Chambersburg Bible Study – The Answers to Friday Night’s Bible Study Questions Concerning the End Times
We only got through the first two questions. Here are the answers, from the Bible.
1) What is the “abomination of desolation” spoken of by the prophet Daniel? “And after the sixty-two weeks, an anointed one shall be cut off, and shall have nothing; and the people of the prince who is to come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary. Its end shall come with a flood, and to the end there shall be war; desolations are decreed. And he shall make a strong covenant with many for one week; and for half of the week he shall cause sacrifice and offering to cease; and upon the wing of abominations shall come one who makes desolate, until the decreed end is poured out on the desolator.” (Daniel 9:26-27)
Jesus spoke of the “abomination of desolation”, which was spoken of by Daniel the prophet (see: Mt.24, Mk 13, Luke 21:21). St. Matthew tells us that Jesus warned Israel of the soon-to-appear “desolating sacrilege” or “abomination of desolation”: “So when you see the desolating sacrilege spoken of by the prophet Daniel, standing in the holy place (let the reader understand), then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains; let him who is on the housetop not go down to take what is in his house; and let him who is in the field not turn back to take his mantle. And alas for those who are with child and for those who give suck in those days! Pray that your flight may not be in winter or on a Sabbath’” For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been from the beginning of the world until now, no, and never will be’” Matthew 24:15-21.
St. Mark also tells us that Jesus warned Israel of the “abomination of desolation”, saying: “But when you see the desolating sacrilege set up where it ought not to be (let the reader understand), then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains; let him who is on the housetop not go down, nor enter his house, to take anything away; and let him who is in the field not turn back to take his mantle. And alas for those who are with child and for those who give suck in those days! Pray that it may not happen in winter. For in those days there will be such tribulation as has not been from the beginning of the creation which God created until now, and never will be’” Mark 13: 14-19.
St. Luke answers our question for us: What is the “abomination of desolation”? the “sacrilege that desolates”? Luke tells us: Jesus, in St. Luke’s gospel says: “But when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then know that its desolation has come near. Then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains, and let those who are inside the city depart, and let not those who are out in the country enter it; for these are days of vengeance, to fulfill all that is written. Alas for those who are with child and for those who give suck in those days! For great distress shall be upon the earth and wrath upon this people; they will fall by the edge of the sword, and be led captive among all nations; and Jerusalem will be trodden down by the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled” Luke 21: 20-24.
This event, the surrounding of Jerusalem and its desolation, occurred in the year 70 A.D, which was some forty year after Jesus prophecy was given, and in which Jesus sated that the events he spoke of (Jerusalem’s desolation) were to occur within that “generation”, which is about a forty years period of time. Within the lifetime of those who were hearing him speak, is what Jesus meant when he said “this generation” will witness these events: “Truly, I say to you, this generation will not pass away till all has taken place” Luke 21:32. What are the “days of vengeance” Jesus is speaking of here? Here’s a clue, which will indicate, without a doubt, that Israel is both “Babylon” and the “Whore of Babylon” referred to in Revelation, and it’s “the abomination of desolation” that is the key that will unlock this great mystery for us. There was only one exception made by Jesus that allows either a man or a woman to divorce their spouse, and it’s here where things will get very interesting: “And I say to you: whoever divorces his wife, except for unchastity, and marries another, commits adultery; and he who marries a divorced woman, commits adultery” Matthew 19: 9. So why would God, whom Jesus has said, has told us that “…from the beginning [God] made them [people] male and female” and that it is “for this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh” and “for this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh” EVER permit ANY exception for DIVORCE? As Jesus does in St. Matthew’s gospel (MT 19:9) when he tells us that “whoever divorces his wife, except for unchastity, and marries another, commits adultery; and he who marries a divorced woman, commits adultery”?
What IS “unchastity”? It is “whoredom”; or living the lifestyle of a harlot, whether one is a man or a women and whether one takes money for it or not. THAT is the ONLY reason God permits divorce. Which is why, in St. Matthew‘s gospel, Matthew tells us that Jesus listed many reason why God was divorcing Israel, and that the destruction of Jerusalem was Israel’s judgment. And that until the fullness of the Gentiles be brought in, Israel was cut off and that the people of Israel would be scattered around the world, which is what happened to Jerusalem, Israel, and the Jewish people in 70 A.D. At the end of MT 23, Jesus says: “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, killing the prophets and stoning those who are sent to you! How often would I have gathered your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you would not! Behold, your house is forsaken and desolate” (versus 37-38). Accept it, deny it, investigate it, Israel is the Whore of Babylon, the Great Harlot, whose punishment, during the “days of vengeance” (Luke 21:21), which occurred in 70 AD, has already come upon Israel, because Israel alone was guilty of “all the righteous blood shed on earth, from the blood of innocent Abel to the blood of Zechariah the son of Barachiah, whom you murdered between the sanctuary and the altar” and Jesus told them so, and told them God was divorcing his errant, whorish, spouse Israel. “Truly, I say to you, all this will come upon this generation” Matthew 23: 36-37.
2) What is “Babylon”, and who is “the Great Harlot” [the Whore of Babylon] spoken of by St. John in the book of Revelation? “Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and said to me, ‘Come, I will show you the judgment of the great harlot who is seated upon many waters, with whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and with the wine of whose fornication the dwellers on earth have become drunk.’ And he carried me away in the Spirit into a wilderness, and I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast which was full of blasphemous names, and it had seven heads and ten horns. The woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet, and bedecked with gold and jewels and pearls, holding in her hand a golden cup full of abominations and the impurities of her fornication; and on her forehead was written a name of mystery: “Babylon the great, mother of harlots and of earth’s abominations. And I saw the woman, drunk with the blood of the saints and the blood of the martyrs of Jesus.” (Revelation 17: 1-6)
In Revelation 18:24, St. John tells us “…in her [Babylon] was found the blood of prophets and of saints, and of all who have been slain on earth.” In Luke 21:21, we read where Jesus told the leaders of Israel that “…upon you [Israel] may come all the righteous blood shed on earth, from the blood of innocent Abel to the blood of Zechariah the son of Barachiah, whom you murdered between the sanctuary and the altar.” In Luke 11:49-51, Jesus tells the rulers of Israel “Therefore also the Wisdom of God said, ‘I will send them prophets and apostles, some of whom they will kill and persecute,’ that the blood of all the prophets, shed from the foundation of the world, may be required of this generation, from the blood of Abel to the blood of Zechariah, who perished between the altar and the sanctuary. Yes, I tell you, it shall be required of this generation.” Who, alone, is guilty of murdering “all who have been slain on earth”? Guilty of shedding “all the righteous blood shed on earth, from the blood of innocent Abel to the blood of Zechariah the son of Barachiah, whom you murdered between the sanctuary and the altar”? St. Luke tells us, doesn’t he? “God said, ‘I will send them prophets and apostles, some of whom they will kill and persecute,’ that the blood of all the prophets, shed from the foundation of the world, may be required of this generation, from the blood of Abel to the blood of Zechariah, who perished between the altar and the sanctuary. Yes, I tell you [Israel], it shall be required of this generation’” Luke 11:49-51. Believe it or not, according to the Bible: Babylon = Israel.
ADDENDUM FOR ALL BIBLE BELIEVING CHRISTIANS WHO SUPPORT ISRAEL TODAY
For those of you who are Christians, as I am, I have some very important questions for you:
1) Have you ever read the Bible?
2) Do you understand what you’re reading?
3) Do you understand that, according to Jesus himself, God rejected Israel over 2,000 years ago, because Israel, as a nation, rejected God’s only begotten Son, Jesus?
4) Do you know where, in the Bible, this rejection of Israel by Christ (and God, the Father) can be found?
5) Do you believe in (and act upon) what Jesus said (and did)?
*** ANSWERS ***
Christ proclaimed Israel’s rejection by God for Israel’s rejection of himself as God’s Messiah in the Gospel of St. Matthew, see: MT 23:38.
“O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often would I have gathered your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you would not! See, your house is left to you desolate. For I tell you, you will not see me again, until you say, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.’” Matthew 23: 37-39 (ESV)
Jesus—and God, his Father—was DONE with Israel – more than 2,000 years ago, according to Jesus and the Bible, so when will YOU decide to start believing in (and acting upon) what JESUS said, and STOP SUPPORTING ISRAEL?
Jesus on Israel – Bible Study: Matthew 23:38
The context for Matthew 23:37-39 – Matthew Chapter 23: Christ’s “Seven Woes” to the Jewish Scribes and Pharisees: MT 23:37-39
(The Greek word: aphiétai, “desolate” or “abandoned”, is found in the original Greek text of Matthew 23:38. The lexical entry for the word is: aphíēmi; which is a form of the word: aphiétai used in Matthew 23:38)
Lexical entry for aphíēmi.