Deception – Jesus answered: “Watch out that no one deceives you. For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many.” (Matthew 24:4-5)
Jewish historian Josephus tells us that the land was filled with anti-Christs between Nero’s accession in 54 AD and the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD. (1) So, while this prophecy was literally fulfilled in the generation of Jesus’ prophecy, it has continued throughout history until the present age. Yet the ultimate fulfillment of this prophecy (The anti-Christ) remains to be seen. Paul picks up on Jesus’ warning against being deceived and tells his readers: “Don’t let anyone deceive you in any way, for that day will not come until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the man doomed to destruction. He will oppose and will exalt himself over everything that is called God or is worshiped, so that he sets himself up in God’s temple, proclaiming himself to be God” (2 Thessalonians 2:3-4). This is, presumably, the last abomination that causes desolation.
Up Next – Wars and Rumors of War.
- Mills, M. S. (1999). The Life of Christ: A Study Guide to the Gospel Record (Lk 21:7–11). Dallas, TX: 3E Ministries
2 Samuel 14:14 – Like water spilled on the ground, which cannot be recovered, so we must die. But God does not take away life; instead He devises ways so that a banished person may not be estranged from Him. (NIV 1978)
My Musing – Likely a prophecy of Christ. But it works on different levels as well. God is not content when we wander away from Him. He takes the initiative and devises ways to restore us. While it is ultimately up to us to respond to Him, He continues to pursue us.
My Advice – Always be on the look out for God’s mercy and grace. Don’t over fixate on negative consequences. Look at it as a way that God has devised to end whatever distance is between you.
THE DISCIPLES’ QUESTIONS(S) – As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately. “Tell us,” they said, “when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?” (Matthew 24:3)
Rather than one question, there could be as many as three separate questions.
- When Will This Happen – This appears to relate directly to Jesus’ comment about the destruction of the temple (see previous musing).
- What Will Be the Sign of Your Coming – This may be asking about the Rapture.
- What Will Be the Signs of the End of the Age – This could be asking about the Parousia.
It is highly unlikely at this point that the disciples would have grasped any distinction between the Rapture and the Parousia. It appears as though the disciples believed that all of these would take place simultaneously (or at least in close proximity to one another), although there is no way to know this for sure. At any rate, Continue reading “The Disciples’ Questions”
2 Samuel 12:7-9 – “I anointed you…I delivered you…I gave you…. And if all of this had been too little, I would have given you even more. Why did you displease the Lord by doing evil in His eyes?” (NIV 1978)
My Musing – God has so much planned for His children. More than we could possibly imagine. Isn’t it a pity that some of it never comes to be because we stray into sin and miss out on it.
My Advice – When tempted to sin. Don’t just think about the negative consequences that are likely. Think about all the positive blessings that may be denied. Let both of these be a motivation to do what is right.
Going Soft On The Word – We live in a day and age where God’s Word no longer seems to be “carved in stone.” People seem to prefer the “soft-cover” edition that allows them to do as they please, where the truth is relative to the particular situation, and adjusting God’s Word to fit their lifestyle is easier than adjusting their lifestyle to fit God’s Word. But do they really prefer this, or are they really looking for something more satisfying, but that seems to always elude them? Continue reading “Christianity Lite”
He was a prominent religious leader, a member of the ruling class called the Pharisees. His name was Nicodemus. He was used to people approaching him for answers, usually regarding questions of religious importance. He was supposed to have all the answers, and yet he felt compelled to approach this itinerant preacher from Galilee, who was really a carpenter by trade. And, as Nicodemus was to learn, being a religious authority did not always mean he knew all the answers. But he had found someone who did. His name was Jesus. Continue reading “The Born Again Experience”
Today’s musing begins Chapter 2 of “Studies In Revelation,” which is called “Signs of the Times: Olivet Discourse,” Jesus’ famous discussion of future events.
NOT ONE STONE LEFT ON ANOTHER – Jesus left the temple and was walking away when his disciples came up to him to call his attention to its buildings. “Do you see all these things?” he asked. “I tell you the truth, not one stone here will be left on another; everyone will be thrown down.” (Matthew 24:1-2)
Impressed by the magnificence of Herod’s temple (actually the restoration of Zerubbabel’s Temple), the disciples were likely startled to hear Jesus prophesy the destruction of such a massive structure, or that God would permit it. Yet Jesus was emphatic: “not one stone would be left on top of another.” (1) Continue reading “Not One Stone Left On Another”