Originally posted by hab22
Study out the "parousia" or coming of Christ throughout the New Testament. Clearly has the connotation of the return of Christ, i.e. his appearing.
I mean, read the book of Revelation, for heavens sake.
The book of Revelation was the first book of the Bible I ever read.
Not long ago, I translated the book of Revelation from the original Greek.
After that, I made an audio version of my original translation of Revelation.
I've read the book once or twice
In Christ's discourse, parousia
only appears long after this mention of the "abomination that causes desolation." In the immediate context,
Christ uses the word erchomai
- though, that's really just highlighting a different aspect of that same thing. Erchomai
connotation of a god coming to Earth. Parousia
has the connotation of a military official coming in victory.
You'll also notice that the disciples asked Jesus about the ultimate end (sunteleia
), while Jesus told them about the goal (telos
The context is most certainly the destruction of Jerusalem. Otherwise, Jesus was a liar when he said all of these things in this discourse would
happen to "this generation" (Matthew 24:34).
As for the gap between the first half and the second half of the seventieth week of Daniel, I see it as the "mystery" of the Church age. As
Paul said to the Corinthians, had Satan known the mystery, he would not have crucified the Lord of glory.
And, of course, it doesn't really matter how you or I see it. What matters is what God has revealed as truth in his Word. We can't go inserting gaps
into things just because we want parts to still be future for us. Every belief and interpretation we have must be backed by Scripture.
Everything in Daniel 9 has been fulfilled. Every requirement for the end of the 70th week, listed in Daniel 9:24, has been fulfilled. Ask me to give
Scripture to back this up, and I will (it might take some time, in my sleep-deprived state, but I'll get there).
Not to be argumentative. I respect all positions. I enjoy the dialogue as long as it doesnt get personal or derogatory. Iron sharpens iron.
Love you, bro.
That's alright, I don't mind argumentative (in the 'debate' sense of the word). When trying to testify of God's Word, nothing is ever gained by