Sorry ... Jesus Is Not Coming At Any Moment Part 1
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Bill Kochman

Published On :
November 5, 2007

Last Updated :
January 3, 2009

Matthew 24 Endtime Dissertation, Parable Of The Fig Tree,
Questions Posed, Many Bible Versions = No Christian Unity,
1948 - Israel Becomes A Nation, Opinions Molded By Popular
Preachers, Personal Biblical Research Aided By Holy Spirit,
Bible Self-Interprets, Problem: How Long Is A Generation?,
Jesus Didn't Say Fig Tree Is Israel, No One Knows The Day
And Hour, Danger Of Forcing Bible Prophecy To Fit Into Our
Personal Understanding, Preachers Disgraced By False Time
Prophecies, Damage Control - Blind Sheep Keep On Following,
The False Year 2000 Prediction Regarding Christ's Return,
Y2K Date Problem, End Of A Millennium, Significance of The
Number Seven, Archbishop James Ussher & October 23, 4004 BC,
Oslo Accords - Holy Covenant - Declaration Of Principles,
The Seven-Year Treaty - Temple Mount - Beast - Antichrist,
Is 1948 The Anchor Point Of Endtime Prophecy?, May 14, 1948,
Reza Shah Pahlavi And The Iran/Persia Naming Controversy,
Cyrus The Great, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi - The Shah Of Iran,
Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini And The 1979 Iranian Revolution,
Grand Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei And Mahmoud Ahmadinejad,
Arab Anti-Israel Attitude, Battle Of Armageddon, Y2K Glitch,
I Rejected The Year 2,000 "Jesus Is Coming" False Doctrine,
Believe Because God's Word Says So, God's Precise Timetable,
Temple Mount Radicals And Destruction Of Solomon's Temple

Recently, someone wrote to me concerning some of Jesus' words
found in Matthew chapter twenty-four, which, as some of you
will already know, deals in large part with the Signs of the
Endtime and the events which will lead up to Christ's Return,
and the end of the current world governmental systems. To be
more specific, this person's questions revolved around the
following verses:

"Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet
tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is
nigh: So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things,
know that it is near, even at the doors. Verily I say unto
you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things
be fulfilled. Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words
shall not pass away. But of that day and hour knoweth no
man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only."
Matthew 24:32-36, KJV

Concerning the previous verses, this person stated:

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I have a 2 part question about the fulfillment of the fig
tree parable:

1) Jesus mentioned the word "generation" in Matthew 24:36.
He stated that a specific generation would live to see His
return. He said that the 'generation' that lives to see
Israel become a nation would not pass from the earth.

So, what is a biblical 'generation'?

One person said it was 52 years and gave the following
reasons . . .

Luke 3:23-38, you have 77 generations from Adam to Jesus
Christ. That's a period of 4,000 years. Divided by 77 it
comes out to 51.9. 52 years.

Matthew 1:17, there were 42 generations between Abraham and
Jesus Christ. This covers a period of 2,160 years. Divide
the 2,160 by 42 and it comes to 51.4 years.

Is he right?

2)If so, then if we use the biblical definition of a
generation as 52 years. Then should we be looking at the
Lord's return as 52 years from 1948 (Israel becoming a
nation) OR the more recent date of 1967 after the
reunification of Jerusalem and the 6 Day War?

I ask simply because 1948 plus 52 years was the year 2000
which is obviously behind us . . .

And, 1967 plus 52 gives us 2019 . . .

I just wanted some clarification. Which date are we using as
our fulfillment of the fig tree parable? And why?

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Before answering this person's questions, allow me to point
out that in the King James Version of the Bible, which, as
some of you will know, is my Bible of preference, the word
"generation" is actually used in verse thirty-four, and not
in verse thirty-six as stated above. It's possible that this
person simply made a typographical error, or else they could
be using a different version of the Bible. This is a clear
example of why I have long believed that there should only
be one standard Christian Bible. As I've said before, how in
the world can we Christians ever hope to achieve any degree
of Christian unity, while we are all reading from different
Bibles, which have different words, or the same words but in
different places, or where some verses are entirely omitted,
or placed in footnotes? Given this lamentable situation, we
will never be able to fulfill the desire that the Apostle
Paul expressed when he stated:

"Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus
Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be
no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined
together in the same mind and in the same judgment."
1 Corinthians 1:10, KJV

That issue aside, as I pondered this person's message, it
occurred to me that perhaps they need to approach this issue
from a different perspective, because their current approach
is obviously causing them some difficulty, and presenting
challenges which they cannot seem to resolve. So to answer
their questions, I will offer the following for their, and
your, consideration:

While it is commonly assumed by some Bible scholars, popular
radio and television preachers and lay Christians that the
Parable of the Fig Tree is a reference to Israel becoming a
nation in 1948, there's absolutely nothing in the Scriptures
found in Matthew chapter twenty-four, which clearly states
that this is so. Nowhere in those verses does Jesus outright
say that the fig tree represents Israel becoming a nation in
1948. As far as I am concerned, this is simply one possible
interpretation; it is nothing more than speculation; it is a
theory; it is an assumption which has long been promoted by
certain pro-Israel Christians, and perhaps even by the Jews
themselves, even though the latter for the most part reject
Christ as being the Messiah. Perhaps the fig tree truly does
represent Israel; I honestly don't know; but Jesus does not
directly say this in His Endtime dissertation in Matthew 24.

Are you surprised by my pronouncement? You really shouldn't
be; unless you have allowed your understanding of the Bible
to be molded by some of these modern, popular, fast-talking
preachers, instead of reading God's Word for yourself, as
you are supposed to do, and allow God's Spirit to speak to
your heart concerning its meaning. That is precisely what
the Holy Spirit, and diligent, personal Scriptural research
is for. As I explain in other articles, the Holy Spirit is
our Guide, Teacher and Comforter. Jesus Himself stated on
one occasion:

"But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father
will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and
bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said
unto you."
John 14:26, KJV

Most of us have access to God's Word, either in print, or
via the Internet, or through a computer program, or by some
other way. So why have so many of you become so spiritually
lethargic, that you allow yourselves to be spoon-fed by some
fancy preacher who loves to bathe in his popularity, as he
stands before his huge congregation, (where most people do
not even know each other on a personal level), in a million
dollar church building?

I have stated a number of times before that the Bible will
in large part interpret itself, if we invest the time, and
read enough of it. It is like a great Divine Jigsaw Puzzle.
The more time we dedicate to reading the Holy Scriptures,
the more the pieces slowly begin to fall into their proper
place, and our understanding of God's Word begins to open.
The problem is that many Christians just aren't willing to
take the time to read it. As I point out in "Study, Work,
And Don't Be Ashamed!", it is our Christian duty to study
God's Word. The Apostle Paul wrote to his dear son in the
Lord, Timothy, the following admonition:

"Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that
needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of
2 Timothy 2:15, KJV

Another related article which emphasizes the importance of
reading God's Word, as well as properly understanding it, is
"Rightly Dividing The Word Of Truth"; and there are others
as well. I encourage you to search our site to find them. So
my point is, because some Christians rely so heavily on some
popular evangelist to tell them what God's Word means, they
open themselves up to possibly accepting erroneous beliefs,
which, in the end, may not be Scripturally sound at all.

To reiterate the point I made earlier, personally, I am not
convinced that Jesus was saying that the budding fig tree
represents Israel. Other Christians, such as the person who
wrote to me, embrace a different view. In his message to me,
he very specifically stated, and I quote, "He said that the
'generation' that lives to see Israel become a nation would
not pass from the earth.". I'm sorry, but Jesus didn't say
that in Matthew, or in any of the other three Gospels. That
is simply how this person has chosen to interpret the verse,
or else he is accepting someone else's interpretation of the

But the end result is that because they've become convinced
that Jesus was cryptically suggesting in His Parable that
the fig tree represents Israel becoming a nation in 1948,
they are now faced with the challenge, and the dilemma, of
figuring out exactly how long a Biblical generation is, as
well as when this "last generation" began, and when it will
end. The idea seems to be that if they can correctly figure
out the math, they will know exactly what year the Lord will
be returning. But is this really the case?

Now, before you are quick to answer in the affirmative, and
tell me that Jesus was dropping us a hint by inferring that
the fig tree represents Israel becoming a nation in 1948, so
that we can do our number crunching, and thus know the exact
year when He'll be returning, allow me to remind you of what
else He said in the aforementioned verses. Verse thirty-six
plainly states:

"But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels
of heaven, but my Father only."
Matthew 24:36, KJV

Please stop and think for a moment. Does it make any sense
to you that the Lord would supposedly drop a hint regarding
1948, (via the Parable of the Fig Tree), so that, according
to some Christians, we could begin counting the exact number
of years until His Arrival, only to turn around and state in
the same breath that nobody will know the day of His Advent?
If we accept these Christians' interpretation of the Lord's
words, then if we read those five verses together, (v32-36),
it is as if Jesus is saying, "Here is a huge hint. This fig
tree sprouting leaves represents Israel becoming a nation.
When that event occurs, when Israel becomes a nation, start
counting the years; because the generation that witnesses
that historical event will not pass until I return. Oops,
sorry, forget it. My Father says that you aren't supposed
to know when I'll be returning to the Earth."

Are you beginning to see the light yet? There is something
clearly wrong with that picture, isn't there? Jesus would
not behave in that manner, would He? He wouldn't tantalize
us with a clue supposedly concealed in the Parable of the
Fig Tree, and then turn around and say that we really have
no business knowing when He will return, would He?

So, in my opinion, here is the lowdown: There is absolutely
nothing wrong with Jesus' words. I'm becoming convinced that
the real source of the problem is that these Christians have
been led to believe that Israel being declared a nation in
1948 is represented by the fig tree in the Lord's Parable;
and because they have adopted that view, they are trying to
force Jesus's words to fit their particular understanding.
They are making the mistake of trying to assign a specific
number of years to Jesus' words, when perhaps that isn't
what the Lord meant at all; and I will attempt to prove my
point in just a moment.

As I have mentioned before, trying to force Bible prophecy,
particularly time-based prophecies, to fit into our personal
understanding is dangerous business. Not only that, but it
can be quite embarrassing when we are proven to be wrong. In
the case of some of these high-profile preachers, it can be
disastrous; because making such a specific time prediction,
such as the precise year when Jesus will return, can totally
discredit them, and cause people to lose faith in them, and
in their ministry, when their prediction fails to come to
pass. In my own writings, I have always been very careful to
never make this mistake. I have lived long enough to watch a
number of these popular radio and TV evangelists fall from
their pedestals in disgrace, because of this very thing.

But what truly amazes me, is that in spite of the fact that
some of these men have been clearly proven to be frauds and
false prophets, a lot of Christians are so blind and foolish,
and so mesmerized by these fast-talking preachers, that they
continue believing in them, attending their "mega-churches",
and giving them their hard-earned money. Just like a lot of
modern politicians, they implement damage control, and their
blind followers just keep on following them. The attitude
seems to be "to forgive and to forget".

False prophets are really nothing new. As I point out in the
article "Office Of A Prophet", they have been around since
the time of Moses, and probably earlier than that. If you
want to know what the Bible instructs us to do once we have
become aware of such a false prophet, then I encourage you
to read that article. You may also want to read the related
article, "Modern False Prophets And Worldly Ecumenism".

In his message to me, this person also briefly mentioned the
year 2000 fiasco. As some of my readers may already know, I
am referring to the fact that at that time, there was a lot
of excitement within the Christian world; that is, at least
within American Christendom. Many American Christians were
apparently in a heightened state of euphoria, because some
of their learned so-called spiritual leaders had convinced
them that 2000 was it; it was THE year; and Jesus was about
to appear in the clouds of Heaven to gather together His
beloved children.

The Y2K date problem was fuel for the fire, and only served
to further strengthen some Christians' belief that the world
was about to fall apart, so Jesus must surely be returning
at any moment. The fact that we would soon be leaving behind
one millennium, and entering another one, also made the year
2000 seem to some Christians like the appropriate time for
Jesus to make His Appearance. The common view amongst these
Christians was that there was no better time for Christ to
usher in the long-anticipated Golden Age of the Millennium,
when He would initiate His Reign upon the Earth, as we find
described in the Book of Revelation, than at the beginning
of the Seventh Millennium, according to the Biblical record.
For more information regarding these events, allow me to
refer you to my article "From Armageddon To The New Earth".

As some of you may know, the number seven is regarded as a
very holy number in the Bible. Not only is this number very
prominent in the actual printed text of the Bible, such as
in the mention of seven Angels, seven trumpets, seven vials
of wrath, seven plagues, seven days of Creation, etc., but
it's also been revealed in recent years that the Scriptures
exhibit a very intelligent, intricate, mathematical design;
and in the original Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek languages, the
number seven is heavily interwoven throughout the text.

To add to this mystery surrounding the number seven, based
upon the seventeenth century work of James Ussher, who was
the Anglican Archbishop of Armagh, (the smallest of the six
counties which today form Northern Ireland), some Christians
are of the opinion that the planet Earth, and the Universe,
were created about six thousand years ago. After conducting
considerable research, Ussher arrived at the date of October
23, 4004 BC as being the first day of Creation. Some of his
contemporaries arrived at similar dates, give or take a few
decades. Thus, leaving room for error, this would explain
why some Christians believed that the year 2000 marked the
end of the Sixth Millennium and the beginning of the Seventh
Millennium, when Christ would return, and begin ruling upon
the Earth.

In other words, if we add the 4,000 years which had passed
prior to the birth of Christ, to the additional 2,000 years
which had passed up until 2,000 AD, we arrive at a total of
about 6,000 years . . . six full millennia.

Of course, in order to convince their followers that what
they were saying was indeed true, that is, that the Lord's
Return was imminent, these American false prophets had to
provide Biblical proof to back up their claims. I remember
that one of the arguments which was used by some of these
men, was to tell their flocks that the Oslo Accords was the
fulfillment of the prophecies regarding the seven-year Holy
Covenant, which is discussed in various books of the Bible,
including Daniel, Revelation, 2 Thessalonians 2, as well as
the Gospels.

As some of my readers will recall, the Oslo Accords, which
were also referred to as the Declaration Of Principles, were
signed in Washington, D.C. on September 13, 1993 by Mahmoud
Abbas, who represented the Palestinians, (and who is now the
Palestinian president), and by Shimon Peres, who represented
the Israelis. Also present were PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat,
Israeli P.M. Yitzhak Rabin, U.S. President Bill Clinton, and
other dignitaries.

For those of you who aren't familiar with the seven-year Holy
Covenant, some Christians, myself included, believe that the
aforementioned books of the Bible predict that Jesus Christ
will return to the Earth following a series of political and
religious events which will span a period of seven years. The
seven-year period may commence with the signing of this Holy
Covenant, or peace treaty, which, among other stipulations,
will allow the Orthodox Jews to rebuild their temple on the
Temple Mount that's located in East Jerusalem. For centuries,
this controversial site has hosted the Muslim al-Aksa Mosque
and the Dome of the Rock. This treaty will be abrogated at
midpoint, (or after three and a half years), by a political
leader who is commonly referred to in Christian circles as
the Beast, or the Antichrist. For more information regarding
these events, please consider reading such articles as "The
Kings Of The North And The South".

At any rate, being as the Oslo Accords were signed in 1993,
these American shepherds did the simple math and concluded
that Jesus would return seven years later in the year 2000,
and that is what they told their flocks. What a terrible
mistake it was!

This deception was compounded by the fact that, as we saw a
moment ago, based upon their interpretation of Jesus' words,
as found in Matthew chapter twenty-four, regarding the fig
tree, these same spiritual leaders convinced themselves, and
erroneously taught their flocks, that Endtime prophecy finds
its anchor point in the year 1948, when Israel was declared
a nation on May 14th by the World Jewish Congress, under its
then-president, Stephen S. Wise. It may interest you to know
that literally within minutes, the government of the United
States of America officially recognized the State of Israel.
This is an obvious reflection of how much Zionist power had
already influenced America's policy makers. Imagine how much
worse it is today. It comes as no surprise then, that on one
occasion, Ariel Sharon, the former Prime Minister of Israel,
boasted on Israeli radio, that there was no need to worry
about American policy makers, because the Jews have America
in their pocket.

However, given today's political climate in the Middle East,
what may surprise you, is the fact that the second nation to
officially recognize the State of Israel was Iran. You see,
sixty years ago, Iran was ruled by Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, who
was the second monarch of the Pahlavi dynasty, as well as the
last Shah of the Iranian monarchy. The dynasty was begun by
his father, Reza Shah Pahlavi, who, among other things, made
the controversial declaration on March 21, 1935, that Persia,
as it was then known, should be renamed Iran. In actuality,
in the past, the country had been previously known as Iran,
which means the "land of the Aryans"; however it was changed
to Persia due to Western influences, such as the Greeks and
the Romans.

The Iranian monarchy had ruled continuously for 2,500 years,
since the founding of the Persian Empire by Cyrus the Great.
As I explain in other articles, Cyrus, or Koresh, as he was
known in Persian, is clearly mentioned in the Bible, and was
responsible for giving the Jews permission to return to the
land of Israel, following their Seventy Years of Captivity
under Babylonian rule. It is interesting then, that almost
2,500 years later, another Persian/Iranian leader would be
the second world leader to recognize the State of Israel.

Pahlavi was well known for his pomp and ceremony. In fact,
the title "Shah" is a shortened version of the Iranian word
"shahanshah", which is interpreted as "king of kings". But
what is important for our discussion is that Pahlavi was an
American ally, and you might say, puppet; which explains in
part why he may have been so quick to recognize the State of
Israel in 1948.

It was precisely because of the fact that the Shah supported
Israel, and allowed Western influences to penetrate Islamic
society in Iran, in both a political and moral sense, as well
as the fact that his government was known for its corruption,
and the oppressive tactics it employed, via the secret police
known as SAVAK, to control Iranian society, that the Iranian
clergy turned against him. Pahlavi was overthrown during the
1979 Iranian Revolution, which had been orchestrated by the
exiled Shia, (or Shi'ite), cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ruhollah
Khomeini, who became Iran's so-called "Supreme Leader".

As I have noted before, the Supreme Leader is the true ruler
of Iran, and has even more power than the Iranian president.
This system has continued with Khomeini's successor, Grand
Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, an Islamic conservative who
is adamantly opposed to the existence of the State of Israel,
as is the rather vociferous Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the current
president of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

As a matter of historical record, the Soviet Union did not
acknowledge Israel as a nation state until three days after
the May 14th declaration had been made. Other nations slowly
followed suit; however, even to this day, due in large part
to the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Jerusalem is
still not officially recognized as the capital of Israel by
the international community; which is why most nations have
their embassies in Tel Aviv. In fact, as you will probably
already know, some Arab/Muslim nations, such as Iran, don't
recognize Israel's legitimacy whatsoever. As I explain in
other articles, it is this anti-Israel attitude amongst the
Arab nations which may in fact lead to the pivotal war that
many Christians know as the Battle of Armageddon. Consider
these verses:

"And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great
river Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up, that
the way of the kings of the east might be prepared. And I
saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth
of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of
the mouth of the false prophet. For they are the spirits of
devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of
the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the
battle of that great day of God Almighty. Behold, I come as
a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his
garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame. And he
gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew
tongue Armageddon."
Revelation 16:12-16, KJV

This place, Armageddon, or Har Megiddo/Har Megiddon, meaning
"a place of crowds" according to the Hebrew lexicon, can be
found on the southern rim of the famous Plain of Esdraelon,
about six miles from Mount Carmel, and eleven miles from the
town of Nazareth, in northern Israel. This plain has been
the site of a number of historic battles, and it will be the
site of another great battle sometime in the future; the
long-prophesied Battle of Armageddon.

The main reason why I am sharing these historical facts with
you, is so that you can better understand how these American
shepherds arrived at their erroneous conclusions regarding
the Second Coming of our Lord. As the person who wrote to me
mentioned, these spiritual leaders arrived at the consensus
that a Biblical generation must represent about fifty-two
years. Because of their misinterpretation of the Scriptures
in Matthew chapter twenty-four, they added 52 to 1948; thus
arriving at the wonderful year of 2,000 as the time when the
Lord would arrive. As we have already seen, based upon the
work of Bishop Ussher, this event, (if it were true), would
occur just as the world would enter its Seventh Millennium,
which made this false doctrine seem all the more believable;
at least to certain gullible Christians.

As I explained earlier, convinced of this year 2000 doctrine,
it must not have been very difficult for them to then factor
in the "Declaration of Principles" of 1993 as the prophesied
seven-year Holy Covenant, in order to further strengthen the
claim that 2,000 would be the year when Jesus would return.
Tragically, these misguided shepherds shared this "evidence"
with their congregations, who excitedly believed every word
of it.

Well, they may have been excited by this news, but I most
certainly wasn't. I was absolutely convinced that they were
wrong, dead wrong. I had no anticipation whatsoever of Jesus
arriving in 2,000. At the time, I was more concerned about
the potential negative effects of the Y2K glitch; and I wrote
several articles in which I advised my readers how to prepare
themselves spiritually, and physically, just in case Y2K did
result in a serious disruption of government operations and
local services. Thankfully, the fear which had been created
proved to be greater than what actually occurred as millions
of computer clocks around the world struck the new year. Of
course, some technical flukes were reported here and there,
but it was nothing like what the profiteering mass media had
described. I don't doubt that the freeze-dried food industry
and other businesses which cater to survivalist needs, must
have made themselves quite a profit during the time leading
up to the year 2,000.

As I partially pointed out earlier, the reason why I was not
excited by the possibility that Jesus might return in 2,000
was because, in a word, based upon my personal understanding
of the Scriptures, particularly those verses which deal with
eschatology, or Endtime events, I was absolutely convinced
that there was no such possibility. As I explain in a number
of my articles, according to the Scriptures, there are some
key Endtime events which must transpire, (such as the seven
year Holy Covenant that we discussed earlier), before Jesus
Christ will return. In 2,000, none of these events had yet
occurred; and to this day, (January, 2008), to my knowledge,
they still haven't happened. Thus, until these major events
do begin to occur, I remain convinced that we have at least
seven years to go before the Lord will return. In short, I
am not, and have never been, one of these "at any moment"
folks. In my view, Christians who have embraced this false
doctrine simply do not know their Bible as they should.

Being as I amply discuss these events in other articles, I
will not be rehashing them here. If you are hungry for the
truth, and are a persevering student of God's Word, then I
encourage you to delve into the many articles which can be
found in the "Endtime Prophecies" section of our website.
Trust me; you will find a lot of interesting/challenging
material to chew on and ponder. You may not agree with all
of it, but it will get you thinking, and will motivate you
to more closely examine your own beliefs, and perhaps even
cause you to question why you believe some of the things
that you do. But this is a good thing; because we shouldn't
believe certain things just because, or because we've been
spoon-fed by someone else. Our foundation of faith should
be firmly based upon our understanding of God's Word, and
not upon the opinions of other men, not even my opinion, if
those opinions are not fully in agreement with God's Word.

One thing which I can tell you with full assurance, is that
God has a very precise timetable for the world which He is
following. He is very methodical in all of His doings. He is
also very patient; and nothing that we say, or do, is going
to alter His plans, or hasten the fulfillment of Biblical
Endtime prophecies; not even our erroneous interpretations
of His Word. I am reminded of the following verses found in
the Book of Isaiah:

"Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there
is none else; I am God, and there is none like me, Declaring
the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the
things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall
stand, and I will do all my pleasure:"
Isaiah 46:9-10, KJV

Contrary to the previous verse, it seems that there are some
wayward individuals, (who even claim to be Christians), who
have deceived themselves into believing that they can hurry
God along. Now and then I will read news reports regarding
certain extremists who, according to the reports, have plans
to destroy the Muslim "Dome of the Rock", which we discussed
earlier. Some Jews, and Christians, believe that the Temple
Mount was the site of the former temple, which was destroyed
two times in the past; first by King Nebuchadnezzar's forces
at the beginning of the Seventy Years of Captivity, around
587 B.C., and a second time, as prophesied by Jesus Himself,
in 70 A.D., by Roman general, Titus, who was the oldest son
of Emperor Vespasian. Titus later became emperor himself.

From what I understand, these radicals seem to believe that
if they destroy the Muslim mosque, they will precipitate an
inevitable war between the Israelis and the Arab and Muslim
nations, which will ultimately result in the foretold Battle
of Armageddon, and the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. I find
the idea of trying to force God to move faster than He wants
to absolutely ludicrous. Who do these people think they are?
How dare they place themselves above God, or think that they
know better than He does!

This series continues in part two. I trust that you will
join me.

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