by Mike Ratliff
12 On the next day, when they had left Bethany, He became hungry. 13 Seeing at a distance a fig tree in leaf, He went to see if perhaps He would find anything on it; and when He came to it, He found nothing but leaves, for it was not the season for figs. 14 He said to it, “May no one ever eat fruit from you again!” And His disciples were listening.Mark 11:12-14 (NASB)
in yesterday’s post Signs we are close to the time of the end we looked at some details about the 3rd Temple, the coming of the AntiChrist, and the Great Apostasy along with many other topics dealing with all that. In this post we will look at why the Jews missed their Messiah when he came and, therefore, will be duped into following the counterfeit messiah, the AntiChrist, when he comes on the scene when the Lamb opens the 1st Seal.
Let’s start with a sermon my John MacArthur about the passage I placed at the top of this post. Here is the link to it. I hope you listen to that sermon or read it. In it we see why or Lord cleansed the Temple just a few days before He was crucified. Why did he do that? The Temple worship system was corrupt. The leaders were corrupt and hypocrites. They preyed on the people, actually stole money from them through schemes.
Who were those who opposed our Lord in His ministry the most? It was the Jewish religious leaders. Temple worship was not glorifying God because it was corrupt. These leaders also kept other Jews from recognizing Jesus as the Messiah. Now, here we are in 2022 and the Jews are still looking for their Messiah. As Christians, we know who He is and because of our faith in Him be have been Justified. This is a something the Jews are blind to. I watched a documentary last night after I posted my article on the end times. The documentary was about the process the Temple organization is going through to determine where to build the new Temple and when. Once again, the leadership were adamant that they will probably have to wait for the Messiah to come and he will build it. I was stunned by this. Jesus is the Messiah. He has already come. So, who is going to come and claim he is the Messiah and do this? Scripture is clear that it is the AntiChrist. in Daniel the Beast makes that covenant with Israeli for 7 years and right in the middle of it he stops worship in the temple and goes in an presents himself as God in the Holy of Holies. By-the-way, they have determined that the Dome of the Rock Mosque or Shrine on the Temple Mount covers the site of the Temple’s Holy of Holies. So, in order to replace that structure with the Temple, it will take some pretty fantastic political maneuvering by someone with a lot of power. Not long ago we looked at another John MacArthur’s sermon in which he showed that the AntiChrist was actually the Muslim Mahdi and the false prophet is the Muslim “Jesus”. Here the link to that post.
Soli Deo Gloria!