Mathew 24. Forum Discussion

With only 5 chapters left in the Gospel of Mathew, we pick up with Jesus continuing to prepare His disciples for things to come. The chapter begins with Jesus coming out from the temple and saying to His disciples, “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.” The disciples ask Jesus when this will happen and what will be a sign that they are about to happen? Jesus warns them, and us, not to be fooled by impostors that will say that they are the Christ.

Later in the chapter Jesus foretells of His second coming and makes a very important point that nobody knows when that will happen except for God Himself. I remember growing up and various sources would claim to know when the second coming would happen. I can remember a lot of talk about that subject as the year 2000 approached. It’s great when somebody takes the time to introduce you to the bible and you can read for yourself what Jesus says in verse 36, “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone.” Once I read that, I knew not to put any stock in anybody claiming to know what only God knows.

Jesus explains that right before He comes again, “The sun will be darkened,” “The moon will not give it’s light,” “The stars will fall from the sky,” and, “The powers of the heavens will be shaken.” Jesus paints a very dark picture of what the world will be like in those days, “For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and in various places there will be famines and earthquakes.  But all these things are merely the beginning of birth pangs. Then they will deliver you to tribulation, and will kill you, and you will be hated by all nations because of My name. At that time many will fall away and will betray one another and hate one another.  Many false prophets will arise and will mislead many.  Because lawlessness is increased, most people’s love will grow cold.” It’s interesting the correlation that Jesus makes between lawlessness increasing and people’s love growing cold. It can certainly be scary to read of these things that will come to be. But Jesus tells us in verse 6 to not be frightened, “For those things must take place.” He also tells us to be prepared, “Therefore be on the alert, for you do not know which day your Lord is coming.  But be sure of this, that if the head of the house had known at what time of the night the thief was coming, he would have been on the alert and would not have allowed his house to be broken into. For this reason you also must be ready; for the Son of Man is coming at an hour when you do not think He will.”

And finally, Jesus tells us, “The one who endures to the end, he will be saved.  This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come.” - Amen 

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"Because lawlessness is increased, most people’s love will grow cold. But the one who endures to the end, he will be saved." - Mathew 24:12-13. In some ways it feels like that way now. Our nation is divided. People are on edge. This scripture is good to read. It reminds me to "endure" and keep God as the priority in my life.

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