The Red-Letter Words of Yeshua ~ Part 145

Passion Week ~ Tuesday (continued)

In our last post, we continued to examine the final days of Yeshua’s life and ministry. In this post, explore Yeshua’s answer to the talmidim question on when the Temple will be destroyed from Mark 13:4. Yes, we are still on Tuesday, BUT…

Discourse on Future Events ~ Part 3

The Exact Times Are Unknown

Yeshua teaches His talmidim to be ready because no one knows precisely when the Parousia (Second Coming) will occur. They should live in expectation, always prepared for His return. That is still true today.

36 “But when that day and hour will come, no one knows – not the angels in heaven, not the Son, only the Father. [1] 3For the Son of Man’s coming will be just as it was in the days of Noach. 38 Back then, before the Flood, people went on eating and drinking, taking wives and becoming wives, right up till the day Noach entered the ark; 39 and they didn’t know what was happening until the Flood came and swept them all away. It will be just like that when the Son of Man comes. 40 Then there will be two men in a field – one will be taken, and the other left behind.

One will be taken, and the other left behind might describe the gathering of God’s people to Himself (Matt 24:31); if that is the case, there is no indication of what happens to the remaining people. The point of this parable is that Believers need to be vigilant for Yeshua’s return because it will be sudden and unexpected.

Yeshua uses the following parable to reiterate the need to be faithful.

41 There will be two women grinding flour at the mill—one will be taken, and the other left behind. 42 So stay alert because you don’t know on what day your Lord will come. 43 But you do know this: had the owner of the house known when the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and not allowed his house to be broken into. 44 Therefore, you too must always be ready, for the Son of Man will come when you are not expecting him.

Believers should not merely keep looking for the coming of the Son of Man. Instead, we should be completing the work of the Great Commission (Mattityahu 28:19–20) and being prepared and expectant because the time of Yeshua’s return is unknown.

Yeshua Urges Watchfulness

45 “Who is the faithful and sensible servant whose master puts him in charge of the household staff to give them their food at the proper time? 46 It will go well with that servant if he is found doing his job when his master comes. 47 Yes, I tell you that he will put him in charge of all he owns. 48 But if that servant is wicked and says to himself, ‘My master is taking his time’; 49 and he starts beating up his fellow servants and spends his time eating and drinking with drunkards; 50 then his master will come on a day the servant does not expect, at a time he doesn’t know; 51 and he will cut him in two and put him with the hypocrites, where people will wail and grind their teeth!  [2]

People will wail and grind their teeth refers to great anguish – signaling that Yeshua means this type of person will experience God’s judgment upon His return.

In our next, we continue to follow Yeshua into Yerushalayim for His Crucifixion by the end of the week.

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[1] See Acts 1:7 & Zechariah 14:7.
[2] Mattityahu 24:36–51.​

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