Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Jesus begins to explain the end to His disciples

Matthew 24:1-14

Jesus predicts destruction of the temple.  It would be like going into a great city with your closest friends and they are admiring and commenting on the work of the buildings of the temple.
Like if someone told you ahead of time the twin towers were coming down.  
Jesus tells them they are all going to be taken down - not one stone left.  

Then His disciples want to know when, And how, and what are the signs of Your coming and of the end age? 

Wouldn't you be curious to know the details?

Jesus warns them to be careful and make sure no one deceives you.  People will say they are the Christ and deceive many.

Signs include: wars, rumors of wars, nation against nation, kingdom against kingdom, famines pestilence, earthquakes
These are just the beginning sorrows.

In the midst of this Jesus says: "see that You are not troubled.  These things must come to past but it is not the end."

Then His followers will be delivered up and killed by all nations for His namesake.  Many will be offended, will betray and hate one another
False prophets are going to rise up and deceive many. 

Lawlessness is going to abound, love of many will become cold.  

The one who endures to the end shall be saved.  The gospel of the kingdom will be preached to all the world as a witness to all the nations. 

Then the end will come.
I am no professor on end times.  But I know that it is easy to get worried about losing our securities of life that we are used to and comfortable with, and having to rely on complete security of Jesus.  

He tells us not to be troubled.  To endure to the end - we will be saved.  Jesus gospel is first going out to all the nations and then the end will come.  

Keeping our eyes focused heaven ward we need to press on toward the prize of the upward calling.  

Philippians 4:13

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