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For Discussion - Something Naphtali brought up... (prophecies)

posted by bibleprobe(R) Homepage, Mass., 11.11.2007

It all fits exactly as Ellis Skolfield says. But, what do we make of Matthew 24:14-16?

I note that It is believed that the apostle Thomas evangelized as far as China, and while in India, he suffered martyrdom; being killed with a lance. He was buried in Mylapore, India, which is now a suburb of Madras. Nestorian Christians arrived in China in the 600's AD. There is a stele (Hsi-an Monument) still in China erected in 781 AD "Stele [Recording] the Spread of the Religion of Light [Christianity] from Rome to China.

See more on early Christianity in China: here

I thought about "Napthali's" Matthew 24 question vis-a-vis the abomination of desolation all day today (Sunday). I even emailed Ellis Skolfield, the 80 yr old author about it.

Then I found his web site and he already answered it.

This copy and pasted from his site, here:
http://www.ellisskolfield.com/ask-author.shtml#mountains

QUESTION: Can you explain why in Matthew 24:15-22 Jesus said to leave Judea in haste and flee to the mountains without even taking your belongings. What would the reason for such haste be? Was there something that happened when the Dome of the Rock was built? I always thought this was about the destruction of Jerusalem in 70AD. Please help,I'm perplexed.

ANSWER: Good question and it has a simple answer. Lets look at the passage first:

Mat 24:15-21 "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 Judaea 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."

The Olivet discourse is Jesus' one chapter picture of the whole Christian Era so we need to stand back and look at that passage in the broadest historic way. Matthew 24:15-22 isn't just about events surrounding the construction of the Dome of the Rock itself, but about the inhuman Islamic persecution of Christians and Jews that began at that time and continues until this day. Following the construction of that Dome, Islamic jihadists traveled throughout the Middle East and North Africa, pillaging, murdering and destroying Christian churches as they went. Islamic jihdists almost completely obliterated the Coptic church. Christians in all the Islamic lands have always been severely persecuted and even killed. Doesn't that fulfill those verses?

Ellis Skolfield

 


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