3 Questions (Matthew 24:1-3)
I am Christ (Matthew 24:4-5)
Rumors of Wars (Matthew 24:6-7a)
Famines, Pestilence, and Earthquakes (Matthew 24:7b)
Just the Beginning (Matthew 24:8)
Wax Cold (Matthew 24:9-13)
The End (Matthew 24:13-14)
Abomination of Desolation (Part 1 Matthew 24:15)
Abomination of Desolation (Part 2 Matthew 24:15)
Abomination of Desolation (Part 3 Matthew 24:15)
Abomination of Desolation (Part 4 Matthew 24:15)
Run to the Hills (Matthew 24:16-20)
The Great Tribulation (Part 1) (Matthew 24:21-22)
For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened. (Matthew 24:21-22)
For then shall be great tribulation – “No history can furnish us with a parallel to the calamities and miseries of the Jews: – rapine, murder, famine, and pestilence within: fire and sword, and all the horrors of war, without. Our Lord wept at the foresight of these calamities; and it is almost impossible for any humane person to read the relation of them in Josephus without weeping also. St. Luke, Luk_21:22, calls these the days of vengeance, that all things which were written might be fulfilled.” (Adam Clarke)
Adam Clarke follows up with the next 2 points:
1. These were the days in which all the calamities predicted by Moses, Joel, Daniel, and other prophets, as well as those predicted by our Savior, met in one common center, and were fulfilled in the most terrible manner on that generation.
2. These were the days of vengeance in another sense, as if God’s judgments had certain periods and revolutions; for it is remarkable that the temple was burned by the Romans in the same month, and on the same day of the month, on which it had been burned by the Babylonians. See also Josephus, War, b. vi. c. 4.
It is interesting Adam Clarke connects Moses, Joel, Daniel, and other prophets to the great tribulation of 70 ad. (Which would call for a end and a resurrection. See Dan 12:2,7,9)
Who was the great tribulation for?
For these be the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled. But woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck, in those days! for there shall be great distress in the land, and wrath upon this people. And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled. (Luke 21:22-24)
As you can see this is not a world wide event. As for myself, I see this event connected more specifically to the 5 month siege in 70 ad. Yes I do believe that the great tribulation was 3.5 years starting with Nero declaring war in 67 ad to the fall of Jerusalem in August of 70 ad. Also, don’t forget that the great tribulation was a combination of the Jews (factions) destroying themselves (more on that later) from the inside and then ultimately Rome from the outside coming in. I also believe many Christians left Jerusalem in 66 ad to Pella but, when you specifically look at Matthew 24:15 & Luke 21:20, it is when you “see Jerusalem compassed with armies” that you should “flee to the mountains.”
Adam Clarke had this to say on Matthew 24:20:
“Our Lord had ordered his followers to make their escape from Jerusalem when they should see it encompassed with armies; but how could this be done? God took care to provide amply for this. In the twelfth year of Nero, Cestius Gallus, the president of Syria, came against Jerusalem with a powerful army. He might, says Josephus, War, b. ii. c. 19, have assaulted and taken the city, and thereby put an end to the war; but without any just reason, and contrary to the expectation of all, he raised the siege and departed. Josephus remarks, that after Cestius Gallus had raised the siege, “many of the principal Jewish people, πολλοι των επιφανων Ιουδαιων, forsook the city, as men do a sinking ship.” Vespasian was deputed in the room of Cestius Gallus, who, having subdued all the country, prepared to besiege Jerusalem, and invested it on every side. But the news of Nero’s death, and soon after that of Galba, and the disturbances that followed, and the civil wars between Otho and Vitellius, held Vespasian and his son Titus in suspense. Thus the city was not actually besieged in form till after Vespasian was confirmed in the empire, and Titus was appointed to command the forces in Judea. It was in those incidental delays that the Christians, and indeed several others, provided for their own safety, by flight. In Luk_19:43, our Lord says of Jerusalem, Thine enemies shall cast a trench about thee, and compass thee round, and keep thee in on every side. Accordingly, Titus, having made several assaults without success, resolved to surround the city with a wall, which was, with incredible speed, completed in three days! The wall was thirty-nine furlongs in length, and was strengthened with thirteen forts at proper distances, so that all hope of safety was cut off; none could make his escape from the city, and no provisions could be brought into it.” See also Josephus, War, book v. c. 12.
Once the wall was up, there was no escaping the city! Hence the urgency to FLEE!!!!! or Flea???? More to come!!!! (LOL)
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