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October 14, 2021 6:00 am
We know from Josephus and other historians that that Legion in Jerusalem was a city almost. It had granaries, bakeries, restaurants, brothels had to support the 6000+ troops and it took several thousand people to do it. So it is very conservative guess D'Antonio fortress house conservative 10,000 people. 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, but for now let's join Pastor Rick in the book of Mark chapter 13 with part three of his study called that third Temple. There are some essentials that got to get in place before they do this one is probably the key is the ironic line that got to identify Jews who are from Karen's line descendents from Aaron and Moses brother in their records so lost, how they going to do this is enough gravesites and in his rising gravesites and their still finding things, amazing things in Israel and there's still so much untouched and are going to get to some of that that they'll find a grave that will say something like you know at a high priest of descendents of Aaron and Bill taken the finding of DNA and they'll be able to match that's gonna happen. That's why we get the hundred 44,000 is 12,000 from each tribe and is listed in the Revelation which tribes they're coming from because the technology will be there, so evil, will be using technology and so will righteous and that is just quite amazing and we see this happening today when DNA was funeral codified and put together okay.
We understand DNA that was just as another step towards fulfillment of prophecy and and is more, I may leave out some stuff just not enough time, but they also have to have as I mentioned, the articles due to minister's priest and Levites as a plan to bring livestock bear and slaughter them at at the altar and offer them just as it was in the days of David and Moses, a red heifer have to find a red heifer that's critical to the purification process.
They won't be able to open the temple up till they purify the Temple ounces Bill okay now this purified ceremonially and Bill there working on that to and this this is probably even more important than the other two. The precise location of the holy of holies, where did the Ark of the covenant sit there art that was a chest had the word of God and of the tablets that Moses received from God the remade habit tablets because pulses he dropped the others okay through them down in anger is not dropping anyway. God redid that incidentally when God gave them those tablets. They want tablets that Moses was able to carry both of them, which is symbolic. God's word is something we can carry. We can carry it up a mountain.
If we are so order to and we can bring it back down without throwing it anyway.
Moses I feel like is my body in many ways is to sympathize you know I've said this quite a few times when God called him, he said, can you get some hot.
He hopes I I just love it is so human of the whole story. Anyway digs the precise location where did that art sit where was the holy of holies with hot only the high priest could go into the day of atonement, we have the people well. I have found some things that I'm not ready to share. But I'm going to share the that means I can share them.
I just maybe don't know if I should have to. They are going to change possibly change my study nose 30 years of study notes. If you can stack that up. You have a tower everywhere.
The temple is mentioned in the old and New Testament now is I wonder if there is the traditional location of the temple.
Now there are those archaeologists in Israel that consider this fringe thinking, but we got facts and almost all the art archaeologists are abject atheists and they are not honest with each of them and they would look what they did with Jericho. You know, the Jericho's. This final will do exactly that many distant global thinking on the archaeologist way the truth and like it or not, but a very helpful very useful and done some wonderful things for us, but the traditional location.
So here's the temple that once stood. Solomon's temple right now they think on what is now the temple mount with the dome of the rock is and just to the west of that temple of the Lula is a wall that is believed to be the only real leftover retention wall for the earth for the structure to keep it in and is believed to be what was the part of the second Temple was you know that Wallace got different layers of stoner from different ages of different people adding different things you got things from Gerard's time, the Roman support rod the Muslims up, I may have got these layers. There, but the Jews really believe this is the closest structure to where the temple stood that's why it is so important to them call the Wailing Wall the Jews today aren't even interested in entertaining, that it might not be there.
New research has discovered that that entire Temple Mount was likely D'Antonio fortress, not the temple. This again cast time so the Romans had the 10th Legion there to keep the Jews in line. How many troops would you need in Jerusalem to keep troops in line allegiance about 6000 men. We know from Josephus and other historians that that Legion in Jerusalem was a city almost.
It had granaries, bakeries, restaurants, brothels, it had to support the 6000+ troops and it took several thousand people to do it. So in a very conservative guess D'Antonio fortress house conservative 10,000 people well if you go to the Jewish Museum injured in Israel. He was Museum in Jerusalem. They have all layout of Jerusalem to scale the temple and the Antonio fortress city of David, and this does the city sprawled out at the Kidron Valley that Valley have had no on the terror trophy and get Ballinger got all is just wrong gasp.
Again, we sophisticated know because that's what I'm saying is borderline blasphemous to the Jew that goes to the Western Wall, believing this was his temple, but I stopped the back.
A lot of this up and and I intend to do that so this huge fortress 36 acres snow just for talking about this in our Sunday study and in our midweek on in Samuel. David just conquered Jerusalem went up and I discussed Mount Zion versus Mount Moriah but my research is now leaning more and more towards Zion, the city of David is where Mount Moriah is and not the traditional site of the Temple Mount. I don't know if I've lost you but I'm all around Jerusalem myself right now you go to Jerusalem, you can't figure out where you are is such a complex city in the archaeological digs are astounding. The construction I'm from background of heavy construction.
They have enormous construction beneath the city were all the ruins are I got Windows, you can walk up to some, and look out. Okay I'm digressing. Let's go back to so the traditional site of where the temple is may have actually been all the Roman fortress. The dome of the rock is there if you've ever seen a picture of the dome of the rock you have to say that is one ugly rock. I really, is it not just because it's the Muslims and attacking them with the statement I am saying it's not up smooth flat will now we got a problem because you see that supposed to be the threshing floor of arena who sold the temple mount where Mount Moriah is where Abraham was told to offer Isaac Melchizedek met Abraham not at the same time of those events.
If that's the threshing floor is impossible.
It's too lumpy, too many holes in craters and nobody could trash weed on that rock. It is not possible now in getting into a process of elimination. So then what is that rock the Pretoria of Pilate is very good candidate for this where the Romans inside the fortress of Antonia judged criminals standing on that rock John's gospel chapter 19 verse 13 when Pilate therefore heard that saying, he brought Jesus out and sat down in the judgment seat in a place that is called the pavement. The Greek word stone 65 foot diameter but in Hebrew get Botha. What is that the knoll was an old goalless that rock is that's what the Jews called it that things are knoll it's just stone sister sticking up. It is an exact representation of what is going on there. Therefore, if this assumption is right that traditional ground for the temple and this is important. Why is important because if the temple is going to get billed. How you going to get the Muslims out of the way you want to build it where Solomon had his his temple.
See, this is a big thing for some space a bit. Is that what could be over this way little banana Christ ago negotiated ahead as possible, but not like the ability Revelation 11 to says leave the out of court for the Gentiles in the building of the temple. But back to this so eliminating that as the rock of or establishing that at the dome of the rock. The Muslims are wrong and at the Western Wall, the Jews will so the Jews are facing the Western Wall, which is towards the dome of the rock a little adjacent but not direction for facing the wrong way from where the temple was, and not only that, for facing the direction of that spot where Christ was judged by the world and rejected on behalf of sinners. The Muslims are maintaining that spot. That's where they worship that's their mosque, non-Muslims are not allowed in their and so they built this structure around this lumpy rock that is the place with the creator of life with the Savior of the world stood before man and was judged and sentenced to crucifixion both of them have the wrong direction one has wrong rock and the other has wrong wall them was the second Temple where can I go was a mention there is some space in years ago there were these Christian archaeologists sneaking up to the temple mount with probes looking for cavities beneath the surface to say well they the ark was on our way and if we could find that way. That's probably with the temple originally stood but that doesn't really work too well because again, did you go to the Temple Mount. You can you can't do anything so locked down by the Muslims. You can't pray a difficult praying to be arrested if you look like your brain you going to get into trouble we can have any Bible studies. There is not a friendly place anyway. The second Temple.
I believe those who have promoting this is a very small group now and then you know to be, except is almost impossible but anyway just to the south of what is now the temple mount the traditional location of the temple, but really was the Antonio fortress is the city of David about 600 feet okay that's the city of David was so significant about the temple being there while the spring he hung the Guyon spring. There is no water, natural water coming into Jerusalem for 5 miles. Nowhere in David as we discussed, took the city by Joab his commander climbing up the well and getting into the city and letting in his men with him in that study, they took over JBoss when the kid became Jerusalem.
Water is everything the Jews will say you keep the oil we got to water to the surrounding nations that with AR water is key. So the pilgrims would come to the temple. Hezekiah channeled from the Guyon spring, which is the aggressor originally images an unlimited source of water fresh water drinkable water. Things have changed since an earthquake in 1099 or some Vincent some changes to this where water does not is not produced as it once was, but it still flows and you can walk through that Hezekiah's, and when you come out your at the pool of silo with the pilgrims cleansed themselves purification for the temple not to walk way up to where the Antonio fortress is the traditional site but a short distance to the hill of the inside and the all fell with the temple set. This is remarkable news.
It doesn't affect any of our doctrine, it does enhance our understanding.
For example, maps I heard a pastor years ago saying I believe the Bible from Genesis to Maxwell. I don't maps of problems are not always accurate. There are, in fact, some of the maps of two sites from where Christ was crucified. The traditional Roman Catholic site and then Gordon's site and I believe Gordon site is is it anyway so what I hope I have been saying to you is that Mount Zion where there is no Islamic influence is where the second the third Temple can be built and very quickly.
You don't have to go to the most you don't have to go to the United Nations. The Jews can start building this today. In fact, they probably already have a AR site plan ready to go. It doesn't have to be huge. Has to be sufficient very exciting when Jesus says now Matthew and Mark add this note.
One copying the other. Let the reader understand that's not the Lord saying that as he seated says this abomination is coming with the reader understand understand what what is Matthew and Mark saying we need to understand Daniel's prophecy that the Lord is highlighted for us. There will be 1/3 Temple and it will be defiled and that will signal the 3 1/2 years of the wrath of the great tribulation that will be poured out in Israel still have a few more things to say prophetically that we are where we are not going to get the chapter were verse 15 is it is an existing open possibility.
Anyway, you may say I know I still like the traditional one.
Well you going to line up with those people who don't believe in the rapture the church in all the wrong ideas and that's fine I'm being humorous or attempting to be and you were supposed to chuckle chuckle chuckle chuckle's and gas. What did you do in church today we has few Know in a few chuckles. Anyway, there was no Scripture New Testament Scripture at the time Jesus said these words, not for another 2 1/2 to 3 decades for the Gospels were not around so when they we read let the reader understand there was nothing to read when Jesus spoke to sort the reference to when they publish this when they put this account together.
The apostles inserted don't you miss this point we were there we saw what we heard, we saw him speak it Mark not but Peter yes Matthew was there and I this indicates that Jesus is not issuing a warning to those listening but those who will listen.
In the future, the end time readers and the earth is saturated with printed and digital Bibles. There will be a lot of reading material for them to understand in the tribulation. I won't get to why I believe that if you've heard the gospel after the rapture. You don't have a second shot if I'm wrong, good. If I am right and it needs to be said.
I know it's a very emotional thing we want to believe that well we don't have the luxury of emotional theology we have to go by what is written in Paul says because he did not receive the love of the truth that said and so that I think it's a safer way to approach it and if knowing the mercy and goodness of God. You know that that's in his hands were good with that. So don't be too upset because you wanted to be like in the movie. What was that movie left behind and all these people are all now I get it.
It doesn't seem to be biblical but it would be nice nonetheless. Please no hate mail over that because an investment device you know I love them anyway then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains, Jews mainly Revelation 12 verse six then the woman fled into the wilderness where she has a place prepared by God, that they should feed her there. 1260 days 3 1/2 years this on the heels of the church, being born from this woman in the antichrist looking to destroy her tried to destroy the child failed is going to try to destroy the woman. This is Revelation 12 six when Jesus says that those in Judea flee to the mountains here in verse 14. They will have time some of them Jesus is laying has already laid down a big hint in advance before the abomination of desolation. He is put this hint in their you will know it's coming by this get to that moment there will be others that don't take that hint and then at the last minute when the when they announce it in on the radio and Israel. The antichrist is just a bit of the abomination when they find that information. They are to leave instantly not to go home from work there not to go from the patio or the deck of their porch into the house at that point roadblocks will be put in place, antichrist troops will be monitoring exits and highways and airports at you to get out of the city you going to need your smart phone to find a way out, probably towards Jordan, but here's the hand and it's in Luke's gospel chapter 21 Jesus speaking about these things.
Luke gives us this but when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then know that is desolation is near, then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains that those who are in the midst of her department and let not those who are in the country. Enter her was talking about. Jesus said in Luke records when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies.
Wait a minute, why is through some garbage surrounded by armies because antichrist I believe. Ezekiel 38 is at the beginning, not Ezekiel 39 Ezekiel 38 is this fierce war between antichrist and a Russian Islamic alliance if you go by what the text in the country's name there and people's name there. That's the conclusion that I come to and others due to that's how he comes into such power he has to fight for his power and he uses the Jews so those armies of their he is going to leave them there for 3 1/2 years. He's got this this window of peace and early on in the love that 3 1/2 years. He comes in value rides in carrying a ball which is carrying a weapon nor he's got the arrows for we say to somebody's carrying a gun. We don't say are they bullets with of course there are a few have a visa warrior so we don't always got a bow. Does he have barrels of classes got arrows of you got a boat he's a warrior and he drives onto the scene as this great maker of peace on the white horse and that what follows death, destruction and mayhem so he has his armies. There for the safety of Israel turns armies on Israel. Jesus says when you see Jerusalem surrounded the wait a minute, but that's what that's what happened with the destruction of the first Temple not really. Romans were in their fortress, Antonio fortress, maintaining water, the Jews revolted and then the truth released they were beaten out of Jerusalem and then Titus had to regroup. His father, Vespasian started, but he went to Rome became Emperor, and then he set the send of the fifth the 12th the 15th and the 10th legions with all the mercenaries to put down that first Jewish revolt. So Jerusalem was not surrounded by armies initially in the second Temple was destroyed. If they became surrounded after the revolt started. That was too late. He can get out of the city because the zealots would let them and the Romans crucified as many Jews as escape the city of Jerusalem during the siege of Jerusalem and that revolt so this is eliminating all these of the counter arguments and makes me right, I like being right, so much's can't stand it when I'm wrong, so the near fulfillment 70 A.D., but the final one remains within third temple will that's all I've got to say about this.
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