God   has   provided   us   with   numerous   last   day   indicators   in   the   Bible.      However,   one   of   the   most   important   indicators   of the   end   times   is   found   in   Daniel   9:27—because   it   defines   the   event   that   will   initiate   the   Tribulation   and   the   last   7   years.     As such, every person on earth should know this scripture and actively watch for the fulfillment of this prophecy. “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.”  Daniel 9:27 To assist in understanding, let’s “break down” this verse into smaller segments. “And he” The person of “he” is commonly referred to in the Bible as the beast, Antichrist and abomination of desolation. He is in whom Satan will indwell, and will manipulate, and will control. He will position himself (and will be perceived) as a friend of Israel—one who knows and understands their needs. “shall confirm the covenant” He will authorize/sanction/approve a legal act, contract, promise, or agreement. The covenant will be a deceptive lie—because Satan has no intentions of keeping the promise. “with the many” The word “many” includes Israel and Israel’s enemies. This requires extraordinary power and/or negotiation skills to cause Israel’s enemies to yield to Israel’s desires. “for one week” One week equates to 7 years in the Bible. These 7 years comprise the Tribulation. The Tribulation is divided into two 3½ periods. “and in the midst of the week” The midst (or middle) of the week is 3½ years. This is when the beast will reveal his true Satan-driven objectives for the covenant. “he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease” These words are key in that they reveal the underlying purpose and deceptive lie behind the covenant. The covenant will initially allow Israelites to perform sacrifices and offerings as instructed in the Old Testament. This covenant also means the Temple must be rebuilt to enable the resumption of sacrifices and offerings. 3½ years is sufficient time to rebuild the Temple—which was destroyed almost 2,000 years ago. Satan   was   cast   out   of   Heaven   because   he   wanted   to   be   greater   than   God   (Isaiah   14:14).      His   delusional   mind has   not   changed.     As   such,   the   only   place   on   earth   he   considers   worthy   to   declare   his   vain   desire   to   be   worshiped as God is in the place where God last inhabited amongst His people. The   existence   of   the   rebuilt   Temple   in   the   last   days   is   reinforced   Matthew   24:15.      Jesus   warned    “Therefore,   when you   see   the   ‘abomination   of   desolation,’   spoken   of   by   Daniel   the   prophet,   standing   in   the   holy   place”   (whoever reads, let him understand), “then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains.”  This   is   when   the   beast   (in   whom   Satan   dwells)   will   stand   in   the   Temple   proclaiming   to   be   God.      But   what’s   more, this   is   when   the   beginning   of   absolute   devastation,   desolation   and   death   will   occur   unlike   any   time   in   the   history   of man as: o The beast seeks to cause desolation. o God pours out His wrath. “and for the overspreading of abominations” Overspreading is defined as to form a layer over, to blanket, cover, enclose, encompass, and so forth. Abomination is defined as something regarded with disgust or hatred.  His   abominations   will   reach   far   and   wide,   and   he   will   decimate   and   control   nations.      But   worse,   he   will   defile   the Temple, speak blasphemies against God, and attack the saints (those who believe in Jesus Christ). o Who is like the beast? Who is able to make war with him?”  Revelation 13:4 o Then   he   opened   his   mouth   in   blasphemy   against   God,   to   blaspheme   His   name,   His   tabernacle,   and   those who dwell in heaven.  Revelation 13:6 o And authority was given him over every tribe, tongue, and nation.  Revelation 13:7 “he shall make it desolate” Desolate is defined as devoid of inhabitants; to divide, annihilate, destroy, and so forth. Desolate (from Satan’s perspective) means to murder the spiritual life in every person’s heart and soul. “even until the consummation” Consummation is defined as completion, end, conclusion, and so forth. The beast will not stop until he is destroyed (at the Battle of Armageddon). “and that determined”  The words “that determined” is God’s wrath. God’s wrath during this period is defined in Revelation. o The seven trumpets (Revelation chapters 8-11): Trumpet 1: 1/3 of earth, trees and all grass to be burned Trumpet 2: 1/3 of the ocean, sea life and ships to be destroyed Trumpet 3: 1/3 of all fresh water to be destroyed. Trumpet 4: 1/3 of the sun, moon, and stars to no longer shine Trumpet 5: Agony and misery for all that accept the mark Trumpet 6: Death of 1/3 mankind Trumpet 7: God takes control o The seven bowls (Revelation chapter 16): Bowl 1: Causes festering sores on all that accepted the mark Bowl 2: Changes the ocean into blood Bowl 3: Changes all drinkable water into blood Bowl 4: Causes people to be seared by the sun Bowl 5: Judgment is poured out on the throne of the beast Bowl 6: The Euphrates River is dried up Bowl 7: Armageddon “shall be poured upon the desolate.”  God’s wrath will be poured upon the desolate (spiritually dead).  The desolate are those who: o Rejected Jesus Christ. o Were deceived and followed the beast. o Accepted the beast’s mark. God’s   wrath   will   begin   once   the   beast   stands   in   the   Holy   Place   and   will   continue   until   the   conclusion   of   the   Battle of Armagedd on (the Great Tribulation). When   you   “stand   back”   and   “look   at   the   big   picture,”   Daniel   9:27   represents   the   most   critical   transitional   indicator   of   the last   days.      As   such,   (in   the   background   of   our   mind)   we   need   to   continually   look   for   an   event   or   public   announcement that include the words “ resumption of sacrifices and offerings .”  This announcement will likely: Be part of a negotiated peace settlement with one or more of Israel’s enemies. Include a reference to the rebuilding of the Temple. The Temple This   picture   depicts   a   model   of   the   Temple   (in   the   Israel   Museum) prior to its destruction. Jesus   warned   the   Temple   would   be   destroyed   (Matthew   24:2).     The   Temple   was   destroyed   in   70AD   by   the   Romans   and   has   not been   rebuilt.      Thereafter,   Israelites   left   their   homeland   and   were scattered   throughout   world.      For   almost   2,000   years   Jews   have   not been    able    to    perform    sacrifices    and    offerings    for    their    sins    as defined in the Old Testament. T he    picture    to    the    left    is    the    Temple    Mount    today    (where    the Temple   was   located).      The   Temple   Mount   is   considered   holy   and sacred   by   Jews   and   Muslims.      The   Dome   of   the   Rock   (a   Muslim shrine)    was    built    on    the   Temple    Mount    in    691   AD.       A    Muslim mosque,   Al-Aqsa,   was   also   built   on   the   Temple   Mount   in   705   AD.     Since    this    time    the    Temple    Mount    has    been    managed    by    the Muslim   community   of   Jerusalem.      During   the   1967   Six-Day   War Israel    captured    the    Temple    Mount    together    with    all    of    East Jerusalem   and   the   West   Bank   from   Jordan.      Soon   thereafter,   the Israeli   government   gave   control   of   the   site   back   to   the   Muslim community of Jerusalem. It’s   important   to   note   that   preparation   for   the   rebuilding   of   the   Temple   is   ongoing—by   developing   the   architectural   plans and   recreating   the   biblically-defined   articles   for   the   Temple   (sacred   vessels,   menorah,   the   High   Priest’s   breastplate, etc.).  To learn more, see the Temple Institute website: ( https://www.templeinstitute.org/ ). Here   is   a   very   interesting   point   to   consider…there   are   many   rabbis   in   Israel   who   are   predicting   the   coming   of   the Messiah   is   very   soon.      What’s   sad…if   you   ask   the   rabbis…How   will   you   know   your   Messiah?      How   will   you   know   he   is the true Messiah?  Invariably their answer will be "He will build the Temple.  He will help us to build the Temple."  Now   take   a   moment   and   envision   the   joyous   and   celebratory   response   by   the   Israelites   upon   the   announcement   to resume sacrifices and offerings and the rebuilding of the Temple.  All of Israel will finally see a “door open” that will enable the fulfillment of their long-awaited desires.  Consider Israel’s response of praise and adoration to the one who claims responsibility for the covenant.  Now   add   to   your   vision   of   the   future…those   who   know   the   truth.      This   includes   Jews   and   gentiles   who   know   prophetic scripture;   understand   these   are   the   last   days;   are   aware   of   the   beast’s   intentions;   and   are   able   to   spiritually   see   the   lies and   delusional   affect   the   beast   has   upon   those   who   are   in   darkness.      Those   who   know   the   truth   will   attempt   to   explain and warn. Now   consider   the   turmoil,   heated   arguments   and   division   that   will   occur   when   attempts   are   made   by   the   enlightened   to convince   the   religious   leaders   of   the   false   covenant.      However,   those   who   are   in   control   will   reject   any   idea   that   the ongoing events are a fulfillment of Daniel 9:27; and will use inaccurate counter arguments to attest the covenant is real. So, with open and willing hearts, the Israelites will rebuild the Temple for the one who will: Use it for his vain glory. Destroy what was built. Jesus   said   “I   have   come   in   My   Father’s   name,   and   you   do   not   receive   Me;   if   another   comes   in   his   own   name,   him   you will receive.”  John 5:43 But   remember…this   is   all   a   fulfillment   of   God’s   prophetic   word.      For   those   who   know   Jesus   Christ   as   their   Savior   and Lord…the   false   covenant   will   strengthen   their   faith,   and   cause   their   heart   to   become   more   resolute   against   the   ever- increasing darkness. After   3½   years   have   passed—when   the   covenant   is   broken—is   when   the   beast’s   true   intentions   will   be   manifest.      Satan will   seek   to   fulfill   his   heart’s   vain   desire   to   be   worshiped   like   God   (which   caused   him   and   1/3   of   the   angels   to   be   cast   out of Heaven in the first place).  How   you   are   fallen   from   heaven,   O   Lucifer,   son   of   the   morning!      How   you   are   cut   down   to   the   ground,   you   who weakened   the   nations!      For   you   have   said   in   your   heart:   ‘I   will   ascend   into   heaven,   I   will   exalt   my   throne   above   the   stars of   God;   I   will   also   sit   on   the   mount   of   the   congregation   on   the   farthest   sides   of   the   north;   I   will   ascend   above   the   heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High.  Isaiah 14:12-14 By   force   he   will   desecrate   (damage,   defile)   the   temple;   stop   sacrifices   and   offerings;   and   will   stand   in   the   holy   place proclaiming   to   the   world   he   is   exalted   above   God.      His   hatred   will   spew   from   his   mouth   as   he   speaks   blasphemy (disrespect,   profanity,   slander)   towards   God   and   Heaven,   and   will   wage   war   against   God’s   holy   people—until   God’s wrath is complete. A nd   forces   shall   be   mustered   by   him,   and   they   shall   defile   the   sanctuary   fortress;   then   they   shall   take   away   the   daily sacrifices, and place there the abomination of desolation.  Daniel 11:31 Then   the   king   shall   do   according   to   his   own   will:   he   shall   exalt   and   magnify   himself   above   every   god,   shall   speak blasphemies   against   the   God   of   gods,   and   shall   prosper   till   the   wrath   has   been   accomplished;   for   what   has   been determined   shall   be   done.      He   shall   regard   neither   the   God   of   his   fathers   nor   the   desire   of   women,   nor   regard   any   god; for he shall exalt himself above them all.  Daniel 11:36-37 Who   opposes   and   exalts   himself   above   all   that   is   called   God   or   that   is   worshiped,   so   that   he   sits   as   God   in   the   temple   of God, showing himself that he is God.  2 Thessalonians 2:4 And   there   was   given   unto   him   a   mouth   speaking   great   things   and   blasphemies;   and   power   was   given   unto   him   to continue   forty   and   two   months.   And   he   opened   his   mouth   in   blasphemy   against   God,   to   blaspheme   his   name,   and   his tabernacle,   and   them   that   dwell   in   heaven.   And   it   was   given   unto   him   to   make   war   with   the   saints,   and   to   overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.  Revelation 13:5-7 When   the   beast   breaks   the   covenant   and   stands   in   the   Temple   proclaiming   to   be   God   is   when   Satan’s   absolute   hatred will   be   unleashed.      Jesus   describes   this   period   of   time   as   “great   tribulation.”      There   will   be   pain,   and   suffering,   and hardship,   and   death   unlike   any   period   of   time   in   the   past,   nor   in   the   future.      But   what’s   more,   Jesus   provided   Israelites with instructions on what to do when the beast stands in the Temple proclaiming to be God. “Therefore,   when   you   see   the   ‘abomination   of   desolation,’   spoken   of   by   Daniel   the   prophet,   standing   in   the   holy   place” (whoever   reads,   let   him   understand),   “then   let   those   who   are   in   Judea   flee   to   the   mountains.      Let   him   who   is   on   the housetop   not   go   down   to   take   anything   out   of   his   house.     And   let   him   who   is   in   the   field   not   go   back   to   get   his   clothes.     But   woe   to   those   who   are   pregnant   and   to   those   who   are   nursing   babies   in   those   days!      And   pray   that   your   flight   may not   be   in   winter   or   on   the   Sabbath.      For   then   there   will   be   great   tribulation,   such   as   has   not   been   since   the   beginning   of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be.”  Matthew 24:15-21 Jewish Remnant A   number   of   Jews   (the   “woman”   below)   will   be   protected   during   the   final   3½   years   of   the   Tribulation.      These   are   they who will flee into the wilderness.  Note: A time, and times, and half a time also equates to 3½ years in the Bible. And   to   the   woman   were   given   two   wings   of   a   great   eagle,   that   she   might   fly   into   the   wilderness,   into   her   place,   where she   is   nourished   for   a   time,   and   times,   and   half   a   time,   from   the   face   of   the   serpent.   And   the   serpent   cast   out   of   his mouth   water   as   a   flood   after   the   woman,   that   he   might   cause   her   to   be   carried   away   of   the   flood. And   the   earth   helped the   woman,   and   the   earth   opened   her   mouth,   and   swallowed   up   the   flood   which   the   dragon   cast   out   of   his   mouth. And the    dragon    was    wroth    with    the    woman,    and    went    to    make    war    with    the    remnant    of    her    seed,    which    keep    the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.  Revelation 12:14-17 Some    believe    the    wilderness    area    where    Israelites    will    flee    is    Petra    (in    southern    Jordan)—which    has    protective structures (palaces, temples, tombs, storerooms and stables) carved into canyon walls. In   the   same   manner   God   kept   a   remnant   of   people   safe   during   the   flood   (Noah   and   his   family),   God   will   also   keep   a remnant   of   Jews   safe   during   the   final   days—who   will   enter   into   the   Millennial   Kingdom   reign   of   Jesus   Christ   when   He returns. The Return of Jesus Christ Jesus   Christ   first   came   as   a   lamb   for   the   atonement   for   our   sins.      However,   the   Israelites   believed   the   Messiah   would come   as   a   warier   and   one   who   would   destroy   their   enemies   on   earth.      But   God   had   a   different   plan   in   that   His   Son—the Messiah   and Anointed   One—would   do   something   much   greater.      Jesus   willingly   gave   His   body   and   shed   His   blood   as   a sacrifice   for   our   sins.      What’s   more,   He   replaced   the   need   to   shed   the   blood   of   animals   for   the   forgiveness   of sins—because   the   body   and   blood   of   God’s   Son   was   the   one   and   only   perfect   sacrifice—so   that   all   may   receive forgiveness for sins.  For   God   so   loved   the   world   that   He   gave   His   only   begotten   Son,   that   whoever   believes   in   Him   should   not   perish   but have everlasting life.  John 3:16 Jesus   Christ   is   the   new   covenant—in   Whom   God’s   grace,   and   love,   and   forgiveness   is   manifested—and   through   Whom God writes His laws upon the tablets of our hearts. “Behold,   the   days   are   coming,   says   the   Lord,   when   I   will   make   a   new   covenant   with   the   house   of   Israel   and   with   the house   of   Judah—not   according   to   the   covenant   that   I   made   with   their   fathers   in   the   day   that   I   took   them   by   the   hand   to lead   them   out   of   the   land   of   Egypt,   My   covenant   which   they   broke,   though   I   was   a   husband   to   them,   says   the   Lord.      But this   is   the   covenant   that   I   will   make   with   the   house   of   Israel   after   those   days,   says   the   Lord:   I   will   put   My   law   in   their minds,   and   write   it   on   their   hearts;   and   I   will   be   their   God,   and   they   shall   be   My   people.      No   more   shall   every   man   teach his   neighbor,   and   every   man   his   brother,   saying,   ‘Know   the   Lord,’   for   they   all   shall   know   Me,   from   the   least   of   them   to the   greatest   of   them,   says   the   Lord.      For   I   will   forgive   their   iniquity,   and   their   sin   I   will   remember   no   more.”      Jeremiah 31:31-34 When   Jesus   Christ   returns,   He   will   come   as   the   Israelites   have   always   looked   for:   as   the   Lion   of   Judah   to   destroy Israel’s    enemies.       This    is    when    the    Israelites    will    realize    the    truth,    God’s    grace    and    God’s    love—and    they    will mourn—because they failed to recognize God’s intent and plan in sacrificing His Son, Jesus. Behold, He is coming with clouds, and every eye will see Him, even they who pierced Him. And all the tribes of the earth will mourn because of Him.  Even so, Amen.  Revelation 1:7 And   I   will   pour   on   the   house   of   David   and   on   the   inhabitants   of   Jerusalem   the   Spirit   of   grace   and   supplication;   then   they will   look   on   Me   whom   they   pierced.      Yes,   they   will   mourn   for   Him   as   one   mourns   for   his   only   son,   and   grieve   for   Him   as one grieves for a firstborn.  Zechariah 12:10 Pray for Israel and Protect Israelites Although Israel will believe in the beast’s covenant, it is critically important to realize and remember: 1 . God is in control. 2 . Their mistake is fulfillment of prophecy. 3 . The Israelites are God’s chosen people.  I will take you as My people, and I will be your God (Exodus 6:7). What’s   more,   God   made   a   promise   that   He   will   bless   those   who   support   and   protect   Israel.      I   will   bless   those   who   bless you, and I will curse him who curses you.  Genesis 12:3 But   what   is   even   more   important,   there   will   be   a   remnant   of   non-Jews   who   will   also   survive   the   Tribulation.      Jesus   will judge them based upon what they did—or did not do—for the Israelites. Jesus   said   “When   the   Son   of   Man   comes   in   His   glory,   and   all   the   holy   angels   with   Him,   then   He   will   sit   on   the   throne   of His   glory.      All   the   nations   will   be   gathered   before   Him,   and   He   will   separate   them   one   from   another,   as   a   shepherd divides   his   sheep   from   the   goats.     And   He   will   set   the   sheep   on   His   right   hand,   but   the   goats   on   the   left.      Then   the   King will   say   to   those   on   His   right   hand,   ‘Come,   you   blessed   of   My   Father,   inherit   the   kingdom   prepared   for   you   from   the foundation   of   the   world:      for   I   was   hungry   and   you   gave   Me   food;   I   was   thirsty   and   you   gave   Me   drink;   I   was   a   stranger and   you   took   Me   in;   I   was   naked   and   you   clothed   Me;   I   was   sick   and   you   visited   Me;   I   was   in   prison   and   you   came   to Me.’ Then   the   righteous   will   answer   Him,   saying,   ‘Lord,   when   did   we   see   You   hungry   and   feed   You,   or   thirsty   and   give   You drink?      When   did   we   see   You   a   stranger   and   take   You   in,   or   naked   and   clothe   You?      Or   when   did   we   see   You   sick,   or   in prison,   and   come   to You?’     And   the   King   will   answer   and   say   to   them,   ‘Assuredly,   I   say   to   you,   inasmuch   as   you   did   it   to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’ Then   He   will   also   say   to   those   on   the   left   hand,   ‘Depart   from   Me,   you   cursed,   into   the   everlasting   fire   prepared   for   the devil   and   his   angels:   for   I   was   hungry   and   you   gave   Me   no   food;   I   was   thirsty   and   you   gave   Me   no   drink;   I   was   a stranger and you did not take Me in, naked and you did not clothe Me, sick and in prison and you did not visit Me.’ Then   they   also   will   answer   Him,   saying,   ‘Lord,   when   did   we   see You   hungry   or   thirsty   or   a   stranger   or   naked   or   sick   or   in prison,   and   did   not   minister   to   You?      Then   He   will   answer   them,   saying,   ‘Assuredly,   I   say   to   you,   inasmuch   as   you   did not   do   it   to   one   of   the   least   of   these,   you   did   not   do   it   to   Me.      And   these   will   go   away   into   everlasting   punishment,   but the righteous into e ternal life.”  Matthew 25:31-46 What you can do to prepare. As the world deteriorates in darkness… ask yourself the following question: Is my heart right with God? Jesus said “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”  John 14:6 Now is the time to receive that which God has freely given us in His Son. Now is the time to be forgiven for all that you have done…and for all of eternity. Think about it…nothing else in this life is more important! Any argument, any reasoning and any thought that attempts to justify otherwise…is a lie. Now is the time to turn and humbly seek the One who loves us beyond measure. Heavenly Father I am a sinner. I thank you God for sending your Son to die for my sins. Jesus…I believe in You and what You have done for me. Lord…I give you my life, my heart and my soul. Holy Spirit…change me from within. In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen I pray you grow in grace and peace… as you fully understand what God has done for us in Jesus Christ… by studying the Bible, praying, and by fellowshipping with Christians. All for His Glory…for He alone is worthy. Harold D. Thomas
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God   has   provided   us   with   numerous   last   day   indicators   in the   Bible.      However,   one   of   the   most   important   indicators of    the    end    times    is    found    in    Daniel    9:27—because    it defines   the   event   that   will   initiate   the   Tribulation   and   the last   7   years.     As   such,   every   person   on   earth   should   know this   scripture   and   actively   watch   for   the   fulfillment   of   this prophecy. “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.”  Daniel 9:27 To   assist   in   understanding,   let’s   “break   down”   this   verse into smaller segments. “And he” The   person   of   “he”   is   commonly   referred   to   in   the Bible    as    the    beast,    Antichrist    and    abomination    of desolation. He   is   in   whom   Satan   will   indwell,   and   will   manipulate, and will control. He   will   position   himself   (and   will   be   perceived)   as   a friend    of    Israel—one    who    knows    and    understands their needs. “shall confirm the covenant” He     will     authorize/sanction/approve     a     legal     act, contract, promise, or agreement. The   covenant   will   be   a   deceptive   lie—because   Satan has no intentions of keeping the promise. “with the many” The     word     “many”     includes     Israel     and     Israel’s enemies. This   requires   extraordinary   power   and/or   negotiation skills   to   cause   Israel’s   enemies   to   yield   to   Israel’s desires. “for one week” One week equates to 7 years in the Bible. These 7 years comprise the Tribulation. The Tribulation is divided into two 3½ periods. “and in the midst of the week” The midst (or middle) of the week is 3½ years. This   is   when   the   beast   will   reveal   his   true   Satan- driven objectives for the covenant. “he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease” These     words     are     key     in     that     they     reveal     the underlying    purpose    and    deceptive    lie    behind    the covenant. The   covenant   will   initially   allow   Israelites   to   perform sacrifices    and    offerings    as    instructed    in    the    Old Testament. This   covenant   also   means   the   Temple   must   be   rebuilt to enable the resumption of sacrifices and offerings. 3½      years      is      sufficient      time      to      rebuild      the Temple—which    was    destroyed    almost    2,000    years ago. Satan   was   cast   out   of   Heaven   because   he   wanted   to be   greater   than   God   (Isaiah   14:14).      His   delusional mind   has   not   changed.      As   such,   the   only   place   on earth   he   considers   worthy   to   declare   his   vain   desire to   be   worshiped   as   God   is   in   the   place   where   God last inhabited amongst His people. The   existence   of   the   rebuilt   Temple   in   the   last   days   is reinforced   Matthew   24:15.      Jesus   warned    “Therefore, when   you   see   the   ‘abomination   of   desolation,’   spoken of   by   Daniel   the   prophet,   standing   in   the   holy   place” (whoever   reads,   let   him   understand),   “then   let   those who are in Judea flee to the mountains.”  This   is   when   the   beast   (in   whom   Satan   dwells)   will stand    in    the    Temple    proclaiming    to    be    God.        But what’s   more,   this   is   when   the   beginning   of   absolute devastation,   desolation   and   death   will   occur   unlike any time in the history of man as: o The beast seeks to cause desolation. o God pours out His wrath. “and for the overspreading of abominations” Overspreading   is   defined   as   to   form   a   layer   over,   to blanket, cover, enclose, encompass, and so forth. Abomination   is   defined   as   something   regarded   with disgust or hatred.  His   abominations   will   reach   far   and   wide,   and   he   will decimate    and    control    nations.        But    worse,    he    will defile   the   Temple,   speak   blasphemies   against   God, and   attack   the   saints   (those   who   believe   in   Jesus Christ). o Who   is   like   the   beast?   Who   is   able   to   make   war with him?”  Revelation 13:4 o Then   he   opened   his   mouth   in   blasphemy   against God,   to   blaspheme   His   name,   His   tabernacle,   and those who dwell in heaven.  Revelation 13:6 o And    authority    was    given    him    over    every    tribe, tongue, and nation.  Revelation 13:7 “he shall make it desolate” Desolate    is    defined    as    devoid    of    inhabitants;    to divide, annihilate, destroy, and so forth. Desolate   (from   Satan’s   perspective)   means   to   murder the spiritual life in every person’s heart and soul. “even until the consummation” Consummation     is     defined     as     completion,     end, conclusion, and so forth. The   beast   will   not   stop   until   he   is   destroyed   (at   the Battle of Armageddon). “and that determined”  The words “that determined” is God’s wrath. God’s     wrath     during     this     period     is     defined     in Revelation. o The seven trumpets (Revelation chapters 8-11): Trumpet   1:   1/3   of   earth,   trees   and   all   grass   to   be burned Trumpet   2:   1/3   of   the   ocean,   sea   life   and   ships to be destroyed Trumpet     3:     1/3     of     all     fresh     water     to     be destroyed. Trumpet   4:   1/3   of   the   sun,   moon,   and   stars   to   no longer shine Trumpet   5:   Agony   and   misery   for   all   that   accept the mark Trumpet 6: Death of 1/3 mankind Trumpet 7: God takes control o The seven bowls (Revelation chapter 16): Bowl    1:    Causes    festering    sores    on    all    that accepted the mark Bowl 2: Changes the ocean into blood Bowl 3: Changes all drinkable water into blood Bowl 4: Causes people to be seared by the sun Bowl   5:   Judgment   is   poured   out   on   the   throne   of the beast Bowl 6: The Euphrates River is dried up Bowl 7: Armageddon “shall be poured upon the desolate.”  God’s    wrath    will    be    poured    upon    the    desolate (spiritually dead).  The desolate are those who: o Rejected Jesus Christ. o Were deceived and followed the beast. o Accepted the beast’s mark. God’s   wrath   will   begin   once   the   beast   stands   in   the Holy   Place   and   will   continue   until   the   conclusion   of the Battle of Armagedd on (the Great Tribulation). When    you    “stand    back”    and    “look    at    the    big    picture,” Daniel     9:27     represents     the     most     critical     transitional indicator   of   the   last   days.      As   such,   (in   the   background   of our   mind)   we   need   to   continually   look   for   an   event   or public   announcement   that   include   the   words   resumption of   sacrifices   and   offerings .”      This   announcement   will likely: Be   part   of   a   negotiated   peace   settlement   with   one   or more of Israel’s enemies. Include a reference to the rebuilding of the Temple. The Temple The   picture   above   is   a   model   of   the   Temple   (in   the   Israel Museum) prior to its destruction. Jesus   warned   the   Temple   would   be   destroyed   (Matthew 24:2).     The Temple   was   destroyed   in   70AD   by   the   Romans and   has   not   been   rebuilt.      Thereafter,   Israelites   left   their homeland    and    were    scattered    throughout    world.        For almost   2,000   years   Jews   have   not   been   able   to   perform sacrifices   and   offerings   for   their   sins   as   defined   in   the   Old Testament. T he   picture   above   is   the   Temple   Mount   today   (where   the Temple   was   located).      The   Temple   Mount   is   considered holy   and   sacred   by   Jews   and   Muslims.      The   Dome   of   the Rock   (a   Muslim   shrine)   was   built   on   the   Temple   Mount   in 691 AD.     A   Muslim   mosque, Al-Aqsa,   was   also   built   on   the Temple   Mount   in   705   AD.      Since   this   time   the   Temple Mount   has   been   managed   by   the   Muslim   community   of Jerusalem.      During   the   1967   Six-Day   War   Israel   captured the   Temple   Mount   together   with   all   of   East   Jerusalem   and the   West   Bank   from   Jordan.      Soon   thereafter,   the   Israeli government   gave   control   of   the   site   back   to   the   Muslim community of Jerusalem. It’s   important   to   note   that   preparation   for   the   rebuilding   of the   Temple    is    ongoing—by    developing    the    architectural plans   and   recreating   the   biblically-defined   articles   for   the Temple    (sacred    vessels,    menorah,    the    High    Priest’s breastplate,   etc.).      To   learn   more,   see   the   Temple   Institute website: ( https://www.templeinstitute.org/ ). Here    is    a    very    interesting    point    to    consider…there    are many   rabbis   in   Israel   who   are   predicting   the   coming   of   the Messiah    is    very    soon.        What’s    sad…if    you    ask    the rabbis…How   will   you   know   your   Messiah?      How   will   you know   he   is   the   true   Messiah?      Invariably   their   answer   will be   "He   will   build   the   Temple.      He   will   help   us   to   build   the Temple."  Now    take    a    moment    and    envision    the    joyous    and celebratory      response      by      the      Israelites      upon      the announcement   to   resume   sacrifices   and   offerings   and   the rebuilding of the Temple.  All   of   Israel   will   finally   see   a   “door   open”   that   will enable the fulfillment of their long-awaited desires.  Consider   Israel’s   response   of   praise   and   adoration   to the one who claims responsibility for the covenant.  Now   add   to   your   vision   of   the   future…those   who   know   the truth.        This    includes    Jews    and    gentiles    who    know prophetic   scripture;   understand   these   are   the   last   days; are    aware    of    the    beast’s    intentions;    and    are    able    to spiritually   see   the   lies   and   delusional   affect   the   beast   has upon   those   who   are   in   darkness.      Those   who   know   the truth will attempt to explain and warn. Now   consider   the   turmoil,   heated   arguments   and   division that   will   occur   when   attempts   are   made   by   the   enlightened to   convince   the   religious   leaders   of   the   false   covenant.   However,   those   who   are   in   control   will   reject   any   idea   that the   ongoing   events   are   a   fulfillment   of   Daniel   9:27;   and   will use   inaccurate   counter   arguments   to   attest   the   covenant is real. So,   with   open   and   willing   hearts,   the   Israelites   will   rebuild the Temple for the one who will: Use it for his vain glory. Destroy what was built. Jesus   said   “I   have   come   in   My   Father’s   name,   and   you   do not   receive   Me;   if   another   comes   in   his   own   name,   him you will receive.”  John 5:43 But   remember…this   is   all   a   fulfillment   of   God’s   prophetic word.      For   those   who   know   Jesus   Christ   as   their   Savior and   Lord…the   false   covenant   will   strengthen   their   faith, and   cause   their   heart   to   become   more   resolute   against   the ever-increasing darkness. After    3½    years    have    passed—when    the    covenant    is broken—is    when    the    beast’s    true    intentions    will    be manifest.      Satan   will   seek   to   fulfill   his   heart’s   vain   desire   to be   worshiped   like   God   (which   caused   him   and   1/3   of   the angels to be cast out of Heaven in the first place).  How   you   are   fallen   from   heaven,   O   Lucifer,   son   of   the morning!      How   you   are   cut   down   to   the   ground,   you   who weakened   the   nations!      For   you   have   said   in   your   heart:   ‘I will   ascend   into   heaven,   I   will   exalt   my   throne   above   the stars    of    God;    I    will    also    sit    on    the    mount    of    the congregation    on    the    farthest    sides    of    the    north;    I    will ascend   above   the   heights   of   the   clouds,   I   will   be   like   the Most High.  Isaiah 14:12-14 By   force   he   will   desecrate   (damage,   defile)   the   temple; stop   sacrifices   and   offerings;   and   will   stand   in   the   holy place   proclaiming   to   the   world   he   is   exalted   above   God.   His    hatred    will    spew    from    his    mouth    as    he    speaks blasphemy    (disrespect,    profanity,    slander)    towards    God and    Heaven,    and    will    wage    war    against    God’s    holy people—until God’s wrath is complete. A nd   forces   shall   be   mustered   by   him,   and   they   shall   defile the   sanctuary   fortress;   then   they   shall   take   away   the   daily sacrifices,   and   place   there   the   abomination   of   desolation.     Daniel 11:31 Then   the   king   shall   do   according   to   his   own   will:   he   shall exalt   and   magnify   himself   above   every   god,   shall   speak blasphemies   against   the   God   of   gods,   and   shall   prosper till   the   wrath   has   been   accomplished;   for   what   has   been determined   shall   be   done.      He   shall   regard   neither   the God   of   his   fathers   nor   the   desire   of   women,   nor   regard any   god;   for   he   shall   exalt   himself   above   them   all.      Daniel 11:36-37 Who   opposes   and   exalts   himself   above   all   that   is   called God   or   that   is   worshiped,   so   that   he   sits   as   God   in   the temple    of    God,    showing    himself    that    he    is    God.        2 Thessalonians 2:4 And   there   was   given   unto   him   a   mouth   speaking   great things   and   blasphemies;   and   power   was   given   unto   him   to continue   forty   and   two   months.   And   he   opened   his   mouth in   blasphemy   against   God,   to   blaspheme   his   name,   and his   tabernacle,   and   them   that   dwell   in   heaven.   And   it   was given    unto    him    to    make    war    with    the    saints,    and    to overcome    them:    and    power    was    given    him    over    all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.  Revelation 13:5-7 When   the   beast   breaks   the   covenant   and   stands   in   the Temple   proclaiming   to   be   God   is   when   Satan’s   absolute hatred   will   be   unleashed.      Jesus   describes   this   period   of time    as    “great    tribulation.”        There    will    be    pain,    and suffering,   and   hardship,   and   death   unlike   any   period   of time   in   the   past,   nor   in   the   future.      But   what’s   more,   Jesus provided   Israelites   with   instructions   on   what   to   do   when the beast stands in the Temple proclaiming to be God. “Therefore,   when   you   see   the   ‘abomination   of   desolation,’ spoken    of    by    Daniel    the    prophet,    standing    in    the    holy place”   (whoever   reads,   let   him   understand),   “then   let   those who   are   in   Judea   flee   to   the   mountains.      Let   him   who   is   on the   housetop   not   go   down   to   take   anything   out   of   his house.      And   let   him   who   is   in   the   field   not   go   back   to   get his   clothes.      But   woe   to   those   who   are   pregnant   and   to those   who   are   nursing   babies   in   those   days!      And   pray that   your   flight   may   not   be   in   winter   or   on   the   Sabbath.   For   then   there   will   be   great   tribulation,   such   as   has   not been   since   the   beginning   of   the   world   until   this   time,   no, nor ever shall be.”  Matthew 24:15-21 Jewish Remnant A   number   of   Jews   (the   “woman”   below)   will   be   protected during   the   final   3½   years   of   the   Tribulation.      These   are they   who   will   flee   into   the   wilderness.      Note:   A   time,   and times,   and   half   a   time   also   equates   to   3½   years   in   the Bible. And   to   the   woman   were   given   two   wings   of   a   great   eagle, that    she    might    fly    into    the    wilderness,    into    her    place, where   she   is   nourished   for   a   time,   and   times,   and   half   a time,   from   the   face   of   the   serpent.   And   the   serpent   cast out   of   his   mouth   water   as   a   flood   after   the   woman,   that   he might   cause   her   to   be   carried   away   of   the   flood.   And   the earth   helped   the   woman,   and   the   earth   opened   her   mouth, and   swallowed   up   the   flood   which   the   dragon   cast   out   of his   mouth. And   the   dragon   was   wroth   with   the   woman,   and went   to   make   war   with   the   remnant   of   her   seed,   which keep   the   commandments   of   God,   and   have   the   testimony of Jesus Christ.  Revelation 12:14-17 Some   believe   the   wilderness   area   where   Israelites   will   flee is    Petra    (in    southern    Jordan)—which    has    protective structures    (palaces,    temples,    tombs,    storerooms    and stables) carved into canyon walls. In   the   same   manner   God   kept   a   remnant   of   people   safe during   the   flood   (Noah   and   his   family),   God   will   also   keep a   remnant   of   Jews   safe   during   the   final   days—who   will enter   into   the   Millennial   Kingdom   reign   of   Jesus   Christ when He returns. The Return of Jesus Christ Jesus   Christ   first   came   as   a   lamb   for   the   atonement   for our   sins.      However,   the   Israelites   believed   the   Messiah would   come   as   a   warier   and   one   who   would   destroy   their enemies   on   earth.      But   God   had   a   different   plan   in   that   His Son—the      Messiah      and      Anointed      One—would      do something   much   greater.      Jesus   willingly   gave   His   body and   shed   His   blood   as   a   sacrifice   for   our   sins.      What’s more,   He   replaced   the   need   to   shed   the   blood   of   animals for   the   forgiveness   of   sins—because   the   body   and   blood of   God’s   Son   was   the   one   and   only   perfect   sacrifice—so that all may receive forgiveness for sins.  For    God    so    loved    the    world    that    He    gave    His    only begotten   Son,   that   whoever   believes   in   Him   should   not perish but have everlasting life.  John 3:16 Jesus   Christ   is   the   new   covenant—in   Whom   God’s   grace, and    love,    and    forgiveness    is    manifested—and    through Whom God writes His laws upon the tablets of our hearts. “Behold,   the   days   are   coming,   says   the   Lord,   when   I   will make   a   new   covenant   with   the   house   of   Israel   and   with the   house   of   Judah—not   according   to   the   covenant   that   I made   with   their   fathers   in   the   day   that   I   took   them   by   the hand   to   lead   them   out   of   the   land   of   Egypt,   My   covenant which   they   broke,   though   I   was   a   husband   to   them,   says the   Lord.      But   this   is   the   covenant   that   I   will   make   with   the house   of   Israel   after   those   days,   says   the   Lord:   I   will   put My   law   in   their   minds,   and   write   it   on   their   hearts;   and   I   will be   their   God,   and   they   shall   be   My   people.      No   more   shall every   man   teach   his   neighbor,   and   every   man   his   brother, saying,   ‘Know   the   Lord,’   for   they   all   shall   know   Me,   from the   least   of   them   to   the   greatest   of   them,   says   the   Lord.   For   I   will   forgive   their   iniquity,   and   their   sin   I   will   remember no more.”  Jeremiah 31:31-34 When   Jesus   Christ   returns,   He   will   come   as   the   Israelites have   always   looked   for:   as   the   Lion   of   Judah   to   destroy Israel’s   enemies.      This   is   when   the   Israelites   will   realize the    truth,    God’s    grace    and    God’s    love—and    they    will mourn—because   they   failed   to   recognize   God’s   intent   and plan in sacrificing His Son, Jesus. Behold,   He   is   coming   with   clouds,   and   every   eye   will   see Him,   even   they   who   pierced   Him.   And   all   the   tribes   of   the earth    will    mourn    because    of    Him.        Even    so,    Amen.    Revelation 1:7 And    I    will    pour    on    the    house    of    David    and    on    the inhabitants     of     Jerusalem     the     Spirit     of     grace     and supplication;   then   they   will   look   on   Me   whom   they   pierced.     Yes,   they   will   mourn   for   Him   as   one   mourns   for   his   only son,   and   grieve   for   Him   as   one   grieves   for   a   firstborn.   Zechariah 12:10 Pray for Israel and Protect Israelites Although   Israel   will   believe   in   the   beast’s   covenant,   it   is critically important to realize and remember: 1 . God is in control. 2 . Their mistake is fulfillment of prophecy. 3 . The   Israelites   are   God’s   chosen   people.      I   will   take you   as   My   people,   and   I   will   be   your   God   (Exodus 6:7). What’s    more,    God    made    a    promise    that    He    will    bless those   who   support   and   protect   Israel.      I   will   bless   those who    bless    you,    and    I    will    curse    him    who    curses    you.    Genesis 12:3 But   what   is   even   more   important,   there   will   be   a   remnant of   non-Jews   who   will   also   survive   the   Tribulation.      Jesus will   judge   them   based   upon   what   they   did—or   did   not do—for the Israelites. Jesus   said   “When   the   Son   of   Man   comes   in   His   glory,   and all   the   holy   angels   with   Him,   then   He   will   sit   on   the   throne of   His   glory.      All   the   nations   will   be   gathered   before   Him, and    He    will    separate    them    one    from    another,    as    a shepherd   divides   his   sheep   from   the   goats.      And   He   will set   the   sheep   on   His   right   hand,   but   the   goats   on   the   left.     Then   the   King   will   say   to   those   on   His   right   hand,   ‘Come, you   blessed   of   My   Father,   inherit   the   kingdom   prepared   for you   from   the   foundation   of   the   world:      for   I   was   hungry   and you   gave   Me   food;   I   was   thirsty   and   you   gave   Me   drink;   I was   a   stranger   and   you   took   Me   in;   I   was   naked   and   you clothed   Me;   I   was   sick   and   you   visited   Me;   I   was   in   prison and you came to Me.’ Then   the   righteous   will   answer   Him,   saying,   ‘Lord,   when did   we   see   You   hungry   and   feed   You,   or   thirsty   and   give You   drink?      When   did   we   see   You   a   stranger   and   take   You in,   or   naked   and   clothe   You?      Or   when   did   we   see   You sick,   or   in   prison,   and   come   to   You?’      And   the   King   will answer    and    say    to    them,    ‘Assuredly,    I    say    to    you, inasmuch   as   you   did   it   to   one   of   the   least   of   these   My brethren, you did it to Me.’ Then   He   will   also   say   to   those   on   the   left   hand,   ‘Depart from   Me,   you   cursed,   into   the   everlasting   fire   prepared   for the   devil   and   his   angels:   for   I   was   hungry   and   you   gave Me   no   food;   I   was   thirsty   and   you   gave   Me   no   drink;   I   was a   stranger   and   you   did   not   take   Me   in,   naked   and   you   did not clothe Me, sick and in prison and you did not visit Me.’ Then   they   also   will   answer   Him,   saying,   ‘Lord,   when   did we   see You   hungry   or   thirsty   or   a   stranger   or   naked   or   sick or   in   prison,   and   did   not   minister   to   You?      Then   He   will answer   them,   saying,   ‘Assuredly,   I   say   to   you,   inasmuch as   you   did   not   do   it   to   one   of   the   least   of   these,   you   did   not do    it    to    Me.       And    these    will    go    away    into    everlasting punishment,   but   the   righteous   into   e ternal   life.”      Matthew 25:31-46 What you can do to prepare. As the world deteriorates in darkness… ask yourself the following question: Is my heart right with God? Jesus said “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”   John 14:6 Now is the time to receive that which God has freely given us in His Son. Now is the time to be forgiven for all that you have done…and for all of eternity. Think about it…nothing else in this life is more important! Any argument, any reasoning and any thought that attempts to justify otherwise…is a lie. Now is the time to turn and humbly seek the One  who loves us beyond measure. Heavenly Father I am a sinner. I thank you God for sending your Son to die for my sins. Jesus…I believe in You and what You have done for me. Lord…I give you my life, my heart and my soul. Holy Spirit…change me from within. In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen I pray you grow in grace and peace… as you fully understand what God has done for us  in Jesus Christ… by studying the Bible, praying, and by fellowshipping with Christians. All for His Glory…for He alone is worthy. Harold D. Thomas
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