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You have been somewhat equipped in the previous two presentations with some guidance on how to make appropriate, daily use of End-Times prophecies. Now we step into a major prophecy passage. Jesus' ...

You have been somewhat equipped in the previous two presentations with some guidance on how to make appropriate, daily use of End-Times prophecies. Now we step into a major prophecy passage. Jesus' Olivet Discourse provides a bridge between Old Testament prophetic narratives and those of Paul and John. What does Jesus, Himself, have to say about His own return? And, just as importantly, to whom does He address the various warnings in this pivotal discourse? Is He talking to me?

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XII  Olivet Discourse and the Return of Christ XII Olivet Discourse and the Return of Christ Presentation Transcript

  • XIV: THE OLIVET DISCOURSE Jesus Christ’s Teachings About His Own Return
  • The Olivet Discourse Jesus’ ONE major teaching about His return Reaches back to Daniel’s OT imagery Looks forward to John’s NT Revelation Rendered in Matthew, Mark and Luke Among Christ’s final teachings to disciples Named for the Location of the Discourse
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  • The Mount of Olives
  • The Mount of Olives
  • Modern Photos across the Kidron Valley from Mount of Olives
  • What Christ Would Have Seen From The Mount of Olives
  • Olivet Discourse Recipe Based on Mark 13 #1. Odd Commands that highlight #2. Unexpected Dangers which reflect #3. Terrible Events matched by #4. Precious promises
  • #1: Odd Commands See to it that no one mislead you. Do not be frightened Be on your guard Don’t worry beforehand what you’ll say . . . Say whatever the Holy Spirit gives you in that hour
  • #1: Odd Commands Those in Judea flee, those on housetops do not go down, those in field must not turn back for a coat. Pray it may not happen in winter If anyone says, “Here is the Christ.” do not believe him.
  • #1:Odd Commands Learn the parable of the fig tree You, too, when you see these things happen, recognize that He is near, right at the door Take heed, keep on the alert
  • #1: Odd Commands Therefore, be on the alert What I say to you, I say to all, BE ON THE ALERT!
  • mands e t o f co m ly one s On danger h ysi ca l to flee p Repeated commands to stay alert against spiritual deception Repeated commands to courage and fearlessness ands o mm hrist c rd our C o gua t st of us s mo mind s and l! heart al
  • Olivet Discourse Recipe Based on Mark 13 #1. Odd Commands highlight #2. Unexpected Dangers
  • #2: Unexpected Dangers See to it that no one mislead you. Deception Do not be frightened Fear Be on your guard Don’t worry beforehand what you’ll say . . . . . Say whatever the Holy Spirit gives you in that hour Carelessness Worry Confusion
  • #2: Unexpected Dangers Let those in Judea flee, those on housetops do not go down, those in fields must not turn back for a coat. Pray it may not happen in winter If anyone says, “Here is the Christ.” do not believe him. Violence and worldly attachments Deception
  • #2: Unexpected Dangers Learn the parable of the fig tree You, too, when you see these things happen, recognize that He is near, right at the door Take heed, Keep on the alert Ignorance Inattention Weariness
  • #2: Unexpected Dangers Therefore, be on the alert Weariness What I say to you, I say to all, BE ON THE ALERT! Weariness
  • Decep tion, fe carele ar and ssness threate n us tion, disbelief and Inatten ess place us at risk wearin Worldly attachm ents preoccu py us. s of ns u war ses rist Ch knes wea onal all! pers t of mos
  • Olivet Discourse Recipe Based on Mark 13 #1. Odd Commands highlight #2. Unexpected Dangers which reflect #3. Terrible Events
  • #3: Terrible Events See to it that no one mislead you . . . do not be frightened . . . Be on your guard . . . For Many will come in My name and Mislead many. For nation will rise against nation . . . earthquakes . . .famines For they will deliver you to the courts and you will be flogged in the synagogues up to governors and kings for my sake as a testimony to them
  • #3: Terrible Events Be on your guard . . . Do not worry before hand . . . . (Cont’d) 12. Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child; and children will rise up against parents and have them put to death. 13. You will be hated by all because of My name,
  • #3: Terrible Events But when you see the Abomination of Desolation standing where it should not be (let the reader understand) . . . . . . . Then let those in Judea flee, those on housetops do not go down, those in field must not turn back for a coat. Pray it may not happen in winter If anyone says, “Here is the Christ.” do not believe him. For false Christs and false prophets will arise, show signs and wonders in order to lead astray, if possible, the elect.
  • #3: Terrible Events Now, learn the parable of the fig tree . . . When its branch has already become tender and puts forth its leaves, you know summer is near. You, too, when you see FOR Heaven and earth will these things happen, pass away . . . recognize that He is near, right at the door . . . Take heed, Keep on the alert . . . FOR you do not know when the appointed time will come
  • #3: Terrible Events Therefore, be on the alert . . . What I say to you, I say to all, BE ON THE ALERT! FOR you do not know when the master of the house is coming! Hmmmm . . . . Does Jesus overstate the urgency here? I mean, Sheesh! Enough with the ‘alerts’ already!
  • False Christs at war , a wo and ar rld rest of the go dly tiChrist appears and The An lse messiahs perform fa fantastic miracles lation tribu orst w des The explo tory ll his Hellish in a violence compet with dis es ruptions heaven in the s to unn erve us
  • Olivet Discourse Recipe Based on Mark 13 #1. Odd Commands highlight #2. Unexpected Dangers which reflect #3. Terrible Events matched by #4. Precious promises of deliverance
  • #4: Precious Promises EVERY BIBLE PROPHECY COMES TO US AS A PROMISE FROM GOD.
  • #4: Precious Promises
  • #4: Precious Promises f wars, do rumors o wars and hear of ke place; must ta hen you 7. “W ose things tened; th be frigh Mark 13:7 not the end. s not yet but that i EVERY BIBLE PROPHECY COMES TO US AS A PROMISE FROM GOD. 8. “For n ation wil l rise up kingdom against n against k ation, an ingdom; earthqua d there wi kes in va ll be rious pla famines. ces; ther These th e will als ings are of birth p o be merely t a n g s. he begin ning
  • #4: Precious Promises to all the preached st first be gospel mu 10. “ The ark 13:10 ons.” M nati 14. “This gospel o f the king in the wh dom sha ole world ll be prea as a test nations, ched imony to and then all the the end 24:14 will com e.” Matt hew
  • #4: Precious Promises t you are bout wha o re h a n d a hat hour, y bef not worr n you in t 11. Do ver is give whate ly Spirit. ut the Ho y, but say to sa o speak b t you wh or it is no f ark 13:11 M 13. You will b e hated by all because of M but the one w y name, ho endures to the end, he w saved. Mark ill be 13:13
  • #4: Precious Promises Unless the Lord had shortened those days, no life would have been saved, but for the sake of the elect, He has shortened the days. Mark 13:20 “But take hee d; behold, I h ave told you everythi ng in advanc e . Ma rk 13:23.
  • #4 Precious Promises SON OF MAN COMING Then they will see THE ith great power and glory. IN CLOUDS w Mark 13:26 ather will g ls and s FROM ange wind h his d fort rom the four DS OF ll sen i f HE EN He w TO T elect r His ARTH rk 13:27 HE E gethe to Ma OF T EN D S S . . . THE VEN E H EA TH
  • #4: Precious Promises my s away but s earth will pa ark 13:31 d Heaven an ass away. M tp o rd s w i l l n o w s away but d earth will pas H e a ve n a n s away. Mark rds will not pas my wo 13:31 Heaven and e arth will pass away but my words will no t pass away. Mark 13:31
  • Jesus promis es gift grace s of Jesus pr and st omises t rength o gather himself a us to t the end mises to shorten Jesus pro e of our suffering the tim at Christ th promis us me es us ses pre his un i om n su shaka pr ble us ig sovere Jes ords re ignty most o sw i h f all!
  • Our Four Ingredients Mix and Mingle to Make Our Lord’s Olivet Discourse Here’s the Text of Mark 13’s version of the Olivet in narrative order.
  • The Discourse’s Narrative Has Three Features: 1. Sequence: It runs from beginning to end. 2. Pace + Intensity: Builds like birth pangs 3. Flavor: Featuring all 4 previously studied ingredients mixed together
  • Phase One: Gathering Dangers 5. “See to it that no one misleads you. 6. Many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am He!’ and will mislead many. 7. When you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be frightened; those things must take place; but that is not yet the end. 8. For nation will rise up against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; there will be earthquakes in various places; there will also be famines. These things are merely the beginning of birth pangs.” Don’t panic at the first signs! Don’t confuse the beginning of birth pangs with the end! The faithful and informed are the able, the stable, the strong
  • Phase Two: Persecution 9. “But be on your guard; for they will deliver you to the courts, and you will be flogged in the synagogues, and you will stand before governors and kings for My sake, as a testimony to them. 10. The gospel must first be preached to all the nations. 11. When they arrest you and hand you over, do not worry beforehand about what you are to say, but say whatever is given you in that hour; for it is not you who speak, but it is the Holy Spirit. 12. Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child; and children will rise up against parents and have them put to death. 13. You will be hated by all because of My name, but the one who endures to the end, he will be saved Be ready to testify at the cost of your life Endurance to the end results in sure salvation 11. “And they (the saints) overcame him (Satan) because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, and they did not love their life even when faced with death. Revelation 12: 11
  • Phase Three: THE Tribulation 14. “But when you see the A B O M I N AT I O N O F D E S O L AT I O N standing where it should not be (let the reader understand), then those who are in Judea must flee to the mountains. 15. The one who is on the housetop must not go down, or go in to get anything out of his house; 16. and the one who is in the field must not turn back to get his coat. 17. But woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days! 18. “But pray that it may not happen in the winter. 19. For those days will be a time of tribulation such as has not occurred since the beginning of the creation which God created until now, and never will. 21. Unless the Lord had shortened those days, no life would have been saved; but for the sake of the elect, whom He chose, He shortened the days.” At the midpoint of the 70th Week, AntiChrist declares himself Now Christ’s readers (the elect?) will flee Jerusalem. . . Now THE Tribulation erupts and threatens all life with its very existence, even the elect. . . . . and just who are the elect, anyways? Christians? Orthodox Jews? Hmmm . . .
  • Phase Three: THE Tribulation 21. “And then if anyone says to you, ‘Behold, here is the Christ’; or, ‘Behold, He is there’; do not believe him; 22. for false Christs and false prophets will arise, and will show signs and wonders, in order to lead astray, if possible, the elect. 23. But take heed; behold, I have told you everything in advance.” The danger to the elect of deception grows ever more intense . . False Christs capable of signs and wonders make a strong appeal for devotion . . . Christ expects His hearers (and readers) to use His warnings here to protect themselves in this time period.
  • Phase Four: Christ’s Return 24. “But in those days, after that tribulation, THE SUN WILL BE DARKENED AND THE MOON WILL NOT GIVE ITS LIGHT, 25. AND THE STARS WILL BE FALLING from heaven, and the powers that are in the heavens will be shaken. 26. Then they will see THE SON OF MAN COMING IN CLOUDS with great power and glory. 27. And then He will send forth the angels, and will gather together His elect from the four winds, from the farthest end of the earth to the farthest end of heaven.” Jesus refers to Joel Chapter 2 . . . Jesus refers to Daniel’s vision of the Son of Man in Chapter 7 Jesus gathers the elect From farthest end of earth To farthest end of heaven Does this gathering represent the gathering of the saints on Earth apture) and the saints in (r Heaven (resurrection)?
  • Christ’s Final Words to His Church About His Return . . . and about our responsibility to prepare for that return!
  • A Helpful Parable 28. “Now (you) learn the parable from the fig tree: when its branch has already become tender and puts forth its leaves, you know that summer is near. 29. Even so, you, too, when you see these things happening, (you) recognize that He is near, right at the door.” “You” (the disciples) know how to tell when summer’s on the way by watching local foliage! “You, too” (another, different group? His readers? You and me?) you use the signs I’ve given to help you know when the time of My return is near.
  • A Strong Promise 30. “Truly I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place. 31. Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away.” certain f, rock Belie wer of n the po belief i frees us ’ words Jesus m fear. fro “Generation” may reference the nation of Israel, not a generation in the sense of “Baby Boom generation”. Jesus affirms the superiority of His words over anything Satan can throw at us. What Jesus SAYS will happen WILL happen.
  • A Final Warning 32. “But of that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone. 33. Take heed, keep on the alert; for you do not know when the appointed time will come.” urance? ? Reass Humility urage? tude? Co Grati e? Yes! Hop ? Never! ckiness Co Jesus declares an interesting distinction among the three persons of the Trinity: Only the Father knows the time of the Son’s return. We can allow nothing we think we know about Christ’s return to make us cocky enough to name the day of our Lord’s return.
  • Another Parable 34. “It is like a man away on a journey, who upon leaving his house and putting his slaves in charge, assigning to each one his task, also commanded the doorkeeper to stay on the alert. 35. Therefore, be on the alert —for you do not know when the master of the house is coming, whether in the evening, at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or in the morning—36. in case he should come suddenly and find you asleep.” Jesus tells us that we are in charge of His household, the Church, in His absence. Jesus tells us to act alert to the possibility that He can come unexpectedly. (Any time at all? Now? Unexpectedly after the Abomination of Desolation? Hmmmmmm . . . . . . . . )
  • One More Time!!! 37. “What I say to you I say to all, ‘Be on the alert!’” you to sus tell Does Je as well? e alert, b Again, Jesus shows His awareness of an audience larger than the immediate group of disciples before Him. I include myself in that larger audience: A personal decision I’ve never regretted.
  • Peter’s Final Warning Know this first of all, that in the last days mockers will come with their mocking, following after their own lusts, and saying, “Where is the promise of His coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all continues as it was from the beginning of creation.” (2 Peter 3:3+4)
  • Peter’s Final Warning Know this first of all, that in the last days mockers will come with their mocking, following after their own lusts, and saying, 37. “What I say to you I say to all, “Where is the promise of His coming? For ‘Be fathers fell alert!’” continues on the asleep, all ever since the as it was from the beginning of creation.” (2 Peter 3:3+4)
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