S = Scripture: Matthew 24:23-36 (GOD’S WORD Translation)
23“At that time don’t believe anyone who tells you, ‘Here is the Messiah!’ or ‘There he is!’ 24False christs and false prophets will appear. They will work spectacular, miraculous signs and do wonderful things to deceive, if possible, even those whom God has chosen. 25Listen! I’ve told you this before it happens. 26So if someone tells you, ‘He’s in the desert!’ don’t go out looking for him. And don’t believe anyone who says, ‘He’s in a secret place!’ 27The Son of Man will come again just as lightning flashes from east to west. 28Vultures will gather wherever there is a dead body.
29“Immediately after the misery of those days, the sun will turn dark, the moon will not give light, the stars will fall from the sky, and the powers of the universe will be shaken. 30“Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky. All the people on earth will cry in agony when they see the Son of Man coming on the clouds in the sky with power and great glory. 31He will send out his angels with a loud trumpet call, and from every direction under the sky, they will gather those whom God has chosen.
32“Learn from the story of the fig tree. When its branch becomes tender and it sprouts leaves, you know that summer is near. 33In the same way, when you see all these things, you know that he is near, at the door.
34“I can guarantee this truth: This generation will not disappear until all these things take place. 35The earth and the heavens will disappear, but my words will never disappear.
36“No one knows when that day or hour will come. Even the angels in heaven and the Son don’t know. Only the Father knows.
E = Explanation: [fill in here with what it says in your own words]
All of the end of the world coming talk is fine because we are all to expect Jesus to return at any time. Picking a date or saying you know when it is going to happen is not in line with this passage and makes the person saying it a false prophet or false christ.
The way we will know the time has come is because the suddeness of it and how overwhelming to the whole world Jesus’ return is. The sun and moon will even go dark and stars will fall out of the sky. at that time we will know the date.
A = Application: [fill in here with what it is saying you should do differently as a person]
I am going to try to look at each day with praise for God that we have another day yet also live each day like it is the last day because one of them will be. I will try to live each day with both joy and urgency.