Rewriting history is a malicious activity in these days of twisted tactics that are designed to obscure the truth to benefit an alternative and divisive purpose. The father of lies is identified as the devil, and therefore we know that no lie is of the truth. Jesus said this:
“You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it” (John 8:44).
There is much falsehood in historical conclusions, in the reason wars are started, reasons for forming governmental agencies, in religious history, in political entities. The glorious and wonderful future claimed by the New World Order promoters, the globalists, carefully forget to tell us that if killing is necessary to achieve their goals, it is still a good thing…for those who control the others.
Only Jesus, the King of kings, the Lord of lords, the Prince of peace, can achieve “peace on earth, good will among men.” For example, only Jesus can bring about “a lion lying down with a lamb,” or “a child playing beside the hole of an asp and not being bitten” in this present mortal world. That is predicted for the thousand years of His reign as King in Jerusalem upon His return to physical earth at the end of the seven years of tribulation.
There is a doctrinal belief theory that denies those things, claiming that Jesus now rules the earth from His throne in heaven. It is called Preterism and claims that all the prophecies of Revelation were fulfilled in the first century by the time of the destruction of Jerusalem and the temple in A.D. 70.
They also claim that Satan was bound and chained in the bottomless pit at the time Jesus was crucified. These are two good examples of “foolishly fabricating fraudulent facts.” The Bible speaks of the thousand years, the Millennium, to be a time when Jesus is on the earth, reigning from His throne in Jerusalem, the city of David, and He is “ruling with a rod of iron” (Revelation 2:27, 12:5, 19:15).
Connected to that falsehood is the claim that Satan is now bound and chained in the bottomless pit sine the crucifixion of Jesus. Surprisingly, but really not, we find that Peter, some thirty years after the crucifixion, wrote in his first epistle, these words:
“Be sober, be vigilant, because your adversary, the devil, walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour” (1 Peter 5:8).
And Paul, also, wrote to the Ephesians about that same time, telling them to “put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil” (Ephesians 6:11).
Somebody lied, and it was not Peter, Paul, or the Holy Spirit!
The facts on the ground—clearly visible—are that Satan is still very active in this world, Jesus is not ruling with a rod of iron from heaven, but as Paul says, “evil men are becoming worse and worse” (2 Timothy 3:13). God is allowing mankind to fully convict himself of his sinfulness before the judgment of God comes upon him. Yet, He is continually extending an open invitation to repent and turn to Him for mercy and salvation.
In the sight of their belief system, the devil does not get blamed. Who is the cause of the evil in the world, then?
Let’s look at some biblical truths in regard to these issues that are not readily apparent without close observation. When Jesus died on the cross at Calvary, Matthew reports that an earthquake rocked the city of Jerusalem and…watch this…the veil in the temple was ripped apart from top to bottom:
“Then, behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth quaked, and the rocks were split” (Matthew 27:51).
Before the whole world, essentially, that Holy Place where only the high priest could enter but once a year, and not without blood, was opened by the hand of God. “It was the earthquake, of course,” so they quickly repaired it and went on with the Passover activities in that religious place. The reality, however, was that God no longer was in that place. There were physical items there, yet, but the Spirit of God was gone.
Earlier Jesus had told the religious leaders, “Destroy this temple and in three days I will raise it up!” He was speaking of His own body, as recorded in John 2:19-20. Follow the progression of that purpose to the time of Pentecost when believers in Christ were indwelt with the Holy Spirit and their bodies became the temple of God’s presence (1 Corinthians 3:16 and 6:17).
The fact is that when Titus and his men destroyed Jerusalem and the temple in A.D. 70, there was no Holy Place there to be made desolate.
Let’s look at this from another angle and with more detail in Daniel 9:25-26:
“Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the command to restore and build Jerusalem until Messiah the Prince, there shall be seven weeks and sixty-two weeks; the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublesome times.
“And after the sixty-two weeks Messiah shall be cut off, but not for Himself; and the people of the prince who is to come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary. The end of it shall be with a flood, and till the end of the war desolations are determined.”
(After the destruction by Titus and the Romans, it was another sixty-five years before the Jewish resistance was overcome and they were finally scattered among the nations.)
This tells us that of the seventy weeks of years of judgment promised Israel, sixty-nine of them ended with the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. It also tells us that the city and the temple would be destroyed. This is a pronouncement of that A.D. 70 destruction that was to follow after the Messiah was “cut off.” A future person, a prince of the people who destroyed the city and temple, would come forth later. He was not with them at the A.D. 70 destruction. Now, Daniel 9:27 tells us of that later arrival, as yet a future event:
“Then he shall confirm a covenant with many for one week, but in the middle of the week he shall bring an end to sacrifice and offering. And on the wing of abominations shall be one who makes desolate, even until the consummation, which is determined, is poured out on the desolate.”
Some observations are crying out to be heard. If the destructions in both verses are the same as the one in A.D. 70, then when was the temple rebuilt, and by whom, to be there for Titus and his men to destroy?
Also, if this event occurred at A.D. 70, then the beginning of that seven-year period of the covenant had to have begun three and a half years before A.D. 70. So, where is the record of a confirmation of a covenant being made sometime in A.D. 66?
Or, is this one of those times when Daniel 9:26-27 is called an allegory, and we skip by it? No, not so fast! I prefaced the title of this article with the word, “foolishly,” because any lie will be revealed by the truth, for truth will win every time.
The truth is that a confirmation of a covenant with many, which indicates an agreement with Israel that allows them to rebuild their temple in this day has not yet happened. The stirrings of political entities once again may have meaningful significance, however. It is clear, however, that the prophecies of the end times were never completed in A.D. 70.
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