Friday, July 20, 2018

Matthew 24:15-28: The Horrific Tribulation. Study Guide For Comprehension and Application

 Revelation 20:1-6 and Matthew 24:15-28 
Future Things: The Horrific Tribulation
(pt. 8)

INTRO:  What do you wish you could know about your immediate future?

In the Master-teacher’s “Olivet Discourse” the Good Shepherd let’s his beloved sheep know:

A) What to expect? 
B) What signs to look for? 
& C) What they/we ought to do with this head full of knowledge?

This morning we’ll zero in on what Jesus' disciples ought to do” in view of the revealed truth that is Matthew 24:15-28   


(Matthew 24:15; Daniel 9-11; Rev. 11:2; 13)

(Matthew 24:16-19)

(Matthew 24:20-22; Genesis 6 Psalm 67; Isaiah 64)

(Matthew 24:23-28; 1 Thess. 5:21-22; 1 Chron. 12:32)

For Further Reflection/Application:  We must be doers of the Word and not merely hearers

What do you wish you could know as it relates to your immediate future?

Why do so many unbelievers live for the moment?  Many secular songs promote this mindset.

Why are we so often tempted to not think long and hard about what matters most (in the present, but especially, as it relates to the future)?   How should the future Tribulation impact the present?

How did the sermon introduction today address these questions (note also 2 Cor. 4:16-18; Col. 3:2-4; and 1 Thess. 4:9-5:11)?

Jot down a concise timeline of Revelation 6-22.  How does Matthew 24-25 fit into this end times chart?

What does the sheer length of Jesus’ answer (Matthew 24:4-26:1) to a very short two-pronged question (Matthew 24:3) suggest concerning the relevance and importance of prophetic details?  Many Christian preachers today act as if details related to eschatology aren’t that important.  Do you agree? Why or why not?

We must understand the prophetic “signs.”  What are the 6 signs that the end of this present age is near (see Matthew 24:3-15)?

What is “the abomination of desolation” and how does it fit into Jesus’ end times instructions? When this event take place during the later days of the later days?   (study Daniel 9-11 against the backdrop of Revelation 11:2 and 14).

Are you wholly prepared for what may happen in this world in the next 5-10 years?

Have you sought refuge in the One who alone can keep you from “the hour” of great testing that is going to come upon this evil world? (Rev. 3:10; 1 Thess. 4:13-18)

List the last three times you prayed for “providential mercies.”  What was going on in your life and in the world at that time?  If God isn’t sovereign and omnipotent why bother?  But thankfully He is!

How does knowing the prophetic Word (2 Peter 1) and exercising biblical discernment help you better understand the times (present and future)?  For example, how does biblical eschatology help you make sense of the current situation in the Middle East?  See also Wed. PM summer series on “the Plight of Israel: A Historical, Biblical, and Theological Study.”

How does the horrific tribulation set the stage for the glorious reign of Christ?  (Matthew 24:1-28 sets the world stage for Matthew 24:29-25:26 as Revelation 6-19 does for chapters 20-22)

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What is the relationship between our understanding the many details of biblical eschatology and the passion in which we worship our Sovereign Lord and Messianic King?

Related Praise Songs:  Theology fuels Doxology!  We dig deeply in order that we may go high!

O God, Show Us Mercy- hymn based on Psalm 67
I Wish We’d All Been Ready- DC Talk
Whom Shall I Fear (the God of Angel Armies)- Chris Tomlin
A City Called Heaven- Jubilant Sykes

Related Biblical Texts:  Search the Scriptures to see if these things be so.

Genesis 6; Daniel 9-12; Matthew 24-25; Mark 13; Luke 13:34-25; Revelation 6-20

Related Biblical Terms:  Search the Scriptures to see if these things be so.

The Abomination of Desolation- Daniel 9:24-Daniel 12; Matthew 24:15.  “The phrase ‘abomination of desolation’ refers to Matthew 24:15: “So when you see standing in the holy place 'the abomination that causes desolation,' spoken of through the prophet Daniel—let the reader understand.” This is referring to Daniel 9:27, “He will confirm a covenant with many for one 'seven.' In the middle of the 'seven' he will put an end to sacrifice and offering. And on a wing [of the temple] he will set up an abomination that causes desolation, until the end that is decreed is poured out on him.” In 167 B.C. a Greek ruler by the name of Antiochus Epiphanies set up an altar to Zeus over the altar of burnt offerings in the Jewish temple in Jerusalem. He also sacrificed a pig on the altar in the Temple in Jerusalem. This event is known as the abomination of desolation.”

“Whatever the future abomination of desolation is, it will leave no doubt in anyone’s mind that the one perpetrating it is the person known as the Antichrist. Revelation 13:14 describes him making some kind of image which all are forced to worship. Turning the temple of the living God into a place of worship for the Antichrist is truly an “abomination.” Those who are alive and remain during the tribulation should be watchful and recognize that this event is the beginning of 3 1/2 years of the worst of the tribulation period and that the return of the Lord Jesus is imminent. “Be always on the watch, and pray that you may be able to escape all that is about to happen, and that you may be able to stand before the Son of Man” (Luke 21:36).”

The Tribulation- This future 7-year Tribulation period (Dan. 9:24f) is called many different things.  The “day of the Lord” (Amos 5:18-20). The “time of Jacob’s trouble” (Jer. 30:17).  “The day of the Lord’s anger” (per Zeph. 2:2-3) and many more.

The “Great Tribulation” period-The Tribulation is a future time period when the Lord will accomplish at least two aspects of His plan: 1) He will complete His discipline of the nation Israel (Daniel 9:24), and 2) He will judge the unbelieving, godless inhabitants of the earth (Revelation 6 - 18). The length of the Tribulation is seven years. This is determined by an understanding of the seventy weeks of Daniel (Daniel 9:24-27).The Great Tribulation is the last half of the Tribulation period, three and one-half years in length…. The wrath of God will greatly intensify during this time. Thus, it is important at this point to emphasize that the Tribulation and the Great Tribulation are not synonymous terms. Within eschatology (the study of future things), the Tribulation refers to the full seven-year period while the “Great Tribulation” refers to the second half of the Tribulation."