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Saturday, May 7 2016

Luke 21: What Did They See Before The Messiah's Temple Prophecy?

"And He said, Of a truth I say unto you, that this poor widow hath cast in more than they all ... As for these things which ye behold, the days will come, in the which there shall not be left one stone upon another"

The famous prophecy began with a lesson provided by a poor widow who understood more about the true value of things in the physical world than many of those who had great wealth (see also The Mammon Of Past And Present and What Does The Bible Say About Lucre?).

"21:1 And he looked up, and saw the rich men casting their gifts into the treasury. 21:2 And he saw also a certain poor widow casting in thither two mites.

21:3 And he said, Of a truth I say unto you, that this poor widow hath cast in more than they all: 21:4 For all these have of their abundance cast in unto the offerings of God: but she of her penury hath cast in all the living that she had." (Luke 21:1-4 KJV)

The Messiah (see Israel In History and Prophecy: The Messiah) then delivered the prophecy about the coming destruction of "Herod's" Temple - as that Temple of the LORD had by then become known (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Herod). It had been modestly rebuilt in the time of Zerubbabel, Ezra and Nehemiah (see Zerubbabel's Return, Ezra's Journey From Babylon and The Arrival Of Nehemiah's Cavalry, after the LORD had the original Temple (see Israel In History and Prophecy: The Temple) destroyed for the very same reason that the Roman-Judaism Temple would also be destroyed. It had been intended as a place to worship the LORD, but Herod expanded it as a monument to himself.

The prophecy of the destruction was fulfilled about 40 years later, in 70 AD, exactly as the Messiah said that it would (see What Did Jesus Christ Say About Those Stones?), but notice also that the prophecy was dual - just before His yet-future return, another "abomination of desolation" will occur (see the Fact Finder question below).

The Widow's Mite

"21:5 And as some spake of the temple, how it was adorned with goodly stones and gifts, he said, 21:6 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.

21:7 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?

21:8 And he said, Take heed that ye be not deceived: for many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and the time draweth near: go ye not therefore after them. 21:9 But when ye shall hear of wars and commotions, be not terrified: for these things must first come to pass; but the end is not by and by.

21:10 Then said he unto them, Nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: 21:11 And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven.

21:12 But before all these, they shall lay their hands on you, and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues, and into prisons, being brought before kings and rulers for my name's sake. 21:13 And it shall turn to you for a testimony. 21:14 Settle it therefore in your hearts, not to meditate before what ye shall answer: 21:15 For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay nor resist. 21:16 And ye shall be betrayed both by parents, and brethren, and kinsfolks, and friends; and some of you shall they cause to be put to death. 21:17 And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake. 21:18 But there shall not an hair of your head perish. 21:19 In your patience possess ye your souls.

21:20 And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh. 21:21 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. 21:22 For these be the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled. 21:23 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. 21:24 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.

21:25 And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; 21:26 Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. 21:27 And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. 21:28 And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.

21:29 And he spake to them a parable; Behold the fig tree, and all the trees; 21:30 When they now shoot forth, ye see and know of your own selves that summer is now nigh at hand. 21:31 So likewise ye, when ye see these things come to pass, know ye that the kingdom of God is nigh at hand.

21:32 Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass away, till all be fulfilled. 21:33 Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away.

21:34 And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares. 21:35 For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth. 21:36 Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.

21:37 And in the day time he was teaching in the temple; and at night he went out, and abode in the mount that is called the mount of Olives. 21:38 And all the people came early in the morning to him in the temple, for to hear him." (Luke 21:5-38 KJV)

Fact Finder: What was the prophet Daniel given to write about the "abomination of desolation"?
See The Abominations Of Desolations By The Kings Of The North And South

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This Day In History, May 7

351: The Jewish revolt against Constantius Gallus erupted (see also A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad and A History Of Jerusalem: Hadrian and Simon bar Kokhba).

558: In Constantinople (named after Roman Emperor Constantine, the inventor of the Church of Rome; see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy), the dome of the Hagia Sophia (a Roman patriarchal basilica, later a Muslim mosque, now a museum) collapsed.

973: German King Otto the Great died at age 61 (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).

1274: The Second Council of Lyons convened under Gregory X, attended by approximately 500 Church of Rome bishops. It accomplished a temporary reunion of the separated Eastern Orthodox churches with the Roman Catholic Church.

The Lusitania 1664: King Louis XIV of France formally instituted the Palace of Versailles.

1697: Stockholm's medieval royal castle was destroyed by fire.

1487: The Siege of Malaga began during the Spanish Reconquista.

1718: The city of New Orleans was founded by French colonial governor Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville (who was born in Montreal, Quebec). Louisiana was named in honor of King Louis XIV of France by French explorer Rene-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de la Salle.

1727: Jews (see also Jews - Three Tribes and Three Meanings) were expelled from the Ukraine by Empress Catherine I of Russia.

1763: Pontiac's Rebellion began. Chief Pontiac attacked the British at Fort Detroit.

1794: During the French Revolution, Robespierre proclaimed "the Cult of the Supreme Being" in the National Convention as the new state religion of the French First Republic.

1840: The Great Natchez Tornado struck Natchez, Mississippi. 317 people were killed. It is the second-deadliest tornado in U.S. history.

1915: During the First World War, the British liner Lusitania was sunk by a German submarine. More than 1,100 passengers and crew perished.

1934: The world's largest pearl was found at Palawan, Philippines. It weighed over 14 pounds / 6.4 kilograms.

1940: Winston Churchill became Prime Minister of Britain.

1941: Joseph Stalin became Premier of Russia.

1942: During the Battle of the Coral Sea, U.S. and Japanese naval forces attacked each other with carrier-based warplanes. It was the first battle in the history of naval warfare where two enemy fleets fought without actually having each other in sight. When it was over, the Japanese had lost 1 carrier and had another damaged; the U.S. lost 1 carrier (the Lexington) and had another damaged.

1945: Germany signed an unconditional surrender to end the Second World War in Europe. "V-E Day."

1948: The Council of Europe was founded during the Hague Congress.

1954: Vietnamese forces took Dien Bien Phu from the French; some historians mark this event as the defeat of the French by the Vietnamese. When the French left (the divided Vietnam of "North" and "South" that the French themselves created, thereby triggering the Vietnam civil war), the U.S. involved itself in the same civil war until the 1970s - when the U.S. left and Vietnam was re-united as the single country that it had been before French and U.S. involvement.

1960: Leonid Brezhnev became President of the Soviet Union.

1986: Canadian Patrick Morrow became the first person to climb each of the Seven Summits - the highest mountains of each of the seven continents (Mount Everest in Asia, Kosciuszko in Australia, Elbrus in Europe, Kilimanjaro in Africa, Aconcagua in South America, McKinley in North America and Vinson Massif in Antarctica).

1998: German auto manufacturer Mercedes-Benz purchased the U.S. auto manufacturer Chrysler.

1999: Pope John Paul II traveled to Romania, becoming the first pope to visit a predominately Eastern Orthodox country since the "Great Schism" in 1054.

2000: Vladimir Putin was inaugurated as President of Russia.

2007: Israeli archaeologists discovered the tomb of Herod the Great in Jerusalem (see also Israel In History and Prophecy: Herod).



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