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JESUS’ GREAT DISCOURSE ON THE END

MEN THINK THAT BY LOOKING INTO THE PAST THEY CAN DIVINE THE FUTURE



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JESUS’ GREAT DISCOURSE ON THE END

I want you to refresh your mind with me in regard to our future rendezvous with Christ?
This is one appointment we all shall assuredly keep.
Matthew chapters 24, 25, also related in Mark13 and Luke 21.


Chapter 24:1.44. Fall of Jerusalem: His Coming: End of World.
This discourse was delivered after Jesus had left the Temple for the last time. It concerns the Destruction of Jerusalem: His Coming: and the End of the World.

Some of his words referred to the time present; others to a future time. Some are so mixed up that it is difficult to know just which event they refer. Perhaps he mixed them up intentionally. Or it may be only a brief account of a much more extensive discourse.

It seems plain that Jesus had in mind two distinct events, separated by an interval of time; indicated by "these" in 24 :34, and “But of that day no man knows” 24 :36. Some explain “this generation” Mt 24:34, to mean this nation; that is, the Jewish race shall not pass away till the Lord comes.


The more common view is that He meant Jerusalem would be destroyed within the lifetime of those present. To one looking at two distant mountain peaks one behind the other, they seem close together, though they may be far apart. So in Jesus' perspec¬tive, these two events were in some respects typical of the other, but with a long interval between. What he said in a sentence may be of an age. What happened in one case is prophetic of what will happen in the other.

His words concerning Jerusalem were fulfilled literally within 40 years. The magnificent buildings of marble and gold were so com¬pletely demolished by the Roman army in 70AD that Josephus said it looked like a site that had never been inhabited.

His Second Coming:

By far the larger part of this great discourse is devoted to the sub¬ject of Jesus' Coming Again. With his death only three days away, and knowing that his disciples faith in Him and His Kingdom would be shaken to the core he takes great pains to explain to them that they would yet realize their hopes in a far greater way than they had ever dreamed.

Jesus' thoughts dwelt a great deal on his Second Advent as seen in the following verses:

Mt 25:31 “When the Son of Man shall come in his glory and all the angels with him”.

Mt 16:27 “The Son of Man shall come in the glory of his Father, with his angels, and render to every man according to his deeds”.

Mt 24:27 “As the lightning comes out of the east and is seen even to the west; so shall the coming of the Son of Man be”.

Mt 24:37 “As it was in the days of Noah, so shall the coming of the Son of Man be”.

Luke 17:28-30 “Likewise as it was in the days of Lot in the same manner shall it be in the day that the Son of Man is revealed”.

Luke 21:27. “They shall see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory”.

Mk 8:38 “Whosoever shall be ashamed of me, the Son of Man be ashamed of when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels”.

John 14:2-3 “I am going to prepare a place for you, and I will come again to receive you unto myself”.

Mt 24:31 His Coming will be heralded with “a great sound of a trumpet”, as the manner was when the nation of old was gathered together, Ex 19:13, 16, 19. Paul repeated this expression, “the trumpet shall sound”, in connection with the resurrection, 1 Cor 15:52.
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I Thess 4: 16
“The Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God”, indicates that it may be more than a mere figure of speech; but rather an actual, sudden, great event, in which He gathers his own to himself from among the living and the dead, on a gigantic and mighty scale.

Neither his coming to Jerusalem in judgment in 70 A D; nor the coming of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost (the apostles did not think that Jesus came on the day of Pentecost; for years after that they were still looking for him); nor his coming to his people again and again in new experiences; nor our going to him in death; none of these can exhaust the meaning of Jesus words as to his Coming again.

Its best not to be too dogmatic about certain events associated with His coming. But if language is at all a vehicle of thought then it certainly takes a good deal of explaining to make anything else out of Jesus words than that he looked forward to His own coming again as a definite historical event in which he personally and literally in his glorified body will appear to gather to himself those who have been redeemed by his blood.

It’s best not to cloud the hope of his coming with too many details. Some people will be dreadfully disappointed if Jesus does not arrive on the schedule which they have mapped out for him.

It is said that Queen Victoria, deeply touched by a sermon of. W. Farrar on the Lord's Second Coming, said to him: “Dean Farrar, I should like to be living when Jesus comes, so that I could lay the Crown of England at his feet”.

What will you have to offer Him at His coming?
The “wise” prepared for his delay.

Chapter 24:45-51 deal with the Faithful and Wise Servants. From here on Jesus' discourse is an exhortation to Watchfulness.
His Second Advent was uppermost in his thoughts and it should be so in ours also.

Chapter 25:1-13 the Parable of the Ten Virgins. This parable means just one thing: that we should be ready when he comes.

Chapter 25:14-30 the Parable of the Talents like the parable of the Pounds in Luke 19: 11-27, mean that we are in training for service in an order yet to be, and that our standing there will depend on the faithfulness of our stewardship here. The slothful will get nothing but grief.

The Final Judgment Scene Chapter 25:31-46. This is one of the most magnificent passages in the entire Bible, a true picture of how common kindness will affect our standing in the eternal world.

" When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory. All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats. And He will set the sheep on His right hand, and the goats on the left.” The King will say to those on His right hand, 'Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: 'for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; 'I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.' Then the righteous will answer Him saying, “Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? When did we see You a stranger and take You in; or naked and clothe You? Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?” And the King will answer them and say “Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me”.
Then He will also say to those on the left hand, Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels: for I was hungry and you gave Me no food; I was thirsty and you gave Me no drink; I was a stranger and you did not take Me in, naked and you did not clothe Me, sick and in prison and you did not visit Me. Then they will answer Him, saying, “Lord, when did we see You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to You?” Then He will answer them, saying, “Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me”. And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.

 

MEN THINK THAT BY LOOKING INTO THE PAST THEY CAN DIVINE THE FUTURE

Prognosticators with theories on prophecy are endless.
It is said by that a great battle is on for the minds of men.
It goes far deeper than that; the real battle is for the hearts of men.
Christ’s arch enemy Satan wants our hearts and minds.
Keep your heart with all diligence for out of it are the issues of life.
Like the woman that came to Jesus with a haemorrhage of blood (life) Christianity is haemorrhaging life.

Joshua 7:13 up, sanctify the people and say, Sanctify yourselves against tomorrow: for there is an accursed thing in the midst of thee. O Israel: thou canst not stand before thine enemies, until you take away the accursed thing from among you.

We can learn from history.
The secret things belong to God, and the things that are revealed (by God) belong to us and to our children forever. We should go to the Lord about everything.

God is not like men, He doesn’t lie, He can be trusted; you can do serious business with Him!

Hindsight is useful and we can learn many lessons from it.
History is open to all men to interpret as they wish, and many have used it falsely. As for the future only the Holy Spirit knows what will be, and what it holds for us. He remembers the future for He is the “I AM” the past the present and the future.

Our view of the future is blurred. We see it through darkened glass.
We can learn by the mistakes of the past.
We can learn by others mistakes; 1 Cor 10:1.
We usually learn by our own.
Most men never learn.
Humility learned by asking the Holy Spirit to guide him. It’s the key to great faith. Psalm 34:5 they looked unto him, and were enlightened: and their faces were not ashamed.

Paul had experiences which he wasn’t at liberty to talk about.
The lesson here is to take with a grain of salt accounts of spiritual experiences that sound too good to true? They usually aren’t.

Today if you will hear His voice. Today is for us.
The present is reaping the fruit of what I planted yesterday.
My safe passage tomorrow will only be sure if I sanctify myself today.
Today for us: Tomorrow is the Lord’s.
THE PASSED IS HISTORY.
THE PRESENT IS IN OUR HANDS.
THE FUTURE IS IN GOD’S HANDS.
We must make preparations today for our safe passage tomorrow.

Noah prepared an ark to save his whole house.
As in the days of Noah so shall it be prior to the Lord’s coming.
Joshua 3:5 Joshua said to the people, Sanctify yourselves: for to morrow the Lord will do wonders among you.
Luke 12:47 And that servant which knew his lord's will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes.

Hebrews 2:2. If the word spoken by angels was steadfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompence of reward; how shall we escape?
The day of the Lord is a day of Judgement and recompence.

Malachi 3:1-2
Behold, I will send My messenger, He will clear the way before Me. And the Lord, whom you seek, shall suddenly come to His temple, even the Angel of the Covenant, in whom you delight. He is coming says the Lord of hosts. But who can endure the day of His coming? And who shall stand when He appears, for He is like a refiner's fire, and like fuller's soap.

Heb 10:35. Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward.

Philippians 3:13. Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,
I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

 
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