Sermon Notes: Things To Come, Matthew 24:3-31 (8-8-15)

Sixth Bowl: Euphrates Dried Up. 12 Then the sixth angel poured out his bowl on the great river Euphrates, and its water was dried up, so that the way of the kings from the east might be prepared. 13 And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs coming out of the mouth of the dragon, out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. 14 For they are spirits of demons, performing signs, which go out to the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty. 15 “Behold, I am coming as a thief. Blessed is he who watches, and keeps his garments, lest he walk naked and they see his shame.” 16 And they gathered them together to the place called in Hebrew, Armageddon. (Revelation 16:12-16)

About the video. What will transpire in the time between the rapture and the time when the tribulation begins? This clip is from the series entitled, “Step by Step Through the Book of Daniel.” (Drs. Jimmy De Young and John Ankerberg) Consider agreements between U.S. presidents and leaders and leaders of Muslim countries.

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Sermon Notes: Things To Come, Matthew 24:3-31 (8-8-15)

Consider the calling and purposes of believers in Christ.

Matthew 28:18-20 Great Commission
Acts 1:8 Great Commission
Eph 4:11-12 Spiritual gifts of leadership
1 Peter 3:15 “Be prepared to tell of your faith in Jesus.”
Acts 8:26-40 Philip “preaching Jesus” (Philip And Ethiopian)
Consider your calling: Acts 13:1-5

Sermon: Matthew 24:3-31

The end times:
Relate Matthew 24-25 to Revelation 19-20
Consider “Armageddon; The End Of The World?”

Matthew 24:3 New King James Version (NKJV) (The Disciples Two Questions: “When” and “What”
The Signs of the Times and the End of the Age. Consider the Mount of Olives; then and to come.

3 Now 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?”

Strong’s Concordance Matthew 24:3 (age vs world)
165. aión
aión: a space of time, an age
Original Word: αἰών, ῶνος, ὁ
Part of Speech: Noun, Masculine
Phonetic Spelling: (ahee-ohn’)
Short Definition: an age, a cycle of time
Definition: an age, a cycle (of time), especially of the present age as contrasted with the future age, and of one of a series of ages stretching to infinity.

Matthew 24:4-14 New King James Version (NKJV) Caution to Jews. (Daniel’s 70th Week Of Years) (The second coming of Christ, to earth.)

4 And Jesus answered and said to them: “Take heed that no one deceives you.5 For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many. 6 And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. 7 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. 8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.
9 “Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake. 10 And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another. 11 Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. 12 And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. 13 But he who endures to the end shall be saved. 14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.

vs 13: The reference is not to personal salvation, but to the deliverance by the Lord’s return.
vs 14. The rapture of the church has already taken place. The conversation is about the Jews in the tribulation.

Matthew 24:15-20 New King James Version (NKJV) The tribulation.. (The Middle Of Daniel’s 70th week; the abomination of desolation)

15 “Therefore when you see the ‘abomination of desolation,’ spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place” (whoever reads, let him understand),16 “then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. 17 Let him who is on the housetop not go down to take anything out of his house. 18 And let him who is in the field not go back to get his clothes. 19 But woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days! 20 And pray that your flight may not be in winter or on the Sabbath.

24:15 – abomination of desolation. The phrase is from Daniel; in Dan. 9:27; 11:31 it refers to the desecration of the temple by Antiochus Epiphanes. In 168 B.C. Antiochus erected a pagan altar in the temple. According to Josephus, he also sacrificed swine there.

RE: Luke 21:20-24 (The destruction of Jerusalem in AD 70)

Shortly before A.D. 70 the Zealots were in the temple precincts during the war with Rome, and their presence could have been considered a desecration. In A.D. 70 the Romans entered the temple with military standards, ceremonial insignia that were elements of their religion. They took away the sacred vessels, including the lampstand, and burned the temple. Sculptures of their troops carrying the vessels are visible on the Arch of Titus in Rome…let the reader understand. The sense is not “whoever reads this Gospel,” but “whoever reads Daniel.”

vs 16 Consider the conditions that will be present during the “tribulation”
vs 20 Consider “Sabbath.” The discussion relates to Jews, not Christians.

Matthew 24:21-28 New King James Version (NKJV) (then there will be great tribulation)

21 For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be. 22 And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved; but for the elect’s sake those days will be shortened.
23 “Then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘There!’ do not believe it. 24 For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. 25 See, I have told you beforehand.
26 “Therefore if they say to you, ‘Look, He is in the desert!’ do not go out; or‘Look, He is in the inner rooms!’ do not believe it. 27 For as the lightning comes from the east and flashes to the west, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. 28 For wherever the carcass is, there the eagles will be gathered together.

vs 21: Consider, “as has not been.” Consider the horrible things that have happened in times past. Consider the flood (Gen 7). The time of tribulation will be worse than anything that we can imagine.
vs 22: Consider, Elect, “Israel” (Deu 7:6). The murders of Jews will be so great that God will shorten the time of the murderous reign of the Antichrist.
24:27 as the lightning. The coming of Christ will be evident, unambiguous, and clear to all.
vs 28: Consider: the eagles gathering
24:28 Wherever the corpse is. The sign of Jesus’ coming will be as clear as where carrion is, eagles gather. There will be no question that Jesus is returning to Earth. Consider the ability that we have today to see things that happen around the world, almost simultaneously.

Matthew 24:29-31 New King James Version (NKJV) (immediately after the tribulation)
The Coming of the Son of Man; This follows the Rapture Of the Church

29 “Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 30 Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. 31 And He will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

vs 29: Consider, “after the tribulation.”
vs 29: Consider the accompanying atmospheric abnormalities
vs 29: Consider why “the bride of Christ” would not be subject to such things. (The bridegroom, Christ, loves the bride, the church, and protects his bride)
vs 30: Consider the visual appearance of Jesus.

Compare the rapture of the Church, and the Second Coming of Christ

Rapture of the Church: Jesus Coming To Take Us Away
John 14:1-3
1 Cor 15:50-54
1 Thes 4:13-18

Second Coming Of Christ: Jesus Coming To Stand On Mount Of Olives. (Spoken to Jews)
Daniel 7:13-14
Zechariah 14:1-4 (this is the same event as that of Rev 19:11-21)
Second Coming Of Christ: Jesus with Holy Ones (Spoken to Christians)
Rev 19:11-21 (this is the same event as that of Zech 14:1-4.
Rev 20:1-6

We must ask the question: How did the “armies of heaven” of Revelation 19:11-21 get in position with Christ to come down to earth with Him? It is simple. The believers, “the armies of heaven,” were caught up to be with Jesus (John 14:1-3, 1 Cor 15:50-54; 1 Thes 4:13-18). The description of the armies of heaven (19:14), “arrayed in fine linen, white and pure,” matches the description of (19:7-8) of the bride of Christ, being “clothed with fine linen, bright and pure,” which took place in heaven, after the rapture of the church, at the marriage of the Lamb, prior to the Lamb and His bride returning to earth.

vs 31: Consider “the elect.” Jews

Consider the “regathering of Jews to Israel.”
Isa 27:12
Jer 12:15
Ezek 28:25-26
Ezekiel 36:24-30

Daniel 12:1-4 New King James Version (NKJV)

Prophecy of the End Time

1 “At that time Michael shall stand up,
The great prince who stands watch over the sons of your people;
And there shall be a time of trouble,
Such as never was since there was a nation,
Even to that time.
And at that time your people shall be delivered,
Every one who is found written in the book.
2 And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake,
Some to everlasting life,
Some to shame and everlasting contempt.
3 Those who are wise shall shine
Like the brightness of the firmament,
And those who turn many to righteousness
Like the stars forever and ever.
4 “But you, Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book until the time of the end; many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase.”

References: SRN (Scofield’s Reference Notes: RSB (Reformation Study Bible); MAC (Mac Arthur Study Bible) SSB (Scofield Study Bible)

Verse 1 (SRN)
thy people
That is, Daniel’s people, the Jews. Cf. Daniel 9:15; Daniel 9:16; Daniel 9:20; Daniel 9:24; Daniel 10:14.
12:1 (RSB)
a time of trouble. This unparalleled time of trouble is sometimes identified with the “great tribulation” predicted by Jesus (Matt. 24:21; Mark 13:19).
12:1 (MAC)
that time. This points back to 11:36-45, the time of the ascendancy of Antichrist during the final tribulation period. During that period, Michael the archangel (cf. Jude 9) of 10:13, 21 ministers with special attention to protecting Israel during that Gentile time (cf. Is 26:20, 21); Jer 30:7; Mt 24:21). “Your people” means Daniel’s Israelite people, who can have hope, even in the distress of an unprecedented kind set for the Great Tribulation (Mt 24:21; cf Rev 12:12-17; 13:7). “The book” is the book of the saved (Mal 3:16-4:3; Lk 10:20; Rev 13:8; 17:8; 20:12, 15; 21:27)
12:2 (MAC)
Many…these…others. Two groups will arise from death constituting the “many” meaning all, as in Jn 5:29. Those of faith will rise to eternal life, the rest of the unsaved to eternal torment. The souls of OT saints are already with the Lord at that time, they will received glorified bodies (cf. Rev 20:4-6).
12:2 (SSB)
those who sleep…shall awake. This resurrection concerns Daniel’s people (vs 1), that is the Jews (compare 9:15-16, 20, 24; 10:14), and is selective; not all, but “many” (v 2) restricted to those written in the “book” (v.1). The latter part of v.2 may be rendered as follows: “these [that is, those left in the grave who are yet to awake] to shame and everlasting contempt.” This resurrection will occur after the tribulation, and concerns O.T. believers and tribulation believers; not the Church, which will be taken to heaven before the tribulation.
12:3 (MAC)
have insight. Those having true knowledge, by faith in God’s Word, not only leaders (as 11:33) but others (11:35; 12:10). To “shine” in glory is a privilege of all the saved (cf. the principle in 1 Thes 2:12; 1 Pet 5:10). Any who influence others for righteousness shine like stars in varying capacities of light as their reward (as in 1 Cor 3:8). The faithfulness of the believer’s witness will determine one’s eternal capacity to reflect God’s glory.
12:4 (MAC)
the end time. Refers to the tribulation (cf. 11:35-40). go back and forth. This Heb. verb form always refers to the movement of a person searching for something in the tribulation; people will search for answers to the devastation and discover increased knowledge through Daniel’s preserved book.
12:4 (SRN)
end
The “time of the end” in Daniel. The expression, or its equivalent, “in the end,” occurs, Daniel 8:17-19; Daniel 9:26; Daniel 11:35; Daniel 11:40; Daniel 11:45; Daniel 12:4; Daniel 12:6; Daniel 12:9.
Summary:
(1) The time of the end in Daniel begins with the violation by “the prince that shall come” (i.e. “little horn,” “man of sin,” “Beast”) of his covenant with the Jews for the restoration of the temple and sacrifice Daniel 9:27 and his presentation of himself as God; Daniel 9:27; Daniel 11:36-38; Matthew 24:15; 2 Thessalonians 2:4; Revelation 13:4-6 and ends with his destruction by the appearing of the Lord in glory.; 2 Thessalonians 2:8; Revelation 19:19; Revelation 19:20.
(2) The duration of the “time of the end” is three and one half years, coinciding with the last half of the seventieth week of Daniel. Daniel 7:25; Daniel 12:7; Revelation 13:5.
(3) This “time of the end” is the “time of Jacob’s trouble.” Jeremiah 30:7 “a time of trouble such as never was since there was a nation” Daniel 12:1 “great tribulation such as was not from the beginning of the world.. . nor ever shall be” Matthew 24:21. The N.T., especially the Book of the Revelation, adds many details.

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