A Mystery that Bible Scholars Missed:
The World Ended 2000 Years Ago,
But Whose World was it?
ISRAEL - FROM ABRAHAM TO CHRIST
The first chapter of Matthew contains an interesting verse: V17 "So all the
generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations; and from David until the carrying
away into Babylon are fourteen generations; and from the carrying away into Babylon unto Christ
are fourteen generations." The nation of Israel had its very beginning with Abraham, and
ended in the days of Christ.
Dispensational prophecy experts and Zionists notwithstanding, it lasted forty-two generations, and then came to an abrupt end. If Israel were to continue after a two thousand year fantastic pause in existence, or "holding pattern," or "dormant period," we can be sure the Bible would have worded the passage differently. But the Word of God says nothing about a "restored"
Israel in the future, nor any future generation or remnant of Israel. The generation living in Christ's day was the last generation. The Rapture happened. The Resurrection happened. Christ returned after only about a forty year absence.
The Great Tribulation happened - not exactly the way our illustrious "prophets" describe it. All prophecies, particularly the Old Testament prophecies, were fulfilled to the letter in the time of Christ, and no later than AD70. But it only concerned the nation and people of Israel. If Bible scholars could ever accept that, and re-examine their cherished theologies, they would find that virtually all of Scripture easily fits into a comprehensible pattern of sound Bible theology; it all would make sense. There would be no need to rewrite history, retranslate Bibles, or lie like the devil.
DANIEL'S PROPHECY CLOSED
Prophecy experts have preached for years that the book of Daniel will be a "sealed" book until the Second Coming of Christ, that we will only begin to understand it as that time approaches (caviat: there are some Bible teachers who can't wait until then; they want to interpret Daniel now. So they tell us that "we have been in the 'time of the end' for a long time." If the situation doesn't fit, lie like a dog!) And the verse from Daniel most often quoted is this one: "And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end." (Dan. 12:15). This means, without a doubt, that no one would understand anything that Daniel wrote until the time of the end. While dispensationalists, and untold numbers of Bible teachers whom they had deceived are still waiting after 2000 years for the book if Daniel to fully open, only a few hundred years after Daniel sealed his book, the Lord Jesus Christ himself quoted from it:
DANIEL'S PROPHECY WAS OPENED
Matt. 24:15 "When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken
of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)"
History records that Christ came to earth some 2000 years ago. That was His First Advent.
In the days of Christ's First Advent, whosoever heard Him, or whosoever read Daniel's book for himself,
could understand it. That, therefore, was the time of the end. The modern Jew today refuses to believe that,
and so do certain Bible scholars. The stubbornness of the Jews can be explained; they don't believe in
Christ, and reject the New Testament. But who can understand those sanctified Christian Bible scholars?
The bottom line is, Christ came to give Israel one last chance. They blew it. Therefore, what would have
been a glorious second beginning for the nation became, instead, the time of the end.
THE GOSPEL ALREADY PREACHED
Matthew 24:14 "And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world
for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come." Ever since who can remember when,
modern "prophets" have been keeping us informed about the advances in radio and television, and how
the Gospel is going out even into the remotest parts of the earth, and that it won't be long before
the whole earth will be covered with the preaching of the Gospel, and that will be one of the things
that will signal the time for Christ to return, etcetera, etcetera.
But if we set aside imaginations, and just believe the Bible, we find that the Gospel has already been
preached in all the world --- 2000 years ago. Colossians 1:23 "If ye continue in
the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard,
and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister;
So, the Gospel was preached in all the known world in Paul's time, thus setting the stage for the end of the world to happen any time thereafter. Now, if the end of the world had not come in those days, and if the world is still waiting to hear the Gospel, then Paul should have said that the Gospel was not yet preached to every creature under heaven. There were the Hottentot tribes in Africa, the Indians in South and North America. But all the Gospel preaching concerned only the Jews; Paul knew nothing about the world beyond the reaches of the Roman Empire. "The end," was the end of the Jewish world, and it happened around AD70.
IN THESE LAST DAYS
Hebrews 1:1-2 "God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto
the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed
heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds";
In the "old days," God spoke to the "Old Timers" of Israel by the prophets. But IN THESE LAST DAYS He
spoke to "us" (the first century Jews) by His Son, Jesus Christ. This verse leaves no room for debate:
"These last days" came in the days of Christ's first advent. We can say that the "last days" lasted
from the moment of Gabriel's announcement to Mary of the coming birth of Jesus (the beginning of the end),
to the end of the war between Rome and Israel in AD70.
SPIRIT POURED OUT UPON ALL FLESH
Acts 2:17 "And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of
my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see
visions, and your old men shall dream dreams": Common "wisdom" of the learned vainly awaits the day when
God will pour out of His Spirit upon all flesh. In actuality, however, that has already happened.
Acts 10:45 "And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as
came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost."
The Jewish Christians were astonished, they couldn't believe that God would pour out of His Spirit on all
flesh, even the Gentiles. But he did just that - two thousand years ago. What more need be said?
2Peter 3:3-4 "Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers,
walking after their own lusts, And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers
fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation."
Who are these "scoffers?" Prophecy experts identify them as future unbelievers and doubters of the world.
But the language they use betrays them as Jews, i.e., "...since the fathers fell asleep..." Who talks that
way these days? And "...from the beginning of creation..." The modern unbelievers, and future unbelievers,
are evolutionists; they don't believe in Creation. How could they argue about anything from the "beginning
of Creation?" These scoffers, who appeared in the last days, were the first century Jews who rejected Christ,
and the teaching that He would come again. They referred to their ancestors as "fathers," and didn't
deny Creation. They simply rejected Christ.