These are the words of our Lord Yeshua, when He told His disciples what would take place at the time of the end:
“So when you see the desolating sacrilege spoken of by the prophet Daniel, standing in the HOLY PLACE (let the reader understand...) 1
The angel Gabriel said to Daniel to seal the prophecy until the time of the end. According to the N.T. Scriptures we have been living in the Last Days for almost 2,000 years now. They are the days of that age which immediately precedes the Messianic Kingdom, and apparently may be of any length of time. We are living in the days of that last age. But Gabriel spoke of the time of the end. The End is the last part of anything; the final point; finish; completion; conclusion. It is the formal closing of the age of grace, bringing the harvesting of G-d’s First Fruit from the dead to a conclusion, terminating THAT age irreversibly, in order to begin a new one. To this end-time both the Lord and the prophets give us several “sign-posts”, in order for us to know for certain when the time of the end has come. The most outstanding, distinct and unmistakable sign is that of the Return of the Jews to the Land of Israel, forming again a SOVEREIGN nation!
We are living not only in the last days, we moreover live in the time of the end.
Some think, that with the Jews back in the Land all is well. But really, this is only the beginning of the end. As contractions become more frequent and intense until the child is born, so will the troubles of Israel increase in frequency and intensity until, through the great pangs of the final punishment2, Messiah’s Return and Reign shall be birthed.
Another “sign-post” of the time of the end is a great falling away from faith3 in Yeshua; of rebellion against all that is of G-d and stands for G-d and His Messiah. This mystery of lawlessness, of rebellion and apostasy is indeed already at work as is readily seen in the West, and will grow to gigantic proportions. Indeed, wickedness and lawlessness will so increase that the love of many will grow cold4.
The sign immediately following the worldwide apostasy shall be the revealing of the “Man of Sin”, the “Son of Perdition”, the “Man of Lawlessness”. Since he is to be revealed, any claim to knowing who he is before that time is false. Nor is he THE Anti-Christ, because this man is a mortal human being, and human beings are not known to have a life-span of almost 2,000 years5. The Anti-Christ is a spiritual force manifesting in and through every human being who denies that Yeshua is of heavenly origin and divine nature, and that He has appeared to Israel in the flesh6. The “desolator” will appear as a counterfeit of the true Messiah, ready to set up his counterfeit “Messianic reign”. That vast masses of people will believe in him and follow him is not that hard to imagine -- we need only to remember Adolf Hitler, or Yasser Arafat, the internationally known terrorist pledged to eternal enmity against Israel, who was awarded the highly prestigious Nobel-Peace Prize.
Yet another “sign-post” given by almost all teachers in the churches is the REBUILDING OF THE TEMPLE in Jerusalem, and the resuming of animal sacrifices. These few teachings could suffice to get many of the Lord’s sheep concentrate on the wrong things.
In the previous chapters I pointed out that G-d set up a precise blueprint in the Tenach (O.T.) which He has never altered, nor has He ever departed from it. Some men, thinking themselves wise, but not moved by the Holy Spirit, gave varied and differing interpretations of G-d’s plans and intentions7, in particular pertaining to end-times. However, the book of Daniel, sealed from understanding until end-times, formerly could not be understood. Likewise the book of Revelation with its numerous allegories, although not specifically sealed, has only begun to open up in our days8. But neither of the books can be properly understood and interpreted apart from the pattern delivered to us by G-d Himself in the Tenach. Even the prophetic writings are not separate or independent from this pattern. As wheel turns another to make an engine move, so Scriptures collaborate to reveal the fulfillment of G-d’s purpose. And as a train moves from one destination point to another along a track, so prophetic Scriptures and G-d’s promises proceed from a point of fulfillment to the next according to the pattern established by G-d Himself.
Consequently, if the Bible prophecies are subjected to one’s OWN understanding, the resulting interpretations will be erroneous at best, and completely false at its worst.
Let us consider therefore first of all the pattern: