Christ foretold us what would take place in this final generation.
The 24th chapter of Matthew contains the seven seals that were opened and revealed by Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God, in the great Book of Revelation pertaining to "the things" that must "shortly come to pass" (Rev. 1:1) during the final generation, the generation of the fig tree, the very time in (2010) which we are now living!
And if one understands that the final generation began on May 15, 1948, which we will document to be the case later in this chapter, and that "this generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled", i.e. those things Christ is revealing to us in this chapter that tie in to the things He foretold us through the prophets, then it would behoove one to pay close attention and take heed to all that is written herein for the firstborn of the Baby Boomer generation are in their 60's, which is retirement age!
You "see", the Baby Boomers have already witnessed the fulfillment of many of these things He foretold us would take place in the final generation, including globalization of both the ethnic and kingdom nations, which is the emergence of the 1st Beast of Revelation 13:1, that Multi-headed One World Political System that rises up out of the sea of people. (sea/waters are symbolic of "peoples and nations and multitudes and tongues", Rev. 17:15). And it is pretty obvious even to non-believers that that beast system is gaining more and more strength likened unto the powerful crushing feet of a bear, and it is gaining more and more teeth like those of a lion that enable it to rip and tear and shred and devour its prey, and it is now moving ever so swiftly with the speed and prowess of a leopard. Yes, the New World Order is gaining momentum and strength in preparation for the 2nd Beast of Revelation 13:11, that abominable one who shall come on the scene looking "like a lamb", with the two horns like a lamb. Horns are symbolic of power and so it is that Satan will appear as king of kings and lord of lords as he imitates the return of Lamb of God, Jesus Christ, by taking over as world ruler while claiming to be the Messiah. And though the world will love the message of peace and safety and the prosperity he brings with him, his words are indeed blasphemous and contrary to the Word of God, for he himself is blasphemous and an abomination.Matthew 24:34
Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.
He will speak as a dragon because this abominable one IS the great red dragon from the first earth age who drew 1/3 of God's children (Rev. 12:4) away from the mercy seat of God with his twisting (spin) and corruption of truth and justice utilizing the powers of the Four Hidden Dynasties which are false religion, politics, economics, and education. Those powers are the four colored horses (horses are symbolic of power, even war power) in Revelation chapter 6.Click #1848, & #1011 or #1012 to learn more. You "see", Satan is the one who empowers the 1st Beast as noted in Rev. 13:4 by using the same tail he used in the first earth age, those four hidden dynasties controlled by his own seed, the kenites, through which he is able to make desolate the hearts and minds of our people with the overspreading of his flood of lies and deception. Daniel spoke of this vile person who would come in the midst of the final week known as Daniel's 70th week and spread his abominable filth until such time as Christ comes and pours out His wrath upon the ungodly and destroys every last stone of the temple.Rev. 13:11
And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.
If you break back the phrase "confirm the covenant" to the Hebrew you will find that it means to "strengthen the confederacy" which is the 1st Beast of Revelation 13:1, i.e. the New World Order. And when Satan comes defacto it is written that he will use all that strength of the NWO, as in "exercise all the power of the first beast". Rev. 13:12 "And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed." Here are Strong's definitions for some of the key words in Dan. 9:27:Daniel 9:27
And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.
Again, the New World Order is gaining tremendous strength as more and more peoples and languages and nations fall in line and march to the tune of globalization.confirm, gabar, gaw-bar', Hebrew 1396; a primitive root; to be strong; by implication to prevail, act insolently :- exceed, confirm, be great, be mighty, prevail, put to more [strength], strengthen, be stronger, be valiant.
covenant, beriyth, ber-eeth', Hebrew 1285; from Hebrew 1262 (barah) (in the sense of cutting [like Hebrew 1254 (bara')]); a compact (because made by passing between pieces of flesh) :- confederacy, [con-]feder[-ate], covenant, league.
Make no mistake about it and let no man deceive you by any means as to the documented fact that this ol' dragon who makes desolate the hearts and minds of our people is coming to this earth defacto to "sit in the temple" and "stand in the holy place" claiming to be God.abominations, shiqquwts, shik-koots', Hebrew 8251; or shiqquts, shik-koots'; from Hebrew 8262 (shaqats); disgusting, i.e. filthy; especially idolatrous or (concrete) an idol :- abominable filth (idol, -ation), detestable (thing).
consummation, kalah, kaw-law', Hebrew 3617; from Hebrew 3615 (kalah); a completion; adverb completely; also destruction :- altogether, (be, utterly) consume (-d), consummation (-ption), was determined, (full, utter) end, riddance.
There will be Baby Boomers who shall see this come to pass! So when you do "see" it come to pass then remember the instructions of Christ we shall read of in today's study. Satan is coming to town to bring his bag of goodies and gather together as many "good little children" to him as he can. However, we know that very soon after the abominable one comes standing in the holy place that judgment upon that house is near at hand for as Christ said at the beginning of this 24th chapter, He shall return and pulverize all the stones of that temple.2 Thes. 2:3-4
Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;  Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.
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:)
This is what you are to do when you see the desolator standing in the holy place causing the daily sacrifice to be taken away by claiming to be Jesus Christ and backing up that claim by performing miracles in the sight of men whereby they bow to him and worship him! When that happens you know that the cup of our Father's wrath is being filled to the full quickly and about to poured out upon the ungodly. Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains:
So make haste and flee to the mountains to commune with Him and stay away from the abominable filth emanating from the holy place. Why? Because the crowd that gathers there are about to receive the same fate as Sodom and Gomorrah... now you see them... now you don't!
To help us understand this better, Christ tells us in Luke 17 that it will be just like the days of Lot when those fornicators who burned in their lust for one another were eating and drinking, and buying and selling, and planting and building up! We are to "see" this ensample as an analogy of the spiritual filth which is happening today, even in the holy place, and yet will wax even worse when Satan and his angels arrive! Jude 1:7 "Even as Sodom and Gomorrah, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire." To wit, that "great city" where the abomination of desolation is set up is spiritually called Sodom and Egypt. Rev. 11:8 "And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified." Christ was crucified in Jerusalem in the land of Judea! Here is the analogy in Luke 17 giving us the link to the days of Lot:
Luke 17:28Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded;
 But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all.
 Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed.
 In that day, he which shall be upon the housetop, and his stuff in the house, let him not come down to take it away: and he that is in the field, let him likewise not return back.
 Remember Lot's wife.
Genesis 19:26But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt.
looked back, nabat*, naw-bat', Hebrew 5027; a primitive root; to scan, i.e. look intently at; by implication to regard with pleasure, favor or care :- (cause to) behold, consider, look (down), regard, have respect, see.
salt, melach, meh'-lakh, Hebrew 4417; from Hebrew 4414 (malach); properly powder, i.e. (specific) salt (as easily pulverized and dissolved :- salt ([-pit]).
Genesis 19:17And it came to pass, when they had brought them forth abroad, that he said, Escape for thy life; look not behind thee, neither stay thou in all the plain; escape to the mountain, lest thou be consumed.
It will be just like in the days of Lot, so get out and stay out and don't look back!Matthew 24:17
Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house:
You do not need a "change of clothing"! The clothing you have on, which should be the gospel armor, is all you need. Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes.
Throughout God's Word adultery and harlotry are used to symbolize spiritual fornication and spiritual seduction... which is idolatry. Remember that Christ is teaching us here on a spiritual level. Don't go to the party! Stay away from the spiritual orgy which He likened to the physical orgies which took place in Sodom and Gomorrah, that vivid ensample that paints a picture in our mind's eye of gross perversion in order that we might draw the analogy to the spiritual perversion that is taking place! The apostle Paul also drew the analogy between the physical seduction of mother Eve who lost her virginity to that sleazy low life serpent (Satan) in the garden of Eden, and the spiritual seduction of virgins (Christians) in these last days who are to wait patiently until the true bridegroom comes! And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days!
So in Mat. 24:19 Christ is not talking about those who are pregnant in the natural (physical) sense. He is talking about those of us who do not remain spiritual virgins but are rather impregnated with the lies and deceit of Satan the "instead of Jesus"!2 Cor. 11:2-3
For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.  But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.
The point is, when Christ returns to take up His virgin bride (His church/Christians) but discovers that she is already pregnant or is nursing a baby, spiritually, of her own, that is where the WOE comes in because He will not be too happy with her! Would you? Therefore do not be the first woman "taken" in the field... because if you turn back you will be seduced and lose your virginity!
The word "winter" can mean both a "storm or tempest" or the "winter season". Either way, the point is still to make haste (hasten) and pray that you are not caught in the great storm, that powerful spiritual tempest which is Satan's flood of lies, or unable to get out for any other reason, the second analogy being that one could only travel a short distance on the sabbath day. Again, this has to do with spiritual seduction... call it the harvesting of souls if you like. In that sense, the analogy would be do not become "harvested" in the winter, which is out of season! But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day:
"For then".. when? When you see the abomination of desolation standing in the holy place where "he" ought not, that is when the greatest spiritual tribulation to ever occur in this flesh age takes place! In his great guide book to the events of the 6th Trump when the king of Babylon is present, Daniel the prophet to whom Christ Himself has referred us,tells us that this time of great trouble (tribulation) begins when the great prince Michael, who stands for the children of God, stands up and as Rev. 12:7-9 tells us, casts Satan out of heaven to this earth! For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.
Rev. 12:7-9 gives us the details of what happens when Michael stands up!Daniel 12:1
And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.
Yep, that second beast of Rev. 13:11 comes looking like a lamb but speaking like a dragon because he is the great red dragon of the first earth age, who was that old serpent in the garden who seduced mother Eve, that same Devil who tempted Christ in the wilderness! Both he (Satan) AND his angels, those fallen angels of Gen. 6 who "kept not their first estate" and are now reserved unto destruction when Christ returns (Jude 6, Rev. 11:13), shall be cast to this earth by Michael and his angels. THAT is when the greatest of all spiritual tribulation ever to take place in this flesh age shall occur!Rev. 12:7-9
And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,
 And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven.
 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
And you know what else?Christ tells us in the next verse that the Father has shortened the time Satan will be here standing in the holy place, spreading his abominable lies and taking away communion to the true Christ by deceiving the people into believing he is Christ and receiving it unto himself.
Remember that this is private instruction (Mat. 24:3) to the disciples who "came to Him" privately on the "Mount of Olives" to seek wisdom and understanding concerning the "things" of these last days. The multitudes who follow after the traditions of men were not present to receive this knowledge and wisdom from the Word of God, nor do the multitudes of Christianity today understand concerning these things because wisdom comes from seeking Him, i.e. studying His Word. It is beyond dispute that the majority of professing Christians are grossly Biblically illiterate! To that end, it is written in Dan. 12:10 that only the wise in these last days would understand concerning the "end of these things" and the time of the end!Matthew 24:22
And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened.
This is the same question the disciples ask Jesus Christ, the Word of God, concerning the end of these things! Matthew 24:3 "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? However, Daniel was told that his words would be "closed up and sealed until the time of the end... when the Lamb would "open the seals" (as per Rev. 5-6) and make His truth and the visions of the prophet known unto His disciples, the sons and daughters of Acts 2!Daniel 12:8-10
And I heard, but I understood not: then said I, O my Lord, what shall be the end of these things?
The wise in these last days know that Satans defacto reign upon the earth has been shortened. In fact, further wisdom and knowledge in Rev. 9 tells us that it, the time of the locust army, has been shortened to a five month period. A little study of locusts will reveal that these devouring insects come out of the earth for five months from May to September. Isn't that interesting? And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end.
 Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand.
Nevertheless know this! When Satan is cast out unto this earth with his angels, his locust army, he knows he has but a short time and he is extremely irate over it!
How wise are you? Will you escape the great tribulation, the great time of spiritual seduction by the false messiah and his angelic troops, by remaining true to the Word of God, as in remaining a virgin until the true bridegroom comes, or will you listen to men who say Christ is coming at any moment to rapture you into the clouds and then when Satan is here and standing defacto in the holy place, they tell you that Christ has returned?Rev. 12:12
Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.
Let no man deceive you by any means! That day, which is that day when the true Christ comes and we gather back to Him, SHALL NOT COME, until the abomination of desolation comes as Christ's "stand-in", i.e. he comes and stands in the holy place claiming to be Christ and deceives the whole world into believing that he IS (2 Thes. 2)! It shall take the world by "storm". It is written... and so it shall happen exactly as Christ has foretold us! The multitudes who are waiting to be "raptured away" at any moment are going be delighted by this supernatural one and his angels when he appears and in their ignorance they will be easily taken and seduced by Satan posing as Jesus Christ, the bridegroom. Do not be deceived by man! Hear what Jesus Christ, the Word of God, has to say and believe Him over what man teaches. Why?...because the "false messiah" and "his false preachers" come first when Michael stands up and casts them out of heaven! Have you not read the Book of Daniel? (Let him that readeth understand!) Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not.
The Greek word for "false Christs" is singular and refers to the false messiah: For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.
The deception of Satan, the false-christ and his band of merry men will be so great that "if it were possible", which in the Greek context clearly denotes that it is NOT possible (see note in the Companion Bible), they could deceive the very elect. But elect are wise and they have his number! Furthermore, Christ has given them "power to tread on serpents and scorpions and over all the power of the enemy (Luke 10:19)"!false Christs, pseudochristos, psyoo-dokh'-ris-tos, Greek 5580; from Greek 5571 (pseudes) and Greek 5547 (Christos); a spurious Messiah :- false Christ.
So Christ has told you how it is going down just before the "telos" when He comes to destroy the stones of the temple!
The choice is now yours of whether to believe what men say or to "take heed", blepo, to what Christ has told you! Christ has foretold us that the abominable one is going to come stand in the holy place where he ought not and take the world by storm... and the whole world will believe he is who he claims to be. Behold, I have told you before.
1 Cor. 15:51-50 and 1 Thes. 4:13-18 show us that when Christ returns, those of us who are still alive in the flesh we will be instantly changed into our spiritual (aer) bodies to gather back to Him. Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not.
1 Corinthians 15:51 Behold,
I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,
52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
1 Thessalonians 4:13 But
I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are
asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.
14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.
15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.
16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.
Know this! If you are therefore still in the flesh...,i.e. still have your flesh and blood body on, then the true Christ has not returned!It is as simple as that! Study God's Word and quit listening to stories and fables that cannot be documented in the Word of God.
Jesus Christ is coming to gather His elect, the "living", unto Himself, i.e. those spiritual virgins who have "endured" (tarried behind waiting patiently) unto the end. They are those who have remained true to Christ and His Word and have distanced themselves from that perverse crowd and not turned back nor been caught in the storm. All others shall have been seduced by the false messiah. We shall learn more of the 7th trump and the gathering of the elect in our next study. Until then, consider carefully this next verse which still applies to the time when the abomination of desolation stands in the holy place, because before Christ and His saints come to gather His elect from the four winds, Satan and his vultures shall come first to gather all the spiritually "dead" to his wedding feast! For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
The word "eagles" here should be read "vultures" for "eagles feed only on fresh or living prey" and not on dead carcasses (See note in the Companion Bible). The point again is, before Christ comes and gathers the living from the four winds, Satan shall come and gather the spiritually dead unto himself!In other words, wheresoever the spiritually dead are, the birds of prey, Satan's dirty birds, those fallen angels who are cast out of heaven with him to this earth (Rev. 12:7-9), shall come and gather them together unto his wedding feast! Don't be one of those plucked up by these spiritual vultures! Remain alive and they shall not harm you for they feast only on dead carcasses! For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together.
What an exciting time in which we live! No wonder the prophets and the disciples wanted to know what it would be like in our day! We are witnessing things and shall yet witness things that no other generation in the history of mankind has ever imagined.So take heed and prepare now to take a stand against the fiery darts of the wicked one by putting on the whole gospel armor of God (Eph. 6). Study His Word and check out what you hear taught by men to see if it aligns with what Christ has foretold you. That way you remain a wise virgin. Otherwise, you might find yourself attending the wrong wedding feast and thus be on the receiving end of a "Woe" when the true bridegroom returns!
... to be continued.
E-mail address - firstname.lastname@example.org
If you would like to have your essay
as part of the American Wisdom Series
submit your manuscript to Rhine Publishing Co
at the address above for consideration, or e-mail us
at the address shown on our home page.