Sunday, Mach 27, 2022
21-22 “This is going to be trouble on a scale beyond what the world has ever seen or will see again. If these days of trouble were left to run their course, nobody would make it. But on account of God’s chosen people, the trouble will be cut short.
The Arrival of the Son of Man
23-25 “If anyone tries to flag you down, calling out, ‘Here’s the Messiah!’ or points, ‘There he is!’ don’t fall for it. Fake Messiahs and lying preachers are going to pop up everywhere. Their impressive credentials and bewitching performances will pull the wool over the eyes of even those who ought to know better. But I’ve given you fair warning.
-Matthew 24:21-25 The Message
Verse 21: For then there will be a great tribulation, such as has not occurred since the beginning of the world until now, nor ever will again.
Verse 22: And if those days had not been cut short, no life would have been saved; but for the sake of the elect, those days will be cut short.
Verses 21-22 studies: Jesus talks about the end times telescoped near future and far future events as it did with the Old Testament prophets. Many of these persecutions have already occurred, with more to come. Remember that God is in control of even the length of persecutions. He will not forget his people. This is all we need to know about the future to motivate us to live now.
Verse 23: Then, if anyone says to you, ‘Behold, here is the Christ,’ or ‘He is over here,’ do not believe him.
Verse 24: For false christs and false prophets will arise and will provide great signs and wonders, so as to mislead, if possible, even the elect.
Verses 23-24 studies: In today’s world, Jesus’ warnings about false teachers still hold true. When you examine it, it becomes clear that many nice-sounding messages don’t agree with God’s message in the Bible. Only a solid foundation in God’s Word can equip us to perceive false errors and distortions in false teaching.
Verses 24-28 studies: Strong believers will find it hard to be loyal in times of persecution. To keep from being deceived by false messiahs, we should understand that Jesus’ return will be unmistakable;
26 And then they will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory. -Mark 13:26 NASB
No one will doubt who he is. If you have to be told that the Messiah has come, then he hasn’t, Christ’s coming will be evident to everyone.
27 For just as the lightning comes from the east and flashes as far as the west, so will the coming of the Son of Man be. -Matthew 24:27 NASB
Verse 25: Behold, I have told you in advance.