bible study

Matthew 24 - Mark 13 - Luke 21

Revealed Prophecy




       In order to understand the Book of Revelation it is necessary to gain
       an overall view.

       This is best done by examining the three gospel prophetic chapters;
       Matthew 24, Mark 13 and Luke 21.



              ** Matthew 24 **          ** Mark 13 **        ** Luke 21 **


PRELIMINARY   {verses 4-8}              {verses 5-8}         {verses 8-11}
            - false preachers         - same               - same
              many deceived
            - hear of wars            - same               - same
            - 'the end' not yet       - same               - 'the end'
                                                              not immediately

                            - -  T I M E   G A P  - -

            - nation vs nation        - same               - same
            - kingdom vs kingdom      - same               - same
            - famines, pestilences,   - famines, various   - (*1 various earth-
              various earthquakes       earthquakes          quakes, famines,
            - beginning of sorrows    - same                 pestilences,
              (birth pains)                                  fearful sights,
                                                             great signs from
                                                             heaven )


WITNESS       {verses 9-14}             {verses 9-13}        {verses 12-19}
            - deliver you up to       - deliver you up to  - deliver to synagogues
              tribulation               councils             and prisons
                                      - beaten in
                                        synagogues 
                                      - before rulers      - before kings and
                                        and kings            rulers, for My
                                                             name's sake
                                      - for a testimony    - occasion for
                                                             testimony
                                      - gospel preached
                                        to all nations 
                                      - do not premeditate - same
            - kill you
            - hated by all nations    - hated by all for   - same 
              for My name's sake        My name's sake
                                                           - not a hair of your
                                                             head shall be lost 
            - many offended and       - family betrayal    - family and friends
              betray one another                             betray
                                      - cause them to be   - send some to their
                                        put to death         death v16
            - many false prophets
            - many deceived
            - lawlessness abound
            - love of many will
              grow cold
            - he who endures to       - same               - In patience possess
              'the end' shall be                             your souls
              saved
            - the gospel of kingdom
              preached in all the
              world, to all nations
              then 'the end' will
              come


TRIBULATION   {verses 15-28}            {verses 14-23}       {verses 20-24}
            - 'abomination of         - same               - Jerusalem surrounded
              desolation' (Daniel)                           by armies
              ~ standing in the         ~ standing where
                holy place                ought not
                                                             ~know it's desolation
                                                              is near

            - Those in Judea to flee  - same               - same
              to the mountains

            - VERY GREAT              - same               - These the days of
              TRIBULATION!                                   predicted vengeance
              ~ Such as not been        ~ Not been from      ~ that all things
                since beginning of        the beginning        written may be
                the world                 of creation          fulfilled
              ~ elect's sake these      ~ same
                days shortened

            - false christs and       - same 
              prophets
              ~ showing great signs     ~ same
                and wonders

            - Told you beforehand     - Told you
              ~ Son of Man come as      all things 
                lightning east to       beforehand
                west
              ~ where carcass is,
                there the eagles
                will be gathered


TRIB-HEAVEN   {verse 29}                {verses 24-25}       {verses 25-26}
            - Sun darkened, moon      - same               - same
              not give light and                           - distress of nations
              stars fall                                   - sea and waves roaring
                                                           - men's hearts failing


RESOLUTION    {verses 30-31}            {verses 26-27}       {verses 27-28}
            - sign of Son of Man      - same
              in heaven
            - on clouds of heaven     - same               - same
              with power and
              great glory
            - tribes (nations) will
              mourn
            - great trumpet sound
            - angels gather His       - same
              elect from the four       (farthest part of
              winds of heaven           earth & heaven)
                                                           - redemption draws
                                                             near



GOSPEL DIFFERENCES


The gospel of Luke takes a slightly different approach than the gospels of
Matthew and Mark.

1)  It does not mention the preaching of the gospel at the end-time,
    but rather focuses upon the preaching of the gospel in the time
    of the apostles and then introduces the Great Tribulation.

2)  It places the thoughts,
            "nation will rise against nation ..."  and
            "earthquakes ... famines and pestilences"
    after the persecution of the apostles but prior to the Great
    Tribulation. (Note 'before' in verse 12.)

3)  It introduces the idea of
            "fearful sights and great signs from heaven"
    prior to the Great Tribulation.
    This apparently is a reference to the disruption in the religious
    hierarchy created by the preaching of the end-time gospel.


ONE TAKEN, THE OTHER LEFT


The following verses are often quoted in support of some form of
'Rapture' perspective.

    Matt  24:40  Then two men will be in the field: one will
                 be taken and the other left.
            :41  Two women will be grinding at the mill: one
                 will  be taken and the other left. 

Luke chapter 17 adds,

    Luke  17:34  I tell you, in that night there will be two
                 men (or 'people') in one bed: the one will be
                 taken and the other will be left.

Symbolically those who work in the field or grind the grain are 
involved in the work of God. However, the 'in one bed' aspect
indicates that they have spiritually fallen asleep.

The gospel of Luke documents the questioning of what this means,

    Luke  17:37  And they answered and said to Him, "Where,
                 Lord?" So He said to them, Wherever the body is,
                 there the eagles will be gathered together. 


In the Old Testament there is a verse which alludes to both,
a) removal and b) the 'one out of two' ratio.

    Zach  14:1   Behold the day of the Lord is coming,
                 And your spoil will be divided in your midst.
            :2   For I will gather all the nations to battle
                 against Jerusalem;
                 The city shall be taken, the houses rifled,
                 And the women ravished.
                 Half of the city shall go into captivity,
                 But the remnant of the people shall not be
                 cut off from the city.
 
This verse indicates judgment on Jerusalem is being discussed and
that those 'taken' are those which go into captivity!


RETURN OF CHRIST


In discussing this subject it is important to realize Christ returns in
several ways in the end-time.

          -  He returns in Spirit        
          -  He returns as a Bridegroom.
          -  He returns in Glory.

IN SPIRIT

The spirit of Christ is present in the end-time preaching of the gospel.
This end-time gospel message incorporates a superior understanding of
the New Covenant and a full understanding of the previously 'sealed'
prophetic Scriptures.
It is this end-time gospel which 'seals' God's chosen ones and provides
for them the wisdom necessary to rise above (and for some to merely
endure) the prophesied Great Tribulation.

AS A BRIDEGROOM

This is the time Christ returns for the virgins. The parable is recorded
in Matthew 25:1-13. The time of the start of the wedding ceremony. The
event is stated as occurring at 'midnight', refer Matt 25:6.
Those who fail to enter into the wedding ceremony have to endure the
'days of vengeance' (Luke 21:20). At this time the Great Tribulation,
the predicted 'wrath of the Lamb', the event which is the future
equivalent of the Flood, will occur. It is a time which will catch
many unprepared.

IN GLORY

This is the form of return which most people envisage. It the time when
Christ returns from the wedding (Luke 12:36). It is the time of the
sounding of the last trump (Matt 24:31 and 1Cor 15:52). A time when He
returns in power and great glory (Matt 24:30). The time of judgement
upon the nations which trampled Jerusalem (compare Luke 21:24 with
Rev 11:17-18).       




Introduction




Revelation
7 Seals
7 Trumpets
7 Plagues
7 Churches
1,000 Years
3 Angels
etc
Two Witnesses

Woman, Child
& Satan
Red Dragon
Beast - Sea
Beast - Land
False Prophet
New Heaven
New Earth
New Jerusalem


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