Matthew Chapter 21
Brothers, follow along with me now as we study Jesus' teaching us hear to recognize the season of his appearing.
We now live in this time of His soon appearing. Jesus is showing us the things which have been fulfilled as well as those things which are now being fulfilled in this day.
24 And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.
Brothers Israel did fall by the sword and was led away captive. They were scattered unto all four corners of the earth for thousands of years. The gentiles occupied their land during this time. Jerusalem was indeed trodden down under foot.
In May of 1948 Israel once again became a nation and her people from around the world returned once again to thier homeland.
25 And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring;
Brothers, there are indeed now signs in the heavens, and distresses of nations are so very obvious in this day in which we now live. Unlike any other time since Jesus' resurrection there is not a nation on this earth that is not in distress of one form or another.
26 Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.
Men now fear loosing their worldly positions like no other time in history.
27 And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.
Brothers, here Jesus says that we shall see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.
The bible tells us plainly that when Jesus comes in a cloud that He is coming to receive us His Church, and will carry us to heaven with Him.
This appearing is unlike His second coming at the end of the great tribulation period when He destroys the worlds armies at the battle of Armageddon, and sets up His one thousand year reign on earth.
28 And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.
Brothers, these things are now beginning to come to pass, and it is now that we are to lift up our heads toward heaven for our redemption is near. Jesus' appearing is at hand.
29 And he spake to them a parable; Behold the fig tree, and all the trees;30 When they now shoot forth, ye see and know of your own selves that summer is now nigh at hand.31 So likewise ye, when ye see these things come to pass, know ye that the kingdom of God is nigh at hand.32 Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass away, till all be fulfilled.
Jesus tells us here that just as we know that spring is coming when the trees shoot forth their new branches with the green leaves attached.
We also should know that by the signs of this day Jesus' appearing for us is at hand. He goes on to say also that, 'This generation shall not pass away, till all things are fulfilled'.
The generation that has seen Israel as a nation. All of us since 1948 are that generation that Jesus is speaking of here.
Brothers, we in this day have seen all prophecy fulfilled. There is now nothing keeping Jesus from coming for us His Church.
33 Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away.34 And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares.35 For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth.
Brothers, Jesus' words shall not pass away. We are to take heed least at anytime we should be caught up in the cares of this life and not be watching for His appearing.
We are not to allow ourselves to be blinded to the time of His appearing by the cares of this life on the earth in which we now live.
Do not be distracted from the hour of His appearing my friends.
36 Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.
We are to WATCH!!
We are to PRAY always that we be accounted worthy to escape the things that shall come to pass.
The things of the tribulation period.
Brothers, we are to Watch, and Pray that we be worthy.
WATCHING AND PRAYING IS REQUIRED OF US IN THIS DAY AND IN THIS LATE HOUR THAT WE NOW LIVE.
Do not allow the cares of your life to keep you from watching for Jesus' soon appearing.
God bless you my brothers,
John HippHVM - C122016