A Study Of Eschatology Attracts The Attention Of Many Believers
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The study of eschatology attracts the attention of many believers. It’s a fascinated subject to Christians as well as non-Christians. Unfortunately many people are misled by the false teachings on the return of Jesus. The emphasis should not be on the date of Jesus’ return but on preparing for His return. The Jehovah’s Witnesses have given as many as nine incorrect dates of Jesus’ return from 1874 to 1984. Many of you may recall the predicted end of the world on December 21, 2012 as cited by the Mayan calendars. Oh how they were wrong! Only God knows when the end of the world will take place and Christians are not appointed to sit on the planning committee for the return of Jesus but rather on the preparation committee. In chapter…show more content… Remember the disciples came from the rural countryside of Galilee. The magnificent structure no doubt would have gotten their attention. The temple was considered one of the great wonders of the world and covered approximately one-sixth of the area of the city of Jerusalem. It was located on a spectacular site on Mt. Moriah. It had been under construction for forty-six years. Listen as the Jewish Historian Josephus describes the magnificent splendor of the temple, “The exterior of the building wanted nothing that could astound either mind or eye. For, being covered on all sides with massive plates of gold, the sun was no sooner up than it radiated so fiery a flash that persons straining to look at it were compelled to avert their eyes, as from the solar rays. To approaching strangers it appeared from a distance like a snow clad mountain; for all that was not overlaid with gold was of purest white.”
Some of the stones of the temple were forty feet long by twelve feet high by eighteen feet wide. The temple was completed in A.D. 64) and built by the Herodian dynasty to win Jewish favor. (How our lives should capture the awe of others)
Verse 2, Jesus’ response was a startling prediction of the total destruction of the magnificent temple. This prophecy was fulfilled in A.D. 70 when the Romans utterly destroyed the temple and the whole city.