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Msg #1841 Enduring Unto the End?
What The Bible Says
Good Samaritan's Penny Pulpit by Pastor Ed Rice
Unless one has embraced errant Protestant eschatology, Matthew 24 clarifies a lot of things about the coming Kingdom. The coming Kingdom of God is not about the church it is about Israel. The Protestant/Reformed theologians suppose that they are Israel, and that we are presently living in the great tribulation. No, we are not Israel, and this is not the great tribulation. Thinking so, and treating the Revelation of Jesus Christ as allegorical literature, will never lead one to “rightly divide the word of truth” (2Tim.2:15). Also, if one is going to insert a gap between verses they should leave the Genesis account alone and insert it between verses two and three of Matthew 24. The time it took Jesus and his disciples to walk from the temple, where Jesus gave a profound prophecy about the temple stones, to the mount of Olives was adequate for the disciple's minds to stop reeling and start absorbing. At the mount they ask, “Tell us, when shall these things be? And what shall be the sign of thy coming? And of the end of the world?” (Matt.24:3). Jesus responds, “Take heed that no man deceive you,... ye shall hear of wars and rumors of wars... nation shall rise against nation... ye shall be hated of all nations...” (vr.4-9). That is just an outline, when Jesus gets to “the abomination of desolation spoken of by Daniel the prophet” (vr.15), the Bible student is certain that Jesus is describing the “great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world...” (vr.21). For a believer to be saved in this tribulation he must “endure unto the end” (vr.13). Enduring to the end is not for the blood bought saints of today, “Beloved, now are we the sons of God” (1John 3:2). That is comforting.
An Essay for week #41 Oct 14, 2018
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