Matthew 25:31-46 Final Judgement

Which one are you?

Which one are you?

We are continuing with Jesus on the Mount of Olives. Today we will read the last words Jesus imparted to His disciples concerning the end of the age and His coming again. In yesterday’s reading we looked at the parable of the five, two, and one talents. At the end of the parable, the master called for a reckoning when he returned. Today we will look at Jesus’ upcoming reckoning.

Jesus tells His disciples what will happen at the end of the age and at the beginning of His reign. When Jesus arrives on the scene for the second time, He comes prepared to do battle. He sends out His angels and gathers His elect. He then defeats Satan and all his supporters and dispatches them to their assigned reward or holding place. THEN He sits on His throne here on Earth. At that time, all those who survived to the end will be judged. Read more »

Matthew 25:14-30 Plenty of Talents

No way to invest what God gives you

No way to invest what God gives you

We are continuing on with Jesus and His disciples on the Mount of Olives. He is teaching His disciples about the end times and His returning. In our reading today, Jesus is using another parable. This one deals with the concept of final judgement at Jesus’ coming.

At the beginning of Jesus’ parable he introduces us to three servants and their master. The master is a very shrewd man. He easily judges the character of all his servants. He was savvy in business, and was very wealthy. I looked up a talent in my bible helps and it says that ONE talent is worth 20 years’ worth of wages. In the day when my bible helps were written, one talent would equal about $600,000. Between the three servants, this man entrusted his servants with 160 years’ worth of wages. That is $4,800,000! Read more »

Matthew 25:1-13 The Bridegroom Cometh

Are you prepared?

Are you prepared?

We are still on the Mount of Olives with Jesus as He is teaching His disciples about the end times and His second coming. In the section we are looking at today, Jesus uses the parable of the ten virgins. This parable, on the surface is pretty simple; we don’t know the day or the hour Jesus will return, so always be watching and ready. But there are a couple of questions I want to ask.

Jesus starts off by focusing on the virgins, their lamps, and the journey they set off on. Jesus says there are ten of them and they all want the same thing; to meet the bridegroom. Was the bridegroom going to choose one of them to marry? Was he going to marry all of them? Were they like bridesmaids to the real bride? Were they collectively the bride as we, the church, are Jesus’ bride? I was reading about Jewish weddings on Wildolive.com. The author talks about the bridesmaids having to be ready to go with the bride, including having a lamp and oil for it at all times. I was also reading on Bible Hermeneutics Beta and they were addressing this question too. I don’t know if I have THE answer, but I’m going with that they were all brides for this bridegroom as we are all part of Jesus’ bride as believers. Read more »

Matthew 24:36-51 Only God Knows When

I wish we'd all been ready

I wish we’d all been ready

We are continuing with Jesus and His disciples on the Mount of Olives. Jesus is answering the disciples’ questions about the signs of His returning and the end of the age. Today Jesus addresses the exact hour of His return.

Jesus message today is very clear. I don’t need an advanced degree in religious studies or deep understanding to know what He is telling His disciples in this passage. Jesus plainly says that no one but the Father knows when the Son is coming back. Period. Read more »

Matthew 24:32-35 Lessons from the Fig Tree

Summer is on the way

Summer is on the way

Jesus and His disciples are still on the Mount of Olives. Jesus is also still teaching them about the end of days and what to expect. Today He uses an analogy to describe the signs of His coming. His words are the source of some controversy for us today. What did He really mean? I won’t pretend to have any answers for you, as I am not an expert in end time prophecy. But I will share my opinion, and anything else He puts on my heart today.

The signs that Jesus has been describing to His disciples so far are very disturbing! He has promised earthquakes, famine, wars, torture and death. We see only one two positive signs mentioned in everything He has shared so far. Those two signs outweigh all the negatives, if one is on the right side of them. The positive signs are His gospel being preached to the WHOLE world, and the trumpet of the Lord sounding to bringing His people home. The reward for faithfulness to Him in the midst of all the surrounding trouble is eternal life with Him. Read more »