Matthew 24:29-31 Jesus Arrive a Second Time

An unmistakable event!

An unmistakable event!

Jesus has been telling His disciples about the end times and His second coming. They are sitting on the Mount of Olives, just days from His ultimate sacrifice. He has shared what the events of the time will be and the ultimate event that will signal the final end; “the abomination of desolation.” Jesus pointed His disciples to the writings of the prophet Daniel for a better look at what that would look like. Now He is going to share what will happen as He steps back into the scene from Heaven.

Please bear in mind again that I am no expert on end time events or prophecies. I am simply going to share what I see or understand as I read the words Matthew wrote under the Holy Spirit’s guidance; Jesus’ words on the matter. Read more »

Matthew 24:15-28 The Abomination of Desolation

If he was only that easy to recognize

If he was only that easy to recognize

We are continuing on with Jesus on the Mount of Olives as He talks to His disciples about the “end of the age.” As I stated yesterday, I am NOT an expert or in any way qualified to be interpreting Jesus’ words for anyone. What you will find here today is me sharing what comes to my mind and heart when I read this portion of scripture. I honestly never know what is going to come out until the end. So join me today as we see where the Spirit takes us.

Jesus is in the middle of answering the disciples’ question of “When will these things happen and what will be the sings of Your coming and the end of the age?” (verse 3). Yesterday Jesus first shared the political climate as the day approaches. Then He stated the environmental changes to be alert to. Next He clearly shares the personal costs of remaining a believer as the day draws nearer. Then He ends with the overall spiritual state of man. After all these warnings, Jesus then turns to the reward that awaits those who remain true to Him until the end; eternal life. Read more »

Matthew 24:3-14 Signs of the End of the Age

 

Wake up and pay attention!

Wake up and pay attention!

Jesus has left the temple in Jerusalem where He bested all the religious leaders they threw at Him. He and His disciples headed out of town for the evening and went to the Mount of Olives. Here He will provide His disciples with a sneak peek into our future.

Jesus had just told His disciples about the destruction of the temple as they were leaving town. The disciples come to Him now and ask for more information on that event. “Tell us, when will these things be” (verse 3).

The second questions Jesus’ disciples ask Him has got me thinking. Jesus’ disciples were expecting Him to rule and reign on earth right away. Were they asking what to expect before He took the throne in His current walk or were they asking regarding His references to coming again? What “age” are they referring to when they ask this question? The end of the Roman rule, or the end of Satan’s rule? Was this question inspired by the Holy Spirit so they, and we, could have it filed away for future use? Read more »

Matthew 24:1-2 The Temple’s Fate Foretold

Not one stone left on another

Not one stone left on another

Jesus and His disciples have just left the temple after dealing with the religious groups. They are heading out of town and headed for the Mount of Olives for some alone time for Jesus and His disciples.

Jesus was in the lead of this procession and the disciples were hanging back doing a little crowd control. When the disciples got free they caught up to Jesus, who was a bit ahead of them on the road. This has been an amazing week for His disciples. They know He is not popular with the religious leaders, especially after He shut so many of them down today, but the crowds all love Him! Their plans for His march to power are still on track. Surely He is going to make His move soon. The disciples are almost giddy with anticipation! Read more »

Matthew 23:37-39 Jesus Longs to Love Jerusalem

Jesus longs to love

Jesus longs to love

We are still with Jesus in the temple in Jerusalem where He has been through testing by every religious group imaginable and bested them all. He has just shared the seven woes of the Pharisees and is now expressing His deep longing to show love to His chosen people.

Jesus looks out longingly from the temple steps and surveys the crowd. His heart aches for all the people He sees. The widow, the merchant, the boy running in the street, and even the Pharisee standing near the column watching Him. He longs for them to understand and accept the truth. He longs to share the Father’s love with each one of them personally and as a group collectively. He thinks over all the times God has reached down personally and changed the course of events to protect Israel. He remembers all the times the people stubbornly refused to follow God’s commands. How they were sent direct instructions from God through the prophets and how they beat or stoned or outright killed each one sent. Read more »