THE ABOMINATION THAT MAKES DESOLATE! (August, 2006)
PART 2 - SOME CLARITY ON CERTAIN ITEMS...
QUESTIONS AND MISUNDERSTANDINGS?
After the first Article was posted I had some responses that concerned me, and I want to do a better job expounding on this principle of "us" being the "temple of God". I realize that some folks have taken that to mean that I am preaching the doctrine of "replacement theology" or the belief that we Christians have taken the place of Israel as God's chosen children. I utterly reject that doctrine, and I am not preaching it across this site every time I have mentioned the Abomination of Desolation. Here is an email exchange between myself and a reader. I will show the gist of our exchange, (edited a little), and then I will break it down and talk scripture...
Also, AGAIN I am going to use imagery that I think represents the attitudes we are trying to point out and reprove among the Body of Christ! I know I use this one a lot, but it is one very powerful example of what we have been talking about for so long. Some folks tell themselves that this picture exaggerates the issue, but it really doesn't. Had no one mentioned it, a typical Christian in America today would look at that picture and not even give it a second thought. They wouldn't be fazed one bit by the incredible implications of what that picture is saying!
Let's look at the email exchange...
I am so pleased to have you make the connection between the temple of God being his people, not a building. It does however alter the scenario dramatically. I can't say that I do not find it confusing!! .If indeed we are his people Israel, Then who are the present day Jews? If they are his sheep, then why do they not hear his voice? I am sorry to say that I have come to believe that ALL that is visible, whether governments, religions, or nations are indeed controlled by a blanket of deceit. It is a hard reality and I really don't like it!!!!!
Do you think we may be in the tribulation period? Since last year all hell has broken loose in my life.!! I am also a bit frightened to witness to the degree to which my family and friends will go to defend lies so as not to face their own guilt in any circumstance. I see very few who are contrite or remorseful. All around me I see blame-shifting and self-delusion. It is getting a bit old. I cherish the words you write as they represent a sound mind and a person of conscience.
The love of the Lord is in you.
Here was my response to this reader, and I'd like to discuss her comments further....
I hope you are well!
I think you may have mistaken my meaning in some of this... I do not believe in "Replacement Theology" which is a doctrine in which Christians believe that they have replaced Israel as the chosen ones of God. I reject that thinking. We were grafted in by Israel's unbelief and we are eternally indebted to them! THEY WILL SEE, and they will mourn for him whom they have pierced!
What I mean by "we are his temple" is that YOU literally are the "temple of God"... Your mind, body and soul are the three levels of the temple of God of Old testament truth. The Body is the outer courts, the Mind is the inner courts, and the Spirit is the holy of holies, where man and God commune! I believe most folks can not have a fulfilling experience with God because they can not search within themselves due to the fact that they can not get by the second court. Emotions, feelings, intellectual beliefs, and MIND occupation games, played by our enemy to keep us from the INNER COURT.. Also, by shaming the body, and sinning against their own bodies, with physical sin, the inner court gets closed and we are separated from God. Most folks accept these conditions as normal and therefore don't even try to change them, and eventually they have to teach a false gospel to justify their condition!
When I say that the abomination of desolation will take place in the TEMPLE, I mean in Man's SPIRIT! Satan will eventually win this battle of deception in so many people that they will commit the ultimate betrayal in taking the Mark, and at that time the desolation will occur! The spirit of a man will die and the spirit of the lord, which dwells in all men, will depart from it. Then and only then will Satan dwell in the place that GOD should dwell and will take over men's hearts. I believe this is half way through the 7 year period you are talking about, wait until you see how despicable people will be then! You will actually SEE the absence of that spirit in their eyes. And this is what will prompt your words, "Forgive them Father, they know not what they do". At least right now, (in my opinion), people are not there, they actually KNOW in their heart of hearts, (spirit) that you are telling them the truth, but I tell you now the things you are seeing ARE THE BEGINNINGS of the betrayal that will bring this about!
God will bless you with incredible faithfulness and awareness of these things near the time, and you WILL PERSEVERE! Stay close, because that 7 year period is just around the corner! But HALLELUJAH! So is the hope of our salvation... The return of JESUS!
HEAR YE, HEAR YE?
This exchange represents a part of this whole conversation concerning the Abomination of Desolation, that we have been trying to hammer home for over three years now, PLEASE listen carefully to this second part of this article Brothers and Sisters! This is the word of truth that Jesus spoke, the Old Testament confirms, the Disciples and early Christians died for, and that Satan is trying to steal from EVERY American Christian! There are a number of points brought out in this exchange that need addressing!
That some folks think we are saying that Christians or true believers as a whole are now the temple of God, instead of Israel. (known as "Replacement Theology")
This is quite simply NOT the case. As I stated in my response, we have been GRAFTED in to the ONE body of Christ, and that INCLUDES both Israel AND the Church... I believe that the two olive trees are Israel AND the Church, the two candlesticks are Israel AND the Church, and the two witnesses are Israel AND the Church, as signified by the following verses of scripture...
Romans 11:17 And if some of the branches be broken off, and thou, being a wild olive tree, wert grafted in among them, and with them partakest of the root and fatness of the olive tree;
Romans 11:24 For if thou wert cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, and wert grafted contrary to nature into a good olive tree: how much more shall these, which be the natural branches, be grafted into their own olive tree?
Here Paul is making clear by the spirit of Christ, as John did in the Revelation, (Revelation 1:7) and Zachariah did by that selfsame spirit, (Zechariah 12:10) that we are grafted in to the OLIVE TREE, and that Israel will be grafted BACK into that same Olive Tree WHEN THEY SEE THE TRUTH. And he said that just before this verse...
Romans 11:23 And they also, if they abide not still in unbelief, shall be grafted in: for God is able to graft them in again.
Here Paul is saying that if they come to believe, which Zachariah testified that they will, they WILL be grafted back into the Olive Tree. They have lost NOTHING until the judgment seat of Christ takes place. The "vine and the branches" is not the only example in scripture representing the relationship between Men and Christ Brothers and Sisters. Christians have NOT replaced Israel in ANY way. We are eternally indebted to Israel for this reality, and we certainly should not give in to the incredible arrogance that proclaims that we now "take over" their place! In these verses it is made clear that the olive tree is BOTH Israel and Christians. So by NO means are we subscribing to, or preaching in any way the false teaching of "Replacement Theology".
That some folks think we are pointing to a GROUP of people and saying THAT is the temple we speak of...
Again, this is not the case. We are talking about one of the HUGE and major transformations of the Old Covenant to the New Covenant. That the spirit of God no longer dwells in Temples made with hands. We all know and I won't even bother to list the hundreds of scriptural references from the Old Testament that prove the temple was a building, but rather I will make reference to some verses that tell of the end of that state of being.
Probably one of the most significant and powerful transformations of the new covenant is that God now dwells IN OUR BODIES. YOU individually are the Temple of God. Yes that's right I'm not talking right now about the "body of Christ", that is another principle altogether. I am talking about this...
Acts 7:48 Howbeit the most High dwells not in temples made with hands; as saith the prophet, (the prophet he was referencing was the author of Kings, believed to be Jeremiah)
Acts 17:24 God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwells not in temples made with hands;
See what is happening there? This is the book of Acts where the Disciples were preaching the foundational principles of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. This idea that the temple is YOU now and not some building is woven throughout the New Testament. Here are a few examples...
Matthew 26:61 And said, This fellow said, I am able to destroy the temple of God, and to build it in three days. (obviously his body)
1 Corinthians 3:16-17 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.
2 Corinthians 6:16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
So we see and can see from the description in 1st Kings, starting in Chapter 6 that the Temple of God was a building made with hands, and was prepared by men. There were three sections of the temple; the outer court. the middle court, and the most holy place. We also see that now the Lord no longer dwells in buildings made of wood and stone, and it has been totally declared that he now dwells in our HEART. This is where the whole concept of accepting Christ in your heart comes from. It is the act of declaring that the Lord sits in the "most holy place" as ruler in HIS TEMPLE, (Your body).
Let's talk a little about the Temple of God of the Old Testament, and how we can learn from it concerning our bodies, and our current experience with our Lord. Again, as discussed in 1st Kings, starting in Chapter 6, the temple was built with three chambers, or courts. I liken the outer court to our body. It is the outermost part, and is the containment and outer boundaries of the Temple. The "porch" of the Temple if you will. The second court of the temple I liken to the mind of man. It is the inner workings of the temple and most of the activity in the temple occurs in this court. As in our mind, which runs the body, most activity of our living, and choosing, and decisions making processes, and the forming of opinions and beliefs. Emotions, feelings, imaginations, thoughts, utterances, and the essence of who each man is are developed and cultivated here. The inner most court, we would have to liken to the spirit of man. I believe that this is as difficult a place to enter as the inner court of the temple was. It is almost impossible for those too occupied with the middle and outer courts to ever find, or enter the holy place. It is a place we must seek after, dwell on, contemplate, long for, pray for, and ask the Lord's help to enter. We need to realize how deep in our conscious this place is, and to seek after it daily. Prayer, meditation before and on the Lord happens here, and eventually, after seeking and finding, this is the place we meet and commune with God. If we don't spend a lot of time here, we will lose our way to this place. We will lose the cloud of his presence and we will find ourselves without direction and focus.
There are so many ways that the body of a man is like the Temple of God, that it is an amazing and awesome thing, that the new covenant is the way it is. For those who used to say that the Bible was a "made up" and fictional book, I say you just can't make this stuff up! It is so amazing and powerful! Now let's look at the last part of my response...
That we say when we discuss the "Abomination of Desolation" we are talking about the "Son of Perdition" taking a place in the Temple of MEN'S HEARTS...
Now, considering that whole concept, what does that say about this verse of scripture?
2 Thessalonians 2:1-5 Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; Who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sits in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God. Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things?
What is the real picture being drawn there Brothers and Sisters? I believe that in light of all of this information we have discussed, it means that a world leader, extremely powerful and influential enters into PEOPLE'S HEARTS and his word, will, and designs take a place OVER the word and will of God in PEOPLE'S hearts. Do you now see what I am saying? This one will utter things like "the people listen to me more than anyone, including God". He will "show himself that he is God". He will be the one we all have known as the Son of Perdition or the Antichrist. People, by believing his words, and by CHOOSING to place his words above and let them take precedence over God's word commit a betrayal of the highest order. They more and more as the days pass let his words tread over the word of God, and according to the scripture, at one point the Desolation will occur. This allowing his words and will to be over and above the words and will of God is here in these verses described as a "falling away". So maybe one can now start to comprehend why we get so concerned when we see folks giving Caesar, whether its George W Bush or anyone else for that matter and their designs and policies precedence over the word and will of God!
This IS what we see American Christians doing in the world today. They are placing the principles of "preemptive strike" (a George Bush principle), The principle of "killing your enemy", (an American principle), and the "right to defend even when not actually attacked" principle (a western society principle), a place in their hearts OVER the will and word of God... Over the following....
Matthew 5:44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
Matthew 5:9 Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.
Matthew 5:7 Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
Matthew 5:9 Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.
Does any of this sound like the policies that the American Christian stubbornly defends today in SPITE of the word of scripture? How about this one...
John 16:1-2 These things have I spoken unto you, that ye should not be offended. They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service.
Isn't this verse here exactly what Islam does? Isn't this the VERY thing Jesus told us would happen because we are his? Then why does the American Christian get "offended" and go on supporting the killing and bloodshed that is the "War on Terror"? Did Jesus tell us to follow a world leader into the field of battle to kill those who treated us this way? No, in fact he told us to rejoice in that treatment, Love them, and forgive them, because it would be the manifestation of who his children are. Did he tell us to slap that Islamic cheek BEFORE he gets up to slap us?
Come on folks, stop dismissing what I am saying as absurd and THINK ABOUT IT! This is EXACTLY what American Christians are doing today. This is what we are talking about.. What are we talking about? Well, how about these...
Matthew 24:9-13 Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake. And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.
Matthew 24:15-22 When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:) Then let them which be in Judea flee into the mountains: Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house: Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes. And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days! But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the Sabbath day: For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened.
What those two sets of verses right there say to me is that what is happening RIGHT NOW in the world is exactly that! And then on top of that is the following realities.. We are experiencing more Earthquakes, Tsunamis, Volcanic eruptions, Plagues, and all manner of natural disasters, wars, rumors of wars, etc etc. Now its not the fact that these these things are happening a lot, and that folks have always seen things and thought the end was near, but for me its the sheer magnitude of HOW MANY of them and how consistently and frequently they are happening! There are a bunch of other verses in Mathew I could paste there huh? All this coupled with the fact that for the first time in 500 years the Church on a WHOLESALE level has returned to such principles as "the Just War Theory", and that they defend these principles in spite of the weight of New Testament scripture being against them is cause for such AMAZING concern among the Brethren! So if this stuff I have spoken here is for sure, what about her last question?
Do you think we may be in the tribulation period? Since last year all hell has broken loose in my life.!!
I can only give my opinion here, but if Mathew 24: 15 is coming to pass right before our eyes, as I believe it is, and Mathew 24:21 mentions the tribulation she asks about, I would not be able to escape the VERY close proximity of those scriptural predictions of Jesus and the realities in our current world right this minute! I believe that the fulfillment of the whole chapter is under way, and even at the door today and I would tell her, "no I don't believe that we are actually in that seven years right this minute", but I am in no way being matter of fact about the possibility that we are standing at the door of verse 21 and 22...
Matthew 24:21-22 For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened.
We have been discussing what would have to happen to give some folks a cold enough slap in the face to realize, and see what is going on in the world for what it is. Ask yourself that question... What hideous event would need to take place for you to realize that what we are proposing is real? How far would our Government have to go? Or what level of hypocrisy would it need to rise to for folks to raise an eyebrow? Would it need to go beyond the hideous works of the past? Would it need to be worse than anything else that has ever happened in our estimation for it to be what we say it is? Will it take 6 million or more Muslims dead, so it can surpass the holocaust? Would 5.9 Million be our "safe zone"? Does the reality on the ground have to exceed anything in history for us to open our eyes and say, "Wait a minute here, this is getting out of hand". Well unfortunately I would have to say at that point... Just hold on for a short while and it will!
I only hope and pray for all hearing our words that they don't wait too long, because there is still that small matter of the Desolation taking place, where it will be too late to see, and then the Mark will seal the fate of millions! Dear Lord shed light on the words of your Son for the American Christian Church, and the Church around the western world! In his name, Amen!
In Christ, F.E.Reilly