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Summary: A simple look at end time things: the ’consumation of the Kingdom’

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The kingdom and the end. Lk 17:20-38 WBC 17/3/2 am

1) SIMPLE? v20

We’re looking at the KOG and the ‘end of the world’, here

Many think = simple! Can extrapolate a text… the texts… revn

- get chronology

- work out exactly what’s gonna happen, when

My experience is- this is NOT simple!

- think about it ! If the Son of God doesn’t even know the dates (Mt 13:22)- then how are we going to?

- It’s made more complex by

- A) Different texts giving different slants. They fill in the picture on a mystery… not a jigsaw. (Olivet discourses: Mt 24, Lk 21)

- B) Prophetic telescoping of events:

- Jesus death/resurrection

- Fall of Jerusalem (70AD)

- End of world

 all ‘telescoped’ together

- and this is correct. Right. It’s the way the prophetic works

- people see things with no ‘dates’

- besides, we are in one ‘date’/’era’: the ‘last days’

- days started with Jesus’ coming

- = asynchronous. Cf Dan 9: 70 7’s. Has chronology up to 69th 7- then the clock stops. We are in the last 7

- C) Apocalyptic language

- This kind of has a similar effect to the prophetic. Lumps everything together by using one kind of dramatic language. Hyperbole. ‘the earth shook’ kind of thing

Cf MT 24:29 "Immediately after the distress of those days `the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from the sky, and the heavenly bodies will be shaken.’ (citing Isaiah)

- what’s it referring to? Lit 3 hrs of darkness while Jesus was on the cross… is it a metaphor for how people will feel (shaken & stirred)… or end of world being universally cataclysmic?

- Probably the darkness after Jesus’ death (as it comes hot on the heels of ‘where there is a carcass’)

- But it’s very hard to tell as it only has ONE kind of language (force 10 on the Richter scale)

- Cf “coming on the clouds of heaven”

- Often think of this as final coming… but in fact the term comes from Dan 7 and is used by Jesus to the high priest in Mt 26:64 about his resurrection. Receiving power and authority

- = also used of His second coming

- rightly used of BOTH. (prophetically, linguistically)

- all are echoes of the other

- (death/resurrection… 70AD… end of world)

- except these echoes don’t die away… they build up. They are ‘birth pains’.

So- this is not simple. As the message puts it beautifully “ the KOG does not come by counting the days on the calendar”

But there ARE some very clear things from this & all texts

2) STARTS NOW v21

first clear thing: it starts NOW. That doesn’t mean no future element

- but the Pharisees were into the future. Date setting. Chronology etc

But Jesus says “it’s here, NOW” “Don’t miss it”

- don’t miss the rule and reign of the King NOW. Here. Among you. Inside you. In your lives. Around you. Don’t miss the reign shown in my ministry

= possible to spend lots of time fretting about the future

- how will it end? My job? Providing etc. (must think about these things)

 but TODAY is where God is. Where He wants to meet you, provide for you. Do things. Use you.

- cf the Thessalonians were so wrapped up in eschatology they weren’t doing anything! Had gone OTT and stalled!


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