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Summary: We are living-and longing -for the end of the world

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OUR UNMISTAKABLE TASK

Matt 24:14 March 11, 2012

“And this gospel of the Kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations…and then the end will come”

My In-laws have a new favorite show on T.V. It’s on the National Geographic channel; Tuesdays at 9:00 p.m….It’s called

“Doomsday Preppers!”

Here’s a little peek at the promise of the show… [Show Video]

When they talk about ‘bugging” out they mean when the power grid explodes. Or when the super volcano erupts, or when the economic structure collapse or when the nuclear war blows everyone else to Kingdom come…they escape to a safe, well stocked and prepared area to ride out the storm and repopulate the earth.

I watched the show last Tuesday evening and it was amazing to watch the extensive preparation these folks go through ….and in truth it seems there’s a little bit of

“Hey, we’re looking forward to this happening”

They are living and longing for the end of the world…doomsday is what they are prepping for…preparing for. With enough resources…with the right survivor skills and the proper shelter…with the right plan…they’ll survive, (at least they believe this).

In our text Jesus is prepping his disciples for the end of the world…He’s prepping us for a scenario that truly does leave His followers…living and longing for the end of the world…

He begins by teaching…

I OUR WOLRD ISN’T AS STABLE AS WE THINK IT IS.

Jesus is finishing his earthly ministry….Matt 24 records events that take place very close to the cross…Jesus is in Jerusalem…His heart aches for his people He cries out…

“O Jerusalem, Jerusalem you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing (Matt 23:37)

As Jesus leaves the temple and is walking away his disciples call his attention to the buildings…

Herod’s temple is immense…it took 46 years to construct…it’s walls were solid rock…it’s court yards huge…every single aspect of this amazing structure shouted out permanence….stability… [show picture]

It had always been there for the disciples…they could not remember a time it didn’t loom over Jerusalem. And Jesus points to it and says…”you see the temple? Its walls…It’s gonna fall…just ruble left…every rock toppled…I’m not lying…I promise!”

When they finally arrive at a more private time on the Mt. of Olives…Jesus disciples approach him and say, “when’s it gonna happen? When’s the temple gonna fall…what are the signs we should look for…and what will be the sign of your coming and the end of the world.

They think…if the temple falls…the world ends…


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