Signs of the end (Matthew 24:1-31) | back
1And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to shew him the buildings of the temple. The disciples gave Him a tour of the temple buildings.
2And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down. Christ replied; Not one stone shall be left upon another, and all these buildings will be destroyed.
3And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world? The word world here is (aion, eon) or earth age. They wanted to know signs bringing us to an end of this world age, not the world itself.
4And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. Christ made it very clear not to let anyone fool you.
5For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. Many will come in Christ's name, saying they are Christians and will deceive many with their false teachings and doctrine.
6And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. When you see these wars beginning, this does not signal my return. What we should look towards is when they call for peace among all these nations. Wars and rumors of wars have been taking place for some time, but now we are hearing the cry for peace, peace, peace.
7For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. We are now experiencing famines, plagues, and earth quakes in many places like never before. We must also keep in mind that the famine in the end times is for hearing the Word of God. (Amos 8:11). This is another bench mark for the end times, because people are starving for the truth of Gods Word.
8All these are the beginning of sorrows. When you see these things, this is only the beginning of the horrors to come.
9Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake. Many will be tortured, killed, and hated all over the world because of what true Christians believe and stand for.
10And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. Many will fall back into sin and betray and hate one another. Can you see this in the world today?
11And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. Many false prophets (So called teachers of the Word), will appear and lead many astray. Just turn of the television, radio or click on the internet and you will find all kinds of deception and false teachings. There are some good churches, television, radio and internet ministries out there, but not that many who teach the truth chapter by chapter and verse by verse. If you find one, stick with them.
12And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. Sin will be rampant everywhere and will cool the love of many. You don't need to look to far to see this taking place.
13But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. Those enduring to the end shall be saved. Notice it says that those who hang in there till the end will be saved. That means till the return of Christ; the second advent. Remember that anti-Christ comes first and will deceive many pretending that he is Christ.
14And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come. The Good News of the gospel will be preached throughout the whole world for all nations to hear the truth and then finally, the end will come. The time is near. With television, radio, and the internet, this is becoming possible. Even here at the Good News Ministry, we reach and fellowship with members from over 50 countries around the world. And we are just a drop in the bucket. The Word is spreading like a disease and people are hungry for the truth.
15When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:) When you see the horrible thing standing in the holy place spoken by Daniel the prophet. (Daniel 9:27, 11:31, 12:11). Remember that Satan is coming first as anti-Christ, and he comes in peace. (Daniel 11:21).
16Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains: Those in Judea should flee into the Judean hills. For he is the fake Christ and comes to deceive many if they let him.
17Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house: Literally, "roof tops" which being flat, were used as porches at the time. (Acts 10:9). They are not to even go inside to pack a bag before they flee.
18Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes. Those working in the fields should not even return to their homes for their clothes.
19And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days! We are not necessarily speaking of pregnant women. This is also a warning to those who fall for the anti-Christ. Christ is returning for a virgin bride spiritually speaking. But, He will return and find that many have become spiritually impregnated by anti-Christ. Nursing along his teachings, not God's Word. Stay a spiritual virgin for the return of Christ. Do not be deceived by Satan!
20But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day: The city gates were closed on the Sabbath and not only would winter be a bad time to flee, but it is out of season for the locust. The locust army of Revelation 9, which tells us that this army of locust will prey of those without the seal of God. Remember we are talking of the end times here and the return of anti-Christ as well as the return of Christ. I am not setting any dates here, but this could be a good time to be on guard for these things to take place. (May thru September).
21For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. There will be persecution such as the world has never seen before in all history, and will never see again.
22And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened. In fact, unless those days are shortened, all mankind will perish. But, for the sake of God's chosen, those days will be shortened. (Speaking of the 1,290 of Daniel 12:11). The time of the locust army that will be shortened to a five month period. (Revelation 9:5, 9:10).
23Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not. Don't believe it if anyone tells you that Christ has returned at this time or arrived at such a place. Remember that the anti-Christ returns first pretending to be Christ.
24For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. Many who claim to be Christian and prophets of God will arise and do wonderful miracles, and if possible even deceive God's elect. You can start to see it today in our society. Those who prey on the weak minded with their hands on healings. The true elect will not be deceived. They know better!
25Behold, I have told you before. See, I have warned you! God has foretold us all things if we study His Word.
26Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not. If they tell you Christ is in the desert, or hiding in a secret place, do not believe them. As long as you are in this flesh body, the true Christ has not returned yet. The minute Christ returns to the mount of Olives, we will all be changed to our spirit bodies. (I Corinthians 15:44, 51, 52), our gathering back to Christ.
27For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. He will return to Jerusalem, to the mount of Olives when He cleanses the temple. (Zechariah 14).
28For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together. The word eagle here, (that some translate as vulture), is (aetos) Strong's Greek #105 (from it's wind like flight). Same as #109 and #5594 (breath of life).
29Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: These stars that fall from heaven will be Satan and his band of fallen angels when they are cast out by Michael the arch angel. Literally the powers of heaven shall be shaken. (Ephesians 6:12).
30And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And then literally, the coming of the Son of Man shall return. There will be deep mourning all around the earth. Why mourning? Because of those who were deceived by anti-Christ and false teachings. Never caring about searching for the truth of God's Word. God will say; I never knew you, get out of my sight!
31And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other. The angels shall gather the elect (the chosen ones), from the farthest ends of the earth and heaven. This will take place at the 7th trump. The four winds are the four spirits that will bring this dispensation to an end. The same winds spoken of in Revelation 7.