The American Wisdom Series

The Olivet Prophecy
Matthew 24 & 25

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 in chapter 23 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!

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.
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.
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.

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.
1 Peter 2:4-6
To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious,
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!
[5] 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.

[6] 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.

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.
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).
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.
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.
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).
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!
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.
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!
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?

[43] Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof.

[44] And whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder.

[45] And when the chief priests and Pharisees had heard His parables, they perceived that He spake of them.

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!

Note: If one is able to read and understand that the time frame 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!

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?
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)?"
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).
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 shortly.
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:
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!
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.
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.!
Matthew 24:4
And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.
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?
[5] For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.
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.
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,
The subject is the second advent, the return of Christ when we gather together unto Him.
[2] 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.
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!
[3] 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;
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!

[4] 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.
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!

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.

[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.
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.

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.

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).
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.
Picture of the Berlin Wall

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!

Matthew 24:7
For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom:
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!

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:

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).
Next, the word "rise" means to "rouse" and "stand up", i.e. to "rear up".
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.
The key to really understanding what this "rising" is comes from its base word "agora".
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.
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.
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.

"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.

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 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:

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.
The harlot has begun to sing and all the nations of the world have jumped in bed with her!
[16] Take an harp, go about the city, thou harlot that hast been forgotten; make sweet melody, sing many songs, that thou mayest be remembered.
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!
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.

[8] All these are the beginning of sorrows.

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.)
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:
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!

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.

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.
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".

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.

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.
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.

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!

Did you know that there are two "works" of the servants of God in these last days during the final generation of the fig tree? One of those works began while the season was young and has been going on for some time now. That work is the great shepherding to the house of Israel which is the teaching of the visions of the prophets by the sons and daughters of Acts 2:17-21, who are those brothers and sisters of the church of Philadelphia (brotherly love) in Rev. 3:7-13 who love to study and share His Word with their loved ones. It is to that family of students (disciples, i.e. those disciplined in His Word) who serve Him and keep His Word, both male and female, to whom He has given the key of David (Rev. 3:7) and upon whom He has poured out His Spirit of Truth in these last days. Acts 2:18 "And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy." To prophesy means to teach the prophets which is what the "watchman" is instructed to do in the great Book of EZEK-I-EL whose name means "God is Strong" or "God is my Strength". Ezekiel was a type of the watchman of these last days.

Ezekiel 3:3-5
And he said unto me, Son of man, cause thy belly to eat, and fill thy bowels with this roll that I give thee. Then did I eat it; and it was in my mouth as honey for sweetness.
Ezekiel was to eat the entire roll, the Word of God, and absorb and digest it with understanding until it became a part of him. That is how ones grows the gospel armour of Eph. 6 and becomes "strong in the Lord". Now notice the commission to one who is strengthened by God, i.e. is made strong through the knowledge and wisdom from His Word.
[4] And he said unto me, Son of man, go, get thee unto the house of Israel, and speak with my words unto them.
Ezekiel was to go to his brothers and sisters of the house of Israel*, i.e. the Christian Nations of the world, and teach God's Word (His scroll) after the manner of "Thus saith the Lord" (Ezek. 3:11) and "It is written", i.e. chapter by chapter and verse by verse teaching His words, not man's traditions. Understand that Ezekiel's work was not as one sent to the gentile nations, but rather to the house of Israel*.
[5] For thou art not sent to a people of a strange speech and of an hard language, but to the house of Israel;
You "see", the great shepherding and sealing of the Word of God in the minds of the 144,000 of the house of Israel* (Rev. 7:3) and to any and all who will open their eyes and ears to hear His Voice in this final generation, occurs during the 5th Trump when the four winds are held back for the elect's sake to complete their sealing, saving work. To that very end, we will learn that Christ told His disciples in this private set of instructions on the Mount of Olives that He has shortened the time that the abominable one, Satan, the son of perdition, shall come stand in the holy place claiming to be God, which happens at the sound of the 6th Trump. He further states that His reason for shortening that time is for the elect's sake... not because He is concerned that they shall "bow a knee to Baal", for that they did not do so in the first earth age and neither shall they in this one, but because of the saving work they do during this extended period of "longsuffering" (2 Pet. 3:9)! Otherwise, because the deception will be so great when the false messiah comes, no one would be able to escape so great a flood of lies and deceit. Matthew 24:22 "And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened." Again, the elect during that time before Satan is cast out of heaven to this earth are teaching God's Word and giving His warning to their brothers and sisters that they might be saved from spiritual desolation. That is part of the duty of the watchman to give the warning of the coming of the king of Babylon in these last days of whom Nebuchadezzar king of Babylon was a type!

*Note:  If you do not know where the lost tribes of the House Israel dwell today or where America and Great Britain are mentioned in God's Word, you can order a copy of the booklet, "The Abrahamic Covenant", by E. Raymond Capt from It will get you started in the right direction... back home to your heritage!

Ezekiel 3:17 Son of man, I have made thee a watchman unto the house of Israel: therefore hear the word at my mouth, and give them warning from me.

While the many (most) preachers are teaching any-moment rapture theories and saying that Christ is going to return at any time to take up His church, the true servants and watchmen of God are teaching His Word to their brothers and sisters and declaring as it is written that the false messiah, the fake bridegroom, comes first to take them to wife and that most of them will be spiritually seduced by him. In other words, the false prophets who teach the traditions of men are sounding the alarms out of order, in the wrong sequence! They are sounding the alarm of the 7th Trump, which is when Christ returns, while the true teachers of God's Word are warning and sounding the alarm that the 6th Trump, which is the coming of the false messiah, must first take place before we gather back to Christ at the 7th Trump. Paul made this so clear in 2 Thes. 2 that anyone who will take the time to examine that which is written instead of allowing men to deceive and convince them with their soothsaying words and books and movies, can come to a simple understanding of the truth.

Nevertheless, there comes a time when the season of the final generation at the end of this flesh age waxes old and the Baby Boomers start to get gray hair, that the 6th Trump does finally sound and the abominable one is cast down out of heaven and comes defacto (Rev. 12:7-9) standing in the Holy Place claiming that he is God. Make no mistake about it dear Christian. It shall happen exactly as it is written no matter how popular those fly-away doctrines to the contrary may be!

2 Thes. 2:3-4
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;
Read the first two verses of 2 Thes. 2 and you will know that "that day" Paul is talking about is the day we gather back to Christ at the sound of the last (7th) trump! The point Paul is making here is that there is going to be a great "apostasy" among our people take place before that happens which is when the abominable one, the son who has already been sentenced to perish and therefore called the "son of perdition", Satan posing as the Messiah, shall come and deceive the majority of professing Christians into believing that he is God, even that he is Jesus Christ who has come to rapture them away. To that end, it is written (Mat. 24:24, Rev. 13:13) that he shall perform great wonders and miracles in the sight of men to convince people that he is who he claims to be.
[4] 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.
Once the 6th Trump has sounded and the king of Babylon of these last days, Satan as anti-christos (the instead-of-Jesus), has arrived on the scene, the shepherding work of the brotherhood of the church of Philadelphia which blows the trumpet warning of his coming will have been accomplished. That simply means that the sealing of God's Word in the foreheads of those in Rev. 7 will have taken place and Satan will have arrived defacto, and so it is now time for the proclamation (heralding) of the "gospel of the kingdom" throughout the world as a witness and testimony to the leaders and peoples of all nations. That proclamation is the good news (though the nations won't see it that way) that the King and His dominion are coming to take over the reigns of government on this earth. Though God's elect are instructed not to worry nor to premeditate on what they shall say when they are delivered up to give that witness and testimony, we know from Joel 3:9-21 that the proclamation will include the warning that they had better prepare themselves with all the strength and weaponry they can muster... for His judgment (God is Judge) is coming to the valley of Jehoshaphat (Yahveh Judges). This is important to our understanding of Mat. 24 so here is a glimpse of that proclamation of the coming of the King with His saints to take dominion and to reign on earth:
Joel 3:9-17
Proclaim ye this among the Gentiles; Prepare war, wake up the mighty men, let all the men of war draw near; let them come up:
This proclamation and warning is to the gentile nations which is what God's elect who are delivered up will give as His testimony and witness against them. Again, they will be proclaiming the coming of the King of kings and the pouring out of His cup of wrath upon the ungodly! They will be proclaiming the sound of the 7th Trump, not the 6th, for the 6th Trumpet will have already sounded.

The message to the kings and rulers of the nations will be that their little LOVE AFFAIR with the harlot, the New World Order is about to end and it is now DECISION time for it is soon going to be JUDGMENT time in the Valley of Jehoshaphat when Yashua returns with His elect! So they can choose to either surrender and turn to YHVH who is GOD (JO-EL) or PREPARE to DEFEND THEMSELVES! Gather together all your mighty men and assemble even your weak and handicapped because your gonna need everyone you can muster and all the fire power you can harness, oh great little kings and rulers of the earth!

[10] Beat your plowshares into swords, and your pruninghooks into spears: let the weak say, I am strong.
Go for it now O' kings and rulers of the earth, because when the King of kings and Lord of lords comes you guys are going to beat your swords back into plowshares and pruninghooks and you're going to learn how to use them to plow truth and execute justice according to His Word!
[11] Assemble yourselves, and come, all ye heathen, and gather yourselves together round about: thither cause thy mighty ones to come down, O LORD.
They shall assemble themselves in the "gathering place of the assembly (Har-Megiddo)" when the Lord and the mighty ones of God, the saints of the most high, come down riding on their white horses to take the kingdom and execute His justice in all the earth! Read Isa. 13:3-6!
[12] Let the heathen be wakened, and come up to the valley of Jehoshaphat: for there will I sit to judge all the heathen round about.

[13] Put ye in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe: come, get you down; for the press is full, the fats overflow; for their wickedness is great.

This is the time when the harvest is ripe... at the sound of the 7th Trump, the Day of the LORD!
[14] Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision.

[15] The sun and the moon shall be darkened, and the stars shall withdraw their shining.

Remember this verse for we shall see it again later in this 24th chapter of Matthew pertaining also to His second coming at the 7th Trump.
 [16] The LORD also shall roar out of Zion, and utter his Voice from Jerusalem; and the heavens and the earth shall shake: but the LORD will be the hope of his people, and the strength of the children of Israel.
We will also discuss this shaking of the heavens and earth later in this 24th chapter.
[17] So shall ye know that I am the LORD your God dwelling in Zion, my holy mountain: then shall Jerusalem be holy, and there shall no strangers pass through her any more.
Jerusalem shall be cleansed when Christ returns and destroys all the "stones" of that temple... remember? So the good news (gospel) of the kingdom (the King and dominion coming) as His witness and testimony that the great shake-up is about to come upon the earth, shall be given when "certain of God's elect" are delivered up and the Holy Spirit speaks through them in a language which needs no interpreter as ensampled in Acts 2 on that first Pentecost Day following the resurrection. This is the second work which happens late in the season and which is accomplished by those spiritually rich Christians of the brotherhood who are also of the church of Smyrna (Rev. 2:8-11.)

Here is what Christ says to them:

Rev. 2:9-10
I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan.
Do not misunderstand what is being taught by declaring that there are two works because there is still only one body. However, just as there are different parts, even assemblies, of that body so too are there different destinies of the members of that body. Always remember that our Father is "true to His Word" and He has promised that He will not suffer (permit) you to be tried or tempted above that you are able to bear. Some of these Smyrphs (Smyrna-Phillies) have already been through some mighty rough times. But the point is, if Father has a job for you to do then He knows you can "cut it"!

Here is that promise:

1 Cor. 10:13
There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.
You "see", those of the church of Smyrna, which comes from the root word "myrrh" meaning "perfumed oil, ointment", are spiritually "rich" Christians of the brotherhood, meaning they are filled to the full with the anointing oil and are able to bear it, able (with His sword) to "cut it" through much tribulation. They have the faith to stand directly before the king of Babylon when they are delivered up and without even thinking about it, even in the face of almost certain death, boldly refuse to bow before His image! They find Satan posing as Christ to be a disgusting abomination indeed!

This takes us right to the Book of Daniel where Christ Himself will direct us concerning the abomination of desolation. 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:)." Let him who reads the Book of Daniel the prophet understand what takes place during the time the abominable one stands in the holy place.

You "see", all the events that take place in Daniel, in the book titled "God is Judge", occur once the 6th Trump has sounded because the king of Babylon, even the king of Babylon of the Book of Revelation, is present as world leader and the one to be worshipped! To that end, we do not see line by line teaching in Daniel (an ensample to Smyrna) as we do in Ezekiel (an ensample to Philadelphia), but rather casting into prisons and lion dens, and delivering up before the king of Babylon, and witness and testimony given by some of God's elect, "certain of the children of Israel, and of the king's seed, and of the princes (Daniel 1:3)".

Here are their (spiritual) qualities:

Daniel 1:4
Children in whom was no blemish, but well favoured, and skilful in all wisdom, and cunning in knowledge, and understanding science, and such as had ability in them to stand in the king's palace, and whom they might teach the learning and the tongue of the Chaldeans.
In fact concerning tribulation, these spiritually rich servants of God are going to get a little more pressure placed upon them to drink of ol' king Nebuchadnezzar's wine of fornication and to eat his idolatrous meat. You can read of their ten day's of spiritual tribulation in Daniel 1:12, "Prove thy servants, I beseech thee, ten days; and let them give us pulse to eat, and water to drink". However, they refused his wine and meat and rather "fasted" on pulse (something sown from seeds, i.e. seeds of truth) and water (that living water from His Word, the fountain of truth). You will find the connection to prison, and 10 days of spiritual tribulation, and being faithful even in the face of death, made with the church of Smyrna in Rev. 2:10.
Rev. 2:10
Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.
And so it is when the king of Babylon comes, exactly as it is written and exactly as those who "have a little strength and have kept His Word" have declared (Rev. 3:8), then the work of the delivering up and witness of the servants of God turns to the Book of DAN-I-EL (God is Judge), the events of which all take place when Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon is present.

Earlier we talked about how Christ told us that once globalization takes place, then famines and pestilences and earth shattering events in all walks of life would begin to take place and increase like labor pangs as the One World Political System, the New World Order which is that First Beast of Rev. 13:1 setup by the sons of Cain, rises up from the sea (from among the people) and begins to make great waves. Then the false messiah shall enter in when Michael stands up and casts him out of heaven to this earth (Rev. 12:7-9, Dan. 12:1) and there shall be a great "Woe", "a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book."

With that background in mind, let us continue now and read about that time of trouble and what God's elect shall be doing.

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.
Make no mistake about it. Some (certain) of God's elect shall be delivered up and persecuted and vilified (destroyed) in the eyes of the people for "His names sake", which means because of their beliefs in His Word and His authority that are deemed politically incorrect. To wit, in chapter six of the Book of Daniel you can read how they tried to deliver up Daniel by first finding occasion against him concerning the kingdom. They checked his FBI files and his IRS returns but they came up short in that Daniel was found to be a good law abiding citizen.
Daniel 6:4-5
Then the presidents and princes sought to find occasion against Daniel concerning the kingdom; but they could find none occasion nor fault; forasmuch as he was faithful, neither was there any error or fault found in him.
That attempt at destroying Daniel having failed, they turned to political correctness and sought occasion against Daniel concerning "the law of his God"!
[5] Then said these men, We shall not find any occasion against this Daniel, except we find it against him concerning the law of his God.
So you know what they did? They had a "royal statute", as in politically correct legislation, signed into law that made it illegal to openly petition the God of Israel, the God Daniel made prayer and supplication to, or else that person would be cast into a den of "lions" to be ripped to shreds and devoured.Wake up brothers and sisters because politically correct legislation making it a crime to teach God's law concerning matters of ancestry, homosexuality, etc., are being passed at an alarming rate in this nation.
Daniel 6:7
All the presidents of the kingdom, the governors, and the princes, the counsellors, and the captains, have consulted together to establish a royal statute, and to make a firm decree, that whosoever shall ask a petition of any God or man for thirty days, save of thee, O king, he shall be cast into the den of lions.
Did that cause Daniel to close his windows and go into hiding or did he continue to openly follow his Father's will?
Daniel 6:10-11
Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house; and his windows being open in his chamber toward Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime.
Of course you know the rest of the story and how that Daniel was delivered up to death... but he trusted in His God and the Lord delivered Daniel by shutting the mouths of those lions, those gainsayers. You "see", true Christian soldiers are not the least bit intimidated by leftists and spiritual terrorists who attempt to destroy them because they keep their Father's Word. They know of their salvation and thus do not fear what man can do to their flesh which they know is only temporary housing anyway. They revere only Him who has ALL POWER and is therefore able to destroy both soul and body in the lake of fire.

Here is what Christ said concerning our flesh bodies:

Matthew 10:28-32
And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear Him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.
The point is, those who are fearful for the life of their flesh, beyond the natural instinct of self preservation, and cling to some rapture theory which promises to prevent them from physical harm (because according to the theory you have to be already "saved" in order to qualify for the trip), then none of this applies to them because they don't have enough gospel armour on and in place to take a stand and "cut it" anyway! But God's elect who love the Lord Jesus Christ and know Him through His Word, expect to be persecuted and suffer trials and tribulations. Hey, it comes with the territory! Consider the life of Christ. John 15:20 "...If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you...". Consider the life of Paul. We are at war against spiritual terrorists! Ephes. 6:12 "For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places." That fact is, if you are one of God's elect, then there is nothing to fear nor to be anxious about because there is nothing that can shake the foundation upon which you stand and thus separate you from the love of God! Nothing! Are you fully convinced of that as Paul was, or do you still have doubts and fears?

Let us read what Paul has to say concerning God's elect.

Romans 8:33-39
Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifieth.
If God has forgiven you and justified you and declared you ok in His eyes, then who cares what man says? We are not here to please man but to labor in the vineyard for the householder who sent us!
[34] Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.
Christ paid the price and has the power to forgive and wipe away all the sins of those who repent and turn to Him.
[35] Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
Go ahead, give one of God's elect your best shot and see what happens to you. Our Father doesn't take kindly to those who mess with His children.
[36] As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.
We know the enemy's battle plan and how miserably he goes down in defeat. You "see", we already have the victory in Christ because Christ already defeated death (Heb. 2:4) which is Satan.
[37] Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us.
No problem! God's elect can and will "cut it"!
[38] For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
Are you "persuaded" or does your foundation still rock and roll a little?
[39] Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
And yet even though God's elect do not fear what man can do, they also know that it is written to Satan and his angels when they come to this earth not to "touch His anointed" and that except for the glory of the death of the two witnesses in Rev. 11, not one hair on their heads shall be harmed.

We find that written in Luke's account:

Luke 21:16-18
And ye shall be betrayed both by parents, and brethren, and kinsfolks, and friends; and some of you shall they cause to be put to death.
Our brothers and sisters, even our close loved ones, shall be so taken in by the magnificence of the miracle working "peace loving" false messiah whom they will believe is really Jesus, that they will aid in the delivering up of God's elect because they want them to "love Jesus" and be saved by him.
[17] And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake.
The word "hate" in Greek is "miseo" which means to persecute.
[18] But there shall not an hair of your head perish.
This also takes us to the Book of Daniel in that "not an hair" on the heads of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego was harmed by the king of Babylon's fiery pit, neither did the smell of the smoke from the pit pass on their clothing, which is symbolic of the gospel armor.
Daniel 3:27
And the princes, governors, and captains, and the king's counsellors, being gathered together, saw these men, upon whose bodies the fire had no power, nor was an hair of their head singed, neither were their coats changed, nor the smell of fire had passed on them.
So fear not and understand that your Father has His eye upon His elect and He knows exactly what is happening in their lives. And if you are one who allows the Holy Spirit to speak through you when you are delivered up in the face of death, He has not only promised to deliver you but to confess you before your Father in heaven who shall openly reward and bless you greatly in the kingdom. (Follow what happened to the three children in Daniel to get a clue.) Remember also what we learned back in chapter 10 of Matthew concerning how much our Father values His children?
Matthew 10:29
 Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father.
Our Father knows when a lowly sparrow bites the dust. How much more is He aware of His own children?
[30] But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.
He who has ALL POWER in both heaven and earth has His eye upon you for you are indeed precious in His sight... so there is nothing to fear! You are His child and He loves you very much.
[31] Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows.

[32] Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven.

One more time for emphasis!When Satan and his angelic host come at the sound of the 6th Trump, they are given specific instructions that they cannot harm those who have the seal of God in their foreheads, those who have His Word written and engraved in their minds.
Rev. 9:4
And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads.
The question is... Will it come as a surprise to you if and when you are one of those who are delivered up to councils or assemblages and "raked over the coals" because of your Christian beliefs? Will you cry out, "Oh dear God, why is this happening to me?", or will you be able to recognize and put two and two together knowing the PURPOSE and that the words of Jesus Christ are coming to pass and then be able to do as apostle James says in his opening remarks concerning tribulation, "Count it all joy...".

What went through the minds of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego when they were delivered up to Nebuchadnezzar? Was their primary concern the fear of losing their flesh? How about Daniel when he was tossed into the lion's den? Yes, some of God's servants with eyes to see and ears to hear and who are rich in the knowledge and wisdom of His Word, having abstained from idolatry by fasting on the true bread of life and living water of His Word, shall be delivered up in these last days, in the days that lie just ahead. Blepo! Jesus Christ just said so! He also said to His disciples that they should neither be fearful nor anxious nor premeditate on what they shall say (Mark 13:11, Luke 21:14)!

Luke 21:14-15
Settle it therefore in your hearts, not to meditate before what ye shall answer:
As an ensample, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego did not premeditate when they answered and said to the king, "O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not careful to answer thee in this matter (Daniel 3:16)".
[15] For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay nor resist.
Christ will see to it that the mouth of the lions who seek to devour you are shut! Let's return to Matthew 24.
Matthew 24:10
And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.
To be offended is to stumble at the Word which is to be drawn away into the apostasy which culminates in this final generation into the multitudes bowing before and worshipping the false messiah. Again, our brothers and sisters who are entrapped in the seduction of spurious messiah will believe that the true Christ has returned.
offended, skandalizo, skan-dal-id'-zo, Greek 4624; ("scandalize"); from Greek 4625 (skandalon); to entrap, i.e. trip up (figurative stumble [transitive] or entice to sin, apostasy or displeasure) :- (make to) offend.

betray, paradidomi, par-ad-id'-o-mee, Greek 3860; from Greek 3844 (para) and Greek 1325 (didomi); to surrender, i.e. yield up, intrust, transmit :- betray, bring forth, cast, commit, deliver (up), give (over, up), hazard, put in prison, recommend.

hate, miseo, mis-eh'-o, Greek 3404; from a primary misos (hatred); to detest (especially to persecute); by extension to love less :- hate (-ful).

[11] And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.
Many false prophets (preachers, teachers) shall arise and deceive many by teaching the traditions of men instead of God's Word and thus causing our people to become deceived... which is to go astray from His Word, to be drawn away from the truth of God's Word, and thus be spiritually seduced by the false messiah.
deceive, planao, plan-ah'-o, Greek 4105; from Greek 4106 (plane); to (properly cause to) roam (from safety, truth, or virtue) :- go astray, deceive, err, seduce, wander, be out of the way.
[12] And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.
Iniquity is lawlessness which is a violation of the laws of God caused by following the traditions of men which even seem so right in the eyes of man, but the end thereof are the ways of death (Prov. 14:12). Though many of our brothers and sisters profess Christ and claim they believe in God's Word, it is because of their ignorance of the Word that they have been drawn away and therefore do not really know Him. In other words, it is because the do "err" that they do those things which are contrary to His Word which is what iniquity is... believing and following the traditions of men, i.e. Churchianity. To wit, the "love" Christ is talking about in verse 12 is not "phileo" but "agape", the love of the truth of God's Word and the doing of His Will.
[13] But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.
You may recall at the beginning of this chapter when the disciples asked Christ concerning the "end of the age", we learned that the word "end" is "telos" in Greek. The end of this flesh age is not when Satan as the false messiah comes at the sound of the 6th Trump, but rather when Jesus Christ the true Messiah comes at the sound of the 7th Trump. We will also discover later in this chapter that it is not the first woman taken in the field who is saved for she is seduced by the false-christ, as in wed to the false bridegroom, the first supernatural entity to appear as Messiah. No, it is rather he or she who "endures" throughout the tribulation of Satan, the spurious messiah, and remains true and steadfast in overcoming the beast that shall be saved.
endure, hupomeno, hoop-om-en'-o, Greek 5278; from Greek 5259 (hupo) and Greek 3306 (meno); to stay under (behind), i.e. remain; figurative to undergo, i.e. bear (trials), have fortitude, persevere :- abide, endure, (take) patient (-ly), suffer, tarry behind.
"Tarry behind!" Yes, it is written that he who is "Left Behind" and remains as a chaste virgin (2 Cor. 11:2) unto the coming of the Lord that shall be saved. So BEWARE! Many false prophets shall rise (and many already have) and shall deceive many, the majority of Christians, into accepting the first messiah who comes to this earth... the one who shall deceive the whole world with his signs and great wonders into believing he is God. Again, don't let some foolish man or some book or movie deceive you unless you want to join them in their ignorance of God's Word.

Understand that the Lord cannot return at "any moment" because the next two verses tell us what yet must happen before the end (telos) comes, before Jesus Christ returns and destroys the stones of the temple and saints of the most high take the kingdom for ever and ever.

Matthew 24:14
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.
This happens when some of God's elect, those certain ones chosen before the foundation of this earth age who have a destiny to fulfill (Eph. 1:4), are delivered up to give His witness and testimony before the kings and rulers of all nations.
[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:)
Those who walk around toting only half a Bible, the New Testament with perhaps the Psalms, are going to be in the dark concerning the coming "abomination of desolation" because unless one is familiar with the book of Daniel, he or she won't have the understanding to know that in verse 15 Christ is speaking of an entity, not a thing or condition! Jesus is speaking about the abominable one, Satan posing as Jesus Christ, the one who comes first with his weapons of mass destruction(spiritually speaking) and makes desolate the hearts and minds of the people through his great flood of lies and deception. To that end, Jesus has referred us to the Book of Daniel to gain understanding concerning the last days when the desolator is present.Do you understand? Have you read the Book of Daniel with understanding? The Greek word for "understand" used in this verse is "noieo".
noieo, noy-eh'-o, Greek 3539; from Greek 3563 (nous); to exercise the mind (observe), i.e. (figurative) to comprehend, heed :- consider, perceive, think, understand.
Here are two verses from Daniel chapter 11 concerning Satan, the abominable one who makes desolate:
Daniel 11:31
And arms shall stand on his part, and they shall pollute the sanctuary of strength, and shall take away the daily sacrifice, and they shall place the abomination that maketh desolate.
The blood of Christ is the daily sacrifice of Christians. However, in one day's time at the sound of the 6th Trump there will be a massive falling away, the greatest apostasy in the history of Christianity, when Satan the desolator comes and deceives the whole world into believing he is the Messiah. You "see", because most Christians shall believe that Christ has returned, their sacrifice and communion with the true Christ shall be instantly taken away when they bow down and worship this false messiah, Satan. I'd say that is pretty ABOMINABLE, wouldn't you? Joel describes it as the "moon shall be turned to blood" meaning that the blood sacrifice of Christ shall be turned to the moon, which is symbolic of that lunar one, the prince of darkness, i.e. Satan. In other words, they will now take communion with Satan, the abominable one, instead of with the true Christ. Thus the daily sacrifice is taken away from the true Christ and given to Satan himself.
Daniel 11:36
And the king shall do according to his will; and he shall exalt himself, and magnify himself above every god, and shall speak marvellous things against the God of gods, and shall prosper till the indignation be accomplished: for that that is determined shall be done.
It is determined, it is written, and it shall come to pass exactly as it is written! Satan shall come and reign until the "telos". Yes, the abominable one comes BEFORE Jesus Christ returns to destroy the temple! So "Take Heed" when you see the abomination of desolation standing in the temple of God! Remember also that the apostle Paul, a renowned Hebrew scholar who certainly knew well the Book of Daniel, tells us the exact same thing concerning this one who comes and exalts himself before the true Christ returns.
2 Thes. 2:4
   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.
Compare this verse to Dan. 11:36 and remember Christ asked us, "Have you carefully considered (blepo, see) the buildings and the stones of the temple?" Knowing that the abominable one will be standing there makes it is easy to see why that temple is going to be destroyed when the King of kings returns at the 7th Trump.
[5] Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things?
Paul always taught and expounded concerning Jesus Christ and the kingdom of God directly from the law and the prophets (Acts 28:23), so one can be quite certain he taught the Thessalonians right from the Book of Daniel about the "little horn", the "vile person", the "king of Babylon", the "beast", and the "desolator", ALL of which are names for Satan, who is also called the dragon, the devil, and that old serpent (Rev. 12:9).
So when the 6th Trump sounds (the number 6 comes before the number 7) and we SEE Satan, the "abomination of desolation", standing in the temple where he ought not, claiming to be Jesus, then we should heed our Lord's instructions which we shall read about shortly where He will tell us to spiritually treat the holy place, even Jerusalem, the place where the abominable desolator stands, just like it was Sodom and Gomorrah... because we know it is about to be zapped and destroyed by Almighty God!

The 24th chapter of Matthew contains the seven seals that were opened and revealed by Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God, in the great Book of Revelation pertaining to "the things" that must "shortly come to pass" (Rev. 1:1) during the final generation, the generation of the fig tree, the very time in (2010) which we are now living!

And if one understands that the final generation began on May 15, 1948, which we will document to be the case later in this chapter, and that "this generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled", i.e. those things Christ is revealing to us in this chapter that tie in to the things He foretold us through the prophets, then it would behoove one to pay close attention and take heed to all that is written herein for the firstborn of the Baby Boomer generation are in their 60's, which is retirement age!

Matthew 24:34
Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.
You "see", the Baby Boomers have already witnessed the fulfillment of many of these things He foretold us would take place in the final generation, including globalization of both the ethnic and kingdom nations, which is the emergence of the 1st Beast of Revelation 13:1, that Multi-headed One World Political System that rises up out of the sea of people. (sea/waters are symbolic of "peoples and nations and multitudes and tongues", Rev. 17:15). And it is pretty obvious even to non-believers that that beast system is gaining more and more strength likened unto the powerful crushing feet of a bear, and it is gaining more and more teeth like those of a lion that enable it to rip and tear and shred and devour its prey, and it is now moving ever so swiftly with the speed and prowess of a leopard. Yes, the New World Order is gaining momentum and strength in preparation for the 2nd Beast of Revelation 13:11, that abominable one who shall come on the scene looking "like a lamb", with the two horns like a lamb. Horns are symbolic of power and so it is that the Satan as the false-christ will appear as king of kings and lord of lords as he imitates the return of Lamb of God, Jesus Christ, by taking over as world ruler while claiming to be the Messiah. And though the world will love the message of peace and safety and the prosperity he brings with him, his words are indeed blasphemous and contrary to the Word of God, for he himself is blasphemous and an abomination.
Rev. 13:11
And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.
He will speak as a dragon because this abominable one IS the great red dragon from the first earth age who drew 1/3 of God's children (Rev. 12:4) away from the mercy seat of God with his twisting (spin) and corruption of truth and justice utilizing the powers of the Four Hidden Dynasties which are false religion, politics, economics, and education. Those powers are the four colored horses (horses are symbolic of power, even war power) in Revelation chapter 6.Click #1848, & #1011 or #1012 to learn more. You "see", Satan is the one who empowers the 1st Beast as noted in Rev. 13:4 by using the same tail he used in the first earth age, those four hidden dynasties controlled by his own seed, the kenites, through which he is able to make desolate the hearts and minds of our people with the overspreading of his flood of lies and deception. Daniel spoke of this vile person who would come in the midst of the final week known as Daniel's 70th week and spread his abominable filth until such time as Christ comes and pours out His wrath upon the ungodly and destroys every last stone of the temple.
Daniel 9:27
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.
If you break back the phrase "confirm the covenant" to the Hebrew you will find that it means to "strengthen the confederacy" which is the 1st Beast of Revelation 13:1, i.e. the New World Order. And when Satan comes defacto it is written that he will use all that strength of the NWO, as in "exercise all the power of the first beast". Rev. 13:12 "And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed." Here are Strong's definitions for some of the key words in Dan. 9:27:
confirm, gabar, gaw-bar', Hebrew 1396; a primitive root; to be strong; by implication to prevail, act insolently :- exceed, confirm, be great, be mighty, prevail, put to more [strength], strengthen, be stronger, be valiant.

covenant, beriyth, ber-eeth', Hebrew 1285; from Hebrew 1262 (barah) (in the sense of cutting [like Hebrew 1254 (bara')]); a compact (because made by passing between pieces of flesh) :- confederacy, [con-]feder[-ate], covenant, league.

Again, the New World Order is gaining tremendous strength as more and more peoples and languages and nations fall in line and march to the tune of globalization.
abominations, shiqquwts, shik-koots', Hebrew 8251; or shiqquts, shik-koots'; from Hebrew 8262 (shaqats); disgusting, i.e. filthy; especially idolatrous or (concrete) an idol :- abominable filth (idol, -ation), detestable (thing).

consummation, kalah, kaw-law', Hebrew 3617; from Hebrew 3615 (kalah); a completion; adverb completely; also destruction :- altogether, (be, utterly) consume (-d), consummation (-ption), was determined, (full, utter) end, riddance.

Make no mistake about it and let no man deceive you by any means as to the documented fact that this ol' dragon who makes desolate the hearts and minds of our people is coming to this earth defacto to "sit in the temple" and "stand in the holy place" claiming to be God.
2 Thes. 2:3-4
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; [4] 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.
There will be Baby Boomers who shall see this come to pass! So when you do "see" it come to pass then remember the instructions of Christ we shall read of in our study. Satan is coming to town to bring his bag of goodies and gather together as many "good little children" to him as he can. However, we know that very soon after the abominable one comes standing in the holy place that judgment upon that house is near at hand for as Christ said at the beginning of this 24th chapter, He shall return and pulverize all the stones of that temple.
Matthew 24:15
When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of byDaniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)
[16] Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains:
This is what you are to do when you see the desolator standing in the holy place causing the daily sacrifice to be taken away by claiming to be Jesus Christ and backing up that claim by performing miracles in the sight of men whereby they bow to him and worship him! When that happens you know that the cup of our Father's wrath is being filled to the full quickly and about to poured out upon the ungodly.

So make haste and flee to the mountains to commune with Him and stay away from the abominable filth emanating from the holy place. Why? Because the crowd that gathers there are about to receive the same fate as Sodom and Gomorrah... now you see them... now you don't!

To help us understand this better, Christ tells us in Luke 17 that it will be just like the days of Lot when those fornicators who burned in their lust for one another were eating and drinking, and buying and selling, and planting and building up!  We are to "see" this ensample as an analogy of the spiritual filth which is happening today, even in the holy place, and yet will wax even worse when Satan and his angels arrive! Jude 1:7 "Even as Sodom and Gomorrah, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire." To wit, that "great city" where the abomination of desolation is set up is spiritually called Sodom and Egypt. Rev. 11:8 "And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified." Christ was crucified in Jerusalem in the land of Judea! Here is the analogy in Luke 17 giving us the link to the days of Lot:

Luke 17:28
Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded;
Are you able to understand these verbs on a spiritual level, i.e. the "eating" and "drinking", etc?
[29] But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all.
Lot was hastened (pressed) and instructed to flee from the filth and fornication lest he "be consumed in the iniquity of the city"! Genesis 19:15 "And when the morning arose, then the angels hastened Lot, saying, Arise, take thy wife, and thy two daughters, which are here; lest thou be consumed in the iniquity of the city." Christ gives us the same set of instructions concerning how we are to flee from the spiritual filth and adultery taking place in Judea when the abominable one takes over.
[30] Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed.
Got the picture of the destruction of what is taking place in Judea just before it is destroyed?
[31] In that day, he which shall be upon the housetop, and his stuff in the house, let him not come down to take it away: and he that is in the field, let him likewise not return back.
When Satan arrives the time will be very short until Christ returns and pulverizes that place. Therefore be hastened to distance yourself from that place and that crowd and do not turn back!
[32] Remember Lot's wife.
Do you remember Lot's wife and what happened to her? Christ told us we had better remember because she did turn back. She longed to return and be with the crowd and so when she "looked back"... poof! She became a pile of pulverized "salt" alongside the pile of pulverized "stones"! In other words, she received the same fate as the wicked when the wrath of God was poured out! So Take Heed to the Voice from heaven, the Word of God, and come out of her, my people, and be not partakers of the eating and drinking of the wine of fornication and tainted unclean meat, etc., so that you do not receive the same fate as Lot's wife! Rev. 18:4 "And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.
Genesis 19:26
But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt.

looked back, nabat*, naw-bat', Hebrew 5027; a primitive root; to scan, i.e. look intently at; by implication to regard with pleasure, favor or care :- (cause to) behold, consider, look (down), regard, have respect, see.

You are to be the salt of the earth, but if the salt loses its savour and turns back... then what good is it (Mat. 5:13)?
salt, melach, meh'-lakh, Hebrew 4417; from Hebrew 4414 (malach); properly powder, i.e. (specific) salt (as easily pulverized and dissolved :- salt ([-pit]).
So Christ's instruction to those who are in Judea to flee from the place where the filthy abominable one and his fornicating crowd gather (Har-megido) and go into the mountains in Mat. 24:16, is analogous to the instruction given to Lot in days just before Sodom and Gomorrah were flattened from three to two dimensions.
Genesis 19:17
And it came to pass, when they had brought them forth abroad, that he said, Escape for thy life; look not behind thee, neither stay thou in all the plain; escape to the mountain, lest thou be consumed.
Let's put this in Sodom and Gomorrah terminology. You escape for your life, as in remain a spiritual virgin, by not attending the party, Satan's big drunken spiritual orgy, but rather by going up into the mountain of God and communing with Him. You might also want to read Daniel chapter 5:14 when Belshazzar the king of Babylon, the final type of the false-christ before his kingdom fell, threw a big drunken bash and commanded that the "golden and silver vessels which his father Nebuchadnezzar has taken out of the temple which was in Jerusalem" be brought in order that the king and princes, and his wives, etc., might drink therein! Hey, if you are invited to the big party in Judea... don't go!
Remember judgment is coming upon that temple that is built up in these last days. There shall not be one stone left standing upon another when Christ comes. So when you see the abominable one standing in the holy place, take no part of his "drinking" and "buying and selling of souls" nor go into that idolatrous temple. Have no communion with Satan and his dirty birds which gather in Jerusalem!
Matthew 24:17
Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house:
It will be just like in the days of Lot, so get out and stay out and don't look back!
[18] Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes.
You do not need a "change of clothing"! The clothing you have on, which should be the gospel armor, is all you need.
[19] And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days!
Throughout God's Word adultery and harlotry are used to symbolize spiritual fornication and spiritual seduction... which is idolatry. Remember that Christ is teaching us here on a spiritual level. Don't go to the party! Stay away from the spiritual orgy which He likened to the physical orgies which took place in Sodom and Gomorrah, that vivid ensample that paints a picture in our mind's eye of gross perversion in order that we might draw the analogy to the spiritual perversion that is taking place! The apostle Paul also drew the analogy between the physical seduction of mother Eve who lost her virginity to that sleazy low life serpent (Satan) in the garden of Eden, and the spiritual seduction of virgins (Christians) in these last days who are to wait patiently until the true bridegroom comes!
2 Cor. 11:2-3
For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ. [3] But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.
So in Mat. 24:19 Christ is not talking about those who are pregnant in the natural (physical) sense. He is talking about those of us who do not remain spiritual virgins but are rather impregnated with the lies and deceit of  Satan, the spurious messiah.

The point is, when Christ returns to take up His virgin bride (His church/Christians) but discovers that she is already pregnant or is nursing a baby, spiritually, of her own, that is where the WOE comes in because He will not be too happy with her! Would you? Therefore do not be the first woman "taken" in the field... because if you turn back you will be seduced and lose your virginity!

[20] But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day:
The word "winter" can mean both a "storm or tempest" or the "winter season". Either way, the point is still to make haste (hasten) and pray that you are not caught in the great storm, that powerful spiritual tempest which is Satan's flood of lies, or unable to get out for any other reason, the second analogy being that one could only travel a short distance on the sabbath day. Again, this has to do with spiritual seduction... call it the harvesting of souls if you like. In that sense, the analogy would be do not become "harvested" in the winter, which is out of season!
[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.
"For then".. when? When you see the abomination of desolation standing in the holy place where "he" ought not, that is when the greatest spiritual tribulation to ever occur in this flesh age takes place! In his great guide book to the events of the 6th Trump when the king of Babylon is present, Daniel the prophet to whom Christ Himself has referred us,tells us that this time of great trouble (tribulation) begins when the great prince Michael, who stands for the children of God, stands up and as Rev. 12:7-9 tells us, casts Satan out of heaven to this earth!
Daniel 12:1
And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.
Rev. 12:7-9 gives us the details of what happens when Michael stands up!
Rev. 12:7-9
And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,

[8] And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven.

[9] And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

Yep, that second beast of Rev. 13:11 comes looking like a lamb but speaking like a dragon because he is the great red dragon of the first earth age, who was that old serpent in the garden who seduced mother Eve, that same Devil who tempted Christ in the wilderness! Both he (Satan) AND his angels, those fallen angels of Gen. 6 who "kept not their first estate" and are now reserved unto destruction when Christ returns (Jude 6, Rev. 11:13), shall be cast to this earth by Michael and his angels. THAT is when the greatest of all spiritual tribulation ever to take place in this flesh age shall occur!

And you know what else?Christ tells us in the next verse that the Father has shortened the time Satan will be here standing in the holy place, spreading his abominable lies and taking away communion to the true Christ by deceiving the people into believing he is Christ and receiving it unto himself.

Matthew 24:22
And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened.
Remember that this is private instruction (Mat. 24:3) to the disciples who "came to Him" privately on the "Mount of Olives" to seek wisdom and understanding concerning the "things" of these last days. The multitudes who follow after the traditions of men were not present to receive this knowledge and wisdom from the Word of God, nor do the multitudes of Christianity today understand concerning these things because wisdom comes from seeking Him, i.e. studying His Word. It is beyond dispute that the majority of professing Christians are grossly Biblically illiterate! To that end, it is written in Dan. 12:10 that only the wise in these last days would understand concerning the "end of these things" and the time of the end!
Daniel 12:8-10
And I heard, but I understood not: then said I, O my Lord, what shall be the end of these things?
This is the same question the disciples ask Jesus Christ, the Word of God, concerning the end of these things! 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? However, Daniel was told that his words would be "closed up and sealed until the time of the end... when the Lamb would "open the seals" (as per Rev. 5-6) and make His truth and the visions of the prophet known unto His disciples, the sons and daughters of Acts 2!
[9] And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end.

[10] Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand.

The wise in these last days know that Satan's defacto reign upon the earth has been shortened. In fact, further wisdom and knowledge in Rev. 9 tells us that it, the time of the locust army, has been shortened to a five month period. A little study of locusts will reveal that these devouring insects come out of the earth for five months from May to September. Isn't that interesting?

Nevertheless know this! When Satan is cast out unto this earth with his angels, his locust army, he knows he has but a short time and he is extremely irate over it!

Rev. 12:12
Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.
How wise are you? Will you escape the great tribulation, the great time of spiritual seduction by the false messiah and his angelic troops, by remaining true to the Word of God, as in remaining a virgin until the true bridegroom comes, or will you listen to men who say Christ is coming at any moment to rapture you into the clouds and then when Satan is here and standing defacto in the holy place, they tell you that Christ has returned?
[23] Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not.
Let no man deceive you by any means! That day, which is that day when the true Christ comes and we gather back to Him, SHALL NOT COME, until the abomination of desolation comes as Christ's "stand-in", i.e. he comes and stands in the holy place claiming to be Christ and deceives the whole world into believing that he IS (2 Thes. 2)! It shall take the world by "storm". It is written... and so it shall happen exactly as Christ has foretold us! The multitudes who are waiting to be "raptured away" at any moment are going be delighted by this supernatural one and his angels when he appears and in their ignorance they will be easily taken and seduced by Satan posing as Jesus Christ, the bridegroom. Do not be deceived by man! Hear what Jesus Christ, the Word of God, has to say and believe Him over what man teaches. Why?...because the "false messiah" and "his false preachers" come first when Michael stands up and casts them out of heaven! Have you not read the Book of Daniel? (Let him that readeth understand!)
[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.
The Greek word for "false Christs" is singular and refers to the false messiah:
false Christs, pseudochristos, psyoo-dokh'-ris-tos, Greek 5580; from Greek 5571 (pseudes) and Greek 5547 (Christos); a spurious Messiah :- false Christ.
The deception of Satan, the false-christ, and his band of merry men will be so great that "if it were possible", which in the Greek context clearly denotes that it is NOT possible (see note in the Companion Bible), they could deceive the very elect. But elect are wise and they have his number! Furthermore, Christ has given them "power to tread on serpents and scorpions and over all the power of the enemy (Luke 10:19)"!

So Christ has told you how it is going down just before the "telos" when He comes to destroy the stones of the temple!

[25] Behold, I have told you before.
The choice is now yours of whether to believe what men say or to "take heed", blepo, to what Christ has told you! Christ has foretold us that the abominable one is going to come stand in the holy place where he ought not and take the world by storm... and the whole world will believe he is who he claims to be.
[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.
1 Cor. 15:51-50 and 1 Thes. 4:13-18 show us that when Christ returns, those of us who are still alive in the flesh, we will be instantly changed into our spiritual (aer) bodies to gather back to Him.

1 Corinthians 15:51  Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,
52  In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

1 Thessalonians 4:13  But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.
14  For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.
15  For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.
16  For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
17  Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
18  Wherefore comfort one another with these words.

Know this!If you are therefore still in the flesh...,i.e. still have your flesh and blood body on, then the true Christ has not returned!It is as simple as that! Study God's Word and quit listening to stories and fables that cannot be documented in the Word of God.

[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.
Jesus Christ is coming to gather His elect, the "living", unto Himself, i.e. those spiritual virgins who have "endured" (tarried behind waiting patiently) unto the end. They are those who have remained true to Christ and His Word and have distanced themselves from that perverse crowd and not turned back nor been caught in the storm. All others shall have been seduced by the false messiah. We shall learn more shortly of the 7th advent and the gathering of the elect. Until then, consider carefully this next verse which still applies to the time when the abomination of desolation stands in the holy place, because before Christ and His saints come to gather His elect from the four winds, Satan and his vultures shall come first to gather all the spiritually "dead" to his wedding feast!
[28] For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together.
The word "eagles" here should be read "vultures" for "eagles feed only on fresh or living prey" and not on dead carcasses (See note in the Companion Bible). The point again is, before Christ comes and gathers the living from the four winds, Satan shall come and gather the spiritually dead unto himself!In other words, wheresoever the spiritually dead are, the birds of prey, Satan's dirty birds, those fallen angels who are cast out of heaven with him to this earth (Rev. 12:7-9), shall come and gather them together unto his wedding feast! Don't be one of those plucked up by these spiritual vultures! Remain alive and they shall not harm you for they feast only on dead carcasses!

What an exciting time in which we live! No wonder the prophets and the disciples wanted to know what it would be like in our day!  We are witnessing things and shall yet witness things that no other generation in the history of mankind has ever imagined.So take heed and prepare now to take a stand against the fiery darts of the wicked one by putting on the whole gospel armor of God (Eph. 6). Study His Word and check out what you hear taught by men to see if it aligns with what Christ has foretold you. That way you remain a wise virgin. Otherwise, you might find yourself attending the wrong wedding feast and thus be on the receiving end of a "Woe" when the true bridegroom returns!

One of the questions the disciples asked Jesus Christ when they went to Him in private while He was on the Mount of Olives was "what shall be the sign of your coming"? Do you know the sign of Christ's return, in other words, not just what happens in the period leading up to it, but what exactly happens when the true Messiah returns to this earth at the sound of the 7th Trump? Well, if you do then by default you will know what hasn't taken place when someone who claims to the be the Messiah shows up on the scene "doing great wonders" and "performing miracles in the sight of men".

Earlier we learned that Satan and his dirty birds, those angelic, sweet, and soft spoken religious vultures who will prey on anything that is spiritually dead or dying, are coming like a swarm of locusts to devour and seduce all those who have not the seal of God in their foreheads (Rev. 9:4) and gather them to "Jesus"... only the Jesus they gather them to will be the abominable one, the spurious messiah who makes desolate the hearts and minds of our people while standing in the holy place and sitting the temple of God claiming to be God.

Yes, the whole world with the exception of God's elect will believe that Jesus Christ has returned because the Instead-of-Christ shall come and heal the big crisis, the deadly wound (Rev. 13:12) to the confederacy, i.e. to the New World Order, and cause peace and prosperity and religious revival to abound. Quite frankly, if you have not been foretold and forewarned that this spiritually abominable false messiah comes first and you are not able to "tell the difference between the holy and the profane and discern between the clean and the unclean", then you will love this guy and the good times he and ministers appearing as angels of light bring with them.

So let's read and understand what Jesus Christ has to tell us about what happens immediately after Satan and his vultures, who appear pretending to be Jesus and His angels, gather their crowd together in the land of Judea.Remember we are still on the Mount of Olives receiving personal and private instruction from the Word of God.

Note: There is a figure of speech used in the following verse known as a polysyndeton which is simply the repetition of the word "and" at the beginning of successive clauses, each independent, important, and emphatic, with no climax at the end. In other words, great emphasis and importance is given in the following verse concerning how it shall be immediately AFTER the tribulation we just learned about, i.e. the tribulation of spurious messiah who COMES FIRST with his wicked angels (vultures) to prey on the spiritually dead and cause them to come to his wedding feast. But make no mistake about it and do not be deceived into following after Satan's crowd, because no matter how spectacular Satan as the spurious messiah may appear, when the true messiah comes the following happens... else He has not come!

Matthew 24:29
Immediately after the tribulation of those days...
"Immediately after" is immediately after the tribulation of Satan, i.e. after the abominable one who makes desolate the souls of men comes standing in the holy place claiming to be God.
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:

The word "shaken" means to topple or (by implication) destroy.
shaken, saleuo, sal-yoo'-o, Greek 4531; from Greek 4535 (salos); to waver, i.e. agitate, rock, topple or (by implication) destroy; figurative to disturb, incite :- move, shake (together), which can [-not] be shaken, stir up.
So let's keep this real simple, even on the first level without going into symbology, and understand that when Jesus Christ returns to this earth, the flesh age is over and all powers and principalities and rulers of the darkness of this world and spiritual wickedness in high places (Eph. 6:12) are going to be shaken and toppled to the ground, i.e. put down, destroyed!

At that moment in time we will be in the spiritual dimension that flesh and blood cannot enter (1 Cor. 15:50). In other words, we will no longer walk in the flesh under the sun because at the sound of the 7th Trump all who are alive and remain unto the "coming of the Lord" shall be instantly, in the twinkling of an eye, changed from their flesh bodies into their spiritual bodies (1 Cor. 15:51-52). If you therefore look up and the sun and the moon and the stars still give their light, that means Jesus Christ has not returned because, you "see", the brightness of His coming (2 Thes. 2:8) will far outshine them all! Remember earlier we read a description of how the true Messiah returns. Let's review that verse:

Matthew 24:27
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.
Luke gives us a little different perspective of this total brightness!
Luke 17:24
For as the lightning, that lighteneth out of the one part under heaven, shineth unto the other part under heaven; so shall also the Son of man be in his day.
That my friend is such brilliance as will cause the sun to be darkened and the moon to no longer give her reflection. In other words, Jesus Christ will appear with such a brilliance that the sun itself will not be visible. (Note: The deeper student will know that this is but an analogy because we are not really comparing apples to apples when we compare the physical to the spiritual dimension.  In other words, Christ's brilliance far exceeds even the brightness of the sun itself for such spiritual brilliance cannot be measured by the fire and light we see with our flesh eyes and measure in degrees and lumens.)

Furthermore, we read in verse 29 not only of the brilliance of Jesus Christ when He comes, but that He comes with "power and great glory", as King of kings and Lord of lords to exercise all power in both heaven and earth which has been given to Him. Matthew 24:30 "...and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory."

Matthew 28:18
And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
And so it is written that at that day "every knee shall bow to the name (power and authority) of Jesus Christ. Philip. 2:10 "That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth."

Students of God's Word know that these things pertaining to the day of the Lord are all contained in the Old Testament as well as the New. When Jesus said in Matthew 24:25 "Behold, I have told you before", He meant not just before they happen but also aforetime, i.e. of old.To that end, He quotes from both the Law (Deut. 4) and the Prophets (Isa. 13, Dan. 7, Zech. 12) to let us know that these things are already written for those who have been to school in the Old Testament. For instance, in Mat. 24:29 that we just read Christ is quoting from the great Book of Isaiah in chapter 13 concerning the Day of the Lord:

Isaiah 13:6-10
Howl ye; for the day of the LORD is at hand; it shall come as a destruction from the Almighty.
This is tribulation for the disobedient children and a day of vengeance for the enemies of the Almighty. This is NOT tribulation for God's elect whom He shall gather from the four winds to reign and rule with Him for a thousand years.
[7] Therefore shall all hands be faint, and every man's heart shall melt:
[8] And they shall be afraid: pangs and sorrows shall take hold of them; they shall be in pain as a woman that travaileth: they shall be amazed one at another; their faces shall be as flames.

[9] Behold, the day of the LORD cometh, cruel both with wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate: and he shall destroy the sinners thereof out of it.

All that is wicked, as in all the "elements" (which doesn't mean the physical elements but rather the "evil rudiments") shall be consumed by the brightness of His coming as Paul puts in 2 Thes. 2:8 or shall melt away by His fervent heat as Peter puts it 2 Pet. 3:10. The analogy is really one and the same which one can "see" by taking a magnifying glass on a sunny day and holding it above some dead dry grass or stubble and watch it burst into flames as the intensity of the light produces heat to the degree of combustion. The more technically oriented can hold a piece of paper or a cigarette close to the powerful ray of a laser beam and watch the same result. Nevertheless, the power and brightness of Christ's coming will leave no doubt whatsoever that the true Messiah has returned. This next verse in Isaiah is what we read in Mat. 24:29.
[10] For the stars of heaven and the constellations thereof shall not give their light: the sun shall be darkened in his going forth, and the moon shall not cause her light to shine.
Again, Satan will most assuredly make a big impression when he comes "doing great wonders" and "performing miracles in the sight of men", like snapping his fingers and calling fire (lightning) down out of heaven. That is going to impress a lot of Biblically illiterate people who will see these great wonders and spectacular feats as credentials to his claim that he is Jesus Christ who has come to rapture them away!Don't let these miracles deceive you! Look up and if you still see the sun and moon and stars give their light in the sky and you are still in your flesh body, then the heavens haven't parted and the brightness hasn't come... which means Jesus Christ hasn't returned! Here is further documentation as to the deceptive spectacle Satan will put on when he comes.
Rev. 13:13-14
And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men,
[14] And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.
When Christ returns and crushes all power and authority and Babylon the Great falls down flatter than a pancake, it will be a glorious day for the children of God but a day of great mourning and anguish for those who were taken FIRST by the false-christ and seduced into believing he was God. Then too, those who are deceived by the spurious messiah will be taken by complete and sudden surprise when the true Christ comes... because they will believe He is already here.

Let us continue with the sign of Christ's coming which we now know happens AFTER the false-Christ has gathered his crowd in Judea, the "place of the gathering", which is called Armageddon in Hebrew.

Matthew 24:30
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.

This does not say that only those who have a "rapture ticket" are going to see Jesus Christ coming. It says that ALL the tribes of the earth shall mourn and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. John tells us this exact same thing in the Book of Revelation, the book of the unsealing for His servants in this final generation:
Rev. 1:7
   Behold, He cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see Him, and they also which pierced Him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of Him. Even so, Amen.
Again, this happens at the sound of the 7th Trump, the last trump, the one that comes after the 6th Trump when the son of perdition and his vultures come and deceive the whole world. Even so, "so be it" and "that's that" which is what "Amen" means. In other words, that's the chronological order of the events and that is exactly the way it is going down (6 comes before 7) no matter what any man might tell you to the contrary, such as you are going to be taken up in some rapture at any moment! Do not be deceived! Listen to the words of Christ and believe Him instead of believing nice men and women who promise you blue sky instead of reality. Check out what you hear men say with that which is written in the Word of God to see if it aligns with what Christ told you. He is the authority and not man... no matter how many degrees a man might have or how much alphabet soup follows his name!

We also read of Christ's coming in the Book of Daniel.

Daniel 7:13-14
I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him.

[14] And there was given Him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve Him: His dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and His kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.

Will you be part of the king's dominion because you have remained true and faithful to Him, or will you be among those spiritual adulteresses who jumped in bed with the first messiah and became spiritually impregnated with his lies and deception into believing he was the true bridegroom?They shall be separated from the true Bridegroom at His wedding feast and shall join in the great wailing and mourning and gnashing of teeth we just read of in Mat. 24:30! We can also read of that great "mourning" of all the tribes of the earth in Zech. 12:11-14.
Zech. 12:11-14
In that day shall there be a great mourning in Jerusalem, as the mourning of Hadadrimmon in the valley of Megiddon.
There shall be a "great mourning" where the nations are gathered in Jerusalem, so great that the comparison is made here to the unprecedented national mourning that took place in Hadadrimmon in the valley of Megiddo when king Josiah died. You can read concerning the magnitude of the people's lamentations in 2 Chron. 35:22-25.
[12] And the land shall mourn, every family apart; the family of the house of David apart, and their wives apart; the family of the house of Nathan apart, and their wives apart;
The Hebrew word "bad" translated "apart" in these verses means by implication "a part of the body" or "branch of a tree", i.e. every family tree or branch of the family. These family members are those who are separated (apart) from those who are gathered to Christ at His coming. Notice that it is "their wives apart" that shall be mourning. The word "wives" as it is used here means "adulteress" which is used in analogy throughout the scriptures to characterize "idolatry". In other words, all the family branches of idolatrous worshippers of the great false shepherd, Satan, shall be mourning when they discover who it is they have been seduced by and taken for their husband. (We shall learn in chapter 25 why it is those foolish and unwise folks did not make it and endure through the dark hour of the reign of the spurious messiah unto the coming of the Lord.)
Matthew 24:31
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.
When Jesus Christ came at His first advent, He humbly rode into Jerusalem on a lowly ass and was later delivered up and beaten and crucified in order to pay the price to bring salvation to whosoever will. This time when He comes at His second advent it will be with all power and authority to gather His elect and establish His rule upon the earth.

That great sound of a trumpet in verse 31 is the 7th Trumpet, the last trumpet, for there are only seven! By this time the four winds will have been released upon the earth and all those who do not have the seal of Godin their foreheads will have been taken by storm and swept away in the flood of lies and deception and gathered unto the false messiah.( See phamplet #1081)

You can read about the four winds which bring about the final events and the return of Jesus Christ in both Daniel 7 and Rev. 7.

So there you have it. Just as there are two Jesus Christs, the false messiah and the true Messiah, there are two tribulations caused by their respective advents to this earth. And contrary to popular tradition, the tribulation of Satan, when he come posing as Christ, is a time of peace and prosperity when the world will believe that the messiah has come. The picture book analogies of locusts devouring men, etc., that scare people into believing they are going to be tortured, etc.,are symbolic of spiritual warfare where the hearts and minds (not the flesh) of our people are made desolate by the spiritual onslaught of the abominable one, the king of Babylon of these last days, i.e. Satan posing as Christ.

You "see", it is because we are in flesh bodies that we cannot "see" things that are spiritual. For example, we cannot take an "attitude" and place it under a microscope and observe it. Nor can we measure "love" using the three dimensions of L x W x H. We can however see the physical sword of the king of Babylon slice through a man's heart, but we cannot see Satan's spiritual sword slice through the heart of a man's soul. So Father has given us pictures and types and analogies to enable us to conceptualize the spiritual warfare and the spiritual desolation that takes place in these last days. For example, if we tell someone that God's Word declares that the majority of our people are near death at this time because of the great famine and drought we are experiencing in the land, people would immediately think of a famine for food and a thirst for water and because they look out across the land do not see that taking place, they would wonder what in the world we are talking about. However, that is exactly the spiritual condition of our people, even at this time.

Remember Amos told us what the famine of these last days is: Amos 8:11-13 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:

If one does not eat bread (physical food) he or she will starve to death, right? Well, if one does not eat the bread of life (spiritual food from the Word of God)he or she will also starve to death (spiritually).

And our people are starving to death for there are few churches in the land that teach His Word chapter by chapter and verse by verse thereby feeding the bread of life to the people. Most preachers would rather follow the easy traditions of men and just teach the milk of salvation and baptism and get on with conducting praise and worship services where the basket of the people's sacrifice can be passed.

[12] And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the LORD, and shall not find it.
The result of the "famine" will cause Christians who are to remain virgins unto the coming of the Lord, to stumble and fall before the false messiah. That's spiritual death my friend, because Satan is death (Heb. 2:4). And so if one has eyes to see and ears to hear, he or she can look out across the land and "see" a valley of dry bones caused by the spiritual famine and dearth. Yes, the people are alive in the flesh and walking about, but spiritually they are deader than a dry bone! The only thing that can bring those dead bones back to life is the Spirit and Truth from the bread of life and the living fountain, i.e. the Word of God breathed into their minds through hearing the words of the LORD, the words that give life.
[13] In that day shall the fair virgins and young men faint for thirst.
God's elect shall not faint but rather endure and take a stand against the false messiah during his defacto reign on earth. They therefore will not suffer the tribulation of God which occurs at the sound of the 7th Trump when He pours out the cup of His wrath upon all those who have the mark of the beast, i.e. who worship Satan as God

Let us recap what we have learned so far in this most informative 24th chapter of Matthew. Jesus Christ has been responding to and answering the three questions His disciples asked Him in relation to His statement that there would not be one stone of the temple left standing atop another when He returns. They wanted to know what events we should look for leading up to His second coming, what would take place at His coming, and how we would be able to identify the season, the final generation, when all these things would take place.

He began to answer those questions by first warning us that the majority of Christians in this final generation would become deceived by those many who would come in His name claiming to represent Him as Christian preachers, teachers, ministers, priests, etc. He then told us that the world wars we grew up hearing about and the rumours of world war would cease and all the nations, both small and great, would begin to rise up alongside one another in the market place, which is the globalization we are seeing take place right before our eyes, which is that beast system John saw rising up from among the people in Rev. 13:1. This would signal the beginning of the final labor pangs which would result in "famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in divers places", which are not those of nature but rather those of society and the world.

All this would lead to the ushering in of the false messiah, the abomination of desolation spoken of by Daniel the prophet, who would come stand in the holy place and take the world by storm with his feats of great wonders and by performing miracles in the sight of men all of whom, except those with the seal of God in their foreheads, will become convinced that he is Jesus Christ, even the God of all nations and peoples and tongues.

Then, immediately AFTER the great tribulation of those days (Mat. 24:9), which, contrary to the traditions of men that have already deceived the multitude of Christians, will be a time of peace and prosperity while at the same time men and women are spiritually slaughtered and their hearts and minds are made desolate, the true Messiah, Jesus Christ in all His brilliance and power and glory, shall come with all His saints and consume away (destroy) all the wickedness and idolatry. He shall come as King of kings and Lord of lords and subdue all nations and execute His justice with a rod of iron, which means He shall exact strict adherence to the righteous ways of the Word of God.

These are the two tribulations and the order thereof. So make no mistake about! Let no man deceive you by any means! The abominable one, the false messiah COMES FIRST, and then immediately AFTER he has reigned defacto, in person, on earth for his short season (a period of 5 months as per Rev. 9) the true Messiah shall return. The apostle Paul made this so plain and so simple to understand in 2 Thes. 2 that it is beyond refute .Jesus Christ is NOT going to return and we are NOT going to gather back to Him until AFTER the false messiah has come and gathered his crowd, as in harvested all those who will allow themselves to be seduced by him and his sweet talking angels (vultures)Let's read it again, for one cannot overemphasize the importance of this chronology because of the very deceptive but very popular "any-moment Christ is going to return and rapture (gather back) His saints theory" that has already infected and deceived so many of our beloved brothers and sisters and has them set-up for the great fall!

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,
Understand that the subject here is what some call the "rapture", which is the coming of our Lord and our gathering together unto Him. Paul is going to tell us what takes place before that happens, just as Christ already informed us in Matthew 24 concerning the abomination of desolation!
[2] 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.
Don't you let anyone tell you Christ can return at any moment or that He is already here!
[3] 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;
Satan comes claiming to be God and gathers His crowd BEFORE Christ comes and gathers His saints! Satan is called the son of perdition because he is the son who has been sentenced to perish in the lake of fire. He comes FIRST at the sound of the 6th Trump and exalts himself by standing in the holy place showing signs and performing miracles and claiming to be God.
[4] 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.
This is the abomination that takes place before Jesus Christ returns to this earth. You can either believe what the Word of God has to say concerning when we gather back to Christ or you can believe theories promoted by Biblically ignorant men and women (even those who may be well intentioned) who come in Christ's name claiming to represent Him and His Word.Do not be taken in by what men say or by movies or books which tell you that the first ones taken (gathered) are taken by Jesus Christ! Is just isn't true! The abominable desolator along with his vultures, those fallen angels of Gen. 6, come first and gather the spiritually dead to Satan's wedding feast in the holy place, the gathering place of the crowd. AFTER THAT takes place we will gather back to Christ... and not before!

Now on to the third question as to how to determine when the final generation begins. Jesus Christ, the Word of God, gives us the set of instructions on how to know and fix the beginning of the final season. Here is His command!

Matthew 24:32
Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh:
All we have to do is learn the parable of the fig tree if we want to know when summer is near, which is the time of the harvest at the end of this flesh age. Of course that takes a little labor and patience in understanding because the parable of the fig tree begins way back in the fig grove where the seduction of mother Eve took place by that "old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan (Rev. 12:9)." If you remember Christ's teaching of the Parable of the Tares in Matthew 13 then you know that the Wicked one's seed was sown in that fig grove and as a result Adam and Eve took fig leaves and sewed them together and covered-up their private parts to hide their sin and the conception that had taken place. That conception resulted in the birth of Cain, who was not Adam's son, which is why he is not listed in Adam's genealogy in chapter 5 of Genesis! One must therefore have the wisdom and knowledge from our Father's Word to know of that wicked "branch" stemming from the wicked tree which was in the midst of the garden. Only then can one understand who the bad figs are spoken of by Jeremiah in his 24th chapter.

You see, the time would come in the last days when that wicked branch of Cain's descendants would begin to gather in the holy place, in the land of Judea... you know... where the abomination of desolation is set-up! Hello!

Jeremiah 24:1-3
The LORD shewed me, and, behold, two baskets of figs were set before the temple of the LORD, after that Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon had carried away captive Jeconiah the son of Jehoiakim king of Judah, and the princes of Judah, with the carpenters and smiths, from Jerusalem, and had brought them to Babylon.

[2] One basket had very good figs, even like the figs that are first ripe: and the other basket had very naughty figs, which could not be eaten, they were so bad.

[3] Then said the LORD unto me, What seest thou, Jeremiah? And I said, Figs; the good figs, very good; and the evil, very evil, that cannot be eaten, they are so evil.

Note: You can read the rest of the chapter on your own. We also have a study called "The Parable of the Fig Tree" which goes into more detail than we are afforded in this short summary of the parable. You can read it by loging unto The Parable of the Fig Tree right here on this web site.

The point is that the bad figs are those same tares we learned of in Matthew 13 who claim to be of the true branch of Judah (who are good figs), but they are NOT! They are liars and are of the synagogue of Satan (see Rev. 2:9 & 3:9) and there are only two churches out of the seven in Rev. 2 & 3 who teach concerning them in this final generation. Those bad figs, along with the good, were set out before the temple in the land of Judea on May 15, 1948, when the Zionist movement finally succeeded in establishing the state of Israel by sanction of the United Nations.

To that end, if you have the wisdom spoken of in Rev. 13:18, such as knowing the Parable of the Tares and the Parable of the Fig Tree, then you can also easily "count the number of the beast", which means to enumerate or trace by using "stones worn smooth through service" over a long period of time. Those are the "stones" Christ spoke of who shall be toppled and destroyed. By the way, the pictures and types we are given in scripture of the beast and the image he sets up, have 6's stamped all over them. Read God's Word and get a clue... as in get clued in on what is happening in this final generation.

For example, the beast sent forth to challenge and intimidate the army of Israel was named Goliath and he had on 6 pieces of armor, he was 6 cubits and a span tall, and his spear's head weighed 600 shekels of iron.

1 Samuel 17:4-7
And there went out a champion out of the camp of the Philistines, named Goliath, of Gath, whose height was six cubits and a span. [5] And he had an (#1)helmet of brass upon his head , and he was (#2)armed with a coat of mail; and the weight of the coat was five thousand shekels of brass. [6] And he had (#3)greaves of brass upon his legs, and a (#4)target of brass between his shoulders.[7] And the staff of his(#5)spear was like a weaver's beam; and his (#6)spear's head weighed six hundred shekels of iron: and one bearing a shield went before him.
Likewise, the image Nebuchadnezzar set up to worship in the days of Daniel was 60 cubits in height and 6 cubits in breadth.
Daniel 3:1
Nebuchadnezzar the king made an image of gold, whose height was threescore (60) cubits, and the breadth thereof six cubits: he set it up in the plain of Dura, in the province of Babylon.
Nevertheless, Christ told us to learn the Parable of the Fig Tree and when we see his branch put forth leaves, then know that the final season, the final generation, has arrived. That generation coincides almost to the year with the generation known as the Baby Boomers.

One final note on the fig tree. We are not only to learn what it is and when it germinated, in other words when his branch was planted in the land of Judea, the fact of which we know by seeing it come to pass, but in Luke's gospel Christ tells us we are supposed to behold (as in observe) the fig tree, and all the trees as well.  Observe how ? ? ?

Luke 21:29-30
And He spake to them a parable; Behold the fig tree, and all the trees;
The Greek words for "tree" and "trees" are not the same in this verse. The fig tree is "suke" while the trees is "dendron". Once we have learned what the parable of the fig is and know when it was set out (germinated), we are then to "behold" (eido, see, consider, observe) the fig tree nation and all the other nations to know that when they "shoot forth", summer is now near at hand.
[30] When they now shoot forth, ye see and know of your own selves that summer is now nigh at hand.
To "shoot forth" not only means to germinate, but to throw forward as in push to the front. How do all the nations push to the front? They all come together!
shoot forth, proballo, prob-al'-lo, Greek 4261; from Greek 4253 (pro) and Greek 906 (ballo); to throw forward, i.e. push to the front, germinate :- put forward, shoot forth.
Matthew 24:33
So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors.
Again, it is by observation as we see the prophecies unfold before our eyes that we know that the return of Christ draws nearer and nearer, as is "even at the doors".

Note: The word "it" in verse 33 should be translated "He". In other words, it is He, Jesus Christ, who is "even at the doors"!

[34] Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.
That means that there will be Baby Boomers who shall see the return of Jesus Christ. Hey, the firstborn of the "boomers" are soon to become "seasoned citizens". For those who like to speculate on dates, etc., know that a generation is not one year but rather a span of years, a span of time and so we do not have a new generation begin every year. To that end, population experts place the "post war" Baby Boomer generation from 1946 to 1964 which makes them now in 2010 range in age from about 46 to 64 with an average age of 55.
[35] Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.
And so it is that this heaven and this earth age (for "the earth abideth forever") shall pass away, but the righteousness of His Word shall never pass away. Not only that, but the passing away of this earth age shall happen exactly as it is written and not the way some men might imagine it to be.
[36] But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.
No one knows the exact day and hour, i.e. the precise moment, when the end of this age is consummated. However, we already know the season and have even observed quite a bit of drawing nigh unto the doors. We know these things and the nearness of His return by following His commands to both learn and know those things which He has foretold us shall come to pass and then take heed and watch to know when they do!

Now here is an historical type which will help us do just that... i.e. understand and observe!

[37] But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
The subject is the "coming", which is the "leading up to" of the return of Christ.
[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,
Do you know with whom they were eating and drinking and marrying and giving in marriage in the days of Noah? Remember, this is important to our understanding of what it shall be like in the last days so let's go to Genesis 6 and find out.
Genesis 6:2-4
That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose.
The sons of God are the fallen angels, Nephilim in Hebrew, which are identified in Jude 6 as "the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation". They are those angels (sons of God) we are reading about in Gen. 6 who came to this earth to take to wife the daughters of "eth ha adam", i.e. the daughters of Adam. They are those same vultures whom Christ shall destroy on the Lord's Day, the day of His coming (Rev. 11:13), for as it is written they are the ones "he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day."

You "see", it was after Satan's attempt to destroy the woman in the fig grove and prevent the seed of Adam from bringing forth Messiah, that these fallen angels came to earth and took to wife Adam's daughters in order to do the same thing, i.e. corrupt the seedline through which Messiah would come. In fact, you will find the scriptures replete with Satan's attempt to destroy Christ, all the way up to His death on the cross where he finally bruised His heel as per Gen. 3:15.

[3] And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years.
Now open your eyes and notice what was happening!
[4] There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown.
The union of the fallen angels with the daughters of Adam produced hybrid offspring who were giants among men. These "mighty men", men of renown, are called gibor, and there is ample evidence not only in history (look up Rephaim) that there were once giants who roamed the earth, but there is still physical evidence extant today such as the shores of Bashan. Only Noah, his wife and his three sons and their wives (8 total) were left among the descendants of Adam who did NOT corrupt themselves with these fallen angels, for it is written in Gen. 6:9 that Noah "was a just man and perfect in his generations", which simply means he had a pure pedigree. God brought about the flood of Noah to rid the earth of the corruption that was taking place. By the way, there was another eruption of these fallen angels following the flood and their offspring are those whom God told Israel to destroy right down to every last man woman and child. Goliath, whom David slew, was last of these giants that we read about. He was 13 feet tall, one big dude!

And so it is written in Rev. 12:7-9 that Satan and his angels will be cast out of heaven to this earth when Michael gets the go ahead to stand up and boot them out. Though they shall appear as angels of light, i.e. angels of God, they shall come and spiritually seduce women (virgins) and take them to wife! Note: We're talking spiritual seduction this time, not physical as in the garden!(Virgins are symbolic of Christians, both men and women.) Remember what Christ said regarding this time... "And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days! (Mat. 24:19)?" He was referring to the seduction by these vultures. Paul also warns us of these angels in 1 Cor. 11:8-10.

So, do you want to know what will be taking place just before Christ returns? Then understand how it was in the days of Noah and "see" the picture of the big wedding party that was taking place with the fallen angels, the "eating and drinking and marrying". You "see", the spiritual analogy is that they were not eating the bread of life, nor drinking of the pure water of God's Word, nor remaining virgins! They were eating idolatrous meat and drinking of the wine of fornication and being "taken" (seduced) in the field!

Matthew 24:39
And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
Now here is a test question based upon all that we have learned so far in this 24th chapter: "Which wedding feast occurs first?" Or better put, "Which bridegroom comes first, the true bridegroom who is Jesus Christ, or the fake bridegroom who is the Instead of Christ?"
[40] Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
Unfortunately far too many pastors and ministers use this verse to teach and support the any-moment rapture theory. They say they want to be the first one "taken" in the field. Seems to me we read a while back that Christ said "He that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved (Mat. 24:13)." The word "endure" in Greek means to "tarry behind". And didn't Christ make it quite clear that the abominable one comes first to stand in the holy place, to play the role of Jesus, and along with his vultures gather all the spiritually dead unto himself?

No, you really don't want to be the first one taken in the field, for if you are already "taken" when Jesus Christ comes, you are in big, big, trouble!

[41] Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
The next verse tells us why the one laborer who was grinding away was suddenly taken and the other left. Since the dirty birds do their picking first, they are only able to pluck those who are not watching, i.e. who are not on their guard knowing that the vultures come first to take whosoever they can. Most Christians have been "set-up" by the any-moment rapture theory to accept the first supernatural entity who comes to this earth claiming to be Jesus.Though we do not know precisely, down to the hour and day, when these things take place, we DO KNOW "what" takes place before Christ returns and "what happens" when the true Christ comes.

If you are one of God's elect, then you are to be a watchman and remain a faithful laborer in the field until such time as your Lord doth come. What Christ is teaching us now pertains to the wise verses the unwise servants who labor in the field. Make sure when you see the abominable one standing in the holy place that you do not allow yourself to be caught up in his storm and taken to wife out of wedlock to the true Messiah. Remember, Satan and his vultures come first to gather and feast on the spiritually dead.

[42] Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.
This implies, even as the next verse documents, that those taken were not watching the signs and the events taking place and they therefore were the ones caught off guard and taken.
[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.
Do not go to sleep in this final hour.
[44] Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.
Question? Are you to "be ye also ready" to be "taken" by the thief when he comes, or ready to take a stand against him and not allow your house to be broken up? Right! So in that case how do you prepare yourself and your household to be ready and on guard against Satan and his fallen angels? You will find the answer in the next verse:
[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?
Be a wise and faithful servant and stay laboring in the field by feeding the meat of God's Word to your household, to your brothers and sisters, that their eyes may be opened to the iniquitous traditions of men which promote "fly away" theories and even tell people they do not need to know the book of Revelation because they are not going to be here when those things come to pass! This is the final season, the season when our people need meat on their bones and the strength from His Word to endure unto the end and not be taken by the false messiah and his dirty birds who shall come to eat and drink with them and take them to wife!

You "see", there are two types of servants in the field! One is going to be taken by Satan, the spurious messiah, and attend his wedding feast,and the other is going to remain in the field faithfully doing the will of his or her Father... watching and warning and teaching His children the truth and the meat of His Word. And that servant shall be well blessed when Jesus Christ returns at the sound of the last trump!

[46] Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing.
Yep, that blessed servant is found still laboring in the field... plowing and grinding away, while the other is attending the first wedding party and busy eating and drinking and being spiritually seduced by Satan and his fallen angels whom they think is Jesus Christ and His holy saints. Only those who remain virgins (spiritually) shall make it through the dark hour until the end (telos). Note: We are going to pick this up in chapter 25 and see why it is that the unwise do not make through the final hour.
[47] Verily I say unto you, That he shall make him ruler over all his goods.
They shall be blessed and crowned with glory and made kings and priests and shall reign with Christ for a thousand years. Rev. 20:6 "Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years. (See also Rev. 5:10.)

Here is the other type of servant who claims to serve Christ.

[48] But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming;
In other words, they begin to waver and doubt and think that maybe this one who is performing miracles and doing such wonderful things really is Jesus after all. Remember, Satan is that good that if it were possible he could deceive even the elect!
[49] And shall begin to smite his fellowservants, and to eat and drink with the drunken;
Do you understand that the majority of us shall be deceived? Jesus Christ said so in Mat. 24:5, Mark 13:6, and Luke 21:8 just for openers! In fact, it is going to be just like it was in the days of Noah... when the multitudes would not heed the sound warning and teaching of Noah.Do you believe and follow the traditions of men or do you know and believe the Word of God? You better open your eyes and ears and the Word of God and begin to "see the light"! Here is what Paul has to say about those who sleep at the grinding wheel and the spiritually drunken who would rather sing and party than plow:
1 Thes. 5:1-9
But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you.
If you are a student of God's Word, even of the law and the prophets, then you already know the times and the seasons for He has foretold you all things pertaining to the final generation.
[2] For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.
How does it come? It comes suddenly upon those who are eating and drinking and taking in marriage. Matthew 24:39 "And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be."
[3] For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.
They will say Peace and Safety and believe that all is well because they will believe Jesus is here!
[4] But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.
Are you going to be deceived during that dark hour and eat and drink with the drunken (spiritually speaking)? Not if you study your Father's Word and believe that which is written instead of what man pawns off as doctrine.
[5] Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.
We are children of light who are children in the know, children who are knowledgeable of God's Word because of having wisely listen to Him tell us how the events of these last days take place and in what order they occur.
[6] Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.
So don't go to sleep on your watch! Stay awake at the wheel and keep your hands on the plow and be sober minded believing that which is written as opposed to the feel good soothsaying fly-away theories brought to you by the many false teachers who come in the name of Christ and follow along with that junk. That may offend some, but your life depends on whether you make it through the storm and endure unto the coming of the Lord or you are plucked up by the fallen angels who are really spiritual vultures posing as angels of light.
[7] For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night.
Most of our good brothers and sisters are in a daze and have no clue what is happening at this late hour. Don't be caught off guard! "Be ye also ready" and put on the gospel armor (Eph. 6), all of it, and get ready to take a stand.
[8] But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation.

[9] For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,

God is not angry at those faithful servants who love and serve Him and they shall not be subject to the pouring out of the cup of His wrath upon the ungodly. But those servants who are not looking for Christ to return because they believe He is already here, because they have been the first ones sweet-talked and taken up by that one standing in the holy place claiming to be God, they are in for a very long day when Jesus Christ returns. That long day is the Day of the Lord, the 1000 years known as the Millennium.
Matthew 24:50
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,
You "see", the unwise and unfaithful servants are looking for Christ to return now, at any moment. However, when the false messiah comes and they are wed to him because they believe he is Christ, they will no longer be looking for Jesus to return. Got it? In other words, that servant will have already been "taken in the field" and wed to the false messiah and will have no idea that the true bridegroom is coming. Here is what shall happen to that evil servant:
[51] And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
Remember what shall happen to the hypocrites, those stones of the temple, when Christ returns? He is going to crush them to powder in the spiritual sense. Those Christian's who turn back to smite the true servants of God are going to become salt piles along side the pulverized stones. In other words, they shall be put under the rod of iron in the Millennium by those who shall be given rule over His household during the Millennium. They will have one thousand years with the help of God's elect (Ezek. 44:23) to get their act together and "learn the difference between the holy and the profane" and thus be able "to discern between the unclean and the clean" or they shall follow the son of perdition into the lake fire at the great white throne judgment!

Jesus Christ is about to close His teaching on the Mount of Olives with a parable and a lesson of discernment. He has now addressed the questions His disciples asked Him concerning the events of the final generation and has included among the seven seals detailed explanations of both tribulations and the chronological order in which they occur. They are:
(1) the tribulation of SATAN, the false messiah who is that abomination of desolation who comes first and stands in the holy place claiming to be God at the sound of the 6th Trump, and
(2) the tribulation of Almighty God when our Lord comes at the sound of the 7th Trump, the last trump, and His cup of wrath is poured out upon the ungodly and His justice is executed in all the earth.

It is written concerning the great falling away, the great apostasy, that most of our Christian brothers and sisters are going to be "taken" by the first messiah who comes to this earth, for they shall be deceived by his great wonders and the miracles he performs in the sight of men (Rev. 13:14). It is precisely because they will believe he is who he claims to be, i.e. Jesus Christ, that they shall attend the wrong wedding and be wed to that imposter, the false bridegroom. That is why Jesus said in Matthew 24:19 "And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days!" He was speaking spiritually concerning those Christians who did not remain faithful but rather lost their virginity to the false bridegroom, the "other Jesus", the first supernatural entity who comes and stands in the holy place. You "see", that profane and abominable one who comes to the earth (Rev. 12:7-9) is the Instead-of-Christ, a fake, an imposter, but as the Word of God declared unto us in the 24th chapter of Matthew, he is the first one to do the "taking" in the field and gather a crowd unto himself. To that end, Christ warned us to get away and stay away from that place so as not to become one of those he gathers and weds unto himself.

Actually, most Christians are surprised to hear that there is another Jesus, i.e. that there are two who will claim to be Jesus Christ. For sure the one is holy and the other is profane and yet sadly, most people are so Biblically illiterate that they will not be able to tell the difference. After all, common sense tells us one cannot determine the difference between two things when he or she believes there is only one, never even suspecting that there are two. That in itself is the basis of the great deception. Christians have been falsely taught by traditions that Satan (the devil) is going to be a wicked evil man who kills and slaughters people. That is only true spiritually speaking (except for the two witnesses of Rev. 11) because the warfare in these last days is a spiritual warfare, which is why we are to don the whole gospel armor in Eph. 6! However, few Christians have been taught how beautiful and intelligent and charismatic this one (Satan) really is. (Ezk. 28) He shall bring peace and safety to the world while appearing as an angel of light to heal the deadly wound (Rev. 13)!

In fact, mother Eve just loved this same charming super preacher who was so brilliant and knowledgeable and such a good teacher that she listened to him explain the Word of God to her. That's right! Satan explained to Eve what God meant by His words "Thou shalt surely die" in Gen. 2:17. However, by the time he was done "spinning" the truth by misquoting, twisting, adding to, and taking away from God's Word, he was able to convince her that what God meant was "Ye shall not surely die!" Incredibly, Satan actually speaks on behalf of God, as one knowing God, telling Eve what God had on His mind when He told her "Ye shall surely die!" Check it out!

Genesis 3:4-5
And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: [5] For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.
Woe! What God knew was exactly what He said, "Ye shall surely die!" Satan's version is 180 degrees from the truth! He actually turned the truth of God's Word into a lie and Eve bought in hook, line, and sinker! My friends, it is done all the time by the many false prophets (teachers, i.e. Christian preachers, ministers, etc.) who come in His name and teach traditions to our people who believe their words and misquotes without checking them out in the scriptures to see whether they align with the Word of God. Hey, their words sound real good, but you have been warned... especially in these last days to "Take heed that no man deceive you. [5] For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many(Matthew 24:4-5)."

Many are also so steeped in traditions and fairy tales about upright snakes and apples that they are shocked to learn that Eve lost her virginity to this smooth talking preacher in the garden (i.e. Satan, that old serpent the devil), and the apostle Paul uses her example of being "beguiled", which is to be "wholly seduced", to give us strong warning concerning the "other Jesus"!

Let us review the warning of Paul in 2 Cor. 11:2-4 as concerning the ten virgins.

2 Cor. 11:2-4
For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.
Spiritually speaking, we as Christians are to remain chaste virgins and wait until the true bridegroom comes at the sound of the 7th Trump. Unfortunately because of the unscriptural widespread any-moment Rapture Theory espoused by men, many are expecting Jesus Christ to return at any moment and "take them" away! Wow! Are they set up for the great falling away, or what?
[3] But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.
How much more simple could Christ have made it in Matthew 24 concerning who comes first? The desolator comes first and stands in the holy place claiming to be God. Take heed! Don't be a fool and be taken by him! Paul confirmed that in 2 Thes. 2 so you have a choice to either believe the Word of God or men's theories... depending on how wise you are!
[4] For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him.
Another Jesus? Yes,first the profane one and then the holy one, they appear in that order at the sound of the 6th and 7th Trumps respectively! However, the holy is declared and revealed by the Word of God while the profane is declared and taught by the traditions of men!  How does one tell the difference so that he or she might remain a virgin unto the coming of the true bridegroom and not be the first one taken in the field?

That is what this study is all about as Jesus Christ, the Word of God, gives us a parable to teach us the difference between a wise virgin (Christian) and a foolish virgin.

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.
The kingdom of heaven is just that... the King, which is Jesus Christ, and His dominion. He is the true bridegroom who comes at the sound of the 7th Trump to take His virgin bride. So it is the kingdom of heaven that is the subject being discussed and Jesus Christ is giving us an "is like", which is an analogy or graphic illustration designed to create a picture, something we can see and relate to in our flesh minds, whereby He can teach us a valuable spiritual lesson. In this "is like" He is going to show us who shall enter into that kingdom and why and who shall not enter into that kingdom and why not!

Of course to understand a parable one must first be given the keys or legend to know what the symbols stand for, else the analogy makes little or no sense or at least the in-depth lesson intended to be taught is missed altogether. We will discuss the "lamps" when we get to verse three, so for now let's understand who it is these ten virgins are symbolic of? For openers, a virgin is simply one who is unadulterated and has not been "taken", as in one who is chaste and waiting to be wed to a husband. We have already seen from Paul's writing that symbolically a virgin is a Christian, either male or female, one who is espoused to one husband, Jesus Christ, and is therefore waiting for the bridegroom to come and marry her. We also see that this parable concerns "ten" virgins because Christ is speaking here to "True Israel", to the 10 tribes who basically comprise the Christians nations of the world, who is to be His bride when He returns.

Will He find them to be virgins when He comes or will He find most of them have already been taken (seduced) by the other Jesus, the false messiah? How about you? Will you "endure unto the end and be saved (Mat. 24:13)" or will you be "raptured away" and taken in the field by the first Jesus who comes? Again, that depends on how wise you are!

[2] And five of them were wise, and five were foolish.
What is the difference between a wise Christian and a foolish Christian awaiting to meet the bridegroom? Well, let us first check out the Greek words Jesus used and what they mean.
wise, phronimos, fron'-ee-mos, Greek 5429; from Greek 5424 (phren); thoughtful, i.e. sagacious or discreet (implying a cautious character; while Greek 4680 (sophos) denotes practical skill or acumen; and Greek 4908 (sunetos) indicates rather intelligence or mental acquirement); in a bad sense conceited (also in the comparative) :- wise (-r).
A wise person is one who thinks for himself or herself and uses discernment. A wise virgin is sagacious:
Main Entry: sa·ga·cious
Pronunciation: s&-'gA-sh&s, si-
Function: adjective
Etymology: Latin sagac-, sagax, from sagire to perceive keenly; akin to Latin sagus prophetic -- more at SEEK
Date: 1607
1 obsolete : keen in sense perception
2 a : of keen and farsighted penetration and judgment: DISCERNING<sagacious judge of character> b: caused by or indicating acute discernment <sagacious purchase of stock>
You "see", wise Christians do NOT blindly follow some church or religion or some man's teaching. Only someone without too many "smarts", would do that! Wise Christians stand on their own two feet and acquire the necessary tools to check out the things that they hear. They do not depend on some church or man's traditions and interpretations to determine for them what it is they believe. (Not this man's or any other man's interpretation.)Therefore they stand with their own two feet on the Rock, which is the Word of God, their foundation! In other words, they try and test the doctrines they hear to see if they align with the Word of God. After all, we are admonished many times to do just that and so it is the wise virgins who actually DO IT! Here is John's instruction to us:
1 John 4:1-3
Beloved, believe not every spirit (wind of doctrine), but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.
Again, we have been warned to beware of false prophets and men's traditions time and time again. That is why you must check out (assay, as in testing gold with fire) what is being taught with the Word of God... to see if what is being taught is "of God", i.e. in His Word. In other words, you apply the "fire", the truth from God's Word, to it and if it is gold it will be purified in your mind. If it is stubble and rubbish it will be consumed away.... poof!

John now gives the most basic of examples to show us how it works:

[2] Hereby know ye the Spirit of God : Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God:
The Word of God declares that Christ came down from above to dwell in the flesh, to dwell among men... Emmanuel, God with us. So to teach that Jesus Christ was born of the virgin Mary and walked this earth in a flesh tabernacle is BIBLICAL! Therefore it is of God because the Word of God declares it to be so. (Matthew 1:23 "Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.")

Therefore, if someone claims that Jesus Christ was not the Messiah and has not yet come, that teaching is stubble, rubbish, for is NOT Biblical, is it? Therefore, that teaching is NOT of God... for it does not align with His Word! See how simple it is?

[3] And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.
Again, you've been warned to watch out for false prophets and the way you do that is try the spirits, those winds (pneuma) of doctrine, to see if they are of God and contained in His Word! Foolish virgins do not do that! Here is the definition of "foolish":
foolish, moros, mo-ros', Greek 3474; probably from the base of Greek 3466 (musterion); dull or stupid(as if shut up), i.e. heedless, (moral) blockhead, (apparently) absurd :- fool (-ish, × -ishness).
Hey, that's quite a contrast from being thoughtful, intelligent, and sagacious as a wise person who uses common sense, isn't it? Like stupid fools they just "keep their mouths shut" and follow along with the crowd! Now the real key to understanding a foolish virgin (Christian) lies in the base of the word "moros" which is "musterion"! Check it out in Strong's Concordance.
musterion, moos-tay'-ree-on, Greek 3466; from a derivative of muo (to shut the mouth); a secret or "mystery" (through the idea of silence imposed by initiation into religious rites) :- mystery.
Foolish Christians become indoctrinated into religious rites and follow after the traditions of men, which is churchianity, not Christianity. For instance, if their church teaches that one should babble like a turkey or their church teaches the rapture theory and believes that Christ can return at any moment, then they follow along and believe it also! Sorry if it offends, but that does NOT show intelligence! That is being "moros" which is to say a "moron", which is what a foolish virgin is!

You see, though there is still some daylight, it is getting dark out fast and the "hour" is soon upon us when spiritual darkness shall cover the whole earth at the sound of the 6th Trump when Satan and his angels are cast out of heaven to this earth as per Rev. 12:7-9. If one cannot determine the difference between the two Jesus' because he or she has no foundation in the Word of God then that one shall not make it through the night until the coming of the Lord.He or she will attend Satan's gathering in the holy place believing that he is the bridegroom who has come to sweep them off their feet and take them up to cloud nine! In Rev. 9:4, having that strong foundation in the Word of God is called having the "seal of God in your forehead" which means to have His truth etched in your mind! Those who have that seal of God in their foreheads shall not be harmed nor deceived by Satan and his locust army.

Now Christ is going to tell us what it is the "moros" fail to do that causes them to stumble and fall in the night and miss the wedding of the true bridegroom.

[3] They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them:
Here we have some more symbolism being used. What are "lamps" and "oil" symbolic of? This is all actually very simple if one will just take the time to read and absorb and understand what the shadows, the pictures and types we see, are symbolic of. For example, you can read about the golden candlestick in both the Old and the New Testaments and get a clear picture of what the lamps are and what it is that keeps them burning and giving their light! Let us first turn to Exodus 25:31-40 where we read of the candlestick or lampstand with the seven lamps that was placed on the south side of the first apartment of the tabernacle, opposite the table of shewbread (Exodus 25:37) and which was lit permanently to give light inside the Holy Place. Wise virgins might find it interesting to know that the priests in the tabernacle were responsible, evening and morning, for trimming the wicks and filling up the seven lamps with the purest of olive oil sufficient to keep it burning throughout the night.
Exodus 27:20-21
And thou shalt command the children of Israel, that they bring thee pure oil olive beaten for the light, to cause the lamp to burn always.

[21] In the tabernacle of the congregation without the veil, which is before the testimony, Aaron and his sons shall order it from evening to morning before the LORD: it shall be a statute for ever unto their generations on the behalf of the children of Israel.

Here is what Zechariah has to say concerning the lamps.
Zech. 4:1-2
And the angel that talked with me came again, and waked me, as a man that is wakened out of his sleep,
The virgins all get a wake up call! However, the foolish virgins are going to go back to sleep and the wise are going to go gather the pure virgin olive oil to keep their lamps burning through the dark hour to come.
[2] And said unto me, What seest thou? And I said, I have looked, and behold a candlestick all of gold, with a bowl upon the top of it, and his seven lamps thereon, and seven pipes to the seven lamps, which are upon the top thereof:

[3] And two olive trees by it, one upon the right side of the bowl, and the other upon the left side thereof.

Do you "see the picture" of the candlestick all of gold, with a "bowl" upon the top of it and the seven pipes feeding the seven lamps? Can you picture the two "olive" trees standing on either side of the bowl? Good. You can read the rest of this chapter on your own or go to #1119 for a more in-depth study. Nevertheless, you will find that the lamps are fed by pure "flowing" golden Olive Oil. (Hey, Christ is teaching us His rich knowledge and wisdom from the Mount of Olives, isn't He?)

Now let's go to the Book of Revelation and "see" what these seven lamps are!

Rev. 4:5
And out of the throne proceeded lightnings and thunderings and voices: and there were seven lamps of fireburning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God.
These seven lamps of "burning fire" which are before the throne are the "seven spirits of God"! Seven in Biblical numerics is "spiritual perfection" so in a sense you could say this is a detailed description of His Perfect Spirit broken down into seven parts. Do you want to hear what the voices are saying that are round about the throne?
Rev. 5:11
And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands;

[12] Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive (1) power, and (2) riches, and (3) wisdom, and (4) strength, and (5) honour, and (6) glory, and (7) blessing.

These are the 7 Spirits of God which emanate from before the throne of God. How are you doing with them? In other words, how are you doing with those riches, as in the rich knowledge of His Word? How are you doing with wisdom and understanding which gives us strength (EZEK-I-EL, "God is my Strength") and brings us blessings which is happiness and peace of mind? Think you are doing ok and your lamps are lit? Remember, it is the "pure olive oil", the Spirit of His Truth that you must have in reserve to keep your lamps burning throughout the night! That is the whole purpose of the teaching of the parable of the ten virgins. Unless you are rich in knowledge and wisdom and understanding from His Word, you are not going to see your way through the darkest hour ever to befall mankind. Unless you are made strong in His Word you will stumble and fall in the great falling to the false messiah. Do not be a foolish virgin who merely goes to church and listens to "moros" teachers instead of seeking the rich golden oil of His Word to prepare yourself to remain a chaste virgin unto the coming of the true bridegroom!

Let us also look at the Greek word translated "oil" in Matthew 25:3 and the next verse. It is the neuter of the word "elaia" which is pronounced "el'-ah'yah"! Amazing, isn't it? That is if you are a student of God's Word and know His names. "El" is the Creator and "Yah" is His covenant name, i.e. Yahveh, YHVH.

Oil, 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).
Again, very simply put, one must have enough "Oil" in reserve, which is the rich knowledge and wisdom and power and strength from God's Word, in order to keep his or her lamps burning throughout the night so as to not stumble in the darkness. To wit, the wise are right now busy preparing themselves for the long night ahead that they may endure unto the coming of the Lord.
[4] But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.
You know, Paul talked about the simplicity of Christ and if you understand the simplicity in which the Word of God teaches us, then you have to conclude that the Word of God is really like a "picture book" for children. It is not complicated at all if one will just stop and absorb it and quit trying to make it fit some preconceived idea or doctrine he or she has grown up with. Do you know what preconceived means? "Pre" means "before" and "conceived" means to be "impregnated"! Far too many of our brothers and sisters are already so pre-impregnated with the spirit of Satan... which is what?... winds of doctrine that are un-Biblical (remember 1 Jn. 4), that he as the spurious messiah will have an easy time gathering them to himself. In other words, they already have the "mark (seal) of the beast" in their foreheads, which is deception, the opposite of the "seal (mark) of God" that the wise have in their foreheads. Yes, those who don't gather that rich golden virgin olive oil but rather remain Biblically illiterate, shall be easy prey for the vultures (fallen angels) who come to gather them to the marriage of the false lamb.
[5] While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.
In the next chapter (26) we will be given a detailed look at Peter and the two sons of Zebedee who had trouble "staying awake" and "watching" in the garden of Gethsemane, which was a type given for our "view" and benefit. The good news is that we shall see that His disciples shall "rise" (waken from sleep) and "carry on" for the final hour, even the final hour of darkness at the end of this age!

The point to understand right now is that it is very late in the day and those who wish to attend the wedding of the true bridegroom need to wake up and stay awake and continue to pump that golden oil of truth, i.e. prayerfully study His Word and rightly divide it, because when the true bridegroom comes... it will be too late to prepare for the wedding!

[6] And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet Him.
Midnight is when Jesus Christ returns at the sound of 7th Trump to take up his bride! Everyone will wish to trim those lamps and make them burn clean and bright and look real pretty!

Note: Anyone who has used a kerosene lamp with a wick knows what it means to adjust or trim the wick up or down to keep it from giving off soot or burning poorly.

[7] Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps.
Uh oh! Some virgins have found that their lamps have gone out because their "oil reserves" are dry as a bone!
[8] And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out.
It is not only very difficult to find oil at midnight, but each and every virgin is required to bring his or her own pure beaten olive oil for the lamps, remember? (Ex. 27:20) That is the point of the next verse and the answer of the wise to the foolish who have listened to men tell them that they are sweet "glowing beauties" burning brightly and they don't need to study the Book of Revelation because since they are "saved", Jesus is going to return at any moment and "take them away"! That ought to tell you which Jesus they are saved and sealed to, ain't?
[9] 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.
Again, one must go and bring his or her own oil for one cannot take the oil from another's vessel. Neither can you buy nor put on someone else's gospel armour (Eph. 6) which he or she has grown from absorbing His Word... because it is a part of them. And you know what else? The false messiah is so good and will be so powerful in that he exercises all the power of the first beast (Rev. 13:12), i.e. the NWO, that the only (spiritual) buying and selling that will be permitted will be by those who are deceived and who take part as one of his right hand men in helping the false messiah gather together his wedding party!
Rev. 13:16
And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:

[17] And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.

So go ahead my friend, listen to those super preachers who tell you that you are going to "fly away" and be "raptured" before or when the vile person comes! Go ahead and be a "moros" Christian and just blindly follow along! The choice is completely up to you!
Matthew 25:10
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.
Too late! Either you are "ready" because you have prepared and brought "oil" for your lamps, or you shall remain outside where there shall be weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth by those virgins who were seduced by the false messiah.
[11] Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us.
Hey, all along they thought they were chaste virgins, but you "see" they became whores and harlots when they jumped in bed with the false messiah. Again, they listened to preachers and ministers and pastors who told them all the good things they needed to do please the Lord... like go to church every Sunday, faithfully pay their tithes and give generous love offerings over and above that, help teach Sunday school and indoctrinate little children with preconceived ideas about snakes and apples and help them color Ishtar's eggs, etc., etc., etc.

If you are a Christian, then you are to be a laborer in the vineyard for the householder... remember? And to be a laborer you must be approved as one, i.e. as a workman. Do you know how to do that? Paul tells us in 2 Tim. 2:15: "Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. If you let men and their traditions divide the Word for you, you shall end doing the will of Satan, not your Father's, by following traditions and teaching commandments of men which make void the Word of God... because they are NOT OF GOD! Then, because you have been a "moros" Christian, because you never got to know Jesus Christ, the Word of God, you will end up on the outside looking in for an entire Millennium!

Matthew 7:21-24
Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
Just because someone calls himself or herself a Christian preacher, teacher, or minister, doesn't mean they are one! Don't be "moros" for your life depends on it! Test the fruit and try the spirits!
[22] Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
Did you gather any pure golden oil for your lamps or just go to church and do nice things in the name of Christianity?
[23] And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
Iniquity is "lawlessness" which are things that are contrary to the Law of God, i.e. His Word. Traditions and the false teachings of men which draw people away from the Truth of His Word are indeed iniquitous. Are you wise? The Word of God contains the mind and Spirit of God. When you absorb that oil, His Word, then your mind becomes filled with His spirit and you become "like minded" as He is. You "see", His spirit then dwells within you and you become one with Him, which is a marriage. If you say you know the Lord Jesus Christ, yet you have never studied and absorbed His mind and Spirit, i.e. His Word, then you really don't know Him, do you? In other words, if you are Biblically illiterate then you have no light within you for "El-ah-Yah" is that light!

Again, here is what Jesus Christ will say to those foolish virgins whose lights have gone out and yet who try to cash in all their good works.

Matthew 25:12
But He answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not.
What then is the conclusion of the teaching concerning the Parable of the Ten Virgins?
[13 ]Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.
You stay awake and do the work of the watchmen which is "eat and absorb the roll" (Ezek. 2-3), the entire Word of God and to do the will of the Father which He has purposed for you, however great or small, as one of His sons and daughters, those brothers and sisters in this final generation.

All wisdom comes from our Father's Word. Be a wise virgin and prepare yourself while it is still day!

Addendum to today's lesson: A Type!

On September 11, 2001, now known as "911", there was what many still term a "great wakeup call" that went out to this nation and to all nations. Immediately following that "wakeup call" the flags waved and the churches in our land filled to capacity like never before as people shouted "God Bless America" and reconsidered their life's priorities and what is really important to them. However, now, not very long after that great shakeup and wakeup call went out to both the wise and foolish virgins, a reputable poll has shown that church attendance has fallen below even that which was before 911! What happened? Did everyone go back to sleep? As they say, "A word to the wise is sufficient"!
Jesus Christ told us in a parable what the difference is between a wise virgin and a "moros" or foolish virgin.Hopefully you have determined which kind you are or which kind you will be from now on! Many people claim to "know Jesus" and yet they do not know what the Word of God has to say on different matters of either individual or national counsel. As a simple example, if someone who claims to know Jesus Christ cannot tell you so basic a precept as to what He has to say regarding the penalty for premeditated murder, then that someone cannot claim to know Jesus Christ, the Word of God, very well, can he? Then too, if someone claims Jesus Christ can return at any moment, even though He Himself has plainly stated that the abominable one comes first to deceive the whole world into believing he is Christ, then that person either knows his preacher or church doctrine better than he knows the Lord, or he doesn't believe Jesus Christ knows what He is talking about. A word to the wise and now let's move on.

The next question is: As a wise Christian, do you know why you are here at this time? Would you consider yourself a servant of the Living God, one who has been sent by the householder to do some work and labor in his vineyard or is there nothing you need to do to please Him other than to say you love Jesus and go around being sugar-sweet to everyone? Well, that is the subject we are going to study as Jesus Christ now shows us the difference between servants who willfully labor and produce fruit for the kingdom and a servant who is so concerned only about his or her own salvation that he or she is too lazy to produce anything worthy of His reward. Is Christianity a "free ride"?

Once again, Jesus is going to use an illustration, a symbolic analogy, to paint a picture in our mind's eye to give a basis on the first level to enable us to "see" His point on the higher, spiritual level.  Once again however, you must have the key to understand what and who the symbols represent. To that end, there are but a few symbols which we need to understand to see what He would have us know. And like the Parable of the 10 Virgins where He showed us both the reward for the wise and stiff recompense for the foolish, He is going to show us the reward of the happy productive servants verses the punishment of the wicked and slothful and unprofitable one. So grab your oil vessels and let's once again go up to the Mount of Olives and let His oil flow into the buds of our minds that we might be illuminated by His Spirit!

Matthew 25:14
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.
Jesus Christ is that one who has journeyed into a "far country" and now sits at the right hand of the Father. He has left His set of instructions and easy to follow work orders and has entrusted His servants, those who believe on Him, with His precious gems of truth and knowledge and wisdom to carry on His business, His work, of declaring the gospel of the kingdom of God and His righteousness (Ps. 22:30-31), i.e. His work of bringing salvation to whosoever will.
John 14:12-13
Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.
Our Father is loaded with all sorts of resources, both spiritual and physical, to support and enable the willing laborer to do His works.
[13] And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
If the purpose in your asking is to fuel your lamps so as to let your light shine that others may see your good works, i.e. His works through you, and therefore "glorify your Father which is in heaven", (not you) then He will see to it that you are given what you need. Matthew 5:16 "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven." The point is, He is expecting His servants to produce fruit from their labor that He might reap an increase when He returns at the sound of the 7th Trump.
Matthew 25:15
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.
First of all, it is His "goods" (vs. 14) that He delivers unto His servants and the talents are the "measure" of those goods that He gives to each individual according to that person's several ability, which is according to each person's own strength and capability.
ability, dunamis, doo'-nam-is, Greek 1411; from Greek 1410 (dunamai); force (literal or figurative); specially miraculous power (usually by implication a miracle itself) :- ability, abundance, meaning, might (-ily, -y, -y deed), (worker of) miracle (-s), power, strength, violence, might (wonderful) work.
This demonstrates the complete and utter fairness of our Father in that He will not "overload your donkey" so to speak and give you more than you are able to handle. This principle applies to the "goods", the "labor", and even to the degree of trials and tribulations He permits you to suffer. 1 Cor. 10:13 "There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it." In other words, whatsoever your Father has given unto you, He knows that you are capable of handling it. So if you are a real "can do" type person who not only can but is also willing to "cut the mustard", then He can count on you to labor in the vineyard.

However, it is not the degree nor the measure of goods He gives to you that determines your worth or your reward for He knows that if you are faithful in that which is least, you will be faithful in much and vice versa, i.e. he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much. So never complain concerning what God has given you. Then too, you might overload your own donkey till your legs buckle under the self imposed pressure or load, but He will not do it to you. On the other hand, if you demonstrate that you can faithfully handle the talents He has given you, He will give you more as exampled in this study.

So one servant received five talents, another two talents, and another only one talent.

[16]Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents.
How does one make increase of his or her talents? The same way you increase your income and everything else. Through hard work! You joyfully labor at it by being a wise Christian and filling your vessel with that rich golden oil and through prayer and supplication, ask for those things necessary to do His will and produce fruit for the kingdom of God. Plant seeds and/or teach and "be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear (1 Peter 3:15).
traded, ergazomai, er-gad'-zom-ahee, Greek 2038; middle from Greek 2041 (ergon); to toil (as a task, occupation, etc.), (by implication) effect, be engaged in or with, etc. :- commit, do, labor for, minister about, trade (by), work.
In other words, you trade or use, as in work with whatever talents God has given you and you shall be just like the one who received five talents and produced an increase double that which was given unto him.
[17] And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two.
His increase was also double that which he had received.
[18] But he that had received one went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord's money.
Uh oh! We've got the equivalent of a "moros" here! Now it is important to understand what this servant who had received only one talent did. He "went" and he "digged in the earth" and "hid (covered up) the goods"! Hey, you can't produce an increase if you have nothing to work with. However, in this case it is not that the servant had nothing to work with because he did, he was just too wicked and slothful to use what God had given him. Another analogy to this would be for a servant to hide his light under a bushel. Do you know what work you do when you do that? You aid the darkness!
went, aperchomai, ap-erkh'-om-ahee, Greek 565; from Greek 575 (apo) and Greek 2064 (erchomai); to go off (i.e. depart), aside (i.e. apart) or behind (i.e. follow), literal or figurative :- come, depart, go (aside, away, back, out,...ways), pass away, be past.
This servant "went off track" and departed from the instructions given to Him and "followed" after the crowd, working with the traditions of men instead of the talent of goods our Father gave him. Thus he covered up His Lord's precious truth and knowledge and probably helped promote the killing, chilling, lie, that you don't need to study the Old Testament or the Book of Revelation, etc. Just believe in Jesus and have love in your heart and you will be reaped just as you are when the Lord comes to fly you away!
hid, apokrupto, ap-ok-roop'-to, Greek 613; from Greek 575 (apo) and Greek 2928 (krupto); to conceal away (i.e. fully); figurative to keep secret :- hide.
This is akin to Ezekiel 13:17-18 where the false servants sew pillows over the outstretched saving arms of our Father and hide His precious truth while teaching people to "fly to save their souls" (vs. 20)! Our Father doesn't like it one bit and He says so very plainly in Ezek. 13.

So this servant who received just one talent went astray and did not even try to work with what God gave him. Ok, let's move to "payday" which is when the Lord returns at the sound of the 7th Trump. Oh, bring your record book with you so the Lord can reckon (settle up) with you!

[19] After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them.
Time to give account of your labor! The man with the five talents joyfully steps up first and tells his Lord what he had done.
[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.
Here is his Lord's response.
[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.
If a servant of God produces fruit in the vineyard, that means that the kingdom of God has been increased and our family has grown! That is always a wonderful and joyous thing.

And you know what else? If you truly are a servant of God and you are not laboring with whatever measure of treasure God has given unto you, be it great or be it small, then you are not a happy camper. Think about it! Again, don't overestimate that which He has given unto you to labor with, but be a wise virgin and always use wisdom and common sense.

[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.
Then the one who had received two talents stepped forward and showed the Lord his increase, which percentage wise was the same as the man who had received 5 talents. Notice that His reward is exactly the same even as verse 21 and verse 23 are identical.
[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.
Your reward shall not be diminished because you had fewer talents than someone else. Your reward comes from trying and doing your Father's will, His way, using the "goods", the knowledge and wisdom and truth of His Word and not the iniquitous traditions of men which make void the Word of God. Matthew 15:9 "But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men."

Now guess who is last in line? This ought to be good!

[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:
A "hard man"? He knew the "God who so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son" was an "hard man"?
hard, skleros, sklay-ros', Greek 4642; from the base of Greek 4628 (skelos); dry, i.e. hard or tough (figurative harsh, severe) :- fierce, hard.
The traditions of men, as taught in many of our churches, teach our people that once they are "saved" there is nothing more they need do. No need to study. No need to trade with the talents God has given unto them.Just believe and have love in your heart and perhaps go to church every Sunday (with your wallet), and God will come take you away just as you are. Sure, that does not sound moros at all! What they really teach is you can just sit around the house, in your pew, for 3 or 4 decades and suck on a milk bottle (Heb. 5:11-14) instead of laboring to become knowledgeable and productive whereby you might be able to actually teach someone and lead him or her to the Living Water of Life, His Holy Word. Do not misunderstand what is being said. I am not teaching salvation by works at all.  I am talking about "His own servants" (vs. 14), "those who already believe on Him (Jn. 14:12-13)". The point is, if you are a servant of the Living God sent to labor in the vineyard, then you are not here so much to save yourself, for He has already justified you and chosen you and called you to your labor (Rom. 8:30), but rather to bring forth the "goods", i.e. the "good treasure", Old Testament and New, which He has entrusted you with and given you a measure (talent) thereof!

Do you remember the Parable of the Sower in Matthew 13? If you are a wise virgin and you have been instructed unto the kingdom of heaven, then you have work to do! Trade with His goods, His treasure, in loving your brothers and sisters!Matthew 13:52 "Then said he unto them, Therefore every scribe which is instructed unto the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which bringeth forth out of his treasure things new and old."

Seems some are more concerned about themselves and flying away into the clouds than their brothers and sisters who are steeped in traditions and have need of His truth to set them free of their bondage. Again, we have already learned that our Father's labor is not grievous for He does not give us more than we can handle.

[25] And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine.
He was fearful for his own salvation. What a shame! This is his lame excuse, but the real reason is known by the Lord and revealed in the next verse. You "see", he was a wicked and slothful servant saying "Here I am Lord... just as you found me, and here is your one talent back!"
[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:
This man expects God to do all His reaping miraculously without any sewing and without any laborers. He obviously did not understand the Parable of the Sower in Matthew 13. Nevertheless, he at least knew God wanted to reap so he should have at least been wise enough to invest His goods in a bank and allow some interest to accrue, wouldn't you think?
[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.
A wise person should be sharp enough to know that if there is no labor of sowing and reaping required, then why would the Lord even bother to give talents unto His servants? What purpose would it serve?

Nevertheless, if a servant is not going to produce anything with the talent God has given unto him, do you think He is going to keep him on the payroll? Hardly! He is going to take his talent from the non-producer and give it to someone who is not only capable but has demonstrated that he is trustworthy and will use it to produce fruit for the kingdom.

[28] Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents.
The man with ten talents proved himself to be a faithful servant and God knew he could handle another talent's worth of His goods. In fact, everyone who has increase shall be given reward and shall have great abundance! But the slothful, spiritually dead, I'm-only-concerned-about-me servant who works iniquity and therefore covers up the truth of our Father's life saving Word, shall lose out big time and take his place outside the wedding door for a thousand years.
[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.
Weeping and gnashing of teeth occurs during the Millennium which begins as "crunch time" for both the "moros virgins" and the "unprofitable servants". We certainly do not wish that fate upon anyone and neither does our Father,so let's be about our Father's business and continue to labor for our brother's and sister's sake.

Jesus Christ came to this earth to pay the price for our sins and show us the way by bringing the light of truth whereby men and women could absorb that light and become the children of light (day), thereby separating themselves from darkness and the children of darkness (night). That was God's Plan from the beginning when He sent the Light into the world which had become "dark" after the rebellion of Satan when he drew 1/3 of God's children away from our Father's truth and justice (Rev. 12:4). It is always good to review the beginning.

Genesis 1:1
In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
The reason God created the earth was to provide a beautiful habitation, a home for His children, and it was just that! Isaiah documents it for us in chapter 45:18, "For thus saith the LORD that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; he hath established it, He created it not in vain, He formed it to be inhabited: I am the LORD; and there is none else." Make no mistake about it. The earth was NOT created "in vain", which is "tohu" in Hebrew and means "wasted" or "desolate" like we find it in verse 2! In fact, it was so beautiful when He created it that the "morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy (Job 38:7)"! But because of the darkness that ensued following Satan's rebellion, God destroyed that first earth age (2 Pet. 3:6), the age of the dinosaurs to which the fossil remains belong, and it "became" without form (tohu) and void (bohu) which is what Gen. 1:2 tells us. You can also read of that destruction in Jer. 4:19-27.
[2] And the earth was (became) without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.

[3] And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.

This light is not the sun for the sun does not appear until the fourth day. This is "true light" that shineth in darkness (Jn. 1:5).
[4] And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.
Again, this is the plan from the beginning... to separate and divide the light from the darkness, even to separate and divide the children of light from the children of darkness.
[5] And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.
Jesus Christ is the only true light there is. The sun itself is actually only a "type" of light which allows our flesh eyes to see the difference between light and dark and day and night and feel the difference between warmth and cold. We learned in a previous study that when that "true Light" returns in all His glory that the brightness of His coming will overpower the sun and the moon and the stars. Of course the wise know we will be our spiritual bodies at that time. Nevertheless, John lets us know of that true Light which God sent into the world.
John 1:1-5
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

[2] The same was in the beginning with God.

[3] All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.

[4] In him was life; and the life was the light of men.

[5] And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.

Even when Jesus Christ, the true Light, walked this earth in a flesh tabernacle, most men did not see the light that was standing before them!  Most just saw a good man, a prophet, etc., etc. (Mat. 16:14), even as they "see" Him today! But Peter knew who He was (Mat. 16:16) and was even later taken to the mount of transfiguration where he was privileged to see Him in all His glory!
[6] There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.

[7] The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through Him might believe.

Have you separated yourself from the darkness of this world and from the children of darkness? Those who walk in darkness are going to be in for a big surprise when the true Messiah, Jesus Christ, the true Light, comes to this earth, for the brightness of that Light will consume all that is dark and iniquitous.
1 Thes. 5:2-5
For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.
[3] For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.
There is a separation coming in the Millennium when the true Light returns to this earth, followed by the final separation at the great white throne judgment when the dividing will have been accomplished and the wicked shall perish by His consuming fire while the righteous enter into eternal life. Watch therefore and continue to do your Father's will lest you fall asleep.
[4] But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.

[5] Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.

When Jesus Christ returns at the sound of the 7th Trump in all His glory with His elect, He shall take over the reigns of the one world government Satan has established and ALL the kingdoms of this world shall submit to His supreme authority (Rev. 11:15)... like it or not... and many won't like it (Rev. 11:18).
Rev. 11:15
And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and He shall reign for ever and ever.
Babylon the Great is coming down, never to rise again "and the kings of the earth, who have committed fornication and lived deliciously with her, shall bewail her, and lament for her, when they shall see the smoke of her burning (Rev. 18:9)". Yes, the nations shall be angry, but too bad... the party's over!
Rev. 11:18
And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth.
It is written in the great Book of Joel that the LORD shall come with His mighty saints and "sit to judge all the heathen round about". Whereas this flesh age is called the "valley of the shadow of death" where we walk in the flesh with clay upon our eyes whereby most cannot see the light, the Millennium age, the Lord's Day, is also called the "valley of decision" (Joel 3:14) for now "every eye shall see Him" and "all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen (Rev. 1:7)". And so it shall be that if one doesn't get his or her act together by end of that day, the Lord's Day (2 Pet. 3:8), i.e. the Millennium, it will be curtains for certain. Here is that excerpt from Joel:
Joel 3:11-15
Assemble yourselves, and come, all ye heathen, and gather yourselves together round about: thither cause thy mighty ones to come down, O LORD.
Jesus Christ is coming with His saints to take the kingdom and set up His Millennial reign. Everyone will "wake up" then, or else.
[12] Let the heathen be wakened, and come up to the valley of Jehoshaphat: for there will I sit to judge all the heathen round about.
"Shaphat" means to judge in Hebrew.  "Jeho-shaphat" means "Yahveh Judges".
[13] Put ye in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe: come, get you down; for the press is full, the fats overflow; for their wickedness is great.
There is going to be some great spiritual "squeezing" take place when Jesus Christ returns.
[14] Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision.
The light will be right there, my friend, and His truth and justice shall finally flow like a mighty river (Amos 5:24) from His throne of glory!
[15] The sun and the moon shall be darkened, and the stars shall withdraw their shining.
With that background in mind, let us complete the 25th chapter of Matthew where Christ is explaining the finale to His disciple's question concerning "the telos", the end of the world (age) (Mat. 25:3).
Matthew 25:31-46
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:
Remember back in chapter 19 He told His disciples that when He comes in His glory, they shall also sit in authority with Him.
Matthew 19:28
And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of His glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
You can read that same thing in the Book of Revelation.
Rev. 20:4
And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.
As we read in Joel 3:11, ALL the nations (ethos) shall be gathered round about. Here it is again, spoken by the Lord Himself.
Matthew 25:32
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:
There shall be a separation among peoples both nationally and individually.
[33] And He shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.
There shall be a great division, a separation and cleansing, when Yahshua returns to this earth. And it shall be a time of great teaching and He shall rule with a rod of iron, which means all nations and peoples and languages and tongues shall strictly adhere to the truth and justice of His Word. Here is what is written in verse 19 of Joel chapter 3 that we were reading earlier:
Joel 3:19
Egypt shall be a desolation, and Edom shall be a desolate wilderness, for the violence  against the children of Judah, because they have shed innocent blood in their land.
"Violence" means injustice, oppression, corruption. Egypt is symbolic of captivity and oppression, while Edom, the land of Esau, means "red" as in communism and socialism, i.e. all those on the LEFT! In other words, there shall be NO MORE oppression and NO MORE "red" nations and leftists permitted to promote their agendas of liberalism and socialism and communism which are all unholy and ungodly! So it's DECISION TIME in the valley of decision! People on the left will either learn to tell the difference between the holy and the profane and then discern between the clean and the unclean, which God's elect will teach them to do (Ezek. 44:23-24), or if they still choose to follow Satan at the end of the Millennium when he is released for a short season, they will follow him right into the lake of fire and perish alongside him. Then the final separation shall be complete and we will go on into the eternity where there shall be no more darkness enter therein!

Now Jesus is going to show us the difference between the RIGHT and the LEFT, the JUST and the UNJUST, the RIGHTEOUS and the UNRIGHTEOUS, the BLESSED and the CURSED!

Matthew 25:34
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:

"foundation of the world" doesn't mean what you think it does!
From G2598; a deposition, that is, founding; figuratively conception: - conceive, foundation.

From G2596 and G906; to throw down: - cast down, lay.

A primary verb; to throw (in various applications, more or less violent or intense): - arise, cast (out), X dung, lay, lie, pour, put (up), send, strike, throw (down), thrust. Compare G4496.

A primary verb (perhaps rather akin to the base of G4474, through the idea of sudden motion); to fling (properly with a quick toss, thus differing from G906, which denotes a deliberate hurl; and from ?????? teino? (see in G1614), which indicates an extended projection); by qualification, to deposit (as if a load); by extension to disperse: - cast (down, out), scatter abroad, throw.

The "foundation of the world" is the "katabole" in Greek which means the "casting down" of that first earth age.

The "foundation of the world" is the "katabole" in Greek which means the "casting down" of that first earth age. God's elect, the blessed children of light from that "world that then was" (2 Pet. 3:6) were chosen before that "katabole" (Eph. 1:4) and predestined to conform to the image of His Son and inherit the kingdom.By the way! Do you know what brings the blessings of our Father upon His children. Pay close attention... for here it is:
[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:
Jesus is not talking about humanitarian acts even though God's elect certainly are generous in helping those who are down and out and need a helping hand... which does not mean they support entitlement programs that give people a free ride for life. Those who sit on His right hand know the principle of the old adage which says "Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man how to fish and you feed for a life time." Think of the fish as Christianity because on a spiritual level it works the same way. Give a man a loaf of bread and you feed his body for a day. Teach him how to eat the Bread of Life and you feed his soul for all eternity.

You "see", it is the true manna, the "bread from heaven" which came down from heaven and the "living water" which flows from the Rock, Jesus Christ, the Word of God", that gives one eternal life and the promise of His inheritance. Have you read the ensamples (1 Cor. 10:11) and what He gave to the children of Israel?

Neh. 9:15
And gavest them bread from heaven for their hunger, and broughtest forth water for them out of the rock for their thirst, and promisedst them that they should go in to possess the land which thou hadst sworn to give them.
Let's continue.
Matthew 25:36
Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.
It is the work, the labor, of those blessed brothers and sisters who follow Jesus Christ to plant seeds of truth and do their part in helping to bring His salvation to those who are blind and in need of "eyes to see" whereby they can "see the light", to those who are naked and are in need of the gospel armor to cloth and protect them, to those who are sick because the spiritual famine and drought (Amos 8:11-13), to those who are imprisoned by the traditions of men and thus are held captive by man's religion. Jesus Christ came to heal the blind, the lame, the sick, and to set at liberty those who are bound in prison. You shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free. Remember what it was that Jesus Christ said was fulfilled by His first advent when He stood up in the temple and read from the Book of Isaiah (see Luke 4)?
Isaiah 61:1-2
The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;

[2] To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD,...

He then stopped in the middle of verse two... for the second part of that verse shall be fulfilled at His second coming.
...andthe day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn;
And so it is that when one feeds the truth to his or her brothers and sisters who are in dire spiritual condition, they do so unto Christ because they help build up and add to the body of Christ.
Matthew 25:37
Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?
The word "righteous" means "just" as in the "just ones".
[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.

You know James ("Jacob" in Hebrew), the brother of Christ, defined what "pure religion and undefiled before God" is:
James 1:27
Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.
The "fatherless" James is talking about are the lost, orphaned, children of the house of Israel. Can you show them the way back home to their Father's house? Can you bind and espouse those widows who have no husband to the true bridegroom as Paul did in 2 Cor. 11? Such are the "good works" of those who have helped the least of these His brethren and so shall they sit on His right hand!

And now here is what is LEFT!

Matthew 25:41
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:
"Everlasting fire" is simply that eternal fire that consumes until there is nothing left, as in whatever or whoever it is perishes and is gone for ever and ever. You "see", our God is a consuming fire (Hebrews 12:29"). Remember, fire has the unique ability to purify gold while at the same time consuming away stubble. To wit, Satan has been sentenced to perish by fire and when he does he will "be no more"! Ezek. 28:18-19 documents both his sentence (vs. 18) and his everlasting demise (vs. 19) which has been prepared for him at the end of the Millennium (Rev. 20:14).
Ezekiel 28:18-19
Thou hast defiled thy sanctuaries by the multitude of thine iniquities, by the iniquity of thy traffick; therefore will I bring forth a fire from the midst of thee, it shall devour thee, and I will bring thee to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all them that behold thee.
When something is turned to ashes, it's gone for ever and ever and thus shall be no more (next verse)!
[19] All they that know thee among the people shall be astonished at thee: thou shalt be a terror, and never shalt thou be any more.
Likewise Satan's angels, those fallen angels of Gen. 6 who left their first estate and came to this earth and took to wife the daughters of Adam, are reserved to perish! However, we know from Rev. 11:13 that they shall be slain at the sound of the 7th Trump when Jesus Christ comes to the Valley of Jehoshaphat (Yahveh Judges).
Jude 1:6-7
And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day.
They shall be just like those wicked fornicators and idolaters of Sodom and Gomorrah... now you see them, now you don't!
[7] Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.
The point is, you never want to hear the words "Depart from me, you cursed" spoken by He who has all power in both heaven and earth. The "cursed" do the exact opposite of the "blessed". All you need to do to document that is to review the 8 Beatitudes of the "Blessed" in Mat. 5 and compare them against the 8 Woes of the "hypocrites" in Mat. 23.
Matthew 25:42
For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink:
Instead of feeding our people they withhold from them the true life giving bread and living water. Matthew 23:13 "But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in."
[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.
They actually "bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them on men's shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers (Mat. 23:24)". Welcome to the LEFT! Welcome to liberalism and socialism whether it's in politics, economics, education, or religion! It is soon going to STOP when the King of kings and Lord of lords come to this earth.
[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.

When the 7th Trump sounds and the world sees the two witnesses in Rev. 11 rise from the street of the great city Jerusalem, which is spiritually called Sodom (symbolic of spiritual abominations and idolatry) and Egypt (symbolic of captivity and oppression), and be blessed by the Lord, in contrast with the already cursed fallen angels who shall be slain and perish at His coming (Rev. 11:13), it will get the Millennium started with the proper perspective. It will now be decision time... and there shall be many "dead" (i.e. spiritually dead) that shall walk through that Valley of Decision for 1000 years. Hopefully they will get their act together and be blessed and enter into life at the second resurrection, else they shall be cursed and experience the real death, the second death, the death of the soul in the lake of fire.

Joel 3:9  Proclaim ye this among the Gentiles; Prepare war, wake up the mighty men, let all the men of war draw near; let them come up:
10  Beat your plowshares into swords, and your pruninghooks into spears: let the weak say, I am strong.
11  Assemble yourselves, and come, all ye heathen, and gather yourselves together round about: thither cause thy mighty ones to come down, O LORD.
12  Let the heathen be wakened, and come up to the valley of Jehoshaphat: for there will I sit to judge all the heathen round about.
13  Put ye in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe: come, get you down; for the press is full, the fats overflow; for their wickedness is great.
14  Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision.
15  The sun and the moon shall be darkened, and the stars shall withdraw their shining.
16  The LORD also shall roar out of Zion, and utter his voice from Jerusalem; and the heavens and the earth shall shake: but the LORD will be the hope of his people, and the strength of the children of Israel.
17  So shall ye know that I am the LORD your God dwelling in Zion, my holy mountain: then shall Jerusalem be holy, and there shall no strangers pass through her any more.

The good news is that the True Light is with us now, for those who have eyes to see, and shall be with us from the sound of the 7th Trump throughout all eternity for those who choose to walk in His ways.

Rev. 7:16-17
They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat.

[17] For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.

Where do you stand now in relation to the true Light? The answer to that is key to where you will be when Jesus Christ comes at the sound of the 7th Trump... on the Right or on the Left?

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