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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 »

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 »