Matthew 24

But of that Day and Hour….

Perhaps no passage is used more often in attempts to negate the imminence of Christ’s coming, as stated in the epistles, as Matthew 24.36, where Jesus said “But of that day and hour knows no man, but the Father only.” We are told that if Jesus did not know the time of his coming, then the disciples could not know–…

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Matthew 24

Misconceptions About Misconceptions

Patently, Matthew 24 is a pivotal text in the eschatological debate. Amillennialists and premillennialists find little in common here. One shared belief, however, is that the disciples’ questions reveal they mistakenly believed Jerusalem’s fall and the end of time to be synchronous. One writer insists that while their questions indicate two events to us, "the disciples were indeed thinking of…

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Matthew 24

Thessalonians and the Olivet Discourse

First and Second Thessalonians are perceived by many to be proof of a yet future, time ending, coming of Christ. These two books contain much about the Parousia almost every chapter of both books contains some reference to that event. But does Thessalonians prove a future coming? I think not. This article will examine this question from a somewhat distinctive…

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Matthew 24

More on Heaven and Earth

It is unfortunate that modern Bible students are not more familiar with Biblical terminology. The term "heaven and earth" is an example where careful study will reveal weaknesses in traditional interpretations. In Isaiah 51:15-16 Jehovah, speaking to Israel, said he gave them the Mosaic Covenant, "that I may plant the heavens, and lay the foundations of the earth, and say…

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Matthew 24:3

One of the most significant, yet misunderstood chapters in the Bible is Matthew 24. It is the seed-bed for almost all modern speculation about the "end of the world." Premillennialists say Jesus described in detail the events of our generation. Amillennialists divide the chapter into a discordant mixture of two subjects — the destruction of Jerusalem and the end of…

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Matthew 24

A Matter of Signs

Sign — "That by which anything is known, or represented; something that indicates a fact, quality, etc. a mark, token, an indication…" (Webster’s New Twentieth Century Dictionary, Unabridged Second Edition,1975, pg 1687.) Hal Lindsey in his Late Great Planet Earth, Dwight Pentecost, in Things to Come, Robert Shank, in Until the Coming of Messiah and His Kingdom, and other premillenial…

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Just Who is Really Confused?

As Jesus and his disciples walked out of the Jerusalem temple, the disciples showed him the size and beauty of the stones (Matthew 24:1-2). Little wonder — the edifice was stupendous! Jesus ignored their appeals to the temple’s beauty and said, "Do you not see all these things? The time is coming when not one stone that shall be left…

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The Great Apostasy – Matthew 24

The great apostasy is in the study of eschatology, i.e. the coming of the Lord and end of the age, etc. Both Jesus and Paul predicted the Apostasy. The reason this study is so important is because the apostasy was to be a sign of the coming of the Lord — when the apostasy was at its height the Lord…

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Matthew 24

The Great Apostasy

Everyone would agree that the Great Apostasy is a significant aspect of eschatology. Charles Ryrie, representative of most dispensationalists said "at the end of the church age THE great apostasy will come on the scene before the day of the Lord." Dehaan listed the apostasy as one of the ten signs that would prove "the nearness of his return and…

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The End of the Age and Evangelism

It is widely believed today that the gospel must be preached to all the world before Christ can come; when the Great Commission is fulfilled the Parousia, (Jesus’ coming or presence) is supposed to be near. This belief is based on Matthew 24:14: "This gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world for a witness to all…

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