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Exegetical Eschatology – Wars Famines and False Christs.

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Why am I not fixated on earthquakes, famines and wars?  Well, by comparing Scripture with Scripture, I believe we can understand what Jesus was talking about when he spoke to those comings signs and of false Christs, etc.

Luke 21:5 – 7 And as some spake of the temple, how it was adorned with goodly stones and gifts, he said, As for these things which ye behold, the days will come, in the which there shall not be left one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down. And they asked him, saying, Master, but when shall these things be? and what sign will there be when these things shall come to pass?

Mark 13:1 -4 And as he went out of the temple, one of his disciples saith unto him, Master, see what manner of stones and what buildings are here! And Jesus answering said unto him, Seest thou these great buildings? there shall not be left one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down. And as he sat upon the mount of Olives over against the temple, Peter and James and John and Andrew asked him privately, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign when all these things shall be fulfilled?

In Matthew 24, in the parallel account, the disciples asked Jesus three questions, while in the accounts of Luke and Mark, they only asked him about when will the destruction of the temple take place and what will be the sign of its coming destruction.

Since Mark and Luke record the answers to the questions about when the coming signs leading up to the Temple’s destruction, we know that Jesus was answering those questions when He talked about people claiming to be Christ, wars, earthquakes, famines, persecutions, etc. The answers Jesus gave in Mark and Luke are almost identical to the answers Jesus gave in Matthew 24:4-22. It is only reasonable to conclude that Jesus was talking about the Temple’s destruction when He talked about the coming signs of people claiming to be Christ, wars, earthquakes, famines, persecutions, etc, as a forerunner to that Temple’s destruction.

The Temple was destroyed in 70AD, almost 40 years from when these words were believed to be spoken, circa 30AD.  Just as the Lord said would occur in that Generation (40 year period). To the best of my knowledge, there is no Physical Temple in Jerusalem right now, so there is no reason to point to every earthquake or war as leading up to the destruction of a Temple that presently does not exist…

Just something to think about…

For more End Times Teachings https://brookpotter.org/#EndTimes

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