Amazing Example of Midrashic Eschatology / Jewish Eschatology / Hebraic End-Time Studies

Eschatology is derived from the following Greek word, "eschatos", which is defined by Thayer's Greek lexicon as: 1) extreme, a) last in time or in place, b) last in a series of places, c) last in a temporal succession; and 2) the last, a) referring to time, b) of space, the uttermost part, the end, of the earth; c) of rank, grade of worth, i.e. lowest. Eschatology is one of the most misunderstood and ignored parts of the Bible and because there are many different beliefs about the Millennial Reign and Second Coming of our Messiah. Most scholars in the world and most institutes globally, as well as the internet, know only about four ways. Believers would then adopt one of these, depending on which one he/she favours. But there is a fifth one and only a handful Scholars globally still teach it today -- Midrashic Eschatology. The others are Preterists, Historicists, Poemiscists, Spiritualists (also known as Idealists, Historical-Spiritualists); and lastly, Futurists.

Y’shua was a Rabbi and Paul was a Rabbi. They used the same means of exegesis (interpreting scripture) used by other ancient Rabbis also of the second temple period. The question lingers: how does Y’shua want us to interpret bible prophecy?

The church in general bellows, "leave prophecy out!" This is exactly the strategy of Satan. Confuse the church concerning the Second Coming -- but YHWH says: “Do not despise prophecies” (1 Thes 5:20) and also in 2 Peter 1:19-21: 19 “and we have the more established prophetic Word, in which you do well to take heed, as to a lamp shining in a murky place, until day dawns and the Light-bearing One rises in your hearts; 20 knowing this first, that every prophecy of Scripture did not come into being of its own interpretation; 21 for prophecy was not at any time borne by the will of man, but being borne along by the Holy Spirit, holy men of God spoke”.

There are ±31 000 total verses in the whole Bible. There are ±3,900 verses in the Old Covenant and ±1,500 verses in the New Covenant on prophecies -- a total of 5,400 verses! That means that, on average, every fifth verse relates to prophecy. Sixty-five (65) prophecies were spoken over Y’shua’s First Coming: His birth, His life, His death, etc. -- all to do with his First Coming. All 65 were fulfilled with unprecedented accuracy! Why will the rest on His Second Coming and those on the end times not also be literally fulfilled (324 – 65 = 259 prophecies)? It boggles the mind how any Believer can take the First Coming’s prophecies literally, but the Second Coming’s prophecies are all of a suddenly spiritualized! It is gross inconsistency, and any Scholar doing this is brutally misleading the flock! Prophecy must be properly studied and understood! We have no choice.

Midrashic Eschatology is not the Western idea of prophecy: is different. The Western idea of prophecy is "prediction and fulfilment". They absolutely did not think in such a way in Y’shua’s time. To Y’shua, Paul and the other Rabbis, "prophecy was a pattern"... Y’shua gives a classic example in Mat 24:15 “… When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)”. Y’shua was quoting from Daniel (9:27). That literally happened with Antiochus Epiphanes 160 years earlier (B.C), when he desecrated the temple by slaughtering a pig on the altar! Y’shua knew that it happened, because Y’shua himself celebrated the Feast of Hanukkah (John 10:22-23), which is the Feast of Lights/Dedication. The origin of this festival was when the Jewish Maccabeen brothers cleansed the temple from Epiphanes. Here Y’shua is using Preterism -- not in the way the Liberal or Evangelical Preterists do -- but He used the form of Preterism. In other words, He took something that happened already and made it prophecy and said it will happen again.

Secondly, Y’shua uses Historicism, meaning something ongoing that happens through history. Read Josephus when the Holy of Holies was destroyed. Look at the Temple Mount when the temple was destroyed in 70 A.D. The Romans put a pagan statue on the Temple Mount and began to worship it. The early Christian thought it was "the abomination of desolation" that was spoken of by Daniel and Y’shua! Also, in April-July 130 A.D., Hadrian began building his temple of Capitoline Jupiter atop the Temple Mount and Jerusalem was renamed Aelia Capitolina, another "abomination of desolation". Later, Emperor Julian the Apostate, Constantine’s nephew, tried to repaganise the Roman Empire. He tried to reverse Y’shua’s prophecy of "There shall not be left here one stone upon another that shall not be thrown down" by allowing the Jews, in 361-363 A.D., to build a "third temple". All this was an "abomination of desolation". Today, once again, the Dome of the Rock (the Mosque of Omar) stands on the Temple Mount -- yet another "abomination of desolation". Why is it another "abomination of desolation"? Because there are 16 references in the Qur’an, that says God has no Son. In the Bible in 1 John 2:22 we read, “Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son.” See, again another "abomination of desolation": in other words, historicism is also true. Each fulfilment is a type or a shadow of the ultimate one to come; that is how Y’shua understood and taught prophecy.

But Poemiscism is also true. John wrote the Book of Revelation to encourage the church that he is the last apostle being martyred, and he was there to encourage the church that Y’shua will eventually come back. People had serious doubts and expected Y’shua to still come in their lifetime. So Poemiscism (encouragement) is also true! But Futurism (prediction and a literal fulfilment in the future) is also true!

Those in Y’shua’s time believed and knew that prophecy is multifaceted fulfilment. Each fulfilment is a picture of the final one; that is the way prophecy was handled by the people who wrote the New Covenant. All interpretations are thus correct as we have proven, but be very careful of those who only teach the 1) Preterist view, 2) Historicist view, 3) Poemiscist view, or the 4) Futurist view by itself. Midrashic interpretation (number 5) includes the 1) Preterist view, 2) Historicist view, 3) Poemiscist view, 4) Futurist view. It is the only accurate interpretation of prophecy to make any sense of Eschatology. Futurism it is the closest to the truth, but it is only part of the truth.

You need to understand Eschatology from a Jewish perspective -- from a Midrashic perspective, through the eyes of Y’shua! The Western Church has only understood prophecy generally up to now! We need to seriously get away from aberrational eschatology!