Scripture: Matthew 24:1-25; Mark 13:1-23; Luke 21:5-24

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READ and STUDY the WORD

Jesus Tells About The Future

Matthew 24:1-25 (KJV) And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and His disciples came to Him for to shew Him the buildings of the temple.  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.  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?  And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.  For many shall come in My name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.  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.  For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.  All these are the beginning of sorrows.  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.  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.  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:) 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 anything 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: 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. 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.

Mark 13:1-23 (KJV) And as Jesus went out of the temple, one of His disciples saith unto Him, Master, see what manner of stones and what buildings are here! And Jesus answering said unto him, Seest thou these great buildings? there shall not be left one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.  And as He sat upon the mount of Olives over against the temple, Peter and James and John and Andrew asked Him privately, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign when all these things shall be fulfilled?  And Jesus answering them began to say, Take heed lest any man deceive you: For many shall come in My name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.  And when ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars, be ye not troubled: for such things must needs be; but the end shall not be yet.  For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be earthquakes in divers places, and there shall be famines and troubles: these are the beginnings of sorrows.  But take heed to yourselves: for they shall deliver you up to councils; and in the synagogues ye shall be beaten: and ye shall be brought before rulers and kings for My sake, for a testimony against them.  10 And the gospel must first be published among all nations.  11 But when they shall lead you, and deliver you up, take no thought beforehand what ye shall speak, neither do ye premeditate: but whatsoever shall be given you in that hour, that speak ye: for it is not ye that speak, but the Holy Ghost. 12 Now the brother shall betray the brother to death, and the father the son; and children shall rise up against their parents, and shall cause them to be put to death. 13 And ye shall be hated of all men for My name’s sake: but he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.  14 But when ye shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing where it ought not, (let him that readeth understand,) then let them that be in Judaea flee to the mountains: 15 And let him that is on the housetop not go down into the house, neither enter therein, to take anything out of his house: 16 And let him that is in the field not turn back again for to take up his garment.  17 But woe to them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days!  18 And pray ye that your flight be not in the winter.  19 For in those days shall be affliction, such as was not from the beginning of the creation which God created unto this time, neither shall be.  20 And except that the Lord had shortened those days, no flesh should be saved: but for the elect’s sake, whom He hath chosen, He hath shortened the days.  21 And then if any man shall say to you, Lo, here is Christ; or, lo, He is there; believe him not: 22 For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall shew signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect.  23 But take ye heed: behold, I have foretold you all things.

Luke 21:5-24 (KJV) And as some spake of the temple, how it was adorned with goodly stones and gifts, Jesus said, As for these things which ye behold, the days will come, in the which there shall not be left one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.  And they asked Him, saying, Master, but when shall these things be? and what sign will there be when these things shall come to pass? And He said, Take heed that ye be not deceived: for many shall come in My name, saying, I am Christ; and the time draweth near: go ye not therefore after them. But when ye shall hear of wars and commotions, be not terrified: for these things must first come to pass; but the end is not by and by.  10 Then said he unto them, Nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: 11 And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven.  12 But before all these, they shall lay their hands on you, and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues, and into prisons, being brought before kings and rulers for My name’s sake. 13 And it shall turn to you for a testimony.  14 Settle it therefore in your hearts, not to meditate before what ye shall answer: 15 For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay nor resist. 16 And ye shall be betrayed both by parents, and brethren, and kinsfolks, and friends; and some of you shall they cause to be put to death.  17 And ye shall be hated of all men for My name’s sake.  18 But there shall not an hair of your head perish.  19 In your patience possess ye your souls.  20 And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh. 21 Then let them which are in Judaea flee to the mountains; and let them which are in the midst of it depart out; and let not them that are in the countries enter thereinto.  22 For these be the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled.  23 But woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck, in those days! for there shall be great distress in the land, and wrath upon this people.  24 And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.

Questions:

1. What did Jesus say to His disciples about the temple buildings (Matthew 24:2; Mark 13:2, Luke 21:6)?

2. What did the disciples ask Jesus (Matthew 24:3; Mark 13:4; Luke 21:7)?

3. What did Jesus say nations would experience (Matthew 24:4-8; Mark 13:5-8; Luke 21:8-11)?

4. What did Jesus say mankind would experience (Mathew 24:9-10; Mark 13:9; Luke 21:12)?

5. Who will give them words to say (Mark 13:11; Luke 21:13-15)?

6. Who will betray one another and cause some to be put to death (Mark 13:12; Luke 21:16)?

7. Who would rise up and deceive many (Matthew 24:11)?

8 Why will the love of many wax cold (Matthew 24:12)?

9. Who will be saved (Matthew 24:13; Mark 13:13)?

10. For what reason must the gospel be preached in all the world (Matthew 24:14)?

11. Why will the days be shortened (Matthew 24:22; Mark 13:20)?

12. Why should you doubt (not believe) someone who says ‘here or there is Christ’ (Matthew 24:23-24; Mark 13:21-23)?

13. Who will trodden down Jerusalem (Luke 21:24)?

Answers:

1. Jesus said a time would come when not one stone would be left on another, every one would be thrown down.

2. The disciples wanted to know when all this would happen and what would be the sign of Jesus’ coming and of the end of the world.

3.  Jesus said wars and rumors of wars would be heard.  Nation would rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom.  There would be famines, pestilences, earthquakes and in divers places. All these would be the beginning of sorrows.

4. Jesus said men would be delivered up to be afflicted and killed.  They would be hated of all nations for Jesus’ name sake.  Many would be offended and betray one another. 

5. The Holy Ghost (Spirit) will provide the words to say.

6. Brother will betray brother; father will betray son; and children shall rise up against their parents, and shall cause them to be put to death.  Kinsfolks and friends too.  

7. Many false prophets will rise and deceive many.

8. The love of many would wax cold because iniquity would abound.

9. Those who endure unto the end will be saved.

10. The gospel of the kingdom must be preached in all the world for a witness to all nations and then the end shall come.

11. The days will be shortened for the elect’s sake.  For them to be saved.

12. We should doubt (not believe) because there will arise false Christs, and false prophets who will even show great signs and wonders trying to deceive the very elect.

13. Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.

HEAR the WORD

Matthew 24:15 (NIV) “So when you see standing in the holy place ‘the abomination that causes desolation,’ spoken of through the prophet Daniel – let the reader understand –

Mark 13:14 But when ye shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing where it ought not, (let him that readeth understand,) then let them that be in Judaea flee to the mountains:

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

MEDITATE on the WORD’

Ponder the above verse.  My Bible notes: Rather than one specific object, event or person, ‘the abomination that causes desolation’ could be seen as any deliberate attempt to mock and deny the reality of God’s presence.  The desecration of the temple by God’s enemies will take place.  This has taken place repeatedly in Israel’s history. 

MEMORIZE the WORD

Matthew 24:12-13 “Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved.”

LOVE and LIVE the WORD

As wickedness increases, love of God and our fellowman decreases.  Sin can cool our love for God and those around us by turning our focus on ourself.

TEACH and SHARE the WORD

We must not listen to dangerous and destructive false teachers.  And we should warn others of the danger too.

PRAY the WORD

Lord, I pray we will stay faithful to You and Your teaching (Matthew 24:1-2).  I pray we will not allow false teachers and false prophets to lead us into sin (Matthew 24:4-5). Lord, I pray we will stand firm until the end (Matthew 24:13). Lord, I pray You will use us to share the gospel throughout the world (Matthew 24:14).  In Christ Jesus’ name I pray.  AMEN.

ENCOURAGEMENT

“May you and I do all we can to bring others into God’s kingdom.” <>< Dona