By Pam Sheppard
From the time that the daily sacrifices be taken away and the abomination of desolation be set up is 1290 days.
1290 days. Some quick arithmetic computes this figure to be 3 1/2 years. I have heard this scripture interpreted as the last 3 1/2 years of the 7 year tribulation. Is this correct? I don’t think it is.
I believe that any interpretation that is too complicated for the average believer to figure out is not from God. Simple. Bible interpretation particularly as it relates to end-times should be easy to understand. I am not a bible scholar but I DO have some commonsense and I can do a little math of two plus two equals 4. The year that the temple was destroyed and animal sacrifice ceased was 70 AD. So what happened in 73 AD, 3 1/2 years later?
It was easy to find. I just searched with “what happened in 73 AD” and it was quite an abomination to the Jewish people—a terrible year of tribulation, perhaps worst than they ever experienced in the past. It was the Siege at Masada. You can read about this horrifying tribulation involving the Jews by clicking here.
It was so important to the Jewish people that in 33 AD, the Lord found it crucial to continue Daniel’s prophecy with additional warnings about the impending destruction occurring in 70 AD, some 37 years into the future, a “tribulation” that most of His disciples would be alive to witness. So Matthew 24 opens with the Lord discussing the destruction of the temple as predicted by Daniel. Daniel was deep. He pinpointed the horrific event right down to the exact day. The disciples also asked Jesus to discuss His coming and the end of the world.
So the Lord answered their questions about the destruction of the temple from verse 4 to about verse 26. Since the Lord was talki8ng to THEM and not US, any verse where He uses the personal pronoun “you” was to His disciples about the tribulation they were about to face in less than 40 years.
Then the Lord proceeds to answer the disciples’ second question which was “what shall be the sign of thy coming and the end of the world?” So if WE are the last days generation, then the Lord’s answer as recorded in Matthew 24 most assuredly applies to US wherein He discusses the tribulation of THOSE days or THESE days. Yet let us consider that FIRST He discussed the tribulation of 70 AD and then He moved on regarding the last days tribulation from verse 28 to the end of the chapter.
It has never made any sense to me that the Lord would answer their questions by addressing US. That would be an insult to the early apostles and followers of the Lord. After all, those disciples started it all, spreading the gospel to every nation that existed in their known world. Without their work and sacrifice, there would be no Christianity.
So what is my point with this? We live in an age of deception where massive error abounds .Untold millions go about “accepting Jesus,” not knowing that they have had false conversions. Along these same lines, countless so-called end-time experts are claiming that a prophecy meant for the Jews of the first century applies to US!!! Let us remember that God is not the author of confusion.
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