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  • Matthew 23:36 Luke 21:32-33 Matthew 24:34
  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Olivet_Discourse
  • Roman Triumphal arch panel copy from Beth Hatefutsoth, showing spoils of Jerusalem temple.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Arch_of_Titus_Menorah.png
  • http://nazarenespace.com/photo/layers-of-kotel
  • Psalm 83:3-5 Psalm 86:9 Isaiah 66:20
  • Psalm 83:3-5 Psalm 86:9 Isaiah 66:20
  • (from Exegetical Dictionary of the New Testament © 1990 by William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company. All rights reserved.)
  • BibleWorks, 9 NKJ , KJV Luke 21:32, Strong’s NT:1074
  • http://www.creationmoments.com/sites/default/files/pdf/Sunlight%20Global%20Warming.pdf
  • Matthew:7:22-23 Zechariah 10:2 Jeremiah 23:27-32, 29:8 Ecclesiastes 5:7 Deuteronomy 13:1  
  • Saved by DLK under “Discernment, Biblical, Lack of in modern Christianity” in THEOLOGYThe Demise of Biblical DiscernmentT. A. McMahon2 Peter 2:12 Timothy 1:13, 2:24-26 Ezekiel 3:17-19 Acts 17:10-11, 20:28-30 1 Peter 4:17 Romans 16:17 Ephesians 4:14 2 Timothy 4:3
  • Dr. James Fleming at his Explorations in Antiquity Center, Dr. Flemingnow operates the Explorations in Antiquity Center in LaGrange, GeorgiaExplorations in Antiquity Center: Not One Stone Left on AnotherPosted: 03 Dec 2012 06:50 AM PSTThe Christ in Prophecy Journal Ephesians 4:16 1 Corinthians 1:10, 1 Corinthians 6:15-17
  • 2 Peter 2:1 1 John 4:1 Mark 13:22 The Berean Call | PO Box 7019 | Bend | OR | 97702The Berean Call via thebereancall.ccsend.com 
  • (from Exegetical Dictionary of the New Testament © 1990 by William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company. All rights reserved.)
  • http://www.spiritandtruth.org/questions/206.htm?x=x 2 Peter 3:10 1 Thessalonians 5:2 Revelation 3:3, 16:15

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  • 1. Matthew 23b-24aThe Olivet Discourse
  • 2. The Olivet Discourse, wikipedia.org• “The Olivet discourse or Olivet prophecy is a biblicalpassage found in the Synoptic Gospels of Mark13, Matthew 24, Luke 21. It is known as the "LittleApocalypse" because it includes Jesus descriptions ofthe end times, the use of apocalyptic language, and Jesuswarning to his followers that they will suffer tribulation andpersecution before the ultimate triumph of the Kingdom ofGod. The Olivet discourse is the last of the Five Discoursesof Matthew and occurs just prior to the narrative of Jesuspassion beginning with the Anointing of Jesus. In thenarrative is a discourse or sermon given by Jesus onthe Mount of Olives, hence the name. The gospels, taken asa whole, indicate the discourse was given on HolyTuesday…”
  • 3. The Olivet Discourse• Matthew 24:1 Jesus came out from the templeand was going away when His disciples came upto point out the temple buildings to Him.• It’s always referred to, in Matthew, as starting inchapter 24, but 24:1 says “Jesus came out fromthe temple.” The conversation is a continuation ofthe one in chapter 23. Much harm has been doneby separating this out by chapters.
  • 4. Matthew 24:1, Point Out The Temple• Matthew 24:1 Jesus came out from the temple andwas going away when His disciples came up to pointout the temple buildings to Him.• What a strange thing, 3 X’s a year, all males went there• He just came out from the temple• He was circumcised in the temple, Luke 2:27• When He was twelve He went there, Luke 2:42• The devil…the pinnacle of the temple, Matthew 4:5• Jesus cleared the temple, Matt 21:12• The lame came to Him in the temple Matt 21:14
  • 5. Are They Just Impressed?
  • 6. Matthew 24:1, Point Out The Temple• I think they “got it,” that Judaism was in for big trouble,He had just given 7 “woes” to the leaders, just after;• Matthew 21:43 "Therefore I say to you, the kingdomof God will be taken away from you and given to apeople [ethnos,a race, a nation, pl. the nations (as distinct from Isr.] ,producing the fruit of it. 44 "And he who falls on thisstone will be broken to pieces; but on whomever itfalls, it will scatter him like dust." 45 When the chiefpriests and the Pharisees heard His parables, theyunderstood that He was speaking about them.• The disciples had to be wondering, “If, the kingdom ofGod will be taken away, and our leaders arecondemned, what about our temple?”• John 2:20 …It took forty-six years to build this temple…
  • 7. Matthew 24:2, Not One Stone Left• Matthew 24:2 And He said to them, "Do younot see all these things? Truly I say to you, notone stone here will be left upon another,which will not be torn down.“• This portion of the prophecy was completed in70 AD, when the Temple was destroyed
  • 8. Roman Triumphal arch panel copyfrom Beth Hatefutsoth, showing spoilsof Jerusalem temple.
  • 9. Jerusalem Was Destroyed• Jerusalem temple was destroyed stone bystone• But the retaining wall of the temple mountwas left.
  • 10. Three distinct sections of construction arevisible in the prayer portion of the Western WallConstructed By King Herod In The 1st Century B.C.19th century the British-Jewish philanthropist MosesMontefiore donated to built to a higher level.Arab rulers in the 7th-8th centurieshttp://nazarenespace.com/photo/layers-of-kotel
  • 11. Matthew 24:3, Mount of Olives• Matthew 24:3 As He was sitting on the Mount ofOlives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, "Tellus, when will these things happen, and what will bethe sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?”• 3 ?’s; #1 when #2 sign of coming #3 the end of the age• Zechariah 14:4 In that day His feet will stand on theMount of Olives, which is in front of Jerusalem on theeast; and the Mount of Olives will be split in its middlefrom east to west by a very large valley, so that half ofthe mountain will move toward the north and theother half toward the south…. Zechariah 14:9 And theLORD will be king over all the earth; in that day theLORD will be the only one, and His name the only one.• Not yet! Just say NO to preterism
  • 12. Matthew 24:4, 3 ?’s= Warning• Matthew 24:4 And Jesus answered and saidto them, "See to it that no one misleads you. 5"For many will come in My name, saying, I amthe Christ, and will mislead many.• Spiritual deception, false teachers, apostasyare the second biggest topic in the NT
  • 13. Matthew 24:6, Not Yet Signs• Matthew 24:6 "You will be hearing of wars andrumors of wars. See that you are not frightened,for those things must take place, but that is notyet the end.• 7 "For nation will rise against nation, andkingdom against kingdom, and in various placesthere will be famines and earthquakes.• 8 "But all these things are merely the beginningof birth pangs.• Rumors= [news, reports] YLT Matthew 24:6 …wars,and reports of wars…
  • 14. Matthew 24:9, Tribulation• Matthew 24:9 "Then they will deliver you totribulation, and will kill you…• 2347 θλῖψις thlipsis {thlip-sis}• Meaning: 1) a pressing, pressing together,pressure 2) metaph. oppression, affliction,tribulation, distress…
  • 15. Matthew 24:9 …and will kill you, and you willbe hated by all nations because of My name.
  • 16. Matthew 24:9, Hated By All Nations• Matthew 24:9 …hated by all nations because of My name.• Psalm 83:3 They make shrewd plans against Your people,And conspire together against Your treasured ones. 4 Theyhave said, "Come, and let us wipe them out as a nation,That the name of Israel be remembered no more." 5 Forthey have conspired together with one mind; Against Youthey make a covenant:• Psalm 86:9 All nations whom You have made shall comeand worship before You, O Lord, And they shall glorify Yourname.• Isaiah 66:18-22, …20…Then they shall bring all yourbrethren from all the nations as a grain offering to theLORD…• Haggai 2:7 …the wealth of all nations, and I will fill thishouse…
  • 17. Matt 24:9, “generic you”• Matthew 24:9 "Then they will deliver you totribulation, and will kill you, and you will behated by all nations because of My name.• In Greek and English we use the “generic you”• If I told a Mexican audience, “You celebrate Cincode Mayo to remember when youhad victory over French forces.”• The 2nd use is a “generic you” (5-5,1862) The 1stuse celebrate could be, or not• We need to check the logic, history, prophecies,and context, carefully looking for the “genericyou.”
  • 18. Matthew 24:10,From “The Beginning” To “That Time”• 6 …See that you are not frightened…not yet…• 8 …merely the beginning …• 9 "Then …tribulation…• 10 "At that time …• 6= Non signs, don’t worry• 8= false labor? Or the real start? 5cm dilation• 9= screaming and 8cm dilation• 10+12= I’m never sleeping with you again!• 13= Delivery, something new is born
  • 19. Matthew 24:13, Israel Saved• Matthew 24:13 "But the one who endures to the end,he will be saved.• Jesus just gave an overview of KJV “the time of Jacobstrouble”• Jeremiah 30:6 Ask now, and see If a male can givebirth. Why do I see every man With his hands on hisloins, as a woman in childbirth? And why have all facesturned pale? 7 Alas! for that day is great, There isnone like it; And it is the time of Jacobs distress, Buthe will be saved from it.• Isaiah 11:1-16, 27:1-13, Jeremiah 30:61-24
  • 20. Matthew 24:14, Gospel Of The Kingdom• Matthew 24:14 "This gospel of the kingdom shallbe preached in the whole world as a testimony toall the nations, and then the end will come.• Luke 16:16 "The Law and the Prophets wereproclaimed until John; since that time the gospelof the kingdom of God has been preached…• =The King of the Jews is in your midst• Matt. 4:23, Matt. 9:35, Matt. 24:14, Lk. 16:16
  • 21. Revelation 14:6, Eternal Gospel• Matthew 24:14 "This gospel of the kingdom shallbe preached in the whole world as a testimonyto all the nations, and then the end will come.• Revelation 14:6 And I saw another angel flying inmidheaven, having an eternal gospel to preach tothose who live on the earth, and to every nationand tribe and tongue and people; 7 and he saidwith a loud voice, "Fear God, and give Him glory,because the hour of His judgment has come;worship Him who made the heaven and theearth and sea and springs of waters."
  • 22. Paul’s/ Church’s Gospel• 1 Corinthians 15:1 Now I make known to you,brethren, the gospel which I preached to you,which also you received, in which also you stand,2 by which also you are saved, if you hold fast theword which I preached to you, unless youbelieved in vain. 3 For I delivered to you as of firstimportance what I also received, that Christ diedfor our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 and thatHe was buried, and that He was raised on thethird day according to the Scriptures,
  • 23. Matthew 24:15-22
  • 24. Matthew 24:15, theABOMINATION OF DESOLATION• Matthew 24:15 "Therefore when you see theABOMINATION OF DESOLATION which was spoken ofthrough Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place(let the reader understand),• Jesus said Daniel was a prophet• 2nd Temple destruction, wars and rumors of wars, arenon-signs• nation against nation, kingdom against kingdom(WW1, WW2,?) famines and earthquakes are “merelythe beginning of birth pangs”• Then you will see in “the holy place”= 3rd Temple• Then “the coming of the Son of Man”
  • 25. Daniel 9:27,The Abomination Of Desolation• Daniel 9:27 "And he will make a firm covenantwith the many for one week, but in the middleof the week he will put a stop to sacrifice andgrain offering; and on the wing ofabominations will come one who makesdesolate, even until a complete destruction,one that is decreed, is poured out on the onewho makes desolate."
  • 26. Daniel 12:9,The Abomination Of Desolation• Daniel 12:9 He said, "Go your way, Daniel, for thesewords are concealed and sealed up until the end time.10 "Many will be purged, purified and refined, but thewicked will act wickedly; and none of the wicked willunderstand, but those who have insight willunderstand. 11 "From the time that the regular sacrificeis abolished and the abomination of desolation is setup, there will be 1,290 days. 12 "How blessed is he whokeeps waiting and attains to the 1,335 days! 13 "But asfor you, go your way to the end; then you will enterinto rest and rise again for your allotted portion at theend of the age."
  • 27. Matthew 24:16, Very Jewish• Matthew 24:15…standing in the holy place…• Matthew 24:16…those who are in Judea…• Matthew 24:17 Whoever is on the housetop…• Matthew 24:20…on a Sabbath.
  • 28. Matthew 24:21, Not Before, Not Now,Nor Ever Will Be Again• Matthew 24:21 "For then there will be a greattribulation, such as has not occurred since thebeginning of the world until now, nor everwill. 22 "Unless those days had been cut short,no life would have been saved; but for thesake of the elect those days will be cut short.• Not 70AD, not “the war to end all wars,” notWW2, nor the holocaust
  • 29. Matthew 24:23,• Matthew 24:23 "Then if anyone says to you, Behold,here is the Christ, or There He is, do not believe him.24 "For false Christs and false prophets will arise andwill show great signs and wonders, so as to mislead, ifpossible, even the elect. 25 "Behold, I have told you inadvance.• More warnings about “false Christs and false prophets”• Matthew 7:22 "Many will say to Me on that day, Lord,Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Yourname cast out demons, and in Your name performmany miracles?‘• Sound familiar?
  • 30. Matthew 24:26, Do Not Go Out• Matthew 24:26 "So ifthey say to you, Behold,He is in the wilderness,do not go out, or,Behold, He is in theinner rooms, do notbelieve them.
  • 31. We are so attracted to thesupernatural
  • 32. Matthew 24:27, No Wondering• Matthew 24:27 "For just as the lightningcomes from the east and flashes even to thewest, so will the coming of the Son of Man be.• Do you think this happened in 70AD?• The cults say Jesus already came backspiritually• Preterists say Jesus came back in judgment
  • 33. Matthew 24:28, This Ain’t Good• Matthew 24:28 "Wherever the corpse is, there thevultures will gather. 29 "But immediately after thetribulation of those days THE SUN WILL BE DARKENED,AND THE MOON WILL NOT GIVE ITS LIGHT, AND THESTARS WILL FALL from the sky, and the powers of theheavens will be shaken. 30 "And then the sign of theSon of Man will appear in the sky, and then all thetribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see theSON OF MAN COMING ON THE CLOUDS OF THE SKYwith power and great glory.• Not yet!
  • 34. Matthew 24:31, Rest Assured• Matthew 24:31 "And He will send forth Hisangels with A GREAT TRUMPET and THEY WILLGATHER TOGETHER His elect from the fourwinds, from one end of the sky to the other.• The angels will regather the Jews, but we havea better promise, Jesus told His followers;• John 14:3 "If I go and prepare a place for you, Iwill come again and receive you to Myself,that where I am, there you may be also.
  • 35. Matthew 24:32, The Fig Tree
  • 36. Matthew 24:32, The Fig Tree• Matthew 24:32 "Now learn the parable fromthe fig tree: when its branch has alreadybecome tender and puts forth its leaves, youknow that summer is near; 33 so, you too,when you see all these things, recognize thatHe is near, right at the door.
  • 37. Matthew 24:32, The Fig Tree• Matthew 24:32…the parable from the fig tree…• If you have forgotten who the fig tree is, go towww.slideshare.net and search dkooyerspresentations for Matthew 21b,• Matthew 21:19, Lone Fig Tree• Isaiah 5:7 For the vineyard of the LORD• Jeremiah 8:5, The Fig Tree Judged• Isaiah 34:4 ... one withers... the fig tree• Judges 9:8-11, the fig tree to busy• Proverbs 27:18 He who tends the fig tree
  • 38. Matthew 24:34, “this generation”• In Matt 24:32-35 Jesus gives the “lesson from the fig tree”indicating that when all these signs are appearing, then Hiscoming is at hand. The problem in this passage is themeaning of “this generation” Matt 24:34. It hinges on themeaning of the Greek word genea, genea, Meaning: race,family, generation. Strong’s provides four possiblemeanings for this word has #1 men of the same stock, orsuccessive members of a genealogy , #2 a family, #3 thewhole multitude of men living at the same time, #4 an age,a space of 30 - 33 years. The interpreters duty here is todetermine from the context if the meaning of genea is,race, family, generation. Some see this as the generationwho watched and heard Jesus, others as the generationthat shall see all this come to pass,
  • 39. • Dr. Ryrie, Dr. David Hocking, myself and others see this notin the immediate context of the surrounding sentences, butin the context of the sermon. The last time Jesus used thisword was preceding this sermon in Matt 23:29-36 when Hecharged “this generation” genea with the blood of all theprophets from Able on. Then in Matt 23:36 Jesus says, “Itell you the truth, all this will come upon this generation.”He said “all this,” you have to ask “All what?” is going tocome on this genea. Well the next thing He teaches is theOlivet Discourse. After explaining the Great Tribulation willcome upon Israel, He then promises that this genea “willnot pass away.” The Great Tribulation will not extinct Israel,the sons of Jacob will survive. Dr. Ryrie says in his notes onMatt. 24:34, “No one living when Jesus spoke these wordslived to see “all these things” come to pass. However, theGreek word can mean “race” or “family,” which makes goodsense here; i.e. the Jewish race will be preserved, in spite ofterrible persecution, until the Lord comes.”
  • 40. Exegetical Dictionary of the NewTestament, genea• Luke 21:32-33 "I tell you the truth, this generation(genea) will certainly not pass away until all thesethings have happened.• BIBLIOGRAPHY, 1. Of the 43 references to genea in theNT, 33 are in the Synoptics, where the word refers in 25of its occurrences to the Jewish people in the time ofJesus, 17 times in the expression "this generation." Inthe redactional comment on the genealogy of Jesus inMatt 1:17 and in the Magnificat in Luke 1:48,50, geneameans the generations to follow; in Luke 16:8, it refersto membership in a particular class. ExegeticalDictionary of the New Testament © 1990 by William B. Eerdmans PublishingCompany.
  • 41. Strong’s NT:1074, genea, NKJ Luke 21:32• 1074 γενεά genea {ghen-eh-ah}• Meaning: 1) fathered, birth, nativity 2) that which hasbeen begotten, men of the same stock, a family 2a) theseveral ranks of natural descent, the successive membersof a genealogy 2b) metaph. a race of men very like eachother in endowments, pursuits, character 2b1) esp. in abad sense, a perverse race 3) the whole multitude of menliving at the same time 4) an age (i.e. the time ordinarilyoccupied be each successive generation), a space of 30 -33 years…• Usage: AV - generation 37, time 2, age 2, nation 1; 42…
  • 42. Matthew 23:35, The Son Will Not Bear ThePunishment For The Fathers Iniquity• Matthew 23:35 so that upon you may fall the guilt of all therighteous blood shed on earth, from the blood of righteousAbel to the blood of Zechariah, the son of Berechiah, whomyou [this a “generic you,” of 500 years earlier] murdered between the templeand the altar. 36 "Truly I say to you, all these things willcome upon this generation [this “genea”] .• Ezekiel 18:20 "The person who sins will die. The son willnot bear the punishment for the fathers iniquity, nor willthe father bear the punishment for the sons iniquity; therighteousness of the righteous will be upon himself, andthe wickedness of the wicked will be upon himself.• Jesus could not have meant the ones living at that time, butthe bloodline of Jacob. The “genea” Israel. The contextdemands it; Matthew 23:30, 23:32 (our/your fathers)
  • 43. Matthew 24:34• NAU Matthew 23:36 "Truly I say to you, allthese things will come upon this generation[Race, genealogy, family].• NAU Matthew 24:34 "Truly I say to you, thisgeneration [Race, genealogy, family]. will notpass away until all these things take place.• Luke 21:32-33
  • 44. John MacArthur;“This Generation” Has Been Interpreted As;• The disciples would not die• It refers to the destruction of Jerusalem in70AD• The Jewish race• God rejecting people will always be around• Fig tree is state of Israel• Generation that sees all this
  • 45. Matthew 24:34, Disciples Devastated• I think they “got it,” that Judaism was in for big trouble, Hehad just given 7 “woes” to the leaders, just after;• Matthew 21:43 "Therefore I say to you, the kingdom ofGod will be taken away from you and given to a people[ethnos,a race, a nation, pl. the nations (as distinct from Isr.] , producing the fruitof it. 44 "And he who falls on this stone will be broken topieces; but on whomever it falls, it will scatter him likedust." 45 When the chief priests and the Pharisees heard Hisparables, they understood that He was speaking aboutthem.• The disciples had to be wondering, “If, the kingdom of Godwill be taken away, our leaders are condemned, and thetemple is going down, what about the Jews?”• Jesus lovingly gave them the assurance in 24:37 so theycould know that Israel will not pass away.
  • 46. THE ENDThe FishHouseSingapore
  • 47. http://archive.org/details/DrMalCouch2011Matthew24_25• http://archive.org/details/DrMalCouch2011Matthew24_25
  • 48. THE WORLDS OLDEST CITY,Naeltamauk• TODAYS CREATION MOMENT• THE WORLDS OLDEST CITY• Listen• Hebrews 11:7• "By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved withfear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which hecondemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is byfaith."• When we think of Mount Ararat, we usually think of the search for NoahsArk. While the Ark has not been definitely located in modern times, themountain has many other discovered mysteries. What is very likely theworlds oldest city sits in ruins on the southern slopes of Mount Ararat.Tradition and evidence seem to support the idea that this was the first citybuilt after the flood.• According to tradition, after the flood, Ham built a city called Naeltamauk.The ruins on Mount Ararat are all that remain of what were clearly
  • 49. http://www.creationmoments.com/sites/default/files/pdf/Sunlight%20Global%20Warming.pdfaround me. In Jesus Name. Amen.Notes: "Global Warming: Checking out theSun." Science News, Vol. 140, p. 380. Photo:Airpollution in New York City.© 2012, Creation Moments. Churches andparents may freely copy these bulletin inserts.CREATION MOMENTS, INC.P. O. Box 839 • Foley, MN 56329 • 800-422-4253To receive our free Todays Creation Momente-mail, visit www.creationmoments.com.Proclaiming Evidence for TruthTHIS WEEKS CREATION MOMENTSunlight on Global WarmingRead Matthew 24:30The world is a fearful place for those who dontfear,love or trust the Lord. Such a world is filledwithdemons of our own creation. Those demonsmightinhabit a jungle bush or the sky above askyscraper.
  • 50. Matthew:24:4, How Do You Know if a Sign or WonderIs False?• How Do You Know if a Sign or Wonder Is False?• Hunt & McMahon [1]• The Berean Call [2]• Featured Date:• Sat, 12/15/2012• Link:• Cover Article: #1404a [3]• Body:• Search the Scriptures Daily Program #1404a Transcript follows:•• Gary: Welcome to Search the Scriptures Daily , a radio ministry of TheBerean Call, featuring Dave Hunt and T.A. McMahon. I’m Gary Carmichael.We’re glad you could be with us.• Coming up in today’s broadcast, in our Understanding the Scripturessegment, Dave and Tom will resume their exploration of the Gospel of
  • 51. Matthew 24:4,24, False Teachers In The Church• The Demise of Biblical Discernment• T. A. McMahon•• In last months issue of this newsletter we exhorted our readers to discipline themselves to read the Word of God daily. The emphasis was on developing a habit, the best and mostnecessary habit--one that every believer should have. Of course, we encouraged reading the Bible as a basis for living ones life by what it teaches, which is the only way that one who isborn again spiritually can mature in the faith. Yet, here is the simple truth that too many Christians have missed: if we dont read Gods Word for ourselves, we cant truly know itsinstructions. If we dont know Gods instructions, we cant follow Him, and we therefore cant do what pleases Him. Tragically, many if not most Christians havent considered that simpletruth. Their spiritual beliefs tend to be a collection of things theyve heard (sermons, radio, TV, books, movies, etc.) mixed with what they may or may not have gotten from the Bible.They have been spoon-fed rather than getting their spiritual meals directly from Gods Word.•• Why is that tragic? Wouldnt it be of value to get input from the various Christian media regarding the teachings of our Lord? Hasnt our Lord gifted teachers to help believers betterunderstand His Word? Certainly, but if that is our primary feeding of Gods Word, it leads to a spiritual anemia at best and makes us defenseless against spiritual deception at worst. Howcan a believer tell the difference between a good teacher and a false teacher? Although Scripture tells us that God gave some to be teachers (Ephesians 4:11), His Word also tells us,"There shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies" (2 Peter 2:1). So how can we know whats what and whos who?•• Most Christians are not asking such questions--nor do they seem to be concerned about the consequences related to a lack of biblical discernment. The second chapter of Hebrewsbegins with a warning that we could drift away from the Scriptures and find ourselves going along with something that seems biblical but is not. More and more frequently these days, Ihear confessing and professing Christians excusing themselves and others for their unbiblical beliefs and practices by declaring that they all nevertheless "love Jesus." What Jesus mightthat be? Is it the biblical Jesus--the One who declares that He is "the way, the truth, and the life"? Is it the Word incarnate, who challenges everyone who professes to be a believer in Himby asking: "And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?" (Luke 6:46). Would our reply be, "Sorry, Lord, I wasnt aware of most of the things that you said"? If thatsthe case, having "the mind of Christ" (1 Corinthians 2:16) is a wishful delusion.•• Just so there is no misunderstanding, the heart of this article is a concern for the fruitfulness of everyone who truly knows the biblical Jesus, everyone who has by faith alone put his or hertrust in Christ as Savior, the One, the only One, who could (and did) pay the full penalty for the sins of mankind. For those who have put their faith in Him and have received His gift ofeternal life, what follows is their life in Christ, which is all about living a godly and productive life. Jesus said, "I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it moreabundantly" (John 10:10). A believers fruitfulness not only greatly enriches his own life, but his new life in Christ becomes a testimony, a witness to the truth of the gospel that changedhis life, so that others may be drawn to Jesus. Yet a believers life in Christ will be spiritually futile if he (or she) doesnt really know what Jesus taught.•• An unproductive life in Christ is bad enough, but it can go far beyond just being spiritually feeble. Not knowing the Word of God sets one up for being spiritually deceived. Again, it shouldbe rather obvious: if we dont know what the Bible says, we cant discern what is true to it and what is contrary to it. Consequently, a person who is ignorant of the Scriptures is ripe forbeing led away from Gods truth. When such a condition becomes epidemic among Christians, they become collective pawns of Gods adversary, Satan, and participants in the apostasyas well as unwitting contributors to the emerging religion of the Antichrist (Revelation 13). But could such a thing happen?•• Both Dave Hunt and I have been observing trends in the evangelical church for 35 years. In those three and a half decades significant developments have taken place, all of which havegreatly undermined the belief in and dependence upon the Scriptures. We have documented such developments in the twenty years of TBCs existence and five years prior to that in TheSeduction of Christianity. In past articles we have shown from Gods Word that Satans primary strategy as the deceiver of mankind is reflected in his initial statement to Eve in the Gardenof Eden, a tactic calculated to weaken her trust in Gods Word by questioning it: "Yea, hath God said...?" (Genesis 3:1). Down through history, he has expanded his assault on the Wordbeyond planting seeds of doubt to distorting, denigrating, corrupting, compromising, and outright lying about the Scriptures. In the last 30 years, some of his most effective devices haveseduced Christians away from the written Word of God, replacing it with subjective and experiential content (feelings-oriented beliefs). Briefly (see our archives for more extensivewritings on these subjects and others), that drift has been a major contributor to the demise of biblical discernment.•• For example, the false teaching known as Rhema vs. Logos says that God speaks today to believers with the same or even greater authority than is found in the Bible. For decades thisdoctrine has led millions of Charismatic and Pentecostal believers away from the objective, written Word of God.•• The subjective pseudoscience of Christian psychology, with its goal of integrating psychology with the Bible (primarily through psychological counseling), has infected the conservativeevangelical church with the humanistic doctrines of self-love and self-esteem. Even more damaging, it has all but eliminated the belief in the sufficiency of the Scriptures for multitudes ofChristians.•
  • 52. Micah 7:6• Matt 10: 35 -36 For I have come to turn "a man againsthis father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law- a mans enemies will bethe members of his own household.‘• Micah 7:6 For son treats father contemptuously,Daughter rises up against her mother, Daughter-in-lawagainst her mother-in-law; A mans enemies are the menof his own household. 7 But as for me, I will watchexpectantly for the LORD; I will wait for the God of mysalvation. My God will hear me. 8 Do not rejoice over me,O my enemy. Though I fall I will rise; Though I dwell indarkness, the LORD is a light for me.
  • 53. Mat 24:1-3 perfectly joined together,• KJV 1 Corinthians 1:10 Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of ourLord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be nodivisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the samemind and in the same judgment. 11 For it hath been declared unto me ofyou, my brethren, by them which are of the house of Chloe, that there arecontentions among you.• Ephesians 4:16 from whom the whole body, being fitted and held togetherby what every joint supplies, according to the proper working of eachindividual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itselfin love.• Dr. Fleming:…“I have an example of a kind of stone work called dovetailwhich allows the blocks to fit together like jig-saw puzzle pieces. There isactually a picture of a wall hanging in the back made with cut stones. Ifyoure on a lose foundation or a swamp, you can be sure the stones arelocked together. Paul used this when he talked about the Church beingstones rightly joined together adding strength to one another.”
  • 54. Matthew 24:11, False Prophets•March 6, 2013• BRAIN STOPPER NO. 3: "WHAT FALSE PROPHETS?" WHAT DO YOU GET WHEN YOU LET A FOX GUARD A HEN HOUSE? [Excerpts]•• Dead chickens. You may wonder what this old proverb has to do with the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) movement. Unfortunately -- a lot. Let me explain.• In my last post, I pointed out the repeated warnings in the Bible about false prophets. The message is clear: There will be false prophets in the church, and there will be lots of them. Sobe on guard.•• You would think that, given these warnings, Christians would be on high alert for false prophets. Sadly, this is not the case. Even those churches that talk the most about prophets and thegift of prophecy -- the Pentecostal and charismatic churches -- say very little about the need for discerning false prophets.•• And whats worse: many of the prophets in the NAR movement are actually telling their followers that they dont need to worry about false prophets.•• Imagine that!•• Why dont people need to worry about false prophets? Their answer: Because there just arent that many false prophets around. The following comment, from influential NAR prophetBill Hamon, is typical:•• "Despite the occasional false prophet we encounter, we should not let the counterfeit keep us from receiving the genuine....The percentage of false prophets is certainly much lower thanthe devil would have us believe. Out of the 600 pages of personal prophecy I have received over the years, only two were absolutely false, and perhaps were a persons own opinionrather than Gods word to me. But I am more than willing to put up with the fraction of a percent that are bad in order to receive the overwhelming majority that are God-inspired."(Prophets and Personal Prophecy, 128). Pay close attention to Hamons words. He says false prophets appearances in the church are only "occasional," and that the percentage of falseprophecies given is only a "fraction of a percent."•• Wow. There is a marked difference between Hamons careless dismissal of the possibility of false prophets in contrast to the sober words of Jesus and the apostles.• Why would any church leader -- and especially one who calls himself a prophet --attempt to downplay the threat of false prophets? If Hamon were a true prophet, then he would honorGods Word -- not dishonor it by contradicting its teachings about false prophets.•• And a true prophet would show more concern for Gods people by warning them about the serious threat posed by false prophets.•• There is no good explanation for why Hamon would encourage his followers to let down their guard.•• That is unless this is a case of a fox guarding the hen house.•• http://www.spiritoferror.org/2013/01/brain-stopper-no-3-what-false-prophets/2326• Related on our website:In the past, individuals such as Benny Hinn have made numerous false prophecies (text)• Is There any Hope for America? Part One (text)• King of the Mountain (text)• Letters (text)• New Apostolic Reformations Take on the Crisis in Egypt (text)• Question: I dont understand why Bill Johnson and Bethel Church in Redding are not classified as a cult....They are false teachers and wolves in sheeps clothing. What do you think? (text)• Question: "What can you tell us about the upcoming "America for Jesus" rally taking place in Philadelphia Sept 28&29? (text)• Shamanism in the Church (text)
  • 55. Luke 21:36, not like the days ofJeremiah or Daniel, but like the days ofNoah and Lot• The Christ in Prophecy Journal• Roberta Potts Interview: Timing of the Rapture• Posted: 09 Oct 2012 06:59 AM PDT• By Dr. David R. Reagan• When will the Rapture occur?• Dr. Reagan: This is the fifth and last part of a series where I interview Roberta Roberts Pottsconcerning various topics related to Bible prophecy.• Dr. Reagan: Let me ask you another question. This is a hotly debated one concerning thetiming of the Rapture. There are a lot of people who believe in a Rapture, many dont, butmany do. They will debate the timing of the Rapture, whether it is going to happen near theend of the Tribulation, or before it begins, or even in the middle? Do you have any opinionabout the timing of the Rapture? We both know the Bible doesnt clearly say when theRapture is going to occur. You have to pretty much figure it out, deducing when from whatthe Bible says. So, what is your opinion?• Roberta Potts: I believe we are going to escape Gods coming wrath. One reason I believe thatis because Jesus picked two particular Bible personalities when He said the end times aregoing to be like the days of... Noah and Lot. Both these guys lived centuries apart. The onlything I know they really had in common was that they both faced a coming cataclysm andthey both escaped.
  • 56. Genesis 7:1, genea in LXX• Gen 7:1-4 The Lord then said to Noah, "Go [come] into the ark,you and your whole family, because I have found you righteous inthis generation [lineage].• di,kaion evnanti,on mou evn th/| genea/| (in the geneathis)• Luke 21:32-33 "I tell you the truth, this generation (genea) willcertainly not pass away until all these things have happened.• BIBLIOGRAPHY, 1. Of the 43 references to genea in the NT, 33 are inthe Synoptics, where the word refers in 25 of its occurrences to theJewish people in the time of Jesus, 17 times in the expression "thisgeneration." In the redactional comment on the genealogy of Jesusin Matt 1:17 and in the Magnificat in Luke 1:48,50, genea meansthe generations to follow; in Luke 16:8, it refers to membership in aparticular class. Exegetical Dictionary of the New Testament © 1990 byWilliam B. Eerdmans Publishing Company.
  • 57. • In Matt 24:32-35 Jesus gives the “lesson from the fig tree” indicating that when all these signs areappearing, then His coming is at hand. The problem in this passage is the meaning of “thisgeneration” Matt 24:34. It hinges on the meaning of the Greek word genea, genea, Meaning: race,family, generation. Strong’s provides four possible meanings for this word has #1 men of the samestock, or successive members of a genealogy , #2 a family, #3 the whole multitude of men living atthe same time, #4 an age, a space of 30 - 33 years. The interpreters duty here is to determine fromthe context if the meaning of genea is, race, family, generation. Some see this as the generationwho watched and heard Jesus, others as the generation that shall see all this come to pass,•• Dr. Ryrie, Dr. David Hocking, myself and others see this not in the immediate context of thesurrounding sentences, but in the context of the sermon. The last time Jesus used this word waspreceding this sermon in Matt 23:29-36 when He charged “this generation” genea with the bloodof all the prophets from Able on. Then in Matt 23:36 Jesus says, “I tell you the truth, all this willcome upon this generation.” He said “all this,” you have to ask “All what?” is going to come on thisgenea. Well the next thing He teaches is the Olivet Discourse. After explaining the Great Tribulationwill come upon Israel, He then promises that this genea “will not pass away.” The Great Tribulationwill not extinct Israel, the sons of Jacob will survive. Dr. Ryrie says in his notes on Matt. 24:34, “Noone living when Jesus spoke these words lived to see “all these things” come to pass. However, theGreek word can mean “race” or “family,” which makes good sense here; i.e. the Jewish race will bepreserved, in spite of terrible persecution, until the Lord comes.”
  • 58. the Day of the Lordwww.gotquestions.org• http://www.gotquestions.org/video-contest.html• Question: "What is the Tribulation? How do we know the Tribulation will last seven years?"Answer: The tribulation is a future seven-year period of time when God will finish His discipline of Israel and finalize His judgment of the unbelieving world. The church, made up of allwho have trusted in the person and work of the Lord Jesus to save them from being punished for sin, will not be present during the tribulation. The church will be removed from the earthin an event known as the rapture (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 1 Corinthians 15:51-53). The church is saved from the wrath to come (1 Thessalonians 5:9). Throughout Scripture, thetribulation is referred to by other names such as the Day of the Lord (Isaiah 2:12; 13:6-9; Joel 1:15; 2:1-31; 3:14; 1 Thessalonians 5:2); trouble or tribulation (Deuteronomy 4:30; Zephaniah1:1); the great tribulation, which refers to the more intense second half of the seven-year period (Matthew 24:21); time or day of trouble (Daniel 12:1; Zephaniah 1:15); time of Jacobstrouble (Jeremiah 30:7).An understanding of Daniel 9:24-27 is necessary in order to understand the purpose and time of the tribulation. This passage speaks of 70 weeks that have been declared against “yourpeople.” Daniels people are the Jews, the nation of Israel, and Daniel 9:24 speaks of a period of time that God has given “to finish transgression, to put an end to sin, to atone forwickedness, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision and prophecy and to anoint the most holy.” God declares that “seventy sevens” will fulfill all these things. This is 70sevens of years, or 490 years. (Some translations refer to 70 weeks of years.) This is confirmed by another part of this passage in Daniel. In verses 25 and 26, Daniel is told that theMessiah will be cut off after “seven sevens and sixty-two sevens” (69 total), beginning with the decree to rebuild Jerusalem. In other words, 69 sevens of years (483 years) after thedecree to rebuild Jerusalem, the Messiah will be cut off. Biblical historians confirm that 483 years passed from the time of the decree to rebuild Jerusalem to the time when Jesus wascrucified. Most Christian scholars, regardless of their view of eschatology (future things/events), have the above understanding of Daniels 70 sevens.With 483 years having passed from the decree to rebuild Jerusalem to the cutting off of the Messiah, this leaves one seven-year period to be fulfilled in terms of Daniel 9:24: “to finishtransgression, to put an end to sin, to atone for wickedness, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision and prophecy and to anoint the most holy.” This final seven-year periodis known as the tribulation period—it is a time when God finishes judging Israel for its sin.Daniel 9:27 gives a few highlights of the seven-year tribulation period: “He will confirm a covenant with many for one seven. In the middle of the seven he will put an end to sacrificeand offering. And on a wing of the temple he will set up an abomination that causes desolation, until the end that is decreed is poured out on him.” The person of whom this verse speaksis the person Jesus calls the “abomination that causes desolation” (Matthew 24:15) and is called “the beast” in Revelation 13. Daniel 9:27 says that the beast will make a covenant forseven years, but in the middle of this week (3 1/2 years into the tribulation), he will break the covenant, putting a stop to sacrifice. Revelation 13 explains that the beast will place animage of himself in the temple and require the world to worship him. Revelation 13:5 says that this will go on for 42 months, which is 3 1/2 years. Since Daniel 9:27 says that this willhappen in the middle of the week, and Revelation 13:5 says that the beast will do this for a period of 42 months, it is easy to see that the total length of time is 84 months or seven years.Also see Daniel 7:25, where the “time, times, and half a time” (time=1 year; times=2 years; half a time=1/2 year; total of 3 1/2 years) also refers to “great tribulation,” the last half of theseven-year tribulation period when the beast will be in power.For further references about the tribulation, see Revelation 11:2-3, which speaks of 1260 days and 42 months, and Daniel 12:11-12, which speaks of 1290 days and 1335 days. These dayshave a reference to the midpoint of the tribulation. The additional days in Daniel 12 may include the time at the end for the judgment of the nations (Matthew 25:31-46) and time for thesetting up of Christs millennial kingdom (Revelation 20:4-6).In summary, the Tribulation is the 7-year time period in the end times in which humanitys decadence and depravity will reach its fullness, with God judging accordingly.RecommendedResource: Understanding End Times Prophecy by Paul Benware.
  • 59. Matthew 24:43, Upon Whom Does Jesus Come as aThief?, www.spiritandtruth.org• Q206 : Upon Whom Does Jesus Come as a Thief?A question I have pertains to Revelation 16:15.• Behold, I am coming as a thief. Blessed is he who watches, and keeps his garments, lest he walk naked and they see his shame.1• Are there still Christians on earth at this point of the Tribulation Period? Or is this verse not meant for this specific time, and simply not in a chronological order with the seven vials/bowlsof Gods wrath?• Endnotes:• 1.NKJV, Revelation 16:15• Sources:• NKJVUnless indicated otherwise, all Scripture references are from the New King James Version, copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.• A206 : by Tony GarlandTo answer the first part of your question, we know that there will be Christians on the earth during the entire tribulation period. There are:• Believers who are martyred during the tribulation (Rev. 6:9-11; Rev. 7:9-17).• Believers who are sealed for protection (Rev. 7:3-8).• Believers who are kept from the Antichrist in a specially-prepared place (Rev. 12:13-16).• Believers who survive until the second coming (Mat. 25:31-40).• All these Christians came to faith after the Rapture of the Church and thus were not taken up prior to the tribulation. To answer the second part of your question, it seems most likely thatRevelation16:15 is a parenthetical insertion given to warn readers prior to the tribulation of their need to watch so that the day of the Lord will not come upon them as a thief. Myposition on this is that the coming as a thief does not refer to the Rapture where all true believers are taken up. Rather, it refers to the way in which the day of the Lord (a time ofjudgment and outpouring of Gods wrath) will overtake an unbelieving world, including those who profess to believe or are participants in church, but who have never truly been bornagain. This is considered a “coming” of Jesus, not for believers but upon an unbelieving world in judgment initiating the tribulation period (1Th. 5:2-4; 1Pe. 3:10; Rev. 3:3). So, in a sense,the bible relates numerous “coming” events associated with Jesus.• His “first coming,” born as a virgin to die on the cross (Isa. 7:14; 9:6; Luke 1:30-31).• His coming in identity with the Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost to form the body of Christ: “I will come to you” (John 14:16-20; Acts 2; Col. 1:27).• His coming to take up the Church at the Rapture (1Cor. 15:51-52; 1Th. 4:13-17; Heb. 9:28).• His coming as a thief upon an unsuspecting world ushering in the events of Gods wrath associated with the Day of the Lord or “day of Christ” (Mat. 24:42-44;1Th. 5:2-5; 2Th. 2:2;2Pe. 3:10; Rev.3:3; 16:15).• His “second coming” in final judgment when He takes up His Davidic throne on earth (Ps. 2:6-9; Isa. 9:7; 63:1-6; Luke 1:32; Mat. 25:31; Rev. 3:21; 19:11-21) bringing the tribulation periodto a close.• The day of the Lord comes as a thief in the night, but this is for the unbelieving world, the unregenerate. During the day of the Lord, toward the end of the great tribulation, Christ willreturn in wrath (1Th 5:2,4; 2Pe 3:10). Jesus Christ will not come for His bride from heaven as a thief in the night especially in wrath (1Th 1:10). . . . [The Thessalonians] were not waiting fora thief in the night (2Th 3:18, 2Pe 3:10). They were waiting for the One Who loved them most and Whom they loved and would be with forever (1 Th 4:17).1In my commentary onRevelation 16:15a I take the position that the warning is most likely intended for readers of Revelation prior to the events described therein—in order that professing believers all throughthe age of the church would examine themselves to see if they are truly in the faith (2Cor. 13:5) so as to make their election sure (2Pe. 1:10) and be among those who are taken up at theRapture prior to His coming as a thief. I believe this same motive is behind the series of warning parables which Jesus gives in Matthew 25. I discuss those parables in more detail in anonline study on Matthew 24 and 25b.• http://www.spiritandtruth.org/questions/206.htm?x=x
  • 60. Matthew 24:44God Alone Reveals The Future• Ever wonder why you have never seen theheadline…• “PSYCHIC WINS HUGE LOTTERY”• Ecclesiastes 3:11 He has made everythingappropriate in its time. He has also set eternity intheir heart, yet so that man will not find out thework which God has done from the beginningeven to the end.• Matthew 24:44 "For this reason you also must beready; for the Son of Man is coming at an hourwhen you do not think He will. (Matthew 25:13)
  • 61. Micah 7:6, Matthew 10:21, Mark13:12, Olivet Discourse• Mark 13:12 "Now brother will betray brother to death,and a father his child; and children will rise up againstparents and cause them to be put to death. 13 "And youwill be hated by all for My names sake. But he whoendures to the end shall be saved.• Micah 7:6 For son treats father contemptuously,Daughter rises up against her mother, Daughter-in-lawagainst her mother-in-law; A mans enemies are the menof his own household. 7 But as for me, I will watchexpectantly for the LORD; I will wait for the God of mysalvation. My God will hear me. 8 Do not rejoice over me,O my enemy. Though I fall I will rise; Though I dwell indarkness, the LORD is a light for me.
  • 62. • The disciples would not die• It refers to the destruction of Jerusalem in70AD• The Jewish race• God rejecting people will always be around• Fig tree is state of Israel• Generation that sees all this
  • 63. Daniel 9:24, 27 Matthew 24:15Revelation 13:5, forty-two months• Revelation 13:5 There was given to him amouth speaking arrogant words andblasphemies, and authority to act for forty-two months was given to him.