This Olivet Discourse Decoded post features a video by Dalton Thomas of FAI STUDIOS, called ‘8 Reasons Matthew 24 Was Not Fulfilled in 70AD // Understanding Jesus’ Teaching on the End Times.’
Video description: In this BONUS SESSION that accompanies the MARANATHA FAST & GLOBAL BIBLE STUDY, Dalton Thomas lays out 8 reasons why Jesus’ teaching in Matthew 24-25 should be understood as prophecy and not history.
Dalton Thomas of FAI Studios thinks it’s replacement theology to proclaim that the prophecies in the Olivet Discourse had been fulfilled.
That’s a false association, which is based on the futuristic explanations of prophecy fulfillment, which have dispensational periods for the gentiles and the Jews.
The unbelieving Jewish nation was desolated during the Jewish-Roman War of 66-70 AD, as punishment for them rejecting Messiah and delivering Him up to be killed.
Per the parable of the vineyard owner, the kingdom was taken away from the physical Israelite Jews, and given to true Israel which is made up of believing Jews and gentiles.
There is no replacement theology, just the amazing plan of our Heavenly Father to advance the kingdom with the true Israelites, Jews and gentiles who have a covenant relationship with the Father through the Son.
Read Messiah’s Kingdom
Dalton Thomas of FAI Studios says that the disciples asked about Messiah’s return.
They did no such thing, that is a false association! They asked about judgment of the Jewish leaders which Messiah proclaimed in Matthew 23 and about the desolation of the temple, which Messiah declared in Matthew 24:2.
Read The Context Of The Olivet Discourse
Dalton Thomas of FAI Studios says that Messiah is saying that this generation who see all of these things will by no means pass away.
First of all, we can look at the nine previous mentions of that ‘generation’ in Matthew and see that every one of them is pointing to the Jews who existed during Messiah’s ministry; so there’s no reason to believe that the tenth mention in the Olivet Discourse is pointing to an end-times generation.
Secondly, we can see that the desolation of Jerusalem and the temple were declared in Daniel 9:26-27, as punishment for the Jewish leaders delivering Messiah up to be ‘cut off’ killed.
Lastly, all of the things that Messiah described were seen by that generation before 70 AD.
Read The Olivet Discourse Verse By Verse Explanation
Dalton Thomas of FAI Studios says Matthew 24:15-22 is about the last 3 1/2 years.
That is a false association, as Dalton Thomas and Joel Richardson fail to see that the 1260 days of Revelation points to the 1260-year reign of power of the antichrist beast Popes from 538-1798 AD.
Read 1,260 Years Of Great Tribulation
Dalton Thomas of FAI Studios says that there’s no metaphor in the Olivet Discourse.
This is pure ignorance of the metaphors that are defined in the Old Testament. A perfect example is that of the symbolism of the sun, moon and stars, which point to leadership systems.
When the Heavenly Father is judging a people group, the Bible uses symbolic language of heavenly bodies to point to the fall of a leadership system.
In the case of the Olivet Discourse, it’s pointing to the high priest (sun), Sanhedrin (moon) and priests (stars) being removed from power during the Jewish-Roman War of 66-70 AD, when they either died or were taken captive
Read Sun, Moon And Stars
Dalton Thomas of FAI Studios says that the abomination of desolation is directly linked to Messiah’s coming.
This is a false association, based on his futuristic explanation of the fulfillment of Revelation.
Luke, who wrote to a gentile audience, defined that the abomination of desolation is when a pagan army surrounds Jerusalem, standing where it out not to be.
In Matthew and Mark, which were written to a Jewish audience, they pointed to the prophecies in Daniel when Grecian leader Antiochus Epiphanes brought his army and surrounded Jerusalem to take it captive.
The same thing happened in November 66 AD, when Cestius and his army surrounded Jerusalem and were ready to take it captive. Then for no explained reason, they left.
This gave Messiah’s saints the opportunity to flee to the mountains of Pella, to escape the coming judgment during the Jewish-Roman War of 66-70 AD, when 1.1 million Jews died in and around Jerusalem from famine, pestilence, infighting, suicide, evisceration, crucifixion and by the Roman sword.
Read Abomination Of Desolation
Dalton Thomas of FAI Studios points to the disciples asking about ‘your’ coming
That is a false association which is purported in corrupt, modern Bible translations. That’s why it’s important to read the King James as it has the proper language to declare who and what is being spoken about.
The disciples are asking about ‘thy’ coming, referring to Messiah’s declaration of judgment against the Jewish leaders in Matthew 23 and His declaration that the temple would be desolated.
That is the proper context of Matthew 24:1-35!
Dalton Thomas of FAI Studios points to the gathering of the saints as a reason that the Olivet Discourse has not been fulfilled yet.
That is a false association as he fails to understand that the abomination of desolation took place in November 66 AD, and the saints fled to the mountains of Pella for safety.
After the Jewish-Roman War of 66-70 AD was over, they were gathered together with a trumpet blast, for the leaders (angels) to have an assembly, a gathering. Some returned to Jerusalem to minister to people there, some stayed in the Pella area to continue ministry there, and others scattered through the Roman Empire to proclaim the Gospel.
Read Gathering The Elect
Dalton Thomas of FAI Studios says that Arabs lit the temple on fire.
First of all, the Arabs didn’t hate Israel then, so why would they set fire to the temple?
Second, Josephus said no such thing! He documented that some Jews set it on fire and that after seeing this, the Roman soldiers joined it to set it ablaze.
Dalton Thomas of FAI Studios says Daniel 12 is about the end times.
Daniel understood from the 70 weeks of Daniel 9 prophecy, that the Jews would deliver Messiah up to be killed, and that the punishment would be the desolation of Jerusalem, the temple and the Jewish nation. So he inquired for more information about when it would take place.
In Daniel 12, he was told that it would take place during 3 1/2 years, which was fulfilled during the Jewish-Roman War of 66-70 AD. From the time of the abomination of desolation in November 66 AD, to the Romans flooding into the city was 1290 days. The siege lasted 45 days, fulfilling the 1335 days.
Dalton Thomas of FAI Studios says that Israel wasn’t delivered.
Once again, that’s a false association, as he doesn’t understand who is true Israel. When you read Romans 9 and Romans 11, you see that Paul says that not all Israel is Israel. He’s saying that the true nation of Israel is made up of people who have a covenant relationship with the Father through the Son.
So let’s apply that to the first century. True Israel, the Jews who believed in Messiah heeded His warning and they fled Judea to the mountains for safety. So they were saved spiritually and physically.
Physical Israel, the Jews who rejected Messiah, stayed in Jerusalem and they were desolated by the Romans. They were lost spiritually and they were either killed or taken captive.
Dalton Thomas of FAI Studios says that the Gospel was not proclaimed through world.
Once again, that’s a false association, as he fails to understand that the ‘world’ of Messiah’s Olivet Discourse was the known Roman Empire, not the whole earth. And many New Testament proclaim that the Gospel was spread around the world of the Roman Empire before 70 AD.
Read The Olivet Discourse Verse By Verse Explanation
Dalton Thomas of FAI Studios teaches a false, futuristic fulfillment of the 70th week of Daniel 9, the Olivet Discourse and the prophecies in Revelation.
The 70th week of Daniel 9 is about Messiah’s ministry and His blood sacrifice as the Spotless Lamb to atone for our sins. It has nothing to do with the antichrist or the end times.
The Olivet Discourse foretold the events that would lead to the desolation of Jerusalem, the second temple and the Jewish nation; as punishment for the Jewish leaders continuing in rebellion against the Heavenly Father and for delivering His Son up to be killed. It has nothing to do with the antichrist or the end times.
There are 1-page and 2-page PDF summaries on the Olivet Discourse Decoded home page. And you can request a free PDF copy of The Olivet Discourse Decoded book to get the full explanations.
Most of the prophecies in Revelation have been fulfilled in exacting detail during the last 1,900 years. It describes the historical narrative of the Satan-empowered leaders of the Roman beast kingdom (pagan Emperors > antichrist beast Popes > false prophet Jesuit Superior Generals) fighting against Messiah and His saints.
The explanations of Dr. John Barnett of Discover the Book Ministries serve to deflect blame away from the enemy in Rome, and to mislead the end-times saints so that they’re not prepared for how the end-times will play out, and don’t know the context of Messiah’s return.
On the Bible Prophecy Decoded website you will find summary PDF’s, links to request free PDF’s on my books and links to order printed books.