MATTHEW Chapter 24: 15-35
Expecting 'The Son of Man's' Arrival
August 12, 2008
As Lightning from the heights of Heaven
15 "When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, see Dan. 11:36; 12:11-12 standing in the holy place, whoso readeth, let him understand."
This implies someone or something that stands/sits in a place not meant for him to stand/sit and by doing so signals the prophesied abomination that destroys. This entity destroys that which was once blessed and sanctioned by God.
16 "Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains."
This would be the land that was once known as Palestine and those that are non-Israelite flee to the mountains and hide in the caves.
17 "Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take anything out of his house."
Signals just how soon it will be after 'the destroyer' has taken his wrongful place.
18 "Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes". See: Lk. 17.31
Same warning as above
19 "And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days!"
See verse 20 below
20 "But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day."
When the final tribulation comes all modes of normal living will be severely harsh and many hardships will have to be endured.
21 "For then shall be great tribulation, see Dan. 12.1 & Rev. 7.14 such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be".
During the Middle Ages, life was extremely harsh, cruel and agonizing. However, just prior to the Son of man's return, conditions will surpass the tribulation of those horrible days during the Middle Ages. Also many natural disasters will add extreme harshness as well as hardships imposed by the destroyer.
22 "And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened".
The elect are traditionally the descendants of Jacob, who are found amongst the western civilizations, chiefly those that became Christians, but not all. See my articles for more info at: http://the-red-thread.net/Site-Map.html. It would benefit non-Israelites to befriend the elect once the destroyer takes 'his' seat. Not all Israelites are the 'elect' if they choose to stand with the destroyer, just as non-Israelites who do not stand with the destroyer can be counted among the chosen. It comes down to wrong vs. right and those who can overcome the temptations and evils during the final days.
23 "So if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not".
Referring to false Messiahs - believe them not as they will be many.
24 "For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect".
The word/name 'Christ' means 'Messiah' or the 'anointed'. There have been many false messiahs in the past and there will be in the future.
25 "Behold, I have told you before".
26 "Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not".
The desert indicates the land or state of Israel, the secret chambers is the Vatican. The true Messiah will not be there.
27 "For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. see Lk. 17.23, 24
Lightning here is 'astrape' in Greek, 'baraq' in Hebrew, which comes out of the east and made manifest [shineth] unto the western nations [Israelites]. Whoso readeth, let him understand. http://the-red-thread.net/lightningfellfromtheheights.jpg
28 "For wheresoever the carcass is there will the eagles be gathered together". see Lk. 17.37
Should read vultures gathered. A carcass indicates something that is dead - can also mean a nation who no longer follows God’s ways, a dead nation like America has become today. America's/Israel's/Ephraim's bountiful 'blessings' ended in 1993. Beginning in 1993 the most dreadful vultures moved in to tear at the dead flesh of America and other Israelite nations. See Lk. 17.37. For a complete list see this page: http://the-red-thread.net/unveiling-the-Israelites.html
29 "Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from [the heights of] heaven, see Is. 13.10 · Ezek. 32.7 · Joel 2.31 · Rev. 6.12, 13 and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken."
We can expect the bulk of these things occuring after the destroyer takes over power. Remember Joseph's dream, the Sun was his father, the moon his mother, stars meant Joseph’s siblings, who were the eleven tribal brothers. This signifies the modern Israelite nations. Sun=God’s blessings, which cease; Moon=Jerusalem loses its favor and standing; Stars=Israelite nations (western society nations of North America & Europe) lose their position on the world stage. More on this in Revelation chapter 12.
30 "And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven see Dan. 7.13 · Rev. 1.7 with power and great glory".
See Dan. 7.13, Rev. 1.7 . First look for the sign of the Messiah in the heavens. After that they will see the coming in the clouds.
31 "And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other".
This is where the time is cut short for the elect - signaling the rapture. The elect will be in all four corners of the Earth - not the land of Israel but all four directions, North, East, West, South..
32 "Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh":
There will be many signs to let his elect know that the time has come. Others will go about their business oblivious to the signs.
33 "So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors".
The destroyer will be in his position, religions talk of changing or expanding to include non-righteous ways of life. There will be dramatic changes in the heavens real or imagined, and the powers of all Israelite Nations will be shaken.
34 "Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass till all these things be fulfilled".
This generation begins when you see the Destroyer standing/sitting where he ought not to be positioned. At this point begins the Abomination of Desolation.
35 "Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away".
Means this prophecy was written in stone - case closed.
WHAT DANIEL SAYS:
"And the king shall do according to his [own] will; and he shall exalt himself, and magnify himself above every god, and shall speak marvelous things against the God of gods, and shall prosper till the indignation be accomplished: for that which is determined shall be done."
"And from the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away and the abomination that maketh desolate set up, there shall be a  thousand two hundred and ninety days. Blessed is he that waiteth, and cometh to *another  thousand three hundred and five and thirty days."
1335 days plus 1290 days are Seven & one-third years.
"And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from the [heights] of heaven."
To find the hidden meaning see Strong's Hebrew Concordance:
#1299 baraq [baw-rak] meaning to lighten as lightning, to cast forth.
HEIGHTS of HEAVEN
#1116 bamah [bam-maw] meaning to be high; an elevation; heights, high place.
See: Lk. 17:30-32 "Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed. In that day, he which shall be upon the housetop, and his stuff in the house, let him not come down to take it away: and he that is in the field, let him likewise not return back. Remember Lot's wife."