Words of Jesus Part 21


  • Matthew 24:1 And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to shew him the buildings of the temple.
  • Mat 24:2 And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.

I don't want to add anything to what the Lord is saying here but my feeling is that He was telling us that we are not to look to temples, buildings and outward organizations for salvation. This temple was destroyed by the Roman army in 70 AD. Jesus came to fulfill the law and usher in salvation by faith in His power to save. The temple now is to dwell within each and every believer. The Holy Spirit will abide in all who become "born again" by that same spirit and yield to the Holy Spirit from then on. The temple is within us after we are born again.

While its okay to have buildings to worship in, the building itself has no power to save. Its not the place, the organization or even the minister, pope, priest, preacher, prophet but the gospel of Jesus Christ that saves the soul of mankind. I will say here that repenting of sin is a very necessary part of true salvation. When we are willing to turn from sin and turn to Christ for salvation, we become "born again" by the Holy Spirit. There is a change. Something happens that it invisible to the eye but very real. We are not getting just religion but are becoming a new creature in Christ Jesus.

Faith that saves comes by hearing the word. If we begin to neglect the teaching and preaching of the word, then we are not going to have any saving faith, we will have just another religion. This is why the old temple had to come down. Religion, out. Christ, in. One day the actual temple will be rebuilt but Christ will reign supreme. We don't have to wait until the time, the temple of God can be within us. We are to be a temple of the Holy Spirit.

  • Matthew 24:3 And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?
  • Mat 24:4 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.

Take heed that no man deceive you. We are fast forgetting this in the name of unity, touch not my anointed, and out of fear of being an accuser of the brethren. Please, let us not forget the warnings of Jesus as we attempt to be of the same mind and one accord with other believers. I think it is wonderful that we do not demonize fellow brothers and sisters of other denominations that disagree with us on trivial issues. In saying that however, we must not join ourselves with false teachers and doctrines that are not the gospel of Jesus Christ or that twist scriptures to deceive.

If we doubt something, wait before jumping into it. It doesn't hurt to wait. God doesn't want us to be of the same mind and one accord with lies and false doctrine. Some go so far as to abandon all doctrine to avoid division. If we throw out the word of God, what are we going to base any truth on? We don't have to have a large one global church to preach the gospel. There is nothing wrong with The Church of God preaching the gospel in one part of the city and the Baptists in another.

The main thing is the gospel is preached. We don't have to demonize each other either if both preach the gospel and do not preach any false doctrine that takes away from the true way of salvation through Jesus Christ. On the other hand, we don't have to join any group that want to have a one world church either.

  • Matthew 24:5 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.

Some surely will claim to be Christ. I've even heard of some recently claiming to be Christ. I wonder if this also could include those who come in the name of Christ but preach false teachings. We could say, I am of Christ or I represent Christ and teach falsely.

  • Matthew 24:6 And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.

This is already happening.

  • Matthew 24:7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.
  • Mat 24:8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.
  • Mat 24:9 Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake.

If the Lord is speaking to the Jewish people here then they surely have been hated and killed for centuries. They still are hated. If this includes believers in Jesus Christ then it is being done also in many countries. This will increase as the days of the Second coming approaches. If we become part of any group that persecutes and kills another group for what they believe, than we will be on the wrong side. Better to be on the side that is persecuted than to be part of a religious body that persecutes someone for their faith.

I read where one teacher says the the ones persecuted the most will be Jews and true believers in Jesus Christ.

The bible says that the godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. Never lift up a hand against any Jew or true bible believer follower of Jesus Christ or you may be part of this false religion or antichrist spirit of the latter days.

  • Matthew 24:10 And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.

This goes along with my previous comments. Offenses will occur but we must make sure we do not hurt, kill or persecute anyone for their faith. This doesn't mean that we don't expose error by the light of the word of God. We must do this but we must not be part of killing, persecuting or hurting any person.

I emphasis these things because of what the so-called church has done in past history. We who are true to the word of God must never allow ourselves to be part of any religious system that tortures, kills or forces any belief system upon any other person. It is a waste of time. True salvation by faith cannot be forced on anyone. No one can be saved by forced conversion. It can't be done. If the heart remains unchanged, the conversion is not real.

This is why the church must stay separate from the state government. The only one qualified to run a church and state type of government would be Jesus Christ Himself. Not any one claiming to represent Him. We cannot set up His kingdom for Him. We are to preach the gospel only. We are not to take over governments. We tried that in the past and it had horrible consequences. No. No. No. We must not be tempted to take over governments with any religion no matter how good we think it is.

I know we are tired of the many organizations that succeeded in ruining our schools by removing prayer and bible reading. I know those kids need the Lord and His word. I'm tired too of the abortions, the lack of moral restraints and the evil of Hollywood. Yes, I'm tired of it all. But we can't be tempted to set up the kingdom of Jesus Christ ahead of time by getting rich, big and strong then taking over the governments of the world. Only Jesus Christ can do that properly. If we try, we will make a mess of it just like the church in the Middle Ages did.

  • Matthew 24:11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.
  • Mat 24:12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.

Losing love and compassion is the first sign of false religion. Increased iniquity is another sign. Teaching moral purity but living differently in our private lives is another sign of just having an outward religion. True religion overcomes sin and seeks the righteousness of Jesus which takes the "Want to sin" out of our lives. We become new creatures who desire to please the one who saved us from sin. Sin will not longer have dominion over us if we continue to yield to the Holy Spirit that is given to all who obey the Lord.

  • Act 5:32 And we are his witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey him.

Obedience is very important in our walk with the Lord. How can we say we love God and do not do as He instructs us to do?

  • Matthew 24:13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.
  • Mat 24:14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.

Notice that He says the gospel is to be preached to all in every nation before the end comes. We are not to force it upon people by taking over any governments. That was a mistake that happened in the days of Constantine of the Roman Empire. He forced baptism on all in his empire and then joined the church with the paganism of Rome to unite his kingdom. We see from history what a mess that became. 

  • Matthew 24:15 When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)

A false leader is coming who will kill and destroy false religion, the Jewish people, true believers who may still be on the earth and anyone that opposes him. He will claim to be God. The Holy place may be the rebuilt temple in Jerusalem. There have been forerunners of this antichrist who did similar things.

  • Daniel 12:9 And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end.
  • Dan 12:10 Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand.
  • Dan 12:11 And from the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away, and the abomination that maketh desolate set up, there shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety days.
  • Dan 12:12 Blessed is he that waiteth, and cometh to the thousand three hundred and five and thirty days.
  • Dan 12:13 But go thou thy way till the end be: for thou shalt rest, and stand in thy lot at the end of the days.

This passage in Daniel mostly concerns Israel and those that live in that area.

  • Matthew 24:16 Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains:
  • Mat 24:17 Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house:
  • Mat 24:18 Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes.
  • Mat 24:19 And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days!
  • Mat 24:20 But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day:
  • Mat 24:21 For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.
  • Mat 24:22 And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened.

These days are yet to come and have not yet happened. It couldn't have happened before this time as some teach because Jesus mentions many coming claiming to be Christ. There have always been false religions claiming to be the only way to God. We will see this increase. There will be some claiming to be the Messiah some Jews are still waiting for. There will some that will claim to be the Messiah we believe in, Jesus Christ.

  • Matthew 24:23 Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not.
  • Mat 24:24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.

That is why our faith cannot stand in signs and wonders. That does not mean that the all signs and wonders that we hear of are false. We should however, not base doctrine or judge people's spiritual lives by the signs and wonders. When someone is healed, we should praise the Lord for it but we are not to accept the person of the one claiming to be the one God uses to heal if he or she does not teach the truth of the word of God or live according to the standards of God's word. Our faith and doctrine should be judged by the word of God, not by any person doing miracles, no matter how great they may be.

We are not to follow the signs. The bible says that signs follow the believers. They are to point people to Jesus and edify the church, They are not to put on an show, draw followers after a person or be a tool to draw lots of financial gain. Yet signs should be following us as the gospel is preached.

  • Matthew 24:25 Behold, I have told you before.
  • Mat 24:26 Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not.
  • Mat 24:27 For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

Christ already came the first time humbly as a babe in the manger. He will not come that way a second time. He will not come as a natural man that is to be born or is already alive somewhere on the earth. He will come from the heavens and every eye will see Him. When He comes there will be no doubt of who He is.

  • Matthew 24:28 For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together.
  • Mat 24:29 Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:
  • Mat 24:30 And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.
  • Mat 24:31 And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

This is the only time the good, the believers and the holy will take over any governments. I repeat, we are not to do this ahead of time.

  • Matthew 24:32 Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh:
  • Mat 24:33 So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors.
  • Mat 24:34 Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.

All these signs and wonders, tribulation etc. will happen in one generation.

  • Matthew 24:35 Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.
  • Mat 24:36 But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.

Date setting has proven pointless and embarrassing. We must avoid it.

  • Matthew 24:37 But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

As people were going about their daily lives ignorant of the work of God so it will be when Jesus returns. As soon as we think He isn't coming, He will come.

  • Matthew 24:38 For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark,
  • Mat 24:39 And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

It will be sudden and without warning. That is why we must live every day, like He is coming today.

  • Matthew 24:40 Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
  • Mat 24:41 Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left.

Whether this means that one will be taken in the rapture and the other left or whether it means one will be taken in judgment and the other left is really not worth arguing about. We need to be ready no matter which is true of this statement Jesus makes. Be ready for His coming. Have our sins under the blood of Jesus and our lives in tune with Him by walking in the Spirit and not fulfilling the lust of the flesh. Be spiritually awake and not asleep.

  • Matthew 24:42 Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.
  • Mat 24:43 But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up.
  • Mat 24:44 Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.
  • Mat 24:45 Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season?
  • Mat 24:46 Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing.

Be busy being obedient to the word of God and the work that God calls one to do for Him.

  • Matthew 24:47 Verily I say unto you, That he shall make him ruler over all his goods.
  • Mat 24:48 But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming;
  • Mat 24:49 And shall begin to smite his fellowservants, and to eat and drink with the drunken;
  • Mat 24:50 The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of,
  • Mat 24:51 And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

This is what happens in a backslidden church. We begin to allow sin to enter, become cruel to those who disagree with us, lord over people, take over governments, commit sexual immorality etc. We either become too harsh and add to the commandments or we become too lenient and allow any sin just as long as people keep coming, giving their offerings and please the leaders. Either one is just as bad.

A faithful church teaches truth, stands up for truth, is compassionate for those who have not yet learned the truth and desires to see people find the Lord as savior and get victory over the sin that destroys them. There thoughts are more on what they can do to serve, give and help others rather than what they can fleece from the innocent followers.

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