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Signs of the Times - Part 1

Signs of the Times  •  Sermon  •  Submitted   •  Presented   •  29:55
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Signs of the Times - Part 1

Matthew 24:3–14 ESV

As he sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?” And Jesus answered them, “See that no one leads you astray. For many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and they will lead many astray. And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not alarmed, for this must take place, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are but the beginning of the birth pains.

“Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and put you to death, and you will be hated by all nations for my name’s sake. And then many will fall away and betray one another and hate one another. And many false prophets will arise and lead many astray. And because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold. But the one who endures to the end will be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.

I. Misconceptions of the Coming and the End of the Age

What did the jews think would be the coming of the age?
There would be a time of tribulation.
A herold would come.
Then a messiah.
Then he would defeat all the nations, rebuild a glorified Jeruselum and call all his children back to Jeruselum and reign forever.
We understand the same squence!
They didn't see the period of times.
We can misconceive the rapture.

II. Notice the Beginning Birth Pains

Matthew 24:4–8 ESV

And Jesus answered them, “See that no one leads you astray. For many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and they will lead many astray. And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not alarmed, for this must take place, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are but the beginning of the birth pains.

1. False Prophets
2. Wars and Rumors of Wars
North Korea-South Korea War? Seoul Planning To Annihilate Pyongyang In Case Of Nuclear Attack Signs, Report Says
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Japan Defense Ministry Seeks Record Budget as China Threat Grows
3. Nation will Rise Against Nation, Kingdom against kingdom.
4. Famines. 3 days of food if catastrophy happens.
5. Earthquakes.

III. Preparing for the Birth Pains

1. False Prophets - Know Your Bible
2. Wars and Rumores of wars - Trust in Christ
3. Famines
Genesis 41:25–36 ESV

Then Joseph said to Pharaoh, “The dreams of Pharaoh are one; God has revealed to Pharaoh what he is about to do. The seven good cows are seven years, and the seven good ears are seven years; the dreams are one. The seven lean and ugly cows that came up after them are seven years, and the seven empty ears blighted by the east wind are also seven years of famine. It is as I told Pharaoh; God has shown to Pharaoh what he is about to do. There will come seven years of great plenty throughout all the land of Egypt, but after them there will arise seven years of famine, and all the plenty will be forgotten in the land of Egypt. The famine will consume the land, and the plenty will be unknown in the land by reason of the famine that will follow, for it will be very severe. And the doubling of Pharaoh’s dream means that the thing is fixed by God, and God will shortly bring it about. Now therefore let Pharaoh select a discerning and wise man, and set him over the land of Egypt. Let Pharaoh proceed to appoint overseers over the land and take one-fifth of the produce of the land of Egypt during the seven plentiful years. And let them gather all the food of these good years that are coming and store up grain under the authority of Pharaoh for food in the cities, and let them keep it. That food shall be a reserve for the land against the seven years of famine that are to occur in the land of Egypt, so that the land may not perish through the famine.”

To prepare for the famines, we need to have a reserve.
3 days of food on average in a grocery store.
4. Earthquakes - Know what to do.
5. Preparing for His return!
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