Imagine the following 3 scenarios. A football quarterback going onto the field of battle with knowledge of only half of the offensive playbook. A baseball player steps to the plate and does not understand the 3rd base coach’s hand signals. A student is taking a final exam having studied only a portion of the material that he/she will be tested on. Can any of these individuals expect to be successful? The answer will be a resounding NO! Yet within Christianity there are true God-fearing, Bible believing individuals who are ill prepared for what soon must happen. The reason is simple: there is no understanding of prophecy. In fact many shy away from the prophetic message by claiming that it is too difficult to comprehend. This is a lie perpetrated by our crafty enemy, Satan.
Worship God! For the testimony of Jesus is the Spirit of prophecy. (Rev. 19:10b NSRV).
When we understand this verse, then everything that Jesus says should be understood from a prophetic context. If it is not, than the true meaning of what our Lord is trying to say will elude even the most devout follower. Properly interpreting prophecy becomes much easier when a person submits to the teaching of the Holy Spirit and properly employs the 5 rules of interpretation.
1.) Over the next month, many churches will be focusing on the crucifixion of our Savior. The journey to Golgotha will be well documented. Despite reading the same Scriptures from the Gospel, each sermon will be very different. The tragedy is that many preachers will not look below the surface of the verses to mine the veins of gold that prophecy uncovers. Case in point: Jesus is carrying His cross and the women of Jerusalem are beating their breasts and wailing for Him. The King of Kings tell the daughters of Jerusalem to cry for themselves and their children because the time is coming where they will say: ” Blessed are the barren, and the wombs that never bore, and the breasts that never nursed. Then they will begin to say to the mountains, ‘Fall on us”; and to the hills, ‘Cover us.’ (Luke 23:29-30, NRSV).
History teaches us that in 70 AD, the Roman General Titus tore down the Jerusalem temple and there was a great exodus (diaspora) of the Judean people from the Holy Land. It certainly would have been difficult for pregnant women and nursing mothers at that time. This event was a near fulfillment of Jesus’ prophecy. In order to understand the far prophetic meaning, we must turn to Matthew 24.
“So when you see the desolating sacrilege standing in the holy place, as was spoken by the prophet Daniel (let the reader understand), then those in Judea must flee to the mountains; the one on the housetop must not go down to take what is in the house; the one in the field must not turn back to get a coat. Woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing infants in those days!” (Matthew 24;15-19, NRSV)
Daniel 9:27 defines the timeline of the Abomination that causes Desolation. The beast (anti-Christ) causes Hebrew sacrifice to cease at the mid-point of the final 7 years of this age(Daniel’s 70th Week). So 1260 days into the last period of this Age will be the worst time for women who are pregnant or have infant children. This is what Jesus is telling the women of Jerusalem, so that future generations would be prepared.
Then people will be crying out for the mountains to hide them. Hide them from what? Revelation 6:15-17 provides the answer. All people who reject YHWH (God’s personal name) and are unprepared will hide in the caves and shout to the mountains and rocks to fall on them and hide them from the face of the one seated on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb. They recognize that the Judgment of the Father and the Son is upon them. This is after the opening of the 6th seal and it initiates the year long Day of the Lord. When prophecy is understood and properly interpreted the Christian who has a true love for Jesus and the heart of an overcomer will not only be prepared for the dark days ahead; they will also lead others to safety. This is the purpose of Jesus’ testimonies. The wise must stand up and be counted!-EJ.