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June 21, 2012
What About Luke 17: 22 - 37?
In Luke 17: 22 Jesus was talking to His disciples and He said, "The days will come when you will long to see one of the days of the Son of Man, and you will not see it.". Remember this verse! It is talking about Jesus' return.
The disciples saw the day when He was revealed to men the first time in the flesh (John 1: 1 - 14). He was seen as the Lamb of God (John 1: 36). "...God (Jesus) was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up in glory (Heaven)" (I Tim. 3: 16, KJV). However, that was not the comings that Jesus was referring to. The disciples (while in their earthly bodies) would not see the day when Jesus would come in the Rapture. That's because it will happen 2000 years later, more or less. Nor would they see the day when He returns to earth as King, coming in His glory (Matt. 25: 31), which will happen 7 years after the Rapture. That is what, I believe, "the days" (Luke 17: 22) are referring to, the Rapture and the Second Coming (the Second Advent). The disciples will long to see Jesus' return, one of the days of the Son of man, but they will not see it.
Jesus warned His disciples in Luke 17: 23 not to follow those who tell them to look here or there for Him (Jesus). Jesus knew that men would claim to be Christ and deceive many. (See also Luke 21: 8.). The Lord also knew that He was going to Heaven and remain there until the time of His return, in the Rapture first, then 7 years later, in the Second Advent (the Second Coming of Christ, the Revelation).
Jesus continued talking about His return in Luke 17: 24, telling His disciples what it will be like when He returns to earth. In Luke 17: 25 Jesus told the disciples that other things would happen first before He would return, His sufferings, and so forth. Then in Luke 17: 26 - 30 the Lord gave His disciples information concerning what it would be like on earth when His coming was near. [Luke 17: 26 has to do with what happens before the Rapture and Second Coming take place. "... so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man." See also Luke 17: 22. The word "...days..." in Luke 17: 22 and 26 are referring to those two events.].
Luke 17: 31 says, "In (on) that day,...". What day? Take a look at the end of Luke 17: 30. It is talking about the Lord's return, the Second Advent (the Second Coming of Christ). Luke 17: 31 talks about the things that will happen right before and up to the time He returns to earth. Some individuals may think that Luke 17: 31 - 37 refer to the event that Luke 21: 5 - 6, 20 - 23 and the first half of verse 24 mention. However, that is not the case. Luke 17: 30 is referring to the Second Coming of Christ. The things that Luke 17: 31 - 33, 34 - 37 talk about are the things that happen before (leading up to) The War Against Jerusalem which is in progress when Jesus returns to earth. So those two events are in connection with each other. (Read Rev. 19: 11, 15, 17 - 18, 19, 21.). (See also Rev. 14: 20. That is the city of Jerusalem.).
Luke 21: 20 - 21, 22 - 23, Matthew 24: 16 - 18, 19 - 20, and Luke 17: 31 - 33 are similar passages. These passages may appear to be talking about the same event, but that is not the case. They are three separate events in those above passages. Let me explain.
The first event: Luke 21: 21 refers to the destruction of Jerusalem. (Luke 19: 41 - 42, 43 - 44, 21: 5 - 6, 20 - 23 and the first part of verse 24 refer to the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 A.D. as well. See also Matthew 24: 1 - 2.). The second one: Matthew 24: 15, 16 - 20 is another event where many Jews flee for their lives in the middle of the tribulation period (Matt. 24: 15), the 70th week of Daniel (Matt. 24: 21), and on into the first part of the last half of that period. They will continue to flee for a short time (Matt. 24: 22) during the 5th and 6th seals (Rev. 6). The remaining portion will have to hide during the remaining days of the last 3½ years (1260 days, 42 months). The Gentiles will flee during that time as well. The third thing: Luke 17: 26 - 28, 30, 31, 34 - 37 is referring to the things that will happen right before and up to the Second Advent, the Second Coming, the Revelation, itself. The War Against Jerusalem will be in progress before Jesus returns to earth. It is my belief that during that battle some of the Jews/Israelites will be captured and others will flee.
The things that are mentioned in Luke 17: 26 - 30, 34 - 36 and Matthew 24: 36 - 44 may appear to be talking about the same event. However, that is not the case. Luke 17: 26 - 30, 34 - 36 is referring to the Second Coming of Christ. Whereas Matthew 24: 36 - 44 is referring to the Rapture.
Luke 21: 20 - 23 and the first part of verse 24 are referring to the event that was fulfilled in 70 A.D., the destruction of Jerusalem. Matthew 24: 16 - 28 is referring to the last half of the tribulation period, the last 3½ years, and those are the events that lead up to Jesus' return to earth.
Luke 17: 34 - 36 will take place shortly before Jesus returns to earth which indicate that some Jews will be taken captive (Zech. 14: 1 - 2); "...one will be taken, the other will be left." (See explanation in the next paragraph.). These above verses are referring to the Israelites who are in the city of Jerusalem right before the Lord returns to earth. Luke 17: 34 - 36 is also referring to Jesus' returning to earth. And, I believe, some of the Jews will flee shortly before and probably right up to the time of the Lord's return to earth. So Luke 17: 22 - 37 (22, 24, 30) is referring to Jesus' returning to earth in the Second Advent, the Second Coming, and The War Against Jerusalem. (Read Luke 17: 37, Matt. 24: 28, Rev. 19: 17 - 18.).
Do not associate Matthew 24: 40 - 41 with Luke 17: 34 - 36 because they are talking about two different events. Matthew 24: 40 - 41 is referring to the Rapture (Matt. 24: 44) and as to how the Christians will be taken up into Heaven when it happens. When the Second Coming takes place one will not be taken up into Heaven, and the other left here on earth. (See the above paragraph for the explanation of Luke 17: 34 - 36.). I believe that Luke 17: 24 and 37 are referring to the same event as Matthew 24: 27 - 28 and Revelation 19: 11, 17 - 18 refer to the Second Coming of Christ and The War Against Jerusalem.
Now let me tell you why I believe that some of the Jews/Israelites will flee. Here are some verses that are in connection with the Second Coming of Christ and The War Against Jerusalem. That is, when those Jews flee.
"Then shall the LORD go forth, and fight against those nations, as when He fought in the day of battle." (Zech. 14: 3)
Remember, The War Against Jerusalem is in progress. Jesus is descending from the sky toward the Mount of Olives (Rev. 19: 11).
"And His (Jesus') feet shall stand in (on) that day upon the Mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the Mount of Olives shall cleave (split) in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove (move) toward the north, and half of it toward the south." (Zech. 14: 4)
The Mount of Olives will split in two when Jesus' feet touch down on the mount where they last stood (Acts 1: 9 - 12). This will happen after Revelation 19: 21 is fulfilled.
Now, here is the verse which leads me to believe that some of the Israelites will flee. It is in connection with the Second Coming of Christ, and so was Zechariah 14: 3 - 4.
"And ye shall flee to the valley of the mountains; for the valley of the mountains shall reach unto Azal: yea, ye shall flee, like as ye fled from before the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah: and the LORD my God shall come, and all the saints with thee [Him]." (Zech. 14: 5)
Apparently some of the Jews/Israelites will flee from Jerusalem before Jesus returns to earth.
So, Luke 17: 22 - 24, 26 - 30, 31 - 37 are in reference to Jesus' return to earth in the Revelation/Second Coming (17: 22, 24, 30) and The War Against Jerusalem (17: 31 - 37). Luke 21: 5 - 6, 20 - 23 and the first part of Luke 21: 24 are referring to the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 A.D.. Luke 17: 31 - 37 and Matthew 24: 16 - 20 are not referring to the same events. Matthew 24: 16 - 20 is referring to the first part of the last half of the tribulation period. Just because the Scriptures appear to have similar language/writings does not mean they are referring to the same event. [Note: Luke 17: 22 and 26 are referring to the Rapture and Revelation by using the word "days" in the plural.].
(Zechariah 14: 4 and 5 tell us the details concerning the events that happen when the Second Coming is taking place, and so do Revelation 19: 11, 15, 17 - 18, 19, 21. See also Zechariah 14: 1 - 2, 4 - 5, Joel 3: 2, 9, 11 - 12, 14, 16. Here are some chapters and verses that refer to the 1000 year reign of Christ. See Zechariah 14: 6 - 11, 16 - 21, Joel 3: 17 - 21.).
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