WERE NOT MANY OF THE STONES OF THE TEMPLE LEFT AND NOT THROWN DOWN IN 70 AD, NECESSITATING A FUTURE DATE WHEN JESUS' PROPHECY OF MATTHEW 24:2 WILL BE FULFILLED?
The stones that would be thrown down according to Jesus' prophecy were the stones of the temple proper . The stones making up the holy place and the most holy place. Those stones were completely thrown down, not leaving one up, allowing for the present-day Moslem structure, called Dome of the Rock, to stand where the temple proper stood. The temple was surrounded by a court, but the temple itself did not include the outer court. So the prophecy of Jesus in Matthew 24:2 has been completely fulfilled.
YOU TEACH THAT THE MIDDLE OF THE SEVENTIETH WEEK OF DANIEL OCCURRED AT THE
CROSS, WHEN SACRIFICES CEASED, OR IN 70 AD BY ROMAN GENERAL TITUS?
The middle of Daniel's seventieth week occurred when Christ was crucified. I teach that the last half of the 70th week of Daniel occurred for the next 3.5 years following the cross, at which time the first Christian was slain by Jerusalem, and Paul came into the picture, and was converted and preached the Gospel. I preach that the turning of the Gospel to the Gentiles, due to Jerusalem 's wickedness was the ending of the last half of the 70th week of Daniel. 70 AD has nothing to do with the 70th week of Daniel in any way, shape or form.
Do you TEACH THAT THE LAW ENDED IN 70 AD?
No. Many believe that we teach that the Law of God ended in 70 AD. I do not believe that the law of God ended at 70 AD. I believe that the law was crucified with Christ on the cross and that the law ended the very moment Jesus died on the cross.
Colossians 2:14 Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.
No. Salvation is by grace alone through obedience to Acts 2:38 ever since the Lord died on the cross and is still in force today and will be until the rapture takes place -- and the rapture has not taken place yet!.
The temple continued to function outside of God's will just as Saul continued to rule although the anointing was upon David. This is due to the fact that God always caused a breaking to occur in that which He uses. David plays the same role as the New Testament in general. The New Testament was God's work and Law was ended, just as David was anointed after Saul was rejected. Yet the temple rituals and priesthood under Levitical law carried on alongside the church until 70 AD when the temple was destroyed. This does not mean that God even recognized temple ritual or law any longer. He did not. The final sacrifice was Jesus Christ. God will never honour any sacrifice of blood after the cross of Christ. Law ended with the cross of Jesus Christ. But God allowed these things to occur and these things proved to be the source of persecution to the church.
DID PETER AND PAUL'S GOSPEL CONTINUE PAST 70 AD?
Yes. The Gospel that Paul and Peter preached is the same Gospel that must be preached today and until Jesus returns for His church, and nothing else.
Galatians 1:8-9 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.
No. I do not believe that the Kingdom of God ceased in 70 AD.
DID THE GENTILE CHURCH BEGIN IN 70 AD?
No. The gentile Church is no different than the Church in general. There is no "gentile church" as such. There is no Jew nor Gentile in the Church at all in God 's eyes, and should not be in our eyes either.
Galatians 3:28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.All such distinctions have been crucified with Jesus on the cross. Those outside the Church are simply sinners no matter what their ethnic origin is. And those in the church are all the True Israel of God.
DID A SECRET RAPTURE OR RESURRECTION OCCUR IN 70 AD?
No. There was no rapture or resurrection in 70 AD. The rapture is yet to come. Nobody has been raptured before now and nobody will be raptured until Christ returns at the sound of the trumpet.
WILL THERE BE A FUTURE ANTICHRIST?
Yes. The spirit of antichrist has been in the world ever since the serpent tempted Eve in the Garden. And the spirit of antichrist will continue in this world and grow worse and worse as time goes on. There may or there may not be a man called antichrist. There will not be "THE ANTICHRIST", though. The Beast in Revelation was never called "the antichrist", nor was the "man of sin" in 2 Thessalonians 2.
DO ALL PROPHECIES DEMAND A MYSTICAL INTERPRETATION?
No. No prophecies contain idioms that must be interpreted in some mystical way. In fact NO prophecies contain anything that must be interpreted through mysticism of any kind. All prophecies must be interpreted through the rest of the Bible alone. We must look for Hebrew cultural idioms and allegories and metaphors such as the commonly known fact in the Old Testament that the darkening of the sun and moon simply represented the downfall of a kingdom.
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IS THIS "KINGDOM NOW" DOCTRINE?
No. "Kingdom Now" teaching says that we will usher in Christ's return when we come to a place of power. That is incorrect. Jesus will return at the appointed time. We have nothing to do with determining when that will be. We are not meant to take over the governments of the world in order to see the Kingdom established. The truth is that the kingdom of God is within you.
Luke 17:20-21 And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation: Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.We are in the Kingdom of God right now. But the KINGDOM NOW doctrine teaches that a role must be played by believers in governmental affairs. That is the heresy behind the KINGDOM NOW doctrine.
Those who challenge us have no answer for these verses:
Matthew 10:23 But when they persecute you in this city, flee ye into another: for verily I say unto you, Ye shall not have gone over the cities of Israel, till the Son of man be come.Jesus told this to the disciples as He looked them square in their faces. Those disciples that stood before Him would see the coming of the Lord, not for His church, but in destruction upon Jerusalem.
DOES THIS PROMOTE RACISM AGAINST JEWS?
Absolutely not. Nothing could be worse than crucifying the Lord using the gentiles of this world, as Jerusalem did. And Jesus cursed that generation. But true prophetic understanding does not accept the racist thought that all Jews are cursed. That is nonsense. The Jews of later generations on up until today had nothing to do with Jesus' cursings. Jesus only cursed that generation, alone.
Matthew 23:35-38 That upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel unto the blood of Zacharias son of Barachias, whom ye slew between the temple and the altar. Verily I say unto you, All these things shall come upon this generation. O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not! Behold, your house is left unto you desolate.Those who deny that we do not agree that that generation of Jesus' day was judged in fulfillment of Jesus' prophecies in Matthew chapters 23 and 24.
Matthew 24:34 Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.How long is a generation? 40 years. And it was 40 years later that Rome destroyed Jerusalem in 70 AD.
No. There was never a "the Antichrist" nor ever shall be. The Bible says there are many antichrists, and there is the spirit of antichrist. But it never says there will be "the antichrist". The Beast is never called "the antichrist". Nero was the beast. Sometimes BEAST refers to ROME and other times NERO, th eleader of ROME at that time. He was "an antichrist" as was Hitler, and anybody else who persecuted the church of God or who touted the idea that Jesus did not come in the flesh. Nero was the beast as much as Nebuchadnezzar was the head of gold in Daniel's interpretation of the king's dreamDO YOU BELIEVE THE TWO WITNESSES OF REV. 11:1-6 ARE JOSHUA AND ZERUBBABEL OF ZECHARIAH'S PROPHECIES?
No. These two men were identified as two witnesses, and there is similarity in typology to them in Rev. 11:1-6. But they were not the two witnesses Revelation 11 was speaking about.DO YOU BELIEVE THE GOSPEL WAS PREACHED TO THE WHOLE WORLD BY 70 AD?
No, not in the sense people think of the world today. The gospel was preached to all nations which refers in the Greek to TRIBES, speaking of the tribes of Israel, by 70 AD. Matthew 24:14 is speaking of the term WORLD as follows. "All the world" is a term used in the New Testament as the then-known world.
It was as much of the whole world as much as this reference was....Acts 17:6 And when they found them not, they drew Jason and certain brethren unto the rulers of the city, crying, These that have turned the world upside down are come hither also;The Bible often refers to the then-known world , as all the world. Acts 17:6 and Col. 1:5-6 is the fulfillment of Matthew 24:14. ...using the Bible's own words.
Gen. 41:56 And the famine was over all the face of the earth: And Joseph opened all the storehouses, and sold unto the Egyptians; and the famine waxed sore in the land of Egypt.
Col 1:5-6 For the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, whereof ye heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel; Which is come unto you, as it is in all the world; and bringeth forth fruit, as it doth also in you, since the day ye heard of it, and knew the grace of God in truth:
Was Paul lying when he said the Gospel went into all the world? No. He meant the then-known world as much as Matthew 24:14 meant it. The term "WORLD" in Greek here is not the same term WORLD in verse 3.
Matthew 24:3 And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world (AION -- meaning AGE)?And Paul used a term connected in thought to oikoumenē, in Colossians:
Matthew 24:14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world (oikoumenē -- meaning GLOBE or PLANET) for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come .
Kosmos means by implication the world (in a wide or narrow sense, including its inhabitants, literally or figuratively [morally]), and is translated in the KJV as "adorning" and "world".
Col 1:5-6 For the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, whereof ye heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel; Which is come unto you, as it is in all the world (kosmos); and bringeth forth fruit, as it doth also in you, since the day ye heard of it, and knew the grace of God in truth:
Oikoumene means "land", that is, the (terrene part of the) globe; specifically the Roman empire, and is translated in the KJV as "earth", and "world." Oikoumene and Kosmos are more similar in the idea of the actual earth, and Aion is not at all similar to these points.