"When Will These Things Be?" Matthew 24: 1-14
“When Will These Things Be?”
This Week’s Core Belief: Eternity I believe there is a heaven and a hell and that Jesus Christ is returning to judge the earth and to establish His eternal kingdom.
“Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. 2 In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. 4 And you know the way to where I am going.”
Text: Matthew 24:3-14
3 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?” 4 And Jesus answered them, “See that no one leads you astray. 5 For many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and they will lead many astray. 6 And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not alarmed, for this must take place, but the end is not yet. 7 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places. 8 All these are but the beginning of the birth pains. 9 “Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and put you to death, and you will be hated by all nations for my name’s sake. 10 And then many will fall away and betray one another and hate one another. 11 And many false prophets will arise and lead many astray. 12 And because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold. 13 But the one who endures to the end will be saved. 14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.
The Message of This Passage:
This passage is referred to as the Fifth Great Discourse of Jesus, and called "The Olivet Discourse" (Matt. 23:37-24:-35; Mark 13). Jesus is giving us a glimpse into the future and things to come for Jerusalem, most of which was fulfilled in the destruction of the Temple, and He tells us why it will be destroyed (Jer. 13:27; 49:22). The Jewish leadership fell to hypocrisy and personal agendas and the people followed like lost sheep.
The Temple was physically destroyed by the Roman army in 70 A.D.; the Romans were the means but not the reason.
This passage also gives us a glimpse of what happens when we fail spiritually and refuse to repent, so that our sins accumulate and escalate, while God's grace is seeking to resolve, heal, and reconcile us to Him.
Jesus is explaining to us the events and it is not about one event but many to come when He returns to earth in power and glory! Jesus gives us some of the signs that will be warnings of things to come. The call is to watch and to be ready, but not be consumed or worried, for He is still in control. We are to look to Him (Phil. 3:20), not just the signs. We are to trust in Him, not in the times; our faith is in Him, not what will or may happen!
What do you do and how do you feel when you hear about all the bad things-the troubles, disasters, tribulations-happening in the world?
Why was the Temple destroyed? What do you think Christianity and Judaism would be like now if it had never been destroyed?
If you knew the exact time and day Christ would come, How would you live until that time, and why?
What can you do to keep from being discouraged when bad things, troubles, disasters, and tribulations happen?
What would you do if, all of a sudden, it was against the law to be a practicing Christian, lead a Bible study, or go to church? And if you did, the penalty for the first offense was that all of your property would be seized-and the second time, you would go to jail? That is the way it is in a lot of countries such as the Middle East, India, Pakistan, China, etc!
Jesus tells his disciples not to be alarmed when terrible events occur; that this must take place and the end is not yet. How can we apply this to our lives when hearing about difficult current events?
How can we be proactive in making sure that our hearts do not grow cold
In 1 Corinthians 15:31, Paul declares “I die daily!” How does this relate to Jesus’ call to endure to the end?