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Why is Christianity the True Religion?
"I make all things new."
The Lord Jesus Christ
Revelation speaks of a time of testing of 42 months or 3.5 years.
Timeline of Events (Revelation)
The eschatological view presented is that of historic premillennialism, which is Christ-centric (not Israel-centric as is heretical dispensationalism).
Note: The dispensationalists place more emphasis on Israel than on Christ, and make the members of a small quasi-tribal group more important than all the rest of humanity combined.
See notes at the very end regarding the timelines of Matthew 24, Luke 21, Daniel 9, and Ezekiel 36 - 48.
Revelation tells us of the final 3 ½ year-Tribulation *, the 2nd Coming of Christ, the Lord's one thousand year reign on earth, and the unveiling of the New Heaven and Earth.
The Tribulation begins suddenly with the unleashing of satan's wrath, the flight of the Church of Philadelphia and other Christians into the Wilderness, and the appearance of the two witnesses.
The Tribulation is starting. The great falling away has already occurred with once Christian Europe now militantly secular and trending moslem (with some signs of revival in Eastern Europe, but not enough to avert the disaster), and once Christian America now a combination of militant secularism and the absurd, contradictory religion of "judeo-christianity", which elevates "Israel" above Christ and His Church. The beast system of God hatred and warmongering already exists. Satan is ready to attack.
* The first half of Daniel's 70th week was Christ's ministry on earth. The second half is the Tribulation. See the section on Daniel 9. We have been in the last days for 2000 years.
Outline of Revelation:
Revelation 1 - 3
Seven churches which are in Asia
True church - in danger of falling (e.g. evangelicals, who are in danger of being led astray by the mega-church celebrities. The Ephesians have retained their faith, but are distracted by the siren call of the world.)
True church during the Great Tribulation - the greatest of all the seven churches
- persecuted by the Whore (* identified in note below)
- people who previously did not know Christ and missed out on the wilderness deliverance (Revelation 3:10; 12:6), but were subsequently won to Christ by the two witnesses and the 144,000.
- they pay the highest price and will receive a crown of glory for all eternity
True church - but has state-worshiping heretics that might lead them astray (These heretics are the Nicolaitans; those who participate in the anti-Christian state religion by eating things sacrificed to idols i.e. acknowledge false gods in order to receive state delivered benefits; in other words, the people who misinterpret Romans 13 to demand subservience to the police state in return for government's approval.)
True church - but has tolerated the state-worshiping heretics (Jezebel and her spawn, who will go into the Great Tribulation)
- implied that the rest will avoid the Great Tribulation
False church - once a true church, still has a few true Christians (e.g. Methodists, Anglicans, and even starting to include the once faithful Southern Baptists)
True church - will be delivered from the Great Tribulation and spend 3 ½ years in the Wilderness (Revelation 12:6). Apostate "Israel" ("the synagogue of satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie") will be forced to worship at the Philadelphian's feet.
Why does the Lord say that the members of Satan's synagogue lie when they call themselves Jews? Because He does not accept these non-Hebrew "Jews" as true Israel. These descendants of Khazar/Slav/Germanic converts to Judaism have allied themselves with Satan and become enemies of God.
Only those who have truly decided for Christ will be delivered. Most so-called evangelicals are zionist-"Christians", who have not decided whether they worship Christ or anti-Christ "Israel". Zionist-"Christians" will be left behind, and forced to decide whom or what they worship.
False church - Mega-church celebrity types such as rick warren and even "pope" Frank (Christ finds these types the most disgusting of all and will violently spit them out of His mouth. They display the outward form of Christianity, and often say the right things in their doctrinal creeds. The leaders, however, approach church as a business and are chiefly concerned with self-promotion. The followers primarily want their needs met, and have many gods in place of Christ such as self, prosperity, "Israel", the US government, and war.)
Revelation 4 and 5
God the Father on His throne (non-literal imagery for no one has ever seen the Father - John 1:18)
Holds the book
Only the Lamb is worthy to open the Seven Seals
The parchment is a property deed. By opening the seals, the Lamb is taking back ownership of the earth from satan. (See Jeremiah 32:44)
Seal One - the white horse
opening the seal permits the events of Revelation to begin
the rider of the white horse is the antichrist imitating Christ. He rides a white horse, pretending to be righteous. For instance, cultural marxists present abortion, infanticide, homosexuality, trans-sexuality, and racial/ethnic destruction of whites as moral, while portraying traditional morality as evil. As seen by the following three horsemen, this inversion of the moral order results in death.
- Note: Revelation never uses the term "the antichrist". The beast of Revelation 13 is a satanic empire, not a man. The beast is satan's empire over the ages and takes its final shape in the American-led New World Order. The term "antichrist" is used in I John 2:18. Alternatively, Paul uses the terms "man of sin" and "son of perdition" in 2 Thes. 2:3. In both cases, the antichrist and man of sin appear to be the incarnation of evil sitting within the outer court of the temple of God (the visible church), causing it to fall away.
Seal Two - the red horse
Seal Three - the black horse
poverty and hunger
the common man will be reduced to slavery - his pay will be a slave's ration of food
luxuries (oil and wine) will still be available for the corrupt elite living off the common man's misery
Seal Four - the pale horse
the rider is Death
will take the lives of ¼ of mankind
Seal Five - Christ's martyrs cry out for judgment
Seal Six - God's anger unleashed on the earth
Seal Seven - (Rev. 8) The seven angels and the seven trumpets
Revelation 7 - Sealing of the 144,000
There will be 12,000 symbolically chosen from each of the 12 tribes of ancient Israel. (The real number was 13, but ancient Hebrews liked the number 12. Just like the 12 Apostles; there were actually 15 Apostles including Paul, and Jesus' brothers James and Jude.) But don't expect the 144,000 to be Jewish. Those who call themselves "Jews" aren't actual Hebrews; they reject Christ, and are His enemies. In fact, all 13 ancient tribes of Israel have been lost to history. None of them exist anymore. Today's Ashkenazis, who call themselves "Jews", are frauds and phonies, being Khazar, Slavic, Germanic, Turkish, etc. There aren't any real Hebrews left. Some of the Palestinians and a few others probably have traces of Hebrew blood, but that's about it.
Revelation 8 and 9
Trumpet One - hail and fire - ⅓ of trees and grass burned
Trumpet Two - burning mountain-like object cast into the sea - ⅓ of the sea becomes blood Eventually, the whole sea dies; Rev. 16:3
Trumpet Three - the star Wormwood falls to earth - ⅓ of land water becomes bitter (all of these first few trumpets may be from nuclear disaster - maybe Fukushima and other nuclear events whether from power plants or missiles)
Trumpet Four - ⅓ of the sun, moon and stars smitten (pollution haze causes the sky to become dark?)
Trumpet Five - hornets unleashed from the bottomless pit, led by the demon Apollyon, torment the unsealed for five months (All five of the first trumpets, together, seem to make up the First Woe -- the three Woes are mentioned in Rev. 9:12 and 11:14)
Matthew Henry wrote:
"... he who is represented by this star becomes the minister of the devil; and lets loose the powers of hell against the churches of Christ. On the opening of the bottomless pit, there arose a great smoke. The devil carries on his designs by blinding the eyes of men ... putting out light and knowledge, and promoting ignorance and error. Out of this smoke there came a swarm of locusts, emblems of the devil's agents, who promote superstition, idolatry, error, and cruelty ... the true believers ... should be untouched (but) a secret poison and infection in the soul, should rob many others of purity, and ... peace. The locusts had no power to hurt those who had the seal of God. God's all-powerful, distinguishing grace will keep his people from total and final apostasy." (Commentary on Revelation 9: 1-12)
because the 144,000 were sealed in Rev. 7, they are protected from the "hornets"
can be assumed that the Church of Smyrna is also protected from these "hornets"
Trumpet Six - Unleashes the armies of the East - kill ⅓ of men
Note: Pale Horse kills ¼. Leaves 75%. Armies of the east kill ⅓. In addition to all the other deaths, less than 50% of pre-trib population still alive.
- The armies of the east are part of a satanic war against humanity. (See comments under Revelation 16.) They join the beast to fight Christ (Rev. 19:19).
Trumpet Seven - (Rev. 11:15) The Second Coming
Angel - Christ Himself
But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets.
Measuring the Temple
And there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein. But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months.
Matthew Henry provides excellent commentary:
"This prophetical passage about measuring the temple seems to refer to Ezekiel's vision. The design of this measuring seems to be the preservation of the church in times of public danger; or for its trial, or for its reformation. The worshippers must be measured; whether they make God's glory their end, and his word their rule, in all their acts of worship. Those in the outer court, worship in a false manner, or with dissembling hearts, and will be found among his enemies. God will have a temple and an altar in the world, till the end of time. He looks strictly to his temple. The holy city, the visible church, is trodden under foot; is filled with idolaters, infidels, and hypocrites. But the desolations of the church are limited, and she shall be delivered out of all her troubles."
- The Church is the true Temple of God (Hebrews 12:22, Revelation 3:12), not a building in Jerusalem. Nor is Jerusalem the holy city, it is unholy Babylon (* identified in note below). Part of the true Church (Philadelphia) will be preserved in the Wilderness, while Smyrna must persevere through the Great Tribulation. The false church (Laodicea) will be given over to the heathen for 42 months.
The Apostle Paul wrote in 2 Thes.2:4 regarding antichrist, "Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God."
A rebuilt satanic temple in Jerusalem, where "priests" despise Christ and slit the throats of animals, is not the "temple of God". Paul's prophecy may be fulfilled when antichrist declares himself/itself to be messiah to the "outer court" of the temple, which would be the Church of Laodicea. The false prophet rick warren's laudatory prayer to what's-its-face in January 2009 seems to fit the pattern and serve as a prelude.
The Two Witnesses (The Second Woe)
- Testify for 1260 days (The 3 ½ years leading to the Second Coming)
The two witnesses are not Elijah and Moses or Elijah and Enoch. As John the Baptist was the Elijah of the First Coming, so two men of this era will be the Elijah of the Second Coming. They may or may not yet be aware of those roles. Neither one is Jewish. (There are no true Hebrew Jews left and the religion of Judaism is antichrist.) Expect there to be many false witnesses. The true witnesses will stand in unholy Jerusalem (Sodom), and will be empowered by God the Holy Spirit to wreak havoc.
The two witnesses will be the two most hated men in human history. "Israel" will label them as Hitlers for speaking truth to the Jews. Making it worse, the "Israeli" army will be powerless to dislodge them from Jerusalem. "Israel" will be embarrassed, horrified, and enraged. Due to angelic protection, the US military will be impotent against them. The judeo-christians will hate them for speaking out against the Whore. The apostate church will claim that the witnesses are empowered by Satan. All the while, they will just be two average guys with a voice, not supermen.
At the end of their testimony, they lay down their lives. The witnesses are murdered by the Beast and lie dead in the streets of Jerusalem/Sodom/Babylon for 3.5 days. Their Master, Christ the Lord, raises them from the dead. Their resurrection is part of the Rapture of the Church, which is phase I of the Second Coming. (There is no pre-tribulation Rapture. The Rapture is the Second Coming.)
Mary - symbol of the Church
Michael fights Satan
Michael expels Satan from Heaven
Satan goes into a fierce rage
Satan attacks Mary
Mary delivered to the Wilderness for 1260 days (The 3 ½ years leading to the Second Coming). Why does satan attack Mary with such rage? Because Mary includes those Christians that the devil sees as the most dangerous to his rule, in particular, the two witnesses, the 144,000, and anyone associated with them, such as their families. The two witnesses and the 144,000, however, will leave the rest of Mary and go into the world to do battle.
Where or what is the Wilderness? The text does not say. It is some sort of safe haven.
The first beast
The beast is not a man, but the empire of Satan. The seven heads may be the beast expressing itself as seven different kingdoms over time. These kingdoms may be those that ruled over the land of Israel during the Biblical era. Therefore, the first six of the heads or kingdoms of the beast would be these: Egypt (which ruled the Hebrews prior to the exodus and ruled much of Canaan during the period of the Judges), Assyria (which conquered northern Israel and dominated southern Israel), Babylon, Persia, Greece and Rome. And now that we are reentering the Biblical era with the emergence of end-time events, the 7th head is the kingdom of the antichrist, which may largely be the United States and Europe.
The beast rises from the sea. In ancient literature, the sea represents chaos. The current globalist strategy is "order out of chaos". The elites are using the fakedemic, riots, coming economic collapse and world war for their global "reset". The antichrist will emerge from this reset.
Revelation 13:16 "And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:"
Mark in their right hand or in their foreheads: The mark will be a sign of loyalty to the beast system. The covid "vaxx" is not yet the mark, but is rapidly leading to it.
The seventh head, or the NWO, is wounded as unto death, but will then revive. This near death (chaos) will be due to some disaster, whether military or economic, from which the NWO beast will recover (order).
The second beast
The second beast is world religion, including an apostate form of Christianity.
As Matthew Henry said, "God will have a temple and an altar in the world, till the end of time... Those in the outer court, worship in a false manner, or with dissembling hearts, and will be found among his enemies."
The Lamb and the 144,000
Babylon (Jerusalem) * is fallen
Bloody war outside, but near Jerusalem
Revelation 15 and 16
The seven vials are poured out. But first, the saints sing, "Who shall not fear Thee, O Lord, and glorify Thy name? for Thou only art holy: for all nations shall come and worship before Thee; for Thy judgments are made manifest."
Vial One - Noisome and grievous sores (self-inflicted health problems from the covid injections?)
Vial Two - The sea dies (nuclear radiation, pollution, rising temperatures)
Vial Three - Inland waters become blood
Vial Four - The sun scorches men with great heat (may be intense solar flares which the modern electrical/electronic infrastructure cannot withstand)
Vial Five - The kingdom of antichrist filled with darkness (the electrical grid goes down permanently?)
Vial Six - Kings of the East - Armageddon (compare Trumpet Six)
- Revelation does not fully explain the nature of the Battle of Armageddon in terms of its causes and the motives of the combatants. Revelation 16:13-14 indicates that Satan, the Beast and the False Prophet draw all the world forces together in a last stand against Christ (Rev. 19:19).
Vial Seven - The Final Judgment
The judgment of the Great Whore (* identified in note below)
The Beast will kill the Whore
The 17th chapter tells us, "And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast." At this point, the ten kings cannot be clearly identified.
Babylon/Jerusalem cast into the sea
Second Coming of Christ (The Third Woe). The Lord Jesus Christ returns in all His divine glory. He conquers the world and slays evil.
The Beast and the False Prophet are cast into the Lake of Fire
The Millennial Reign
Satan released and the attack by "Gog and Magog"
Satan cast into the Lake of Fire
Great White Throne Judgment
Death and Hell cast into the Lake of Fire
Revelation 21 and 22
New Heaven and Earth
Revelation 21:25 "Its gates will never be closed at the end of day because there is no night there."
The gates of Heaven will never be closed. The nations, which once stood condemned, will walk by its light.
Revelation 22:17 "The Spirit and the bride say, 'Come.' Let anyone who hears this say, 'Come.' Let anyone who is thirsty come. Let anyone who desires drink freely from the water of life."
* The Great Whore, also known as Babylon, is Jerusalem and the anti-Christ Judaic system
- Revelation identifies the Great Whore as Babylon:
Revelation 17:5 And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.
- The Prophet Isaiah called Jerusalem a harlot:
Isaiah 1:20 How is the faithful city become an harlot! it was full of judgment; righteousness lodged in it; but now murderers.
- Revelation identifies the Whore and Babylon as the Great City:
Revelation 17:18 And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth. (Note: Most American politicians are beholden to "Israel")
- Revelation identifies the Great City as Jerusalem:
Revelation 11:8 And their dead bodies [the two witnesses] shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified.
- The Apostle Peter may have called Jerusalem “Babylon” (Depending on the location of writing for I Peter):
I Peter 5:13 The church that is at Babylon, elected together with you, saluteth you; and so doth Marcus my son.
Revelation describes the fate of the Whore:
Revelation 3: 9 Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee.
Why does God hate these spiritual sons of Satan who claim to be Jews? Their highest religious book, the Talmud that flows out of the traditions of the Pharisees, calls Mary a whore and claims that Jesus is burning in hell. Judaism has waged a 2000-year war against Christianity.
Revelation 11:13 And the same hour was there a great earthquake, and the tenth part of the city fell, and in the earthquake were slain of men seven thousand: and the remnant were affrighted, and gave glory to the God of heaven.
Revelation 17:16 And the ten horns which thou sawest upon the beast, these shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire.
Revelation 18:2 And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird.
Revelation 18:20 Rejoice over her, thou heaven, and ye holy apostles and prophets; for God hath avenged you on her.
Revelation 18:21 And a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone, and cast it into the sea, saying, Thus with violence shall that great city Babylon be thrown down, and shall be found no more at all.
Timeline of Events (Matthew 24)
Matthew 24 largely address the destruction of Jerusalem and was partially fulfilled in 70 AD. There is difficulty, however, in interpreting the 24th chapter of Matthew because it speaks of both the 70 AD destruction of Jerusalem and the Second Coming. The synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark and Luke) were written in the 50s AD. For the Jewish writers pre-70 AD, the destruction of the Temple was the end of the world. It was difficult for them to distinguish the two events of which the Lord spoke.
Jesus begins with the events of 70 AD when He says of Herod's temple, "See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down." (BTW, today's "Wailing Wall" is a remnant of a Roman fortress, not Herod's temple, which was annihilated.)
When Jesus spoke further:
"When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains: Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house: Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes. And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days! But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day:"
He is speaking firstly of 70 AD. The abomination of which the Lord speaks occurred under the Zealot leader John of Gischala. The Jews, themselves, defiled the Temple. The Romans would subsequently crush the Zealot rebellion and destroy Jerusalem. The Lord was warning the people to flee. Because these events would occur in 70 AD, some 40 years after Jesus made the prophecy, He could say in v. 34, "Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled."
Yet, there would be a future abomination in the temple of the Church, when organized Christianity (the church of Laodicea) would turn to antichrist (2 Thes 2:4). It would be in those latter days that "... then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened." And when Jesus said, "For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be", He is speaking of His Second Coming.
There will also be a second destruction of Jerusalem. Revelation 17:16 says, "And the ten horns which thou sawest upon the beast, these shall hate the whore [Jerusalem and Israel], and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire."
Note: The term of Son of Man is a reference to Dan 7:13, which describes the Son of Man, Who is Jesus, appearing before the Ancient of Days, God the Father.
Timeline of Events (Luke 21)
Luke 21 is a parallel passage to Matthew 24. Jesus makes an interesting statement about events following the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD. He says in vs. 24, "Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled."
In the following verses it is clear that the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled at the Second Coming. As such, the "Jews" who occupied Jerusalem in 1948 are Gentiles. They are frauds.
Luke 21 is clearer than Matthew 24 in indicating that the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD is not the end, but is followed by further historical events.
Daniel speaks of 70 weeks of years. The weeks can be laid out as follows:
- The 70 weeks begin in 457 BC, with Artaxerxes's Commission to Ezra (Ezra 7:11-26).
- The first seven weeks of years cover the period roughly 457-407 B.C. and include the efforts of Ezra, Nehemiah, Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi. During the seven weeks, the city is rebuilt fully with plaza and town-moat.
- During the next sixty-two sevens, there is nothing significant. The sixty-nine weeks of years bring the time to 27 A.D.When Jesus visited Herod's Temple early in His ministry, the structure had been under construction for 46 years (John 2:20). Herod began his construction project in the eighteenth year of his reign (20-19 BC). As such, the year Jesus visited the Temple would have been about 27 AD. Since it is widely believed that Jesus was born between 4 and 6 BC, He would have been anywhere from 31 to 33 years old at the beginning of His ministry. His ministry lasted 3.5 years, which would have made Him from 34 to 37 at its end.
- The first half of week 70 is approximately 27 A.D. to 31 A.D. About 31 A.D., the Messiah is cut off, but not for Himself.
- The second half of the 70th week, according to this author, begins shortly. The book of Revelation tells the story of the second half.
The first half of the 70th week of Daniel was the ministry of Jesus on earth. The second half is the Great Tribulation of the Book of Revelation.
During the 70th week, Christ initiated the New Covenant with many, died for our sins, and in so doing put an end to the system of temple sacrifice. The Jews committed abomination by rejecting Him. Within one generation, the Jews, themselves, were destroyed as punishment. They and their temple were left desolate. The Hebraic Jews ceased to exist and were supplanted by Khazars and others who pretend to be Jews.
Daniel 9:27 states:
And He [Jesus] shall confirm the covenant [New Testament] with many [all peoples] for one week [from the time of the announcement until the end of the age]: and in the midst of the week He shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease [with His final sacrifice on the Cross], and for the overspreading of abominations [committed by the Jews, themselves, when they rejected Christ], He shall make it desolate [in 70 AD], even until the consummation [the end of the age], and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate [the Second Coming].
The 70 weeks of years begin in 457 BC with Artaxerxes' Commission to Ezra. The mid-point of week 70 falls about 31 AD when Jesus put an end to Temple sacrifices with His final sacrifice on the Cross. The second half of the 70th week must now be explained because there is a gap between the two halves (a gap between the Cross and the end of history). If there had been no gap, world history would have come to an end in 34 or 35 AD.
The gap between the first half of Daniel's 70th week and the second half is roughly 2000 years. As noted, the first half consisted of Jesus' ministry of 3 plus years that ended with His sacrifice on the Cross and Resurrection. The second three and ½ years of Daniel's 70th week is fulfilled during the three and ½ year Great Tribulation of Revelation (indicated by Revelation as 1260 days or 42 months).
Notice that Jesus, according to Daniel, makes the temple desolate from 70 AD until the 2nd Coming. This indicates that the "Jewish" temple is not rebuilt during the Great Tribulation. Those who say that they are Jews, but are not (Khazars - the current occupiers of Israel), will try to rebuild it. But I believe that the two witnesses will be empowered to stop them. They will stand guard on Temple Mount, and like Elijah, will have the power to rain down fire from heaven.
Note: Dispensationalism or zionist Christianity is dangerous because it will cause many evangelicals to side with antichrist over the two witnesses. Many evangelicals will actually reject Christ, Himself, because of their devotion to fake Israel.
Refer to the following scholarly article: Daniel's Seventy Weeks and the New Exodus. Here is a brief quote regarding the people of the Prince to come destroying the city and sanctuary:
The coming ruler must be the Messiah of v. 25 according to the context and normal rules of literature. Therefore "the people of the coming ruler" are the Jewish people. The statement is telling us that it is the Jewish people who will ruin / spoil the restored city and temple at the arrival of their coming King. Historical records confirm that this is precisely right. We have firsthand accounts of the Fall of Jerusalem from the first century in The Wars of the Jews by Josephus. Anyone who has read and studied these texts will understand the author's point. Although the Roman army actually put the torch to Jerusalem, the destruction of the city was blamed squarely on the Jewish people themselves.
Timeline of Events (Ezekiel 36 - 48)
- Ezekiel 36-37: Valley of Dry Bones Restored to Life - Fulfilled by Christ when He returns and raises the dead (Revelation 20:1-6)
- Ezekiel 38-39: Gog and Magog - Fulfilled when those who hate God attack the peaceful people of Christ at the end of the Millennium (Revelation 20:8), and are defeated (see Rev 20:7-15)
Why would anyone be in rebellion at the end of the Millennium? This writer does not know. Is it possible that this passage should be treated as symbolic? While taking the Bible seriously, this writer is not an inerrantist. Something about this passage, especially when interpreted too literally, does not feel right.
- Ezekiel 40-48: The New Temple - Fulfilled in the New Heaven and Earth (Revelation 21)