MATTHEW 24 ~ THY KINGDOM COME
SIGNS OF THE TIMES
“…for the testimony of Jesus is the Spirit of Prophecy…” ~ Rev19:10
“And He also said to the crowd, When you see a cloud rise out of the west, immediately you say, there is a shower coming. And so it is. And when you see the south wind blow, you say, there will be heat and it occurs. Hypocrites! You know to discern the face of the heaven and the earth, but how is it that you do not discern this time?” (Lk.12:54-56)ALSO READ & STUDY THE FOLLOWING: Matthew 24 ~ DECEPTION Matthew 24 ~ THE RETURN OF JESUS CHRIST Matthew 24 ~ THE RAPTURE THEORY
STRUCTURE AND CHARACTERISTICS
(Rightly dividing the Word … 2 Tim 2:15)PLEASE NOTE: Prophetic scriptures are usually of a structured nature. Discover the structures and the prophecies interpret themselves. Also, it is extremely important to comprehend that Matthew 24 encompasses a lengthy time period – beginning just prior to the crucifixion and culminating at Jesus’ return. It must also be borne in mind that the very core of this prophecy is Judaic. In other words, in addition to it’s global application the primary outworking is for the nation of Israel. 1. BEGINNING OF SORROWS (Birth pangs) & DECEPTION 1: And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him to show him the buildings of the temple. 2: And Jesus said unto them, “See ye not all these things (the temple buildings)? verily I say unto you, there shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.” 3: And as he sat upon the Mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, “Tell us, when shall these things be? And what shall be the sign of your coming, and of the end of the age?” 4: And Jesus answered and said unto them, “Take heed that no man deceive you.” 5: “For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. 6: And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. 7: For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. 8: All these are the beginning of sorrows. Characteristics: Deception. Wars and rumours of wars. Nations rising against nations. Famines, pestilences and earthquakes in different places. 2. SORROWS (Persecution and Abomination of Desolation) 9: Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake. 10: And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. 11: And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.12: And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.13: But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. 14: And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come). 15:When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (let the reader understand!). 16: Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains. 17: Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house. 18: Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes. 19: And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days! 20: But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the Sabbath day. Characteristics: Persecution (torture + death) hated by all nations (peoples) for Jesus’ sake. Many deceiving false prophets. Overwhelming sin – love of many will grow cold. Gospel of the kingdom to be preached to all nations. Abomination of desolation. 3. THE GREAT TRIBULATION 21: For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. 22: And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened. 23: Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not. 24: For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. 25: Behold, I have told you before. 26: Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not. 27: For as the lightning comes out of the east, and shines even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. 28: For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together. Characteristics: Greatest tribulation ever!!! False Christs and false prophets accompanied by great lying signs and wonders. Danger of the elect being deceived! 4. THE SIGN OF THE SON OF MAN 29: Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken. 30: And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. 31: And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other. Characteristics: Sun and moon to give no light. Stars fall from heaven, powers of heaven shaken. Sign of the Son of man will appear. Jesus returns on a cloud. Angels to gather the elect. 5. ADMONITION 32:Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and puts forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh. 33: So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors. 34: Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled. 35: Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away. 36: But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only. Characteristics: The fig tree blossoming … the generation that witnesses these things will not pass away until all these things are fulfilled. The exact day and hour only the Father knows. 6. THE COMING OF THE SON OF MAN – END OF THE AGE 37: But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. 38: For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, 39: And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. 40: Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left. 41: Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left. 42: Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come. 43: But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up. 44: Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh. 45: Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season? 46:Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing. 47: Verily I say unto you, That he shall make him ruler over all his goods. 48: But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My lord delays his coming. 49: And shall begin to smite his fellow servants, and to eat and drink with the drunken. 50: The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looks not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of. 51: And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Characteristics: As in the days of Noah – people unprepared … for the return of Jesus! Know the hour and be ready. Blessed are they that are ready and waiting. TO RECAP: Matthew 24 has six structural components: Beginning of Sorrows (birth pangs) – Sorrows – Great Tribulation – Sign of the Son of Man – Admonition – Coming of the Son of Man & The End of the Age. Therefore, based on the structural premise, it is a relatively simple exercise to gauge where we (this generation) are in terms of His coming.
Compiled by: The Final Word Internet Ministry
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