Archangel Michael showed me that the context of Matthew 24 should form the basis of interpretation about the meaning of the prophecy related to the destruction of Jerusalem

While some elements of Jesus’ prophecy in Matthew 24 may refer to other eras of time, history shows that the destruction of Jerusalem and the temple has been already fulfilled. Moreover, there is no temple in Jerusalem at the time of writing.  Therefore, if this prophecy is yet to be fulfilled,  there is an uncertain timeline to the occurrence of this event in our era, given the crisis in the Middle East between Israel and Palestine.  Let us see if we can unearth the true meaning of this mystery with the help of the Father.

a. Jesus clearly said that the prophecy regarding the destruction of Jerusalem would be fulfilled during the lifetime of the people living in His era or generation

Jesus had been teaching IN THE TEMPLE and warning the people about the false religion of the Scribes and Pharisees. In fact, the Lord severely castigated the religious leaders as He exposed their ungodly practices. As he ended His rebuke, the Lord lamented about the murders of the saints from the time righteous Abel unto the blood of Zacharias son of Barachiasand prophesied that “this generation”, or the people living in His era, would be judged for these atrocities  (Matthew 23: 35):

36 Verily I say unto you, All these things shall come upon this generation. 37 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not! 38 Behold, your house is left unto you desolate (Matthew 23: 36 – 38).

b. The Lord then warned that the stones of the temple would be thrown down when the prophecy was fulfilled and that Jerusalem would become desolate The Lord then warned that Jerusalem would become desolate as a result of judgment.  However,  Lord Jesus did not end the prophecy, but went outside of the Temple and gave the disciples exact information on the signs of the desolation or destruction of Jerusalem  that  he said would come up this generation:

And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to shew him the buildings of the temple. 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. 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?  (Matthew 24: 1 – 3). 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.

c. Jesus prophesied about the destruction of Jerusalem by the Roman armies. Furthermore, He spoke of a period of “great tribulation” never mentioned “THE great tribulation”

Bible teachers interpret Jesus’ prophecy by saying that Jerusalem will be destroyed by the “Antichrist” in the middle of the great tribulation.” Ironically, the Romans besieged Jerusalem because the nation had rebelled against governance by the Roman Emperor. However, the city was already in a state of desolation. According to Jewish historian Josephus, the fall of the city was precipitated and hastened by three Jewish warring factions seeking to rule. These warring factions mercilessly killed and betrayed each other, burnt the grain supplies which were enough to help the people to withstand years of siege, killed the innocent inhabitants in order to get their food when supplies expired and also to prevent them from escaping the city when the Romans arrived. Therefore, the disciples who fled at the first sight of the Roman army would have escaped the atrocities warred against the inhabitants by their own and later by the angry mob of Roman soldiers who burnt the Temple, threw down its stones and pillaged the city.

Josephus also recorded that the internal strife was so great that the warring factions committed the ultimate abomination of desecrating the temple with blood. In order to destroy each other, they shot their missiles into the holy temple, killing the priests and worshipers, so that rivers of blood flowed in the sanctuary and dead bodies filled it. Josephus, unknowingly echoing the words of the Lord, said that the city had never seen such a time of distress.

d. Apostle Mathew’s account of Jesus’ prophecy of this time of “ great tribulation.”

When we read Apostle Matthew’s account about the prophecy, we see that Jesus did not qualify tribulation by the word THE.  All the Lord said was that when there would be a period of great tribulation in Jerusalem which would be a fulfillment of Daniel’s prophecy. There is a parallel in Revelation 6, in which the Elder told Apostle John that the great multitude of saints around the throne had come out of “great tribulation.”  The difference between Matthew 24 and Revelation 6: 14 is that while Jesus spoke of a specific period of tribulation,  the Elder speaking to Apostle John was speaking about the tribulations and persecutions which the saints endure in the earth. In fact, members of the 2015 church in some geographic regions are suffering even to death for their faith as they undergo a period of great tribulation due to persecution by members of  Islamic factions:

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:)… Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains: 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 (Matthew 24: 15, 16 & 21)

e. Apostle Mark’s account of Jesus’ prophecy Similarly, Apostle Mark also spoke about “the abomination of desolation” and said that Jesus warned about a period of  affliction, which  was coming on Jerusalem. Apostle Mark also confirmed that Jesus said that this period of affliction would be the worse that the city had ever seen in the past, present and future.  Although the words were translated differently, the same  Greek word is used for tribulation and affliction in the two texts:

But when ye shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing where it ought not, (let him that readeth understand,) then let them that be in Judaea flee to the mountains: For in those days shall be affliction, such as was not from the beginning of the creation which God created unto this time, neither shall be (Mark 13: 14 & 19).

f. Apostle Luke’s account Apostle Luke added clarity about the “abomination of desolation” by telling us that the desolation would be carried out by armies that would compass Jerusalem and war against it.  The desolation was described as an abomination, because Gentiles would enter the temple, which was against Jewish law, and raze it to the ground. The Lord showed every detail of the event by warning that the citizens would be killed by SWORDS,  would be taken captive into nations, a repeat of 586 BC, and that Jerusalem would be trodden down by Gentiles. The use of swords point to the era in which the prophecy would be fulfilled. Furthermore, in contrast to the 586 BC t0 539 BC desolation, the city was left uninhabited and foreigners did not occupy it. This new judgment would be a bitter pill for Jewish nationals to swallow and would grieve every Jew living in eras of time after the desolation. Did not the armies of the Roman Empire (the eagles or Roman flag), compass the city of Jerusalem (the carcass) in AD 70? Did they not burn the Temple and throw its stones to the ground? Jesus even revealed that SWORDS will be used:

As for these things which ye behold, the days will come, in the which there shall not be left one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down. And they asked him, saying, Master, but when shall these things be? and what sign will there be when these things shall come to pass? … 20 And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh. 21 Then let them which are in Judaea flee to the mountains; and let them which are in the midst of it depart out; and let not them that are in the countries enter thereinto. 22 For these be the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled. 23 But woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck, in those days! for there shall be great distress in the land, and wrath upon this people. 24 And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled  (Luke 21: 6 & 7, 20 -24).

Apostle Luke also gave a preceding account in which Jesus wept over the city and also prophesied about the coming destruction. The Lord said that their enemies would dig a trench around the city and compass it so that no one would be able to escape. Josephus accounts confirm the fulfillment of these words. The Lord gave this particular prophecy after He entered Jerusalem on a colt. In other words, Lord Jesus warned the Apostles twice, thus reinforcing the importance of the prophecy:

41 And when he was come near, he beheld the city, and wept over it, 42 Saying, If thou hadst known, even thou, at least in this thy day, the things which belong unto thy peace! but now they are hid from thine eyes. 43 For the days shall come upon thee, that thine enemies shall cast a trench about thee, and compass thee round, and keep thee in on every side, 44 And shall lay thee even with the ground, and thy children within thee; and they shall not leave in thee one stone upon another; because thou knewest not the time of thy visitation  (Luke 19: 41 -44).

g. Jesus’ use of poetic language revealed that Jerusalem would be surrounded by the armies of the Roman Empire As Jesus continued the prophecy, He told the disciples, “ wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together (Matthew 24: 28).  Aetos is the Greek word that it translated “eagle,” and it comes from the root word air, which refers to the the greatness of the Roman Empire in conquest. The word “eagles” also refers to the double headed eagle which was the emblem on the flag of the Roman Empire. Lord Jesus also used carcase to refer to the fallen city of Jerusalem, possibly trying to shield the disciples from the horror of the impending day of vengeance. Ptōma, the Greek word for carcase, is also used in scripture to mean dead bodies and corpses which would be placed into a tomb or grave. Jerusalem would remain buried to the Jews for 1878 years (AD 70 to 1948), a duration of desolation that is incomparable to the previous one. During this desolation, the Gentiles, including the Arabs, would occupy the city and even build a mosque on the Temple mount. We know that this has created strife as the  Palestinians claim the city as their own and fight for the right to rule and own  Jerusalem. Conclusion I believe that Israel is prophetically in the era of Micah’s prophecy in the house of the Lord in Jerusalem would be restored and would become internationally famous and sought out by nations. More to come on other revelations in Jesus prophecy regarding the destruction of Jerusalem.

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