Matt. 24a: Olivet Discourse – Part 1
Coming Judgment – Signs of the End of the Age
In today’s lesson, the disciples ask Jesus three questions; He answers two about the sign of the end of the age and the sign of His coming. Matthew 24 and Matthew 25, known as the Olivet Discourse, constitute the last of three major discourses in this Gospel. They are called major discourses because of the extent, content, and intent of them.
In Matthew 24, Jesus refers to the second abomination of desolation described in Daniel 12:11, and it may be that an image of Antichrist which will be set up in the temple. During the Tribulation, the Temple will be rebuilt and Israel will be back in Palestine.
We cannot be certain that this is the abomination of desolation to which our Lord refers in the passage before us; this is just our surmising. But what is clear is that during this time the world will experience troubles and sorrow greater than have ever been known in history, a time of great judgment of mankind’s sin and rebellion.
[pullquote_center width=”85%”]And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. 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. (Matthew 24:12-14)[/pullquote_center]
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