What Does Yeshua Say About the End Times – Part 1

In this post, we will begin to explore the last two chapters of the Christian Torah according to Matthew.  We have been on a long journey in his Gospel, but we still have quite a way to go.  According to my records, we began this journey back on December 9, 2015.

We have sat at His feet and listened to His instructions to His talmidim from the Sermon on the Mount; to the various parables that He told to those around Him; and, privately explained to His trusted, inner-circle.  We now will explore what Yeshua has to say about the END TIMES.

Matthew 24 begins with what has become known as the Olivet Discourse – since He was teaching on the Mount of Olives.   To set the scene, let’s start our study back in Chapter 23.  After a series of seven “Woe to you hypocritical Torah-teachers and P’rushim” statements and calling them snakes and sons of snakes, Yeshua says in Matthew 23:37-39: “Yerushalayim! Yerushalayim!  You kill the prophets! You stone those who are sent to you!  How often I wanted to gather your children, just as a hen gathers her chickens under her wings, but you refused!   Look! God is abandoning your house to you, leaving it desolate.  For I tell you, from now on, you will not see me again until you say, [Baruch haba b’shem Adonai] “Blessed is he who comes in the name of Adonai.”

The Olivet Discourse grew out of some questions the talmidim asked when Yeshua told them that the temple would one day be destroyed.  First, they wanted to know when.  This answer is not recorded in Matthew but is given in Luke 21:20-24. [1]  Second, they asked about the sign of Yeshua’s return.  This is answered in Matthew 24:29-44 which we will get to in a later post.  In their final question, they asked about the sign of the end of the age.  Yeshua’s reply is in Matthew 24:4-8. Continue reading “What Does Yeshua Say About the End Times – Part 1”