15 "So when you see the desolating sacrilege standing in the holy place, as was spoken of by the prophet Daniel (let the reader understand), 16 then those in Judea must flee to the mountains; 17 the one on the housetop must not go down to take what is in the house; 18 the one in the field must not turn back to get a coat. 19 Woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing infants in those days! 20 Pray that your flight may not be in winter or on a sabbath. 21 For at that time there will be great suffering, such as has not been from the beginning of the world until now, no, and never will be. 22 And if those days had not been cut short, no one would be saved; but for the sake of the elect those days will be cut short. 23 Then if anyone says to you, 'Look! Here is the Messiah!' or 'There he is!' — do not believe it. 24 For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and produce great signs and omens, to lead astray, if possible, even the elect. 25 Take note, I have told you beforehand. 26 So, if they say to you, 'Look! He is in the wilderness,' do not go out. If they say, 'Look! He is in the inner rooms,' do not believe it. 27 For as the lightning comes from the east and flashes as far as the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. 28 Wherever the corpse is, there the vultures will gather.
Thoughts: Revelation 1:7 says, "Every eye will see him." Yet, Acts 1:11 (and Zecharaiah 14:4) seems to indicate Jesus will come back to a specific place- the Mount of Olives. Jesus here says that he will not come secretly, but openly- again an indication of many seeing Him. He says as the lightning comes from the east and flashed to the west, so will his coming be. I have often wondered how can he appear in one specific place and every eye see him? Perhaps it is the same way millions can see a camera shot from around the world- satellite TV or internet. Today you can access a live web cam view of the golden gate. The Jewish tradition is that the messiah will come back to the Golden Gate in Jerusalem. This tradition was so strong that the Muslims walled up the Golden Gate when they controlled Jerusalem. Interestingly, Jesus entered Jerusalem through the Golden Gate. Instant- lightning fast viewing happens today. It is possible for Jesus to come back to one spot and yet every eye see Him.
Prayer: Lord, thank you that you do not hide yourself from us. Thank you that every eye will have the opportunity to see you. Come Lord Jesus.