Peter, before I will come to Revelation thirteen, I am gong to start where Christ started, and left for the church to guide them in understanding Daniel and other prophetic teaching that was to follow after him given by Paul and John. In Matthew twenty four we have the very same teaching as we find in Revelation thirteen, while each use different similitude's, smiles, etc. Let us glean from Matthew 24 first. and allow the scriptures to reveal to us the truth hidden in in the scriptures concerning the latter days of this world.
Matthew 24:1,2~"And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples cam to him for to shew him the buildings of the temple. Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down."
We need not to be long with these verses and we will not. We do have a literal temple and buildings under consideration. Jesus said plainly that all that they are looking at~that there is a day coming when one stone shall not be left upon another. We have no reason to believe that it shall not be so, exactly as Jesus spoke those words. There shall not be left one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.
First, this did not happen in 70. A.D. as many claim when this was fulfilled. It did not happen. Nevertheless, it will be totally fulfilled just as Jesus spoke. When Jesus returns back to this earth in that day, in flaming fire, taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of of our Lord Jesus Christ: they shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power. Both the wicked and their dream world will be totally destroyed, by the Almighty power of the Son of God; and in that day there shall be not one stone left upon another, that shall not be thrown down. The Romans and what they did to the Jews and their city, can not even be compared to this day, not even close, regardless how men may try to convince you otherwise~not even close!
Anyone can use Google, and see for themselves that even until this very day, some of the old Jewish temple still stands, with many stones upon another. Ever heard of the Western wall, or wailing wall? Sure you have. In spite of this, some men still believes that this was fulfilled in 70 A.D.~go figure!
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 the end of the world?"
Peter and James, John and Andrew, came and ask Jesus three questions. 1. Tell us, when shall these things be? 2. What shall be the sign of thy coming? 3. And the end of the world?
Here is where men begin to twist the scriptures and corrupt God's sacred word to fit their own desired interpretation. When shall not one stone be left upon another? Whatever was said between them that is not recorded in the scriptures we do not know, and neither do we need to know~but this we do know: they knew that Christ was teaching them things concerning the end of this world.
World means world, for there are no reasons for us to believe anything other than that. We are not force to consider any other meaning than its common use of the word, there is no reason to do so anywhere within this discourse. For anyone to try to teach that the word world means the Jewish system of worship will not find any support in this discourse. The Jewish system of worship and world are two different things that have no similarity whatsoever. But, above that, for anyone to think that Peter, John, James and Andrew would use the word world in the sense of the Jewish system of worship coming to and end~would be giving them much more light than they had at this time in understanding of spiritual truths. People need to consider Acts ten and Acts fifteen if they believe otherwise. All of the young church at that time was going to go through a reformation of their religion in just a few short days, months, and years, as the Gentiles begin to flow into the church of Jesus Christ, to be part of the promises of Abraham through Jesus Christ. Even though it was indeed true, that the temple and their form of worship was going to end, shorty, this is hidden from them for a few more years. Beside, all that follows in this chapter and chapter twenty five prove how the word world must be understood, which is the strongest proof. There will be signs given by Christ, starting at verse five of this chapter concerning what shall take place in the latter days just before Christ's second coming.
Matthew 24:4~"And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you."And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you."
Before our Lord said one word, he first gave to his disciples and to us a very sober warning. Take heed that no man deceive you. Is this warning for us, or should believe that it was only for the disciples and their generation? Mark 13:37
will answer that question for us~ Read it.
Paul in 2 Thess. 2
when speaking on the very same subject, did exactly what Jesus did~before starting his teaching concerning what shall take place just before Christ's coming, he said the very same words that Jesus did.
2 Thessalonians 2:3a"Let no man deceive you by any means:..."
This is a very timely warning for us to heed. There are so many ways that the devil labors to deceive us on this so important doctrine. Between Christ and Paul both warning us not to be deceive, we see a co-determination effort under the guidance of the Spirit of God to prepare us to withstand the effort of false prophets to turn us away from God giving truth concerning what shall come to pass in the latter days just before Jesus' coming back to receive us unto himself.
Both Matthew 24 and 2 Thess. 2 are speaking of the same period of time, which is the little season when the devil shall be loose from being restrained, and shall be turned loose upon the world of God haters, who believe not the truth, but have pleasure in unrighteousness~and a time when God's elect shall be overcome by them, but not destroyed.
Matthew 24:5~"For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many."
That is why Christ said what he did in verse four, that we must take heed that no man deceives us~as Paul added, by any means. Many, yes many shall come! For anyone to take these warnings in Matthew 24 and stamp them FULFILLED 70 A.D.! are one of those many ways that men can leave God's elect deceived and unprepared for the evil days that are coming just before the coming of Jesus Christ to gather his people unto himself.
Let Jesus and his apostles be our witness, and not man, as to when many false prophets shall arise and deceive many. Believers look to the word of God for their doctrine; while others trust in Josephus for their biblical source of information and trust. They can have him and his apostate spirit, give us the word of God only for the foundation upon which we shall build our faith upon.
Our faith is in the word of God, not from outside source, of what is properly called~"extra-biblical poison and lies~because, any teachings outside of the scriptures that some use as truth and a confirmation of what they believe, can be at best, mixed with error, with maybe some truth, maybe. We must beware of men, who try to use extra-biblical source to teach bible doctrine. Why would one do so, and why would they need to do so? I think some know the answer to that question. Let all men, who are disciples indeed, step forth and prove it, by using only the scriptures are their source for bible doctrine. Let others believe in fables if they desire to do so, but true children of God live by every word of God, period.
Many SHALL come~ To these words agree the apostle John and what he and other apostles taught.
1 John 2:2:18~"Little children, it is the last time: and ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time."
This scripture among others, proves what John received from Jesus' teachings from Matthew 24
; and he in turned taught others~that is: that in the last days of the last time (for there are no more dispensational periods after the one in which we are now living, from Christ's birth to the end of the world!) that antichrist, or the man of sin, or false prophet, all of which are one and the same shall come.
Even in John's generation there were many false prophets/man of sin/antichrists, but, in the days leading up to the coming of Jesus Christ, they would increase greatly
. It will be the time when God removes his restraint upon the devil, and allow him his freedom of using his power greater than at any time in the history of this world. He will go forth to deceive those men and women who have not the seal of God in their foreheads; men who have sold themselves to do wickedly; whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb from the foundation of the world. Many shall come~
When Paul said in 2 Thessalonians 2:3, the day of Christ (which he referred to as the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and our gathering together unto him~2 Thess. 2:1) shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that the man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition. Paul had reference to the time at the end of this world, just before the coming of Jesus Christ, that the professing church of Jesus Christ shall fall away from the love of the truth, for a love of pleasure, and unrighteousness. The phrase: man of sin is a collective noun
, which can be scriptural defined as all men who live under the power of sin~these men shall reign in the temple of God, just before the coming of Jesus Christ. God's true children will flee from the professing churches, when they begin to see and know that the abomination of desolation sits/stands where it ought not to stand! Read Mark 13:14
. Paul learned these things while in Arabia where he was taught many truths by revelation of Jesus Christ. This is his own testimony of what he learned what he preached to others~ Galatians 1:11-17 What Paul taught us from 2 Thess. 2; and John from 1 John and Revelation are the same truths that we shall see from Matthew 24 and John Revelation specially 13, 17 and 18 . Why should they not be? In MY NAME~
In the last days of this world, known in the scriptures as the little season, men shall come preaching in the name of Jesus Christ. The evil spirit of antichrist does not deny Jesus Christ~by no means! The name of Jesus flows freely from their lips. But, it is another Jesus, another spirit, preaching another gospel.
They will tell you that Jesus loves you just as you are, even the sodomites~just as they are! Their message is that Jesus died for every single person, and that he has done all that he can do to save you, the rest is up to you! With this Jesus, it is all about love, he hates divisions, and those that cause them. Doctrine is not important to this Jesus, it is all about love and peace. It is all about love and praise, causal dressing, living, and preaching!
These folk have forsaken the old paths, the old songs of Zion, mourners bench and praying in the Holy Ghost, for a praise band, that could almost be equal to most rock concerts! The False prophets stand on the sideline, as cheerleaders, as they labor to work their worshipers into a frenzy devilish spirit, which they call: worshiping God in the Spirit.
It is indeed worshiping in the spirit, but the spirit of antichrist, not of God! It is against the word of God. But, they would never know that, since they very seldom use the word of God as their source of truth. Everything is now done on a big screen before them, and the blinded puppets follow the blind guide, instead of the word of God. There are not a few of these people, but many. But, it is not just limited to these, but to all, who have no love for the truth of the holy scriptures, yet profess that sacred name whereby we are called. That is one reason why Paul said these words: 2 Timothy 3:1a~"This know also, that in the last days, perilous times SHALL COME......."
Saying, I am Christ~These false prophets have one thing correct: Jesus is indeed Christ. Jesus is not saying that these false prophets will make claims to be Christ, for that would deceive at most, only a handful of lunatics at best~but these false prophets would deceived many. I could name many false prophets that have deceived multitudes of people, all which would fall under the meaning of antichrist, man of sin, abomination of desolation: The Popes, prosperity preachers of the twenty first century, The Billy Graham crusades of the twenty first century has been used to deceived many into believing that all is well with their souls, base upon a one time confession~and so many more. But the Jesus that these preach is not the Jesus that true believers are trusting in for their salvation. It is a different as night and day. I have limited myself so as not to mention as many names as I really know to be, but will leave it to the reader to be convinced themselves. It is indeed a sad time in this world's history, and expect it to be much worst, specially for those few who are willing to be sold out to God and his word. There are only a handful of these type of people left in this world.And shall deceive MANY~
These are sobering and fearful words. Better to consider them now, then to hear Christ say: "Depart from me, ye workers of iniquity!"
There might have been a time in this world when one could have just wander into a place of worship, and hear the true gospel preached; or, at least one preaching in the fear of God, base upon the light that he had; but, I beleive those days are long gone
. There is hardly a place where the scriptures alone are loved, fear and preached from. I am not saying there are none, but will say this, there will not be a large place where one could find many of the true elect there. This world is indeed full of religious folk, no question, just not many God fearing believers in one place.
These words spoken by Christ will be fulfilled just as he said that they would be. These things mentioned in verses 5-30 are signs pointing to the days in which Jesus shall return again. They are very obvious in our own days, only they shall get worse, not better. Later..........