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Deception, Prophecy, Judgment, and Idols


“THEN CAME certain of the elders of Israel to me and sat before me. And the word of the Lord came to me: Son of man, these men have set up their idols in their hearts and put the stumbling block of their iniquity and guilt before their faces; should I permit Myself to be inquired of at all by them?

Therefore speak to them and say to them, Thus says the Lord God: Every man of the house of Israel who takes his idols (of self-will and unsubmissiveness) into his heart and puts the stumbling block of his iniquity (idols of silver and gold) before his face, and yet comes to the prophet (to inquire of him), I the Lord will answer him, answer him according to the multitude of his idols, That I may lay hold of the house of Israel in the thoughts of their own mind and heart, because they are all estranged from Me through their idols.

Therefore say to the house of Israel, Thus says the Lord God: Repent and turn away from your idols, and turn away your faces from all your abominations. For anyone of the house of Israel or of the strangers who sojourn in Israel who separates himself from Me, taking his idols into his heart and putting the stumbling block of his iniquity and guilt before his face, and yet comes to the prophet to inquire for himself of Me, I the Lord will answer him Myself!

And I will set My face against that (false worshiper) and will make him a sign and a byword, and I will cut him off from the midst of My people; and you shall know (understand and realize) that I am the Lord.

(The prophet has not been granted permission to give an answer to the hypocritical inquirer) but if the prophet does give the man the answer he desires (thus allowing himself to be a party to the inquirer’s sin), I the Lord will see to it that the prophet is deceived in his answer, and I will stretch out My hand against him and will destroy him from the midst of My people Israel.

And they both shall bear the punishment of their iniquity: the iniquity of the (presumptuous) prophet shall be the same as the iniquity of the (hypocritical) inquirer, That the house of Israel may go no more astray from Me, neither defile themselves any more with all their transgressions, but that they may be My people, and I may be their God, says the Lord God.” Ezekiel 14:1-1

Within just a very short time after meeting this One True God Who is Truth and beginning a life-long journey of understanding Who He is, He gave me a glimpse into this spirit world we occupy and I saw the face of the spirit of deception up close and personal.

What I saw scared me.

It scared me so much, that right then and there I told the Lord that if He ever found me in the grips of that spirit of deception, He had my total permission to do what ever it took to get me out. Being young at the time, I thought that to be a pretty safe prayer because I could not imagine myself being in that situation to begin with, let alone conceive of a set of circumstances that would so captivate me. Little did I know that 20 years later the Lord would look down at this miserable wreck of a life I had created (still believing myself to be aligned with Him), reach into His pocket and say, “Look at what I have here – a get out of jail free card.” In His Graciousness, in His Mercy, He honored that prayer and, today, I am so glad He did. The issue itself that put me into that state is not of importance, for any one of us could find ourselves in a similar position over a host of issues. What is important to know is that spirit cost me everything I had held dear in life – wife, family, friends, possessions, honor and dignity. I am so eternally grateful that Elohim had compassion on me. It was something He didn’t have to do – I have no one to blame but myself for being as deceived as I was.

What I had seen in the face of that spirit that scared me so badly back then, was that when you are deceived – you don’t know it. In fact, you will go to great lengths to defend what you believe to be true even in the face of those who are closest to you, those who you would normally trust, telling you otherwise. So how did I get in that predicament? How does someone who loves the Lord, is filled with the Holy Spirit and is determined to walk righteously before God and men wind up in such a dark place?

The passage of scripture above from Ezekiel is extremely revealing of the manner by which the Lord shows Himself to us. We become deceived through self-will (a determination to succeed in our endeavor at all costs) and an unsubmissive heart (an unwillingness to listen, to hear Him through the Body of believers He has surrounded us with). As a result, because we THINK we are hearing His Voice properly, we come to believe He is condoning our walk and, thus, we become determined to see what we believe to be Him through to the end – regardless of the cost of relationships, regardless of what others are saying to us and regardless of the pitfalls we continually encounter that we think are the enemy trying to keep us from ‘doing the will of the Lord.’

I have news for you – the enemy cannot thwart the will of God (1John 4:4) – only we can do that. If it seems to be happening that the enemy is continually preventing you from carrying out God’s mission – it probably isn’t God. The Lord doesn’t need you to accomplish His Plans and Purposes in this earthly realm. He wants to use you as a vessel through which He can manifest Himself – but He doesn’t need you. He can use rocks and donkeys if He has to.

What is sobering about that passage is that God says HE WILL CONTINUE TO SPEAK TO US. But, because we have set up these self-will and unsubmissiveness idols before the face of our heart, those idols then become a filtering mechanism by which His Words travel THROUGH those idols (‘I will answer him according to the multitude of his idols’) so that by the time His Words reach our spiritual ears, they are skewed – they have lost their original meaning and intent. Since we hear those words coming from the same Voice we have become accustomed to, however, we become deceived into thinking He is certifying and sanctioning our way when just the opposite is true. When He sends us others to speak to our waywardness, we write them off as being insensitive to the Spirit because WE HAVE HEARD GOD. Folks, I don’t know about you – but, to me, that’s a scary place to be in.

The sneaky way this spirit works is that he doesn’t just hit you all at once with a big fat falsehood – that would be obvious. He sets you up little by little into believing you are hearing more clearly than anyone else in your immediate range of connectedness to others in the Body.

In the time prior to my being totally enveloped in deception as well as when I was in the depths of darkness, God kept sending people by who would try to convince me that I needed to consider some other facts – but I wouldn’t listen, eventually wearing them out to the extent they just quit trying. Scripture says the way we stay out of error is to hear our brothers (1John 4:6). I am not talking about every winky-dink that comes off the highway – but those whom He has put us in close proximity with, that have shown themselves to be trustworthy in deed as well as in word. These are the ones that we must listen to. If they are speaking something counter to what we think God is saying, we must lay down at the feet of the Father what we think Him to be saying to us and WAIT on Him to give us HIS DISCERNMENT. He is faithful to do that if we don’t try to possess what we are wrestling over.

We need each other if we are to hear His Voice in Purity and in Truth. Determination and an unwillingness to walk in humility of Spirit that would allow the Lord to change our course, our direction, is what will keep us from that Truth.

I know many of you reading this are coming up with a thousand excuses in your mind as to why you shouldn’t listen to those around you. I know because I have heard them all – I was in the clutches of those thoughts for a lot of years. That way of thinking is designed by the enemy to isolate you and to keep you from comparing notes with others in the Body of Christ.

The reason the Body, the Church, spoken of in Acts 5 walked in the Power they did was because they understood this concept of ‘being in one accord’ and in Ephesians 4:3 of ‘maintaining” the unity of the Spirit ALREADY among us. The way they did that was to hear one another and not be so stubborn when it comes to the things of the Spirit. We are ALL susceptible to error otherwise.

I wrote this article prior to the elections being held in the United States. The Lord told me to wait until after the elections were over to post it so as to judge what prophesy there was being flung around the Body of Christ that somehow the outcome of that election was in the hands of believers.

For weeks prior to this presidential election, inboxes have been filled from those who said they were speaking for God with panic-stricken prophecies, calls to all night prayer and fasting vigils and urgent repentance over all the iniquity that has been committed by the nation. We were told that, if those things were done with earnestness, if we would ‘hold on to the end’ in our belief there would be a last minute miracle and all would be well – ‘our guy would win.’ But, more importantly it seemed, ‘the enemy would be vanquished.’

So – what happened? Did God make a mistake? Did we as a people fail the test? Did the enemy overwhelm God?

No. What happened was there were a lot of people who thought more highly of themselves than they should have and proclaimed themselves as speaking for God things that He never said. How can I say that? Because scripture tells us to judge prophecy (1Corinthians 14:29) and there are three distinct tests to determine the validity of whether the Lord is actually in those words – or not.

The first and primary test of prophecy is – does it come to pass. (Jeremiah 28:9) In the original Book, those prophets were given one opportunity to be wrong. If it didn’t come to pass, they were stoned to death. Fortunately, for those of us who are called into that realm today, we live in an age of Grace where the consequences for failure are not quite as harsh as they were back then – but the seriousness with which the Lord places on such speaking is still measured with considerable weight, not something to be taken lightly. If it does not come to pass, simply put – it is not God.

The second test of prophecy is – is it validated by scripture? (Matthew 22:29) Does it confirm what God is already revealing to us or does it lead us away from the precepts of the Father in any aspect and point us in another direction from which we are motivated to action. God will not deny Himself – He is not the author of confusion. If it is not clearly found in a balanced, measured regard in scripture – it is not God.

And, lastly, is it in keeping with the testimony of the Life of Yeshua (Revelation 19:10). Does it elevate the Character of Who He is? Does it speak of His Nature of Purity, Love and, yes, unvarnished Righteousness? Does it align itself with the Life He lived among us as an example for us to walk? He is Love. Perfect Love casts out fear. We fear God because of the awesomeness of Who He is, not because He is subjecting Himself upon us. If it instills fear, a terror of what will happen if we do not do a thing properly – it is not God.

Weighed against these three tests, most of the prophecy put out by well-meaning believers prior to and concerning the election was false. There has been a spirit of deception like none other before loosed upon this earth to fulfill what is written in scripture concerning this time. If we are not careful, even the very elect would be deceived (Matthew 24:24)

It would not have mattered who was elected President or what party would have been ushered into power. This is not about a political regime or a subservient government bending to the will of a people. This spirit of deception is one that would try to convince us that there is something we as the righteous can do in praying that would actually be to thwart the Plans and Purposes the Lord God has set in motion.

The forces that have been loosed upon the earth are designed to hasten the return of HaMashiach ben David, setting the stage for Him to rule…

Most of us consider judgment to be fire and brimstone God meets out to people for misdeeds against Him. Yeshua said He did not come to judge us – but there is a judgment that has come into the world.

The judgment Yeshua speaks of in John 3:18-21 is that Light has come into the world and men loved darkness more than they loved to bring their deeds into the Light for reproof, to see if they be wrought in God – or not. Most don’t understand that judgment is something we bring upon ourselves by the choices we make to remain in darkness (Romans 2:4-6) or to live in Light – that, too, is a judgment of a different nature.

When we choose to embrace those judgments willingly, that is what causes us to become righteous (Psalm 19:9-11). By so doing they become a part of us, they become Life to us, they live within us – we carry judgment within us. As we allow that Life to begin to shine through our words and deeds, as Yeshua did, the Father’s judgments then manifest through our life as it was with Yeshua because, after all, it is His Life we are talking about.

The darkness of men’s hearts we encounter begin to become exposed, placing upon them the responsibility for the choices made in their own behalf – to embrace Light or to remain in darkness (2Thess. 1:4-6).

If we walk in the Light of judgment, as He is in the Light – we then can have fellowship one with another because we are walking together in righteousness (1John 1:7). That Light shines through the Body of Believers congregated around us within whom He Lives.

If we are to stay on course, we need one another. With all our faults, with all our short-comings, with all our (being prone to) idolatry – we need one another if we are to stay free of deception (1John 3:16)

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Excerpted from the article Deception, by haRold Smith: He That Has an Ear

14 comments on “Deception, Prophecy, Judgment, and Idols

  1. “If we are to stay on course, we need one another. With all our faults, with all our short-comings, with all our (being prone to) idolatry – we need one another if we are to stay free of deception (1John 3:16)”

    I am so thankful right now.

  2. That was a good post, it answered a few questions that I had. Thanks PJ

  3. Amen! I agree with the “comparing notes’. This has happened to me over and over again. When we get together, we often find God will confirm his truth or in another instance we might be offended or hurt by something, only to find out later if we had not discussed this with a person, or even approached them in a Christlike fashion, that what we thought was a lie of the enemy. This scenerio is terrifying, and could happen to any of us if we are not found in the scripture, in prayer and in forgiveness and repentance daily. I am reading a book by Andrew Murry called “Abiding in Christ” and I highly recommend it. It explains how we are to live this attitude constantly, offering ourselves to Holy Spirit so he can correct, teach and lead us in this same idea expressed so well here.

  4. Over all, a good warning about a very real danger. Most people deny they can be or are deceived about anything important. This statement, however, stands out as an example of deception, not a warning against it: “the enemy cannot thwart the will of God (1John 4:4) – only we can do that.”

    Honestly? What man can thwart the will of God? NOT ONE! Ask Jonah or pre-Paul Saul or any number of people who have tried. The Scripture has more than enough examples so that no saint should be deceived on this point.

  5. Now this is a “Word” that beams with Light!

    Shine on then!

  6. That is scary on so many fronts. I was reading that passage just this morning. And his story of being in decpetion and thinking he was totally right with God was EXACTLY my story.

    For the past two days I have been under a severe awareness that we are under judgment. Eli the priest made the statement when judgment was pronounced on him, “It is the Lord, let Him do what seems good to Him.”

    I grieve because I have been so much a part of the problem.

  7. This message grabbed my attention immediately because of the author’s opening words:

    Within just a very short time after meeting this One True God Who is Truth and beginning a life-long journey of understanding Who He is, He gave me a glimpse into this spirit world we occupy and I saw the face of the spirit of deception up close and personal.

    I would love to talk to this brother in person…

    Some years ago i went through a season in which every time i prayed i found myself mentioning deception. It wasn’t anything planned or not anything i was even thinking a great deal about at the time. But there it would come, out of my mouth, every time i prayed. I was stumped as to why the Holy Spirit appeared to keep leading me to pray about it…

    One day while lying on my face in prayer i asked God why this topic kept coming to me when praying…l asked Him to show me why.

    He answered me immediately that morning by allowing me to be within a deceived mind and heart. Though it only lasted a matter of seconds (?? im not sure actually) it frightened me afterward so terribly i have never forgotten it.

    I was given, as the author, a ‘glimpse’ into one who has rejected truth and is self deceived, by ‘being that person’.

    What the author says here:

    What I had seen in the face of that spirit that scared me so badly back then, was that when you are deceived – you don’t know it.

    is true…i did not know until God lifted it off of me…

    also:

    What is sobering about that passage is that God says HE WILL CONTINUE TO SPEAK TO US. But, because we have set up these self-will and unsubmissiveness idols before the face of our heart, those idols then become a filtering mechanism by which His Words travel THROUGH those idols (‘I will answer him according to the multitude of his idols’) so that by the time His Words reach our spiritual ears, they are skewed – they have lost their original meaning and intent.

    I will attest to this as true. Afterward, i ‘knew’ there had been a wall up [or what the author calls a filter]…but in that brief time i was under this deception, experiencing its power full-force, i didn’t know, in fact i felt ‘good’…happy, like i was ok.

    It wasn’t until it ended, that i was able to discern that ‘feeling’ of well being and being ok, had been a lie. That it had been caused by ‘something’ which was blocking me from hearing God.

    God taught me something which i will never forget, and as i believe God does nothing that does not have a purpose, i came to realize through experiencing it myself, that christians who are self deceived are spiritually deaf and blind and actually believe they are right and anyone who attempts to point out truth to them, is wrong.

    Its what i have come to call ‘spiritual insanity’…

    only intercessory prayer for the person, and against that which has them deceived can break the chains of deception. In other words it takes God and his power to set one free…

    I don’t know what the fine line is which separates deception from a strong delusion: but if strong delusion is worse then deception, which it appears to be because God himself sends it, i can truly understand the words of 2 thess:

    And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

    Those under this last day strong delusion will never have a chance…their fate will be sealed.

    • And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness

      Who is sent delusion from God? Those that “believe not the truth” and those that “had pleasure in unrighteousness”!

      The “truth” is what sets us free! And it is His righteousness on which we stand!

  8. PJ,

    as I read your remarks I am “quickened” to post this:::>

    Psa 71:1 In you, O LORD, do I take refuge; let me never be put to shame!
    Psa 71:2 In your righteousness deliver me and rescue me; incline your ear to me, and save me!
    Psa 71:3 Be to me a rock of refuge, to which I may continually come; you have given the command to save me, for you are my rock and my fortress.

    I know and also can attest to these tests and now, not while going through them, am grateful to Our God. It is the foundation that He commanded to be laid in me that opens my eyes to the lies I have fallen victim too. The Truth never harms nor deceives!

    I only know in part. That means as long as I am in this flesh, the law of sin and death are constantly at work in me!

    I know you acclaim the same:::>

    Rom 7:22 For I delight in the law of God, in my inner being,
    Rom 7:23 but I see in my members another law waging war against the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members.
    Rom 7:24 Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?
    Rom 7:25 Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself serve the law of God with my mind, but with my flesh I serve the law of sin.

    Amen?

    Amen!

  9. amen Michael…

  10. This is an excellent article and I have also been show this truth by God about 2 years ago and it rocked me to my core. I would just also add that failure to obey revealed truth from the Word can cause this deception- what I think of as a veil – to fall on one, eventually causing a blindness when it comes to the Word.

  11. Harold Smith, who wrote the article, often says. “We become who Jesus is. We become who God is.”

    You might want to test the spirit which is working in that man.

  12. Does this prophet and this Bible Study qualify?

    End-Game
    Goals:
    At the end of this unit, you will be able to do the following:

    Identify the two main events Jesus talked about in the Olivet discourse and give the reference for each.

    List the three questions which Jesus answered in the Olivet discourse and name the Three Parables Jesus told to answer two of these questions.

    Divide the signs of the end of the age given in Matthew 24:3-28 into the three different areas they will affect. Tell when these signs will be seen.

    Identify the two signs which would announce the destruction of Jerusalem and the temple. Discuss the meaning of the “Abomination that causes desolation” as found in Matthew 24:15.

    Prepare an outline for a sermon or Bible Study on the Second Coming of Christ, using the Old and New Testaments. Be able to apply these teachings to the lives of believers and non-believers today.

    Explain the meaning of the Millennium as described in Revelation 20:1-6. Be able to discuss the three different positions on the millennium. list the order of events of the second coming according to each position.

    Give the reference and the main teaching of the parable of the ten virgins. Take part in a discussion about what the characters and the events in this parable symbolize.

    The End of the Age.

    All day Tuesday was filled with between Jesus and the religious authorities. In Matthew’s gospel, this controversy is told by first grouping parables together and then questions which the authorities asked Jesus. (How many parables and questions)

    Jesus finally put an end to the confrontation when He denounced the and the . Jesus gave a series of (how many) examples of their hypocrisy. He then left the Temple to return to the village of for the night. On His way back up the slopes of the Mount of , Jesus looked back and wept over the city of and its people. Here we saw the love of as compared to the hatred of the .

    After Jesus left the Temple He foretold the complete destruction of Jerusalem. That prophecy was fulfilled in the year A.D. by the armies of the Empire under the leadership of a general named . According to Matthew 24:3, Jesus rested on the Mount of where He talked to His disciples further.

    On Tuesday evening, Jesus spoke what has be called the “second” Sermon on the Mount. Matthew records this sermon in chapters 24 and 25 of the gospel.

    The Olivet Discourse is an answer to three questions which were asked by Jesus’ disciples. Read Matthew 24:3. What were these three questions?

    When will ?
    What will be the sign of your ?
    What will be the sign of the of the ?
    The first question the disciples asked refers to the prediction Jesus had just made (see Matthew 24:2).

    What was this question?
    What event had Jesus predicted?
    Seated there on the slopes of the Mount of Olives, the disciples could look back across the Kidron Valley to the huge buildings of the in Jerusalem. Perhaps it was this magnificent sight which brought about their question.

    However, Jesus did not directly answer this first question. He did give an answer to the other two questions. What two questions does Jesus answer in the Olivet Discourse?

    So then, there are also two parts to Jesus’ answer. What are the two subjects Jesus talks about in Matthew 23 and 25?

    In Matthew 25 Jesus finishes this discourse by telling three parables. These parables also deal with the two subjects found in Matthew 24. Read Matthew 25:1-13. What is the title of this parable.

    Now Read Matthew 25:14-30. What is the title of this parable?

    The last of the three parables is found in Matthew 25:31-46. What parable is this one?

    We have already talked about the three different aspects of Jesus’ ministry: Prophet, Priest, and King. Which of these ministries:

    represents the people before God?
    represents God before the people?
    governs the people for God?
    The ministry of the Prophet represents God to His people in two ways:

    When He interprets the Word of God to the People.
    When He foretells events of the future which have been shown to Him by God.
    In the episode of the Olivet Discourse, Jesus carries out the ministry of the:
    Jesus fulfilled the ministry of the prophet because He foretold
    Look at your Bible to answer the following:

    1. In what verses of Matthew 24 does Jesus talk about the signs of the end of the age?
    What is the subject of Jesus teaching in Matthew 24:3-28?
    Provide the verse for the following signs?

    False Christs:
    False Wars and rumors of war:
    Famine and Earthquakes:
    Persecution:
    False prophets:
    Increase of Wickedness:
    Gospel preached to all Nations:
    False Christs and False Prophets:
    Exercise: Underline each one of these signs in Matthew 24 with your Blue Pen or Pencil.

    Read verses 6, 8, and 14 again. Do these Signs Jesus is talking about take place BEFORE the end of the age or AT THE SAME TIME as the end of the age?

    We can see then, that the Signs which take place Before the end of the age will affect three different areas. They are:

    Spiritual Events
    Events in Nature
    Political and Social Events
    Study the following analysis of the Signs Jesus mentions and write the corresponding title from the list above in the right space.

    Earthquakes and Famine:
    War and rumors of War. Increase of wickedness.
    False Christs and Prophets, Persecutions, Gospel preached to all nations:
    Of course, you remember that Jesus had also predicted another sign of the end of the age.

    What did Jesus predict about the Temple?
    In what city was the Temple located?
    Exercise: Naturally, the city of Jerusalem would fall before the same Armies that Destroyed the temple in it. Write the words: “The Destruction of Jerusalem & the Temple” in the Margin of your Bible beside Matthew 24:15.

    Read Matthew 24:15-16 and Compare these two verses with Luke 21:20-21. Here Jesus give His disciples Two signs which would announce the soon destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple. One of the Two references is rather easy to understand and requires no further explanation. The other will take some additional study to explain it.

    In the space below, write the sign Jesus gives along with its Bible reference:

    The one which needs little explanation is found in . What is it?
    The one which does need to be explained can be found in: . What is it?
    The word ABOMINATION talks about something which is hated or disgusting. In the Old Testament the term was most often used with reference to idols or the worship of idols. Or in other words: Statues and other objects which were worshipped by the Gentile nations.

    Modern armies normally carry banners which represent their unit as well as the flag of their nation battle. What is the purpose of this practice? They identify the military units and help gather the troops in battle.

    The armies of Rome also carried banners to identify themselves. But, the Roman banners were actually small statues (called busts) of the Roman emperor. Before going into battle, Roman soldiers would kneel before the bust of Caesar and worship him. This act of worship by the Roman soldiers: was a form of idolatry which the Jews hated.

    According to Old Testament usage, the term that the Jews would apply to this practice of the Roman armies would be the word . The Old Testament word Abomination which Jesus quotes from the prophet Daniel in Matthew 24:15 refers to

    Roman soldiers were not usually quartered in Jerusalem. Under normal circumstances, they stayed in other places in Palestine. When a garrison of soldiers was sent to Jerusalem for the Passover celebration they did not bring their banners into the city because they did not wish to offend Jews and cause unnecessary trouble. What was it about the Roman banners that made them offensive to the Jewish people?

    Once, toward the beginning of Pilate’s rule in Palestine, he brought a legion of Roman troops into the city with their banners. When the Jews found out about it they were angry and said to Pilate: “Kill us if you want to, but take that Abomination of Desolation out of our Holy City and away from our Holy Temple.”

    It is POSSIBLE that Jesus war referring to this episode when He talked about the Abomination that Causes Desolation. His prediction would have had a special meaning to the Jews because of this experience with Pilate.

    According to Matthew, where would the Abomination that Causes Desolation be placed.
    In what building then would this be?
    So then, which of the signs Jesus gave are associated with the Temple and the destruction of the city of Jerusalem? According to Luke 21:20, this sign would be around the city:
    The resentment of the Jews against their Roman rulers finally burst into open rebellion in the year 66 A.D. The Romans decided that the time had come to put an end to the rebellious Jews once and for all. In the year 70 A.D. the Romans camped their armies around the city and laid seige to Jerusalem. Their seige did not last very long. In that same year, the city was taken and destroyed.

    What was the name of the Roman general who commanded their armies?
    What is the name of the only part of the Temple which remains standing today?
    What is the name of the modern building which stands on the site of the Temple?
    After the rebellion began, thousands of Jews from all parts of the country gathered in Jerusalem. This caused a shortage of food and many people died of hunger. Whole families starved to death during the seige. To make the matter worse, different political groups within the city itself were killing one another. By the time the seige had ended, more than 1,100,000 Jews had died and another 97,000 were taken captive. If the seige had lasted longer would there have been any survivors?

    Josephus tells us that Titus gave the Jews an opportunity to leave the city in peace at the beginning of the seige. This opportunity was taken by many Jewish Christians.

    Hunger and civil war made the situation in Jerusalem hopeless.
    Seeing the city surrounded by Roman soldiers, the Christians remembered Jesus’ words (Matt. 24:16-17) and fled from the city when they were given the chance.
    The Temple was reduced to a pile of stones in the year 70 A.D.
    Using what you have learned of the prophecies that Jesus mad have come true. Look up these Bible verses and provide the Sign that applies. (As you read, you will need to remember that the “Egyptian” which is mentioned in one of the references was a Jewish Egyptian who called himself the Messiah.)

    Colossians 1:6:
    Acts 12:1-2:
    II Peter 2:1:
    Acts 21:38:
    Acts 11:28:
    It is truly amazing to see that Jesus’ preaching about the destruction of the Temple was so accurately fulfilled. Many of the other signs of the end of the Age which Jesus gave have also been fulfilled. However, there is one more thing which we must understand about these Prophecies.

    Throughout this course we have looked at many prophecies which were fulfilled at Jesus’ coming. However, there is a rule which you must always keep in mind as you study prophecy. It has to do with prophecy about Jesus’ first coming as well as the Second Coming which lies in the future.

    Many of the prophecies in the Bible have a DOUBLE fulfillment. They are fulfilled very soon after the prophecy is made and especially in those prophecies which have to do with the coming of the Messiah, they will be fulfilled at some time in the Future in a more COMPLETE way.

    A very clear example of this principle can be seen in some of the prophecies about Jesus’ first coming. Read Isaiah 7:14. In this verse the prophet Isaiah is giving King Ahaz a sign that the city of Jerusalem would not fall to the armies of Syria. What was this sign? A would be with and have a .

    Isaiah’s prophecy was to have a DOUBLE fulfillment. The FIRST fulfillment can be seen in Isaiah 8:3-4.

    Who was the virgin who had a son?
    Who was the father of the child?
    What was the child’s name?
    We have already studied the second, more complete fulfillment of this prophecy.

    Where can the COMPLETE fulfillment of Isaiah’s prophecy about the virgin be found?
    Who was the virgin?
    Who was the father of the child?
    What was the child’s name?
    When we apply this principle to the prophecies that Jesus made in Matthew 24, we can see that Jesus is not ONLY talking about the destruction of the Temple and of Jerusalem, He is also describing many of the things which are taking place now, in the days before the end of tthe age.

  13. The article is good, easy to read, interesting and I agree with most of it. But the number check against prophecy is His written word. Is there a precedent, has it ever been done like this before? Yes it is easy to be led astray of the lust of your flesh when you speak a word, we must examine our motives, heart but often a genuine prophet will not be near another prophet to judge the words. Ultimately we submit to Christ and Him alone not to committee. Agreed there are few genuine prophets in the church today we have more fortunetellers, horoscope flesh strokers. Men/women who say nice things over people when Jeremiah is clear, “If they had stood in my presence they would have caused my people to repent.” Repentance is the message of a genuine prophet and for me that is the ultimate test. This is not a feel good ministry it is speaking for the King and the King is demanding repentance.

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