These cities were every one with their suburbs round about them: thus were all these cities. And the Lord gave unto Israel all the land which he sware to give unto their fathers; and they possessed it, and dwelt therein. And the Lord gave them rest round about, according to all that he sware unto their fathers: and there stood not a man of all their enemies before them; the Lord delivered all their enemies into their hand. There failed not ought of any good thing which the Lord had spoken unto the house of Israel; all came to pass.
READ MATTHEW 24:1-35, ESPECIALLY VERSE 3 WHERE THE DISCIPLES ASKED JESUS THREE QUESTIONS: (i) when shall THESE THINGS BE–SEE VERSES 33-34–(events leading up to the destruction of Jerusalem); and (ii) what shall be the sign of Your coming; and (iii) of the end of the age? Notice verses 33 and 34:
33 So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors.
34 Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.
The above and all verses before verses 33-34 [and verse 35] ARE NOT REFERRING TO THE FUTURE. JESUS PROPHESIED THE DESTRUCTION OF JERUSALEM (INCLUDING THE TEMPLE) IN 30 AD; AND ONE GENERATION LATER–70 AD–JERUSALEM WAS DESTROYED. AND VERSE 35 IS ALSO NOT TALKING ABOUT TODAY AND THE FUTURE BUT THEN (70 AD). SEE COLOSSIANS 1:23, 26-27; EPHESIANS 3:3-6, 9-10.
34 Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled [all these things: wars, rumors of wars, earthquakes, etc.].
35 Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.
17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.
18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.
15 And he said unto them, Ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God.
16 The law and the prophets were until John: since that time the kingdom of God is preached, and every man presseth into it.
17 And it is easier for heaven and earth to pass, than one tittle of the law to fail. [Very easy to go back to the law—Galatians 3:1]
1 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. [in the future]
2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. [Tabernacle is not in a building]
14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come. [CONTINUE READING]
23 If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel [read next verses because it is the Kingdom of God], which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister;
26 Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints:
27 To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory: [Christ in you–the Kingdom of God]
1 And he said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That there be some of them that stand here, which shall not taste of death, till they have seen the kingdom of God come with power.
In Matthew 24:14 Jesus said: 14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come. After the 1830s the primary teachings on this verse was changed to mean that Jesus is talking about the end of the age [and when He then returns physically]. But read carefully all that I have on the subject post including my additional post– Jesus inside us (the hope of glory)–His Spiritual Kingdom returned in 70 AD (while most wait on His physical return) — and you will see that Jesus was talking about His spiritual return [70 AD] where grace replaced the law.
In Matthew 24 further states the following: [and tell me what you have been taught that that “taken” and “left” means]–
40 Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken [paralambano], and the other left.
41 Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left [aphiemi].
1) to take to, to take with one’s self, to join to one’s self
1a) an associate, a companion
1b1) to accept or acknowledge one to be such as he professes to be
1b2) not to reject, not to withhold obedience
2) to receive something transmitted
2a) an office to be discharged
2b) to receive with the mind
2b1) by oral transmission: of the authors from whom the
2b2) by the narrating to others, by instruction of teachers
(used of disciples)
1) to send away
1a) to bid going away or depart
1a1) of a husband divorcing his wife
1b) to send forth, yield up, to expire
1c) to let go, let alone, let be
1c1) to disregard
1c2) to leave, not to discuss now, (a topic)
1c21) of teachers, writers and speakers
1c3) to omit, neglect
1d) to let go, give up a debt, forgive, to remit
1e) to give up, keep no longer
PLEASE CORRECT ME IF I AM WRONG BECAUSE THE DEFINITIONS FOR TAKEN AND LEFT DO NOT MEAN WHAT MOST HAVE SAID THESE WORDS MEAN [TAKEN UP–RAPTURE–OR LEFT BEHIND]. THESE TWO GREEK WORDS DO NOT MEAN TAKEN UP AND LEFT BEHIND.
42 Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.
43 But know this, that if the good man of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up.
44 Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.
45 Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season?
46 Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing.
47 Verily I say unto you, That he shall make him ruler over all his goods.
48 But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming;
49 And shall begin to smite his fellow servants, and to eat and drink with the drunken;
50 The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of,
51 And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.