Jesus Speaks About the End Times

February 26th, 2016     

Whilst studying Matthew 24, there were a couple of things that didn’t immediately make sense to me with regards to the order of things.

The disciples asked Jesus about two things: 1) the destruction of the temple, and 2) the signs of the end times.

Jesus then gave them one answer which was a continuous flow, covering both questions. For example, Jesus first gave His disciples the signs of the end times from a high-level view (the ones that people needed to stay alert for at all times from then onward), then He explained the next event which was the destruction of the temple, and then He goes right to the end times in more detail.

The sequence of events in Matthew 24, are identical to the seven Seals in the book of Revelation:

1. false christ
2. war
3. famine
4. pestilence
5. great tribulation
6. heavenly signs
7. the second coming of Jesus

This is a huge confirmation to those who study end time prophecy.

When reading Matthew 24, it is also necessary to read Mark 13, and Luke 21. They both talk about the same events, but each gospel adds valuable information to the bigger picture.

There are other ways to look at Matthew 24, but they don’t make much sense. For example, some people say all events have already happened in the 1st century. But this is wrong, because the second coming of Jesus hasn’t happened yet. Then some people say all has yet to happen. This is wrong too, because the events around the temple have already happened. Others say that there is a double fulfillment in Jesus’ predictions, but then Jesus has to come back twice again. None of this makes any sense.

As always, careful study of the scripture is required. I personally believe that Jesus tried to make it as simple as possible, because He knew we would be studying it one day.

Jesus Predicts the Destruction of the Temple

1 And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to shew him the buildings of the temple.
2 And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.

Please note that “these things” in verse 2 refer to “the buildings of the temple” in verse 1.

The temple was completely, and systematically destroyed in 70 AD.

– David Roberts

The sacrifices of the temple were no longer needed, because of the sacrifice that Jesus had made, so therefore the temple was completely destroyed.

3 And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?

So here are the two questions:
1) When shall “these things” be? (Referring to the destruction of the temple buildings)
2) What are the signs of Jesus’ coming, and of the end of the world?

The Signs of the End Times

4 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.
5 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.
6 And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.
7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.
8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.

This is sometimes also referred to as “birthing pains”. For example, in 1974 there were 4,500 earthquakes, but in 2014 there were 118,000 earthquakes. These numbers will increase as we get closer to the end. Probably increasing in deadliness as well.

The gospel of Luke adds a bit more to this:

And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven.
– Luke 21:11

That could be something as simple as a blood moon.

Or perhaps the close passing of Planet X (aka Planet Nine, Nibiru, etc)?

9 Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake.

This has been happening quite a lot, and seems to be on-going for centuries.

10 And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.
11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.
12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.
13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.
14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.

Once this prophecy has been fulfilled, the end will come. We’re not far off.

The Abomination of Desolation

15 When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)

Abomination of desolation means “a deliberate attempt to mock and deny the reality of God’s presence“. For example, in 168 BC Antiochus Epiphanes sacrificed a pig (unclean animal) to Zeus on the sacred temple altar. Daniel had predicted this would happen.

The Luke equivalent of Matthew 24, makes it quite clear what this abomination of desolation is:

And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh.
– Luke 21:20

The abomination of desolation for the temple was when the Roman armies surrounded Jerusalem (the Holy place).

The Romans then went on to kill 1.1 million jews.

What follows is a specific warning for Jerusalem in 70 AD.

16 Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains:
17 Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house:
18 Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes.
19 And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days!
20 But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day.

The Great Tribulation

21 For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.

Some have argued that “the tribulation from 70 AD” (1.1 million jews slaughtered) was “the great tribulation” described above, but I think we can all agree that the tribulation of the Holocaust, the Dark Ages, and the end times, are way worse, and are yet to come.

Also, the verse says “for then”, which to me suggests a different point in time, e.g. yet to come.

Here are the great tribulations that we know of so far:
1) Jerusalem 70 AD (1.1 million jews killed)
2) Dark Ages (exact number unknown, maybe 50-100 million Christians killed)
3) Holocaust (6 million Jews killed plus 5 million others)
4) End Times (billions will die)

All the evidence points to the end times as “the great tribulation”.

The book of Daniel confirms this end times view as well:

And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.
– Daniel 12:1 (KJV)

22 And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.
23 Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not.
24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.
25 Behold, I have told you before.
26 Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not.
27 For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

Jesus mentions the false christs again. Jesus will come with the clouds as lightning. In a twinkling of an eye. So if a false christ appears somewhere else, it will be a false christ. Clouds/lightning – don’t forget.

28 For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together.

Heavenly Signs

29 Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken.

Some have suggested that “the great tribulation” refers to the Dark Ages, but the above events (especially the fall of the stars) didn’t happen immediately after the Dark Ages (if at all).

The gospel of Luke adds “the sea and the waves roaring”.

And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring.
– Luke 21:25

The Coming of the Son of Man

30 And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.
31 And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

This describes God’s wrath (the seventh trumpet) perfectly.

The Parable of the Fig Tree

32 Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh:
33 So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors.
34 Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.

This generation” refers to the generation Jesus was just talking about, e.g. the end time generation.

35 Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.

No One Knows the Day or Hour

36 But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.
37 But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
38 For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark,
39 And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
40 Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
41 Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
42 Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.
43 But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up.
44 Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.

The Faithful Servant and the Evil Servant

45 Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season?
46 Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing.
47 Verily I say unto you, That he shall make him ruler over all his goods.
48 But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming;
49 And shall begin to smite his fellowservants, and to eat and drink with the drunken;
50 The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of,
51 And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

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