An Alphabetical Analysis
Volume 9 - Prophetic Truth - Page 78 of 223
Where Luke 21 emphasizes the relationship of subjected Jerusalem to the
times of the Gentiles, Matthew gives another yet parallel evidence:
'When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of
by Daniel the prophet, Stand in The Holy Place ... flee' (Matt.
Matthew concentrates on the desecration of the holy place, Luke
concentrates on the desecration of the city.  Matthew takes us to the final
seven years of Daniel's prophecy, and the end of Gentile dominion, Luke
points to the parallel subjugation of the city of Jerusalem.  There is no
discrepancy, both accounts meet at the same point (see the article, The
Converging Lines of Prophetic Truth,
p. 55).
We now turn our attention to the term, 'trodden down', for if this
should turn out to be an expression that means blessing, then we must accept
the consequences.  The Greek word so translated is pateo, and if we bow to
the choice of words 'which the Holy Ghost speaketh', the matter will be at an
We draw attention to the fact that we have exhibited every reference to
the use of this word in the New Testament.
'Power to Tread on serpents and scorpions'.
'Jerusalem shall be Trodden Down'.
'The holy city shall they Tread Under foot'.
'The winepress was Trodden'.
'He Treadeth the winepress ... wrath'.
This testimony of usage admits of no debate.  It has been argued, that
inasmuch as Rome did not cover the same territory as that ruled over by
Nebuchadnezzar, it cannot be considered as a legitimate successor, but this
argument is self -destructive and invalid.  First: Nebuchadnezzar was told
that the kingdom that succeeded after him would be 'inferior' but this
inferiority in no wise invalidated succession.  Secondly: There is all the
difference in the world between the dominion that God Gave to Nebuchadnezzar,
and what he actually ruled over, for if that be the criterion, Nebuchadnezzar
himself would be ruled out, which is not only absurd, but contrary to
truth (Dan. 2:38).  Thirdly: The dominion given to Nebuchadnezzar is
specified in Daniel 2:38, and reads:
'And wheresoever the children of men dwell,
the beasts of the field and
the fowls of the heaven
hath He given into thine hand, and hath made
thee ruler over them all'.
Neither Nebuchadnezzar nor any of his successors exercised this
authority.  Rome exercised dominion over tracts of earth that in all
probability Nebuchadnezzar never heard of, so that if extent of territory be
the standard, we could as well say that Rome has more right to a place than
Babylon, which is absurd.  Fourthly: At the time of the end Global war and
dominion may well characterize Nebuchadnezzar's last successor.  The hint