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 that stands/sits in a place not meant for him to stand/sit and by doing so signals the prophesied abomination that ushers in the destruction of all that was once deemed good. This marker in time sets in motion the destruction of all that was once blessed and sanctioned by God. The A of D occurred in 2008
. This marker is meant to be quite obvious, (like one of these things do not belong here').
16      "Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains."

This would be the land that was once known as Palestine and now called Israel; warning for those people and other non-Israelites to flee into the mountains and hide in the caves because they will not want to see what is about to take place.
(Note: "those who say they are Jews are not Jews")
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 disasters as well as hardships.

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 are worshiping a different God than the God of Genesis, (Christianity), but not all will be. Not all Israelites are the 'elect' if they choose to stand with the liberal destroyers, they will be counted non-Israelite. It comes down to, right vs wrong, light vs darkness, good vs evil and those who have not sold their souls to the destroyer.
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 name 'Christ' means the 'anointed' one. 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, the next verse says where you will see him.

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 and '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 that is dead, a dead nation like America is becoming today. America's/Israel's/Ephraim's bountiful 'blessings' ended in 1993, which started Jacob's Troubles. Beginning in 1993 the most dreadful vultures/beast in the form of liberalism, 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."
These things will occur after the destroyer takes over total power. Remember in Joseph's dream, the Sun was his father, the moon his mother, stars were his brothers. Today, this signifies the modern Israelite nations.  Sun is darkened = America loses its blessed position as super power;  Moon goes dark = throne of David no longer relevant;  Stars fall = western societal nations (Israelites) lose their voice and influence on the world stage. (See also my article on 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 'Son of man' in the heavens. After that they will see him coming in the clouds. (This has addition meaning but I have been advised to not add it here).
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's sake - signaling the rapture.
 The elect will be in all four corners of the Earth - not talking about the land of Israel; but all four directions of the Earth - 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 Abomination of Desolation will have appeared, liberalism like a deadly disease takes over the world's stages; there will be dramatic changes in the heavens as well as the super power nations as it is mirrored on Earth, 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".
When this generation witnesses the Destroyer standing/sitting where he ought not to be positioned, which was in 2008 - this point begins the Abomination of Desolation and all the rest will follow in turn.
35      "Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away".
Means this prophecy was written in stone - case closed.

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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 [1290] thousand two hundred and ninety days. Blessed is he that waiteth, and cometh to *another [1335] thousand three hundred and five and thirty days."

1335 days plus 1290 days are Seven & one-third years.

LUKE 10:18

"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:

LIGHTNING

#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."

As Lightning from the heights of Heaven

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