Friday, March 25, 2022
9-10 “They are going to throw you to the wolves and kill you, everyone hating you because you carry my name. And then, going from bad to worse, it will be dog-eat-dog, everyone at each other’s throat, everyone hating each other.
11-12 “In the confusion, lying preachers will come forward and deceive a lot of people. For many others, the overwhelming spread of evil will do them in—nothing left of their love but a mound of ashes.
13-14 “Staying with it—that’s what God requires. Stay with it to the end. You won’t be sorry, and you’ll be saved. All during this time, the good news—the Message of the kingdom—will be preached all over the world, a witness staked out in every country. And then the end will come.
-Matthew 24:9-14 The Message
Verse 9: “Then they will hand you over to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations because of My name.
Verse 10: And at that time, many will fall away, and they will betray one another and hate one another.
Verse 11: And many false prophets will rise up and mislead many people.
Verse 11 study: The Old Testament mentions false prophets.
13 Now Elisha said to the king of Israel, “What business do you have with me? Go to your father’s prophets and your mother’s prophets.” But the king of Israel said to him, “No, for the Lord has called these three kings together to hand them over to Moab.” -2 Kings 3:13 NASB 25 Causing the omens of diviners to fail, Making fools of fortune-tellers. Causing wise men to turn back And making their knowledge ridiculous, -Isaiah 44:25 NASB 16 This is what the Lord of armies says: “Do not listen to the words of the prophets who are prophesying to you. They are leading you into futility. They tell a vision of their own imagination, Not from the mouth of the Lord. -Jeremiah 23:16 NASB 2 “Son of man, prophesy against the prophets of Israel who prophesy, and say to those who prophesy from their own inspiration, ‘Listen to the word of the Lord! 3 This is what the Lord God says: “Woe to the foolish prophets who are following their own spirit and have seen nothing. -Ezekiel 13:2-3 NASB 5 This is what the Lord says concerning the prophets who lead my people astray: When they have something to bite with their teeth, They cry out, “Peace!” But against him who puts nothing in their mouths They declare holy war. -Micah 3:5 NASB 2 “And it will come about on that day,” declares the Lord of armies, “that I will eliminate the names of the idols from the land, and they will no longer be remembered; and I will also remove the prophets and the unclean spirit from the land. -Zechariah 13:2 NASB
Fake prophets claimed to receive messages from God, but they preached a “health and wealth” message. They said what people wanted to hear, especially when the nation was not following God the way it should have. They are the famous leaders who tell people what they want to hear, such as, “God wants you to be rich,” “Do whatever desires you,” or “There is no such thing as sin or hell.” Jesus told people that false teachers would come and warned his disciples, as he warned us, not to listen to their dangerous words.
Verse 12: And because lawlessness is increased, most people’s love will become cold.
Verse 12 study: With fake teaching and loose morals come a particularly destructive disease, the loss of true love for God and others. Sin cools your love for God and others by turning your focus on yourself. You can’t truly love if you think only of yourself.
Verse 13: But the one who endures to the end is the one who will be saved.
Verse 13 study: Jesus predicted that his followers would be severely persecuted by those who hated what he stood for. Amid terrible persecutions, they could have hope, knowing that salvation was theirs. Times of trial shows to sift true Christians from false or fair-weather Christians. When you are pressured to give up, turn your back on God, don’t do it. Always remember the benefits of standing firm and continuing to live for Christ.
Verses 9-13 studies: You may not face intense persecution now, but Christians in different parts of the world are. When you hear about Christians suffering for their faith, remember that they are your brothers and sisters in Christ. Pray for them. Ask God what you can do to help them in their troubles. When one part suffers, the whole body suffers. but when all the parts come together to ease the suffering, the entire body benefits.
26 And if one part of the body suffers, all the parts suffer with it; if a part is [a]honored, all the parts rejoice with it. -1 Corinthians 12:26 NASB
Verse 14: This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come.
Verse 14 study: Jesus said that before he returned, the gospel of the kingdom (the message of salvation) would be preached throughout the world. This was the mission of the disciples, and it is ours today. Jesus talked about the end of times and final judgment to show his followers the urgency of spreading the Good News of salvation to everyone.