THE GREAT TRIBULATION
This section will accomplish two things. First, by using the same gospel comparisons that have been used to see the amazing truths of the contradiction riddles, we will see, once again, that the abomination of desolation takes place at the beginning of the church, and actually continues into and through Christianity. And by continuing these gospel comparisons, we will find other amazing truths.
The passages to be compared and examined are the related accounts of Matthew 24, Mark 13, and Luke 21, where we find Yahshua’s reply to when the temple will be destroyed and what will be the time of His coming. Clearly, this speaks to more than just what took place in 70 A.D. It is not the natural temple that Yahshua has concern for, but the spiritual temple that is built with living stones. What we will find now is that the real message of these passages is not in what they simply say as written parables, but even moreso the truth that is revealed in the differences, or even contradictions, of these accounts.
We cannot provide these chapters to you in their entirety to read here, but will only address the specific verses that will be compared. To read these chapters in full, read them out of your own Bible. We will be quoting from the NAS, with some changes, as it offers the more accurate translation of the Scriptures from the Greek – though as we have repeatedly seen, neither is it always correct. We will begin by quoting the passage that was cited at the opening of this writing. From Matthew 24:15 and 21 we read:
“Therefore when you see the abomination of desolation which was spoken of through Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place (let the reader understand) …. For then there will be a great tribulation, such as has not occurred since the beginning of the world until now, nor ever will.”
The term “great tribulation” is only used here and in the two verses we just examined – Revelation 2:22 and 7:14.
In Mark 13:14 and 19 we read the like message:
“But when you see the abomination of desolation standing where it should not be (let the reader understand)…. For those days will be a tribulation such as has not occurred since the beginning of the creation which God created until now, and never will.”
You will notice that both Matthew and Mark address the abomination of desolation, as well as the tribulation, Matthew calling it the “great tribulation.” It is important to remember here that Matthew attests to the first Remnant, Mark to Christianity, and Luke attests to the second Remnant. This is incredibly consistent, and its validation is laid out in The Key To Their Understanding.
Thus we see here that First Remnant Matthew attests to the abomination of desolation and the great tribulation, and Christianity Mark attests to the abomination of desolation and tribulation as well. This is remarkably appropriate, for as we have seen, this is the time of the fulfillment of both of these. Therefore, what then does second Remnant Luke, the work that reverses the curse, cutting that period short and stopping the desolation, attest to? In Luke 21:20 and 22 we read:
“But when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then recognize that her desolation is near. …because these are days of vindication/justice, so that all things which are written will be fulfilled.”
Though “desolation” is spoken of, Luke is quite different in its message. First, the term used in both Matthew and Mark – the abomination of desolation – is decidedly absent in Luke. There is no abomination of desolation in the second Remnant. For one, Yahshua Himself provides a man in the office of Judas according to His will, timing, and provision (John 16:12-15). Also, there is no mention whatsoever of tribulation! Instead, there is vindication!
In the NAS, the word they use for “vindication” is inappropriately “vengeance.” But the same Greek word used here, “ekdikesis,” is used in Luke 18:7 and 8 where it is translated “justice”:
“… will not God bring about justice for His elect who cry to Him day and night, and will He delay long over them? I tell you that He will bring about justice for them quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?”
In Matthew 24:22, we find that the entire purpose for cutting the great tribulation short is indeed for the sake of the elect:
“… but for the sake of the elect those days will be cut short.”
In Luke 21:22, we read that “these are days of justice, so that all things which are written will be fulfilled.” And Luke 18:7-8 combines both of these to tell us that Yahweh God is bringing “about justice for His elect who cry to Him day and night,” and He will not “delay long over them, but “will bring about justice” for them quickly. This is what we need and must have today – a quick work for the second Remnant elect, bringing days of justice!
Without question, the message of second Remnant Luke is decidedly different from the preceding two. And look once again at the closing of each of these statements, even the outcome of these three Gospel messages. In Matthew 24:21, the conclusion is:
“… great tribulation, such as has not occurred since the beginning of the world until now, nor ever will.”
In Mark 13:19, the like message is:
“… tribulation such as has not occurred since the beginning of the creation which God created until now, and never will.”
But once again the message in Luke, 21:22, is remarkably different, offering great hope instead of sorrow in the world:
“… vindication/justice, so that all things which are written will be fulfilled.”
Therefore, in Matthew and Mark, we see testified the abomination of desolation that leads to tribulation, even the great tribulation. Whereas in Luke we see testified desolation that leads to justice for the elect, “so that all things which are written will be fulfilled.”
So once again we find, now in the contradiction riddles of the Gospels, added evidence that the abomination of desolation takes place in the church, effecting the great tribulation:
10. The contradiction riddle of Matthew, Mark, and Luke attests that the abomination of desolation, as well as the great tribulation, takes place in the first Remnant and Christianity, whereas vindication/justice comes about with the second Remnant.
Let us continue with these revealing comparisons. We just noted that the days of the abomination of desolation of the church have to be cut short for the sake of the elect. Once again a comparison of these three gospels prophesies not only this fact, but even its administration.
In Matthew 24:22, immediately after stating in verse 21 that “there will be great tribulation,” we read:
“Unless those days had been cut short, no life would have been saved; but for the sake of the elect those days will be cut short.”
Then in Mark 13:20, equally following the statement in verse 19 that “those days will be a tribulation,” we read the like message:
“Unless the Lord had shortened those days, no life would have been saved; but for the sake of the elect, whom He chose, He shortened the days.”
We know that the days spoken of here are the 3,000 years of the abomination of desolation, the great tribulation, the three hours of darkness, which would last for their entire tenure unless Yahweh sends the Elijah and stops this great and terrible day. So, since the second Remnant is in fact the Elijah work, would this not be evidenced in Luke? Indeed so. Therefore, what we find is that following the subject passage in Luke regarding vindication, there is no mention at all of this Luke period being cut short. That message is totally absent! Why? Because there is no abomination of desolation or great tribulation to cut short. That period is relegated to the first Remnant and Christianity. It is their period that must be cut short – so it is not mentioned at all in Luke.
Occupying this comparative place instead, very significantly, is a passage that is appropriately found solely in Luke. But when you read this, once again realize that the “Jerusalem” Yahshua speaks of is certainly not that literal city. Natural Jerusalem was only a type of a greater fulfillment. Yahshua always spoke in parables, and Jerusalem was no exception to this. The Jerusalem He speaks of is the kingdom of heaven that He prematurely began here on earth. Thus, in Luke 21:24 we read:
… Jerusalem will be trodden down by the nations until the times of the nations are completed.
This is undoubtedly the most important statement of our time! Nothing at this time could impact the world more than this governmental conclusion. No longer would the nations have the legal right to rule over the kingdom, but the kingdom would have the legal right to rule over the nations. And again, this vital proclamation is solely identified with and related to the Luke second Remnant. Furthermore, this is stated here in clear contrast to Matthew and Mark’s need to cut their days short for the sake of the elect.
We already noted in Revelation 2:24-28 that this promise regarding the nations is to those who reject the teachings of Jezebel – “to him I will give authority over the nations” – and that today is the fulfillment of this test, specifically for the Elijah. It is quite fitting for this passage regarding the times of the nations being completed to be recorded solely here in Luke, especially in contrast to the time of the first Remnant and Christianity being cut short. It is a fulfillment that can only take place now, at the conclusion of the 6,000 years when Passover and Trumpets/Tabernacles, as well as the nations and the kingdom of heaven, can be flipped back so that the latter can take their rightful place of being first/foremost. Only now can the original flip be reversed, and only in second Remnant Luke is this promise regarding the times of the nations being completed testified to.
What we have seen evidenced thus far is that Matthew and Mark consistently reveal the same testimony in these chapters; and Luke is not only different in content, but also in message. The reason for this is not by accident, for concerning the desolation of the church and its restoration by the second Remnant, the first Remnant and Christianity together occupy the first “two parts,” identified in Zechariah 13:8 as those who are “cut off and die.” It is the third part that is distinctly different, the part that is identified in Luke.
In further like testimony, what is the warning to these first two Matthew and Mark parts, in contrast to the Luke work? In Matthew 24:5 we read:
“For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will mislead many.”
In like message, we read in Mark 13:6:
“Many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am He!,’ and will mislead many.”
Thus we see the message in both the Matthew first Remnant and Mark Christianity, that they will be mislead. So what then is the corollary message in second Remnant Luke, who is the Zerah light work? In Luke 21:8 we see a message that is quite encouraging for this time:
“See to it that you are not misled; for many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am He,’ and, ‘The time is near.’ Do not go after them.”
The message for the first Remnant and Christianity is that they will be mislead, which has certainly been the case. But the message to the second Remnant is to not go after this deception. The time that Christians teach is at hand is great wrath and distress; but we cannot go after these teachings. They read these passages and think that it is natural wrath and a natural beast and natural Jerusalem, when it is not at all. These are only pictures and parables; and the time before us is the promised restoration of all things, preparing the way for Yahshua’s return. Elijah must first prepare the way – and that Elijah is the promised Luke second Remnant who is not mislead.
The next revealing difference in these three Gospels is regarding the priceless quality of endurance. In Matthew 24:13 we read:
“But the one who endures to the end, he will be saved.”
And likewise with the same message, in Mark 13:13 we read:
“You will be hated by all because of My name, but the one who endures to the end, he will be saved.”
But, as in all of these accounts, Luke 21:19 bears a different and highly relevant message:
“By your endurance you will gain your lives.”
It is one thing to be saved, and yet die; and quite another to gain your life and not die. This seems to be the message here, one that is consistent with the contrast between the first Remnant and the body of Christ who are “cut off and die,” and the Elijah second Remnant who do not die but ascend alive.
Here is another interesting comparison. In first Remnant Matthew 24:28, we read a most unusual statement made by Yahshua:
“Wherever the dead corpse  is, there the eagles will gather.”
Yet in Luke 17:37, we find a completely different meaning in the same account.
“Where the living body  is, there also the eagles will be gathered.”
This statement is not recorded in Mark. What can these marked differences mean? In context, both of these statements have to do with Yahshua’s return. In Matthew, the issue is relative to a dead corpse; whereas in Luke it is a living body. Undoubtedly, the simplest answer to this is the first resurrection. Is Christianity in the first resurrection? No. Their resurrection is not for another 3,000 years. Therefore, we see that this promise of being with Yahshua, being an eagle who ascends to Him, is not found in Mark. So who is the dead corpse in Matthew? This is the first Remnant, who are indeed dead, but are numbered as the awaiting Moses work. They are those of whom it is written in 1 Thessalonians 4:16 – “the dead in Christ will rise first.” So who then are those who are the living bodies in Luke? They are, of course, the living Elijah work who do not die but ascend alive. As 1 Thessalonians 4:17 then adds, “Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord.”
Thus we see the two parties that are in the first resurrection: the Matthew first Remnant who are dead, and the Luke second Remnant who are alive at the time of His calling. These are the eagles who gather to be with Yahshua. Likewise, it is very telling that this is not recorded in Christianity Mark, for they will not be in the first resurrection. There are no eagles gathering in Mark.
Also, it is noteworthy that, as evidenced here, one cannot say that Matthew and Mark or simply similar accounts. For here we see that when the message needs to be the similarity of the first and second Remnants, that message prophesies as well, once again confirming the key to their understanding.
Next is a highly revealing comparison. In Matthew 24:35, Mark 13:31, and Luke 21:33, we find the identical statement in each verse:
“Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away.”
That consistent anchor statement is the doorway to a most interesting and hope-filled contradiction riddle. First, in the very next verse in Matthew 24:36, that statement is followed with:
“But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone.”
In Mark 13:32, that statement is then followed with:
“But of that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone.”
But in Luke 21:34-35, as usual it is different, remarkably different! Instead of first Remnant Matthew’s and Christianity Mark’s statement that they will not know the day or the hour, second Remnant Luke not only gives an entirely different conclusion, but adds a warning regarding being ready for that day:
“Be on guard, so that your hearts will not be weighted down with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of life, and that day will not come on you suddenly like a trap; for it will come upon all those who dwell on the face of all the earth.”
Did the first Remnant or does Christianity know the time of Yahshua’s coming? As we read here, they have not known and do not know. But even as Elijah knew the time of his catching up, so the Elijah second Remnant will know their time. The Bride’s instruction is to “be on guard.” As Yahshua’s bride, we are to make ourselves ready (Revelation 19:7).
In like testimony, in Matthew 24:42, the first Remnant’s specific message continues:
“Therefore be on the alert, for you do not know which day your Lord is coming.”
And in like consistent and affirming testimony, Christianity Mark 13:35-36 then adds:
“Therefore, be on the alert--for you do not know when the master of the house is coming, whether in the evening, at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or in the morning – in case he should come suddenly and find you asleep.”
But adding even more hope and expectation for the Remnant, Luke 21:36 then adds:
“But keep on the alert at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that are about to take place, and to stand before the Son of Man.”
This sleep that Mark Christianity is under is likewise seen on the mount of transfiguration and in the garden at Gethsemane where three-part Peter, James, and John were sleeping. Thus far, 2,000 years of Christians are asleep; and if Yahweh did not cut time short, all three of these Peter, James, and Johns would sleep. But once again you will notice the consistent difference between Matthew and Mark, versus Luke. Second Remnant Luke always offers hope and promise that we escape, and even cut short, the great tribulation, and stand before the Son of Man in heaven.
There is so very much more that could be covered in this examination, but hopefully you see that the truth given in these accounts is in the parables, in the contradictions. Regarding some of the other passages, do you really think that when Yahshua said that “the sun will be darkened and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will be falling from heaven, and the powers that are in the heavens will be shaken” (Mark 13:24-25), that this could actually be literal? There is no way this could or will literally take place. They are prophetic. These things are no more literal than when we read in Revelation 12:1 that a woman was clothed in the sun, had the moon under her feet, and on her head was a crown of twelve stars, a third of which are swept away by Satan’s tail. These are all like parables.
Likewise, when we read that when they see the abomination of desolation they are to flee to the mountains, etc. (Matthew 24:16-20, Mark 13:15-18, or Luke 21:21), that too is no more literal than it will be that the temple is rebuilt. Let’s get realistic! Who in Jerusalem could flee into the mountains around that city and escape? Number one, they could never flee. That area is highly restricted and controlled. They would have to cross into Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, or the hostile West Bank to flee to literal mountains. And there is no place that anyone can hide in those areas. One jet and you’re toast! Clearly, this is a parable.
When faced with the choice between evolution and creation, it has been noted that it takes more faith to believe in evolution, because it just is not possible. Believing in a literal temple and all of these literal scenarios, including the scenarios with the sun, moon, and stars, is like believing in evolution – it is just not possible. It is forced belief, a willful choice of ignorance.
Likewise, to think that today someone would actually be grinding at a mill or working in a field, is no more literal than it is when Yahshua next stated that “Where the body is, there also the eagles will be gathered.” If you are going to make the bed, field, and grinding place literal, then you have to make the eagles literal. So, what Yahshua is really concerned about is gathering together a great aviary!
Or when He said that when the Son of Man is revealed, the one who is on a housetop is not to go into the house or the man in the field is to not turn back, these are all parables.
Yahshua wanted no one to know what would take place during this time of His return and the establishment of His kingdom until its consummation, so He spoke everything in parables. And carnal-minded Christians have done exactly what those parables were intended to do – they took the word of God, processed it with the flesh, made everything literal, and served their dung to others. No one anticipated that when the Messiah came the first time that He would come as He did and be killed. It caught everyone by surprise. So once again it will be with Christian teachings. Christians are nowhere near the truth, but are natural-minded and can only try to compose all of these natural science fiction accounts in order to explain what are spiritual truths.
Again, the truth in these accounts is in the parables, the contradiction riddles in a comparison of Matthew, Mark, and Luke – consistent, highly revealing, and confirming truth.
MORE GOSPEL COMPARISONS
Let us examine another revealing gospel comparison, this time regarding this matter of our ascension into heaven to receive immortal bodies. Again, as is consistently evidenced, Matthew attests to the first Remnant, Mark to Christianity, and Luke to the second Remnant. We will consider Yahshua’s words concerning the days of Noah and Lot, as well as the familiar messages regarding two in the field, at the mill, and in bed, where one is taken and one is left. Once again Christianity does with these verses that which they are limited to – analyzing them with the carnal mind and drawing false conclusions.
Following are these subject like verses in Matthew and Luke. Once again on this event Mark is silent. These verses are equally corrected so as to make them consistent with the original Greek. Also, you will notice that Luke 17:36 is in brackets. That verse is not found in the older manuscripts, but was added later evidently as an attempt to try to conform these three gospels to say the same thing. But of course we find that it is in these clear contradictions that Yahweh speaks in revealing parables. Also, the passages in Luke that are not in Mark are identified with the verse number in bold.
37. “For the coming of the Son of Man will be like the days of Noah.
38. “For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark,
39. and they did not understand until the flood came and took them all; so will the coming of the Son of Man be.
40. “Then there will be two in the field; one is taken and one is left.
41. “Two will be grinding at the mill; one is taken and one is left.”
26. “And as it happened in the days of Noah, so it will be also in the days of the Son of Man:
27. they were eating, they were drinking, they were marrying, they were being given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all.
28. “Likewise, as it was in the days of Lot, they were eating, they were drinking, they were buying, they were selling, they were planting, they were building;
29. but on the day that Lot went out from Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all.
30. “It will be just the same on the day that the Son of Man is revealed.
31. “On that day, the one who is on the housetop and whose goods are in the house must not go down to take them out; and likewise the one who is in the field must not turn back.
32. “Remember Lot's wife.
33. “Whoever seeks to keep his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life will preserve it.
34. “I tell you, on that night there will be two in one bed; one will be taken and the other will be left.
35. “There will be two grinding at the same place; one will be taken and the other will be left.
36. [“Two will be in the field; one will be taken and the other will be left.”]
37. And answering they said to Him, “Where, Lord?” And He said to them, “Where the living body is, there also the eagles will be gathered.”
First, as clearly stated and testified in both, these accounts reveal what takes place at the time of Yahshua’s return. In this regard, it is quite revealing that even as the account regarding the eagles was not in Christianity Mark, so once again these accounts regarding those who are taken up to be with Yahshua are completely absent in Mark. Clearly, Christianity will not be a part of the first resurrection. Their resurrection, the second resurrection, will not take place for 3,000 years, following their own Elijah period. Therefore, we do not find these accounts in Mark. This is a clear message once again regarding this oft evidenced fact.
Next, in regard to Christianity’s holocaust wrath that they say will take place just before Yahshua’s return, these passages prove this not to be true. We read here that “so will the coming of the Son of Man be,” and “It will be just the same on the day that the Son of Man is revealed.” So, did Yahshua describe here great holocaust before His coming? Not in the least! But instead, He said that it would be business as usual: “as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage,” and “they were eating, they were drinking, they were buying, they were selling, they were planting, they were building.” How can there be the holocaust that Christians say, when what Yahshua describes here is complete normalcy? The reason for the differences in these two accounts versus others in Revelation, is that the desolation spoken of is to His kingdom, and it has been taking place for 2,000 years. So in conclusion, we see that Yahshua’s return will be during a state of normalcy.
Let us now examine the interesting differences in these two accounts. First, let us note that, as in the matter regarding the first Remnant not knowing the day or the hour of Yahshua’s return, only in Matthew is it stated that the people “did not understand.” This is clearly the case in the time of the first Remnant, for neither the first Remnant nor Christians understood. As Yahshua said, “I have many more things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now” (John 16:12). When you read the writings of the New Testament, they anticipated that Yahshua’s return was at hand. But obviously they were wrong.
But this statement concerning not understanding is not in Luke, for clearly we will know and will understand. For example, many Christians espouse a “secret rapture” when suddenly they will ascend. But how can this be if there must first come the Elijah who will prepare Yahshua’s way? Also, that Elijah must “restore all things.” If an Elijah is doing all of these things, then how can the ascending alive be secret, or even Yahshua’s return be unexpected? According to the prophetic testimony of Yahshua’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem, the Elijah work cannot be ignored, nor can their herald be misunderstood regarding the Messiah’s coming. Jerusalem knew He was coming, and the world will know as well. Also, in the time of Noah, they obviously knew what this “preacher of righteousness” (2 Peter 2:5) was declaring would take place. Thus, neither did Noah have a secret rapture. How does one hide an ark? And neither will the ark being built today be hidden.
Let us now look at the stated effects of Noah’s flood. In Matthew 24:39, we read that this normalcy was not interrupted “until the day that Noah entered the ark, and they did not understand until the flood came and took them all.” The question that has to be asked here is: Who did the flood take away? When you look at the like Luke account, you could say that the ones taken away were those who did not understand. But the sentence structure also supports that they did not believe until those in the ark were taken away. The Greek word for “took” is “airo,” and can mean to take up or to take away. If this passage was referring to the ark, then to take up is quite fitting. But if it was referring to those who did not believe, then to take away is quite fitting.
In contrast, in Luke 17:29 the parallel statement is very clear: “the flood came and destroyed them all”; and likewise in Sodom, “it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all.”
So we now have some questions to answer. What do these differing messages speak regarding the outcome of the flood in Matthew that lifts up/away, and the flood, as well as the fire, in Luke that destroys? We have already noted that the absence of this account in Mark clearly speaks to there being no flood, or fire, in Christianity. But also, do these events taking place in first Remnant Matthew and second Remnant Luke look to wrath? Let us begin by addressing this last question.
There is a very important truth concerning Yahweh that we need to recognize, and that is the Elijah principle. Here is that principle:
Evil is an Elijah that prepares the way for good; it pays the price.
Consider the ways of Yahweh. Everything He does for good comes out of or is birthed by evil, whether it be the evil of this first heavens and earth, or Satan, or darkness, or a seed sown into the ground, or the great and terrible wilderness, or Saul, or Christianity, or these earthly bodies, or the agony and pain of bearing a child, or suffering, or Judas, or natural Jerusalem, or the 3,000 slain on the first Pentecost, or Jezebel, or Noah’s flood, or the fire that fell on Sodom, and the list could go on and on. Everything good is preceded by, foreshadowed, paid for, and the way prepared by evil.
Let us look more specifically at the Elijah. First, the one who had the spirit of Elijah, John the Baptist, prepared the way for Yahshua and baptized Him into death. Immediately afterwards, Yahshua was led by the Holy Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil for forty days and forth nights where He neither ate nor drank. John was a type of what the true Elijah would effect. Judas evidenced evil as the first Elijah, so as to baptize Yahshua into death. But that evil prepared the way for ultimate good, for it was necessary in order to deliver man from his sins and reveal that Yahshua had the power of an indestructible life. The office of Elijah then went to Satan, and he too evidenced evil in likewise baptizing the body of Christ into death, and has afflicted them in the great and terrible wilderness for forty Jubilee waiting periods. But once again evil is used to prepare the way for good – the Millennial kingdom.
Today, this still holds true for the present-day Elijah, for in preparing the way for Yahshua’s return, Yahweh will use evil – men in carnal bodies which Paul aptly identifies as the seat of sin (Romans 7:14, 18-19, 24). But there will be one vital difference now, and that is that death and burial have taken place, and it is time for resurrection. Remember, there is only one way to receive overcoming resurrection life, and that is by the evil of death and burial. Someone will always pay the price – either yourself or another on your behalf – but there is only one path to resurrection.
As has been stated in preceding writings, the ways of Yahweh are replicable. And if this Elijah principle is a way of Yahweh, as we are seeing, then we should find it evidenced in Yahshua as well, and we do. As you will see, Yahshua Himself performed His own Elijah work – effecting and fulfilling a like death work, thereby preparing the way for the life work. In Matthew 17:12, we read in a more literal translation:
“… I say to you that Elijah already came, and they recognize him not, but do to him whatever they wish. Likewise, the Son of Man is going to suffer at their hands.”
If you compare this verse to that in your own Bible, you will notice that the tenses here are probably different. Words here like “do” and “wish” are aorist tense in this passage. Aorist is an unqualified past tense of a verb without reference to duration or completion of the action. In other words, it is ongoing. In contrast, words like “did” and “wished” are past tense, which were not used in this verse. This is quite consistent with that which Yahshua said here, for He noted that John, in one sense, was an Elijah; but clearly He identified with him as well. In fact, He compared Himself with Elijah. Why? Because Yahshua was going to perform His own work as an Elijah by taking on the sin of man, becoming sin on his behalf, and thereby preparing the way for man’s restoration, as well as the restoration of the kingdom. Therefore, we see that Yahshua performed an Elijah work also – preceding, paying the price for, and preparing the way for man and His kingdom.
There is another way of looking at this Elijah principle as well, and that is that everything in the ways of Yahweh have two sides to them – the negative destruction, and the reverse which is its fulfillment in the positive. For example, 3,000 were slain at Sinai at the first ever Pentecost (Exodus 32:28), whereby on the first Pentecost in the church, 3,000 came into the kingdom (Acts 2:41). Again, evil (the death of 3,000) paid the price for good.
A most hope-filled and encouraging example of this at this time is Yahweh’s way of doing something before the time. Several of these were noted in the opening of The New Millennial Calendar. Two examples of this are Saul and Yahshua’s first coming. Both of these were early, before the time, and both brought failure and death. But once again, the way of Yahweh is that the first is an Elijah that is evil and even death, but pays the price for and brings the promised good. For example, Saul was a premature early work that failed; but when you read the promise to Saul, who would not want to experience a fulfilled good Saul work? In 1 Samuel 10:6 we read Samuel’s words to Saul: “Then the Spirit of Yahweh will come upon you mightily, and you will prophesy with them and be changed into another man.” In verses 10-11 we then read the fulfillment:
When they came to the hill there, behold, a group of prophets met him; and the Spirit of God came upon him mightily, so that he prophesied among them. It came about, when all who knew him previously saw that he prophesied now with the prophets, that the people said to one another, “What has happened to the son of Kish? Is Saul also among the prophets?”
This is precisely what we need today – for Yahshua to perform an early work, for the Spirit of Yahweh to come upon us, and for us to prophecy truth and become another man. For 2,000 years the church has experienced a work that was early, before the time, and has thereby been a death work. What do we need now? We are desperate for another work that is equally early, before the time; but this one is to be the fulfillment made possible because of the price paid by the preceding death period. We desperately need this fulfillment whereby Yahweh shortens time, Yahshua comes early, and the Spirit of Yahweh comes upon us mightily and we prophecy and become another man. Thus we see that the price is paid by the failure work, which is an Elijah that prepares the way for the fulfilling work.
In both of these subject accounts in Matthew and Luke, times of destruction are referred to by Yahshua as types of what takes place at His return. The mistake people make though is to assume that the like wrath will occur. What if a prophet had spoken beforehand concerning the church’s Pentecost, saying – It will be as in the days of Moses when 3,000 were slain by the sword? What then would teachers have anticipated? They too would have expected corruption and deadly wrath. Was there indeed corruption at the beginning of the church? We have just seen that only four days before Pentecost, the apostles had effected the abomination of desolation! Was there evil? Indeed! But the price for good had already been paid by the loss that took place at the first Pentecost.
We see evidenced then the way of Yahweh – He turns evil into good. This is the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. But Yahweh flips this tree as well and, as we saw in all the matters addressed in the opening of The New Millennial Calendar, He brings evil first. The seed of good is sown into evil, and evil prevails. But, evil prevails only for a season; for Yahweh then turns evil into good, as good sprouts out of darkness to become the mature plant and bring forth fruit. Again, evil is an Elijah that prepares the way for good. As it is written in Hosea 2:15, He makes “the valley of Achor as a door of hope.” “Achor” means “affliction, sorrow, trouble.” Or, we see the same thing written in Hosea 6:1-3, specifically regarding the 3,000 years of the church:
“Come, let us return to Yahweh. For He has torn us, but He will heal us; He has wounded us, but He will bandage us. He will revive us after two days; He will raise us up on the third day, that we may live before Him. So let us know, let us press on to know Yahweh. His going forth is as certain as the dawn; and He will come to us like the rain, like the spring rain watering the earth.”
Thus, evil prepares the way for, is the door for, good. The first heavens and earth prepare the way for the new heavens and new earth. Satan is replaced by the Bride. Darkness gives way to the true light of Yahshua’s presence. The seed sown in darkness brings forth “the blade, then the head, then the mature grain in the head” (Mark 4:28). The great and terrible wilderness affords entrance into the promised land. Saul gives way to David. Christianity gives way to the glorified Remnant. These earthly bodies are replaced by glorified incorruptible bodies. The agony and pain of bearing a child prepares the way for the birth of the child, and as Yahshua declared, “Whenever a woman is in labor she has pain, because her hour has come; but when she gives birth to the child, she no longer remembers the anguish because of the joy that a child has been born into the world.”
Suffering gives way to joy. Judas is replaced by the fulfilling Elijah. Natural Jerusalem is fulfilled by Jerusalem above. The 3,000 slain on the first Pentecost were fulfilled by the 3,000 on the day of Pentecost. Jezebel becomes the Bride who provides the garden for the body of Christ. And yes, Noah’s flood and the fire of Sodom become good as well, as we will now address. Everything good is preceded by, foreshadowed, paid for, and the way prepared by evil. This is the good actually testified in Matthew 24:37-41 and Luke 17:26-35:
The flood that covered the earth, destroying man, is fulfilled by Yahweh’s glory that covers the earth and transforms man; and
The fire that destroyed Sodom, is fulfilled by the baptism of fire that Yahshua kindles on the earth.
In Zechariah 4, we see that the two Remnant – the two sons of fresh oil – are formed by the former and the latter rains. These are the two outpourings of the Holy Spirit which are attested to by the flood spoken of in Matthew 24:37-41 and the flood spoken of in Luke 17:26-35. This is likewise the rain promised in Hosea 6:1-3 on the third day – the Millennial reign – that waters the earth and raises the Remnant up, bringing Yahshua’s return so that “we may live before Him.” And very worthy to note, this is the flood spoken of in Daniel 9:26-27 that brings to an end the desolation of the kingdom of heaven on earth that has taken place for 2,000 years – “the end will come with a flood.”.
But once again, Christianity does not receive this fresh oil, therefore this account is not found in Mark. And what do we see testified here that makes the latter rain different from the former? The answer is in Luke 17:26-37 – the fire! While Matthew 24:37-41 speaks only of the floodwaters of Noah, Luke 17:26-37 speaks of both these waters, as well as the fire of Sodom.
The fire that fell on Sodom killed and destroyed them; yet John proclaimed that Yahshua would baptize in “the Holy Spirit and fire” (Matthew 3:11 and Luke 3:16), and that He came to cast fire upon the earth. In fact, even as we see in Luke alone this testimony regarding the fire marking the time of Yahshua’s return, so His desire to kindle that fire is recorded in Luke alone. In Luke 12:49 we read His words:
“I have come to cast fire upon the earth; and how I wish it were already kindled!”
Therefore, both the testimony of fire coming on Sodom in Luke, as well as Yahshua’s desire to kindle the fire in Luke, evidence that the time for this fire is in the Millennial reign. It is the promised and much needed baptism in the Holy Spirit and fire. Thus we see evidenced in Matthew a baptism in water only – Noah’s flood; but in Luke we see evidenced both a baptism in water and fire.
John the Baptist’s baptism solely in water led to Yahshua going into the wilderness, evidencing death. And John clearly stated that he needed the baptism that Yahshua would bring – the baptism of the Holy Spirit and fire. We know that in the Millennial reign, the flood that covers the earth is the flood of His glory (Numbers 14:21, Psalm 72:19, Habakkuk 2:14). And we are also told in Zechariah 13:7-9 that the third part of the church will be “brought through the fire.” But what is the purpose of this fire? Is it to destroy the church and bring wrath on the earth? Not at all, for we are told regarding that fire that it would “refine them as silver is refined, and test them as gold is tested. They will call on My name, and I will answer them; I will say, ‘They are My people,’ and they will say, ‘Yahweh is my God.’” And again, this is the third day spoken of in Hosea 6:1-3 where Yahweh will heal us and bandage us.
This third-day Millennial fire is equally testified in the freewill offering, as we read in Leviticus 7:16-17:
“But if the sacrifice of his offering is a votive [vow] or a freewill offering, it shall be eaten on the day that he offers his sacrifice, and on the next day what is left of it may be eaten; but what is left over from the flesh of the sacrifice on the third day shall be burned with fire.”
Also quite hopeful regarding this third day, as a message to the nations, Yahshua sent word to Herod, the governor of Galilee:
“Behold, I cast out demons and perform cures today and tomorrow, and the third day I reach My goal” (Luke 13:32).
This third day is the day in which Yahshua reaches two (of many) goals – finally kindling the fire that He longed to begin, and the nations no longer having authority over the kingdom of heaven; but rather, the kingdom having authority over the nations. In this third day, Yahshua will rule over the Herods.
Also, you will recall from Luke 17:29 that it “rained fire and brimstone from heaven.” Is this not a testimony of the latter rain from heaven as well? In fact, the Greek word for “brimstone” is “theion,” which comes from the word “theios.” What does “theios” mean? It means “divine,” as used in 2 Peter 1:4:
For by these He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises, so that by them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world by lust.
This is exactly what the latter rain must accomplish. It must accomplish for the good, in a thorough and complete purification and cleansing, that which is evidenced by the price that was paid at Sodom. And this cleansing must come from the same source – from heaven where Yahweh God (Theos) abides.
In like regard, the “preacher of righteousness” spoken of in Noah, must proclaim Yahweh’s cleansing message. This is the Elijah work who bears the message – “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” And as addressed regarding the 1,335 days from Yahshua’s baptism by John, this is the Elijah who is a prophet like Moses and brings times of refreshing (Acts 3:19-23). This is equally the message of the spirit of truth sent in the Millennial age to “reprove the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment” (John 14:16, 16:8).
Thus we see in second Remnant Luke 17:26-37 the testimony of the baptism in the Holy Spirit and fire – Noah’s flood and the fire that came on Sodom. This is in contrast to first Remnant Matthew 24:37-41 that attests solely to the baptism in the Holy Spirit. Evidenced by John the Baptist’s baptism solely in water and Yahshua going into the wilderness, as well as the fact that Matthew has only the testimony of water baptism, we see that the baptism in water alone for the first Remnant equally led into the wilderness experience for the church for 2,000 years. But Yahshua said He desired for the fire to be kindled, and it appears that today is that day.
Concluding this matter, we quote from 2 Peter 2:1-10, where once again we find the like two testimonies pointing to this promised latter rain baptism in the Holy Spirit and fire – Noah’s flood and the fire of Sodom. Also, you will recognize that this first portion was referenced in the previous section regarding the mystery of lawlessness within the church. In fact, this passage ties together into one testimony the mystery of lawlessness and its end coming with the baptism in the Holy Spirit and fire. Once again, this message is directed completely at the church. The blind error of Christians is to relegate this judgment to the nations, when in fact it is relative to themselves!
But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will also be false teachers among you, who will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing swift destruction upon themselves. Many will follow their sensuality, and because of them the way of the truth will be maligned; and in their greed they will exploit you with false words; their judgment from long ago is not idle, and their destruction is not asleep.
For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but cast them into hell and committed them to pits of darkness, reserved for judgment; and did not spare the ancient world, but preserved Noah, a preacher of righteousness, with seven others, when He brought a flood upon the world of the ungodly; and if He condemned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah to destruction by reducing them to ashes, having made them an example to those who would live ungodly lives thereafter; and if He rescued righteous Lot, oppressed by the sensual conduct of unprincipled men (for by what he saw and heard that righteous man, while living among them, felt his righteous soul tormented day after day by their lawless deeds), then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from temptation, and to keep the unrighteous under punishment for the day of judgment, and especially those who indulge the flesh in its corrupt desires and despise authority.
This is the great hope of where we are today. Through Yahshua’s baptism in the Holy Spirit and fire, He will rescue the godly from temptation, and reserve for punishment those who indulge in corrupt desires and despise the authority He sends to the earth.
This is the promised baptism spoken of in the passage we carefully examined in Daniel 9:26-27
“… the people of the Prince who shall come will destroy the city and the sanctuary [the kingdom of heaven], and the end will come with a flood; even to the end of the battle, desolations are determined. … and for the overspreading of abominations, He will make desolate, even until the consummation, and that which is determined [the latter rain flood] will be poured out upon the desolate.”
The abomination of the desolation of the church will come to an end with the flood of His Holy Spirit and His fire!
Let us now address the other question brought up earlier in this section, expanding on the effects of this water and fire. We noted that in the Matthew account, the flood either took the ark up or the people away. In the Luke account, clearly the message was that both the flood and the fire “destroyed them all.” Based on the possibility, even likelihood, of a contradiction here, let us consider what is said by the Matthew account meaning that the flood took them up. What then do we have? We have the testimony of a work focusing on just a few – those in the ark. Given that Matthew is to the first Remnant, the impact of the former rain certainly was limited. Next came the breach, and they all went to the grave and were not numbered with the first Remnant.
Thus we see the focus of a very limited scope on the impact of the former rain – the removal of a remnant. But what do we see to be the impact of the latter rain. Knowing now that both the flood and the fire speak of good and not evil, of cleansing and purification, the scope is much broader – “and destroyed them all.”
Let us now get to the specifics of this flood and fire that works for good. In both Noah’s flood, as well as in Sodom, the common testimony of each of these was that a remnant was taken out. We must ask the question then relative to the fulfillment today before Yahshua’s return: Out of what is this remnant taken? There is only one answer – the Remnant is taken out of the body of Christ, Christianity!
We have already seen evidenced that the fire on the third day is for the church, the freewill or votive offering. Yahshua has one primary goal – to cleanse and establish His church. Thus, the floodwater that comes, comes on the church so as to take the Remnant Bride out. And the fire that comes, comes on the church to purify it and bring the Remnant Bride out as well. Will this impact the world? Indeed. But consistent with the purpose and focus of Yahshua, the message here is entirely relevant to the church – His body and His bride. It is the water of the Holy Spirit and the fire of Yahweh that comes to prepare the church for Yahshua’s coming and to call out the Remnant!
And as you will see in the remaining portion of this section, even as in the time of Noah and Lot a separation took place, so we see testified in both of these accounts a separation taking place. This is the separation of the body and the Bride, where the body of Christ will remain here on this earth, and the Bride will ascend alive to meet Yahshua in the air.
Thus we read in Matthew 24:40-41:
40. “Then there will be two in the field; one is taken and one is left.”
41. “Two will be grinding at the mill; one is taken and one is left.”
And in the Luke 17:34-35 we read the like account:
34. “I tell you, on that night there will be two in one bed; one will be taken and the other will be left.”
35. “There will be two grinding at the same place; one will be taken and the other will be left.”
You will notice that we did not add verse 36. As noted, this text is not found in the older manuscripts, so we will not add it here in our study. However, whether present or absent, for the sake of this study, it makes no difference. Also, the genders of men or women are not a part of the original text, so they are not added either.
Once again comparing these two accounts, we find the difference that in Matthew there are two in the field, whereas in Luke there are two in bed. What this might mean, I do not know. Also, in Matthew the two are “grinding at the mill,” and in Luke they are “grinding at the same place.”
But one thing that seems quite clear and is exceptionally confirming is that in the Matthew first Remnant account, the verb tense is present and reads, “one is taken and one is left.” One cannot help but think of the first Remnant who were selected at the time of the writing of Matthew. Therefore, the verb tense is appropriate. On the other hand, in the Luke second Remnant account, the verb tense is future and appropriately reads, “one will be taken and the other will be left.” That which took place in this separation of the first Remnant did indeed take place in the time of Matthew. But that which was to take place in this separation of the second Remnant was indeed a future event at the time of Luke. Therefore, once again the tense is quite appropriate. And this contradiction riddle is just one more amazing evidence of how consistent this key to understanding is.
But in both accounts, there is one like repetition – this contrast of one taken and the other left. This is the same message presented by Yahshua in four like passages. The incredible thing about these passages is that each of them are found solely in Matthew. Does this mean then that the first Remnant alone undergoes a separation? Of course not. In fact, these accounts are not contradictions, where the riddles are revealed. Not every verse in each Gospel applies only to that representation, but the differences often speak, and speak consistently. And the fact is, some contradictions speak clear strong messages, as we have seen, and others whisper or are seemingly silent. For this reason, we will take these four verses in Matthew solely for their consistent message.
In Matthew 13:38-40, we read about the like separation of the two plants sown in the field – the wheat sown by the farmer and the tares sown by the enemy:
“… and the field is the world; and as for the good seed, these are the sons of the kingdom; and the tares are the sons of the evil one; and the enemy who sowed them is the devil, and the harvest is the end of the age; and the reapers are angels. So just as the tares are gathered up and burned with fire, so shall it be at the end of the age.”
In Matthew 13:47-48, we read about the like separation of the fish in the sea brought in by a dragnet – the good and the bad:
“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a dragnet cast into the sea, and gathering fish of every kind; and when it was filled, they drew it up on the beach; and they sat down and gathered the good fish into containers, but the bad they threw away.”
In Matthew 25:11-12, we read about the like separation of two – the two groups of virgins going to the wedding, those with sufficient oil and those without:
“Later the other virgins also came, saying, ‘Lord, lord, open up for us.’ But he answered, ‘Truly I say to you, I do not know you.’”
In Matthew 25:32-33, we read about the like separation of the nations into two groups – the sheep and the goats:
“All the nations will be gathered before Him; and He will separate them from one another, as the shepherd separates the sheep from the goats; and He will put the sheep on His right, and the goats on the left.”
Throughout time then, we see that Yahweh performs separations. We see this evidenced at the time of the first Remnant when in John 6:48-71, Yahshua spoke words of truth that caused many of His disciples to withdraw and not walk with Him anymore. And certainly before His return this like separation will be no exception.
As we see in the subject Matthew and Luke accounts where one is taken and one is left, the time at Yahshua’s return will be a time of sorting – sorting the Bride out of the body of Christ, so as to complete the work He began 2,000 years ago and establish the second olive tree, the second son of fresh oil, the second Remnant. This is the Elijah work that prepares the way for His return and will be called up to heaven to receive incorruptible immortal bodies and return with Him to rule and reign with Him for a thousand years.
Thus we see yet another evidence that the abomination of desolation and the great tribulation have taken place in the church for 2,000 years:
12. Matthew 24:37-41 and Luke 17:26-37, as well as 2 Peter 2:1-10, attest that Yahshua’s promised baptism in the Holy Spirit and fire comes to stop the desolation of the church that has taken place for 2,000 years.
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