The End of the World

Mark 13:1-2 And as he came out of the temple, one of his disciples said to him, "Look, Teacher, what wonderful stones and what great buildings!" And Jesus said to him, "Do you see these buildings? There will not be left here one stone upon another, that will not be thrown down."
The temple is a metaphor of the holy scripture just as the body of Jesus is also the metaphor of the gospel. The radical meaning of the gospel is transformed from (the ruin of) its literal meanings to the metaphorical reference (the Idea of the integration of life). This transformation requires passing through the three temporal zones. Therefore the signs of the end of the world come after this passage. (see Mark 13:**)

In the resurrection story, it happens that the body of Christ disappears and he waits for the disciples in Galilee. This state of affairs corresponds to the ruin of the temple and its following renewal. According to John, when Jesus drove the merchants and moneychangers from the temple, 2:19- The Jews then said to him, "What sign have you to show us for doing this?" Jesus answered them, "Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up." The Jews then said, "It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and will you raise it up in three days?" But He spoke of the temple of his body. When therefore he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this; and they believed the scripture and the word which Jesus had spoken.

To regard the gospel not as the story of literal meanings but as the metaphor of the integrated being may incur the ill will of the people who belong to the first generation. Mark 14:57-58 And some stood up and bore false witness against him saying, "We heard him say, 'I will destroy this temple that is made with hands and in three days I will build another, not made with hands.' "

Mark 13:14 When you see the desolate and the abominable at the place where he should not stand,(let the reader understand)

' The place where he should not stand' means the temple or the sacred place. According to our metaphorical interpretation, such a place indicates the sacred scripture, as the temple was the metaphor of the gospel. For this very reason, the strange parenthesis 'let the reader understand' was inserted. The reader does not indicate the one who is reading that passage of the gospel. It is a hint that the place is not physically a sacred place but something to be read. This may indicates that there are some false prophecies in the New Testament as such.

It is with the destruction of the temple that the end of the world begins. But at the same time it begins with the construction of the temple not made with hands. This is the time that the mask of the false prophet is beginning to fall away. The radical developments from the literal to the metaphorical interpretation necessarily give rise to the unveiling of some imperfection and flaws of the false teachings of the false prophets. The adoption of the new interpretation necessarily excludes the old interpretation.

The main stream of the gospel is the process towards the accomplishment of the integration. It is from the old prophets to John the Baptist, to Jesus Christ, and to the kingdom of God. This is a simultaneous movement; the more the metaphorical references are discovered, the more the literal meanings and those related to the literal are revealed as false. Matthew 13:51"Therefore every scribe who has been trained for the kingdom of heaven is like a householder who brings out of his treasure what is new and what is old."

The teachings of Paul is in line with the first generation. It does not deal with the accomplishment of the integration. It has no reference to John the Baptist. Instead, it emphasizes the sign of resurrection (the sign of Jonah) which Jesus himself abhorred (detected). It belongs to a different level. This is why at the end of the world, the false prophet necessarily emerges to the reader of the New Testament.

At the end of the world, a lot of false prophets who try to confuse the chosen suppose to appear. It means that there is a force to interrupt the spirit that tries to leap to the metaphysical level perception. The spirit has to choose the right answer between the good and the evil in the New Testament.

The time when 'the desolating sacrilege set up where it ought not to be' is generally the time when the spirit is in a crisis. In such a time, the approach to the truth that the spirit has taken so far becomes no longer valid. It comes to (reaches) a dead end. The spirit abandons the old style and, in trying to find a new style, it proceeds to more ontological self-understanding. The representation of the end of the world may give us the impression that this will take place on the global or social level. But, in reality, this is an event on a personal level.

'Then they will deliver you up to tribulation, and put you to death; and you will be hated by all nations for my name's sake.' (Matthew 24:9) This is highly resembled to the prisoner who saw the outside of the cave in Plato's Republic. The one who saw the form of the Good is hated by other prisoners and killed by them. However, it does not mean that he is killed literally. It means that he may be excluded from the society and makes him lose the opportunity for a while. Therefore 'he who endures to the end will be saved.' (Matthew 24:13) And the end of the world will not happen so soon. It will occur slowly.