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Read the New Testament in a year, one chapter a day, five days a week

Day 149/260: Read Matthew 24

Everyone is looking for a sign of the Lord’s return. Natural disasters, shifting of world powers, pandemics…all of these are cited as evidence that His return is imminent. However, all of these have been happening ever since He ascended into heaven. They are not signs that He is coming soon. In fact, Jesus said there would be no sign of His return.

“But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only. But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.”

Did the people of Noah’s day have warning? Of course they did. If nothing else, they had the example of Noah, who is called “a preacher of righteousness” (2 Peter 2:5).

Do the people of today have warning? Yes! The words of the New Testament and the teaching of faithful members of the Lord’s church serve as a warning to all who will hear.

When will the Lord return? No one knows! We must always be ready, always be working for the Lord, always be “looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ” (Titus 2:13).

Memory (Fill in the blanks)

Matthew 22:14. For many are _____________, but few are _____________.

Pray

Pray for those who are not prepared for the Lord’s return, and do everything in your power to prepare them.

The Disciples’ Questions in Matthew 24


Matthew 24:1-3

I. AN OVERWHELMING ANNOUNCEMENT

    A. The temple would be destroyed (Matthew 24:2)
    B. The troubled disciples ask, “When?” (Matthew 24:3)

II. “WHEN WILL THESE THINGS BE?” THE DESTRUCTION OF JERUSALEM

    A. A lot of things will happen that are not signs (Matthew 24:4-14)
    B. There will be a sign to flee (Matthew 24:15-28; cf. Luke 21:20)
    C. The fall of the Jewish state (Matthew 24:29-31)
    D. The parable of the fig tree (Matthew 24:32-35)

III. WHAT ABOUT THE END OF THE WORLD?

    A. Of that day and hour – no signs or warnings (Matthew 24:36)
    B. Similar to the days of Noah (Matthew 24:37-39)
    C. Are you ready, or have you become distracted? (Matthew 24:40-44)
    D. The faithful and wise servant (Matthew 24:45-47)
    E. The evil servant (Matthew 24:48-51)