception of our people begins in the pulpit wherein lies the explanation of how it can be that in a predominately Christian nation the vast majority are almost totally Biblically illiterate. Well, Jesus Christ said that is exactly how it would be in these last days... and so it has come to pass exactly as He has foretold us! Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.
To that end, there is a point of logic to be made here! If Christ's words are true (and they are) and we can document that we are in the final generation (and we shall), then since the majority of professing Christian preachers, ministers, etc., shall be deceiving the majority of professing Christians by what they teach (traditions of men) and by what they don't teach (His Word chapter by chapter), then the probability is greater that your preacher or minister is among them than not! And if you believe what he or she is teaching as doctrine and have not checked it out to see if it is Biblical, then you could be in for a big surprise when the first supernatural entity comes performing miracles claiming to be God. Think about it! If it were not so, Christ would not have given such strong warning to His disciples! In fact, it is His number one warning and it corresponds to the First Seal of Revelation 6, the White Horse of false religion, even fake Christianity.
The question then remains, "Have you "taken heed" (blepo) to this deception?" Simply do not trust the teachings of any man, including this one, without first checking what he (or she) says to see if it aligns with God's Word. Keep in mind those rascally Bereans in Acts 17:11 who had the gall to check out the teachings of the apostle Paul to see if what he taught aligned with the scriptures. Is there any man today more worthy than Paul whose words should not be subject to accountability in God's Word? I think not! Then too, if one so easily believes a mere man or woman who claims to represent Christ without documenting what he or she teaches, think how easily that person shall "be had" by a supernatural entity who comes performing miracles in the sight of men!
Here is the next "thing" Jesus said the generation of the Baby Boomers would experience. This corresponds to the Red Horse of Rev. 6:4, the Hidden Dynasty of Politics.
Did you know that the 20th Century was the bloodiest century in the history of mankind including two World Wars which were fomented to bring about the alignment of the nations? Of course the Baby Boomers were not part of those World Wars, for they boomed onto the scene just following the second World War, yet they grew up not only hearing about those world conflicts but also constantly hearing about the chilling prospect of another World War, a war which would result in the annihilation of all mankind in a nuclear holocaust. That constantly reported (rumoured) war between the east and the west was called the Cold War. 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.
However, world wars and the threat of world war did not signal the "end",(verese 6 above) which is "telos" in Greek and in this case means "the conclusion of" or the final events of the age.
Today people may fear terrorism to a point, and violence in the streets, and the prospect of a distant war in the Middle East, but there are no rumours of large scale wars like a WW III looming about! The tearing down of the Berlin Wall on November 11th & 12th, 1989, along with the demise of the U.S.S.R. when the Iron Curtain fell, symbolically ended the Cold War, i.e. the "rumours of war" in this verse.telos, tel'-os, Greek 5056; from a primary tello (to set out for a definite point or goal); properly the point aimed at as a limit, i.e. (by implication) the conclusion of an act or state (termination [literal, figurative or indefinite], result [immediate, ultimate or prophetic], purpose); specially an impost or levy (as paid) :- + continual, custom, end (-ing), finally, uttermost. Compare Greek 5411 (phoros).
But again, the end of the "wars" and the "rumours of wars" did not signal the end, which actually begins with the sorrows noted in verse 8 below! However, what follows in the next verse DOES, so we MUST understand what it means!
This verse has been grossly misinterpreted as nations rising in WAR against one another, even as the culmination of wars like a World War III. However, students of His Word know that the final battle is spiritual, a fight for the souls of men, not an all-out physical flesh and blood and guts battle at all! That is why we are instructed to put on the gospel armour in Ephesians chapter 6 and be prepared to stand against the "fiery darts" of Satan and his locust army!Matthew 24:7
For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom:
So what does this verse mean, "nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom?" It is really quite simple and is made clear in the Greek from which it is translated. First, the word translated "against" is the Greek word "epi" which means "upon" or "up against", as "along side of". Just think of your outer layer of skin which is called the "epi-dermis" because it lies against your dermis, i.e. the inner layer of skin. "Epi" does not mean in "opposition to", as in antagonistically, but rather as touching, as in along side of. This is important so here is Strong's definition in its entirety:
Next, the word "rise" means to "rouse" and "stand up", i.e. to "rear up".epi, ep-ee', Greek 1909; a primary preposition properly meaning superimposition (of time, place, order, etc.), as a relation of distribution [with the genitive], i.e. over, upon, etc.; of rest (with the dative) at, on, etc.; of direction (with the accusative) towards, upon, etc. :- about (the times), above, after, against, among, as long as (touching), at, beside, × have charge of, (be-, [where-]) fore, in (a place, as much as, the time of, -to), (because) of, (up-) on (behalf of), over, (by, for) the space of, through (-out), (un-) to (-ward), with. In compounds it retains essentially the same import, at, upon, etc. (literal or figurative).
The key to really understanding what this "rising" is comes from its base word "agora".egeiro, eg-i'-ro, Greek 1453; probably akin to the base of Greek 58 (agora) (through the idea of collecting one's faculties); to waken (transitive or intransitive), i.e. rouse (literal from sleep, from sitting or lying, from disease, from death; or figurative from obscurity, inactivity, ruins, nonexistence) :- awake, lift (up), raise (again, up), rear up, (a-) rise (again, up), stand, take up.
This word is translated either "market" or "marketplace(s)" in every instance in the New Testament except one where it is translated "street", as in "market street". Perhaps we are being a little overly detailed here with all these definitions, but for a verse that has for so long been misunderstood it seems appropriate. So let's complete all the words and see what "nations" and "kingdoms" mean.agora, ag-or-ah', Greek 58; from ageiro (to gather; probably akin to Greek 1453 (egeiro)); properly the town-square (as a place of public resort); by implication a market or thoroughfare:- market (-place), street.
"Nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom", means that the gentile nations, most of which comprise what we call the "Third World Countries", shall rise together in the marketplace, and the ruling nations, the "royal kingdoms" (which means the true Houses of Israel, i.e. the Christian nations of the Free World) shall also "rise up together" in the marketplace.nations = ethnos, eth'-nos, Greek 1484; probably from Greek 1486 (etho); a race (as of the same habit), i.e. a tribe; specially a foreign (non-Jewish) one (usually by implication pagan) :- Gentile, heathen, nation, people.
kingdom = basileia, bas-il-i'-ah, Greek 932; from Greek 935 (basileus); properly royalty, i.e. (abstract) rule, or (concrete) a realm (literal or figurative) :- kingdom, + reign.
What is Jesus talking about? He is talking about "globalization"... about One Worldism, about the New World Order! He is talking about the One World Political/Economic/Social Beast of Revelation 13:1 which John saw rise up out of the sea. The "Sea" is symbolic of "peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues (Rev. 17:15)." It is happening right before our very eyes, if you can see it. The kingdoms of Europe have further risen together with the implementation of the Eurodollar and the Americas, including Canada and Mexico, are swiftly being brought under "Dollarization".
You may recall just a few years ago the following event depicted in the picture below which took take place when all the nations of the world, the third world countries (ethnic nations) as well as the G8 leading nations (kingdoms), all stood together at the Millennium Summit in the "Trading Capital of the World", yes, "the marketplace". It was the unprecedented largest gathering of kings and rulers in the history of mankind. Can you begin to see that the many false prophets Christ spoke of, the hearing of world wars and rumours of world wars, and globalization where both the ethnic nations and the kingdom nations rise together in globalization have "come to pass"? BLEPO!
Here's the picture:
"Millennium Summit 2000"
Note for the deeper scholar: 1989 we spoke of earlier follows the 70 year yoke of bondage placed upon our brother Esau, that one king or dynasty of Tsar Nicholas and Alexandria who were murdered in 1918 following the Jewish Bolshevik revolution of 1917. It is written in Isaiah 23:15-16 that following those 70 years, "Tyre" would again sing as an harlot. You "see", Tyre, which means "rock" in Hebrew, was a "little rock" island off the coast of Zidon which was the world trading center of the ancient world. You can read about Tyre in Ezekiel 27. It was a type, a forerunner, of the globalization which would take place in these last days when the great harlot of Rev. 18 would sing and "all the nations of the earth would commit fornication with her"! Rev. 18:3 "For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies." Ezekiel 28 then reveals to us that Satan, that vile person, that little horn spoken of by Daniel the prophet, is the king of Tyre. And so it has come to pass that the decade of the 1990's was the most prosperous decade of all as globalization flourished on the scene while a type of the little horn, a little horn in his own right... being identified as such by P. Jones as well as having been seen playing his little horn on MTV... that vile perjurer who committed fornication with the harlot and tried to deceive the world into believing that "he did not have sex with that woman", presided over the greatest kingdom nation during the rising of nation alongside nation and kingdom against kingdom! There is much more that could said concerning this matter but the fact remains that this one from little Tyre (rock) stands in the picture above. A word to the wise.
Here is what Isaiah has to say concerning Tyre following the 70 years:
The harlot has begun to sing and all the nations of the world have jumped in bed with her!Isaiah 23:15-16
And it shall come to pass in that day, that Tyre shall be forgotten seventy years, according to the days of one king: after the end of seventy years shall Tyre sing as an harlot.
And so it is that globalization is now a reality which means that the labor pangs have begun and the birth of a new age, the end of this one and the beginning of the next, is just around the corner. By the way, globalization corresponds to the Black Horse, the Hidden Dynasty of Economics in Rev. 6:5-6! Take an harp, go about the city, thou harlot that hast been forgotten; make sweet melody, sing many songs, that thou mayest be remembered.
Do you know what the great famine of the end time is? Most people read about famines and pestilences and earthquakes and see these only in the physical sense. In other words, they look for food shortages and droughts and disease and earthquakes in different parts of the globe to document the fulfillment of Mat. 24:7. However, while it is true that many of these things are manifestations of that which is happening spiritually, Christ is speaking about those things which pertain to soul and spirit. For instance, the famine of the end times is not for food but rather a great spiritual famine for the true bread of life which is documented by Amos the prophet. Remember, Christ has foretold all of these things. (Mark 13:23 But take ye heed: behold, I have foretold you all things.)Matthew 24:7
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.
Though the lack of truth concerning God's Word is the principle famine these days, there are other information famines as the truth concerning politics and economics, etc. is routinely twisted and "spun" by a liberal biased and controlled media. And what are "pestilences"? Pestilences are diseases which follow famines, and so it is that we have many spiritual and social "diseases" brought about by the famine and the dearth. Where would you like to start: homosexuality, illegitimacy, perverse justice, crime in the streets, prisoned schools, ad nauseam, ad nauseam!Amos 8:11
Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD:
And what about earthquakes? The word "earthquakes" means "commotions" as in shake-ups! These shake-ups have been occurring in all sorts of divers areas, not meaning just geographically, but in such places as the financial markets both domestic and global, church and educational institutions, politics and courts of justice, etc., etc.These pestilences and commotions are called "troubles" in Mark 13:8 and Luke 21.
You "see", you can have a "seismos" in any area or place of society. Notice that a seismos of the air is called a "gale" while a seismos of the earth is called an "earthquake". A seismos in the financial arena one could call "Enron".earthquake, seismos, sice-mos', Greek 4578; from Greek 4579 (seio); a commotion, i.e. (of the air) a gale, (of the ground) an earthquake :- earthquake, tempest.
Finally, the word "sorrows" in verse 8 means birth pangs or throes, literally "travail"!What Christ told us was that the labor pangs would begin when we see all the nations rise alongside of each other. He tells us in Luke 21 that 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." Look up the words in this verse and understand how the beast rising up out of the sea causes the sea, which you will recall is symbolic of the peoples and multitudes and nations, and the waves, which are the actions or movements of the people to roar, which is to make a loud noise.
Many of our brothers and sisters in this nation and people around the world are anxious and in the dark and wonder "What in the world is going on?" Meanwhile, the true servants of God, those disciples (students) of His who go to Him privately and seek His knowledge and wisdom through His Word, not only know exactly what is happening right now and why, they consider it a privilege and are excited to see it happening in detail exactly as He foretold us it would! Remember, Christ Himself said that He has foretold us all things and He has (Mark 13:23)! All we need do is study His Word and take heed to the things He says and pay no attention to what fables man has devised in his traditions and theories.distress, sunoche, soon-okh-ay', Greek 4928; from Greek 4912 (sunecho); restraint, i.e. (figurative) anxiety :- anguish, distress.
perplexity, aporia, ap-or-ee'-a, Greek 640; from the same as Greek 639 (aporeo); a (state of) quandary :- perplexity.aporeo, ap-or-eh'-o, Greek 639; from a compound of Greek 1 (a) (as a negative particle) and the base of Greek 4198 (poreuomai); to have no way out, i.e. be at a loss (mentally) :- (stand in) doubt, be perplexed.
We truly live in the most exciting time in the history of mankind, which is the final generation, the short season of time our Father has reserved to fulfill His plan at the end of this flesh age!True peace of mind, the opposite of the distress and anxiety many people are experiencing these days, comes from the knowledge of His Word. And that faith which is built upon the foundation of knowing His Word by having seen that it always has come to pass exactly as it is written, assures us of what tomorrow brings... for it too is written of and shall also come to pass exactly as it is written!
... to be continued.
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