.Looking at Matt.24,see (see Matt.24:1-4 This section forms Jesus' last major discourse & His Most Prophetic & apcalyptic message of the coming of the end of the world(or this present age)!!,The message includes a prediction of the imminent fall of Jerusalem,it points us to the distant future ,which the times of the gentiles shall continue until the end of Great Tribulation.Gentiles are lost sinners in the world without Christ (Ephesians 2:11 Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands;Ephesians 2:12 That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:Ephesians 2:13 But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.)Remember this(always)as we Born again believers are the true Jews inwardly & not outwardly ;see (Romans 2:28 For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh:Romans 2:29 But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.
The disciples asked Jesus when shall these things be?(destruction of the temple?what shall the sign of Thy coming be?(Gr.parousia, technical term for the coming of the King & the end of the world?(Gr.aion,the age)which is deception...v.4 take heed that no man deceive you.pause here to look at all the deception in the world today..false religions,false beliefs,false doctrines,false teachers,and ofcourse the very lowest of all Davinci Code...The devil is making his last bids before that terrible time.Zech.14:4 (this is a Great earthquake)seperating the nation(Where Jesus ascended into heaven)many teach Jesus will come to this earth, not knowing the spiritual Word of God & how He is Spirit & New Jerusalem etc.
Matt.24:5-14 many shall come (parade of false messiahs, which have now spanned the centuries of church history & have led billions astray into false religious cults........wars & rumors of wars ,famines & pestilences(these events mark only the beginning of sorrows (Gr.o'din)birth pangs,followed by martyrdom & rise of false prophets & the abounding of iniquity.
the gospel of the Kingdom,refers to the missionary expansion of the church (in all the world)the gospel shall be preached in all the world (Gr.oikoumene')the inhabited world,and all nations (Gr.ethnos)"Gentile Nations" they are without Christ lost in sin in this world.Then shall the end come.
Matt.24:15 ye must be taken generically, since the disciples would not live to see this take place.
The abomination of desolation refers to Daniel 9:27 & 11:31 & 12:11;where Antiochus Epiphanes'profanation of the Jewish temple worship would foreshadow a similar & more severe act by the eschatological Antichrist. Antiochus offered a pig on the sacred altar of the temple, the antichrist will present himself (2 Thessalonians 2:4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.....(who right now calls himself God(Most Holy Father,also the Christ(Vicar of Christ)we already SEEthey bow before him worshiping him , kissing his ring & his feet..
The action of desecration by Antiochus,which Daniel had predicted, will now be repeated in the future by antichrist as the signal of the beginning of Great Tribulation & the breaking of the covenant (in the midst of the week(7 yr period)
Daniel 9:27 that is the 7oth week of Daniel's prophecy=42 months (Rev.11:2)1,260 days (Rev.12:6) or time,and times,and half a time (Dan.7:25 &Rev.12:14.
Matt.24:16-28 the warning to flee to the mts. eschatologically looks beyond the first century of Jews flight from persecution of the antichrist (Rev.12:6-14)the reference of the sabbath day indicates these events will occur in the Jewish area,where such restrictions would be observed.
****Then shall be Great Tribulation makes our Lord's reference to Dan.12:1 clearly evident as taking place just prior to Dan.12:2.
The terrible days of that time shall be shortened by the sudden return of Christ2 Thessalonians 2:8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:.....if possible shall deceive the very elect.appears those who are truly saved cannot be deceived & fall away,the Lord hastens His coming........Behold the lightening shines from E to the W (1Thess.4 ,He comes for His Church in 2 thess 1&2 He comes with us(the church)to judge the world.
The angels are the same angels of judgment 13:39...The elect are the saved who have come to faith in Christ by the Grace of God & are gladly anticipating the Lord's return
matt.24:32,33 fig tree (illustration)as a parable,)is in the natural sense,Israel also is symbolized at times by the fig tree (ch.21)here simply means that as these events reach the apex of their fulfillment,Christ's return follows.
Matt.24:34 The generation that shall not pass away is the generation in whose lifetime all these signs occur,That Generation shall not pass away till all these things be fulfilled.("is us folks!!!....we are "The Generation" exciting?!!!wow
The previously listed signs will continue to multiply throughout the church age & reach the ultimate climax at the end of the age in (**the generation**) of those who will live to see ,the entire matter fulfilled in their lifetime.!!!!!
Matt.24:35-36 warn against attempts to set an exact date for our Lord's return for us.The time is set by our Father's authority (acts 1:7)Acts 1:7 And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power........We are given a comparison to the days of Noah (illustrates & prefigure the condition of humanity at the time of Christ's return...The last generation like the one of Noah's day ,is pleasure oriented & self gratifying by eating ,drinking ,marrying * & given to marry ,is carrying on the normal course of their life without heeding the impending judgment.24:39-42 people of Noah's day knew not the severity & suddenness of the coming destruction, they knew not at all , till the flood came & took them all away , so as the same with this Last Generation today...totally unprepared(unbelief,false beliefs,partying, not a care... (2thess.1:7,8 the reference of 2 being in the field at work at the time of Christ's return implies the suddenness of His coming for us.They will not believe, they will not KNOW till the fire comes & takes them all away.
Matt.24:43-51 the parable of the 2 servants follows to illustrate the seriousness of Christ's 2nd coming, a fact that Jesus never allegorized or spiritualized, BUT spoke of in the most serious terms:cut him assunder....weeping & gnashing of teeth.
Matt.24:33 Signs are indications that Christ's return is near.They will be obvious signs during 7 yr trib period...conditions suggest the rapture will happen soon.There are certain things happening in the world to suggest His return is close!!#1 Israel's return to their promised land;#2 the obvious accelerations of lawlessness;#3 the increase of apostasy (falling away from the truth of the word of God)1 Timothy 4:1 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;1 Timothy 4:2 Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;1 Timothy 4:3 Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth.#4 the socio-religious climate preparing for the one world church (Vatican & Islam??)& #5 the rapid acceleration of life threatening conditions -such as potential atomic annihilation, population explosion,pollution,that require Christ's return before events terminate the world,Paul lists certain conditions which,though true in every age,are more prevalent today (2Tim.3:1-5 2 Timothy 3:1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come./2 Timothy 3:2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,2 Timothy 3:3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,2 Timothy 3:4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;2 Timothy 3:5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.,2 Timothy 3:6 For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts,2 Timothy 3:7 Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.2 Timothy 3:8 Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith............2 Timothy 3:9 But they shall proceed no further: for their folly shall be manifest unto all men, as their's also was.....,2 Timothy 3:12 Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.2 Timothy 3:13 But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.2 Timothy 3:14 But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them;2 Timothy 3:15 And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.
.2 Timothy 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
let's look at more signs of our generation..Mark 13:5 And Jesus answering them began to say, Take heed lest any man deceive you:(we already talked of deceotion)...Mark 13:6 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.Only Jesus is the Christ & nobody can EVER say they are Him in the flesh(blasphemy)beware....,Mark 13:7 And when ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars, be ye not troubled: for such things must needs be; but the end shall not be yet.Mark 13:8 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be earthquakes in divers places, and there shall be famines and troubles: these are the beginnings of sorrows.
.Mark 13:10 And the gospel must first be published among all nations.Mark 13:11 But when they shall lead you, and deliver you up, take no thought beforehand what ye shall speak, neither do ye premeditate: but whatsoever shall be given you in that hour, that speak ye: for it is not ye that speak, but the Holy Ghost.we clearly hear God.!!!Mark 13:12 Now the brother shall betray the brother to death, and the father the son; and children shall rise up against their parents, and shall cause them to be put to death.right now...Mark 13:13 And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.and we are....Mark 13:14 But when ye shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing where it ought not, (let him that readeth understand,) then let them that be in Judaea flee to the mountains:so very close!!Mark 13:19 For in those days shall be affliction, such as was not from the beginning of the creation which God created unto this time, neither shall be.Mark 13:20 And except that the Lord had shortened those days, no flesh should be saved: but for the elect's sake, whom he hath chosen, he hath shortened the days.(rapture!!)Mark 13:21 And then if any man shall say to you, Lo, here is Christ; or, lo, he is there; believe him not:Mark 13:22 For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall shew signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect.
.Mark 13:23 But take ye heed: behold, I have foretold you all things.Mark 13:28 Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When her branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is near:...............Mark 13:29 So ye in like manner, when ye shall see these things come to pass, know that it is nigh, even at the doors.,Mark 13:30 Verily I say unto you, that this generation shall not pass, till all these things be done.Mark 13:31 Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away.(***REVELATION EVERYONE!!!)Mark 13:37 And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch.(This generation will not pass away till all these things are fulfilled!!!!amen & amen
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P.S. adding on..This is Feb.22,2011..look at the world today,especially the middle east.all the violence,lawlessness,and England,France,UK,USA,yes it is in our nation also,(slowly ,we see it starting right in the USA...lawlessness,thefts,murders,no jobs,homeless,prices keep going up,an attack even on our health care..(socilaism) Look how God has increased the number of catastrophic storms & their magnitude,just as He has spoken in previous words..Look at how God spoke America was falling (another prophetic word)It indeed did fall & is falling...Get right with God now,while you still have time,because if you are not walking with Father God Thru Christ by His Spirit.(born again(spiritually)a brand new spirit in Christ.(cleansed by the power of the shed Blood of Christ from all unrighteousness 1John1:9,10..you will not see His Kingdom,only through Christ John14:6..and repent of all sins (turn from them unto God Thru Christ(Luke13:3).(1Cor.6:9,10..no sin enters into God's Kingdom & Ezek.18:4 the soul that sins will die..God is So Holy He cannot look upon any sin at all.Time is running out..and because of all the sin in the world today,is Father God's Wrath being poured out over all nations,especially the USA,we the nation called by His Name.