Eschatology in the Bible 6: The end in Matt. 24

Thoughtful Jesus. He knew what would happen to Jerusalem.

So far, the time of Jesus’ explanation was something like this: • The disciples seek an answer to when these things will happen (Matthew 24:3). • Jesus warns them that “none must seduce” them when these things will happen (Matthew 24 :4-5). • He says that the early signs means “the end is not yet” (Matthew 24:6). • He declares that the early signs are “just the beginning of sorrows” (Matthew 24:8). • He declares that “for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened” (Matthew 24:22). Now we will look at the “end” in verses 29 and 30, first verse 29.
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Eschatology in the Bible 5: Birth Pangs, Mat 24

Really, is the end near?

We have gone through Jesus’ warnings to his disciples about false Christs, false prophets and wars and rumors of wars. These are things they see and hear but it will be worse, for He goes on to say that this is just the beginning of sorrows.

They will be exposed to hardships, some will be killed and hated because of Jesus’ name’s sake (Matt. 24:9). There are many places in the Bible that tells us that they were subjected to oppression and that they were murdered. One of the worst persecutor of them was even Paul, before he met by Jesus on the road to Damascus (Acts. 9:3-9). Continue reading

Eschatology in the Bible 4: Wars and Famines in Mat. 24

Wars and rumor of wars

This time there will be some longer reading for you, because I’ve included some excerpts from other historical records. Please have patience with me and take the time to read through these historical writings, you can find them interesting.

And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. (Matheus 24:6-7) 

— “There are so many terrible wars, not to talk about disasters around the world today that the end is soon here” — many says. They say this because they have learned that the end is fast approaching. There are several other natural reasons as well for this, I discuss this in an article. But is wars and disasters in itself an indication or sign of the end? It has actually been wars in the world almost continuously, even disasters. Continue reading

Eschatology in the Bible 3: False Prophets

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I have in the previous records just pointed out some problems with the dispensationism, or the theology of the Lord’s coming is just around the corner and will retrieve the saved, and the unsaved will be left behind for a while in a thousand years, and then establish the millennial. I lack just to explain my view and I will try as best I can to come to this in my further posts.

In “The Timeframe in Matthew 24” you did see the time frame of Jesus’ prophecy, and the judgment of Jerusalem, but I made a big jump all the way to Mat. 24:34 and did not bring the warnings that Jesus gave to his disciples and those things that happens in the tribulation (Matthew 24:4 – 33). I’ll fix it now and make some posts about it.
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