Matthew 24:3 Now as He sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?”
4 And Jesus answered and said to them: “Take heed that no one deceives you. 5 For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many.
6 And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. 7 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. [I Thessalonians 5:2-3; Revelation 6:3-4]
And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. [Revelation 6:5-8; 8:1-9:12]
8 All these are the beginning of labor pains [odin].
9 “Then they will deliver you up to tribulation [thlipsis] and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake. 10 And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another. 11 Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. 12 And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. 13 But he who endures to the end shall be saved. [Matthew 24:22]
14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come. [John 3:3,16; Revelation 7:4-14]
John 16:21 A woman, when she is in labor, has sorrow because her hour has come; but as soon as she has given birth to the child, she no longer remembers the anguish [thlipsis], for joy that a human being has been born into the world.
I Thessalonians 5:2 The day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night. 3 For when they say, “Peace and safety!” then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains [odin] upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape.
Matthew 24:22 Unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved.
John 3:3 Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. 16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”
Revelation 7:4 One hundred and forty-four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel were sealed: 9 After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could number, of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes 10 and crying out with a loud voice, saying, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!” 14 “These are the ones who come out of the great tribulation, and washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.”
I Timothy 2:3-4 God our Savior desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.
QUESTIONS FOR LIFE
1. As you consider what Jesus said in Matthew 24:4-14, how do His words influence your view of:
People in the world…
Your everyday prayer life…
The way you live your life…
Tribulation (future and present)…
The church today...
2. Compare what Jesus teaches about the future seven year tribulation with what we read about tribulation in our lives today (same word) based on each of these passages
John 16:33 “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”
Romans 5:3 And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; 4 and perseverance, character; and character, hope.
Romans 8:35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 37 Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. 38 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, 39 nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.