Watch For the Signs of the Times!!!!
An Overview of Matthew 24
When you shall see all these things (the signs), know that the time is near...This generation will not pass till all these things are fulfilled!(Matthew 24:34,35)
(Unless otherwise noted all quotations from the Bible, are taken from the New King James Version)
on’t be blinded by the media, and what it puts before your eyes, don’t be just another sheep in the herd!
Get the bird’s eye view of what’s happening to the world, and why. Learn to see and understand the signs that are so clear, and yet so ignored by the sleepy masses!
Here’s a breakdown of what’s REALLY happening, and what’s going to happen within the next few years, straight from the MAN Himself:
(Got your Bible? GREAT!! Turn it to the Gospel of Matthew, Chapter 24)
Matthew 24:1 Then Jesus went out and departed from the temple, and His disciples came up to show Him the buildings of the temple.
Matthew 24:2 And Jesus said to them, "Do you not see all these things? Assuredly, I say to you, not one stone shall be left here upon another, that shall not be thrown down."
The disciples came up to Jesus and started bragging about the Temple, and what a beautiful building complex it was that King Herod built. He shocked them by telling them it would be destroyed, and this prediction was fulfilled very specifically.
(Check out what happened here in the "Destruction of the Jewish Temple" article)
he Big Question
This small band of truth-seekers gathered around their teacher, a carpenter-turned-preacher, known as Jesus of Nazareth.
The question they asked Him prompted a response that spans the centuries and zeroes in on the days in which we are now living:
Matthew 24:3 Now as He sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, "Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?"
The Mount of Olives is a little hill just outside the walls of Jerusalem. So they took a look at the Jerusalem panorama and thought…" My goodness, when the Temple is destroyed, that must be when You're coming back and the world is going to be destroyed!"
They didn't realize that the Temple was going to be destroyed only 40 years later by the Romans, and it would still be over two thousand years before the end of the age!
What these guys were asking Jesus about is often referred to as the "Second Coming," the dramatic personal return of Jesus right before His takeover of the world and the establishing of the kingdom of God on Earth.
The term "the end of the age" is used here NOT to signify the end of the planet, but the end of the current unjust and inhumane reign of man.
he Even Bigger Answers
The disciples wanted to know, "When's the end of the world going to be?" Jesus described what would happen before His return.
He answered their question with not only one sign that would indicate when "the end" would be near, but He gave MANY specific indicators to be on the lookout for. Outstanding predictions by a number of other biblical writers help fill in the picture.
It is these prophesied "signs" that we’ll take a good look at.
Matthew 24:4 And Jesus answered and said to them: "Take heed that no one deceives you."
Watch out! There are a lot of people and teachers who give all kinds of funny stories and explanations and interpretations of these signs. You'd better stick to the Bible! Stick to what Jesus says right here, simple and true!
Matthew 24:5 For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,' and will deceive many. Matthew 24:6 And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.
Matthew 24:7 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places.
Matthew 24:8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.
Matthew 24:9 Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name's sake.
Matthew 24:10 And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another.
Matthew 24:11 Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many.
ow I can just hear some of you thinking:
“Are you kidding…? We've experienced the things that Jesus described in these verses, the wars, the disasters, the sorrows, the persecutions--for the last 2000 years!”
Well if you take a closer look, you’ll see that the scale and intensity with which these verses are being fulfilled has increased dramatically in the past few years and that is significant. Let's look at some examples, click on each link to get the full info!!!
Many will come in My name, saying ‘I am the Christ' and will deceive many
You will hear of Wars and rumors of Wars... Nation will rise against Nation
And there will be Famines
And Earthquakes (and other natural disasters) in various places
• Persecution of us nuts who are still CRAZY enough to want to live and love like that Man who set the example for us all to follow down through the millennia (aka: TRUE Christians)
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