Student of the Light

April 23, 2017

Olivet Prophecy: Part 3

 

Previous Topics:
Part 1: Looking Through the Stones of the Buildings of the Temple
Part 2: False Messiahs (1st SEWIC)

Part 3: Fearful Things and Terrors (2nd SEWIC)

Mat 24:6-8 KJV
(6) And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.
(7) For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.
(8) All these are the beginning of sorrows.

According to the way the last two clauses in verse 6 are written in relation to the conjunction “for” in verse 7, it is understood that events in verse 7 occur after “wars and rumors of wars” had started to take place but before the End.

The phrase “see that ye be not troubled” in verse 6 is a situational instruction of the Lord to them. The situation will remain as such unless events in verse 7 take place AND unless the time of the end arrives. But when those events occur AND the time of the end comes, the situation changes – they are not to ignore alarming things. Let’s go to the Aramaic 2nd SEWIC of Luke:

(Luke 21:9 Etheridge) And when you hear of wars and commotions, fear not: for these are first to be; but not yet cometh the end.
(Luke 21:10 Etheridge) For nation shall rise up against nation, and kingdom against kingdom:
(Luke 21:11) And there will be great earthquakes in divers places, and famines and plagues; and there will be fearful things and terrors, and great signs will appear from heaven; and there will be great tempests.

We will see in verse 11 that there are two groups of events:

1) great earthquakes, famines, and pestilences
2) fearful things and terrors, great signs from heaven, and great tempests.

The 1st group is composed of events common to the 2nd SEWICs of Matthew, Mark, and Luke with two minor differences. The 2nd group of events is exclusive to the 2nd SEWIC of Luke. It was said earlier that the 1st group of events occurs after “wars and rumors of wars” had started to take place but before the End. The “fearful things and terrors, great signs from heaven, and great tempests” are written in verse 11 as a separate clause from the 1st group (common). Look above at “fearful things” AND “terrors” in connection with the instruction “fear not;” they are things that are contextually indicating that the situation had already changed to “be alarmed.” The Aramaic noun “fearful things” in verse 11 has the same root word as with that of the verb “fear” in verse 9. They are related.

Here are the definitions of the Aramaic word for “fearful things” in verse 11:

SEDRA:

fear, awe

CAL:

1 fear Qum, JLAtg, PTA, CPA, Sam, Syr, Man, LJLA. –(a) religion, belief in a divinity Syr, Man, LJLA. (a.1) bdxl) : in a godly manner CPA. (a.2) sect Syr.
2 deity, object of reverence JLAtg, PTA, Sam, Syr.
3 wound (?) Sam.

“Fearful things” and “terrors” are already hints by themselves. If we will also take into consideration the other meanings of “fearful things,” together, they will strongly point to Islam. They couldn’t refer to religious things of pagan Roman Empire, of Zoroastrianism (Persian Empire), of Buddhism, or of Hinduism because all of these religions are already existing even before the time of our Lord’s Discourse. The only major and fearful religious system that came into existence after the Lord’s Discourse was Islam. At the time when Islam was starting to spread and rising to power, Muhammad and his followers became the most feared people in the Middle East because of their terrorizing acts. Up to our time, terrorism acts are being committed by Islamic terrorist groups including the ISIS or ISIL.

Let’s go back to “fearful things.”

According to our Lord Yeshua, those who have seen the setting up of the desolating sacrilege should urgently flee. That makes it a figuratively fearful thing at the time of its construction. The setting up of the desolating sacrilege can be linked directly to the “fearful things” as part of them and the words “fearful things and terrors” are written right next to the “great earthquakes, famines, and pestilences.” So, these mean three things:

  • Just like with the relationship of the X-SEWIC to the 1st SEWIC, the X-SEWIC is also the chronological continuation of the 2nd SEWIC in the accounts of Matthew and Mark but not in Luke because there’s no X-SEWIC in there (this will be discussed in Part 5 of the series).
  • These would also mean that the “fearful things and terrors, great signs, and great storms” in the 2nd SEWIC of Luke are in parallel with a part of the X-SEWICs of Matthew and Mark.
  • At the time when the desolating sacrilege can be seen standing up, the End had already arrived.

The last two things above need additional proofs.

The 2nd group of events which is exclusive to the 2nd SEWIC of Luke includes “great storms.” Biblically, “storms” can mean oppression, calamity, military invasion, distress, etc.

(Isa 25:4 KJV) For thou hast been a strength to the poor, a strength to the needy in his distress, a refuge from the storm, a shadow from the heat, when the blast of the terrible ones is as a storm against the wall.

This verse shows that “storm” or “tempest” could be understood to mean “oppression, military invasion, or distress.”

This Hebrew word can also mean “flood:”

H2230 זרם zerem zeh’-rem
From H2229; a gush of water: – flood, overflowing, shower, storm, tempest.

Jeremiah 46:7-8 KJV
(7) Who is this that cometh up as a flood, whose waters are moved as the rivers?
(8) Egypt riseth up like a flood, and his waters are moved like the rivers; and he saith, I will go up, and will cover the earth; I will destroy the city and the inhabitants thereof.

Now, aren’t the great storms of Luke 21:11 correspond to the great tribulation of the X-SEWIC?

How about the “END”?

As for the writer, the “end” in Matthew 24:6, Mark 13:7, and Luke 21:9 refers to the “time of the end” which is mentioned several times in Daniel. The “end” or “time of the end” is a DURATION of time that occurs before the renewal of all things (Matthew 19:28, Acts 3:21, Rev 21:1-5). The “time of the end” is NOT the “end of the world/age” in Matthew 24:3 but the “time of the end” will culminate at the “end of the world/age.”

(Matthew 24:3 KJV) And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?

It’s a natural thing to understand this verse according to the order of what are being asked, isn’t it? The 2nd question of the apostles is: what will be the sign of the coming of the Lord? In my understanding, the sign being asked here also refers to the end of the world/age because at the coming of the Lord, the present world will end – the present symbolic heaven and earth. Then, there will be new heaven and new earth, the time of the renewal of all things.

Now, was it really time of the end when the desolating sacrilege can already be seen being setup? The riddle of the 1290 and 1335 days in the book of Daniel answers this question affirmatively. This riddle can only be solved during the time of the end. Here’s the link to this short article:

Daniel’s 1290 and 1335 Days

What about Daniel 12:1?

(Dan 12:1 KJV) And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.

If anyone reads this verse with the context of the last verses of the previous chapter in mind, it will give the reader the impression that the time of Michael’s standing up and the great tribulation is when the king of the north attacks the king of the south and invades many countries including the beautiful land.

The verse belongs to the long and last vision of the book of Daniel. That vision spans chapter 10 up to 12. Now search that whole vision (except the verse in question – Daniel 12: 1) of every occurrences of the phrase “at that time” or “in those times” or any phrase with the same meaning. Examine the context of the preceding verses of the verses you find with the phrase we are searching. Notice in every instance, the verse(s) with the phrase we are searching are not chronological with that of their corresponding preceding verses. There are events that happened earlier than their preceding verses.

Now, let us go back to Daniel 12:1. What time frame does the phrase “at that time” points to? As for me, it points to:

(Dan 11:40 KJV) And at the time of the end shall the king of the south push at him: and the king of the north shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, and with horsemen, and with many ships; and he shall enter into the countries, and shall overflow and pass over.

This is the time frame where Daniel 12:1 belongs to – The Time of the End. Both Daniel 12:1 and the events of Daniel 11:40-45 belong to the ‘time of the end. But contextually, the standing up of Michael in Daniel 12:1 could possibly occur before the events of Daniel 11:40-45.

Let’s have a chart of events from various parts of the Bible that correspond in whole or in part to the 2nd group of events in Luke 21:11.

As for me, two things are sure about the time of the end:

1. Before the time of the fearful things and terrors, the end is not yet come.
2. At the time of the setting up of the desolating sacrilege, the end had already come.

The next topic will also corroborate what is said here concerning the starting time of the time of the end.

 

Next Topics:
Part 4: Persecutions and Martyrdoms (3rd SEWIC)
Part 5: The Desolation and the Great Distress According to Luke
Part 6: The Great Tribulation (GT)
Part 7: The Coming of Lord (LAST-SEWIC)
Part 8: The Illustration of the Fig Tree

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