24 BSF Matthew Week 24, Day 5

Today’s Scriptures

My Daily Journal:

To know with certainty that something is going to happen and to then live and act as if it is not going to happen is, by definition, foolishness.

In the short term, we are all going to die.  In the long term, we will all face judgment.  Even those who would deny God, know they will some day die and inherently believe in justice.  A belief in justice demands judgment.  If it did not, then why would they abide by laws or have any moral code?

We don’t like talking about it or thinking about it, but that does not change the reality.  So what does a wise person do?  Prepare in a way that lasts and keep watch.  In the parable of the servants, Jesus makes clear this isn’t simply the act of posting a look-out, someone to sound the alarm when the time is near.  Instead, this is a joyful anticipation.  This is a family waiting for a loved one to return from doing a tour of duty in another land.  This is a celebration of a life event such as graduation or wedding.  It is an event that calls forth longing and desire for the day to come.

The gospel will be preached to the whole world as testimony.  The end will come.  And although both heaven and earth will pass away, the Word, Jesus Christ, will never pass away.

My Answers:

10.
a.
Marrying, eating, drinking, i.e., living everyday life

b.
Earth corrupt and full of violence, thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time, the people had corrupted their ways. But, the faithful “did everything just as Go commanded him”

11.
a.
The servant waited anxiously for the return of the master with joy

b.
The servant was trusted and put in charge during the master’s absence, but the servant was wicked and bet the other servants and abused the master’s possessions, when the master unexpectedly returns the servant will be cut to pieces and there will be gnashing of teeth

c.
You have been entrusted as a faithful servant, but stay true to the Master – He will return and just rewards will follow

d.
Bring forth God’s treasure to others, stay connected to Christ through communion with Him and His church, care for and feed “his sheep”

12.
a.
Matt 22:42 – Keep watch, watch with joyful anticipation for the return of the loved and honored Master

b.
flee, do not go out, do not be deceived, do not go back or turn, expect great distress, false prophets and false messiahs, vultures, wars, earthquakes, signs of heaven

c.
14.  This gospel will be preached in the whole world as testimony, then the end will come. 35. Heaven and earth will pass away but my words will never pass away

24 BSF Matthew Week 24, Day 4

Today’s Scriptures

My Daily Journal:

What does it mean to mourn?  Why will all peoples of the earth mourn?  Won’t this be a joyful time of Christ’s second return?

English is such a limited language that we sometime can’t see the way words were used.  In Greek, the word used for mourn in this passage and in Revelation 1:7 is kopto (Strong’s G2875).  It does translate to mourn or lament.  It, like the Hebrew word used in Zechariah 12:10, caphad (Strong’s H5594) does mean to weep, wail, lament, and the beating of the chest in grief.

But here is what is interesting.  This is the same word used in Mark 11:8, “Many people spread their cloaks on the road, while others spread branches they had cut in the fields.”  Did you catch it?  It is that last part, “which they had cut.”

When Jesus returns it will be a parallel to his arrival into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday.  But this time, instead of palm branches, it will be all people of the world themselves who, every one of them, fall down at His feet on His triumphant entry back into the world.

My Answers:

8.
a.
False prophets appear and perform great signs to deceive, sun will darken, moon not give light, stars will fall, heavenly bodies shaken, sign of the Son of Man appear in heaven, all people of earth will mourn.

b.
Zech: pour out spirit of grace and supplication, look and mourn the one they pierced
Matt: sign will appear and all the people of earth will mourn when they see Him coming on cloud
Rev: Look – every eye will see Him, all peoples will mourn because of Him

c.
No one knows, not even the angels nor the Son – only the Father

9.
The signs are visible, evident and known, not deeply clouded in mystery to make them invisible in the present.  When you see the signs of spring, you know summer will follow. (Rom 1:19-20)

24 BSF Matthew Week 24, Day 3

Today’s Scriptures

My Daily Journal

The tipping point.  Like when water is cooling and it reaches 32F/0C.  Everything changes.  Like when the maximum weight a bridge can carry is exceeded. Everything changes.  So it will be.

As christians living in a fallen world, we see a study decline around us.  Today the gospel, the good news, is still being preached.  Today missionaries are reaching out to people across the world and here at home who have never had the opportunity to truly hear and understand the promise of salvation in Jesus Christ.  But while that is going on, we also see an increasing moral decline.  We see blatant sin becoming not only the norm but something people celebrate and endorse.  We see a slow slide.

But Jesus explains it will only be a slow slide to a point, and then it will tip.  There will be a tipping point, an abomination that causes desolation.  A time when the last vestige of hope for a better existence on this world is extinguished.

The bible is filled with “do not fears.”  Over an over again in both new and old testaments believers are told “do not be afraid.”  But when that event occurs that tips the boat, Jesus tells all those still in Judea to get out, don’t look back, don’t return.  As in the days of Lot, but this time instead of a redeeming storm on a sinful city, the storm is one of increased sin and dread.

New and expectant mothers always hope for a better life for their children, but in those days, that hope is gone.

But even within this time of dread, God has not given up or relinquished control.  And as bad as things will get, the time will be cut short by the triumphant return of the promised one.  There will be no mistaking the real deal, no need to seek Him out in a room or in the wilderness.  When Christ comes again every one know.

My Answers:

6.
a.
‘the abomination that causes desolation,’spoken of through the prophet Daniel

b.
flee to the mountains, do not return

c.
Daniel, Daniel 9:27; 11:31; 12:11

7.
a.
How dreadful it will be in those days for pregnant women and nursing mothers!

b.
Because they will be cut short for the sake of the elect

24 BSF Matthew Week 24, Day 2

Today’s Scriptures

My Daily Journal:

From the old testament scriptures and prophecies, the faithful were expecting a Messiah who would rule as King.  As Jesus approaches His final days it has become important for clarification.

There are only 3 possibilities.

1. The scriptures and prophecies were wrong

2. The followers understanding and interpretation of the scriptures and prophecies was wrong

3. Jesus was not the Messiah

Jesus clarified that the prophecies are true and all will be fulfilled, through Him.  However, instead of this happening in a single event, as followers thought they understood, He explained to them about His second coming.  This was in no way a contradiction or a change to anything in the scriptures, it was, instead, an illumination on a perspective that they had not previously understood.

They had put their faith and trust in the physical church; the building (temple), the infrastructure of the pharisees and teachers of the law, the courts and offerings.  So Jesus started with that.  It would all be destroyed, but His word would live forever.

My Answers:

3.
a.
2. not one stone here will be left on another; every one will be thrown down.

b.
when will these things happen? And what will be the sign that they are about to take place?

c.
End of the age = That Christ’s reign as King and Lord would not be a continuation, but a new beginning

d.
70 AD

4.
a.
1. Persecution of the believers, trials and betrayal (12-19); 2. Desolation of the temple, flee (20-21); 3. Time of punishment(22-24) 4. Signs in the Heavens and the return of the Son of Man (25-28)

b.
Until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled

5.
a.
(from Luke) seize, persecute, handed over to synagogues and prison, trials, betrayal, everyone will hate you, dread, distress, tramples, faint with terror, apprehension, (from Matt): False christs, wars, rumors of war, nation rise against nation, famines, earthquakes, persecution, death, hatred, false prophets, deceit, wickedness, love of most will grow cold.

b.
this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations

c.
Missionaries have reached almost every unreached group –  Local/International Missions