A Fresh Look at Matthew 24
“The end will come when you see the abomination of desolation.” Mark 13:14 adds “standing where it ought not.” Early believers understood Christ’s reference to Rome and fled Jerusalem in 66 AD. Fleeing saved them from Titus’ siege. 2000 years have passed, and in a first-time visit by a pope, John Paul stood where he ought not….
Since then, Jerusalem has been a focus of conflict and tragedy. We shrug off their difficulties as if we have a different destiny. But Jews are keeping the covenant in which God gave that land to Abraham for his seed. We fail to see it as pertaining to us, but “If ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed and heirs according to the promise [of land.] Gal 3:29. That promise of land becomes relevant when no one can buy or sell without the mark of false worship, Rev 13:15-17.
Christ’s words imply several levels of readiness. If they didn’t flee, they were to be so ready, that if they were on the housetop and saw [Rome], they were not to go into their houses to get their things. A Presbyterian pastor I know kept his backpack in his car loaded, and though premature, he may prove ready. Unless we understand this better many Christians may fail to respond when, in the face of a huge calamity, martial law ends our freedom with detention centers, interrogation screenings etc.
Christ’s next example was “as the days of Noah” when millions died. Then came His example of two in a bed, one taken and the other left (same in a field). This could happen in martial law with red/blue lists for New World Order non-compliants. Daniel 1-6 has life/death issues we don’t see coming. Those behind NWO could be the evil servant that says, my lord delays his coming and he begins to smite his follow servants, Matt 24:48,49…
“Then shall the kingdom of heaven be like 10 virgins” when some had extra oil. Oil comes from the two olive trees in Zechariah 4, representing the Old and New Testaments. Most Christians today lack oil from the Old Testament. Ask them if we can marry the Bridegroom and they don’t know. But Israel did in the covenant they made at Sinai; God said, “I am married to you,” Jer 3:14. They came out of calamity in Egypt to do so, and Paul says, “All those things happened unto them for examples [types]…ends of the world.” 1Cor 10:1,11.