Originally posted by DISRAELI
And IF the "trampling over the holy city" is to be identified with the "war on the saints",
THEN the "trampling" belongs to that future time as well, which means detaching it from the events of A.D.70. It refers to an event
comparable to the Roman conquest, not the conquest itself.
I think the writers are always refering to the scripture, so we needn't look to 70ad for anything at all. If God wants us to know something, He will
put it in the bible. If God wanted us to think that the 70ad war was relevant to His testimony, then He would've included some account of it in the
bible- but He didn't, so it isn't at all important to Him to convey to the world. I believe we should always look to the bible to understand the
bible- and NEVER anywhere else.
This is what Jesus said:
Lu 21:20 And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh.
Now there is only one place in the bible where this occurred:
2Ki 25:1 And it came to pass in the ninth year of his reign, in the tenth month, in the tenth day of the month, that Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon
came, he, and all his host, against Jerusalem, and pitched against it; and they built forts against it round about.
Jer 52:4 And it came to pass in the ninth year of his reign, in the tenth month, in the tenth day of the month, that Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon
came, he and all his army, against Jerusalem, and pitched against it, and built forts against it round about.
So in the bible, we see that it is the King of Babel that encompassed Jerusalem with armies- and Jesus is stirring up our remembrance of that event by
using the words "Jerusalem compassed with armies" to describe the coming desolation of Jerusalem.
Now, "Babylon" is actually a Gentile name- in the Hebrew text it is "Babel" as in the infamous city and tower; so this is really the "King of
Babel" and we all know that Babel means "confusion"; so this title "King of Babylon" literally reads "King of Confusion"- now, if I were to ask
a Christian "Who is the King of Confusion?" I think the answer would pretty well be a resounding, "Satan"
So what do we have here? We have the King of Confusion coming to trample Jerusalem down, conquer the holy people, and carry them away captive into
Confusion/Babel/Babylon. This is basically Jeremiah's entire message: The King of Confusion is coming to attack this city and carry the inhabitants
away captive into Confusion. This is the role of the second beast- and this is why he is repeating the actions of the King of Confusion- because it
was the King of Confusion who made war against the holy people, conquered them, and carried them away out of their own land and into Confusion; this
is the same King of Confusion that built an image at Dan 3 and required every "people, nation and tongue" to fall down and worship, or die; and
likewise we see the second beast doing the exact same things.
Consider that the entire book of Jeremiah is like a preview of the end of the Christian church; and at the end, the "Jeremiah" of the church would
be warning the Christians that they have horrifically handled the Word of Truth and caused the entire world to fall into confusion because of their
petty bickerings over doctrines and refusal to hear any doctrine than the one they were tauight by their parents. And through their supplanting truth
with their false traditions, they have, like the Jews before them, brought disaster upon themselves- thus as Jeremiah warned the Jews, the King of
Babel is coming to judge this nation; likewise I warn, the King of Confusion is coming to judge this church and every professed member of the church,
to conquer and overthrow them all, and carry them away captive into Confusion.
Here is how it looks to me to go down:
Satan and his angels are sent- by God Himself- to pretend to be Jesus and the saints returned from on high to establish the kingdom of God. Probably
this will take the form of a Catholic apocalypse; meaning, Satan will appear as the "Jesus of the Catholic church" probably heralded by the final
pope. All of the Christians will shout for joy when "Jesus" calls down fire from heaven to consume the armies of Islam; and saving the earthly
nation men call Israel. The Christians will praise "Jesus" and enthrone him as the capstone. This is what it means about the son of perdition
sitting in the temple; it means the false Jesus (Satan) will be made the head of the church by the Christians. As horrific as it may first sound; the
Christians are all going to become Satan worshippers- and through their error the rest of the earth will follow suite. All because they really never
cared about the bible enough to really read it; they just wanted a social club that made them look good in the eyes of their peers, and to just follow
the doctrine of what their parents had created for them to dwell within.