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 What happens when Jesus comes?  

Passages that concern this topic can be fulfilled in two different time periods. In both time periods, Satan directs nations to persecute God’s people. Literal Jews and spiritual ones. But just as in the first century, Just because the Jews along with their army was destroyed, it did not mean that their worship was acceptable to Jehovah. For one thing, those who were followers of Jesus would not have been in Jerusalem for its destruction because they would have listened to Jesus' warnings to flee to the mountains. Both time periods contain those who will rule with Jesus and they make up the “Bride” or “New Jerusalem.”  

 Matthew  24  

Matthew 24:3-5 "While he was sitting upon the Mount of Olives, the disciples approached him privately, saying: 'Tell us, When will these things be, and what will be the sign of your presence [coming] and of the conclusion of the system of things? (vs.4) And in answer Jesus said to them: 'Look out that nobody misleads YOU; for many will come on the basis of my name, saying, “I am the Christ,” and will mislead many.' “

1.       It is interesting that Jesus first of all tells them to look out for ones who mislead. We can see that there are a great many who have been misled by man’s doctrine that is not supported upon the scriptures. Also, of course, to look out for false "Christs."

2.       Matthew 24:3: "..presence.." - See Matthew 24:39 comments.

Matthew 24:6-8 "You are going to hear of wars and reports of wars; see that YOU are not terrified. For these things must take place, but the end is not yet. (vs.7) For nation will rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be food shortages and earthquakes in one place after another. All these things are a beginning of pangs of distress."

This fits in with struggles between the kings of the north and south mentioned in Daniel chapter 11. This would make sense because Daniel tells of distressing times for both periods of God's people - Especially Daniel chapters  7,8,  and  11 . These events can be both physical and spiritual.

Matthew 24:9 "Then people will deliver YOU up to tribulation and will kill YOU, and YOU will be objects of hatred by all the nations on account of my name."

This happens in two time periods - See  Revelation  11:3   Many will think that they are doing a good thing in God's eyes but their actions are more based upon following men than a sincere desire to do what is right - Compare Matthew 25:31-46

Matthew 24:10 "Then, also, many will be stumbled and will betray one another and will hate one another."

Compare  Isaiah  3:4 ;  Jeremiah  13:14 ;  Daniel 11:33-35; 12:10  

Matthew 24:11,12 "And many false prophets will arise and mislead many; and because of the increasing of lawlessness the love of the greater number will cool off."

This "lawlessness" can refer to those acting wickedly against true worship by acting against those who strive for Jehovah's righteousness - Especially when trying to show others of God's people that they need straightening and why. Jesus and his disciples experienced some of this lawlessness by many of the spiritual shepherds of the time. Compare  Isaiah  3:8; 9:13-17 ; 10:1622;  Jeremiah  9:2,3 ;  Daniel 11:33-35 ;  Revelation  11:2,3 ; 2  Timothy  3:1-7  

Matthew 24:13 "But he that has endured to the end is the one that will be saved."

Compare with  Daniel 12:12 ;  Revelation  14:12,13 ; Matthew 24:22

Matthew 24:14 "And this good news of the kingdom will be preached in all the inhabited earth for a witness to all the nations; and then the end will come."

The word "preached" can also be translated "be heralded." (Ref. footnote) - This actually is fully accomplished by Jehovah's efforts through an angel in “midheaven”- Many churches claim to do this. But if they blaspheme God by teaching falsehood in his name, how could it be considered good? Compare  Isaiah  66:19,20 ;  Revelation  14:6,7

Matthew 24:15-22 "Therefore, when YOU catch sight of the disgusting thing that causes desolation, as spoken of through Daniel the prophet, standing in a holy place, (let the reader use discernment,) then let those in Judea begin fleeing to the mountains. Let the man on the housetop not come down to take the goods out of his house; and let the man in the field not return to the house to pick up his outer garment. Woe to the pregnant women and those suckling a baby in those days! Keep praying that YOUR flight may not occur in wintertime, nor on the sabbath day; for then there will be great tribulation such as has not occurred since the world's beginning until now, no, nor will occur again. In fact, unless those days were cut short, no flesh would be saved; but on account of the chosen ones those days will be cut short."

Here we see Jesus' reference to Daniel and the literal city of Jerusalem. Daniel speaks of two different occasions of Jerusalem's demise. One has occurred in the first century, the other will occur soon. Compare comments for  Daniel  chapters 7, 8, and 11 . In verse 22 it makes mentions "on account of the chosen ones" Compare  Isaiah  64:5-12; 65:8,9 ; Lamentations;  Malachi 4:5,6  

Matthew 24:23-27 "Then if anyone says to YOU, 'Look! Here is the Christ,' or, 'There!' do not believe it. For false Christs and false prophets will arise and will give great signs and wonders so as to mislead, if possible, even the chosen ones. Look! I have forewarned YOU. Therefore, if people say to YOU, 'Look! He is in the wilderness,' do not go out; 'Look! He is in the inner chambers,' do not believe it. For just as the lightning comes out of eastern parts and shines over to western parts, so the presence of the Son of man will be."

This goes to show that there will be no question at all when Jesus arrives in power - It will be obvious to all.

Regarding the phrase about "the lightning", compare  Daniel 7:13  

Matthew 24:28 "Wherever the carcass is, there the eagles will be gathered together."

The most probable time period that this verse is referring to is the time of “the great evening meal of God.” Where Jesus destroys all his enemies very soon after receiving the “kingdom of the world.” See Luke 17:37; Matthew 13:36-42,47-50; 25;4146; Revelation 11:15; 19:11-21

Matthew 24:29-31 "Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. And then the sign of the Son of man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will beat themselves in lamentation, and they will see the Son of man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And he will send forth his angels with a great trumpet sound, and they will gather his chosen ones together from the four winds, from one extremity of the heavens to their other extremity."

1.    This is most likely the approximate  45  day   period  - compare Daniel 12:11,12; Revelation  11:11-13

2.    The account in Matthew 24 is not all in order. Some of it repeats. That is why it is so important to compare prophesies.

3.    This event seems very literal. For those who do not know God, it will be an ominous time.

Matthew 24:32-35 "Now learn from the fig tree as an illustration this point: Just as soon as its young branch grows tender and it puts forth leaves, YOU know that summer is near. Likewise also YOU, when YOU see all these things, know that he is near at the doors. Truly I say to YOU that this generation will by no means pass away until all these things occur. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will by no means pass away."

1.    Notice the phrase "he is near at the doors" denotes just before Michael stands up -  Daniel 12:1 ;  Revelation  11:14,15   

2.    The term "this generation" would refer to those "two witnesses" who experience the tribulation periods but in two different time periods. One of those "two witnesses" existed in Jesus day. The other one will see the whole of old Jerusalem taken from Israel by the king of the north (It is possible it could be part of it but it seems like it will be the whole thing) - See  Revelation  6:11  comments

Matthew 24:36 "Concerning that day and hour nobody knows, neither the angels of the heavens nor the Son, but only the Father."

Jesus never did give his disciples a date when Jerusalem would be destroyed - Just a sign to look out for. And that sign was based upon scriptures in Daniel - And so it is for us today - See the book of Daniel  chapters  7,8,  and  11  

Matthew 24:37-42 "For just as the days of Noah were, so the presence of the Son of man will be. For as they were in those days before the flood, eating and drinking, men marrying and women being given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark; and they took no note until the flood came and swept them all away, so the presence of the Son of man will be. Then two men will be in the field: one will be taken along and the other be abandoned; two women will be grinding at the hand mill: one will be taken along and the other be abandoned. Keep on the watch, therefore, because YOU do not know on what day YOUR Lord is coming." 

This phrase "taken along" is interesting. It gives us the example of Noah. Noah entered the ark and was saved although he did not become a spirit but he was protected. Lot is also a similar example. The exact "day and hour" is not known. I believe that this is referring to the time periods mentioned which start at an unknown date (at the time of Jesus speaking) - This date is not given as a calendar date but rather as a "sign" - See Timeline. However, he is coming very soon once one truly "observes" (understands) the scroll of Revelation - See  Revelation  22:7,20  comments. Compare Matthew 13:36-42,47-50; 24:28; 25:31-46; Luke 17:33-37 where we see a separating  work done by Jesus’ angels.

In reference to the thought of this separating work as ones are “taken along”, Jesus' disciples asked him where? (Luke 17:37) Jesus' reply was “Where the body is, there also the eagles will be gathered together.” This may indicate that those “taken along” may refer to the “great evening meal of God” (Revelation 19:17,18) This is where the birds feast on those who oppose God. So, if this interpretation is true, then those taken along or those abandoned (depends on translation) are killed and fed to the birds. Although Lot was taken to safety. The thought of those who are killed and fed to the birds could also be those who are “abandoned.” This illustration could go either way. But regardless of who gets “taken along” and its meaning, one group survives and the other does not.

Matthew 24:37 "For just as the days of Noah were, so the presence of the Son of man will be."

This is the same Greek word as found at Matthew 24:3 and 24:39.

Matthew 24:39 "...so the presence of the Son of man will be."

1.    This word "presence" seems to be able to be rendered either "presence" or  "coming". It has been assigned the Greek word number 3952 by the ABINGDON'S STRONG'S EXHAUSTIVE CONCORDANCE OF THE BIBLE and is "parousia" partly defined as: "...phys. aspect: -coming, presence". 

2.    The book Vine's Expository Dictionary of Biblical Words defines it as: "parousia (...,3952), lit., 'a presence,' para, 'with,' and ousia, 'being' (from eimi, 'to be'), denotes both an 'arrival' and a consequent 'presence with.' For instance, in a papyrus letter a lady speaks of the necessity of her parousia in a place in order to attend to matters relating to her property there."

From these two above examples, I have to recommend that the word "presence" as mentioned in Matthew 24:39 be referring to "the flood came and swept them all away" because it is a "separating work" where people either lived or died. This happens upon Jesus' arrival to judge in power. This word (3952) is the same as the Greek word translated "presence" in Matthew 24:37 and Matthew 24:3. I prefer to think of the word "coming" in all these instances where the Greek word "parousia" is used in the book of Matthew and I would reference them to  Daniel 12:1  along with a brief definition. This is because I do not know of an English word to fit well.  Daniel 12:1  is where Michael is described as "will stand up." - (The Hebrew word number assigned is 5975 for "stand" and is defined as : "..a prim. root; to stand, in various relations (lit. and fig., intrans. and trans.): - abide (behind), appoint, arise, cease, confirm, continue, dwell, be employed, endure, establish, leave, make, ordain, be [over], place, (be) present (self), raise up, remain, repair, + serve, set (forth, over, -tle, up), (make to, make to be at a, with- ) stand (by, fast, firm, still, up), (be at a) stay (up), tarry.") Another reason I prefer to view these passages this way is because it does not confuse prophesy as easily for the reader who probably does not understand the usage of "parousia" in these instances. (I do understand that there are differences in translations and I am not a "translator" by trade. However, I believe the main goal of proper translating is to put forth the most accurate and current meaning without confusion)

Matthew 24:43-44 "But know one thing, that if the householder had known in what watch the thief was coming, he would have kept awake and not allowed his house to be broken into. On this account YOU too prove yourselves ready, because at an hour that YOU do not think to be it, the Son of man is coming."

How could it be that God's people would not expect his coming? If they all have left true worship even though they would deny it at the time. Compare  Jeremiah  9:2,3; 23:11,12 ;  Ezekiel 13:8-23  

Matthew 24:45-47 "Who really is the faithful and discreet slave whom his master appointed over his domestics, to give them their food at the proper time? Happy is that slave if his master on arriving finds him doing so. Truly I say to YOU, He will appoint him over all his belongings."

It ends up that the slave who provides spiritual guidance based upon God's word possibly before and during this distressing time for God's people is the true faithful and discreet slave for this time period. I believe the key words here are "really" and "proper time." This could have a relationship with the "Elijah" of our day. - See Elijah 

Matthew 24:48-51 "But if ever that evil slave should say in his heart, 'My master is delaying,' and should start to beat his fellow slaves and should eat and drink with confirmed drunkards, the master of that slave will come on a day that he does not expect and in an hour that he does not know, and will punish him with the greatest severity and will assign him his part with the hypocrites. There is where [his] weeping and the gnashing of [his] teeth will be."

There are those who will desire to stick with their old polluted and unacceptable ways of worship. I believe these ones will be of those mentioned at  Revelation  19:19-21 . Compare  Daniel 11:32, Matthew  25  

Matthew 25:31-46 "When the Son of man arrives in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit down on his glorious throne. And all the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate people one from another, just as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. And he will put the sheep on his right hand but the goats on his left. (vs.34) "Then the king will say to those on his right, 'Come, YOU who have been blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for YOU from the founding of the world. For I became hungry and YOU gave me something to eat; I got thirsty and YOU gave me something to drink. I was a stranger and YOU received me hospitably; naked, and YOU clothed me. I fell sick and YOU looked after me. I was in prison and YOU came to me.' Then the righteous ones will answer him with the words, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty, and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and receive you hospitably or naked, and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to you?' And in reply the king will say to them, 'Truly I say to YOU, To the extent that YOU did it to one of the least of these my brothers, YOU did it to me.' (vs.41) "Then he will say, in turn, to those on his left, 'Be on YOUR way from me, YOU who have been cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the Devil and his angels. For I became hungry, but YOU gave me nothing to eat, and I got thirsty, but YOU gave me nothing to drink. I was a stranger, but YOU did not receive me hospitably; naked, but YOU did not clothe me; sick and in prison, but YOU did not look after me.' Then they also will answer with the words, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison and did not minister to you?' Then he will answer them with the words, 'Truly I say to YOU. To the extent that YOU did not do it to one of these least ones, YOU did not do it to me.' And these will depart into everlasting cutting-off, but the righteous ones into everlasting life."

 This happens after Michael stands up ( Daniel 12:1 ).

This shows that those who helped Jesus' brothers on the earth would be rewarded. However, those who did not, "depart into everlasting cutting off." This is the case even though both groups called Jesus "Lord". It is important to see that those who did not help, did not help because they did not want to.

Exactly and to what extent this is done will be seen because there is an approximate  45  day   period  for repentance before this happens. // Compare  Malachi 3:2-4 ; Revelation  19:11-21  

Matthew 25:40 - See  Revelation  17:14  

 

 

 

 

 

   
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