S = Scripture: Matthew 24:3-14 – GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)
3As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, his disciples came to him privately and said, “Tell us, when will this happen? What will be the sign that you are coming again, and
when will the world come to an end?”
4Jesus answered them, “Be careful not to let anyone deceive you. 5Many will come using my name. They will say, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and they will deceive many people.
6“You will hear of wars and rumors of wars. Don’t be alarmed! These things must happen, but they don’t mean that the end has come. 7Nation will fight against nation and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. 8All of these are only the beginning pains of the end.
9“Then they will hand you over to those who will torture and kill you. All nations will hate you because you are committed to me. 10Then many will lose faith. They will betray and hate each other. 11Many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. 12And because there will be more and more lawlessness, most people’s love will grow cold. 13But the person who endures to the end will be saved.
14“This Good News about the kingdom will be spread throughout the world as a testimony to all nations. Then the end will come.
E = Explanation:
The way that we can tell that the end of the world is near and that Jesus is going to return is to watch for there to be more and more wars (even more than is usual in our fallen world). There will be a rise in the number of people who claim to know when the end is coming and those who will claim to understand how Christianity or worship of God is suposed be and teach something other than what Jesus taught. These will be wrong and will be in place to distract us and as the end draws near more and more people who did believe will leave their faith and belief behind. There will also be persecution of various kinds of those who believe in Christ and try to live as he instructed.
In spite of all of this, another sign that the end is near is that the message of the Gospel and the Kingdom of God will reach the whole planet giving everyone the opportunity to accept or reject.
A = Application
I am going to look at the messages and messangers I listen to and the ones I don’t like to listen to and relook their messages. I am going to look at each messenger with the filter of these passages to consider if they are the false messengers/prophets of this passage or the messengers of God.