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April 17, 2019

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Matthew 24 (ESV)

Jesus left the temple and was going away, when his disciples came to point out to him the buildings of the temple.ย 2ย But he answered them.....Continue Reading

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  1. So much debate swirls around this passage as to whether Jesus is talking about the 1st century or the future. I think there could be a both/and to the extent that HIs words are relevant to both. There are certain elements that fit with the destruction of the temple in 70 AD and what the Jews went through in that, but there are other parts that only make sense for the future and the rapture or 2nd coming. It was not uncommon when it came to Old Testament prophecy that there would be a present day application as well as elements that pointed to the future, especially when it came to prophecy about Jesus.

    But I think the better thing to realize is that Jesus is willing to prepare us and His people for what He knows is coming down the pike. How important these passages have been and will be when people are going through what Jesus explains here and they can be prepared and warned. It is one of the benefits that come from following a God who is eternal and omniscient. Nothing takes Him by surprise and therefore we can be comforted that everything is in His hands and He will take care of us as things happen as we are seeking His direction and provision and following in His ways!

  2. Matthew 24:3 (ESV)
    ย As he sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately, saying, โ€œTell us, when will these things be, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?โ€

    There is always a natural curiosity of the ‘end of the age’. Even the disciples are curious about this.
    Christ gives a very colorful description of things to come in verses 4-25. In verse 34 he mentions that ‘this generation will not pass away’ until all these things are fulfilled. I am not 100% settled on what Christ means but for now I think he is talking all of these things will take place and be completed within the course of a single generation from start to finish.

    Jesus gives four parables in chapter 24 and 25 that all point to the believer remaining alert for the fulfillment of these things. Whenever I think about end times things, I think of 2 Peter 3:11-18 which instructs us how we should live in light of these things.

  3. Persecution is coming for all of us, but, in the end…all will see HIm coming again in glory

    27For as the lightning comes from the east and shines as far as the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. 28Wherever the corpse is, there the vultures will gather.
    The Coming of the Son of Man
    29″Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 30Then will appear in heaven the sign of the Son of Man, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. 31And he will send out his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

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