Tag Archives: apocalyptic discourse – Luke 21 – Matthew 24-25 – Mark 13

Luke 21:34-22:6: Guard your heart; It’s later than you think

JeffAs we enter into this related discussion to Yeshua’s “apocalyptic discourse” (Luke 21:34-22:6; Matthew 24:42-26:5; Mark 13:33-14:12), let’s ponder the ancient Chinese proverb “Enjoy yourself, it’s later than you think.” This is an Eastern idea that you live for today because you don’t know what tomorrow will bring. J.R.R. Tolklein rephrased this and put it in the mouth of an antagonist in the Lord of the Rings series, “The hour is later than you think.”

Yeshua told a parable along these lines (Luke 12:16-28), to show us how to look at ourselves as people and how we fit into the timeline of the coming Kingdom of God.

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Phillipians 2:1-11: Regard others better than yourself

JeffWe are to “regard one another as more important than yourselves” (Phil. 2:3). As the Messiah considered mankind more important than His standing with YHWH, so too, we should consider our brothers and sisters in faith worth our humbling ourselves. When God went to such lengths to make peace with us, we should be willing to go to great lengths to make peace and keep peace with others.

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Luke 21:25-28: Sign and sound of the coming of the Son of Man

JeffContinuing our study of Yeshua’s “apocalyptic discourse” in Luke 21, Matthew 24-25 and Mark 13, this time we focus on the phrase “sign of the Son of Man”:

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Luke 21:5-38: When will the sun, moon, stars darken and Son of Man arrive on a cloud?

JeffWe don’t want the Day of the LORD to arrive because of its sadly necessary turmoil, yet we hope for it. The main occupants of the heavens — sun, moon and stars — are going to appear dim and dark. It’s almost the reverse of Genesis 1.

This is not going to be a good time. Yet it’s dead and hope, wrapped in one.

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Demystifying the mysterious ‘abomination of desolation’

JeffOne of the ways we can look at the mysterious apocalyptic phrase “abomination of desolation” is to see it as a “Tale of Three Cities” — Babylon, Tyre and Ninevah — and how all three cities are really symbolic of Yerushalayim (Jerusalem) herself. The carnage of the “abomination of desolation” will not come on Babylon, Tyre, Ninevah or any of our great cities of modern times like London, New York or Tokyo. From God’s prophets, we understand that it was and will be the people of Yerushalayim who will have a front row seat, and it will be for the same reasons for the previous desolations.

George Santayana said, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” We are blessed to read these repeated warning of the spiritual condition of people God calls before an “abomination of desolation” — and internalize the lessons. 

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Luke 21:5-38: Birth pangs of the coming of Messiah

JeffYeshua repeated warned His disciples to “be ready” for the Day of the Lord. Take note that Yeshua said, “When you see the abomination of desolation” and refers His listeners to the book of Daniel. Yeshua is warning us that the “abomination of desolation” was not a one-time event.

The first abomination of desolation came to Jerusalem and the Temple when Daniel was a young man, taken away by the Babylonians. It happened a second time during the time of the time of the Maccabees. It happened a third time under the Romans, and Yeshua warns it will happen once more before He comes.

The main reason those temples were desecrated and destroyed was due to syncretism — blending of belief systems. The reason God destroys the Temple is not because each were and will be flawed but the hearts of the people were flawed. Let’s learn from history and not repeat it.

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