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The destruction of the Temple

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Many claim the abomination of desolation spoken of by Daniel and Jesus has not been set up yet, and another Temple is to be rebuilt in the future in Jerusalem to fulfill this prophecy. This I believe is false. Jesus’ words below confirm both He, and the apostles, were speaking of the Temple and buildings they were looking at with their own eyes.

 

Mark 13:1-413 And as he went out of the temple, one of his disciples saith unto him, Master, see what manner of stones and what buildings are here!

2 And Jesus answering said unto him, Seest thou these great buildings? there shall not be left one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.

3 And as he sat upon the mount of Olives over against the temple, Peter and James and John and Andrew asked him privately,

4 Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign when all these things shall be fulfilled?

 

So here Jesus was telling them about the destruction of the Temple they were looking at with their own eyes. But in Matthews account pay attention to the questions asked and the prophecy, as it is in 2 parts. Not only was Jesus asked about the destruction of the Temple they were looking at, but also about the signs of Christ’s second coming and also about the end of the world.

 

Matthew 24:1-3

24 And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to shew him the buildings of the temple.

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.

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?

 

Now to Luke's account…..

 

Luke 21:5-7

5 And as some spake of the temple, how it was adorned with goodly stones and gifts, he said,

6 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.

7 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?

 

So then Jesus tells them the signs given before the temple is to be destroyed….

Luke 21:20 “And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh.”

 

This event concerning the destruction of the city of Jerusalem that Jesus and the apostles were looking at with their own eyes is also confirmed in Luke 19:41-44 “And when he was come near, he beheld the city, and wept over it. Saying, If thou hast known, even thou, at least in this day, the things which belong unto thy peace! But now they are hid from thine eyes. 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. And shall lay thee even with the ground, and thy children within thee; and they shall not leave thee one stone upon another; because thou knewest not the time of thy visitation.”

 

So the common mistake here is to think that the abomination of desolation concerning the destruction of the Temple is yet future, and that it has to happen at the same time as the second coming and the end of the world. But when you understand the questions asked of Jesus were actually in two parts, then you will see these 2 events are separate from one another and are many, many years apart.

 

Seek understanding from the Lord. Peace and God bless, Mark.

 

 

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