What did Jesus mean by “and never to be equaled again”?

There are so many people who point to you the Jewish holocaust and say that Matthew 24 and say that Matthew 24 will be fulfilled in our generation.

Here’s how the argument goes.

“Matthew 24:21

For then there will be great distress, unequaled from the beginning of the world until now—and never to be equaled again.

Jesus said it will never to be equaled again”.

So the holocaust was greater than AD70.

Now let’s look at what this means. We have to look at at Daniel first.

Daniel 12:1

The End Times

“At that time Michael, the great prince who protects your people, will arise. There will be a time of distress such as has not happened from the beginning of nations until then. But at that time your people—everyone whose name is found written in the book —will be delivered.

Notice that Daniel says “until then”.

Jesus said it was until his time when he used the word “now”. So what about this thing about never to be equaled again.

It’s this.

Joel 2:2

a day of darkness and gloom,

a day of clouds and blackness.

Like dawn spreading across the mountains

a large and mighty army comes,

such as never was in ancient times

nor ever will be in ages to come.

Let me cut it out so that you can see it.

“a large and mighty army comes,

such as never was in ancient times

nor ever will be in ages to come.”

Now when you read the rest of the passage you will see these words.

Joel 2:3-9

Before them fire devours,

behind them a flame blazes.

Before them the land is like the garden of Eden,

behind them, a desert waste —

nothing escapes them.

They have the appearance of horses;

they gallop along like cavalry.

With a noise like that of chariots

they leap over the mountaintops,

like a crackling fire consuming stubble,

like a mighty army drawn up for battle.

At the sight of them, nations are in anguish;

every face turns pale.

They charge like warriors;

they scale walls like soldiers.

They all march in line,

not swerving from their course.

They do not jostle each other;

each marches straight ahead.

They plunge through defenses

without breaking ranks.

They rush upon the city;

they run along the wall.

They climb into the houses;

like thieves they enter through the windows.

Jesus was referring to the might of Rome.

Not the events occurring again.

Then again some moron will tell you it’s China.

1 Comment

  1. Hi, am impressed by your effort and diligence in your “re-examination” of biblical texts and teachings. Wonder whether you are familiar with the approach of “midrash”. ‘Perhaps the most interesting aspect of midrash is prophecy. To the western mind, prophecy is a prediction and a fulfillment. To the Jewish mind this is far too simplistic. In midrash, prophecy is a pattern which repeats itself many times before the ultimate fulfillment.’ or ‘Midrash interprets prophecy as a cyclical pattern of historical recapitulation (prophecies having multiple fulfillment),’ while the western approach sees prophecies as predictive. (https://www.moriel.org/online-sermons/23-sermons-in-english/5946-midrash.html). Moriel.org has a few examples of midrash interpretation – https://www.moriel.org/online-sermons/23…/5945-midrash-jesus-in-the-garden.html; https://www.moriel.org/sermons-in-french/6309-book-of-ruth.html; https://www.moriel.org/sermons-in-english/5958-the-future-history-of-the-church-part-1.html

    Be blessed in Jesus in all ways, always.

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