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.
“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.
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