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Our Master predicted the desolation or destruction of the literal city of Jerusalem. Some “twist” or “contort” the words of Jesus and force them to apply to the Kingdom of Christ, ending in 1914. However, a fair reading of the contexts in Luke, Matthew and Mark seem to point to the literal city of Jerusalem. [Matthew 24:15; Mark 13:14; Luke 21:20]
Also our Master seems to point to the prophet Daniel and his prophecy regarding the tribulation and desolation of the holy city Jerusalem. [Matthew 24:15] For example, he likely had in mind the words of Daniel 9:26, “The people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary.” [KJV] There seems a strong likelihood when Jesus refers to “the times of the Gentiles” he means that three and a half year period also mentioned in Daniel 12:7 and elsewhere.
The Jewish historian Josephus of that period describes the Roman war with the Jews particularly between 66-70 A.D. – a three and a half year length of time. The Romans designed coins to commemorate each of these years. Daniel also is given a larger period of tribulation of 2,300 days, ranging from the fall of 66 to the spring of 73 A.D. and the capture of Masada. All of this does not necessarily rule out another or second or great application of the prophetic words regarding another “great tribulation.”
Abba bless you.
— Mark Heber Miller.
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