“Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will by no means pass away. But take heed to yourselves, lest your hearts be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness, and cares of this life, and that Day come on you unexpectedly. For it will come as a snare on all those who dwell on the face of the whole earth.
“Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man.”
We have previously posted proofs in the very words Jesus spoke that he was warning his disciples that Jerusalem, the Temple, and the entire Hebrew system would shortly be coming to an end within the hearer’s lifetimes. Don’t go to sleep at the wheel, but watch and see what comes out of that reasoning now.
We have already explored that the Temple worship ended with the destruction of the temple genealogies in AD 70; that the Jews would lose the war and would be conscripted and dispersed as a people so that they could no longer worship as God had bidden them.
So the Lord closed the Temple for business in 70 AD. He finished any thought of going back to Judaism to worship by 135. It is a dead religion.
Now it seems that some of themÂ will smack their heads against a remaining foundation wall in an outward show of holiness and piety, all the while serving the dead. They cannot and do not worship as they had been bidden – and they couldn’t if they tried. They rejected the counsel of God and killed his Son and heir, just as it was stated by Jesus.
Does God require petitioners to pound their heads on stone when they pray? Is one stone better than another for such a display? How does this alter what has happened to them?
I would suggest that they don’t get it to this day. They will worship a vain religion rather than to seek the truth and to admit that it is over.
The point to that is (as you know) that you must repent and accept the working of God. It has been written of since writing started, and is covered in both the OT and NT. You now must accept the Christ as the Savior, the Son of God, or you and anyone else that will not hear will be condemned. That, in a nutshell, is exactly what happened to this people.
And yet the end of Israel did not come without an offer of deliverance, for the Kingdom of Heaven would be near. That means it was close by. It was sitting on a siding, with a full head of steam, getting ready to come down the main track to the final destination. The apostles and disciples were told by Jesus that redemption was near. The testator was to die imminently, and the New Testament was to become the document of force. The Kingdom of heaven was to be turned over to men out of Israel and then out of the nations, in short order. But the leaders of the Jews would reject it just exactly as the prophets had said.
At this point it might be useful to note something in the 12th chapter ofÂ Hebrews. Part of what the writer states there is this: “Seeing that we have received (past tense from the writer’s point of view) a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and Godly fear; for our God is a consuming fire.”
That can only mean that the promised Kingdom has been here since those times and that all we have to do is locate it and make it our business to get on the inside. But it is not the old system of Jewish worship for that was removed, just as Christ addressed in Luke 21 and in the companion passages of Matthew 24 and Mark 13.
Then did Jesus answer the question he was asked, or did he ignoreÂ them and talk about something completely different? Did he answer some unasked question instead?
What do you think happened?