Video Description: MARANATHA Global Bible Study // The Book Of Revelation. Session 28: The Coming Rebuilt Temple in Jerusalem – Joel Richardson.
Let me start by saying that the historical fulfillment of the 70th week of Daniel 9 from 27-34 AD, Messiah’s Olivet Discourse which describes events leading to the Jewish-Roman War of 66-70 AD, and most of prophecies in Revelation during the last 1,900 years; validates the authority of Scripture and the deity of Messiah. Joel’s futuristic explanations serve to hide those proofs.
The Protestant Reformers and great theologians of the 16th-19th centuries all taught the historical fulfillment of prophecy. It’s only during the few centuries that the futuristic deceptions have taken hold as the enemy has deceived even the very elect.
The concept of a future 70th week of Daniel 9, in which a one-man antichrist appears and most of Revelation is fulfilled, is a deception from the enemy. I know that sounds crazy since most people teach these concepts, but the enemy has worked hard to mislead the end-times saints so that even the very elect are deceived. I pray that you will seek truth, not to defend a belief.
Please understand that I declare these things not because I think that I know it all, and I’m not saying that everything that Joel Richardson teaches is false. He seems to be very sincere in his beliefs and His love for Messiah. What I’m showing is that what he teaches about prophecy fulfillment is false, because it’s based on the futuristic model that was created by the enemy to deceive the end-times saints.
I don’t proclaim this for my sake, because this isn’t about me. You can dismiss what I’m saying and defend your beliefs, but now you’re accountable and I’ve fulfilled my role as the watchman blowing the trumpet.
In this video, Joel Richardson says that the issue of the temple in Revelation 11 is an incredibly, critical, important issue.
I agree. Sadly, Joel Richardson and Dalton Thomas fail to understand the proper context of the prophecies in Revelation 11.
The context of Revelation 11 is in the 16th century, when people like Martin Luther were led to measure what the Popes teach against Scripture, as the Pope’s proclaim to lead Messiah’s Church, His temple. What Luther found out is that the Roman Catholic Church is an apostate church, the harlot church of Revelation 17, and not part of the true Ekklesia of Messiah.
This led to Luther posting his 95 Thesis, which sparked the Protestant Reformation and millions of Catholics were redeemed for the kingdom. All of the Protestant Reformers proclaimed that the office of the papacy, the Popes of Rome, fulfill Bible prophecy as the ‘little horn‘ of Daniel 7, the ‘son of perdition‘ of 2 Thessalonians 2, and the ‘antichrist beast‘ of Revelation 13, who leads the ‘harlot‘ church of Rome.
Daniel 9:26 points to the desolation of the second temple, as does Messiah’s Olivet Discourse, which took place in 70 AD. Joel Richardson misapplies these prophecies to an end-times rebuild Jewish temple.
Joel Richardson believes that it’s speaking about a literal, physical temple with sacrifices in the future.
All of his explanations are based on the concept of a futuristic 70th week of Daniel, but that is a deception from the enemy to fool the end times saints. Sadly, it’s worked really well as Dalton Thomas, Joel Richardson and most prophecy teachers today base their understanding of the fulfillment of Revelation, on a future 70th week of Daniel 9.
The 70th week of Daniel is the only prophecy in the Bible that foretold exactly when Messiah would start His ministry and when He would die for our sins. When you understand the fulfillment, you have tangible proof to give to the world, that the Bible is true and that Messiah is deity.
When you understand that the 70th week of Daniel 9 foretold the exact time that Messiah would carry out His ministry and die for our sins; then you know that it’s not about the antichrist.
We’ll all stand before our Righteous Judge to account for what we believe and teach about the most important prophecy in the Bible. I pray that you will read the explanations in this book about the 70th week of Daniel, compare it to Scripture, and discern it for yourself.
Joel Richardson assigns the little horn in Daniel 8:11 to the end times antichrist.
It’s referring to the second temple, not an end-times temple. Daniel 8:11 is about Antiochus and his Grecian army who surrounded the temple and killed Jews. He desecrated the temple.
His surrounding the temple gives us a type, as Messiah pointed to the same event happening in the first century, called it the abomination of desolation.
Luke 21:20-21 tells us that the abomination of desolation is when an army surrounds the Holy temple. The Jews understood this reference, as Daniel 8 points to Antiochus and his Grecian army doing exactly that.
The abomination of desolation that Messiah foretold in His Olivet Discourse took place in 66 AD when Cestius and his army surrounded the temple and were ready to take the city captive. Then for no explained reason, they left. The saints took the opportunity to flee to the mountains as Messiah told them.
Joel Richardson cites Daniel 9:27 to say that the antichrist will stop temple sacrifices.
Daniel 9:27 points to Messiah ratifying the everlasting covenant, that was previously mentioned in Daniel 9:4. In the middle of the seven years of the 70th week, Messiah died for our sins, ending the need for temple sacrifices.
Because of the overspreading of the Jewish leaders abominations, war was determined upon them, which came during the Jewish-Roman War of 66-70 AD; in which 1.1 million Jews died in and around Jerusalem from famine, pestilence, infighting, suicide, evisceration, crucifixion and by the Roman sword.
Daniel was not praying about the antichrist or the end times. He was praying about what would happen to the Jews after being released from Babylonian captivity. The 70 weeks of Daniel 9 is about about the antichrist, it’s about Messiah!
Joel Richardson cites Matt 24:15-21, thinks that Messiah is citing all of Daniel.
Messiah is pointing to Daniel 9, which says that Jerusalem and the temple would be desolated, because of the Jewish leaders abominations.
Messiah is pointing to Daniel 12, which gives the timeline of the desolation, during the 3 1/2 years of the Jewish-Roman War of 66-70 AD, in that generation just like Messiah proclaimed!
Matthew records that Messiah pointed to “this generation” ten times. In the final time, Messiah said, “Verily I say unto you, this generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.”Matthew 24:34
The nine previous mentions are pointing to the Jews who opposed Messiah. Are we to believe that the tenth time that He described “this generation,” that He is pointing to the end times? No!
The context of Messiah’s Olivet Discourse is the desolation of the temple that He was just in when He rebuked the Jews and said, “Verily I say unto you, all these things shall come upon this generation.”
All of the things that Messiah described from Matthew 23:36 to Matthew 24:33 were fulfilled by 70 AD when the Romans desolated Jerusalem, the temple, and the Jewish nation. The enemy has deceived people about the symbolism of the sun, moon, and stars being darkened; Messiah coming in power and glory; and the elect being gathered. But the Bible gives the proper definitions for the symbols.
We need to take Messiah at His Word and look at how the things that He described were about the Jewish nation, for their punishment of continuing their rebellion against the Father, for delivering Messiah up to be killed, and for persecuting His disciples.
The Olivet Discourse is directed related to the 70th Week of Daniel 9, which says that the city and temple will be desolated because of the abominations of the Jews.
If you’re seeking for truth, and not to defend a belief, this book will prove out the fulfillment of Messiah’s Olivet Discourse. It will help you see that it’s not about the end times so that you’re not misled about the fulfillment of Revelation, as we await Messiah’s promised return.
Joel Richardson cites 2 Thessalonians 2 and the son of perdition sitting in the temple of God.
The antichrist is one who comes in the place of Christ, who pretends to be his representative, but deceives people. That is what the Popes do as they proclaim to lead Messiah’s church but they teach a false Gospel and that Mary is the intercessor to the Father. They now deceive 1.3 billion Catholics.
The Popes take the title of the “Vicar of Christ” which means in place of Christ, which is antichrist. The Popes have already proclaimed to be God, to be Jesus Christ in the flesh, to forgive sins and to provide salvation; which is blasphemy.
The Popes have banned and burned the Scriptures, and caused tens of millions of saints to be killed during the Dark Ages and the Inquisition.
If Paul was describing an end-times physical temple, he would have declared that, as the second temple was still standing when he wrote 2 Thessalonians 2. The temple of God is the Ekklesia of Messiah, the saints.
The office of the papacy, the Popes of Rome, fulfill Bible prophecy as the ‘little horn‘ of Daniel 7, the ‘son of perdition‘ of 2 Thessalonians 2, and the ‘antichrist beast‘ of Revelation 13, who leads the ‘harlot‘ church of Rome.
I pray that Joel Richardson and Dalton Thomas find the truth about prophecy fulfillment, for they are declaring things which they will regret when they stand before Messiah.
Messiah’s apocalyptic vision is a war manual, designed to hide the explanation from those who should not understand it. It uses symbolic words that are defined in the Old Testament to point to a literal fulfillment. If you read Revelation only from a literal perspective, the interpretation is hidden.
Understanding the vision is like taking a Biblical final exam. If you’ve read the whole Word, you will have seen the symbolism that Messiah uses and can apply it to the fulfillment.
If you read Revelation as one chronological narrative, the prophecies seem out of sequence. That’s because it has four chronological layers, each of which spans from when it was written until Messiah returns.
This book explains the prophecies of Revelation on a timeline to help you see how the four chronological layers interact with each other, so that you can comprehend the whole vision.
You will learn how to identify who fulfills the role of the son of perdition, the antichrist beast, the false prophet, and the harlot called ‘Mystery, Babylon the Great.’ You will understand the proper context of the seal, trumpet, and bowl judgments; the little book of Revelation 10, and the two witnesses of Revelation 11.
Whether you’re a novice at Bible prophecy or someone who has studied it extensively, I provide an explanation that is easy to understand yet has the depth of verse by verse explanations to provide you the evidence you need to prove it out.