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End Signs
Bible Passage Matthew 24:15-28
This content is part of a series Bright Morning Reflections, in topic 2023 & books Daniel, Luke, Matthew.

End Signs

  • Rev. Bright Mawuena Nfodzo
Date preached March 27, 2023

SCRIPTURE 📖
15 “So when you see the destructive desecration, mentioned by the prophet Daniel, standing in the Holy Place (let the reader take note),

16 then those who are in Judea must flee to the mountains.

17 Anyone who’s on the housetop must not come down to get what is in his house,

18 and anyone who’s in the field must not turn back to get his coat.

19 “How terrible it will be for women who are pregnant or who are nursing babies in those days!

20 Pray that it may not be in winter or on a Sabbath when you flee,

21 because at that time there will be great suffering, the kind that hasn’t happened from the beginning of the world until now and certainly won’t ever happen again.

22 If those days hadn’t been limited, no one would survive. But for the sake of the elect, those days will be limited.

23 “At that time, if anyone says to you, ‘Look! Here’s the Messiah!’ or ‘There he is!’, don’t believe it,

24 because false messiahs and false prophets will appear and display great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.

25 Remember, I’ve told you this beforehand.

26 So if they say to you, ‘Look! He’s in the wilderness,’ don’t go out looking for him. And if they say, ‘Look! He’s in the storeroom,’ don’t believe it,

27 because just as the lightning comes from the east and flashes as far as the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man.

28 Wherever there’s a corpse, there the vultures will gather.

 

BACKGROUND
Through His parables and other teachings, Jesus had spoken a number of times of His going away and His return in glory, which would bring in the climax of the age, the triumph of His kingdom, and final judgment.

Although the people of Jesus’ day would not see the final events of the world’s history, many of them would certainly see a foreshadowing of those events; for they would live to witness the horror of the Romans’ destruction of Jerusalem which were all to precede the second coming of the Lord.

On seeing the awful sight of Rome’s armies approaching the city, people would flee to the hills (mountains), without even waiting to collect their belongings. They would find escape particularly difficult if the attack came in winter (when weather conditions would slow them down), or on the Sabbath (when religious regulations would restrict them). Women and children especially would suffer. The enemy’s savage attack would be more terrible and destructive than anything they had known.

In fact, if God did not stop the butchery, no one would have been left alive. The people would be massacred, the temple burnt and the city destroyed. The event would be a repeat of the atrocities of Antiochus Epiphanes (verse 15-22; Luke 21:20-24; compare Dan 9:27; 11:31).

With the insertion of “Let the reader take note” in verse 15, Matthew probably wanted his readers to think about the reference from Daniel. It described a dangerous situation. So, people should be prepared for a wrong time like that.

When the first signs of trouble come, people must escape quickly. They must not spend time trying to collect any goods. They must escape as fast as possible. Jesus advised them to escape to the mountains. This was practical advice because the caves there could provide shelter for the people. Josephus, a historian said that when the attacks came, people in Jerusalem were very hungry during the Roman attack. One mother even killed her baby and ate it because there was no food.

Thousands of Jews died while the Romans were fighting them. Their dead bodies were all still in Jerusalem when the Romans entered the city. (This was 70 years after Christ was born. It happened in the year AD 70). And they hated the sight of all the dead bodies. Thousands more Jews became slaves when the Romans took them as prisoners. The Romans took many prisoners to other countries.

During the time these troubles were building up, false prophets would try to draw Jesus’ disciples into their group. With clever tricks and comforting words, they would assure them that the Messiah had returned and was hiding in some safe place, waiting to lead His people to victory. The disciples of Jesus were not to believe such rumors. Jesus’ return would be as sudden, as open, and as startling as a flash of lightning.

When God’s great intervention eventually occurred, it would be plain for all to see (Matt 24:23-28).

LESSONS✍🏽
🔷 God is still in control of the world and is able to halt every pain and suffering that the enemy afflicts His people with

🔷 There are many people who do ‘signs and wonders but are definitely not from God

🔷 Christ will soon return at a time that no one can tell, to end every suffering and judge the world

PRAYER POINTS🙏🏽
💥 Pray that you will be able to endure all pain and suffering for Christ
💥 Pray to be able to remain focussed on Christ

CONCLUSION📙
Do not be swayed by ‘signs and wonders’ and unnecessary predictions into the future, a yardstick people use to determine their ‘powerfulness’, because even the devil does miracles. Be glued to your Bible and God will guide you in your walk.
AMEN

In series Bright Morning Reflections