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Lesson # Matt. 24:2
Study Material - Matt. 24:2
You must be in fellowship prior to your Bible study, so that the spiritual information you receive can become a source, of blessing to your soul and produce spiritual growth.
2 And [de] Jesus [Iesous] said [epo] unto them [autos] , See ye [blepo] not [ou] all [pas] these things [tauta] ? verily [amen] I say [lego] unto you [humin] , There shall [aphiemi] not [ou me] be left [aphiemi] here [hode] one stone [lithos] upon [epi] another [lithos] , that [hos] shall [kataluo] not [ou me] be thrown down [kataluo] . KJV-Interlinear
2 And He answered and said to them, 'Do you not see all these things? Truly I say to you, not one stone here shall be left upon another, which will not be torn down.' NAS
Now the curve. Here is the Temple which they had just walked out of, which the disciples saw as their next office, perhaps. It has been long accepted (because it was taught), that the coming of the Messiah and the establishment of the Kingdom of God were one and the same event.
Jesus has himself accepted the identity of the Messiah. Jesus even stated that John the Baptist (could have) been the 'Elijah' forerunner of the Messiah. Of course the disciples did not listen closely enough - 'could have been.' But due to the fact that this generation was in rejection of the Messiah, that this was not to be the generation to witness the coming of the Kingdom of God. It would be a future generation, one who would accept Christ, who would be delivered out of a great tribulation, that would be witness to the 'second' coming and the establishment of the Kingdom of God.
What was now happening? A mystery was about to be unfolded. That mystery was of the Church Age, Rom. 16:25-26. It was held secret throughout the ages and only revealed after the events of the Cross.
The Age of Israel had rejected Christ, and now was going to be placed on hold. The Jewish peoples were in spiritual rebellion against God and their worldly rebellion against Rome was going to be manifested over the next three decades.
Many would be killed for their extreme spiritual decay. Many more would be sent into exile to the four corners of the world for two reasons. The first was for their punishment, and the second was for their protection and future blessing. Scattered throughout the world they would survive the many atrocities they would come against in history. If they were all together in one geographical place then it would have been very easy for an adversary to completely destroy them. We have noted that the Jewish race has been the target of the most ruthless attacks of any race in all of history. I do not care what color you are, or what your background is, if you are not Jewish, then your race and ancestry regardless of your difficult history, comes in a very distant second to that of the Jews.
Reality is the conflict between God and Satan. Ultimately Satan is on a mission to prove God wrong in any area he can. He has only to show one error in Gods knowledge or character, in order to win his battle. God has promised to return and deliver the Jews. Satan tried his best to prevent the birth of Jesus. He attacked mankind. He attacked the generations following Abraham. He attacked the nation of Israel. He attacked the line of David. He, Satan, the dragon, stood over Mary at the birth of Christ, with flaming sword drawn, and tried to prevent the birth of Christ, but legions of angels defended Jesus Christ in an unseen battle, which Satan could no overcome.
Now it is a very different age. The Jews are scattered, and the Royal Family has no specific promise ascribed to them, except for their position in Christ. Satan can only do one thing in his fight against God - destroy the Jews. None of the rest of us are anywhere near as important, unless Satan can destroy all of humanity, of course. But Satan is not omniscient, and cannot keep track of everyone. The Jewish peoples have been protected throughout the four corners of the world and have survived for the last nearly 2000 years of history, by the grace of God.
In the Tribulation when time is running out for him, we will then see a drastic attempt to destroy every human being on earth. But for now there is the Temple, standing there in all of its glory, and that is what the disciples see. They fully expect that they have been blessed with the opportunity of living in the time of the coming of the Kingdom of God. They have heard the herald (John the Baptist). They have heard the teaching of Jesus. They have seen the miracles, like none other in history. What else could all of this be?
Now Jesus shocks them with the message that the Temple standing there all proud and in all its glory, was going to be destroyed. Not one stone would be left standing. Was this the destruction in 70 A.D.? No.
Hummm. Ok, now think about this a little bit. The temple was destroyed in 70 A.D., but there was a little of it left (at least one wall). But when Jesus Christ returns at the second advent, all buildings, all cities, all mountains, will be leveled!!! Nothing, absolutely nothing from human history, will enter into the new Kingdom of God - nothing. There will be nothing in which mankind can look to for boasting when it comes to the millennial reign of Christ. No history, no ancestors, no architecture, nothing. In fact man will be burying the dead for six months just to drive in to everyone little brains the point that, man failed utterly in history. Now it would be Christs turn to rule and call all of the shots.
Not one stone will be left standing. That is Gods attitude toward the objects of mans pride. The disciples were proud of the Temple and their anticipated move, into it. Their hopes were going to be dashed, because it was not their plans, but Gods plans, which were going to come to pass.
So we again learn our place. We look into that mirror and ask ourselves, are we going to get with a sincere daily study program? Are we going to keep ourselves in fellowship? Are we going to learn and consequently understand Gods Word? Are we going to apply it to our lives? Oh, that is the tough one! Did we pick up on the lesson of yesterday, the quote from Isa. 11, and make the connection to the seven spirits mentioned? Do we know what they are, what they represent? Do you recall your study in Rev. 1?
Questions, questions. Are we learning? What is it we are proud of in life? Now ignore whatever it is and get with a Bible study program.
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.
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