Jesus' Second Coming
WHEAT AND TARES GROW TOGETHER
We will begin with Matthew’s Gospel, as Matthew is focused throughout not only on Jesus Christ’s earthly ministry, but also right through to the end of the age including the return of Jesus to rule and reign, and the final judgment.
JESUS TALKS ABOUT THE SIGNS OF HIS RETURN
They were first century Jewish men. They believed that the end of the age was close. They had been with Jesus for three years. They vacillated, but at least in their clearer moments, they realized that Jesus was the Messiah, the chosen One of God.
JESUS COMES TO JERUSALEM
Matthew of all the New Testament writers has the most extensive and detailed description of what the second coming of Jesus will look like, as described by Jesus Himself
WARS, FAMINE,PESTILENCES AND EARTHQUAKES
(Jesus continued:) Matthew 24:6 And you will hear of wars and rumours of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. 7 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.
HATRED, FALSE PROPHETS, LAWLESNESS AND ENDURANCE
False Prophets: according to Josephus, the Zealot (revolutionary) leaders bribed or forced a number of people to claim falsely to be prophets, and tell the people that God would defend them.
THE GREATEST COMMISSION OF ALL TIME
Modern fulfillment: The incredible movement that Jesus started was a huge endorsement of His ministry, and must have been exciting beyond measure to have been involved in, as well as very challenging.
THE GREAT TRIBULATION
Matthew 24:15-21 “So when you see standing in the holy place ‘the abomination that causes desolation,’ spoken of through the prophet Daniel—let the reader understand— then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains.
TRIBULATION FOR THE SAKE OF THE ELECT
Matthew 24:22-26 “If those days had not been cut short, no one would survive, but for the sake of the elect those days will be shortened. At that time if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Messiah!’ or, ‘There he is!’ do not believe it.
END OF THE AGE AND AGE TO COME
Mark 10:“Assuredly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or lands, for My sake and the gospel’s, 30 who shall not receive a hundredfold now in this time—houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions—and in the age to come, eternal life.