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The End of the Age and the Coming of Christ[Matt. 24:27-51]

The End of the Age and the Coming of Christ

Let's Pray:

O Lord Jesus, we really look to You. At this end time,  may You open our eyes and gain our hearts so that we would be open to You. May You enlighten us, speak to us, that we would be fully enlightened.

Hymn: My King will soon come back again  https://www.hymnal.net/en/hymn/h/960

My King will soon come back again,
The sky be filled with Him;
The universe to be redeemed
Will see His light therein.
The Lord will soon fulfill His plan,
His footsteps now I hear;
His glorious frame I faintly see
Beginning to appear.

Today's Verses:    


Matt. 24:27-51

24:27 For just as the lightning comes forth from the east and shines to the west, so will the coming of the Son of Man be.

24:28 Wherever the corpse is, there will the vultures be gathered together.

24:29 And immediately after the tribulation of those days, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken.

24:30 And at that time the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the land will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.

24:31 And He will send His angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather His chosen together from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other end.

24:32 But learn the parable from the fig tree: As soon as its branch has become tender and puts forth its leaves, you know that the summer is near.

24:33 So also you, when you see all these things, know that it is near, at the doors.

24:34 Truly I say to you that this generation shall by no means pass away until all these things happen.

24:35 Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words shall by no means pass away.

24:36 But concerning that day and hour, no one knows, not even the angels of the heavens nor the Son, but the Father only.

24:37 For just as the days of Noah were, so will the coming of the Son of Man be.

24:38 For as they were in those days before the flood, eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day in which Noah entered into the ark,

24:39 And they did not know that judgment was coming until the flood came and took all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.

24:40 At that time two men will be in the field; one is taken and one is left.

24:41 Two women will be grinding at the mill; one is taken and one is left.

24:42 Watch therefore, for you do not know on what day your Lord comes.

24:43 But know this, that if the householder had known in which watch the thief was coming, he would have watched and would not have allowed his house to be broken into.

24:44 For this reason you also be ready, because at an hour when you do not expect it, the Son of Man is coming.

24:45 Who then is the faithful and prudent slave, whom the master has set over his household to give them food at the proper time?

24:46 Blessed is that slave whom his master, when he comes, will find so doing.

24:47 Truly I say to you that he will set him over all his possessions.

24:48 But if that evil slave says in his heart, My master delays,

24:49 And begins to beat his fellow slaves and eats and drinks with the drunken,

24:50 The master of that slave will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour which he does not know,

24:51 And will cut him asunder and appoint his portion with the hypocrites. In that place there will be the weeping and the gnashing of teeth.

Key Verse for Pray-reading:
Matt. 24:3…Tell us, When will these things be? And what will be the sign of Your coming and of the consummation of the age?
Matt. 24:43But know this, that if the householder had known in which watch the thief was coming, he would have watched and would not have allowed his house to be broken into.
Matt. 24:44For this reason you also be ready, because at an hour when you do not expect it, the Son of Man is coming.
Life Supply:  
[In Matt. 24:40-41,] to be taken means to be raptured before the great tribulation. This rapture is a sign of the Lord’s coming and a sign to the Jews. It is very interesting to see that the two men are working in the field and that the two women are grinding at the mill. Both working in the field and grinding are for eating. There is a difference between our eating and the eating of the worldly people. The worldly people study and work, and we also study and work. The worldly people, however, have been drugged. But we have not been drugged. Rather, we are simply fulfilling our duty to make a living. We are not for eating, drinking, and marriage; on the contrary, we maintain our existence in order to take the way of the cross to fulfill God’s purpose. Our concern is not for our education, employment, or business.

When some of the young people hear this, they may say, “How glad we are to hear this word! Let’s not care any more for study or for work. Let us spend all our time praying and having fellowship with one another.” Such an attitude is wrong. Remember, according to verse 40 the brothers were farming, and according to verse 41 the sisters were grinding. Grinding grain is very hard work. This indicates that we Christians should not take easy jobs. We need to work hard in order to make a living. The eating and drinking in verse 38 is worldly, but the farming and grinding in verses 40 and 41 are holy… We need more holy sisters to grind at the mill to produce fine flour. We are not drugged, but we do need to be properly nourished.

The principle is the same with the brothers in their jobs…Notice, the rapture does not take place when the two brothers and the two sisters are praying, but when they are working…they were doing their ordinary work.

The Lord Jesus certainly spoke this word with a definite purpose. He wanted to show us that as we wait for His coming and expect to be raptured, we must be very faithful in our daily duties. We need to do the best farming and the best grinding. We need a properly balanced human life, not the life of monks who devote themselves to spiritual things and expect others to take care of them. It is the brothers working in the field and the sisters grinding in the mill who will be raptured. (Life-Study of Matthew, pp. 738-740)


Questions:

   1.       Will Christ be coming soon? (See Matt. 24:32 note 2)

   2.       What will be the sign of Christ's coming? (See Matt. 24:40 note 1,  note 4)

   3.       What should our attitude be? (See Matt. 24:40 note 3, 43 note 2)

Tomorrow: The Rapture of the Believers

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