This end is the great tribulation mentioned in Matthew 24:21,22
The explanation of Matthew 24 allows us to better understand when the period of the destruction of Babylon the Great occur, followed by the great tribulation which will last only one day according to the prophecy of Zechariah
14:7 ("one day") . The question of the disciples followed a surprising statement of Christ about the temple in Jerusalem: "In response he said to them: “Do you not see all these things? Truly I say to you, by no means will a stone be left here upon a
stone and not be thrown down" (Matthew 24:2). The verse 3, quoted above, tells us that Jesus Christ and the disciples were on the Mount of Olives at the east side of the city of Jerusalem, overlooking the Temple Mount. So, "Do you not see all these things?",
hints at the panoramic view of the entire old city and the temple below.
The information from Christ suggests that the temple would be completely destroyed by an earthquake during the Great Tribulation: "by no means will
a stone be left here upon a stone and not be thrown down". This means that the city of Jerusalem and what is currently left of its temple, will be completely destroyed by an earthquake, during the great tribulation: "For then there will be great tribulation
such as has not occurred since the world’s beginning until now, no, nor will occur again" (Matthew 24:21). It is obvious that it would not be the Roman army of the general, Titus, who in the year 70 CE, would turn the temple stones upside down. And the
current wailing temple wall is historical testimony to this, demonstrating that this prophecy would only come true during the future great tribulation on present-day Jerusalem.
The first part begins from verse 4 and ends
at verse 22. The peculiarity of this part is that it is geographically centered on Jerusalem, and the imminence of its destruction. The other peculiarity is that it is fulfilled in two stages. The first (not completed) is the destruction of the temple and
the devastation of the city of Jerusalem in 70 CE (not mentioned in the Bible) (except for verses 21 and 22 which mention the great tribulation over Jerusalem which will be, both, international). This first fulfillment is based on the prophecy of 70 weeks
of years, of Daniel chapter 9:24-27, which announced the end of the special covenant of God with the earthly Israel (verse 27a). This period of 70 weeks of years ended in 36 CE, when Officer Cornelius has been baptized, Jehovah God turned his attention to
all nations. Henceforth, God's special relationship with the earthly nation of Israel had ended definitively (Acts 10). Currently, the city of ancient Jerusalem has been rebuilt but no longer has the biblical status of the world capital of Jehovah's worship
(See Matthew 23:38 "Look! Your house is abandoned to you"). This old Jerusalem will be replaced by a New Heavenly Jerusalem which will rule over the whole earth (Revelation 21:1-4).
The future destruction of present-day
Jerusalem during the great tribulation, announced prophetically by Jesus Christ, is also confirmed in the prophecy of Zechariah: "Jehovah will go out and war against those nations as when he fights in the day of a battle. In that day his feet will stand on
the Mount of Olives, which faces Jerusalem on the east; and the Mount of Olives will be split in half, from east to west, forming a very great valley; and half of the mountain will move to the north, and half of it to the south. You will flee to the valley
of my mountains, for the valley of the mountains will extend all the way to Azel. You will have to flee, just as you fled because of the earthquake in the days of King Uzziah of Judah. And Jehovah my God will come, and all the holy ones will be with him" (Zechariah
In the same way that this prophecy mentions that the chosen ones would flee from Jerusalem to save their lives, so Jesus Christ recommended them to flee the city before the future great tribulation: "Therefore,
when you catch sight of the disgusting thing that causes desolation, as spoken about by Daniel the prophet, standing in a holy place (let the reader use discernment), then let those in Judea begin fleeing to the mountains. Let the man on the housetop not come
down to take the goods out of his house, and let the man in the field not return to pick up his outer garment. Woe to the pregnant women and those nursing a baby in those days! Keep praying that your flight may not occur in wintertime nor on the Sabbath day;
for then there will be great tribulation such as has not occurred since the world’s beginning until now, no, nor will occur again" (Matthew 24:15-21).
"When you catch sight of the disgusting thing that causes desolation,
as spoken about by Daniel the prophet, standing in a holy place (let the reader use discernment)": This prophecy mentioned by Christ is based on the passage of Daniel 9:27b: "And upon the wing of disgusting things there will be the one causing desolation;
and until an extermination, the very thing decided upon will go pouring out also upon the one lying desolate". The first fulfillment (not mentioned in the Bible), happened in the year 66 CE. The Roman general Cestius Gallus, during the first siege of Jerusalem,
partially came into the city by destroying part of the outer wall of the great temple. However, for unexplained reasons Cestus Gallus left without completing this siege. This unprecedented situation allowed the Christians of Jerusalem (the chosen ones), to
flee the city, before its destruction in the year 70 CE, by the Roman general Titus.
The second fulfillment of Daniel 9:27b and Matthew 24:15, took place today, shortly before the future great tribulation mentioned in Daniel
12:1 and Matthew 24:21. In the prophecy of the King of the North and the King of the South, it is written that the King of the South, the current dominant world power, would install his "royal tents" in Jerusalem, a holy place, shortly before the great tribulation:
"And he will plant his royal tents between the grand sea and the holy mountain of Decoration; and he will come all the way to his end, and there will be no helper for him" (Daniel 11:45). The fulfillment of this biblical prophecy took place on May 14, 2018,
during the inauguration of the "royal tents" of the King of the South, the American embassy in Israel, located very exactly at the foot of the "holy mountain of Decoration", and between the "grand sea" (the Mediterranean Sea). This is the clue that shows that
we are very close to the great tribulation, according to the end of Daniel's prophecy of the two kings and as well as the converging one of the prophecy of Jesus Christ:
"During that time Michael will stand up, the great
prince who is standing in behalf of your people. And there will occur a time of distress such as has not occurred since there came to be a nation until that time. And during that time your people will escape, everyone who is found written down in the book"
"for then there will be great tribulation such as has not occurred since the world’s beginning until now, no, nor will occur again. In fact, unless those days were cut short, no flesh would be saved;
but on account of the chosen ones those days will be cut short" (Matthew 24: 21,22).
The very fact that Jesus Christ said that there would be the great tribulation in the place of the geographical location of the present-day
Jerusalem, shows that the day and the hour of the beginning of this dramatic planetary event, will begin from its time zone (C.U.T. Hour + 2) (Matthew 24:2, 21; Zechariah 14:3-5).
Matthew 24: 23-28 is an important transition
with the second part: "Then if anyone says to you, ‘Look! Here is the Christ,’ or, ‘There!’ do not believe it. For false Christs and false prophets will arise and will perform great signs and wonders so as to mislead, if possible, even
the chosen ones. Look! I have forewarned you. Therefore, if people say to you, ‘Look! He is in the wilderness,’ do not go out; ‘Look! He is in the inner rooms,’ do not believe it. For just as the lightning comes out of the east and
shines over to the west, so the presence of the Son of man will be. Wherever the carcass is, there the eagles will be gathered together".
Jesus Christ said that his first presence on earth would only be understood by humans
with an insight comparable to the visual acuity of eagles (the chosen ones) (acuity three times greater than that of humans): As indicated by Jesus Christ , the first "eagles" were at the feet of the dead body of Jesus Christ, at the end of his first presence
on earth, from the year 29 to the year 33 CE, at the time of his death: "Wherever the carcass is, there the eagles will be gathered together" (Matthew 27:55,56; John 19:25-27). Among these spiritual "eagles" was the apostle John who would write the book of
Revelation. According to Daniel's prophecy, some insightful, spiritual eagles, have understood the moment his second presence, since 1914 and will discern in advance, his future coming for the world judgment, at the great tribulation (Matthew 25:31; Revelation
3:3): "Many will cleanse themselves and whiten themselves and will be refined. And the wicked ones will act wickedly, and none of the wicked will understand; but those having insight will understand" (Daniel 12:10).
"Immediately after the tribulation of those days, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will fall from heaven, and the
powers of the heavens will be shaken"