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October 12, 2021 6:00 am
Jesus is at the temple is teaching these putting down the challenges that come against him is leaving the temple and his disciples say to him master what you think of this Temple ground. I mean look at the stones in the temple and all around the building to know what you think and he says I'm telling you, not one stone will remain upon another that has come to pass. So thorough was Rome's construction of that temple sect that was the second Jewish Temple.
I'll get back to those things. This is cross reference radio with our pastor and teacher Rick Gaston.
Rick is the pastor of Calvary Chapel Mechanicsville. Pastor Rick is currently teaching through the book of Mark, please stay with us after today's message to hear more information about cross reference radio. Specifically, you can get a free copy of this teaching, and now here's Pastor Rick with a brand-new study called that third temple as he teaches in Mark chapter 13 if you have your Bibles please turn to the gospel according to Mark chapter 13 and we will attempt versus 14 to 23.
There is a chance I won't get past. Verse 14 is just the left enough information there. Mark's gospel chapter 13 verses 14 to 23. So when you see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing where it ought not 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 into the house nor enter to take anything out of his house, let him who is in the field not go back to get his close woe to those who are pregnant and those who are nursing babies in those days and pray that your flight may not be in winter. For in those days there will be tribulations such as has not been since the beginning of the creation which God created until this time, nor ever shall be, and unless the Lord had shortened those days, no flesh would be saved but for the elect's sake, whom he chose shortened the days.
Then if anyone says to you, look, here is the Christ or look here he is there do not believe it.
Christ, for false Christ and false prophets will rise and show signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. Take heed, see, I have told you all things beforehand that third temple that is the title of this message. It has very much to do with us right now, as does all prophecy. Jesus said, not a jot or tittle would pass away from God's word read the grass withers of flowers favor the word of God stands forever, and this is the word of God, and it is about the future the last days of human government will be characterized by increasingly strange unprecedented and global dark things. These will be spectacular things. It will phase into larger and larger troubles. They will expand technology will dominate everything and has a very large role in the end times without modern technology.
Last days prophecies would not be literal would be allegory, but now it technology, looking at the revelation of Jesus Christ and all the events of the taken place there so much of it makes so much more sense than ever before. Granted, modern technology offers us benefits that we enjoy will ultimately serve to destroy mankind as we know it before the rapture of the church.
The removal of the church just before this period of time in history the seven year period of time in history where Satan will be given more authority than he's ever had and he will raise up for himself. The Antichrist and his false prophet in a world that will line up behind them.
The church will be taken out of the way renal need for the church.
Number one because the church will be outlawed and the tribulation converts will suffer persecution. Most of them but before the church is ruptured well after this, a checklist that has to of things that have to take place before the coming of the Lord, back as far as the resurrection before these end time events could take place.
Christ had to fulfill God's plan of salvation we Christians we get that we love that Peter the apostle had to be martyred before the rapture of the church and the end time scenario began to unfold. In fact, Peter was murdered before the revelation of Jesus Christ given to John the apostle Paul had to preach to Caesar.
Paul also was dead at the hands of Rome before the revelation of Jesus Christ given to John on the Isle of Patmos Israel has to be in her promised land. Will that one significant because when the prophecies were given they were in the promised land, but then they were booted out of the promised land which you are a Bible student in those days of prophecy you would been scratching your head wondering when and how God's going to get his people back into that land would you would've known that they were going to go back into that land. We happen to live at a time when we see them there. In fact, some of you were alive when Israel became a nation again. Well want some other things that have to be checked off the list.
Aside from those is the modern technology.
As I mentioned what lining up with this 14th verse that we just read from Mark chapter 13 the third Jewish temple has to be built.
It does not exist right now and that's it that temple. This is central to the timeline that God has established.
Then comes the unprecedented global tribulation leading up to the seven years last seven years of human rule. Now in verse 13 of Mark 13 Jesus said and you will be hated by all for my namesake. They said that an answer to their questions. Let's go back a little bit Jesus is at the temple is teaching these is putting down the challenges that have come against him. He's leaving the temple and his disciples say to him master what you think of this Temple ground. I mean look at the stones in the temple and all around the building to know what you think and he says I'm telling you, not one stone will remain upon another that has come to pass. So thorough was Rome's destruction of that temple sect that was the second Jewish Temple and get back to those things so thorough that to this day. I'm believing more and more that archaeologists and historians don't have a clue that temple was in the place that they think it was is not that.
And at this point you can gasp okay. He says the Christians will be hated and that is true and the entire Jewish race is going to be hated yet again by a world power by one madman and all those behind him. Now, some don't share these views about the church being rafters and spared the great tribulation.
But that's their view and I'm not here to share their view impute shift my view, as I believe I have and I will say they're wrong, but this still loved and saved is just not as right as we are.
But while they can change size so Christ answering their questions. Now the Bible gives us some warnings about prophecy first John, he tells us to test the spirits to see if these things are from God or not, and Paul Rice of the Thessalonians young church, whom he invested quite a bit of end time information with the shared so I'm pausing a moment if you don't have a lot of knowledge about the end times Adobe intimidated by that there's a lot of information in Scripture. And if you want to get more familiar with it you going to have to going to the Old Testament books Isaiah a particularly Daniel and Ezekiel Joel and Zechariah are those of the main ones others have information to, but those of the. The key books of the Old Testament and the new. Of course you have the Olivet discourse is of Christ in the synoptic Gospels Matthew Mark and Luke and then you have the Thessalonians, Corinthians 1st Corinthians, and the revelation of those of the key books. I hope not leaving out one if I am from Bob let me know all suffer the mistake myself in any way to Thessalonians of the Thessalonians, Paul said, do not despise prophecies and then he said the next verse.
Test all things and so we are into this. We want to know what's going to happen what's going on. And God wants us to. And that's why we have the prophetic word and why it is fitting together so remarkably. In fact, in preparation. The problem is there's so much information that fits. How do you distill it. How do you take it in and share it with people so you don't lose their attention. How do you go back and say oh what I'm talking about.
That's what will find out how we do it and hopefully we do it in a good way looking now in verse 14. So when you see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing where it ought not let the reader understand, then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains this abomination of desolation is an event that is going to take place in the Jewish Temple hasn't happened yet. It has happened, but that was a distant fulfillment. I get to that moment but it will be a blatant defilement and it will be an an act of war in the mind of the Jew, and in the mind of the one who perpetrates it, which is the antichrist that single character that individual that is likely alive and well in an adult at this time. Somewhere in the world but his identity is not yet revealed it could be. He is not yet here but I believe years because I don't think mankind can sustain the technology that is available for multiple reasons again will have to weave those into consideration, but this will this act begins the wrath of the end time. The end time. This is a seven year period. According to Daniel that that 70th week of Daniel and the first 3 1/2 years a going to be relatively peaceful for the Jew, but there will be troubles for other people. In fact, I'm trying not to get ahead of myself because then I get lost when I come back and say that again in my mind is going there, so I'm gonna wait on that, but this is the day of the Lord as the prophet Joel spoke about and it is a day of trouble and it is a day of darkness, mankind.
By the time this particular prophecy comes into fulfillment that Jesus is speaking about here in verse 14.
Again, the church true believers will be gone by the apostate church will be here and it will be thriving. That is the church that doesn't believe in the Bible that doesn't think Jesus is all that he says he is. But still, they insist on calling themselves Christians in the church. It will become a traditional thing for them but they haven't no identification with the God of creation and the Christ of resurrection whatsoever.
And so they are left behind, and in the irretrievable state. I fear there has already been that one episode of this abomination in the temple already, so let's go back to the temple a moment. First of Solomon's Temple and that was destroyed by King Nebuchadnezzar. The Babylonian king, then of the second Temple was built under the leadership of a Jewish leader named Zerubbabel what the Romans destroyed that temple much later through their Gen. Titus, and it has not been rebuilt, there is now no Jewish temple, but there has to be for this verse to be fulfilled will come to that. During that second Temple there was an abomination of desolation committed and it was a partial fulfillment of what Daniel said which is typical in the Old Testament prophecies are half fulfilled, but the greater and final fulfillment remains to take place and this is the case with the temple this man Antiochus epiphanies. He was a king in Syria about 168 years or so before Christ was born and he invaded Jerusalem. He made an altar and trying to Zeus and there in the Jewish Temple.
He did this and he sacrificed a pig and other unclean animals that are unclean religiously to ceremonially to the Jews. The Maccabees has some of this and it in first Maccabees, which is not. We do not consider it Scripture, but it is good historical reading and if you have time to read first and second Maccabees. I think you would benefit from. If you have gotten your scriptural work done first by kids. You can have your dessert but you gotta eat your dinner.
Well, the Caesars of course when they came along they were in habit of putting their gods in the place of other people's gods and and eventually they put their own images alongside of their gods.
They wanted to be recognized as divine but antichrist when he defiles the third Temple. He is going to put his image there and nobody else's. And there's a lot more that's going to happen with this when he puts his image. There he will endow that image through his false prophet with life house that is going to be genuine like what was going on his sidekick again that false prophet of his will give that image of antichrist power to kill and to demand everyone to receive his mark which we know the code 66 and signal be afraid of that that number is nothing nothing for us to be afraid of something to identify and understand it. Don't get into superstition for us. The number 666 comes right before the number 667 and pretty much as it… In the context of end time studies where we won't be here again to to see this all acted out but it will be considered a badge of allegiance to antichrist. You will have to get this mark or you will be considered a traitor and a blasphemer to him those who refuse will be exterminated. Revelation 1315 he was granted power to give breath to the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak and cause as many as would not worship the image of the beast to be killed.
This is trans-humanism is already at work.
There are scientists who are now becoming quickly not all of them, but many of them shaman in Frankenstein's. They going into her or who are areas of that that they need to stay out of it than not going to trans-humanism essentially is the merger of robot and human using DNA and other parts of the human composition. It is utopia through technology.
This plan and they're starting to do it. They're working on it is in all this artificial intelligence as to what where does it stop there's a factor in the spiritual features of this when John says he was granted power to give breath to the image of the beast. He is not joking. It is going to be literal is intricate merging of the human to robot that is saying we don't need God and we will make this a better place for ourselves and anybody that gets in the way so serious to us. We are so where were willing to have collateral damage. We are willing to kill people who get in the way because that and will justify the means. How humanism rolls anyway… Spoken by Daniel the prophet, Jesus took the prophecies of Daniel literally got those pseudo-scholars. Other scholars are just not good scholars at all.
Daniel could not have written the things he wrote yet right after the events because it's too many details. He could not follow.
That's what prophecy is. Prophecy is the empty impossible made possible because of God. It is God telling the future predictive process prophecy is that when God says you will be judged. If you have not the blood of the Lamb.
That's predictive prophecy do with a guarantee spoken of by Daniel.
Daniel 927 this is what Jesus is quoting so is Christ. They ask you a question and just like he took down his challenges is lifting up his believers using Scripture. Scripture is so important is so easy for a pastor to decide let's make the church an entertainment center for people or let's make it the place of God's word and try to filter out anything that takes away from God's word and this is what Christ did, here comes the word Daniel nine verse 27 Daniel speaking God through him, then he shall confirm a covenant that he there is the antichrist, and he confirms a covenant, because he needs it. He has a need and is using the Jewish people to get it. He wants the money wants to support and when he comes to power. You break the deal that that's the bottom line, he shall confirm a covenant with many for one week, but in the middle of the week. Now that week is a seven year period. Don't have time going to hallowing all this you can study Nehemiah is another book that is anyway but in the middle of the week he shall bring an end to sacrifice and offering. And on the wing of abominations shall be one who makes desolate, even until the consummation, which is determined, is poured out on the desolate so there's your timestamp.
This is going to be to the consummation this abomination that is created in God's house by this this monster is called the beast by God, which is say he's a monster he's just the destructive and harmful in every sense of the work so the near fulfillment of that. Daniel 927 the Syrian king and tickets epiphanies what the final will be through this coming beast. Daniel 11 verse 31.
This is centered on and tickets to and 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. Again the near fulfillment and tickets epiphanies. The fark is antichrist with something interesting in that Daniel 1131 as he refers to the sanctuary is a fortress when Titus came to take the temple down when that that first Jewish revolt and it was a big revolt went on almost 5 months. Those Jews were fiercely turn the entire they took over the Antonio fortress of the Roman 10th Legion and which was right next to the temple and they fought to the death and it was brutal.
If they turn the temple into a fortress is interesting enough, but half of Daniel's seven years. His week 3 1/2 years will as I mentioned be relatively peaceful because of that covenant that antichrist makes then he breaks that covenant and that he come for illegals full genocide towards that and after that so antichrist will claim to be God. In this third Jewish temple during the great tribulation.
Jesus could not have been referring to the second Temple where they had just asked him about the stones that second that's the second Temple Lord. You see this magnificent structure the temple what you think that's a real rubber belt, Temple Solomons, having been destroyed and then built but rebuilt by Zerubbabel.
This is the temple that Jesus is making this statement about and when Rome destroys it. That's only a partial second Thessalonians chapter 2 temple still standing when Paul writes this. Let no one deceive you by any means for that day will not come unless the falling away comes first at is a great apostasy. And that's the church that that falling away is coming to and the man of sin is revealed, that's antichrist, the son of hell, the son of perdition, who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped because he's going to want to worship because he is Satan's is what Jesus Christ is to the father antichrist is to state this special creation and saying that, of course, in a negative and sarcastic way about what's coming. He continues Paul does, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God to tolerate no other is going to believe this nonsense to see Satan wanted to be counted equal with God.
That's where it all went south and that is going to be like father like son. You are like your father the devil in full bloom with the return of the Jews to occupy and rule the promised land. Today these things are in motion when Christ said it. He presupposed the destruction of this he couldn't tell the teetotalers is of the stuff is going away. Bob comes along and says with the knowledge of going away with this going to still be a temple for him to come in defile just like the Lord said, and from 70 A.D. to 1948 Israel had no promised land and still no temple.
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