Watch For the Signs of the Times!!!!
An Overview of Matthew 24 — Jesus Returns
Jesus says to watch out during this time! He's talking about the Tribulation period, especially. "Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there", why? Why would people start looking for Christ then? They're going to start looking for Jesus because they know that He's coming soon!
Matthew 24:23-25 Then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!' or ‘There!' do not believe it. (24) For false Christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. (25) See, I have told you beforehand.
Jesus says that when they say," "He's come here," or "He's over there," don't believe it!
You know why? You're going to know it when Jesus comes! You're going to know it!
He says, "false Christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect." Even the Antichrist and False Prophet are going to do great signs and wonders, so that their followers will believe a lie and be damned.
Matthew 24:26-28-Therefore if they say to you, ‘Look, He is in the desert!' do not go out; or ‘Look, He is in the inner rooms!' do not believe it. (27) For as the lightning comes from the east and flashes to the west, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. (28) For wherever the carcass is, there the eagles will be gathered together.
Light of the World (By Nathan Greene)
esus warns not to expect Him sooner than has been predicted,
and that there will be many false Christs and false prophets who will try to deceive people into thinking either that they are Christ or that Christ is coming nearby somewhere, He is here or there.
And He finally says, "Don't believe any of them, because when I come YOU’LL KNOW IT!" The sky will light up like lightning from one end to the other, and there will be such a sign in the Heaven that you couldn't possibly mistake the fact that Jesus is coming!
He will gather you together to His Body, and we will meet Him in the air! This is spoken of a number of times in God's Word. It is spoken of in the first chapter of Acts, and in 1st Thessalonians chapter 4, etc. (This event is commonly known as the "Rapture.")
What does this mean about a carcass and eagles? The coming of Christ will be as obvious as the gathering of eagles or vultures around a carcass.
The best way you're going to know when Jesus comes is you're going to be there! You're going to rise to meet Him in the air, and then the REAL fun begins!!
Check out a bit of a description of what this incredible event is going to be like!!!
Matthew 24:29-31 Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. (30) Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, 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. (31) And He will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.
Now I don’t know about you, but trumpets, clouds, angels, power and glory, Jesus’ appearing in the sky, stars falling and what looks like a combined solar and lunar eclipse.
It sounds pretty awesome to me. And I really don’t think that there’s a way anyone could miss something like that. Besides the fact that the verse states that ALL the tribes (peoples) of the Earth are going to see and feel this colossal event.
So like I said before, don’t let anyone TELL you this already happened, cuz you sure are going to see it for yourself.
Some theologians have taught that Christians will be "raptured" (resurrected) before the time of Great Tribulation. However it is clear from these verses that the Rapture occurs "after the tribulation of those days."
That's when Jesus is going to come! It says after the Tribulation shall appear the sign of the Son of man in Heaven.
How are you going to know when Jesus comes? He's going to come like lightning, shining even from the east unto the west!
You'll know when He comes because He'll shine like lightning around the world and you'll rise to meet Him in the air! (Yup, that’s right people, THE AIR, isn’t that awesome?)
eep watching the signs!
Matthew 24:32-44 Now learn this parable from the fig tree: When its branch has already become tender and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near.
We've been talking about the signs. We know things are happening. Just like the leaves on the tree, we know summer is near!
(33) So you also, when you see all these things, know that it is near- at the doors! (34) Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all these things take place.
Which generation will not pass? It wasn't the generation of the disciples who Jesus was talking about, but the generation who sees the signs. That's us!
(35) Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away. (36) But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of Heaven, but My Father only.
od's Word is true and is going to happen.
Just as we've been studying about so many prophecies that have already been fulfilled, all these other things that the Lord has said shall also happen!
(37) But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. (38) For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, (39) and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.
This verse talks about the days of Noah (remember…the dude with the big ark and all the animals?). They were days of wickedness and violence on the earth. That's something else we can see around us.
(40) Then two men will be in the field: one will be taken and the other left. (41) Two women will be grinding at the mill: one will be taken and the other left. (42) Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming. (43) But know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into. (44) Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.
Here Jesus is talking about those He takes with Him in the Rapture. It doesn't matter where you are, or what you're doing at the time. If you're one of the saved, Jesus is going to take you to Heaven!
esus is not going to forget you!
He's not going to leave you behind when He comes, no matter where you are or what you're doing. If you're asleep in bed, He's going to wake you up and take you. "Two shall be working out in the field," and some will be taken and some will be left behind.
But NOBODY who has received Jesus is going to be left behind! No one who trusts Jesus for his salvation is going to be left behind. When Jesus comes at the end of that Great Tribulation He's going to take ALL of us who love Him, all of us who are saved, to be with Him forever!
Jesus is going to come then in the clouds with lightning and thunder and earthquake and stars falling and moon darkened and sun blacked out! The whole world's going to know something very unusual and very apocalyptic is happening! His coming WON’T be a secret, hidden event by any means!
And it's going to be the Apocalypse for sure! The revelation of Jesus Christ Himself coming in the heavens, in the clouds, in great power and glory, with the voice of the archangel and the trumpet of God, and Jesus Himself will shout and call us from every part of the Earth and we'll be gathered together to be with Him!
And all I can say to that is…WHOOOOHOOO!! Yeah I might be crazy, but I’m actually looking forward to that day, it’s gonna something so incredible that all the prophets that lived throughout all the centuries and millennium are going to wish there were there to see it!
1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. (17) Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord.
k so even though this has been a long read (assuming you made it all the way down here of course), if you want to know what happens AFTER all this that we just discussed here, check out this next WHAT’S AHEAD? section!!!!! (Coming soon)
You know, Armageddon, the Millennium…Is the world gonna end?? There’s plenty more to find out, and it just keeps on getting better and better!!
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