1: Then said he unto the disciples It is impossible but that offences will come but woe to them through whom they come 2: It were better for them that millstones were hanged about their necks and [they] cast into the sea than that [they] should offend one of these little ones 3: Take heed to yourselves If your brethren trespass against you rebuke them and if they repent forgive them 4: And if they trespass against you seven times in a day and seven times in a day turn again to you saying I repent you shall forgive them 5: And the apostles said to the Lord Increase our faith 6: And the Lord said If you had faith as a grain of mustard seed you might say to this sycamine tree Be plucked up by the root and be planted in the sea and it should obey you 7: But which of you having servants plowing or feeding cattle will say unto them by and by when they are come from the field Go and sit down to eat 8: And will not rather say unto them Make ready wherewith I may eat and gird yourselves and serve me till I have [finished] eating and drinking and afterward you shall eat and drink 9: No Would you thank those servants because they did the things that were commanded them I think not 10: So likewise you when you shall have done all those things which are commanded you say We are unprofitable servants we have done that which was our duty to do 11: And it came to pass as he went to Jerusalem that he passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee 12: And as he entered into a certain village there met him ten individuals [aner] who were lepers which stood afar off 13: And they lifted up their voices and said Jesus Master have mercy on us 14: And when he saw them he said to them Go show yourselves to the priests And it came to pass that as they went they were cleansed 15: And one of them saw that they were healed turned back and with a loud voice glorified God 16: And fell down on [their] face at his feet giving him thanks and autos [the same] was a Samaritan 17: And Jesus answering said Were there not ten cleansed but where are the nine 18: There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this alien 19: And he said to autos [her/him; the same] Arise go your way your faith has made you whole 20: And when he was demanded of the Pharisees when the kingdom of God should come he answered them and said The kingdom of God comes not with observation 21: Neither shall they say Lo here or lo there for behold the kingdom of God is within you 22: And he said to the disciples The days will come when you shall desire to see one of the days of the Son of anthropos and you shall not see it 23: And they shall say to you See here or see there go not after them nor follow them 24: For as the lightning that flashes out of the one part under heaven shines unto the other part under heaven so shall also the Son of anthropos be in his day 25: But first must he suffer many things and be rejected of this generation 26: And as it was in the days of Noah so shall it be also in the days of the Son of Anthropos 27: They did eat they drank they married they were given in marriage until the day that Noah entered into the ark and the flood came and destroyed them all1 Thessalonians 5:1-3 28: Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot they did eat they drank they bought they sold they planted they built 29: But the [same] day that Lot went outRevelation 3:10 of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all 30: Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed 31: On that day they who shall be upon the housetop and their stuff in the house let them not come down to take it away and they who are in the fields let them likewise not return back 32: Remember Lot's wife 33: Whoever shall seek to save their lives shall lose them and whoever shall lose their lives shall preserve them 34: I tell you in that night there shall be two men in one bed the one shall be taken and the other shall be left 35: Two women shall be grinding together the one shall be taken and the other left 36: Two men shall be in the field the one shall be taken and the other left 37: And they answered and said unto him Where Lord And he said unto them Wheresoever the body is thither will the eagles be gathered together
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List of Untranslated Words in this Chapter
Aner G435 Male, husband, or a group of people composed of both females and males (which indicates that G435 could be translated as female unless the context demands otherwise)
Anthropos G444 usually referring to a human being either female or male: Sometimes referring to angels who are always identified as males.
Autos G846 a pronoun that could be translated any number of ways: she, he, it, himself, herself, the same, they, their, etc..
 The lord’s answer to the disciples’ request to increase their faith appears to be, “Why would you even ask such a thing? It takes only a minute amount of faith to accomplish much.”
 Aner G435 Male, husband, or a group of people composed of both females and males (which indicates that G435 could be translated as female unless the context demands otherwise)
 The Jews of Jesus’ day were a racist people. As the chosen of God, they felt a misplaced sense of superiority over all non-Jews. The leper who returned and fell at Jesus’ feet in gratitude was a Samaritan, a non-Jew from Samaria, which was a place populated by Israelites (from the 10 tribes who, in antiquity, had separated from the two tribes of Judah and Benjamin who followed David as King) who claimed to worship the God of the Jews—Yahweh—but who had mixed idolatry with their worship and had long since intermarried with non-Israelites, becoming a race of “hybrid Jews,” so to speak. Because of these things, Samaritans were particularly hated by the religious Jews of Judea (who generally practiced discrimination against non-Jews without conscience anyway). As a non-Jew, the Samaritan leper could not go and show him or herself to the priest as Jesus had commanded (the scriptures do not reveal whether the lepers were all male, all female, or a combination of both, the Greek word used, autos G846, could indicate that the group was a mix of females and males). Jesus knew this when he commanded all of the lepers to go show themselves to the priests (according to The Law of Moses, any leper who claimed to be healed had to be declared disease free by a priest). Not one of the Jewish lepers, who (according to their own collective view) were supposed to be the most devout of all people bothered to return and thank the one who healed them. Jesus used this as an object lesson in both religion and racism—showing how a despised Samaritan could be more willing to give glory to God than a Jew.
 Jesus was not saying, here, That God’s Kingdom was ever to be an unseen, spiritual, thing. We know that because just a few sentences down he describes the brilliance of his own physical, visible, return to earth to establish that Kingdom, and he talks about it, at other times, when describes various aspects of the physical kingdom. In answering the Pharisee’s (who loved the present order of things and wanted to kill him because they saw him as seeking to overthrow the hierarchy the Romans had in place, which assured their own power and influence) he described essential the nature of that kingdom, which would first manifest on earth in the spiritual realm followed by the physical.
 Note that in each of these two instances of judgement and wrath, described by Jesus, The Almighty first made sure his faithful were taken safely out.
 Just as two birds and two animals were used in some of the Old Covenant sacrifices [depicting in one ceremony both the sacrifice of Jesus and the setting free of those bound under sin] Messiah used two types, here, in order to describe two events—one of deliverance and one of judgment. The totality of these events will each take seven years to complete but both will be set in motion in very specific ways on the same day. The first event will be the onset of the First Resurrection and the gathering into the ark of safety of the faithful. This is also known as the Resurrection of the Just and catching up of the living1 Thessalonians 4:16-17, 1 Corinthians 15:51-53 . To illustrate this, Christ refers to Genesis chapter six, where YHWH instructs Noah to enter the ark exactly seven days before the wrath begins to fall. This is a type of the seven years of safety those “In Christ” will experience during the horrific seven years of judgement and wrath those left on earth will begin experiencing (by scriptural definition, each day for a year) as soon as the The First Resurrection begins. Jesus wants his listeners to understand that just as the people of Noah’s day could physically see that Noah and his family had entered the ark of safety, they still would not believe that judgment was indeed coming. Jesus said it would be the same with unbelievers who are are not caught up when the First Resurrection begins. They will know that the believers are indeed gone, but up until that moment, have refused to believe the warnings that wrath is coming. According to Jesus, the Resurrection of the Just (which begins the First Resurrection and which includes the catching up of the living in Christ) will occur on the same day that Israel signs a seven year treaty (the Bible calls it a Covenant with Hell and Death) with the false Messiah.John 6:43, Isaiah 28:15-23 This one—very specific—day requires two biblical types to illustrate both the glory and the horror of what it entails. We have scriptural precedent [in the sacrifices] of God using this method of dual illustration to illuminate connected truths. After telling of the ark of safety, which the faithful will be taken into for seven years—on the very day the Covenant with Hell and Death is signed (according to the prophet Daniel, this will be a seven year treaty—Jesus then turns attention to remembering “Lot’s wife.” He stresses to his listeners that it was on the same day that Lot and his family were led out by the angels, that judgement fell with devastating suddenness. This does not happen on the day the First Resurrection begins, but rather 3 ½ years later on the day the seven year treaty (Covenant with Hell and Death) is broken. Scripture reveals this will happen at at the half-way point of the seven year treaty, which according to the prophet Daniel, will give the Nation of Israel rights to their temple mount again. The prophets clearly foretell that Temple worship, including, animal sacrifices and yearly visits to the Holy of Holies one the Day of Atonement will resumed during this time. It will be on the Day of Atonement, at the 3 ½ year mark, that the treaty will be abruptly and catastrophically broken, and instead of the High Priest entering the Holy of Holies on the Day of Atonement, the Man of Sin will place his image in the Holy of Holies, and begin to demand worship for himself as almighty god. REMEMBER LOT’S WIFE… RUN. DO NOT LOOK BACK!
 In this verse, Jesus is speaking very specifically about the time period of the Great Tribulation when people will be required to worship the Man of Sin as god or lose their lives in staying true to Christ, the one true God. From verse :26 on, Jesus has laid out a chronology concerning both his coming in the air to raise the dead and catch up the living and his physical visible return to earth to establish his kingdom.
· :26-27 The days of Noah and the ark of safety (7 days = 7 years representing those who are kept from the hour of trial coming on the whole earth. Jesus said pray that you be found worthy to escape….)
· :28-32 Mid-point of the seven year Great Tribulation where the treaty is broken, worship of the Man of Sin now becomes a requirement to live, and God’s wrath is poured out un-diluted. Jesus warned those who will be following him at that time, to RUN!
· :33 Jesus presents two choices, martyrdom or taking the Mark of the Beast. Revelation 13 Each choice carries a forever blessing or consequence. The Age of Grace, the time of Christ in You, is past (just as the age of The Law culminated on the day of Pentecost [the great age of harvest] when the Age of Christ in You began). The age of Pentecost culminates with the raising of the dead in Christ and the catching up of the living at the Feast of Trumpets, which is also called the Feast of Ingathering. Leviticus 23:24, Exodus 34:22 This is the onset of the First Resurrection. The Day of Atonement begins with the breaking of treaty (the Covenant with Hell and Death) when the Abomination of Desolation (image of the Beast/Man of Sin) is set up in the Holy of Holies in Jerusalem. Jesus said when that happens, RUN! During the Day of Atonement (the Great Tribulation), simply calling on the name of the LORD will not save, only dying for Christ or enduring to end in faithfulness will save.
· 34-37 Jesus is not speaking of what is commonly known as the rapture, here, but rather the angel gathering Matthew 13:40-43 that will separate the wheat from the chaff at the culmination of the Great Tribulation at the Battle of Armageddon. The eagles will be gathered at the Supper of the Great God to feast on the flesh of those who have taken the mark and fight against God.Revelation 19:17-18
 The Battle of Armageddon will commence at evening Jerusalem time. The battle will be fierce and continue throughout the entire night, with the enemies of God (Man of Sin and his followers) defeated by morning. Isaiah 17:14, Zechariah 14:2-7 , Zechariah 12 entire chapter