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Be Ready for the End of the Age

Mar 03, 2019 | Randy Gunter

Be Ready for the End of the Age, Part 2

Be Ready for the End of the Age, part 2
Matthew 24:15-31

Matthew 24-25 is the Olivet Discourse. In his teaching, Jesus answers a question raised by the disciples: “Tell us, when will these things be, and what will be the sign of your coming and ofthe end of the age?” (Matthew 24:3 ESV)  

The disciples did not know about or understand the Church Age. They viewed the Lord’s coming in glory to establish his kingdom as an imminent event. They had no idea that Jesus’ response would cover at least 1,986 years.

Historical context:

Jesus forewarns of a day when there will be great tribulation. He spoke of a seven-year tribulation, specifically the final 3 ½ years that will take place beforehis second coming. The 7-year tribulation begins after the church is “caught up” to meet the Lord, which people call the rapture of the church. 

16 For the Lordhimself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord. 18 Therefore encourage one another with these words.(1 Thessalonians 4:16-18 ESV)

Jesus doesn’t mention the church’s departure from this world in his teaching in Matthew; insteadhe points out the events that unfold after that.

The coming chaos and rising leaders: 

When will Christ return? He will return after Israel makes a 7-year peace deal with a charismatic ruler, who has come from a 10-nation confederacy; and half-way through the 7 years he comes against Israel, stops their sacrifices and worship, sets up an idol in the temple and requires all people to worship the false god, and abominates the temple.

Certainties to Consider:

God has instructed us with all that needs to be knownregarding life and eternity. 

 As we draw closer to the end of the Church Age and the Second Coming of Christ, solid Bible teaching will wane, false teachers and false prophets will rise, and truths will be rejected (2 Timothy 4:3-4, Matthew 24:11, 24-25). It is imperative that we remain people of the Bible. Let’s commit to read the Bible daily, meditate on it regularly, preach and teach it solely and sing its truths exclusively. (Hebrews 4:12 and 2 Timothy 3:16-17) 

Current news either disheartens the uninformed or encourages the faithful who are looking for the soon appearance of the Savior.Jesus told his followers to be careful and not to let temptations, worries and the affairs of this life distract them from working and watching for the kingdom, readying themselves and others for the Lord’s return.

We must realign our priorities to what is eternal. (Luke 12:35-37, 40)

When asked about the end time, Jesus spoke mostly in generalities, but he gave a specific purpose for us—proclaim the gospel throughout the whole world(Matthew 24:14). Our empowered assignment, individually and collectively as a church, is to declarethe righteous Christ crucified, buried, resurrected, ascended and returning again. Let us faithfully and intentionally live our calling in the power of the Holy Spirit.

It is urgent for people to surrender and follow Jesus nowbecause he will return unexpectedly, and there will be no opportunities for last-minuteconversions or bargaining.

 

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