3. THE SIGN OF THE LORD'S COMING AND OF THE END OF THE AGE.
Mathew 24:3 As he sat upon the Mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, tell us, when shall these things be? And what shall be the sign of your coming, and of the end of the age?
In answer to the disciples’ questioning as to “when shall these things be? And what shall be the sign of your coming, and of the end of the age?” Jesus Christ first tells them of things that are not reliable signs, because like birth pains they keep on coming going, time and time again, getting stronger and stronger and closer and closer together as the birth draws near. However, although birth pains do constantly remind the expectant mother of the coming birth and that the day is always getting closer and closer, they can never be taken as a reliable sign as to when the day will be. Many a mother has been rushed to hospital, expecting her baby to be born in the next hour or two; only to be sent back home to wait a little longer.
Then after telling them of these unreliable signs, Jesus then tells them of two reliable signs. Firstly, the sign of the abomination in the standing in the Holy place, which is followed by the time of great tribulation. Then in the days after the great tribulation we will see a second sign, the sign of the sun being darkened, and the moon not giving her light.
Mathew 24: 29 Soon after the tribulation of those days the sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from the sky, and the powers of the sky shall be shaken: 30 Then shall the sign of the Son of man appear in the sky: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of the sky with power and great glory.
After telling us these things Jesus tells us the lesson of the fig tree.
Matthew 24:32 Now learn a parable of the fig tree; when his branch has become tender, and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near: 33 So likewise you, when you shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors. 34 Most surely I say unto you, this generation shall not pass, till all these things are fulfilled.
If we look at the fig tree (or any other tree that losses its leave in autumn) as summer draws near we will notice first that the branches become tender. This is sign number one. Then after a time we will notice a second sign, that of the leaves coming forth. Together these things in the right order and the right time fram make a reliable sign that summer is near.
So it will be in the last days, before the return of Jesus Christ we will first see the sign of the abomination standing in the Holy place. From the writings of Daniel we learn that the abomination will be placed in the Holy place in the middle of the seven-year covenant, followed by three-and-a-half-years of great tribulation (bringing us to the end of the seven-year covenant). Following the time of great tribulation we will see the second sign, the sign of the sun being darkened and the moon not giving any light. Together in the right order and in the right time fame, these things will be a reliable sign, telling us of the Lord’s coming and of the end of the age. Jesus tells us that the generation that sees these things shall not pass away before His return.
Written by Kenneth Allan Clark and printed and published by
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