|Matthew 24 in outline|
|Written by Dr Rowland S. Ward|
|Sunday, 01 August 2010 12:28|
JESUS & THE FUTURE – MATTHEW 24
Dr Rowland S. Ward
It helps to look at Matthew 24 Mark 13 and Luke 21 side by side. Luke writing for his Gentile friend Theophilus put Jewish language into a form understood by Gentiles.
(a) Prediction Mt 24:1-3; Mk 13:1-4; Lk 21:5-6
(b) Questions Mt 24:3; Mk 13:3-4; Lk 21:7
(c) General Warnings Characteristics of the Entire Future Mt 24:44-8; Mk 13:5-8; Lk 21:8-11
(d) Specific Counsel for the Disciples (Mt 24:9-14; Mk 13:9-13; Lk 21:12-19) [Note Lk 21:12 - “But before all this”) Persecution/opposition will come as a result of their preaching, Lk v.12.
(e) The Destruction of Jerusalem (Mt 24:15-22; Mk 13:14-20; Lk 21:20-24) [Note Luke 21:22 - “To fulfill all that is written”] Flee when armies surround Jerusalem to be instruments of God’s judgement: the end is not coincident with Jerusalem’s overthrow.
(f) Renewed warnings for “after those days” (Mt 24:23-28; Mk 13:24-27)
Christ’s return will not be on earth to be seen by a few but in the heavens to be seen by all.
(g) The return of Christ in glory (Mt 24:19-21; Mk 13:24-27; Lk 21:25-28)
Occurs immediately 'after the tribulation of those days’ (Mt) ie the inter-advent period, and men are powerless before Christ’s glory.
(h) Signs of destruction of Jerusalem - act on them (Mt 24:32-34; Mk 13:28-30; Lk 21:29-32)
(i) No chronological signs and no date for Christ’s return (Mt 24:35-36; Mk 13:31-32
(j) The nature & importance of watching for Christ’s return (Mt 24:37-51; Mk 13:33-37; Lk 21:34-36)
To watch is not to know dates but to live in a godly way. Christ’s return comes in a time unexpected, in the midst of normality, and after what seems like delay.
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