Volume 4, Issue 1 __________________________________Bible Prophecy Ministry

Jesus On The Last Days

      Of all the great prophets, the very greatest was not Daniel, nor John, neither Ezekiel or Zechariah. The greatest prognosticator of all prophecy was Jesus Christ himself. Jesus expounded heavily into the realm of Bible prophecy with his Olivet Discourse. Matthew chapter 24, Mark chapter 13, and Luke chapter 21 record the detailed accounts of Jesus prophetical messages.

      In Matthew 24:37, Jesus literally weeped over the city of Jerusalem because it had killed the prophets that had been sent of God to foretell of impending events. God sends his prophetical messages into our time zones for the purpose of effecting a change in our actions. Jesus chastised the religious leaders of his day for ignoring, or being unable to discern Bible prophecy, and even demanded; “How shall you escape the coming desolation if you refuse the message.”

      Jesus "Day of Visitation" had been foretold by several earlier prophets in the Old Testament, and because Israel dispelled the value of Biblical Prophecy, the citizenry of the city of Jerusalem therefore missed him altogether and thus stood at the threshold of desolation. In Matthew 23 verse 38, Jesus pronounces beforehand that their house ( temple-nation ) shall be left desolate until they had learned to cry out in their despair for the Lord to save them.

      Zechariah 13:10 indicates that Israel will finally turn their eyes to the Lord and mourn for Him, whom they pierced, and He will save them.

      After observing events in the Temple, Jesus then departed from the city and crossed over to the Mt. of Olives. There, in this secluded garden location, at least four of his disciples came unto him to ask him in private certain questions about his pronouncements back on the temple mount.

      Peter, James, John and Andrew were taken aback by the comments concerning the magnificent temple super- complex built by Zerrubabbel, and enhanced by the King of the Jews; Herod. Jesus informed them that the glorious temple in Jerusalem would not survive another four decades of time. Now, the temple was a master- piece of engineering and construction, and built with the intention of withstanding many centuries of endurance. Jesus not only predicted its demise, but even went so far as to that "Not one stone of it would be left placed on top of another"...a bold statement indeed, or else the raving words of a raving lunatic.

      So, with this in mind, the disciples came to him away from listening ears (privately) asking three specific and direct questions. Remember, the disciples were eager to initiate the Kingdom; and perhaps thought that Jesus was about to embark upon a plan of insurrection to topple the Romans and the chief priests of the Scribes-Pharisees as well, because he had just chewed them all out for their mismanaging of the temple.

      Listen closely to their questions: 1.) When will all these things be? 2.) What will be the sign of thy coming? and 3.) When shall the world come to an end?

      Suffice it to say that their questions involve different events. Jesus reflects on the totality of all the aspects of their three different questions, and draws parallels concerning future history in answering their questions.

      But notice, the disciples were asking questions about the future, first the immediate future with regards to the Temple ( which Jesus just condemned to desolation ) and then questions regarding his return, and then finally about the end of all things (world). These are questions about prophecy! All of these things were future events to James, John, Peter, and Andrew. They wanted to know about the future!

      Now, if prophecy were unimportant, or a little bit insignificant, Jesus could have stopped right then and there and reprimanded his crew for asking stupid questions or he could have said; you can't possibly understand it anyway, or he could have said that your concerns about the future are a waste of effort; but he didn't do that. Look at Jesus response in Matt 24:4. It says "And Jesus answered and said unto them," so then, Jesus begins immediately to answer their barrage of questions dealing with prophetic themes.

      The point is this: 1.) The disciples had inquiring minds about prophetic events. Jesus commended them for their interest in prophecy. That's why he commenced with an expositional analysis of the last days. 2.) Also too, notice that he fully appreciated the fact that they asked him, not someone else., such as a soothsayer, an astrologer, etc..

      The disciples asked the right person didn't they? If anybody wants or desires to understand prophetic themes they must ask the right source. Prophecy is a Big Business with many profiteering contenders, and it is the one field of study that Satan hates the most. Why? Because it reveals the devils ultimate destination. (See Rev 20: 2,10) Also because Bible prophecy gives undeniable positive proof of the authenticity of the prophet (Jesus). This is the reason that Bible prophecy has been so much maligned down through the years. Satan knows it is his biggest challenge in recruiting people into his spherical domain. Truth given beforehand is evidence of total knowledge. There is only one source capable of that. Daniel knew that back 700 years earlier (Dan 2:28 and Dan 4:7,18).

      Notice that Jesus answers their questions, as they were asked, in a sequential fashion, and begins with a warning, "Take heed, let no one deceive you", indicating many deceivers come to deceive you. In Revelation 6:1-3 John saw these deceivers culminating in a last days world-class imposter. He comes riding upon a White Horse exactly as the description Jesus foretold in Matt 24:5 saying "I am Christ". (See also John 5:44)(Mark 6:6)(Luke 21:8).

      He then reveals that there shall be many wars, even rumors of wars (conflicts, conspiracy, cold wars, intimidation, etc) but responds that all these things is not by themselves indicative of the end. The end of time was the 3rd question, so he confirms he is still answering the 1st question. But on the other-hand, lets leap ahead again to Rev. 6:3-4 and there we see the Red Horse rider of warfare. Here this indication is imparted because warfare routinely follows deceptive peace-making attempts. Indeed the White horse rider will ride forth on the world stage conquering many nations through Peace initiatives; then in comparing the verse in Matt 24:7 (MK 13:8)(Luke 21:7) with Rev 6:5-6 we find wars bring economic and agricultural failures; once again in a natural sequential order. The analysis given by Jesus in his Olivet Discourse matches exactly the scenario revealed by the prophet John In Revelation chapter six.

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