Yahweh’s people discover their mission by adopting the steps of Yeshua, called a rabbi, a rebel, a reformer, a redeemer, who both redeems us and empowers us to continue His ongoing mission. A comparison of all the Gospels with the Old Testament record results in over sixty different prophecies fulfilled in Yeshua's birth, life and demise. It was this fact that convinced His followers that He really was the long-awaited Messiah. The odds of any person coincidentally fulfilling these prophecies are minuscule!
While the Magi searched the stars, the other faithful searched the prophetic Word. They found the coming of Christ in Old Testament Sabbatical Law and in Daniel. The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon and tell him, "We have found the Messiah" (that is, the Christ). Philip found Nathaniel and told him, "We have found the one Moses wrote about in the Law, and about whom the prophets also wrote--Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph." (John 1:41, 45)
When Jesus talked with the Samaritan woman at the well, He disclosed to her that He was Messiah. The woman said, "I know that Messiah" (called Christ) "is coming. When he comes, he will explain everything to us." Then Jesus declared, "I who speak to you am he." Then, leaving her water jar, the woman went back to the town and said to the people, "Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Christ?" (John 4:25-26, 28-29)
Yeshua, during his three-and-a-half-year ministry, was aware and spoke of the coming of one age and the loss of another age, as a procedure of time. In the Great Commission in Matthew 28:19,20, he states, “Surely, I am with you always, to the very close of the age.”
“The greatest disease in the West today is not Tuberculosis (TB) or leprosy; it is being unwanted, unloved, and uncared for. We can cure physical diseases with medicine, but the only cure for loneliness, despair, and hopelessness is love. There are many in the world who are dying for a piece of bread but there are many more dying for a little love. The poverty in the West is a different kind of poverty — it is not only a poverty of loneliness but also of Spirituality. There’s a hunger for love, as there is a hunger for God.” Mother Theresa
Yeshua in the Temple of the Lord, was confronted about his healing the man, surrounded by five magnificent colonnades, at the Pool of Bethesda near the Sheep’s Gate. It was here he gave a visual icon of two states of existence, on the Kingdom of God and the other a life in the Flesh, when he said:
“I tell you the Truth, whoever hears My word and believes Him Who sent me has Eternal Life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life (moved to a different state of existence). I tell you the Truth, a time is coming and has now come when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God and those who hear will live.” John 5:24-25
Let us look at the Olivet Sermon regarding the End of Time (Matt. 24: 1-14) Bear in mind the context of this event. Yeshua was speaking to Torah believing Jews, who lived and believed in all the rules of the Hebraic philosophy and theological style of Spirit. His disciples then asked, “Tell us,” they said, “when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?” In Matthew 24, we see the response of Yeshua. Jesus tells us what to "watch" (Matthew 24:42; 25:13; Mark 13:33; Luke 12:37; Luke 21:34-36). The Apostles referred to famous early human beings more than fifteen times in the New Testament. Unlike popular belief, Genesis has always been accepted by true Christians as a valid and highly accurate record of early history. It just does not make sense to profess a belief in the teachings of Christ and the Apostles, and then at the same time decline to go for their verification of Genesis.
* Deceptions in the name of Christ. For instance, a preacher who presents God as a means by which we can obtain earthly wealth is a prosperity preacher and a fake teacher. Material blessings were part of the Covenants for Israel. Yet, the New Testament focus is on eternal, not earthly, rewards. God does Promise blessing to those who serve Him faithfully and follow His statutes.
* Wars and rumors of wars – the end is not yet.
* Nations will rise against nations
* There will be famines
* There will be earthquakes in various places – this is the beginning of birth pangs.
* You will be persecuted and put to death
* You will be hated by all nations because of me.
* Many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other
* False Prophets will appear and deceive many. Muslims follow Muhammad, because Mohammed said to follow Muhammad. A "prophet" with no fulfilled prophecy, that not a single witness ever heard "Allah's" or Gabriel's voice give a single "revelation" to. A man whose behavior was, and teachings were, the exact opposite of Yahshua the Messiah. The only unpardonable sin in Muhammad's 7th century religion, is committed if a Muslim confesses that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.
* Increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold (Laodicea)
* This Gospel of The Kingdom shall be preached in all the world, and then the end will come.
And Jesus answered and said to them, see to it that no one misleads you. 5 For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will mislead many. 6 You will be hearing of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not frightened, for those things must take place, but that is not yet the end. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and in various places there will be famines and earthquakes. But all these things are merely the beginning of birth pangs.” Mat 24:4-7
Rabbis taught: In the seven-year cycle at the end of which the Son of David will come at the conclusion of the septennate, the Son of David will come." (Sanhedrin, 97a) (The word septennate refers to a period of seven years). Raphael Patai, Jewish historian and author, in his book, The Messiah Texts, "The idea became entrenched that the coming of the Messiah will be preceded by greatly increased suffering This will last for seven years. And then, unexpectedly, the Messiah will come." (pp. 95-96). The Dead Sea Scrolls and ancient Jewish literature called the severe troubles of this seven-year period "the birth pangs of the Messiah." But, this cannot be completed until the Saviour’s Advent.
What will happen after the end is come? (Matt. 24: 15-28). So, when you see standing in the Holy place the abomination that caused desolation spoken of through the Prophet Daniel-let the reader understand.
* Flee…there will be great distress, unequalled from the beginning of the world until now and never to be equaled again.
* The days will be cut short for the sake of the Elect. (remnant of the Jews and restored Israelites)
* False comings of Christ. (preempt the real Coming of Yeshua)
* False Prophets with great sign and miracles (preempt the real coming of the two witnesses)
* Coming will be as lightning coming from the East to the West. Keep looking! (normal route of the rising sun, but some texts suggest a polar reversal will occur before this time and the sun will be rising in the West.)
* Vultures will gather around the carcass (of battle of Armageddon or Satan and the Antichrist seeking to destroy God’s people?)
* Immediate after the distress of those days. (Time of Satan’s Wrath, the Time of Trouble), we will now see the Time of God’s wrath (Trumpet and Vial Plagues). (Matt. 24:29-
* Sun will be darkened
* Moon will not give its light
* Stars will Fall from the sky
* Heavenly bodies will be shaken.
* The Sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky,
* All the nations will mourn.
* The Son of Man will be seen coming in the clouds with power and great Glory.
* He will send his Angel with a loud trumpet call (7th Trumpet)
* They (the Archangels) will gather his Elect from the four winds, from one end of the Heavens to the other.
In Matthew 24:15, Jesus also refers to "the abomination of desolation" that Daniel 9:27 says occurs at the "middle of the week" (at the 1260th day) of the 2520 days or the last seven-year period.
Then he shall confirm a Covenant with many for one week; But in the middle of the week He shall bring an end to sacrifice and offering. And on the wing of abominations shall be one who makes desolate,