When Shall These Things Be?

Part 9 – Don’t Believe It!

Matthew 24:23-28 — “Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not…” The time immediately preceding the return of Christ will be characterised by great deception. There will be false Christs and false prophets who will perform great signs and wonders and thereby deceive many. There will also be…

Part 8 – Run For Your Lives

Matthew 24:15-22 — “Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains…” As we continue our study of the Olivet Discourse we come to an urgent exhortation. When the abomination of desolation is set up in the holy place, Jesus tells those living in Judaea to run for their lives. He paints a bleak and…

Part 7 – The Abomination Of Desolation

Matthew 24:15 — “When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place…” As Jesus describes the signs that will precede His Second Coming, He mentions something the prophet Daniel had written about — something He calls “the abomination of desolation.” What is this rather ominous sounding event?…

Part 6 – Persecution & Grace

Matthew 24:9-14 — “Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake…” Today, there are many places around the world where followers of Jesus are persecuted. There are other places where freedom of religion is maintained but the Christian…

Part 5 – Where Is The Church?

Various Texts — In the Olivet Discourse Jesus describes the events that will occur during the Tribulation (see Part 4). This is a time of unprecedented trouble and suffering that immediately precedes Christ’s return. Is it possible that Christians alive today might live through this time? Or to put it another way, does the Church, the…

Part 4 – The Tribulation?

Matthew 24:21 — “For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.” Trouble and suffering have been the experience of God’s people in every age. The Apostle Paul said that “we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God” (Acts 14:22).…

Part 3 – The Beginning Of Sorrows

Matthew 24:1-8 — “Many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars… and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places…” In the opening section of the Olivet Discourse Jesus describes as series of signs that He calls…

Part 2 – History Or Prophecy?

Matthew 24:1-14, Luke 21:5-20 — There are three versions of the Olivet Discourse in the New Testament, one in each of the Synoptic Gospels. The differences between each account become apparent in a quick read through. In this study we begin by looking at the time references in Matthew and Luke’s account and we see…

Part 1 – A Spanner In The Works

Matthew 24:1-3 — “There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down…” The Olivet Discourse is the most significant prophetic passage in the Gospels and second only to the Book of Revelation in the New Testament. It is the second longest message Jesus gave (after the Sermon on the Mount)…