For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God.
(1 Thessalonians 4:6)
As He was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things happen, and what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?” And Jesus answered and said to them, “See to it that no one misleads you. “For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will mislead many. You will be hearing of wars and rumours of wars. See that you are not frightened, for those things must take place, but that is not yet the end. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and in various places there will be famines and earthquakes. But all these things are merely the beginning of birth pangs….Therefore when you see the ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION which was spoken of through Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place (let the reader understand)… For then there will be a great tribulation, such as has not occurred since the beginning of the world until now, nor ever will….For false Christs and false prophets will arise and will show great signs and wonders, so as to mislead, if possible, even the elect….But immediately after the tribulation of those days THE SUN WILL BE DARKENED, AND THE MOON WILL NOT GIVE ITS LIGHT, AND THE STARS WILL FALL from the sky, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. And then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the son of man coming on the clouds of the sky with power and great glory…
(Matthew chapter 24)
Jesus’ disciples asked Him concerning the sign of His coming and the End of the World. Jesus gave them several signs that would occur before this event, but first He warned that there would be an increase in the number of false Christs and false prophets who would deceive many.
There will be wars and rumours of the threat of war. He speaks of great famines and earthquakes in various places. Yet these will not be the way things will end, these are but the beginning.
He then points them to the message contained in the Book of Daniel concerning something called THE ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION. Daniel speaks of a future ruler:
Forces from him will arise, desecrate the Holy Place and do away with the regular sacrifice. And they will set up the abomination of desolation. (Daniel 11:32)
The Holy Place that He speaks of is the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem and the regular sacrifice refers to the animal sacrifices that were carried out there. So the ruler that is to come will stop the Jews from practicing their ritual sacrifices and set up this abominable thing in the temple.
Within 40 years of this prophecy, the Roman Legions of Titus destroyed the Temple that existed in Christ’s day. As Christ did not return at this time we can only assume that another temple is to be built in Jerusalem.
Does this seem far-fetched to you?
Well in 1987 a group of Jews, under the leadership of Rabbi Yisrael Ariel, set up the Machon HaMikdash (Temple Institute).
Rabbi Yisrael Ariel
The vision of these men was to build a Jewish Temple in Jerusalem. For the past 30 years the Institute has been fabricating the vessels and musical instruments for the temple. The priests have been selected and even the High Priest has also been appointed.
The New Temple has already been designed and for the past few years the Priests have even sought to restore the yearly Passover sacrifice.
Kohanim (Jewish priests) make a priestly blessing in authentic Temple garb over the sacrifice of the Pascal Lamb. (Courtesy, United Mikdash Movements)
It is no longer a question of if the temple will be built but when!
The prophetic word IS coming true, and it is no more outlandish than telling the Jews in the Nazi death camps in 1943 that within 5 years the State of Israel would exist!
For centuries the restoration of the Jewish homeland was seen as nothing more than a vague hope, yet this vague hope became a concrete reality in 1948.
England’s most influential non-conformist preacher and popular theologian in the last half of the 19th century, Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-92) wrote:
“We shall at once profess our attachment to the pre-millennial school interpretation, and the literal reading of those Scriptures that predict the return of the Jews to their own land.” (Jerusalem Which is Above,” Sword and Trowel, August 1866, pg. 372)
In 1607, Thomas Brightman published a book in Basel called “Revelation of the Revelation”. In this book he wrote:
“What, shall they return to Jerusalem again? There is nothing more certain; the prophets do everywhere confirm it.”
In Revelation John speaks of the coming ruler (aka The Beast) who would set up the abomination in the Temple and force everyone to receive a mark in his or her right hand or forehead. This mark would be the infamous 666.
And he causes all, the small and the great, and the rich and the poor, and the free men and the slaves, to be given a mark on their right hand or on their forehead, and he provides that no one will be able to buy or to sell, except the one who has the mark, either the name of the beast or the number of his name. Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for the number is that of a man; and his number is six hundred and sixty-six. (Revelation 13:16-18)
The word translated into English as “Mark” is the Greek word χάραγμα (Charagma), which literally means a branding or a tattoo. Many believe that this mark will be a computerised chip however a chip must be inserted under the skin. The Book of Revelation states that it is a mark on the skin.
In 2014 the Motorola Company, with funding from the US Government Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), revealed it’s latest invention the e-tattoo.
Patently Apple reported in an article in January 2014:
While reading Motorola’s patent, we discovered a very bizarre entry as follows: “Optionally, the electronic skin tattoo can further include a galvanic skin response detector to detect skin resistance of a user. It is contemplated that a user that may be nervous or engaging in speaking falsehoods may exhibit different galvanic skin responses than a more confident, truth telling individual.”
Extreme Tech‘s John Hewett reported in January, 2014:
Motorola patents e-tattoo that can read your thoughts by listening to unvocalized words in your throat:
Incredibly, a new application from Google-owned Motorola Mobility seeks a patent not for any particular utensil, but rather, for setting the table. In other words, if you have an electronic smart tattoo, and want it to speak to your mobile communications device, you may soon be able to do it in spades, but you will have to do it Google style.
But hold on for a minute, as there is a bit more to the whole concept than might first appear. The tattoo they have in mind is actually one that will be emblazoned over your vocal cords to intercept subtle voice commands — perhaps even subvocal commands, or even the fully internal whisperings that fail to pluck the vocal cords when not given full cerebral approval. One might even conclude that they are not just patenting device communications from a patch of smartskin, but communications from your soul.
This has all the hallmarks of “Big Brother” and could very well be the mark of the Beast of Revelation.
When Jesus returns He will not come as a “Meek and Mild” baby, He will come as the scriptures declare:
…to judge the living and the dead, and by His appearing and His kingdom:
(2 Timothy 4:1)
Turn to Christ today that you may be spared from the judgment that is to come when He returns. Do not delay!