Last Days?

 

What will and what has happened according to Jesus! 

The Olivet Discourse 

General Idea of Matthew 24: 1-28, Part 1 

This is part one of a several part study as a prelude into The Book of Revelation. It is essential we understand the events that are to come and not bow to false teachings or sensationalism, and the best way to do that is see what our Lord Jesus Christ taught on the matter. 

The Olivet Discourse PII 

Wherever the truth may lie, or to whatever view you subscribe, the particulars are not important; that is why they are not given to us! What is important is to believe in Christ, hold on to Him, and be confident in Him. It is all about our faith development and our diligence in obedience—diligence in knowing He is coming; how, where, and when are irrelevant. 

Exegetical look at Matthew 24, Part I 

Exegetical look at Matthew 24, Part II 

Exegetical look at Matthew 24, Part III 

Exegetical look at Matthew 24, Part IV 

Exegetical look at Matthew 24, Part V 

Exegetical look at Matthew 24, Part VI 

The study of eschatology is important, but, compared to issues such as prayer, Bible study, who Christ is, basic doctrine, faith development, living in the Spirit, and growing in character and service to our neighbors and people in need, it really is not that important for us to know or to teach! Do you agree or disagree, and why? (It is OK to disagree with non essential doctrine, as long as we do not divide over it!) 

The debates as to when and how are irrelevant; what is important is, we know it will occur. We are to be watchful and discerning that people do not deceive us falsely and that we do not give into despair when things get really tough. We are also to make sure we do not become complacent and ignore the signs, or we will be unable to flee them. Stress and tribulation will produce either panic or perseverance; this result can be in your control by surrendering yourself to His control! The possibilities are His also, even when we do not see them! 

Do not be distracted from that to which Christ has called you! Do not waste your time in the particulars of eschatology; it really is not important. 

What can you do to make sure you are not distracted by theological trivialities that may seem fun to learn and investigate (and they are), but deter you from what Christ has called you to do?

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5 thoughts on “Last Days?

  1. Twenty twelve; a significant year.

    In Ezekiel 4:4-6, we are given the number of years that God decreed for the exile of the House of Israel and the House of Judah. 390 years for Israel and 40 for Judah, but then in Leviticus 26:18, it states if they still fail to keep the Commandments, the Lord will increase the punishments, firstly for Israel by seven times. Then in verse 21, also increase Israel’s calamities by seven times. [civil wars, black death, etc]
    For Judah – Leviticus 26:23-45 says that they will receive seven times seven extra punishment and exile. This passage describes quite well the history and current status of the Jewish people.
    The Northern ten tribes of Israel were conquered by King Shalmanasser in 722BC. He took a large number of captives back to Assyria, including 200,000 Jewish prisoners, according to Assyrian records. The King’s library of cuneiform tablets, in Nineveh, inform us that Shalmanassar died in 720BC and was succeeded by King Sargon 2. Sargon took his army again to that important area of the Middle East and defeated a Philistine army in 719BC. He returned home with these captives, as well as the final remainder of the Israelites.
    Now, if we multiply 390 X 7 = 2730, then 719 + 2730 – 1 = 2012. Minus one for no year zero. Therefore this year is the last year decreed for the exile and dispersion of the ten tribes of Israel, they will be able to return to their heritage in 2013. How this will happen is prophesied over 40 times, as the second Exodus.
    For further information, look at http://www.logostelos.info
    Bruce McKerras

  2. dear friends, i just want to offer a thought here. a careful study of the first apostolic message by the Apostle Peter on the day of Pentecost will open for us a revelation into the covenant plan and purpose of our Lord. while many are waiting for a deliverance to take place. Jesus return and set up his kingdom in Isreal and free us. Peter preached a very diffrent message, his message was, with the out pouring of the Holy Spirit, the kingdom of God is established in the heavens and the God has fulfilled his covenant promise. the last days was upon them in that generation.
    All nation will have to come to the Lord by the same means, the last days were the last days of the jewish covenant and ended at AD 70 with the fall of Jerusalem, the city being burned with fire, the jewish covenant leaglly ended. the mystery that was hidden from ages and generation are now being reveled, the gentiles are joint heirs with the jews in the new covenant, we are one people of God, bringing forth the Kingdom of God in the earth. goodwill and peace for all man kind. Shalom

    • Hi Patrick,,it is refreshing to hear this..albeit your comment was more than a ‘thought’ but is in fact the very Gospel that Peter, Paul and our very Lord taught. I believe that the Gospel is God’s singular plan for all of humanity. To say other than that he has only one people is in fact to change the Gospel. I could go on…but the implications that come with rejecting the notion that the Gospel is God’s SINGULAR purpose for humanity are far-reaching and astounding when thought through and studied out. Thank you for your input, although I see it has been a while,,,i hope you have your feet still firmly planted in the one true Gospel, for which one day we will all have to give an account for what we believe.
      Thank you brother.

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