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January 18, 2022 8:00 am
God has an encouraging word for you and me today to the Bible-based teaching Dr. Don Wilton today's message call close to his company – Jesus is coming again. We just began this yesterday with Dr. Welton and today we continue in understanding not only the clues the return of Jesus Christ. But how that affects us in the way that we act and react with our family, friends, that's all coming up in just a moment with Dr. Donald.
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That's a big word. I know where it eschatology roughly translated just literally means the doctrine of lost things. It answers questions about the second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ about the signs of the times what is going on these days. The world is marching according to God's plan. These things are singularly significant going to be looking at these things in the light of God's word.
What does Jesus have to say about himself. And we know and what can we understand until he comes.
Matthew chapter 24 is where we begin I'm going to read it to you again. Jesus left the temple and was walking away when his disciples came up to him to call his attention to its buildings. Do you see all these things he lost. I tell you the truth, not one stone here will be left on another. Everyone will be thrown down as Jesus was sitting on the Mount of olives, the disciples came to him privately tell us they said I want you to note the three questions number one when will this happen. Number two will be the sign of your coming number three. When will be the end of the day that's very important to note that now the disciples didn't realize they were asking three different questions and they simply didn't understand what it was they were about to get into. But Jesus did what he said in verse four. Jesus wants to watch out that no one deceives you, for many will come in my name, claiming, I am the Christ, and will deceive many.
You will hear rules and rumors of wars. See to it that you are not a such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places.
All these are the beginning of birth pains. Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to bed and you will be hated by all nations because of me. At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved. This gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come in. So when you see the standing in the holy place the abomination that causes desolation is spoken of by the prophet Daniel let the reader understand and let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. Let no one on the roof of his house go down to take anything off of the house. No one in the field go back to get his cloak.
How dreadful it will be in those days for pregnant women and nursing mothers pray that you will not take place in the winter or on the Sabbath.
For then they will be great distress unequaled from the beginning of the world until now, and never to be equaled again by the Lord brought this word on his heart.
Jesus was talking to his disciples of the fascinating and interesting dialogue begins to Take Pl. in Matthew 24 not in isolation, because we need to understand what happened in Matthew chapter 23 and we going to be touching back and all of the Scriptures we begin to try to understand what Jesus is telling us and teaching us until he comes again. But Jesus was doing and I want you to understand this, Jesus With his disciples recognizing as the son of God that the world people like you and me are going to be confronted by the reality of these issues that are critical and Jesus begins to speak to his disciples, and by the spirit of God and the authority of Almighty God. They all recorded for us in his word.
This holy inspired word of God so that we to may try to somewhat understand these things until Jesus comes.
Jesus looking around. Basically, in a sense tells his disciples that before you can even begin to understand these enrollments about the end times. You need to look for things last week I mentioned the first one and I want to just give it to you briefly again. Jesus said, first of all, if you want to understand the end time you want to understand the clues to my coming. You want to understand who the Messiah is and what his purpose is if you want to understand how the world is going to come to an end. One, you need to look to the Jews. Now that's a profound statement. First of all we know, the disciples were Jews.
We know that Jesus was a Jew. They understood the Jewish mindset, Jesus was saying, listen Jewish disciples who have met the Messiah. I want you to begin this journey of understanding these things by looking to your own people that want to just make an announcement here today. I believe my friends amongst many other things that what Jesus was saying back here in the New Testament is as relevant then as it is today.
Jesus was warning those of us who are believers he was advising the world to take special note of his children. The children of Israel. They have a very special place in the heart of God that I'm not going to get into this today, but I am married to say to you that what happens in Israel is very very important. What is happening to the Jewish people is very important in terms of the fulfillment of prophecy, and in terms of what Jesus was teaching us with regard to the end of the age. Jesus was saying, take note of the Jewish people. These Jewish people in Jesus day were enslaved. They were bound by the Roman oppressors and I were tired of it. They wanted to be liberated. Not only did they want to be liberated, but these people are very religious folks from when they were two bricks in a tricky hot little Jewish people could quote the Old Testament. I mean that I grew up studying this scripture.
They understood what it meant to be religious even today you can go to Israel on Shabbat or the Sabbath day.
Nobody goes it will not even the local dog. If you do this Sabbath day is set apart as a holy day. It is religious to its highest degree you can come with me to Jerusalem.
You wont even find an elevator that's working that will set on automatic lie because even to push the button of an elevator is considered working. It is a defilement of a Jewish understanding in connection with their rituals and their rights related to the Jewish bite and they really these people understood these things studied the Scriptures they knew what Isaiah said in Jeremiah and Ezekiel's theological students, but they did not understand who the Messiah. They were looking for the liver I get you nine basic beliefs. I'm going to just run through the Bible and they believe that Jesus coming would be preceded by time of tribulation number two.
The Jews believed that a forerunner would appear to announce is coming John the Baptist Skype number three player. I believe that a Messiah would appear in person. Now watch me now folks Jews actually believe that a Messiah would appear in person was so pumped up and excited when Jesus came on the scene but very shortly thereafter. They couldn't understand because there was something missing.
He didn't have a sore knees and he turn the other cheek Jews wanted to do that. I said listen, we want to Messiah is not going to turn the other cheek we want to Messiah is going to brandish assault and is going to win back our respect and trace all these Roman oppressors out of our land again to deliver us and give us back our freedom, not before. They believe that nations would rise up against the Messiah number five. They believe that these nations would be destroyed. The Jews that Jesus said you just think about the Jews number six. They believe that Jerusalem would be restored. Number seven. I believe that the Jews would come back together again believe that they believe that because they don't say so. They believed in the eighth place that Palestine would become the center of the world. Well, look at it today. Number nine. They believe that a new age of peace would result. Well, the Bible tells about a new heaven and a new folks what I've just given to you is I Jewish chronology of events pertaining to the end of the. Jesus said you got to understand the Jewish mindset. You gotta understand the Old Testament, but there is something missing and that is who Jesus Christ is. You remember how the Lord Jesus turned to his disciples at one time and he said who do people say that I am more they looked at each other and I said well Lord you know some people say that you are larger. Another disciple said all Lord. I've heard people say that you Moses why Moses as Moses delivered the children of Israel from bondage.
No doubt some of the might of said well he's Samson he's going to be strong other people send you so and so and then Jesus looked at them and he said, but who do you say that I am NP to say thou the Christ, the son of the living ladies and gentlemen, may I present to you the Lord Jesus Christ, the son of the living God, the Savior of the world has come to set us free. The one authority you and I can have forgiveness of sin.
When sin is forgiven. It is cost as far as the east is from the west and it is remembered no more, may I present to you the Lamb of God saying from before the foundation of the world, may I present to you is God, the King of Kings my I present to you God himself. God loves us anything that I could ever begin to imagine. Jesus said, listen gentlemen you want understand these things about the nations, and about you and about all the other things going on in your day and age look to the Jews number two look to the disciples look to the disciples. Now this was rather interesting folks because this whole conversation here in Matthew 24 Takes Pl. in the context of a dialogue and more importantly a monologue between the Lord Jesus Christ and his 12 disciples, they were just 12 men and Jesus was talking to them they would first of all, spending the last week of Jesus life on this earth right there at the Temple Mount that I had been with him through his earthly ministry that had become deeply impressed by all that had gone on and what Jesus was saying is this understand eschatology you want. Understand the things pertaining to the end of the age look to the disciples. Now why would he have done that. I'm going to suggest you three reasons. Number one because they listen that's the first reason why Jesus by such an emphasis on the disciples because they listen to me tell you something. Folks, the disciples will use.
They listen, they listen to what Jesus was saying and I think that what Jesus was doing when he spoke to the disciples he was putting right there into the most incredible puller of truth he was trying to tell us that the single most important thing we can do when it comes to these issues is that we listen please forgive you will be back in just perhaps you been listening all of a sudden caught up in this wonderful two-part series comes to his coming and wonder what about the first. On-demand right email@example.com audio messages were streaming online connecting on radio sharing on television. All those resources Dr. Don Wilton available right firstname.lastname@example.org. Now back to today's great teaching with Dr. Don Wilton. Jesus says in the word of God you to know that I'm never going to be happy with you until you understand everything I want you to listen. This is what faith is all about faith does not necessarily understand faith is willing to listen and believe that I'm to make a surprising statement to you today. Would any of you be shocked if I told you that there's probably at least one person right now is not listening to how many people are worshiping with us today, probably for 500,000 people.
I'll guarantee this at least one out of three for 500,000 people. Let's not listening right now you see what Jesus was saying when he had interaction with the disciples he was saying to them I want you ladies and gentlemen throughout the ages to begin where you need to begin. Not only look and study the Jews and the Jewish people, but I want you to listen. That's what the disciples did they listen Jesus spoke.
I can see them walking down those highways and byways with all the dust flying in the sandals and Jesus was teaching them how many times did the disciples just gather around the feet of the Lord Jesus is an folks they listen. Jesus didn't always for understanding. He didn't always call for them to respond. He just said to them, listen, you know that listening is one of the greatest spiritual activities.
You know that one of the things we have most problems with is just this little thing called listening because we living in a day and age today where we can't listen anymore. These too much going on. We got lunch coming up with games going on at school reconvening tomorrow. We got snow and ice.
We got decisions to make Jesus Messiah listen to these disciples, but there was a second reason, perhaps why we need to look at the disciples they not any listen, but they soul that would not only use but they were all eyes open their eyes and they looked around I can just imagine those disciples in that boat on the Sea of Galilee. The storm comes up in panic sets in and I so nervous. Eventually they get to the stage of ultimate panic and I look around and what's Jesus doing taking a nap while asking these men are beside themselves. They know they've had a pay but it's gonna rank it cannot withstand these waves and finally one of them convinces one of the others waking up and I can just see if you beg my pardon, the Lord Jesus Christ wiping the sleep from his eyes and standing up and looking around and then standing on the bow of the boat and sign peace be still in the Bible tells us that even the winds and the waves obeyed his voice now friends I want to tell you something today. I don't believe that the disciples just listen to what he said they soul, they were witnesses. I want you to listen carefully today.
Folks because Jesus is going to begin with, the temple, and if we don't understand the things that Jesus is telling us in terms of what we need to listen to what we just need to listen to what we have the ability to see without Jesus was saying you understand the nuances to these questions, you must not any listen, but you must open your eyes around you because there is everywhere possible come again Jesus said I'm going to show you these things I'm to provide you with practical evidence, I want you to open your eyes, but there's 1/3 thing about the disciples they hoped they hoped to see someone who listens and someone who sees is someone who has hope that will not only is it all ties with the disciples. We will talk once does Jesus talk about the level of understanding. But he does talk about the quality of their issues and their eyes and their heart. Jesus points down to that deep value within the heart and soul of every person who is visited upon by the spirit of God.
When God calls us to himself and he says whosoever believes in him shall not perish backward believe Paseo in the Greek means whosoever places faith in him. Whosoever him him accepts him at these were, shall have everlasting life. Look to the disciples. There was 1/3 thing that Jesus wanted us to do. He wanted us to look at the temple. Now you need to stick closely with me here folks. Number one look at the Jews number two look at the disciples just Jesus trying to help these disciples and us to understand what's going on. He says number three I want you to look at the temple. Well why did Jesus begin with the temple was interesting why he did that was the disciples grown up on the shores of Galilee.
They were fishermen, but never been to the big city by standing in these buildings. Mark's gospel said that the disciples stood there looking inside out all look at this skyscraper, this magnificent monument to the brilliance of humanity. What an engineering feat. We seen anything like this Jesus who understood the heart of man, began right there in the understanding of the heart of man.
Why did Jesus look to the temple. I think there are a number of reasons why Jesus said look to the temple limit give them to perhaps because he needed on so the question that's a good reason is I mean, the disciples were the ones who called his attention to the building said Lord. Look at these buildings. What about the guy didn't know what they were asking.
But when Jesus pointed to the temple in this eschatological dialogue. He began with the Tampa why, perhaps, to answer that question number two perhaps to get their attention, don't you think you see that the temple standing there was something that they could see that I could feel that being a part of. And now Jesus was about to say something radical that's not me standing in the twin towers there in New York City and somebody walking up to me in 1999 and signed me Don I want you to know that there is going to come a time in September 2001 that these tiles are going to come crashing down these going to be great tragedy and weeping.
There's going to be smoke all over the city and it's going to reverberate and ricochet around the world. You got my attention.
Folks, but Jesus was not just trying to get their mission in terms of what he was saying Jesus was trying to get their intention in terms of what was going down the listen I want to make an announcement to every atheist and every agnostic and every member of every cult and every person who denies the name of Jesus Christ I want to tell you something.
My friend that there are many things in this era of evidence as far as God is concerned. And when God began this logical pointed to something that was going to become in the ontological timeline of God's disposition, disciples didn't know that they did know that 40 years from then the Jerusalem would be flat on its back disciples didn't know that. In A.D. 70. The Romans would come in and would raise the tape into the ground, but I can tell you that historians from that day until this day.
Irrefutable evidence one way back there at the beginning concerning the things of God and the truth of God is maybe on so that question might be to get their attention. Number three might be to illustrate the impossible. Why, because these things are impossible maybe what Jesus was trying to say is I'm going to tell you something impossible. But I'm going to show you that with God nothing is impossible see parks when we talk about about antichrists and tribulations and nations rising against nations and one European economies in the cashless society in all these things listen to people in 1520 years ago about computers.
They say it's impossible to talk about a cashless economy. People would say it's impossible. Maybe he was trying to tell them something to illustrate the impossible number for perhaps Triska establish a chronology of events. Jesus was beginning of timeline. Jesus was about to give his life and Jesus began with the disciples were at. They were about to put Lucy's death upon the cross ready to establish a chronology of events and then there's one other possible reason why Jesus pointed to the temple. It was perhaps to show what happens when the spirit of the Lord is removed from his house. Jesus was trying to show them what happens now to know that that is true you go back into chapter 23. Look at verse 38 Matthew chapter 23 in verse 38 Jesus said, look, your house is left to you desolate. Jesus, sorry. You see, framed in times is about the removal of the spirit of God. What a wonderful day of teaching and preaching from Dr. Don Wilton Encouraging Word is our prayer that you've not heard just Dr. Don, but you've heard the Lord calling out to you letting you know he loves you. He has a plan for your life as you listen to Dr. Don preaching for you to open your heart to what he wants to share next are you ready to give your heart and life to the Lord Jesus Christ. Why did you pray this prayer with me right now.
Dear God, I know that on the center and I know that Jesus died for me on the cross today, I repent of my sin and by faith I receive you into my awful Jesus night, my friend. I welcome you today into the family of God.
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