March 28, 2,020. God’s 1st Month, Nisan 3, year 5,789
To: 24,539 “In Resident Churches of God” people called to be ‘atOne’ with Him.
We have the account of Jesus’ apostles coming to Him privately and asking about signs indicating this age’s end recorded at Matthew 24: (This end time age apparently began when Jesus ascended to heaven and now serves as the Mediator for those God the Father calls to be Jesus’ followers)
(1) Jesus answered, pointing out that many imposters would mislead, by claiming to represent Him. (Matt 24:3-4) These would be saying Jesus was the Christ while delivering their opinion of God and Jesus’ message from worldly schools of theology.
(2) He warned of troubles, saying they shouldn’t be alarmed because of them for kingdoms would be against kingdoms and earthquakes would increase, this being the beginning of birth pains ‘troubles.’
(3) Jesus said; “My followers will be persecuted, killed and hated by the nations.” (24:5-9)
(4) A majority would be led into sin, betray one another, false prophets would arise, lawlessness would increased and the love of many would wax cold. (24:10-12)
(5) Persons enduring to the end will be saved and this ‘His’ gospel of The Kingdom will be preached throughout the whole inhabited world as a testimony to all the nations, then the end will come. (24:13-14)
(6) When you see the abomination of desolation — spoken about by Daniel the prophet — standing in the holy place (let the reader understand.) (This abominable conduct or being would actually stand, perhaps “conduct affairs” that’d be despicable to God. When you people in Judea see this, hurry and flee to the mountains. (Matt 24:15-18)
(7) Jesus said, “it’ll be a bad time for the pregnant and those with babies. Pray that this don’t happen during the winter or on a Sabbath.” (Matt 24:19-20) (Jesus is saying; “it’d be hard to remember and observe the Sabbath under such conditions.”)
Now Jesus’ brother “Jude” saw this apostate coming and wrote about it. He observed it was primarily imposters claiming to be angels of light, twisting Jesus’ truth. God’s churches being weak in faith allowed people claiming to have credentials in, people then and now respected such.
Many years before Jesus had inspired and gave His prophet Daniel visions regarding these latter days.
(See Daniel 9:1-6; (Darius was king over Babylon during the time Daniel was given to understand the holy scriptures according to the word of the Lord. Prophesies disclosed to the prophet Jeremiah, fulfilling Jerusalem’s seventy years of desolation. Daniel turned His attention to the Lord God.
(Eight times in this chapter Daniel uses the Hebrew “YHWH” designating God’s name. Nowhere else in the book is it used. (Daniel turned his attention to YHWH with prayer, fasting in sackcloth and ashes. Confessing to the Lord, magnifying His name as the One faithful to His covenants with those who love Him and keep His commandments. As one representing Israel, Daniel confessed sins, wrongs, wickedness, rebellion by turning away from the Lord God’s commandments and standards. Confessing that, “we have not paid attention to your servants the prophets, who spoke by your authority to our kings, our leaders, and our ancestors and to all the inhabitants of the land as well.”)
Daniel confessed that they’d been humiliated by kings, leaders and ancestors because of sins against God. Yet He’d been compassionate, forgiving even though we paid little attention and turned from obeying. Therefore You’ve poured out Judgment solemnly threatened in the law of Moses. You’ve brought great calamity on us — what’s happened to Jerusalem has never been equaled under all heaven! This calamity because we’ve not tried to pacify You by turning back from our sins seeking Your wisdom and reliable moral standards. (Dan 9:10-14)
Always study the whole. Daniel recognized that YHWH covenanted with Abraham and brought Israel from Egyptian bondage by promise. Asking that He, the Lord God turn His anger from His city Jerusalem due to sins and iniquities of the ancestors. For it is not because of our own righteous deeds that we are praying to you, but because your compassion is abundant. O Lord, hear! O Lord, forgive! O Lord, pay attention, and act! Don’t delay, for Your own sake, O my God! For your city and your people are called by Your name.” (Dan 9:15-19)
Daniel had seen Gabriel, previously in a vision, when Gabriel approached in his state of extreme weariness, around the time of the evening offering. Saying I’ve come to impart understanding to you, to convey that you’re of great value in God’s sight, therefore consider and understand the vision.
The Seventy Weeks:
We don’t attempt to apply dates to this prophecy. Dan 9:24-27; “Seventy weeks have been determined concerning your people and your holy city to put an end to rebellion, to bring sin to completion, to atone for iniquity, to bring in perpetual righteousness, to seal up the prophetic vision and to anoint a most holy place. So know and understand: From the issuing of the command to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until an anointed one, a prince arives, there will be a period of seven weeks and sixty-two weeks. Jerusalem will again be built, with plaza and moat, but in distressful times. (26) Now after the sixty-two weeks, an anointed one will be cut off and have nothing.
As for the city and the sanctuary, the people of the coming prince will destroy them. But his end will come speedily like a flood. Until the end of the war that has been decreed there will be destruction. He will confirm a covenant with many for one week. But in the middle of that week he will bring sacrifices and offerings to a halt. On the wing of abominations will come one who destroys, until the decreed end is poured out on the one who destroys.”)
Daniel’s “who was also called Belteshazzar” prophecy jumps to the time of King Cyrus of Persia and a message was revealed from the Lord God’s angel Michael.
Did the angel Michael reveal Jesus to Daniel?
(Daniel 10:4-7; On the twenty-fourth day of the first month “Nisan’ I was beside the great river, the Tigris. (Right after the Passover season.) I looked up and saw a man clothed in linen; around his waist was a belt made of gold from Upaz. His body resembled yellow jasper, and his face had an appearance like lightning. His eyes were like blazing torches; his arms and feet had the gleam of polished bronze. His voice thundered forth like the sound of a large crowd. Only I, Daniel, saw the vision; the men who were with me did not see it. On the contrary, they were overcome with fright and ran away to hide.
(Dan 10:8-21; I alone was left to see this great vision. My strength drained from me, and my vigor disappeared; I was without energy. I listened to his voice, and as I did so I fell into a trance-like sleep with my face to the ground. Then a hand touched me and set me on my hands and knees. He said to me, “Daniel, you are of great value. Understand the words that I am about to speak to you. So stand up, for I have now been sent to you.” When he said this to me, I stood up shaking. Then he said to me, “Don’t be afraid, Daniel, for from the very first day you applied your mind to understand and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard. I have come in response to your words. However, the prince of the kingdom of Persia was opposing me for twenty-one days. But Michael, one of the leading princes, came to help me, because I was left there with the kings of Persia.
Chapter 10 and 11 describes power struggles between Persia and Greece The one strengthening is Michael. (Dan 10:20) Daniel is told that his prophecy is for the end time and to be closed until then.
End time is parallel to Matthew 24:
(Dan 12:1-5; “At that time Michael, the great prince who watches over your people, will arise. There will be a time of distress unlike any other from the nation’s beginning up to that time. But at that time your own people, all those whose names are found written in the book, will escape. Many of those who sleep in the dusty ground will awake — some to everlasting life, and others to shame and everlasting abhorrence. But the wise will shine like the brightness of the heavenly expanse. And those bringing many to righteousness will be like the stars forever and ever. “But you, Daniel, close up these words and seal the book until the time of the end. Many will dash about, and knowledge will increase.” (5) I, Daniel, watched as two others stood there, one on each side of the river.
(Dan 12:6-7; One said to the man clothed in linen who was above the waters of the river, “When will the end of these wondrous events occur?” Then I heard the man clothed in linen who was over the waters of the river as He raised both his right and left hands to the sky and made an oath by the one who lives forever: “It is for a time, times, and half a time. Then, when the power of the one who shatters the holy people has been exhausted, all these things will be finished.”
(Dan 12:8-13; I heard, but I did not understand. So I said, “Sir, what will happen after these things?” He said, “Go, Daniel. For these matters are closed and sealed until the time of the end. Many will be purified, made clean, and refined, but the wicked will go on being wicked. None of the wicked will understand, though the wise will understand. From the time that the daily sacrifice is removed and the abomination that causes desolation is set in place, there are 1,290 days. Blessed is the one who waits and attains to the 1,335 days. (13) But you should go your way until the end. You will rest and then at the end of the days you will arise to receive what you have been allotted.”) Daniel is allotted eternal life and a ruling position with David and Jesus.
Satan is the promoter of lawless anti God ideology sources, the culprit Jesus is going to bind and ultimately destroy. Satan is the source of division, the originator of lies, he called God a liar as recorded at Genesis 3: Now all worldly religions teach some form of a “immortality at birth” doctrine; resulting in divided religions self righteously making merchandise of people. Groups teaching that all who don’t agree with their ideology are infidels, deserving destruction are themselves infidels. History demonstrates that in the past Catholicism, Protestantism, Muslim’s and others have made war on each other attempting to push their ideology. Today Muslim radicals are causing havoc among more modern Muslims and particularly so called Evangelicals. Muslim’s immortality belief is the root cause of the chaos. Believing they will be supernaturally rewarded for killing unbelievers - infidels. These radicals are supported by radicalized Muslim clerics and governments who are successfully causing their supposed enemies economic chaos.
Evangelical’s belief in a immortality at birth doctrine is just as bad spiritually speaking. Their heaven or hell doctrine also opposes God’s truth which is that immortality is only through Jesus. Jesus’ apostle Paul taught it.