THE SIGNS OF THE TIMES – THE COMING MESSIAH
A TIME OF JACOB’S TROUBLE
Matthew 24:1-15 Good News Translation (GNT) / Jesus Speaks of the Destruction of the Temple. 24 Jesus left and was going away from the Temple when his disciples came to him to call his attention to its buildings. 2 “Yes,” he said, “you may well look at all these. I tell you this: not a single stone here will be left in its place; every one of them will be thrown down.” Troubles and Persecutions (A Time of Jacob’s Trouble – Jeremiah 30:7 3 As Jesus sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him in private. “Tell us when all this will be,” they asked, “and what will happen to show that it is the time for your coming and the end of the age.” 4 Jesus answered, “Watch out, and do not let anyone fool you. 5 Many men, claiming to speak for me, will come and say, ‘I am the Messiah!’ and they will fool many people. 6 You are going to hear the noise of battles close by and the news of battles far away; but do not be troubled. Such things must happen, but they do not mean that the end has come. 7 Countries will fight each other; kingdoms will attack one another. There will be famines and earthquakes everywhere. 8 All these things are like the first pains of childbirth. 9 “Then you will be arrested and handed over to be punished and be put to death. Everyone will hate you because of me. 10 Many will give up their faith at that time; they will betray one another and hate one another. 11 Then many false prophets will appear and fool many people. 12 Such will be the spread of evil that many people’s love will grow cold. (A time of Jacob’s Trouble – Jeremiah 30:7 – A terrible day is coming; no other day can compare with it— a time of distress for my people, but they will survive.”) 13 But whoever holds out to the end will be saved. (Revelation 3:10 – 10 Because you have kept my command to endure, I will also keep you safe from the time of trouble which is coming upon the world to test all the people on earth). Matthew 24: 14 And this Good News about the Kingdom will be preached through all the world for a witness to all people; and then the end will come. World Wide Evangelism.