Jesus Explains End Times Protocol, Pt 1

April 28, 2014 at 7:05 AM 7 comments

destruction_completeDealing with the subject of the end times/last days is always a difficult one. For many, it remains elusive and hard to grasp. Because of this, I firmly believe the simplicity of God’s truth is often missed. The major reason – in my opinion – for the lack of interest/understanding related to the subject of the last days/end times has to do with the fact that this particular subject includes so many individual books of the Bible. It simply takes time to learn how these books interrelate. The Bible must be allowed to interpret itself.

There are some things that are admittedly difficult to comprehend in God’s Word, but that is often normally due to the fact that people simply do not study His Word enough. They rely on reading books by people who have interpreted it for them or they rely on what others teach. It’s certainly not wrong to read what others say and preach (you’re doing it now by reading these words). But to hold that as truth without even comparing it to God’s Word is insulting to Him and wrong for you. It’s as though we are saying, “Lord, I want to know what your Word says, but I really don’t want to go to the source itself (His Word). I’d rather read about it from someone who has already done the research and broken it down for me.”

Again, God can and does work through other people – pastors, teachers, preachers, evangelists, and authors – to help us understand His Word. However, we cannot for one moment think that it lets us off the hook. We must always take what we hear or read and compare it to God’s Word and when what we hear or read strays from His Word, we must reject it. There are no ifs, ands, or buts about that. We must reject it.

Your job – as you read this multi-part series – is to compare it to God’s Word to determine (like the Bereans of Acts 17 did) whether or not I am on the mark. If you personally believe I am off the mark, then reject what I say! You and you alone are responsible for whether you accept or reject what I’m teaching here as truth.

If something I write here is confusing to you, then feel free to ask me that I might provide additional insight and clarify what I’ve written. I will welcome that. What I will not welcome is sarcasm and an attitude that denigrates me or another person who comments.

Matthew 24 – Olivet Discourse
So, let’s start with Jesus’ words as recorded for us in Matthew 24 (and we’ll include Mark 13 and Luke 21), commonly referred to as the Olivet Discourse. There, He specifically talks about the events that will lead up to His physical return to this earth. We will start there to kick things off, but then we will go back to Daniel and see how things connect.

“Jesus came out from the temple and was going away when His disciples came up to point out the temple buildings to Him. 2 And He said to them, “Do you not see all these things? Truly I say to you, not one stone here will be left upon another, which will not be torn down.” – Matthew 24:1-2

In Matthew 23, Jesus has some serious words and warnings for the legalistic Pharisees. He takes them to task publicly and then issues 8 “woes” to them because of what they fail to do as written in God’s Word. Jesus labels them hypocrites, calling them what they in fact are, as far as He is concerned. Chapter 23 ends with His personal lament over Jerusalem. He would gather them as a mother hen gathers her chicks, but the leaders of Israel were completely unwilling to be gathered. Since they were the religious leaders of Israel, this affected all of Israel, as a nation.

With that, we move into Matthew 24, where Jesus joins His disciples outside the Temple. They eventually move opposite the Eastern Wall of the Temple to the Mount of Olives. There, they can view the Temple as Jesus points out the order of events that will occur in the next 40 years and toward the end of the age, prior to His physical return. But when Jesus first joins His disciples, they point to the Temple in all its beauty and Jesus uses it for a teachable moment. He tells them plainly that there will essentially be nothing left of the Temple they see standing before them. Not one stone will remain.

The fulfillment of this prophecy took place in AD 70 when the Romans sacked Jerusalem and the Temple was destroyed. The Romans removed every stone down to the foundation from the Temple in order to obtain the gold that adorned the stones. In truth, Jesus’ words were completely fulfilled. Had the religious leaders of Israel received Him as Messiah, things would have been different. They cared more about their own stature and status than about welcoming Jesus. Because they – as leaders of Israel – rejected Jesus, judgment on Israel came within 40 years of His death and resurrection.

Verses 1 & 2 of Matthew 24 introduce the theme. This piques the interest of the disciples and they ask Him a point-blank question. Actually, there are three questions. Jesus has opened the door to a discussion of the end times. The disciples desire more knowledge so they ask Him a three-part question in verse 23: “Tell us, when will these things happen, and what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?

We will pick it up there in our next installment. Join me then.

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Entry filed under: Religious - Christian - End Times, Religious - Christian - Prophecy, Religious - Christian - Theology, salvation, second coming.

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