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When Christ Arrives

Matthew 24:29-31

February 8, 2009

Morning Service

Introduction

Predictions

I think there is a world market for maybe five computers – Thomas Watson, Chairman of IBM 1943

Who wants to hear actors talk? H.M. Warner 1927

Drill for oil? You mean drill into the ground to try to find oil? You’re crazy. Drillers response to Edwin Drake in 1859

640 Kilobytes ought to be enough for anybody – Bill Gates 1981

One area of interest for many people is the understanding of prophecy. The Bible is filled with a variety of prophetic passages. The Old Testament often refers to the birth of Christ. There are also a variety of prophecies about the second coming or the Day of the Lord. One scholar made a study of the various passages and gave a numeric breakdown.

The Old Testament has 1,845 references to the second coming and the theme is prominent in 17 different Old Testament books. The New Testament contains 27 different books and 23 of them give reference to the second coming. The New Testament also contains 260 chapters and there are 318 separate references to the second coming. One out of every thirty verses of the New Testament is dedicated to the second coming. For every reference to the birth of Christ, there are eight references to the second coming.

We are continuing to move through Matthew chapter 24. Here are is a basic breakdown of basic divisions and events in the chapter.

Nine major signs of the last days 1-14

False Messiahs

War and World Violence

Natural Disasters

Persecution

Apostasy

False Leaders that Offer False Hope

A Great Falling Away

Faith that Endures

World Evangelism

The final sign: abomination of desolation 15-28

The beginnings of the birth pains (24:8)

The Abomination that Causes desolation (24:15)

The Great Tribulation (24:21)

The sight of the Son of Man (24:29-30)

The gathering of the saints (24:31)

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.’ 30 "At that time the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and all the nations of the earth will mourn. They will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky, with power and great glory. 31 And he will send his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other. Matthew 24:29-31

The coming of Christ will not take place until after the tribulation. The Great tribulation will last approximately 3 and a half years. The return of Christ will occur approximately 3 and a half years after the abomination that causes desolation.

Another way to see this is that the coming of Christ ends the great tribulation and human history. Christ comes to bring an end to the reign of the Antichrist. Christ returns to fulfill His divine promise. Christ comes to put an end to the suffering and hardships of the church. All of the previous events and signs lead to the end of history and the beginning of the 1000 year reign of Christ. Through all of the suffering, trials and hardships the promise of Christ never changes, He will return.


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