Matthew CHAPTER 24
Jesus foretells the doom of Jerusalem and the destruction of the temple—Great calamities will precede His Second Coming—He gives the parable of the fig tree.
1 And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to shew him the buildings of the temple.
2 And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.
This happened in 70 AD when Solomon's temple was destroyed.
3 ¶ And 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 thy coming, and of the end of the world?
4 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.
5 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.
This will be interesting to see people manufacturing a false Christ(s) actually saying "I am Christ."
6 And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.
We still have the CW, WWIII and Armageddon to live through.
7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.
8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.
9 Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake.
So, after the wars start (CW), the Christians will be hunted down.
10 And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.
We can see the seeds of this now. Sadly, it will only get worse. Now is the time to surround yourself with likeminded and not fight or debate with others. Erase your digital footprint. Only share with those who will not turn you in later.
11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.
This has been going on for awhile, in and out of the church.
12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.
We have been seeing this for about 3 decades now.
13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.
14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.
I think we can say this is fulfilled. It has been mentioned by leaders that they consider it to be fulfilled. With the advent of the internet, we have been able to preach to every nation.
15 When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)
Obviously this is an abomination that causes desolation (Ebola). When you see it, stand in the holy place. To me that is where the Lord has set aside places of refuge that have been set apart and made holy.
16 Then let them which be in Judæa flee into the mountains:
I love this passage. I found on p. 74 of the New Testament Institute Manual this quote:
Joseph Smith—Matthew 1:13–20; Matthew 24:16–22. “Flee into the Mountains”
Prior to the Roman siege of Jerusalem in a.d. 70, Christians living in Jerusalem remembered that the Savior had warned, “Then let them who are in Judea flee into the mountains,” and they fled to a city called Pella in the northern foothills of the Jordan Valley. Though the Jews living in Jerusalem experienced starvation and eventual destruction during the Roman siege, those who heeded the Savior’s warning safely escaped.
The Savior’s prophecy recorded in Matthew 24:16–22 refers both to the great tribulation suffered by the Jews in a.d. 70 and to great tribulations in the latter days. In a.d. 70, things became so bad that if the Lord had not intervened and shortened those tribulations, the Jewish people would have been annihilated. The Lord’s intervention will also be necessary in the last days in order for His people to survive.
17 Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house: Notice, that we will not have much time to prepare. This has to take place ahead of time.
18 Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes.
19 And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days!
20 But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day:
21 For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. [The tribulation will start after the CO]
Thank you Lord for gathering the wheat and putting it in the barn while the tares are burned! Thank you for the places of safety you have set aside for us. Thank you for inspiration and revelation to prepare for such.
22 And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.
23 Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not.
24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.
This tells me it may be possible, but most likely not. Those who are following the signs, following the prophet, and can "hear him" will not fall for "strong delusion" mentioned in 2 Thess 2:9-12. The strong delusion is that the world needs to come together to form a new world order.
25 Behold, I have told you before.
26 Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not.
27 For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
Many will believe that Christ is already here on the earth. If you didn't see him come from the clouds, it is not him.
28 For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together.
This is a great analogy. Consider yourself an eagle. The footnotes tells you this is New Jerusalem.
29 ¶ Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:
This is in reference to the Second Coming. The following verses will lay that out. The eclipse in 2024 could match that description of the sun being darkened, but that eclipse is most likely the signaling of his coming (like a thief in the night) to the Saints at AOA.
The footnote on sun says "astrology". There is an total eclipse over Israel on August 2, 2027. Just something to let roll around in the back of your head. However, it does say in Ezek 32:7 that the stars and the moon will go dark (no sun) because the sun will have a cloud over it.
30 And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.
31 And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.
This is the resurrection. Thus from "one end of heaven to another."
32 Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh:
33 So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors.
34 Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.
35 Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.
This is a two-fold passage. It could be describing that the Second Coming will happen in the Springtime. However, Bible scholars have pointed to "the fig tree" as a symbol of Israel. So, when they are still young (re-established in 1948) and shooting forth (thriving economically) know the Second Coming "is near". You can say that this has already been fulfilled.
36 ¶ But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.
This is correct. However, J.S. says the prophets will know and we can know the season we are in.
37 But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. [Noe is Noah.]
38 For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark,
Many people will miss the signs. Even the saints.
39 And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
In my opinion, the next few verses are describing the time the people are called (all denominations) to go to places of safety.
40 Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
41 Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
42 ¶ Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.
43 But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up.
This verse 43 is not a stand alone verse. It is a continuation of the those who were taken. If you would have watch, you would have been prepared, and not have your house broken up. Many think this is a rapture of some sort. Yet, verse, verse 46 tells us there are good servants who will be found preparing.
44 Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.
Don't delay preparing thinking you have more time. Eventually, you can't afford things or they will simply not exist due to supply issues.
45 Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season? Did the Lord make you ruler over your household? Will you take your resources (meat in due season) and store some up?
46 Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing.
47 Verily I say unto you, That he shall make him ruler over all his goods. Then you will have what you need!
48 But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming;
49 And shall begin to smite his fellowservants, and to eat and drink with the drunken;
Will you smite others to get what you need when resources are gone?
50 The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of,
51 And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
Shelle has been an avid student in the study of the End-Times. She loves to share her discoveries and to help others find the hidden treasures.