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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Leo October 1, 2018 at 7:23 pm

I really appreciate you insight, I have studied the end times quite a bit in the 38 years that I have been born again. God has revealed alot to me about the subject, but some of what I have learned was influenced by the different churches I had been to. I always had the feeling that there were missing pieces and the time frames being used were not quite correct, when I started considering from reading your articles that more of the prophecies are fulfilled than what I had been taught, things got much clearer and seem to snap more in to place, I am not saying I will agree with all of your articles, but they have caused me to consider the prophecies in a whole new way, what you say about Matthew 24, makes a lot of sense, but the one question I have is about when Jesus says you will hear of wars and rumors of wars, how does that fit in with the end of the age being when the temple was destroyed? When he said that they were in the era of the Pax Roma, the relatively peaceful period of time that extended to after the temple was destroyed.

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David October 1, 2018 at 8:30 pm

Thank you for your comment Leo! I cover that on the verse by verse explanation page, but I’ve included it below: http://theolivetdiscourse.com/explanation-of-the-olivet-discourse/

And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. Matthew 24:6

Tacitus, the Roman historian, says of this period: “It was full of calamities, horrible with battles, rent with seditions, savage in peace itself.” (PNTC)

The Jews suffered tumult under a series of incompetent and insensitive Roman leaders, who did not hesitate to kill people.

Caligula tried to erect his statue in the Jewish temple; the Jews resisted.

In Caesarea, Jews and Syrians went at each others’ throats for mastery of the city; 20,000 Jews were put to death. Similar bloodshed occurred in Alexandria and Damascus.
The Jewish rebellion itself took place in 66 AD.

Tacitus in the Annals refers to disturbances, insurrections, war, and commotions in as diverse places as Germany, Africa, Gaul, Parthia, Britain, and Armenia.
Josephus says that Roman civil wars in this era were so common that he didn’t see a need to write about them in detail. The Roman civil wars were especially pronounced between 68-70 when three emperors held the top spot in short order and their rival troops fought it out.

After our Savior’s ascension, the seditions amongst the Jews were so many; and they rebelled so often against the Romans, during the governments of Felix, Festus, Albinus, and Florus, that the Romans resolved wholly to destroy them, and to that purpose Titus Vespasian was sent with an army against them, who took the city.

These verses refer to the wars between the Romans and their vassal states, as well as the skirmishes between Rome and Judaea, which culminated in AD 70 [Otho v. Vitellius v. Vespasian; The sedition under Cureanus, the 10,000 destroyed by cut-throats, in Ascalon, Ptolemais, Alexandria, Damascus, etc. (FNL)

Again, Messiah was explaining what the disciples and early church would see, not what people would see in the end times.

Albert Barnes’ Notes on the Bible:

And ye shall hear of wars, etc. It is recorded in the history of Rome, that the most violent agitations prevailed in the Roman empire previous to the destruction of Jerusalem. Four emperors, Nero, Galba, Otho, and Vitellius, suffered violent deaths, in the short space of eighteen months. In consequence of these changes in the government, there were commotions throughout the empire, Parties were formed; and bloody and violent wars were the consequence of attachment to the particular emperors. This is the more remarkable, as at the time that the prophecy was made the empire was in a state of peace.

Rumours of wars. Wars declared, or threatened, but not carried into execution. Josephus says, that Bardanes, and after him Volageses, declared war against the Jews, but it was not carried into execution, Ant. 20,34. He also says that Vitellius, governor of Syria, declared war against Aretas, king of Arabia, and wished to lead his army through Palestine; but the death of Tiberius prevented the war, Ant. 18,5,3.

The end is not yet. The end of the Jewish economy; the destruction of Jerusalem will not immediately follow. Be not, therefore, alarmed when you hear of those commotions. Other signs will warn you when to be alarmed, and seek security.

John Gill’s Exposition of the Entire Bible

And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars,… This is the second sign of the destruction of Jerusalem: it is observable that this, and some of the following signs, are given by the Jews, as signs of the Messiah’s coming; whereas they were forerunners of their ruin, for the rejection of him who was already come. They suppose the Messiah will come in the seventh year, or the year of rest and release:

“On the seventh year (they say1) will be מלחמות, “wars”: and in the going out, or at the close of the seventh year, the son of David will come.”

Which wars, the gloss says, will be between the nations of the world, and Israel. Here wars may mean the commotions, insurrections, and seditions, against the Romans, and their governors; and the intestine slaughters committed among them, some time before the siege of Jerusalem, and the destruction of it. Under Cureanus the Roman governor, a sedition was raised on the day of the passover, in which twenty thousand perished; after that, in another tumult, ten thousand were destroyed by cut-throats: in Ascalon two thousand more, in Ptolemais two thousand, at Alexandria fifty thousand, at Damascus ten thousand, and elsewhere in great numbers. The Jews were also put into great consternation, upon hearing the design of the Roman emperor, to put up his image in their temple:

see that ye be not troubled; so as to leave the land of Judea as yet, and quit the preaching of the Gospel there, as if the final destruction was just at hand;

for all these things must come to pass; these wars and the reports of them and the panic on account of them; these commotions and slaughters, and terrible devastations by the sword must be; being determined by God, predicted by Christ, and brought upon the Jews by their own wickedness; and suffered in righteous judgment, for their sin:

but the end is not yet; meaning not the end of the world, but the end of Jerusalem, and the temple, the end of the Jewish state; which were to continue, and did continue after these disturbances in it.

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Rudy Ochoa March 18, 2019 at 4:29 am

Just came across this site and am planning to read the rest of the articles. I noticed the link to the witness of 70 ad… Which takes me to the let God be true site which I have been reading. Are you both associated?
As a further reference for this historical interpretation of eschatology I would ask if you have ever visited thenarrowpath.com , Steve Gregg who also has a radio show where people call in. I feel much blessing since departing from the dispensationalist cloud I was living under.
Thanks

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David March 21, 2019 at 3:21 pm

Thank you for your comment Rudy! I’m not associated with the God Be True website, I just like their explanation. I’ve not visited The Narrow Path website, but will check it out.

Indeed, it’s a blessing to be shown the truth of prophecy fulfillment, and not be deceived anymore! 🙂

Keep learning and growing in The Way!
David

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Eric B Goode October 8, 2019 at 11:37 pm

Tks for all that!
I look forward to more of your teaching & clearing up some long-time-perceived & believed studies of these Endtimes; to be able & sure about sharing & teaching it myself
In Jesus,
See ya!!

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David October 9, 2019 at 12:54 am

Thank you for your comment Eric! Let me know if you have any questions or insights about the Olivet Discourse Bible studies. David

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Eric Goode October 9, 2019 at 1:07 am

So, does this exclude waiting for a Last Seven Years, Peace Covenant? And the 1260 days?
I have been studying a little more in Rev., like 19-22!!!

Could you give us (generally speaking) what you see happening, until Jesus Returns!

Because, the whole 666 idea seems to be growing fast, and the Jews still seem to be preparing to build their temple!

tks!!!

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David October 9, 2019 at 1:37 am

Eric, the truth is that the 70th week of Daniel was fulfilled on time, after the 69th week; when Messiah and His disciples ‘confirmed’ with the Jews for seven years, that He is the promised Messiah who ratified the ‘everlasting covenant’ with His blood as the Passover Lamb. There’s no Scriptural justification for a 7-year peace treaty with Israel, or a 7-year tribulation period. This website proves out the fulfillment of the 70th week of Daniel. https://70thweekofdaniel.com

The other part of the answer is that the 1,260 days that’s referred to in Daniel 7 and Revelation 12 and 13; was fulfilled during the 1,260 year (1 day = 1 prophetic year) reign of people of the antichrist Popes, from 538-1798 A.D. So there is no future 1,260 days of tribulation to be fulfilled. Here’s a study about the 1,260 years of great tribulation.

Most of the prophecies in Revelation have been fulfilled during the last 1,900 years, as Satan has used the Roman beast to fight against Messiah and His saints. Here’s a Revelation fulfillment summary study that gives you the big picture; and then the studies on the website prove it out verse by verse. http://revelationtimelinedecoded.com/revelation-fulfillment-timeline-summary/

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