|Matthew 24 |
1 Then Jesus went out and departed from the temple; and his disciples came up to him to show him the buildings of the temple.
2 And Jesus said to them, "Do you see all these? Truly I say to you that there will not be left here one stone upon another, that will not be thrown down."
3 And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately, saying, "Tell us, when will these things occur? And what will be the sign of your coming, and of the end of the world?" [Note! In verse 34 below Jesus says: ALL of the next discourse of end times prophecies will be fulfilled before that generation died, proving his 2nd appearance, the tribulations, the end of the world, and the Kingdom are all personal experiences of the purified believer!]
4 And Jesus answered and said to them, "Take heed that no man deceives you.
5 For many will come in my name, saying, 'I am Christ;' and will deceive many.
6 And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.
7 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; and there will be famines and pestilences and earthquakes in many places.
8 All these are only the beginning of sorrows.
9 Then they will deliver you up to be afflicted, and will kill you; and you will be hated by all nations for my name's sake.
10 Then many will be offended, and will betray one another, and hate one another.
11 Many false prophets will rise, and will deceive many.1 [Jesus said the false prophets in sheep's clothing would come. John said the antichrists and false apostles had come and had gone out from among them. Peter saw the false teachers had come. Paul saw the false apostles had come, and warned the brothers night and day for three years of more coming. And in Revelation, John saw where the whole world was to go after the false prophets and the false church, which occurred shortly afterwards. The false church is Revelation's whore of Babylon, riding the beast of many names, (45,000 sects in Christendom), with horns like a lamb [resembles the true church], but who speaks like a dragon, (men speaking from their carnal minds, which is enmity against God, and their vain opinions from their evil imaginations), instead of speaking words supplied by the Holy Spirit, as Jesus and the Apostles did.]
12 Because iniquity [sin] will increase, the love of many will turn cold.
13 But he who endures to the end shall be saved.
14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world for a witness to all nations; and then the end will come.
15 Therefore, when you see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place, (whoever reads, let him understand),2
16 Then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountain [Christ].
17 Let he who is on the housetop not come down to take anything out of his house.
18 Neither let he who in the field return back to take his clothes.
19 And woe to those who are with child, and to those who are nursing in those days!
20 But pray that your flight is not in the winter or on the Sabbath day.
21 For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be again.
22 And except those days should be shortened, no flesh would be saved, but for the elect's sake those days will be shortened.
23 Then if any man says to you, 'Lo, here is Christ,' or 'There he is;' do not believe it. ["The Father is in you all, Christ is in you, and the Kingdom of Heaven is in you; there, in your hearts, is where you will find them all. Know him there searching your hearts, and find him there trying your minds and hearts; incline your ears, and give ear to him there, who will render to everyone of you according to your words and works whether they are good or evil," (by George Fox). Turn inward.]
24 For there will arise false Christs and prophets, and will show great signs and wonders; so much that, if it were possible, they would deceive the very elect.3 [The false church of Babylon shows great signs and wonders, to convince those who have not been taught by revelation in their hearts by the Spirit of God as to what is the true gospel, the true hope, love vs. lust, sin vs. righteousness, turmoil vs. peace, humility vs. pride, good vs. evil, light vs. darkness, bitter vs. sweet. Since the elect have been taught by the Spirit in revelations, they see past the miracles of the false church and the false prophets; which false prophets live in, and excuse, life-long sin. Although Babylon's false prophets are very difficult to discern, the elect are not deceived.]
25 Behold, I have told you before.
26 Therefore if they say to you, 'Behold, he is in the desert,' do not go forth; or 'Behold, he is in the secret chambers,' do not believe it. [Or, they say, "he is in our church, which is God's house and is holy; come join our sect."]
27 For as the lightning comes out of the east, and shines to the west; so also will the coming of the Son of man be.4 [And so (like we heard God's voice from heaven on the mount) we have the more sure prophetic word [the word in your heart]; to which you do well to pay attention, as to a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts. 2 Pet 1:19. I am .. the bright morning star. Rev 22:16. He who overcomes and keeps my works to the end.. I will give him the morning star. Rev 2:27-28. For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, has shined in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. 2 Cor 4:6. From the Word of the Lord within: "Light comes from faith in the voice. First the light arises, then the kingdom. The arising of the light will be unmistakable; it is an ego-shattering experience."]
28 Wherever the dead body is, there the vultures will be gathered together. [See Luke 17:30-37 for better understanding of this verse.]
29 Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken.
30 Then the sign of the Son of man will appear in heaven. And all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.
31 And he will send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.
32 Now learn the parable of the fig tree: When its branch is still tender and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near.
33 So likewise, when you shall see all these things occur, know that it is near, even at the doors.
34 Truly I say to you, this generation will not pass, until all these things are fulfilled.5
35 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.
36 But of that day and hour no man knows, no, not even the angels of heaven, but my Father only.
37 As the days of Noah were, so also will the days be at the coming of the Son of man.
38 For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage — until the day that Noah entered into the ark,
39 They had no idea of pending trouble until the flood came and took them all away; so also shall the coming of the Son of man be.
40 Then two people will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left. [The second coming and the day of the Lord are one in the same personal experience, which occurs for all men in every generation. For those who are crucified to spiritually die on the inward cross of self-denial, the second coming occurs as the Lord appears after the baptism of fire has burned all the remaining sin in them. Their body dies in this baptism of fire and death, but the believer is then raised (resurrected) with Christ and translated into the kingdom of God. Though raised with Christ to live in the heavens, they still walk the earth as a new creature together, in union with the Lord. From the Word of the Lord within: "The second coming is a personal experience. The second coming is in the hearts of purified believers. You can live in heaven and still walk the earth." For those who physically die without having been purified on the inward cross and who are still slaves to sin, the appearance of the Lord when they physically die is a terror for they will suddenly see how hopelessly evil they are. See Footnote 4 to Luke 17:37 for more information.]
41 Two women will be grinding at the mill; one will be taken and the other left.
42 Watch therefore! For you do not know at what hour your Lord comes.
43 But know this, that if the owner of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have allowed his house to be broken into.
44 Therefore you also be ready; for in an hour you do not expect, the Son of man comes.
45 Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord has made ruler over his household, to give them their food at the proper time?
46 Blessed is that servant, whom his lord finds so doing when he comes.
47 Truly I say to you that he will make him ruler over all his goods.
48 But if that evil servant says in his heart, 'My lord is delayed in his coming;'
49 And begins to strike his fellow servants, and to eat and drink with the drunken;
50 The lord of that servant will come in a day when he does not look for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of,
51 And he will cut him to pieces and assign him a place with the hypocrites, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth."
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1 Many false prophets will rise, and will deceive many. Many people think prophets only foretell the future, but Paul tells us, "he who prophesies speaks to men for edification, and exhortation, and comfort." 1 Cor 14:3. All preachers and teachers prophesy. If they have not been sent by God and if they do not speak the words God has told them to speak, they are false prophets: I have not sent these prophets, yet they ran [ahead of me]. I have not spoken to them, yet they have prophesied. Jer 23:21. "The prophets prophesy lies in my name. I did not send them, neither have I commanded them, nor spoken to them. Jer 14:14. The false prophet(s) are the ministers of Christendom, not taught by the Lord's voice and light, not perfected by the Lord, not gifted with an authorized ministry, not sent by the Lord, and not speaking words from the Spirit of the Lord; rather they speak from their carnal minds, the nature of death, and preach their vain opinions from the imagination of their evil hearts.
True shepherds speak words from the Spirit of God immediately before speaking; as Paul said: Which things also we speak, not in the words, which man's wisdom teaches, but which the Holy Spirit instructs; explaining spiritual things with spiritual words. 1 Cor 2:13; and as Peter said: If any man speaks, let him speak with God's words [oracles]; 1 Pet 4:11. Even Jesus did not judge, speak, or act without the Spirit's specific prompting. As Jesus said:
Until you can only speak words heard from the Spirit at the moment before you speak, you are not fit to minister. If you speak from your carnal mind things about Jesus or God, they do not reach the heart of your listener. Instead you are speaking from the nature of death, and you are scattering because you are not gathering with Him. First, you must be sent to specific person(s) that only the Lord knows are prepared to hear; then however true your words are, unless they are spoken with His Spirit in control of your mouth, your words do not reach the heart of your listeners; such words are idle (non-edifying), and we shall give an account for all non-edifying words that come out of our mouth. Words spoken from the Spirit are commanded and heard immediately before opening our mouth to speak; we are not to add any of our own words at any time when sent to speak to others.
If Jesus, as great as He is and was, would only speak the words He heard from the Father; then how much more should we be careful to speak nothing about God or Jesus unless we hear the exact words to say at that moment. If you are not specifically sent, and if you are deciding what to say, you are speaking from yourself and seeking your own glory. To be seeking God's glory and not your own, you must first be sent and then only speak words heard from the Spirit immediately before speaking. The disciple is not above his master, but everyone who is perfect [purified, restored to the spiritual image of God, specifically authorized, and perfected] will be like his master, Luke 6:39-42; the Master sees everything to do and hears everything to say before speaking. If you are speaking and/or working for God without being specifically ordered in each and every word and action, you are essentially claiming that your own words and deeds are superior to what Jesus' would be if he made his own decisions about what to say and do. Anyone without perfection, not having been sent, and speaking without God providing his words to speak, is a blind guide seeking his own glory, your admiration of him, and/or your money.
Christendom's ministers are the false prophets Jesus warns about. Deceiving billions, they promise heaven to anyone who believes, leaving them slaves to their sins until destructive death. When you see how Christendom is nothing but Babylon, you will be both sad and angry: Son of man, prophesy against the prophets of Israel who prophesy, and say to those who prophesy out of their own imagination, 'Hear the word of the LORD,' Because they have seduced my people saying, 'Peace!' when there is no peace. .. you have made the heart of the righteous sad, whom I have not made sad, and have strengthened the hands of the wicked, so that he does not turn from his wicked way, by [falsely] promising him life.
Here is what the Word of the Lord within said about the ministers of Christianity today:
"Beware of false prophets. There are millions of blind guide preachers. How can the ministers claim to be mine, when inside they are full of deceit and hypocrisy? They do everything for show. The gregarious make a living teaching the scriptures. Those who preach against perfection have a lack of earnest faith. False prophets appeal to unstable souls. I am against the shepherds, who have prophesied a false salvation. They have taken the Bible and made it an unholy thing used to justify their immersion in sin. Much of the Bible has been trivialized. They gutted what Jesus had to say; Jesus is ad tunes. They forget about me and teach errors. They teach the commandments of men; in vain do they worship me. They throw the word 'righteousness' around without any understanding of what it means. There is no hope; there is no guidance, other than 'study the scriptures.' Woe be to them, for they have coupled an external form between the love of God to man. Ten words from Him are better than ten copied letters. They cannot understand what the Spirit is doing. Their preaching only conveys the pride of Samaria. Outside the faith, they are teaching an equilibrium between good and evil. The leaders of Christianity are dogs — blind, dumb, ignorant dogs; professing to know everything, they know nothing; professing to know everything, they live their lives as fools. Those who follow the advice of these unpurified leaders, their life is like a bubble. I refuse to answer them. We deliberately ignore those of great repute. The leader of their army is Lucifer. They want to be sons; they recognize the scripture, 'he that is born of God has no sin,' but they blithely go on. These people are far from me, living in sin and teaching others the inevitability of sin until death. I further decry those who make a living preaching the scriptures."
There is a web page, How to Identify a Blind Guide or False Prophet, devoted to the doctrines of false prophets/blind guide preachers vs. true prophets/ministers to help you distinguish a true preacher/teacher from a false preacher/teacher.
2 when you see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place. The abomination of desolation is your selfish spirit, standing in the holy place, the temple of God, which temple is your heart; where the Spirit of God labors to form Christ, to rule. Before Jesus appears in your heart, the Spirit of God has to reveal the man of sin, your spirit, ruling your heart; standing where God belongs, declaring himself to be God... Christ, the God of Peace, then soon after appears to crush the head of this spirit of Satan under your feet. Rom 16:20.
Paul wrote of this occurrence in 2 Thes 2:3-4, which footnote includes a writing by George Fox clearly stating that the revealing of the abomination of desolation is something to be personally experienced.
Christendom totally misinterprets this verse to be the supposed one antichrist, (though many antichrists had already appeared 2000 years ago), that is supposedly revealed before Jesus makes His supposed one-time return to the earth, thinking that the Jewish temple in Jerusalem will be rebuilt, animal sacrifices reinstituted, and the antiChrist will appear in that temple declaring himself God — none of which will ever happen. Christendom does not understand that before Christ appears in their hearts, to be seen, to be revealed, that first the Lord must show them how immersed in sin they themselves are — so much so that each man must be shown that his spirit is the offspring of Satan, sitting in the throne of your heart, declaring himself God.
From the Word of the Lord within: "When you see the abomination of desolation do not be afraid; stand your ground; I will come within five minutes to destroy him."
3 For there will arise false Christs and prophets, and will show great signs and wonders; so much that, if it were possible, they would deceive the very elect. Many people think prophets only foretell the future, but Paul tells us, "he who prophesies speaks to men for edification, and exhortation, and comfort." 1 Cor 14:3. All preachers and teachers prophesy. There are many "Christian" healing ministries with great show, great pomp, great words of vanity, loud and raucous services, but you will know them by the fruits they obviously lack: self-control, peace, gentleness, humility, etc.
Never accept any demonstration of power as necessarily coming from God. Remember Jannes and Jambres, the Egyptian Magicians, who cast down their rods that turned into serpents, and who turned the waters of Egypt to blood. The miracle workers of Christendom, who preach the false gospel of instant grace as a license for excusing continuation of sin, derive their power from Satan. However, the power of Satan is not limited to false Christian ministers; it is also frequently demonstrated in other religions.
Power without truth is how the false church of Babylon was established. Do not be deceived with power accompanied by lies. Unless power is accompanied by the true gospel, (freedom from even the desire to sin, union with Christ and God, and translation into the kingdom of God while still on earth), through repentance on the inward cross of self-denial that results in Jesus appearing in your heart to destroy all sin, such power is from the devil and not God.
And in Revelation, we are told the spirits of demons would be working miracles. Rev 16:14; and the demons work miracles through men who put on a great show of being religious.
Smith Wigglesworth of several years ago, (still highly praised by the Pentecostals), had a faith healing ministry where he slugged people in the stomach to heal them, saying he was slugging the devil in them, not them; one man he slugged so hard that he died, but of course the minister then raised him from the dead; you will know them by their fruits, and violence is not a fruit of the spirit, but gentleness is. A current televangelist, who is widely acclaimed and praised by the leadership of the Pentecostal movement, heals by slugging people, kicking people, and slamming people on the forehead, as he staggers around like a drunk shouting his message.
William Branham was a preacher who performed great miracles, died in a car crash in 1967, still has many dedicated followers today, and has been greatly lauded by Pentecostal and Charismatic leaders like Kenneth Hagin, Oral Roberts, and Benny Hinn — all because of his ability to perform miracles. Branham had many prophecies, received from angels, including that the United States would be destroyed and Jesus would return in 1977. Branham was misogynistic, teaching a very negative message about women in general, while claiming that Eve had sex with the Serpent in the Garden of Eden, which resulted in the birth of Cain and that Cain’s descendents are reprobates, the scientists, and educated people of today. His doctrine is totally false for:
Yet, because Branham had so many miracle healings across the world, some of followers visit his grave every Easter, expecting him to be resurrected.
Including this verse's warning, the Lord is recorded as warning us three times about false Christian prophets, (ministers, evangelists, teachers), that perform miracles:
The power of Satan is also frequently demonstrated in other religions. I can testify to a harrowing personal experience with a young man that I met begging on the street. This individual said he had no place to sleep that night, so I invited him to my home, where I witnessed several supernatural demonstrations of power. He had participated in Hare Krishna, Hindu, etc., and he had adopted a Hindu name. He believed there was no difference between good and evil. Though I had never met him before, he related details of my life that even my wife did not know. When I left him upstairs to listen to music, he rummaged through my forty plus CDs and brought down two, which he handed to me and correctly told me which son had given each to me for a gift and chastised me that I had never played them, which was also correct. He had also picked up three items where the CDs were stored and told me they were favors from my youngest son's wedding and that I should have them proudly displayed to honor my son's marriage rather than stored away out of sight; he was correct as to their origin. There were other supernatural events that had also occurred with him. He suggested that God had created me for pleasure and I should indulge in whatever I desired, including adultery; (this was before I had been freed of lust for women.) When morning finally came, I told him he must go, and we got in our very reliable car. I turned the key on, and the engine died two seconds later. I turned the key on, and the engine died again. I looked in the rear-view mirror and he was sitting directly in the middle, looking down at the ignition switch and praying so hard his face had literally turned the brightest red I had ever seen on a man before; it looked very similar to common depictions of devils. I reached for the key and with force turned it and held it with great resolve; this time the car started and held, allowing us to complete the exit of this individual.
Although Babylon's false prophets are very difficult to discern, the elect are not deceived because their love of the truth overrides their being impressed with demonstration of power accompanied by lies. The false church of Babylon shows great signs and wonders, to convince those who have not been taught by revelation in their hearts by the Spirit of God as to what is the true gospel, the true hope, love vs. lust, sin vs. righteousness, turmoil vs. peace, humility vs. pride, good vs. evil, light vs. darkness, bitter vs. sweet. Since the elect have been taught by the Spirit in revelations, they see past the miracles of the false church and false prophets; which false prophets who live in sin, and excuse, life-long sin.
There is a web page, How to Identify and Blind Guide of False Prophet, devoted to the doctrines of false prophets/blind guide preachers vs. true prophets/ministers to help you distinguish a true preacher/teacher from a false preacher/teacher.
4 For as the lightning comes out of the east, and shines to the west; so also will the coming of the Son of man be. This verse describes how Jesus, who dwells in unapproachable light, who is light of men, who is the bright morning star, who rises in a crucified believer's heart — with great light does the night of darkness end when the morning star rises in your heart to be the light of day so that a believer walks in the light of God, guided by the eye of God. From the Word of the Lord within: "Light comes from faith in the voice. First the light arises, then the kingdom."
This verse has been grossly misunderstood to refer to a physical return of Jesus on the clouds that all the earth will witness, (which is very difficult to imagine, considering the earth is not flat and would require many repetitions of His mythological return over a 24 hour period for all to see), but which refers to Jesus appearing in the hearts of purified believers. He is seen; He is revealed, (as in the Revelation); He appears.
To show how far the carnal mind and imagination can wander from reality and truth to invent an image and worship ritual, the Church of England read this verse as part of their official "worship service," and when read, the entire congregation would turn to the east and bow.
5 Jesus said, This generation shall not pass, until all these things are fulfilled; including the end of the world, which was the question in verse 3 above that started Jesus' discourse. So, in verse 34 he said that all the end times prophesies will have occurred 2000 ago. In Matthew, Mark, and Luke, Jesus is recorded saying that some then standing with him, 2000 years ago, would see his glorious coming with the Kingdom before they died. In Matthew, Mark and Luke Jesus is also recorded saying all the end times prophesies would be fulfilled before the generation of 2000 years ago died, (click here to see all). This shows that the Second Appearance of Jesus is a personal, individual experience — available to all generations, but only to those who have purified themselves in hope of seeing him: When he is revealed, we will be like him, for we will see him as he is. And every man who has this hope in him purifies himself, even as he [Jesus] is pure. 1 John 3:2-3. See The Second Appearance of Jesus is in the hearts of Purified Believers for more.
This shows that end of the world is a personal experience, which is the end of the believers spiritual journey as they are translated into the Kingdom of Heaven, a parallel dimension. As Jesus said to his disciples (living 2000 years ago): I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen. Mat 28:20. And you shall be hated by all men for my name's sake; but he who endures to the end will be saved. Mat 10:22. The end of their current life, at the beginning of their new life. John writes: And the world passes away and disappears, along with its desires and lusts; but he who does the will of God remains forever. 1 John 2:17. And for the purified, the end is to enter union with Christ, which is to enter the Kingdom of Heaven, which occurs on the Day of the Lord. Now all these things happened to them as examples; and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world have come. 1 Cor 10:11. From the Word of the Lord within: "The world ends as you step into another dimension. You can live in heaven and still walk the earth."
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