Main reference: Mt 24
Matthew, who recorded the Gospel of Matthew, was a disciple of Jesus. The place where Jesus preached the main reference (Mt 24) was at the Mount of Olives, and the time was about 2,000 years ago.
The events of Matthew 23 were events that occurred during the First Coming, and the event of Matthew 24 were events that will occur during Jesus’ second coming. Those who asked questions in chapter 24 were the disciples of Jesus, and the one who answered was Jesus. The content of the question is as follows.
As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately. “Tell us,” they said, “when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?”
The reason why the disciples asked the questions is because they heard the words from Jesus that not one stone of the temple of Jerusalem would be left on another, all would be thrown down. The answer that he gave first was, “Watch out that no one deceives you.” (Verse 4 and the rest of the quote is from Mt 24.). He said, “For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many (verse 5).” And the words he spoke continue as follows (verses 6-14).
You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. 7 Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. 8 All these are the beginning of birth pains. 9 “Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me. 10 At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, 11 and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. 12 Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, 13 but he who stands firm to the end will be saved. 14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.
As seen in the previous passages, what kind of kingdom is the kingdom when it says that a [kingdom will rise against kingdom], what are famines and earthquakes, and who betrays whom concerning that many will turn away from the faith and will betray one another? The kingdom is the denomination of the chosen people, the kingdom of God, and the other kingdom is Babylon, the kingdom of demons that destroyed Jerusalem. Considering that the temple of Jerusalem will be thrown down and many false prophets will appear at this time. This war is a war of religions. And considering that people will turn away from the faith and betray one another to fall into death, which is the kingdom of Babylon, this war is not a physical war. When it says that there will be famines and earthquakes in various places, an earthquake refers to the heart of a man formed with dust shaking, and famine refers to the spiritual famine of the Word (water) due to war (Am 8:11).
This war is like the war that was fought between John the Baptist and the Pharisee pastors at the First Coming. Like you see the destroyer [the abomination that causes desolation] standing in the holy place, that is, the pulpit of the temple, this is a religious war, not a physical war.
At this time, the mountain that one has to flee to is Mount Zion (Rv 14) where God dwells. Those on the housetop (heaven) refer to the people who belong to God, and the things in the house refer to the things of the destroyer, Satan. Thus, when Jesus said not to go down to take anything out of the house means that no one must linger on the things of the destroyer (wine of immorality: the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil).
Those in the field are the people who evangelize in the world, and pregnant women and nursing mothers are the pastors of Jerusalem seized by the destroyer. Pregnant women are the pastors who have the Word (Lk 8:11) (who teach and lead the congregation members with the Word), and nursing mothers are the pastors (evangelists) who nurture the congregation members by receiving spiritual milk, that is, the Word (1 Cor 3:2). This is connected with the Word of Galatians 4:19 that Apostle Paul recorded.
When it says to pray that your flight will not take place in winter or on the Sabbath means to be awake and not rest like people do in winter or on the Sabbath (this means you have to be awake and flee away from the destroyer when you have to). At the Second Coming, in the last days, the great tribulation occurs when Spiritual Israel, the tabernacle of the chosen people of God, is destroyed by the gentile destroyers. This is now happening for the first time since creation. When they are taken into captivity by the destroyers, God said that He would shorten the days of captivity for the flesh to be saved. The days of the captivity of Jerusalem at the time of the Old Testament amounted to 70 years (Zec 1:12-16, Dn 9:2, Jer 25:11), and the shortened days were three and half years (Rv 11:2-3, 13:5).
It is said that at this time of distress, false prophets and false Christs will appear, and they will deceive even the elect if possible. We should remember verse 4 of the main reference. Jesus warned us in advance, “If anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or, ‘There he is!’ do not believe it, and if anyone tells you, ‘There he is, out in the desert,’ do not go out.” (verses 23 and 26). Since Jesus said he will come like lightening at this time, he makes us know that he (Jesus) will come and work in spirit.
It is said that immediately after the distress of those days, the sun will darken, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will fall from the sky (verse 29). This means that the chosen people of Jerusalem used to belong to heaven, that is, to God, just like the sun, moon, and stars belong to heaven (refer to Gn 37:9-11), but they fell due to the destroyer and became the possessions or captives of the destroyer. Thus, this indicates the end of Jerusalem, which is the tabernacle of the chosen people, and makes us know that the destroyer, Satan and his pastor reign over them. Since the sun, moon, and stars, that is, Israel, lost its light, it became night.
At this time, the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and he will send his angels to gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other (verses 30-31). Both Jesus, who is coming again, and his angels are spirits. Who will these spirits choose to harvest? Do you know? Will you recognize it when you see them? Don’t you think it would be the same as at the time of Jesus’ first coming where people did not know even though they saw it? Those who turned their backs (betrayers) to the promised Word (New Testament) and those who are ignorant will never know even if they see and hear this. This is why it is said to gather his ‘elect’.
Even so, when you see all these things, you know that it is near, right at the door (verse 33). However, the blind will not know even if they see these things. Jesus said, “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away” (verse 35). It is heaven and earth that pass away (Rv 6:12-14, Rv 21:1), and heaven and earth that are newly created (Rv 7, 14). Do you know this? Jesus told us to see and know, and said, “No one knows about the day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father,” and he did not tell us (verse 36). Thus, he said this day will be just like it was in the days of Noah and Lot (verses 37-39, Lk 17:26-30).
After the destruction of Spiritual Israel, there is the work of harvest, that is, the work of gathering, and the recreation. God destroyed Spiritual Israel because they were ignorant, arrogant, and corrupt, and He needed to recreate His new nation. Therefore, since you do not know which day or time the harvester will come to you; you always have to be awake (verses 40-44).
At this time, Jesus promised to put the one who gives food to the servants in the household (church members) at the proper time in charge of all the Lord’s possessions (verses 45-47). Regarding this ‘food at the proper time’, when the events of Matthew 24 are taking place, the Word of Matthew 24 is the food at this time, and when the events of all the chapters of Revelation are taking place, the Word of the true meaning of all the chapters of Revelation become the true food at this time. However, the ignorant and blind do not know either the work at this time or the food at this time.
Let us summarize the main reference. Before the events of Matthew 24 take place, there was the temple of Jerusalem, that is, the church that belonged to God, and the congregation members. But in order to fulfill the Word of Matthew 24, the destroyer from the nation of demons, Babylon, invaded the temple of Jerusalem (church) and destroyed it. The verse that not one stone there will be left upon another and that everyone will be thrown down applies to all the churches. This was spoken through a parable where the sun, moon, and stars that once belonged to heaven lost their light and fell down to the ground. And the church of Jerusalem and its congregation members became the captives of the destroyer. This is why Jesus said he who is light will come with the angels and gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other, like a thief in the night where there is no light. The reason why he gathers like a thief is because everyone is captured by Babylon. This is the end and the destruction of the churches, so there is now the harvest and the creation of the new nation.
A true congregation member should know the Bible and its meaning so that it can become their food and they can receive salvation. And he or she should belong to the one who gives food at the proper time in order to become someone who acts according to the Will and receives salvation.