Building an approach to understanding the end times part 3; Matthew 24

From my perspective, this is the most important passage in building an understanding of end times events. In this chapter, Jesus directly answers his disciples when they ask, “tell us when will these things happen”. In the immediate context, “these things” is referring to the destruction of the temple. In a broader context it is referring to “what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age”. The following verses describe general signs during a tribulational (small “t” non specific hard times) period leading up the the “abomination of desolation” which signifies the start of the Tribulation (capital “T” the seven year period referred to in Revelation chapters 4-19). Jesus Himself references Daniel and the abomination of desolation (Daniel 9:27). Matthew 24:15, 29 imply that the abomination of desolation is the start of the time of Tribulation. These verse also remind us that Jesus is coming again at end of the tribulation with His elect. While scripture does not tell us what the abomination of desolation is, we can come up with a definition of what it is not. If a presumed worldly event is thought to be the abomination of desolation and the church has not been raptured within 45 days of the event (chronology taken from Daniel 9-12)(pretrib rapture view), 3 1/2 years of the event (mid trib rapture view) or 7 years of the event (post trib rapture view) then it was not the abomination of desolation.
Bottom line is that Jesus reminds us in these verses that the tribulation and second coming will happen and we must be waiting expectantly for them…


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