The Olivet Discourse
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This paper explains that Matthew 24 and 25, commonly called the Olivet Discourse because Jesus' message is delivered on the Mount of Olives, presents the theme of Christ's second coming at the end of the present age to establish His "millennium kingdom" here on earth. Next, the author presents the text in which the disciples ask Jesus when He will return and what the signs will be and in which Jesus gives the longest answer to question asked in the New Testament. The paper concludes that this segment of the New Testament instructs Christian that they must always be ready for when Jesus will come because they do not know when that will be. Many quotations are included.
From the Paper:"Matthew and Mark both talk about the "abomination of desolation" and they add the words "let the reader understand." Luke rather paraphrases what Jesus says: "When you see Jerusalem being surrounded by armies, you will know that its desolation is near". This abomination of desolation is the armies that will surround Jerusalem - the non-Christians. What comes after this is the dark ages. Luke says: "There will be great distress in the land and wrath against this people. They will fall by the sword and will be taken as prisoners to all the nations. Jerusalem will be trampled on by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled". Both Luke and Matthew talk about this time with references to the solar system. Luke says: "There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea. Men will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world, for the heavenly bodies will be shaken". Matthew 24:29 states: "Immediately after the distress of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from the sky, and the heavenly bodies will be shaken. "
Sample of Sources Used:
- Freedman, David Noel., Beck, Astrid B., & Myers, Allen C. Eerdman's Dictionary of the Bible. Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2000. Print.
- Keck, Leander e. The New Interpreter's Bible: Mathew-Mark (Volume 8). Abingdon Press, 1995. Print.
- MacArthur, John Jr. Matthew 24-28: New Testament Commentary. Moody Publishers, 1989. Print.
- New Living Translation. "Matthew 23." New Living Translation: Scripture Text. Web. Accessed 22 April 2011: http://nlt.scripturetext.com/matthew/23.htm
- New Living Translation. "Matthew 25." New Living Translation: Scripture Text. Web. Accessed 23 April 2011: http://nlt.scripturetext.com/matthew/25.htm
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