Understanding The Fulfillment Of The Olivet Discourse

Understanding the Olivet Discourse of Matthew 24 is very important, because of the truth about its fulfillment, and the deceptions which are based on it.

To see the truth, we have to put aside preconceived notions, as we’ve been conditioned to believe that it applies only to the end times.

Throughout history the followers of Messiah believed in its first century fulfillment,
but the enemy has been very effective in this end times disinformation age.

I’m not asked you to be empty-minded, but open-minded; for it is when we think that we know the truth, that we are closed to other views.

And if any man think that he knoweth any thing, he knoweth nothing yet as he
ought to know.
1 Corinthians 8:2

The truth is that what Messiah proclaimed in Matthew 24, Mark 13 and Luke 21, which is referred to as the Olivet Discourse; was fulfilled in the first century.

If you reject that statement, let me remind you that Messiah declared “Verily I say unto you, this generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.”

Too many people put aside Messiah’s clear proclamation, but I take Him at His Word, and have proven how indeed it was all fulfilled in that generation.

Note: This is only a summary, to give you the big picture.  Detailed explanations are provided in the separate studies.

Matthew 23 documents that Messiah had just berated the Jewish leaders and cast woes upon them, proclaiming that all of the righteous blood of the prophets that had been killed, would be poured out on them.

The temple in Jeruslam is the context of the Olivet Discourse in Matthew 24

Then Messiah left the city and looking back, His disciples pointed to the beautiful temple; to which He replied with “..See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.”

When they sat down on the Mount of Olives, which overlooks the city and temple, the disciples asked Messiah about when the desolation would take place and what would be the sign.

The proper context of the Olivet Discourse is the desolation of the temple, not the end times.

The Disciples understood the prophecy in the 70 weeks of Daniel 9 that foretold that the temple and city would be desolated, because the Jewish leaders would deliver Messiah up to be killed; so they wanted to know more about when it would happen.

Messiah referred to Daniel 9 when He foretold the sign, called the Abomination of Desolation.

“and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.”

Luke’s recording of the Olivet Discourse clearly defines what the Abomination of Desolation was:

“And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh. Then let them which are in Judea flee to the mountains; and let them which are in the midst of it depart out; and let not them that are in the countries enter thereinto.” Luke 21:20-21

Connecting the two prophecies, we see how the Roman army, the ‘people of the prince’, surrounding the Holy city of Jerusalem in 66 A.D., was the clear sign that the desolation of the city and temple was near.

There are three recordings of the Olivet Discourse and only Matthew added the phrase, “and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?

Mark 13:4 says, “Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign when all these things shall be fulfilled?

Luke 21:7 says, “And they asked him, saying, Master, but when shall these things be? and what sign will there be when these things shall come to pass?

As for Matthew’s question about the ‘end of the world‘, it should be rendered as ‘end of the age‘.

Other literal translations like the ISR 98 and the New King James read, “and of the end of the age?

Matthew was asking about the end of the ‘Jewish age’, as Messiah had just declared that the Jewish leaders and temple would be desolated, which would end the existence of the Jewish nation.

The ‘former days‘ of the Jewish nation ended when the Jews were taken captive by the Babylonians.  The ‘latter days‘ started when they were released from Babylonian captivity in the 5th century B.C., and ended in the 1st century A.D.

I believe that Matthew understood that Messiah was going to come in the clouds to oversee the desolation of the temple, city and Jews.  This is explained in the study Messiah Coming In The Clouds

The time of Great Tribulation that Messiah foretold was so horrific that at the end, there were 1.1. million dead Jews lying out in the open, in and around Jerusalem; with wild animals and birds feeding on their bodies.

They died from famine, pestilence, infighting, suicide, crucifixion, and by the Roman sword.

The trees around Jerusalem were filled with the dead bodies of crucified Jews who had tried to sneak out of the city at night to find food.

Though more people have died in other times of tribulation, this grisly scene in the small city of Jerusalem, was so concentrated that Messiah proclaimed:

For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.

Of this period of great tribulation Josephus says, in the introduction of his ‘Wars of the Jews‘ historical documentary.

“It had come to pass that our city Jerusalem had arrived at a higher degree of felicity than any other city under the Roman government, and yet at last fell into the sorest of calamities again. Accordingly it appears to me that the misfortunes of all men from the beginning of the world, if they be compared to those of the Jews, are not so considerable as they were.”

This is explained in the study The Great Tribulation of Matthew 24.

Note: The time of ‘great tribulation‘ in Revelation is referring to a different time of tribulation of the saints.

Messiah’s reference to the ‘sun being darkened, the moon not giving her light, and the stars falling from heaven’; is not pointing to the literal heavens in the end times; but to the Jewish political hierarchy being cast down from power.

Isaiah used this same terminology when he referred to the judgment of Elohim against the leadership of Babylon in Isaiah 13:10 “For the stars of heaven and their constellations will not give their light; The sun will be darkened in its going forth, And the moon will not cause its light to shine.“ And indeed, the power of Babylon was destroyed by the Medo-Persian empire.

In the Olivet Discourse, Messiah is referring to the High Priest, who was the Sun; the Sanhedrin Council, who were the moon; and the many Rabbis, who were the stars; who were killed and cast down during the Roman siege.

This is explained in the study The Sun, Moon And Stars.

‘Coming on a cloud in great power and glory’ is not referring to Messiah’s second coming, but to His presence as He caused the Roman army to desolate the city, temple and the Jews.

The term ‘clouds‘ can represent judgement, and in this instance it represented the judgment of the Jews who rejected Messiah and delivered Him up to be killed.

Jewish historian Josephus recorded the witness of people who saw this in the clouds:

On the twenty-first day of the month of Artemisius [Jyar], a certain prodigious and incredible phenomenon appeared; I suppose the account of it would seem to be a fable, were it not related by those that saw it, and were not the events that followed it of so considerable a nature as to deserve such signals; for, before sunsetting, chariots and troops of soldiers in their armor were seen running about among the clouds, and surrounding of cities (Josephus The Wars of the Jews 6.5.3.)

Daniel 12 described the Great Tribulation scene in Jerusalem from 66-70 A.D., as the prophecies about the 1,290 and 1,335 days were fulfilled.

From the time that the first division of the Roman army, the Abomination of Desolation, appeared in 66 A.D.; until the next division flooded the city in 70 A.D., was 1,290 days.

The siege lasted 45 days and stopped abruptly when the last stronghold of Jewish rebels suddenly surrendered; fulfilling the 1,335 days.

This is explained in the study Messiah Coming In The Clouds

‘Gathering together his elect‘ is referring to the leaders of the Church gathering together the early Church, which had retreated to the mountains for safety; to then send them out to preach the Gospel.  

The Greek word for ‘angels‘ can refer to leaders in the Church.  Given the context, we can see that the leaders would have gathered together the Early Church, who had been spread out in the mountains for safety during the time of great tribulation in Judea.

The Roman siege of Jerusalem was over.  Jerusalem lay in ruins, so there was no returning.   The leaders sent out the Early Church to proclaim the Gospel, to continue their mission to all parts of the Roman world, to gather in the elect of Elohim.

This is explained in the study Gathering Together His Elect

The Jewish leaders wanted Messiah to setup His kingdom, to overthrow the Romans, and to exalt them up as the leaders of the kingdom.

Instead, the very opposite happened.  Messiah caused the Roman army, the people of the prince of Daniel 9, to desolate the Jewish leaders and their temple.

This removed them from their power and effectively ended the Jewish nation.

In order to setup the kingdom of His Father, Messiah had to remove the old types, which had pointed to the true type.

He removed the temple made with hands, to create the temple made without hands; of which Messiah is the cornerstone, the Apostles the foundation, and the saints the small stones that make up the walls; which Elohim indwells.

He removed the High Priest, as Messiah is our High Priest, who intercedes for us.

He removed the Jewish priest system, because the saints (made up of believing Jews and Gentiles) are the priests who offer spiritual sacrifices to the Father.

He desolated the city of Jerusalem, as the bride of Messiah is Holy Jerusalem.

The kingdom of Elohim was setup in the first century. This is explained in the study Messiah Setup His Kingdom

Note: This is not a Preterist website which proclaims that all prophecy was fulfilled in the first century; as my Revelation Timeline Decoded website shows how Revelation has been in the process of being fulfilled since it was written in the 1st century, and won’t be complete until Messiah returns.

But history proves that many prophecies such as the 70th week of Daniel, the Olivet Discourse and Daniel 12, were fulfilled in the first century; as they were about the Jewish nation.

David Nikao

To understand any prophecy, we need to understand it in its proper context.

Next Olivet Discourse Study: The Context Of The Olivet Discourse

Reference For Further Study: The Witness of 70 A.D. – Let God Be True

The desolation of the Jerusalem temple is the proper context of the Olivet Discourse in Matthew 24

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Roelf April 9, 2017 at 5:54 am

21 Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times?

22 Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.

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David April 9, 2017 at 3:32 pm

It’s amazing Roelf how what Messiah was proclaiming pointed back to the 70 weeks of Daniel prophecy. The Jews had been punished with 70 years of captivity in Babylon, and then they were given 490 years (7 x 70) to prepare for the promised Messiah.

Messiah appeared in the 70th week of Daniel, to confirm the everlasting covenant with His blood as the Passover Lamb, which atoned for the sins of the Jews who believed in Him, and ended the need for temple sacrifices.

http://70thweekofdaniel.com

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Torpex April 13, 2017 at 2:36 pm

David, Most times God says what he means and means what he says. The passage “when you therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place”

1- So where is this all taking place?- In the Holy of Holies, inside the Temple
2- How is someone outside the temple going to see inside the Holy of holies?
3- Its a technology statement…camera televised by the Son of Perdition on MSM.

Next: Matt 24-21 “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 Holocost in Germany took 1 out of 3 jews….this is greater than that..this will take 2 out of 3 (possibly more) the goal is to eliminate the Jews preventing them from recognizing Jesus as Messiah and calling out to him.

Scripture also contains weeks of years, I thought this was well know.

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David April 13, 2017 at 2:52 pm

Luke gave us the definition of the Abomination of Desolation, an army surrounding Holy Jerusalem, which everyone saw. When the first division of the Roman army left (for no reason), the Early Church fled to the mountains of Pella.

Luke 21:20-21 – “But when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then know that its desolation is near. Then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains, let those who are in the midst of her depart, and let not those who are in the country enter her.”

Here is the study http://theolivetdiscourse.com/the-abomination-of-desolation-deception/

There was less than 1 million Jews in Germany at the time of the holocaust, so the stories have been embellished.

The point that Messiah was making is that the sheer horror of the scene would never be greater. 1.1 million Jews died in and around Holy Jerusalem, from famine, pestilence, infighting, suicide, crucifixion and by the Roman sword. All of those bodies were left out in the open, as nobody took them outside the city to bury them. They were stacked up in heaps in the city. The temple had dead bodies and blood in it. The trees around Jerusalem were filled with dead bodies. Wild animals and birds fed on their flesh.

Here is the great tribulation of Matthew 24 study http://theolivetdiscourse.com/the-great-tribulation-of-matthew-24/

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Torpex April 17, 2017 at 2:58 pm

Most of the non denominational scholars I follow, including my own research, indicates that the desolation in Luke is as you point out, Jerusalem. However Daniel and Yesuah and Yeshua references Daniel, are speaking about an abomination of desolation inside the temple; Idol worship. Its a very specific event, unlike a siege of a city. Both obviously take lives, but this one kicks off the 3.5 years of great Tribulation very clearly outlined in Gods Revelation to Jesus.

https://www.blueletterbible.org/kjv/mat/24/15/p0/t_conc_953015

The whole sentence cross referenced clearly indicates something is going to STAND in the holy place, inside the holy of holies inside the Temple.

Honestly I think its difficult to know how many exactly were killed in either event, since..as your site implies, and I agree, there is alot of deception.

However, deception in of itself implies a deliberate act to deceive. Many of the topics you allege as deception are not, they are misunderstandings by most, perhaps the victims of a deception or simply those who have a different viewpoint.

I suggest Its a very fair and realistic conjecture to say Satans goal prior to Jesus birth including up to 2 years old, was to cut Davids Bloodline, and now, close to the end of days, eliminate the “remnant” and prevent them from crying out Mat 21:9 And the multitudes that went before, and that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna to the Son of David: “Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest.” In Scripture: Hos 5:15 “I will go and return to my place, till they acknowledge their offence, and seek my face: in their affliction they will seek me early.” Its referencing a specific event in Revelation. Once this is completed he returns.

Daniels 70th week was never completed as they rejected Jesus as Christ and Crucified him.

The Time of Jacobs Trouble has yet to come.

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David April 17, 2017 at 3:35 pm

I follow the teachings of the great theologians of the 16th-20th centuries, who taught the historical fulfillment of the 70th week of Daniel, before all of the futuristic deceptions crept in to deceive people.

Here are the explanations:
Adam Clarke http://70thweekofdaniel.com/adam-clarkes-commentary-on-the-70-weeks-of-daniel-9/

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown http://70thweekofdaniel.com/jamieson-fausset-brown-commentary-on-the-70-weeks-of-daniel-9/

John Gill http://70thweekofdaniel.com/john-gills-exposition-on-the-70-weeks-of-daniel-9/

Matthew Poole http://70thweekofdaniel.com/matthew-pooles-commentary-on-the-70-weeks-of-daniel-9/

A 70 week prophecy is either fulfilled in 70 weeks, or it is invalid. http://70thweekofdaniel.com/an-end-times-70th-week-of-daniel-is-illogical/

You say that the Jews rejected Messiah, so the 70th week wasn’t fulfilled; but that is wrong, as many thousands of Jews accepted Him as their Messiah during the later half of the 70th week of Daniel. 3,000 were saved on the day of Pentecost, and then they returned to their foreign lands to preach the gospel to other Jews. The Early Church was made up of Jews.

As for the supposed 3 1/2 years of tribulation in Revelation; it is pointing to the 1,260 year reign of the antichrist Popes of Rome, from 538-1798 A.D. That’s in the past. http://revelationtimelinedecoded.com/the-1260-year-reign-of-the-popes-of-the-roman-catholic-church/

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Elaine May 6, 2017 at 1:10 am

Torpex, if I might give you another alternative? The abomination that causes desolation is the Dome of the Rock that was put in the temple in 688 A.D. We can deduce this by establishing the hint Daniel gave in Daniel 12:11– “from the time the daily sacrifice is taken away and the abomination of desolation is set up, there shall be one thousand two hundred and ninety days.”

The sacrifices were ended when Nebuchadnezzar exiled the Jews to Babylon in 583 BC. So we have to remember Daniel was written to the Jews about the Jews, and in the customs of the Jews. This means they kept the lunar calendar and not the solar. So we have to take 1290 lunar days (1290 x .9857) to reach the equivalent in solar years, which is 1271.5 583 + 1271.5 gives us 688.66 A.D.

This means that the abomination that causes desolation was the idolatry of Islam being established in the temple. Daniel goes on to say, “Blessed is he who comes to the one thousand three hundred thirty-fifth day.” This is key and how we can ascertain we have applied the prophecy correctly. Using the same formula (years for days, converting lunar to solar), we get the year 732 A.D. This is pivotal because it’s the year of the Battle of Tours, where the Islamic conquest across Europe is halted. Every historian submits that had the Battle of Tours not ended in Islamic defeat, that all of Europe would have become Islamic, and thus, the world.

One more thing, context is so important. Daniel was written to the Jews to tell them of the events to come concerning the JEWS. So this has to do with the Promised Land. The Islamic kingdom is the Beast Kingdom, and the False Prophet is Mohammed. Daniel was explaining the state of the Holy Land in his prophecies As history attests, the Islamic kingdom overtook most of the Holy Land to the suffering of the saints, even to this day. (Hosea was writing to the Israelites, and his prophecies are concerning the Israelites — everyone BUT Judah/Jews.)

For greater clarity, look at the late Ellis Skolfield’s work, “The False Prophet”, available free online. After fifteen years of personal research and study, this was the study that broke it open for me.

God bless 🙂

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Anonymous August 23, 2017 at 4:36 am

I believe David,that The Pope of Rome stood in the Temple,and desolated it When he Sat on King Davids Throne in 2013 of January, The Upper Room ,where Yeshua had the Last Supper ,This used to Be a Mosque ,But is was turned into a Synagog,So I read ,what do you think ;Thankyou and Godbless your site is very informative ,

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David August 23, 2017 at 1:44 pm

Well Anonymous, the antichrist beast Pope being in the Upper Room, was an abomination to be sure; but many things that the Popes are are an abomination; most notably their Babylonian Eucharist ceremony.

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