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All other end time prophecies in the Old and New Testament that are not in the book of Daniel and Revelation are discussed here and in the
lesson on the Old Testament Prophecies.
These are prophecies by Jesus and His disciples about the natural, social and spiritual conditions at the end of time.
Failed Prophecy? In particular, we will deal with two prophecies by Jesus himself that seem to have failed.
Matthew 24: The Prophecies Of Jesus Christ
Truly I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place. (Matthew 24: 34)
This prophecy is repeated in Mark 13 and in Luke 21.
It is clear by now that Jerusalem was destroyed in 70 A.D. by the Roman General Titus. And, it is clear that Jesus has not come 2000 years later and none of the generation that witnessed the destruction of Jerusalem is still alive.
Did a prophecy by Jesus, Himself, fail?
There are other interpretations that place this prophecy at one generation (40 years) from the rebirth of Israel in the early 1900's but that point in history has passed. Others may pin their hopes on 70 years from this date. Seventy years is the length of life allowed to a man.
As for the days of our life, they contain seventy years, or if due to strength, eighty years. Yet their pride is but labor and sorrow; for soon it is gone and we fly away. (Psalm 90: 10)
Before the disciples had asked the question, they had just left the temple and Jesus pointed to the temple and said:
Do you not see all these things? Truly I say to you, not one stone here will be left upon another, which will not be torn down. (Matthew 24: 2)
The key to understanding the mystery of this prophecy is to realize that three questions were asked and three answers given in Matthew 24: 3.
1. These Things (The Fall Of Jerusalem)
The phrase "these things" refers to the destruction of the temple and the fall of Jerusalem.
Luke 21: 20 plainly states that when Jerusalem is surrounded by armies its destruction was near. Josephus records that the Christians were saved because they escaped the city before the siege.
So, in conclusion, the problem with the phrase is that the Second Coming has not occurred. So "this generation" could refer to the following.
The Abomination Of Desolation
The abomination of desolation spoken of by Daniel (9: 27) was connected to the events of the destruction of Jerusalem and the temple by Titus in 70 A.D. Many Christians saw the approaching armies and fled the city before the siege and destruction.
However, prophecy seems to indicate that there were several abominations which would lead to desolation of the land. First, an abomination is an idol or pagan practice or object of worship that is in God's house. It is a time of great national apostasy.
The abomination would trigger the final covenant curse that caused the desolation of the land. While in this state of desolation, the land could keep its Sabbaths. 2 Chronicles 36: 14
There are at least three abominations that lead to desolation.
|1||Idol worship, breaking Sabbath||Destruction of the first temple||70 year captivity in Babylon|
|2||Rejection of Messiah||Destruction of the second temple and Jerusalem||Exile from Palestine|
|3||Forced Sunday worship and pagan practices||Fall of Babylon, destruction of a false sanctuary and the seven last plagues||Millennium|
2. The Signs Of The Second Coming
The second part of the question related to the signs of His Second Coming.
|Sign in the sky||Law||Cross|
|Another Coming of Jesus||False Coming by Satan to deceive the world||King of Mercy to convince the world to be obedient|
If it is a separate event, then it is my opinion that it is connected to the seven last plagues and that it could be the event that
leads to the fifth plague.
It is after the fourth plague that the alliance of the antichrist rapidly loses support.
In the fifth plague there is darkness and confusion at the headquarters of the beast.
In the sixth plague the alliance falls apart in a violent reaction.
One Adventist prediction is that during the plagues the law of God will appear in the sky with the Sabbath commandment highlighted. The Bible does say that the Sabbath is to be a sign between God and His people. After that point people will realize that they were in error when they deliberately ignored and changed God's laws.
It is equally interesting to note that the Catholic visions of Blessed Faustina teaches that Christ will come as a "King of Mercy" before the Second Coming to convince the world to obey the religious teachings of the Catholic church. This appearance will be accompanied by a cross in the Sky, visible to the whole world.
Equally significant, is the Adventist prediction made years before the vision of Blessed Faustina that there will be a false coming of Christ engineered by Satan to convince the world to listen to the Catholic Church.
Mark 13 And Luke 21
The prophecies are repeated in two other books. But two other topics are addressed.
|Topic||Matthew 24||Mark 13||Luke 21|
|Desolation of Jerusalem||15||14||20|
Fear Of An Approaching Astronomical Event
men fainting from fear and the expectation of the things which are coming upon the world; for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. (Luke 21: 26)
This fearful event might lead to the world turning to a religious leader because the approaching problem cannot be solved with our technology.
The Planet Killer. One likely event will be a planet killer asteroid that is approaching within a year. Such an event would describe the psychological condition of the world in the text above.
As late as last year I was still speculating about what kind of event would cause the world to quickly come together for a religious reason.
|Possible Global Crisis|
|1||Constant, global terrorist threats|
|2||Constant, global natural disaster|
|3||Global appearance of space ships with a message|
|4||Supernatural global appearance of a religious figure with a message|
|5||Killer Asteroid over 1.5 miles wide|
|6||Deadly air borne killer plague like ebola|
Other Social Signs
"But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God." (2 Timothy 3:1-4)
Mockers 2 Peter 3: 3-9 says that in the last days mockers will come saying "where is He? Nothing has changed since the beginning". The Bible says that they are willingly ignorant of these things:
Social Behavior Romans 1: 18-32 and the book of Jude describes a long list of behaviors that will not only occur but be acceptable.
Homosexuality, wickedness, greed, evil, envy, murder, strife, deceit, malice, gossips, slanderers,
haters of God, insolent, arrogant, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, unloving, unmerciful and untrustworthy.
These are the characteristics of the final generation.
Galatians also says that ... the deeds of the flesh are immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissentions, factions, envying, drunkenness and carousing. (Galatians 5: 19-22)
One look at the menu Hollywood and all the entertainment business serves, one gets the picture that being good is a thing to be avoided, but being evil and controversial are the norm. They are peddlers of the deeds of the flesh. They are at enmity with God.
Entertainers crave controversial roles that will boost their careers. One actress recently declared that she was tired of the burden of being a role model for little girls. It was ruining her career. Everyone praised her for this bold move and her new "raw" performances.
Britney Spears was promoted as the role model for little girls - even with her half naked costumes. Look at her now. Now a prominent manufacturer is marketing thongs for 7 year old girls with phrases such as "eye candy". Do you see a problem?
Previous generations had Madonna, who produced a coffee table book with sexual poses with anything that breathed. The lyrics of her songs promoted everything vile and violent. She refuses to let her children watch television. Do you see a problem?
The television industry hates God, but they love homosexuality, infidelity, multiple partners, witchcraft and humanism. If you declare yourself to be God then you are enlightened. If you do not, then you are ignorant and narrow minded. Some of the topics the entertainment industry is trying to introduce is just too much to even mention here. Sooner or later, exploring your sexual options may not be as tame as visiting the Mustang Ranch in Nevada. We are headed towards the ultimate moral depravity of the dragon and Hollywood is leading us there in a flurry of awards and limousines and fancy beaded dresses.
Let us look at each charge given by God and see how the society and Hollywood views them.
Author Steve Warren told Christians what gays expect of them. In The Advocate, the nation's largest and most mainstream homosexual publication, he says: "Here are some of the things you will be expected to affirm. ...
Warning: If all these things do not come to pass quickly, we will subject Orthodox Jews and Christians to the most sustained hatred and vilification in recent memory. We have captured the liberal establishment and the press. We have already beaten you on a number of battlefields. ... You have neither the faith nor the strength to fight us, so you might as well surrender now."
- Henceforth, homosexuality will be spoken of in your churches and synagogues as an 'honorable estate.'
- You can either let us marry people of the same sex, or better yet abolish marriage altogether. ...
- You will be expected to offer ceremonies that bless our sexual arrangements. ... You will also instruct your people in homosexual as well as heterosexual behavior, and you will go out of your way to make certain that homosexual youths are allowed to date, attend religious functions together, openly display affection, and enjoy each other's sexuality without embarrassment or guilt.
- If any of the older people in your midst object, you will deal with them sternly, making certain they renounce their ugly and ignorant homophobia or suffer public humiliation.
- You will also make certain that ... laws are passed forbidding discrimination against homosexuals and heavy punishments are assessed. ...
- Finally, we will in all likelihood want to expunge a number of passages from your Scriptures and rewrite others, eliminating preferential treatment of marriage and using words that will allow for homosexual interpretations of passages describing biblical lovers such as Ruth and Boaz or Solomon and the Queen of Sheba.
Punishment Of The Rich
Come now you rich, weep and howl for the miseries which are coming upon you.
Your riches have rotted and your garments have been eaten by moths.
Your gold and your silver have rusted; and their rust will be a witness against you and will consume your flesh like fire.
It is in the last days that you have stored up your treasure!
Look, the pay of the laborers who mowed your fields which you withheld, cries out against you; and the cries of those who did the harvesting has reached the ears of the Lord of Sabaoth.
You have lived luxuriously on the earth and led a life of wanton pleasure; you have fattened your hearts in a day of slaughter. You have condemned and put to death the righteous; he does not resist you. (James 5: 1-6)
James declares that the rich have hoarded wealth at the expense of, and through open theft from the poor. It is estimated that 2% of the population holds 80% of the wealth of the world. In our skewed sense of what is right we assume that this is right if everyone is given an equal chance. Or we assume it is acceptable because "we are giving them jobs".
Well, that equality will not occur. People pay the cheapest wages and expect you to be grateful or they will export another batch of desperate souls to do the same dirty work. This happens while the profits from your labor, and their sacred investments go to support lifestyles that are grossly out of proportion with those of the workers. No wonder many of them are on drugs and are self destructive. They have too much money.
It is wrong. In some places slavery has returned as organized criminals and legitimate stockholders try to maximize profits and turn their eyes away from the truth. They do not ask how so much goods can be produced at so cheap a cost. They throw around business concepts such as "volume discounts", "automation" and "cheap labor" as if that alone can account for the extremely low prices.
It is wrong. God has heard them and He has written it down. He is being merciful to the rich as He waits. It is wrong for you to invest in these companies - to not ask questions.
Your money is rotten and corrupt. God condemns such one-sided accumulation of wealth.
The Sign Of The End
The final sign of the end is the preaching of the Gospel to the world. Christ clearly said that "wars and earthquakes" are not the final sign. The signs of the Second Coming point to a span of time after Christ formally takes action to claim the world. These occurred in 1844 after the papacy had fallen in 1798. This event heralded the time of the end.
But the sign of the end is the final message preached to the world. It is the message of the Three Angels.
Currently we are reaching nearly the whole world by radio. The current difficulties we face are the secularism in the free world and the difficulties of spreading the gospel in the 10/40 window where the largest population of non-Christians reside. But great missionary efforts are being made.
Gospel To The World
Jesus said in verse 6 that all these things must take place but the end is not yet. Therefore, when people panic about the end of the world every time there is a global conflict, the Bible clearly indicates that this is not a sign of the end.
What is a clear sign of the end is the spread of the gospel to all nations. When this is done - then the end will come.
As of 2000 it is estimated that 99% is being reached by radio. Are they listening? About 75%-85% have heard the gospel. Christian missionaries from all denominations are dedicated to having 100% penetration by 2001.
With the proliferation of television and closer global connection, it is very possible that in a single night, with the right event, the world will be forced to face the truth. We have the technology and we have the Holy Spirit.
The New Testament also discusses these prophecies.
Mark 9: The Transfiguration Of Jesus Christ
And Jesus was saying to them, Truly I say to you, there are some of those who are standing here who will not taste death until they see the kingdom of God after it has come with power. (Mark 9: 1)
In many places Jesus clearly states that the Kingdom of God was already here because He was here. He used phrases such as the kingdom of God "in you" and "among you". Why?
He is the King of this kingdom. And wherever the King is, His kingdom is also there.
What does this mean? The disciples have all died and the Second Coming has not occurred. Did Jesus lie?
Six days later the prophecy was fulfilled. Before their eyes, three of the disciples saw a small representation of the events of the Second Coming.
No Failure Of Prophecy
So we see that the two prophecies that seemed to fail did not.
The disciples saw a miniature representation of the Second coming within a week after the prophecy was made.
Some of the disciples experienced the destruction of Jerusalem before they died. They would live to see these things - the destruction of the city and the temple but not the signs of the Second Coming.
The Parables Of Jesus
The mystery of the kingdom of God is hidden in the parables.
Mystery. And He was saying to them, "To you has been given the mystery of the kingdom of God, but those who are outside get everything in parables." (Mark 4: 11)
A parable is a story with a spiritual truth. The parables of Jesus are generally about the kingdom of God. Their symbols are also taken from prophecy and the sanctuary and feast system.
|Prophecy||Kingdom Of God||Parable||Matthew||Mark||Luke||John|
|Sanctuary||The kingdom of God is a sanctuary that gives light, food and salt that gives taste to the earth||Christian light||5:14-16||4:21-23||8:16-18||-|
|Bread of life||-||-||-||6:31-38|
|Salt of the earth||5:13||9:50||14:34-35||-|
|Sign of Jonah||12:38-42||-||11:29-32||-|
|Tree of Life||The kingdom of God is a tree which produces fruit. We are the branches attached to the trunk or the vine that is God.||Vine and branches||-||-||-||15:1-17|
|Barren fig tree||-||-||13:6-9||-|
|Budding fig tree||24:32-35||13:28-32||21:29-33||-|
The kingdom of God is a wedding feast where we are the bride and the honored guests of God.
Christ, the bridegroom, comes at midnight with His friends to rescue His bride.
|Friend at midnight||-||-||11:5-13||-|
|Wise and Prepared||The kingdom of God is only found by the wise and diligent servant who is willing to give everything to find it.||Wise builder||7:24-27||-||6:47-49||-|
|Foolish and Unprepared||The kingdom of God is not a place for the unforgiving, the unprepared, the wicked or the criminal. They are without the Holy Spirit (Water of Life) and are like waterless deserts where only the unclean spirits can rest||Unjust judge||-||-||18:1-8||-|
|Faithful Servant||The kingdom of God will be populated when the faithful servants gather its citizens||Ten Minas||-||-||19:11-27||-|
|Laborers in vineyard||20:1-16||-||-||-|
|Evangelism||The kingdom of God is created when God searches for its lost citizens. We even raid the fortress of the enemy to rescue others||The Sower||13:3-9,18-23||4:3-20||8:4-15||-|
|Valuable||The kingdom of God is a valuable possession.||Hidden treasure||13:44||-||-||-|
|Pearl of great price||13:45-46||-||-||-|
|Head of Household||13:52||-||-||-|
|Only those who are willing to prepare for it and give everything deserve it||King's war plans||-||-||14:31-33||-|
|New Covenant||It will be given to the outcasts||Rich man & Lazarus||-||-||16:19-31||-|
|Heals and Restores||The kingdom of God is a place that heals and restores broken people and relationships||Good Samaritan||-||-||10:25-37||-|
|Jews and Gentiles||The kingdom of God is made up of two groups reconciled by God||Two Sons||21:28-32||-||-||-|
|Two Folds||-||-||-||John 10:16|
|Pharisee and tax collector||-||-||18:9-14||-|
|Repentance Is The
|The kingdom of God is for those who are repentant and return to an anxious Father||Prodigal son and Loving Father||-||-||15:11-32||-|
|Separation and Judgment (Harvest)||The kingdom of God is a place where the righteous and wicked are separated like a field that is harvested||Sheep and goats||25:31-46||-||-||-|
|Wheat and tares in field||13:24-30, 36-43||-||-||-|
|Net of fish (good and bad)||13:47-50||-||-||-|
|Two women grinding flour||24:41||-||17:35||-|
|Two men in the field||24:40||-||17:36||-|
|Divide and Plunder||12:24-30||3:22-27||11:14-23||-|
The Miracles Of Jesus
|-||-||Wedding of Cana: Turned water to wine||-||-||-||2:1-11|
|-||Nobleman's son cured of fever from a distance||-||-||-||4:46-54|
|Pool of Bethesda. Lame man walks after 38 years||-||-||-||5:1-9|
|-||-||Jesus passes through the crowd at Nazareth who tried to throw Him over a cliff||-||-||4:28-30||-|
|-||-||Simon Peter's mother-in-law cured of fever||8:14-15||1:30||4:38-39||-|
|-||Healed many diseases and cast out devils one night in Capernaum||8:16||1:23-27, 32-34||4:40-41||-|
|-||-||The leper cured||8:2||1:40||5:12||-|
|-||A paralytic/palsy cured by faith (through roof)||9:2 ?||2:3-11||5:18-25||-|
|-||Man's withered hand||12:10-13||3:1||6:6-10||-|
|-||Healed many diseases and cast out devils for crowd from Tyre, Sidon, Judaea, Jerusalem||12:15-21-||-||6:17-19||-|
|-||Centurion's palsied servant by faith||8:5-13||-||7:1-10||-|
|-||-||Widow of Nain: Son raised to life||-||-||7:11-17||-|
|-||Mary was forgiven and cured of sin by her faith||-||-||7:44-50||-|
|-||-||The tempest stilled||8:23-26||4:37-41||8:32||-|
|-||-||The demons named Legion cast into swine||8:28-34||5:1-19||8:26-37||-|
|-||Woman's 12 year issue of blood cured by faith||9:20-22||5:25-34||8:43-48||-|
|-||-||The daughter of Jarius raised from the dead||9:23||5:23||8:41-56||-|
|-||He gave the 12 disciples power to heal the sick and cast out demons||-||6:7-13||-||-|
|-||Two blind men cured by faith||9:27-31||-||-||-|
|-||-||Dumb spirit cast out||9:32-33||-||-||-|
|-||Blind and dumb demoniac||12:22||-||11:14||-|
|-||Feeding the 5000 with 5 loaves and 2 fishes. 12 baskets of leftovers||14:15-20||6:36-44||9:10-17||6:1-14|
|Christ walks on the sea, calms wind||14:25-33||6:47-52||-||6:19|
|-||-||In Gennesaret, many cured by touching Jesus||-||6:53-56||-||-|
|-||Syrophoenician's daughter cured of an unclean spirit by faith (Dogs get crumbs)||15:22-28||7:24-30||-||-|
|-||-||Deaf and dumb man cured with spit||-||7:31-37||-||-|
|-||-||Feeding the 4000 with 7 loaves and a few fishes. 7 baskets of leftovers||15:32-39||8:1-9||-||-|
|-||Jesus passed through the crowd||-||-||-||8:59|
|-||-||Man born blind cured with spit (Trees walking)||-||8:22-26||-||-|
|Man born blind cured with spit and clay||-||-||-||9:1-7|
|-||-||Deaf and dumb unclean spirit cast out of boy||17:14-18||9:17-29||9:37-42||-|
|Jesus goes to Jerusalem to be killed||17:22-23||-||-||-|
|-||-||Tax money found in fish||17:24-27||-||-||-|
|-||Woman bent over double for 18 years by a spirit||-||-||13:11-17||-|
|-||Ten lepers cleansed. One was cured by faith||-||-||17:11-19||-|
|-||Leaving Jericho, 2 blind men cured. |
(Bartimaeus cured by his faith)
|-||Lazarus raised from the dead after 4 days||-||-||-||11: 38-44|
|-||-||Fig tree cursed and withers||21:19-20||11:13-21||-||-|
|-||-||Malchus' ear healed||-||-||22:50-51||-|
|-||-||Catches 153 fishes||-||-||-||21: 1-14|
|Sabbath miracles Faith miracles (personal faith) Faith miracles (faith of a third party)|
|Copied by Magicians||Warning||The Finger of God||Exodus to Heaven
|-||Three Plagues on All||Seven Plagues Affected Wicked Only|
The Miracles Of The Last Days
Greater works will be done at the end of time by a church who must accomplish many things in a short period of time.
Truly, truly I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do, he will do also; and greater works than these he will do because I go to the Father. (John 14: 12)
The miracles of the greater works must be related to the tasks that must be accomplished.
|God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God. Romans 8:28||Time: 70 minutes
Print: 13 pages
Updated : January 25, 2004. 2008
Author: Laverna Patterson. Editor: Patterson (February 2008) Lisa F. (2004)
Credits: The information was obtained through personal Bible study and observations.
Information on the transfiguration and the meaning of "this generation" was obtained from Bible study classes.