February 14: When the World Ends (Matthew 24:15-35)
This Sunday Daniel Harman will continue the series Living as a Church at 9:00am in the youth room. Ray Rutledge will be in the Adult 1 classroom continuing through The Gospel Project (currently going through the Old Testament book of Exodus).
[We will consider the whole of verses 15-35, but only verses 32-35 are listed here. Click here for the full thing.]
From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts out its leaves, you know that summer is near. So also, when you see all these things, you know that he is near, at the very gates. Truly, I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.
It should be no surprise that the end of world holds a fascination for almost everyone. Whether in books written or movies made, there is allure, perhaps a fear or at least a curiosity over the timing and events of this day. Even the non-religious find this last day interesting. Few think the world will just continue forever without end. What do you think about the end of the world? What do you think will happen? Do you think it will be some nuclear war, overpopulation or destruction from some massive meteor hitting our planet? And when do you think it will be? These questions were the very same ones the disciples asked. Can we make sense of this? Jesus thinks so. While the disciples thought the end of the world was a single event. Jesus explains how the world will end and how the new world will begin but keep in mind that Jesus is giving us this information not to satisfy our curiosity for dates and details but desires us to know the truth so that we will not be deceived. We will look at what Jesus says not what he does not say. His purpose is that we are not led astray but persevere to the end.
Review and Apply
1. Explain the abomination of desolation.
2. How does Jesus reveal the delay that exists before his coming to begin the new age?
3. Give the characteristics of his return.
4. Explain the parable of the fig tree.
5. How does God excerise care for his elect?
6. Why is judgment necessary?
7. How would regular consideration of his return help you in this life?
8. Explain how you can live in a delay while considering his return to be ‘very near’?
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