21:1-7. BETHPAGE. ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE.
1. Mission of the 2 Disciples. Begun.
2,3. Commission given.
4,5. Fulfillment of Prophecy.
6. Commission carried out.
7. Mission of the 2 Disciples.
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Matthew 21:1 And when they drew nigh unto Jerusalem,
(There were 2 entries: the 1st here: the 2nd on "the first day" of the following week [Mark 11:1-3. Luke 19:28-31. John 12:12-15]. See John 12:1)
and were come to Bethphage,
(= House of Figs. Now Kefr et Tor. According to the Talmud Bethpage consisted of some buildings and the space of ground extending from the wall of Jerusalem about a mile [or half-way] toward the town of Bethany [now el'Azariyeh])
unto the mount of Olives, then sent Jesus two disciples,
From this point on, a great deal of teaching will be done by Jesus from this Mount of Olives. The location of the Mount of Olives is just east of the east gate of the the city, just beyond the valley of Kedron. It is on this Mount of Olives that our Lord Jesus Christ will return, and when His feet touch it, this earth age of the flesh will be over. That will mark the end of Satan - the Antichrist's rule, over the entire earth, by his one world religious system.
This mount is less then a mile away from the temple site, and it is named after the olive groves that grew there. It is from the olive trees where the oil of God's people comes from, which is the oil used in all anointing. We must remember, that It is not the oil that does the anointing and that brings the healing, or covering, or miracle to pass, but because it shows our obedience to God in that He told us to anoint in this manner.
It was also on the Mount of Olives where much of Jesus teachings concerning our generation, and the events that we are now witnessing that mark the end of this earth age were given. Jesus taught here, so that we would not be deceived.)
2 Saying unto them, "Go into the village over against you, and straightway ye shall find an ass tied, and a colt with her:
(Here the 2 are sent for, because Zech. 9:9 was to be fulfilled. In Mark, and Luke, only 1 [only 1 being necessary to fulfill the part of Zechariah quoted by John 12:14,15])
loose them, and bring them unto Me.
3 And if any man say ought unto you, ye shall say, 'The Lord hath need of them;' and straightway he will send them."
(Notice how God has so laid out His perfect plan, that everything happened right on schedule. Jesus and the disciples came to town at the right time, and the animals were at the right place, right on time. God has complete control of all men and events, and this applies to us also, living in a period of time when the events are coming to pass that are preparing the way for the coming of the false Christ. This should give all of the Elect of God special comfort in knowing the promises of His Holy Word.
The lesson that we get from this is that God leaves not one stone unturned.)
4 All this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet,
(Quoted from Zech. 9:9)
5 "Tell ye the daughter of Sion, Behold, thy King cometh unto thee, meek, and sitting upon an ass, and a colt the foal of an ass."
(This colt is one that had never been ridden before. This is the time of the First Advent, or coming of Christ where the people, all the people recognized Him as the Messiah. This verse is Old Testament prophecy from the book of Zechariah.
This is the King of kings, and this is His First Advent, or coming. He is just, or fair, and having salvation means He is about to pay the price for that salvation. This is prophecy that had to be fulfilled, and it was.
The ass, or donkey is not the animal of prestige in Jerusalem, or anywhere, but is an animal of lowly people. Now this is the Second Advent in the verse that follows.
Zechariah 9:10 "And I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim, and the horse from Jerusalem, and speak peace unto the heathen: and His dominion shall be from sea even to sea, and from the river even to the ends of the earth."
Ephraim is the larger of the ten tribes that went north, through the Caucasus Mountains, known as "Caucasians", where the event named them by race. This Second Advent of Christ they will not see Him coming on a ass, but a white horse. He will come the second time with dignity and honor, and with a rod of iron in his hand to rule over the entire earth.
Jesus came the first time to pay the price of His shed blood on the cross at Calvary, and then two thousand years later, approximately, He will return as the King of kings.)
6 And the disciples went, and did as Jesus commanded them,
(The disciples asked no questions, but just went and did as they were told to do. How do you react to the commands God has given us in His Word. When you ask God to get someone else to do what He asked you to do, He will, and you lose out in the eyes of God. There isn't anything that you can do, that God doesn't have many others willing to do, and without asking, "Why me Lord?")
7 And brought the ass, and the colt, and put on them their clothes,
(Cp. 2 Kings 9:13 [a mark of respect])
and they set him thereon.
8-11. JERUSALEM. 1ST ENTRY.
9. Cry. Made.
10. Cry. Effect.
8 And a very great multitude
(Referring to the proportionate part, not the actual size)
spread their garments in the way; others cut down branches from the trees, and strawed
(Same word as "spread" in preceding clause. Eng. "straw" = to scatter straw. Here used of branches of trees.)
them in the way.
9 And the multitudes that went before, and that followed, cried, saying, "Hosanna to the son of David: Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest."
(= save now. Aramaic Hoshi'an-na' = Help now. Quoted from Ps. 118:25,26. At the later entry [Luke 19:38] the cry was different in words, but similar in intent.
Many find this a time of sorrow, when Jesus came for the purpose of laying down His life. However, at the same time, the saddest of all times is coming. It is that time just before His Second Advent, when all but a very few, will follow after the wrong Christ, the instead of Christ, Satan, as he stands in the holy place exalting himself as the true Messiah, and calling himself God.
This is what Daniel calls abomination by the desolator, in Daniel 9:27. This instead of Christ who is known as the Antichrist. Most of the so-called Christians will whore after this fake, because they have been taught to do so in their rapture doctrine, and lead by their false shepherds. This is the real sorrow that will take place. Sorrow in the shame that will follow, as they see what they have done with their eternal soul. This is what Jesus meant when He referred to the blind leading the blind.)
10 And when He was come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved,
(Same word as "quake" [27:51] and "shake" [28:4. Heb. 12:26. Rev. 6:13])
saying, "Who is this?"
11 And the multitude said, "This is Jesus the prophet of Nazareth of Galilee."
12-16. IN THE TEMPLE. CLEANSING.
12. Miracle. Cleansing.
13. Scripture fulfilled.
14-16-. Miracle. Healing.
-16. Scripture fulfilled.
12 And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers,
(The half-shekel [worth about 9 cents] had to be paid on the 15th of the month Adar, by every Israelite [even the poorest]. In every city collectors sat to receive it. On the 25th day [18 or 19 days before the Passover] they began to sit in the temple; and they distrained if not paid. Change was given at a profit for the money changers.)
and the seats of them that sold doves,
(Required for the Temple offerings.
This is the kindness and mildness of Christ. It is standing and taking a position when you see God temple and things being profaned.
What do you do, stand and watch? These Kenites in the temple of God had taken the things of God, the sacrifices, the offerings unto the Lord, and turned them into a Kenite heathen business. How do you react to the beggar bags of most ministries of today? Most just can't wait to dump the blessings God gave them, into these beggars bags. They just don't know the difference.
Jesus kindness is fair and just, He took them by the collar and threw them out. What was going on was sort of like the short-cuts of the religious world today. The sacrifices were to be the first of the fruit of your blessings, pure, and the best. However, these Kenites that had taken over the temple had worked this into a business. They made it easy for you to give your sacrifice, you didn't have to bring your first fruits to the temple for your sacrifices. You brought your pocket books, your money, and bought their mite infested birds that these Kenites would provide for you. The Kenite priests would call it "Corban", as recorded in Mark 7:11; which means that the act is of God, and that was to make it so by their words.
This is like stopping at the Quick Shop and getting change for a dollar bill, so you could drop a nickel in the plate that went by. It is a mockery to God, and giving Him a toy, instead of your earnest sacrifice, the tithe of your labor. The Kenites controlled the temple, and the money changers, and priests made a business of merchandising sick birds. The money did not go to the Temple, but in the pockets of the changers, and more then likely, priests.)
13 And said unto them, "It is written, 'My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves.' "
(A composite quotation from Isa. 56:7, and Jer. 7:11'
God's house is not a place of business, especially when it is to purchase forms of idolatry. If it came to the point of sacrificing to God in this form of mite infested birds, or just skipping it, you would be better off not taking part in this gimmick for and of idolatry. You do it God's way, or you don't do it at all. God reads the heart of the giver, and if the heart is not there, neither come the blessings.
Jesus saw what they were doing and took a whip and drove them from the temple. Jesus acted with righteous indignation, and acted with authority in overturning the tables of these Kenite heathen, and praise God drove those buzzards out of the temple. It is important that you pay attention to this verse, for it denotes exactly what the temple, or as we call them "churches" are for. It is Jesus telling you the purpose of the church, if it is God's house. "MY HOUSE SHALL BE CALLED A HOUSE OF PRAYER." That isn't to difficult to understand, is it?
If you are interested you can find out how to conduct yourself in the house of God, from the Bible. It is very detailed. Allowing any "den of thieves" to conduct business within it's doors is wrong. Whether selling Avon, or cars, or even gimmicks to raise money for the vanity of it's members. God will hold you accountable for what you allow to transpire in His house. This definitely is common today, and it is getting worse. They used to do it from the steps out front, and now it is done for the pulpits. That is all they can talk about, money, money.)
14 And the blind and the lame came to Him in the temple; and He healed them.
(Notice here that after Christ came in, and chased the corruption out of the temple, the lame and the poor came in for healing. After Jesus acted in righteous indignation, and used a little strong arm, we see how humble and loving He was to the poor and lame. There was no demand for money, of course not, for that is blasphemy to the name of God. That is hypocrisy when you allow the money changers of today to become as the money changers of Jesus time. It is time to wake up. Drive the thieves out by identifying them, and the activities they are doing. Call what they are doing exactly what it is, extortion.
The tithe to the church when the True Word of God is taught, this, is a right and fitting thing. The man of God that ministers to the flock, and spends his full time to that administration is worthy of his hire. That is what the tithe is for, the advancing of the Gospel of Christ. What is given to them God places on your shoulders, and when you see the need and God places it in your heart, you give.
In Biblical times, the temple was the government that took care of the needs of the people. It provided the welfare for the widows and orphans, and the pension checks, and the tenth took care of what His Word required of the leaders of the Temple.)
15 And when the chief priests and scribes saw the wonderful things that He did,
(These were the Lord's final miracles, wrought at this crisis, and must have been very special in character)
and the children crying in the temple, and saying, "Hosanna to the son of David;"
they were sore displeased,
(The people knew who Jesus was, but the priests only knew that this man called Jesus was messing up their church program, and money making schemes.
The high priest should have been praising God for the mighty works that were being done to the people of the temple, and shouting "Hosanna to the Son of David" himself. However, what did this tribe of Kenites do?)
16 And said unto Him, "Hearest thou what these say?" And Jesus saith unto them, "Yea; have ye never read, 'Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings thou hast perfected praise'?"
(Quoted from Ps. 8:2.
This "high priest" was a fake, he was not a man of God, but a man that was appointed by the Roman Governor. The high priest represent the connection between Rome, and the Temple, which was taken over centuries prior by the Nethinims, the Kenites, as we saw in I Chronicles 2:55, and the books of Ezra and Nehemiah.
The high priest was displeased because his kettle of money from the mite infested birds, and rip off artists had been shut down. If your get near the collection plate of some of these churches of today, you will see the same actions. They even turn on one another to save their own personal empires [not God's]. Their souls are their pocket book.
These priests are asking Jesus, "Do you hear what these people are calling you?" Jesus give them a answer as He quotes from Psalm 8:2; "Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength because of thine enemies, that thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger." The enemy and the avenger are these Kenite religious leaders. That is exactly what Jesus was doing, when these poor and sick people came to Him, and received their strength and healing.)
17 And He left them, and went out of the city into Bethany; and He lodged there.
18-22. JERUSALEM. RETURN TO.
18,19-. Words of the Lord. Curse.
-19. Miracle. Fig-tree withered.
20. Miracle. Marvel of Disciples.
21,22. Words of the Lord. Faith.
18 Now in the morning as He returned into the city, He hungered.
19 And when He saw a fig tree in the way,
(Learn the parable of Matt. 24.)
He came to it, and found nothing thereon,
(See Mark 11:13)
but leaves only,
(What was the sin in the Garden of Eden covered with?)
and said unto it, "Let no fruit grow on thee henceforward for ever."
(= for the age, i.e. to the end of that Dispensation. The fig tree represents Israel's national privilege [see Judges 9:10], and that is to be restored [Rom. 11:2,26.)
And presently the fig tree withered away.
(Jesus is using this tree to teach another lesson, through a parable that is part of the parable of the fig tree.
The fig tree symbolizes the nation of Israel, and that nation was producing no fruit spiritually. When Jesus said, "Let no fruit grow on thee henceforward for ever." He was referring to this age, this dispensation, after Jeroboam II the nation of Israel died spiritually, in the eyes of God, This was about 772 B.C., and shortly thereafter from 745 to 722 B.C. the Assyrians dismantled the nation of ISRAEL and the people and moved them out of the area, to a place north of Lake Van in Iraq of today. From there, they (THE ISRAELITES) migrated through the Caucasus mountains to the places where the different tribes are today. This group of people became known as the ten lost tribes, or the "lost sheep of the House of Israel".
They were the ones that Christ instructed that the Word be brought to. Remember back in Matthew 10:6 after Jesus told His disciples not to go to the Gentiles first, "But go to the lost sheep of the house of Israel." This was the first great commission. We see that tree wilted as far as retaining the gospel then.
We will also read of another fig tree that Jesus told us to learn all about, and that parable started back in the Garden of Eden. That parable was covered in Matthew 13, and we will see it also in Matthew 23; and 24. It dealt with the sexual union between Satan and Eve, and from that union came Cain. The offspring of Cain are called "Kenites", as we see in Strong's Hebrew dictionary, number 7013, and # 7017. We will discuss this latter in Matthew. The parable of the fig tree is something that every Christian must understand in order to understand the entire Word of God.
Some Christians just don't understand why Jesus would walk up and talk to a dumb tree, but He is not talking to a tree at all. He is talking in parable to those who are spiritually ignorant, and simply do not see the parable that He is teaching. Jesus knew that the figs were not on the tree because it was out of season, but He is using the tree in symbolism to teach His disciples a deeper meaning.)
20 And when the disciples saw it, they marvelled, saying, "How soon is the fig tree withered away!"
21 Jesus answered and said unto them, "Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith,
(The condition is quite hypothetical.)
and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, 'Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea;'
(It was a common proverb to say to a great teacher, who removed difficulties, that he was "a rooter up of mountains". See Luke 16:6)
it shall be done.
(Wilt the words of the Kenites [the son's of Cain] and Satan at the last trump.
When the Antichrist comes, that whole mountain, or nation will fall right into the sea, or peoples of the earth, and the Antichrist, Satan, will be claiming that His nation is true Israel.)
22 And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive."
(From 26:39-44. Jas. 5:14,15. 1 John 5:14,15. This is the one abiding condition of all prayer; and this Ellipsis must always be supplied.
It is a big waste of time to pray if your not a believer. What are you asking for? For wisdom and power to show up that nation that is cast into the sea, to show it up for what it is. Satan will be claiming to be Christ, and that fallen nation Israel will have been deceived into believing his lies. When you pray for power to have control over that nation, God will give it to His elect. In Matthew 24 we will see what we are to do at that time when we are to exercise God's power given to us.
This verse is not talking about asking for a house, car or even a business success, it is not talking about your gimmie list, that most Christians have, it is talking about praying for knowledge to accomplish the thing that Jesus was just talking about. Don't take it out of context.
That subject was the wilting of the fig tree, and it is not difficult to wilt the fig tree, when you see what it symbolized, especially for today. That goes for both the good and the bad figs, and that you should know the difference. It is no problem for God to give you the power to make your voice be the warning to those of that false fig tree. The truth of God's Word will wilt the trunk of that false fig tree, and the unsound doctrine that it is based upon. This power of the prayer is the voice of "God's elect."
Pray for wisdom and understanding in God's Word, and check out all matters that are presented as being from God. Then let the Spirit of God direct your mind in understanding and applying it to your life.)
23-27. QUESTIONS. CHIEF PRIESTS AND ELDERS.
23. Their question. Put.
24,25-. His question. Put.
-25,26-. Their reasoning.
-26. Their reason.
27-. His question. Unanswered.
-27. Their question. Answered.
23 And when He was come into the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came unto Him as He was teaching, and said, "By what authority doest thou these things? and who gave thee this authority?"
24 And Jesus answered and said unto them, "I also will ask you one thing, which if
(The condition being quite dependent on a contingency.)
ye tell me, I in like wise will tell you by what authority I do these things.
25 The baptism of John, whence was it? from heaven, or of men?" And they reasoned with themselves, saying, "If we shall say, 'From heaven;' He will say unto us, 'Why did ye not then believe him?'
(This is also how we are to answer those that think they know it all of the Scripture, we answer their question with our question, and turn the explanation from your shoulders to theirs. If you know the Word of God it should be no great task to show their lack of wisdom. It doesn't matter how many degrees you have from the seminaries, if you don't have the wisdom that only God's Spirit can place in you, you will look ignorant to a true Bible student. So here Jesus is asking the question to these religious leaders.
The baptism of John was well known in Jerusalem, and many from Jerusalem were baptized by Him. Even the chief priest sent a lot of his deacons out there to see what was going on. John was considered a prophet from God, and his position was elevated upon his death. This was a touchy subject.
These religious jokers take this question from Jesus, and go off into a corner, and murmur and reason amongst themselves.)
26 But if we shall say, 'Of men; we fear the people;' for all hold John as a prophet."
(Jesus knows their hearts, and what they are reasoning, and these religious men have a tough question to answer, because if they saw John as a prophet of God, then the question is, why did you reject him when he came to you.
On the other side of the answer, if they say the baptism is of men, then John's teachings are void, and you appear to be mocking the people for the baptism that had through the ministry of John the Baptist. Friend, it is time for a coffee break, for there is no answer that they can give Jesus, and not either put their foot in their mouth, or start a riot.)
27 And they answered Jesus, and said, "We cannot tell." And He said unto them, "Neither tell I you by what authority I do these things.
28-32. The 2 sons. Disobedience.
33-44. The Husbandmen. Rebellion.
28-32. THE 2 SONS. DISOBEDIENCE.
28-. Appeal for opinion.
-28-30. The 2 Sons. Contrasted.
31-. Appeal for decision.
-31-. The 2 Sons. Answer.
28 But what think ye?
(Here follow the 3 parables spoken in the Temple.)
A certain man had two sons; and he came to the first, and said, 'Son, go work to day in my vineyard.'
29 He answered and said, 'I will not:' but afterward he repented, and went.
(As a student of God's Word we know that upon repentance, there is forgiveness, and this son would have a new start with the father.)
30 And he came to the second, and said likewise. And he answered and said, 'I go, sir:' and went not.
31 Whether of them twain did the will of his father?" They say unto him, "The first." Jesus saith unto them, "Verily I say unto you, That the publicans and the harlots go into the kingdom of God before you.
32 For John came unto you in the way of righteousness, and ye believed him not: but the publicans and the harlots believed him: and ye, when ye had seen it, repented not afterward, that ye might believe him.
(These Chief priests sat over the temple, and the writings of the prophets of God, and they knew what was required of a priest of the Almighty Father, and what was required of for repentance and healing, and they knew as Jeremiah 7:11 taught, that God's house is a house of prayer; and they made a money making event out of it. Whereas these publicans and harlots knew nothing of God's Word, until after they were told by John the Baptist, and then they repented and turned from their ways.)
33-44. THE HUSBANDMEN. REBELLION.
33-41. The Parable given.
42. The Scripture cited (Ps. 118:22).
43. The Parable. Its application.
44. The Scripture cited (Isa. 8:14).
33-41. THE PARABLE GIVEN.
33. The Owner making His Vineyard.
34-39. The Husbandmen. Conduct.
40. The Owner coming to His Vineyard.
41. The Husbandmen. Judgment.
33 Hear another parable: There was a certain householder, which planted a vineyard, and hedged it round about, and digged a winepress in it, and built a tower,
(For the watchmen.)
and let it out to husbandmen, and went into a far country:
(There were 3 kinds of leases:  where the laborers received a proportion of the produce for their payment;  where full rent was payed;  where a definite part of the produce was to be given by the lessees, whatever the harvest was. Such leases were given by the year, or for life, or were even hereditary. From v.34 and Mark 12:3 the word "of" shows that the later kind of lease is refereed to in this parable.
This is an analogy to God, and His creation, and He did plant seed here. The husbandmen were those that He left in charge, or the priesthood. Notice that He built a winepress, and a tower.
The winepress is a vat, or basin for preparing the fruit, and collecting the juices from it's fruit. The tower is a watch tower, a tower that from the group, there is to be appointed watchmen to keep the evil one away.)
34 And when the time of the fruit drew near, he sent his servants to the husbandmen, that they might receive the fruits of it.
(We are talking about God's kingdom on earth, and to have what He has established to grow and multiply and produce fruit.)
35 And the husbandmen took his servants, and beat one, and killed another, and stoned another.
(The husbandman is our Heavenly Father, and His servants are the Prophets of God. They are the authors of the Books of the Old Testament.)
36 Again, he sent other servants more than the first: and they did unto them likewise.
37 But last of all he sent unto them his son, saying,
(Here is the real answer to v.23)
'They will reverence my son.'
(God the Father sent His only Begotten Son, Jesus Christ, and Jesus is facing these Pharisees, and they have no idea in the world who they are talking to. This then, requires a review of the thirteenth chapter, the planting of the tares in the vineyard, to see how they came there in the first place.)
38 But when the husbandmen saw the son, they said among themselves, 'This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and let us seize on his inheritance.'
(They came as a thief in the night, while the House of Judah was in captivity in Babylon, and ceased the Levitical priesthood, and the duties of the scribes from those who had inheritance for those duties, from the time of Moses and Aaron. The return out of Babylon by the Jews is what the entire books of Ezra, Haggai, and Nemehiah is about, and those books record how the Nethinims [Kenites] took over the duties of the priesthood from top to bottom, and the religious leaders allowed it.
Then in I Chronicles 2:55; "And the families of the scribes which dwelt at Jabez; The Tarathites, the Shimeathites, and Suchathites. These are the kenites that came of hemath, the father of the house of rechab." This is from the listing of families that were coming out of Babylon in about 509 B.C., and they are the tares that have seized on Levi's inheritance of the scribes, which was given by God.)
39 And they caught him, and cast him out of the vineyard,
(As in Heb. 13:12)
and slew him.
40 When the lord therefore of the vineyard cometh, what will he do unto those husbandmen?"
(Keep in mind that these religious leaders are now going to pronounce their own sentence on their souls. They will understand shortly that Jesus is talking directly about them.)
41 They say unto Him, "He will miserably destroy those wicked men, and will let out his vineyard unto other husbandmen, which shall render him the fruits in their seasons."
(This is exactly what has happened. In this First Advent Jesus was totally refused and crucified, and through the disciples, and later the apostles, God's vineyard will be turned over to other husbandmen, and taken from these Pharisees and scribes. The Gospel was spread, and He sent others also, as these religious leaders were replaced after the resurrection of Christ. When the riddle was put to them, they did pass the correct judgment upon themselves.)
42 Jesus saith unto them, "Did ye never read in the scriptures, 'The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner: this is the Lord's doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes?'
(Quoted from Ps. 118:22. Cp. Acts 4:10-12.
Jesus is telling these Pharisees that, "I am the Messiah standing directly before you."
Psalm 118:24; "This is the day that the Lord hath made; We will rejoice and be glad in it."
Remember what "Hosanna" meant in the Hebrew? It meant "save now"; Psalm 118:25; "Save now, I beseech Thee, O Lord: O Lord, I beseech Thee, send now prosperity."
Jesus is using this prophecy to tell them that they are refusing the chief cornerstone, and here again is the repeat of the cry "Hosanna".
There is another rejection that will take place just prior to the Second Advent, and that is the fact that there are two Jesus and two Saviors. The false one comes first, and then the true Messiah. There will not be a flight out of here, as many teach, for in its place will be a great deception, or apostasy. Men will be led to the wrong Christ, which is Satan, the Antichrist. That time is coming very shortly, in our generation. The signs of the times are now history to us today, in many cases, and it is time to seal in your mind that you will not see the True Christ in your physical body.
The world was deceived by these religious types at the First Advent, and there will also be another great deception, built from traditions of men at the Second Advent. Those with eyes to see will understand, and the others simply will not. They will be harvested out of season, and taken by the wrong Christ. They will have already taken their husband, when the True Christ comes to claim His bride.)
43 Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof.
(The new Israel, as prophesied in Isa. 66:7-14.)
44 And whosoever shall fall on this Stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder."
(Supposed to mean winnow or scatter as dust. But in a Papyrus [Fayyum, 2nd or 3rd cent. A.D.] it is used for ruining a thing in some way. This supplies the contrast here.
The time is coming very shortly when this stone, Jesus Christ shall fall on many, and their very teeth shall gnash, and grind together, to the very gum itself, as they realize they have given themselves over to the wrong Christ. The timetable is in effect, and today many fear receiving the mark of the beast in their mind. The modern day Pharisees are making much money selling them their twisted ideas of gadgets, when it is free for the taking from God's Word.
That "Mark of the Beast" from Revelation 13:17 is already here, it is not on your forehead, or on your right hand, but in you forehead and in your right hand. Your brain is in your forehead, and that is what you think with. The mark is what you believe to be true, and act upon. It is when you think Satan the Antichrist is Jesus, and you act on the assumption.
As far as the mark on the right hand is concerned, Jesus is on the right hand of the Father, doing the work of the Father, and anyone that does the work of another man is his right hand man. The symbol of the right hand is the pledge of commitment of yourself to another person, or covenant you have made with him. If you lead your brother, or family member to the wrong Christ, then you have received the mark of the beast in the right hand. It has nothing to do with electronics.)
45 And when the chief priests and Pharisees had heard His parables, they perceived that He spake of them.
(Did the understanding change their wisdom, and find them repenting and changing their ways? Not at all. These religious men were even more determined to kill Him.
This is just as the religious community is today, for when you tell them that their doctrines are misleading the people, the anger is the same, for it comes from the same source. It comes from the evil spirits that are binding them. They are binding their people in fear of a great physical destruction that will come on the earth, lead by Satan, and demonic beings of strange descriptions. They have prepared a false escape for them, and the people are becoming so frightened from their kind of a teaching (that the earth will be destroyed), that upon the appearance of the Antichrist, they will run to him for protection. They take the Word of God, and make it a lie.
Contrary to what they are preaching, the time of the Antichrist is a time of peace and prosperity, as Daniel chapter eight points out; that is Satan's policy to make you feel safe, and well off. Then five months later your false peace and hope is shattered at the return of Jesus Christ, and Satan and all evil go to the pit. Then where does that leave you? This is what we will discuss in Matthew 24.)
46 But when they sought to lay hands on Him, they feared the multitude, because they took Him for a prophet.
(These Pharisees and chief priests that wanted to get their hands on Christ, will later be the ones that finally succeed, only it will be at God's appointed time, and in the manner prophesied. For you and I, What they think is their gain is their doom, and what they think was their gain is our victory. Praise God.)