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    • Shalom, Marcus. Glad to have you nearby. I was afraid I might have caught you at a bad time on a Sunday and all. Here's the reason I ask: Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (17) Let him which is on the housetop.—The houses in the streets of Jerusalem were built in a continuous line, and with flat roofs, so that a man might pass from house to house without descending into the street until he came to some point near the wall or gate of the city, and so make his escape. At a moment of danger (in this case that arising from the factions within the city, rather than the invaders without), any delay might prove fatal. Men were to escape as though their life were “given them for a prey” (Jeremiah 45:5), without thinking of their goods or chattels. and Benson Commentary Matthew 24:17-19. Let him who is on the house-top not come down — It is well known that the houses of the Jews, as well as those of the ancient Greeks and Romans, were flat on the top, for them to walk upon, and had usually stairs on the outside, by which they might ascend and descend without coming into the house. In the walled cities, these flat-roofed houses usually formed continued terraces from one end of the city to the other, which terraces terminated at the gates. The meaning therefore here is, Let not him who is walking on the house-top come down to take any thing out of his house; but let him instantly pursue his course along the tops of houses, and escape out of the city gate as fast as he possibly can. Neither let him which is in the field, &c. — Our Saviour makes use of these expressions to intimate, that their flight must be as sudden and hasty as Lot’s was out of Sodom. And the Christians escaping just as they did was the more providential, because afterward all egress from the city was prevented. And wo unto them that are with child, &c. — For such will not be in a condition to flee, neither will they be well able to endure the distress and hardships of the siege. This wo was sufficiently fulfilled in the cruel slaughters which were made both of the women and children, and particularly in that grievous famine which so miserably afflicted Jerusalem during the siege. See notes on Deuteronomy 28:53-57. This makes SENSE in a city with walls. It does NOT make sense in our times and cultures with our sprawling cities without walls! Even Jerusalem today is not confined to the "Old City" which does have walls! When are you going to understand that Yeshua` was warning His disciples of the more imminent threat that would occur in the years prior to 70 A.D.? As I've said, not all of the Olivet Discourse was fulfilled in the first century; however, a good deal WAS!
    • True Stormee, sometimes when a person has wealth and the comforts of money can buy, it can be a real difficult obstacle to receiving the Gospel & when a follower has material wealth it can be ungodly influence & negatively effect their priorities. We can become self pleasers & distracted by the worldly goods so easily.  
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    • Simple: the same way that got up on top but in reverse.  
      And this is a complex issue?
      And my sequence-of-events analysis, as a new paradigm in exegesis, is too simplistic for you?
      Perhaps it is more to your liking to change the cube aspects of the New Jerusalem which mirror the Most Holy Place to a pyramid... Now, as you and I have gone around on this more than once, if you don't have anything on point to say in the manner of constructive criticism, could you take your minor points about the nature of the abomination, A.D. 70, and your tree bark examination of language to another thread so as to not derail this attempt to display my work on the broad outline of the end-times I have assembled which attempts to see the forest for the trees?
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