10Then He told them, “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. 11There will be great earthquakes, famines, and pestilences in various places, along with fearful sights and great signs from heaven.
12But before all this, they will seize you and persecute you. On account of My name, they will deliver you to the synagogues and prisons, and they will bring you before kings and governors. 13This will be your opportunity to serve as witnesses. 14So make up your mind not to worry beforehand how to defend yourselves. 15For I will give you speech and wisdom that none of your adversaries will be able to resist or contradict.
16You will be betrayed even by parents and brothers and relativesb and friends, and some of you will be put to death. 17And you will be hated by everyone because of My name. 18Yet not even a hair of your head will perish. 19By your patient endurance, you will gain your souls.
Context is key right? What is the context? WHO is He talking to?
12But before all this, they will seize you and persecute you. On account of My name, they will deliver you to the synagogues and prisons, and they will bring you before kings and governors.
Thats very specific is it not? Why did He not say "deliver you to the Churches?" Not Churches, Synagogues............................Synagogues=Hebrews=Jews=ISRAEL.
Now down to the next paragraph in Luke 21:
20But when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, you will know that her desolation is near. 21Then let those in Judea flee to the mountains, let those in the city get out, and let those in the country stay out of the city. 22For these are the days of vengeance, to fulfill all that is written.
23How miserable those days will be for pregnant and nursing mothers. For there will be great distress upon the land and wrath against this people. 24They will fall by the edge of the sword and be led captive into all the nations. And Jerusalem will be trodden down by the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.
First we are talking about Synagogues, now we are talking about JERUSALEM..........Jerusalem=Hebrews=Jews=ISRAEL.
Now we work out way down Luke 21 a little more:
29Then He told them a parable: “Look at the fig tree and all the trees. 30When they sprout leaves, you can see for yourselves and know that summer is near. 31So also, when you see these things taking place, you will know that the kingdom of God is near. 32Truly I tell you, this generation will not pass away until all these things have happened. 33Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will never pass away.
Figs? Fig Tree? The Bible defines the Bible. Who or what does the fig tree represent?
Jeremiah 24:5-7: Thus saith the Lord, the God of Israel; Like these good figs, so will I acknowledge them that are carried away captive of Judah, whom I have sent out of this place into the land of the Chaldeans, for their good.
For I will set mine eyes upon them for good, and I will bring them again to this land: and I will build them, and not pull them down, and I will plant them, and not pluck them up.
And I will give them an heart to know me, that "I AM" the Lord: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God: for they shall return unto me with their whole heart.
Judah=Hebrews=Jews=ISRAEL. Is there any even remote reference to the Church in any of this? Note even a remote reference.
What is Luke 21, generally speaking? A panorama of the tribulation period beginning with the destruction of the temple, through the desolation to the return of the Lord. A beginning to end look at what is about to happen. Where is the Church in all that? Do you see it? I do not. What I do see is the temple, synagogues, Jerusalem, the fig tree, ISRAEL. From beginning to end, ISRAEL.
What is about to happen? What is this world about to experience? This:
Daniel 9:24 "Seventy 'sevens' are decreed for your people and your holy city to finish transgression, to put an end to sin, to atone for wickedness, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision and prophecy and to anoint the Most Holy Place.
The seventieth week of Daniel, decreed for "your people." Speaking to Daniel who would "your people" be? Hebrews, the Jews, ISRAEL.
The Bible speaks for itself. What is there is there for a reason. What is NOT THERE is NOT THERE for a reason. Those people who through their man-made theology and twisting of the Word attempt to place the Church where it does not belong commit a serious error.
This should be good news for people but instead thousands upon thousands of Christians would rather argue with you to defend their "right" and "need?" to be slaughtered by the anti-Christ in the tribulation. It is truly mind boggling.
The gospel of our Lord is truly Good News. From beginning to end it is Good News. The Church of Jesus Christ by definition accepts Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. What is coming, the tribulation, Daniels 70th week is for those who rejected the Lord Jesus Christ. How hard is this to understand?
In case anyone wants to argue this is all my opinion, think again:
2 Thess 2:9The coming of the lawless one will be accompanied by the working of Satan, with every kind of power, sign, and false wonder, 10and with every wicked deception directed against those who are perishing, because they refused the love of the truth that would have saved them. 11For this reason, God will send them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie, 12in order that judgment will come upon all who have disbelieved the truth and delighted in wickedness.
"They" not "us" or "we"...They refused the love of the truth.
What is this truth they refused?
John 14:6 Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father
except through me.
What is coming was not ever and is not now meant for us, the Christ ACCEPTING Church.
Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.