THE LAST DAYS OF HISTORY (11)

Signs of the second coming of Christ Contd
Highlights of the Olivet Discourse (Mat 24; Mk 13:1-23; Lk 21:5-24)
3 Questions Asked: (Mat 24:3)
1.    When will Jerusalem be destroyed? This question is not answered by Mathew. It is answered in Luke21:12-24.
2.    What will be the sign of Your coming? Answered in v4-26, 37-39.
3.    What will happen when You come? Answered in v27-31, 40-51; 25:1-46.
24 Signs of the Second Coming; Last Days of Preparation
1.    Deceptions (v4-5, 11, 24)
2.    False Christs (people claiming to be Christ) (v5, 23-26; Mk 13:6)
3.    Increase of false prophets and religious compromise within the church (Mt 24:4-5, 10-11, 24; Mk 13:21,22; Lk 18:8; 2Thess 2:3; 1 Tim 4:1; 2 Tim 3:13; 4:3-4; 2 Pet 2:1-3; 3:3-4; Rev 13)
4.    Increase of crime, lawlessness and disregard of God’s law (Mt 24:12,37-39; Lk 17:26-30; 18:8; 2 Thes 2:7; 1 Tim 4:1; 2 Tim 3:1-8)
5.    Pestilence (v7; Rev 6:8)
6.    Increase of wars and rumors of wars between nations and kingdoms, famines and      earthquakes (the beginning of sorrows) (Mt 24:6-8; Mk 13:7-8; Lk 21:9; Rev 6:5-6; 12-17)         
7.    Decrease in love and family affection; Betrayals, Offenses (Mt 10:21,22; 24:9,10,12; Mk 13:12; 2Tim 3:1-3)
8.    More severe persecution of God’s people. Martyrdoms (Mt 10:22-23; 24:9-10,22; Mk 13:13; Jn 15:19-20; 16:33; Acts 14:22; Rom 5:3; Dan 8:24; Rev 7:9-17; 11:7; 15:2-4; 20:4-6)
9.    Those who stand firm will be saved (Mt 10:22; 24:13; Mk 13:13)
10. Gospel will be preached to the whole world; increased missionary work (Mt 24:14; Mk 13:10)
11. The Spirit will be poured out on God’s people (Acts 2:17-21, 38-39)
12. Anti-semitism (Mk 13:9,13; Rev 12:13)
13. Appearance of the “Abomination of desolation” (Mat 24:15; 15; Mk 13:14; Dan.9:27; 2 Thes. 2:4; Rev 13). The visible future desecration of the Jewish temple in Jerusalem by the Antichrist.
14. New Jewish nation in Judea (Ezek 37; Dan 9:27)
15. New Jewish temple (v15, 26; Rev. 11:1-2; Dan. 8:9-13; 9:27; 11:45; 2 Thes 2:4)
16. Great (unprecedented) tribulation of 31/2 years (v 21; Mk 13:19; Dan 12:1; Rev 12:1-19:21).
17. Flight of Jews from Judea (v16-21; Rev 12:6, 14; Isaiah 16:1-5; Ps 60:4-8; Dan 11:40-45; Ezek 20:33-38; Hos. 2:14-16).
18. Increased satanic powers (v 24; 2 Thes. 2:8-12; Rev 13; 16:14; 19:20)
19. Surfeiting (v 38; Lk 17:28; 21:34)
20. Procrastination and lethargy (Mat 24:39)
21. Heavenly signs: sun and moon darkened; stars falling (Mark 13:24, 25).


(7) THE   RAPTURE

The Rapture: An Overview

“Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed—52in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.”  (1 Cor 15:51,52)

“For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel , and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. 17Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord”.  (1 Thes 4:16,17)

The word “rapture” is derived from the Latin word raptu, which means “Caught away or caught up.” This Latin word is equivalent to the Greek harpazē, translated as “caught up” in 1 Thes 4:17. This event, described here and in 1 Cor 15, refers to the catching up of the church from the earth to meet the Lord in the air. It involves only the faithful of Christ’s churches.