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I’ll just say it plainly, saying that Matthew 24 is referring to “business as usual” is just plain false, and I’m going to tell you exactly why that is. But first lets look at why Jesus said what he said. It all started with a simple yet complicated question.
“And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?” – Matthew 24:3
In order to stay on topic, we’ll skip the debate about whether or not the text refers to the end of the age or the end of the world. What we want to focus on is the question itself, “what shall be the sign of thy coming…”
Those that believe in the false teaching of “business as usual” are pushing the idea that Jesus gave them a big fat laundry list of NOTHING, ZILCH, ZERO, NADA in response to the disciple’s question. If the “business as usual” crowd is correct, then this chapter has to be the greatest use of sarcasm in the history of mankind. I love sarcasm BTW. Hats off to Jesus for that one.
Now back to reality. If we stay true to the Biblical text, without adding in our own bias and assumptions, it becomes clear that nothing in Jesus’ answer wasn’t sarcasm, and it certainly wasn’t business as usual. In fact, all of his answers referenced highly unusual events.
“And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.” – Matthew 24:4
People coming in the name of Christ specifically, was not business as usual when Christ was still alive. This statement indicates that there would be a purposeful deception by false teachers claiming to be Christ. Not just a Christ, but specifically using his name to deceive large amounts of people.
“And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.” – Matthew 24:6-7
While I will admit that wars and rumors of wars are indeed usual, the idea of nation rising against nation is not. The Greek word used does not refer to a nation as many of us think of it, but to “ethnicity”. Jesus was referring to a time when war and oppression would occur based solely on skin color and genetic lineage.
We know of many different reasons for war, such as political, religious, land, resources, and power, but the desire to wipe out people based solely on the color of their skin is a more recent thing.
- In Exodus, the Hebrew children were murdered so that they didn’t rise up and overthrow the Egyptians, but Hebrews and Egyptians still intermarried.
- All throughout the Bible, various people including Hebrews were taken into slavery as conquered nations, but not solely based on the color of their skin.
While there are many examples from all over the world of people being oppressed solely based on skin and racial heritage, America is more familiar to myself and many of the people that will read this page, so that’s what we’ll be using for an example.
- The placing of Native Americans on reservations was based solely on their ethnicity.
- The forcing of the Irish into ghettos was based solely on their ethnicity.
- Denying Asian immigrants any work except for the most dangerous jobs such as working on the dams, tunneling mines, and laying railroad tracks, was based solely on ethnicity.
- Segregating blacks from whites (whites only bathrooms, fountains, etc.), was based solely on ethnicity.
- Marijuana laws were originally created to oppress black, Filipino, and Latino people based solely on ethnicity.
Those that hate others based solely on skin color and ethnicity probably have no idea that they are fulfilling one of the signs mentioned in Matthew 24. However, this was not business as usual in the time of Christ.
“Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake. And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.” – Matthew 24:9-10
People being killed in the name of Christ was not business as usual before Christ was killed. In fact, it wasn’t until after the ascension that Christians started being hunted down and killed for professing a belief in Christ.
“And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.” – Matthew 24:14
The gospel that Jesus was referring to was new in the sense that it was being revealed plainly, even though it had been written cryptically in the Old Testament. His teachings were not business as usual, otherwise he would not have been crucified.
“For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.” – Matthew 24:21
Here we have Jesus himself saying that there was never anything like the tribulation that is coming, and there won’t be anything like it after. That automatically disqualifies it as being business as usual.
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“And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.” – Matthew 24:22
This is the only time in history, since Christ walked the earth, that the human race has been capable of wiping all flesh off of the planet. Swords, bows, spears, and even cannons could never wipe all flesh off of the planet. This was clearly a prophecy of something big and UNUSUAL.
“Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:” – Matthew 24:29
If this is business as usual, I’d love to see those that defend this position show me this occurring on a regular basis throughout history. It just doesn’t happen on a regular basis, so It can’t be business as usual.
“So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors.” – Matthew 24:33
If this was just business as usual as many people like to claim, this statement would make no sense at all. What “things” would we be looking to see, if there would be no difference at all? I’ll let that marinate for a moment, for those still grasping at straws to hold onto. For those that aren’t, let’s look at the real elephant in the room.
The HUGE PINK Elephant In The Room
While it seems like it should be case closed, there is a much larger, more controversial issue in the chapter, and it starts out as follows:
“But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only. But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.” – Matthew 24:36-39
The controversial portion that seems to point to something very unusual is the use of the word “they”. This single word has divided people into two very different positions on the interpretation on this section of text.
- Jesus is directly referencing the sons of God taking the daughters of men and having nephilim children.
- Jesus is saying that it will be “business as usual” until the time of his return.
In order to rightly divide the word of truth, we need to time travel back to our 5th grade English lessons and find out who “they” are.
Who Are “They” According To Scripture?
There are basically two ways to find out who “they” are. The first is to look at the verses immediately preceding the statement. The second is to reference the story of Noah and see who was eating, drinking, marrying, and giving in marriage. Matthew 24:36 mentions the following three specific groups:
- Father (God)
Now that we’ve determined three possible definitions to the word “they”, we need to turn to Genesis 6:1-4 in order to find out which group the statement applies to.
Who Was Marrying In Genesis 6?
“And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them, That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose.” – Genesis 6:1-2
In the first two verses of the chapter, we find our reference to who was marrying. Moses identifies two groups here:
- Sons of God
- Daughters of Men
While I won’t go into it in this article, but in short, there are two main and very different beliefs as to who these two groups are.
- Sons of God = Angels. Daughters of men = human woman.
- Sons of God = Seth’s sons. Daughters of men = Cain’s daughters.
Let’s take a quick look at how the scripture would read if we use the false Sethite interpretation, and compare it to the actual Hebrew text.
The Sethite Interpretation
“And it came to pass, when Cain began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them, That the sons of Seth saw the daughters of Cain that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose.” – Genesis 6:1-2
The Actual Hebrew Text
“And it came to pass, when Adam began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them, That the sons of Elohim saw the daughters of Adam that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose.” – Genesis 6:1-2
If you don’t own a Strong’s Concordance, you should invest in one. It’s well worth it. Comparing these two very different interpretations, we can see that one belief is Biblical, while the other belief is FABRICATED in order to deceive. There are two very specific Hebrew phrases being used here:
- B’nai (bene) ha Elohim (sons of God)
- Benoth Adam (daughters of Adam)
It is a concrete FACT that the phrase “bene ha Elohim” is EXCLUSIVELY used to refer to angels in the Old Testaments. Here are a few other facts for your consideration.
- The Old Testament does refer to ONE MAN as a son of God, and that is Adam, who was directly created by God. Seth is specifically referred to as “the son of Adam”.
- Human beings are referred to as sons of God in the New Testament, but ONLY after the resurrection. It is only through the resurrection of Christ that humans gained the ability to “become sons of God”.
- Based on the above fact, human beings could not become sons of God prior to the resurrection of Christ.
The real nail in the coffin of the debate is when we learn that the phrase “bene ha Elohim” is actually a specific rank of angels in Judaism. The words they used weren’t chosen at random. Here is a link to the Jewish hierarchy of angels so that you can read it for yourself.
Even the Babylonians Agree With Me
The sons of God were worshiped by humans throughout history as “gods”. While I don’t accept pagan religion as concrete spiritual fact, it does reflect the historical belief surrounding the subject, and in my opinion offers another witness that the “sons of God” (angels) were indeed the gods of mythology, and they were here on earth just prior to the flood.
“The gods feared the deluge.” – “Gilgamesh XI, 113
Let’s add it all up. Jesus references angels, humans, marrying, and giving in marriage in Noah’s time. Noah’s time mentions angels marrying human women and having offspring. The angels were worshiped as gods all throughout history. The Babylonians believed the gods were on earth just prior to the flood, and feared the flood.
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“And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” – John 8:32
Scripture Says What It Means
Now we know who “they” are in Jesus’ statement. We have two witnesses from scripture. Matthew 24:36 references men and angels. Genesis 6:1-2 mentions men and angels. Trying to make this out to mean anything other than men and angels is false.
The marriage between the sons of Elohim and the daughters of Adam resulted in giant offspring known as the nephilim. The arrival of the nephilim led to the destruction of the earth via the flood. If God hadn’t shortened the days of Noah, no flesh would’ve been saved.
It all fits together perfectly when we stop teaching a sugar coated and false message that it will be “business as usual”.
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