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Preface:

It’s very important to note these five Scriptures below to understand that there are not really any so-called “signs” depicting the “end times”. The signs that are given will be seen in context.  Remember, no one knows the hour or day…He will come at a time when you least expect!

Matthew 12:39 But he answered and said unto them, An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas:
Matthew 12:40
For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.
Matthew 16:4 A wicked and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given unto it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas. And he left them, and departed.
Luke 11:29 And when the people were gathered thick together, he began to say, This is an evil generation: they seek a sign; and there shall no sign be given it, but the sign of Jonas the prophet.
Luke 11:30
  For as Jonas was a sign unto the Ninevites, so shall also the Son of man be to this generation.

When reading Matthew 24 only, and using it to interpret it’s meaning as being future “end times” signs, people are making a drastic mistake in more ways than one! Matthew 24 must be read in corroboration with Mark 13 and Luke 21& 17, in order to fully understand, grasp and keep in context as it is meant to be for that time of fulfilling prophecy. This will all be clear once this is understood that these events have already taken place based on the fact that Jesus was directing this and addressing these events specifically to His disciples at that time. Once you place this in context, it will all be clear and make perfect and logical sense. There will be some noted highlighted KEY “phrases” that will be pointed out that are critical to understanding, and placing these events at that time that it was for.
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?

Mark 13:4  Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign when all these things shall be fulfilled?

Luke 21:7 And they asked him, saying, Master, but when shall these things be? and what sign will there be when these things shall come to pass?

As you can see the common three questions in all three Gospels. But let’s address, the obvious easy ones first, “what shall be the sign of thy coming“, Matthew 24:3. The answer is found in Matthew 24:27-31, Mark 13: 24-27, and Luke 21:25-28. Now let’s look at the other obvious easy “sign” of the end of the world? The answer is found in Matthew 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. We know that the gospel has been preached in all the world when Jesus commanded the apostles to go to all nations and preach the gospel to every creature, making disciples of them and to baptise them in the name of Jesus Christ! So, you ask what is keeping Jesus from coming to end the world? Good question, only God the Father knows the answer. No man knows the day or hour. We can suppose that Jesus is tarrying until the last possible person to hear the gospel, and will decide to choose Jesus or not? Who knows? But it really doesn’t matter, all we, all anyone needs to do is to believe in Jesus and choose Him for eternal life as opposed to choosing the things of this world which will lead to eternal death. We just all have to be ready when that day comes, or when we die as many others before us!
Matthew 28:19  Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

Mark 16:15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
Mark 16:16  He that believeth and is baptised shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.
Mark 16:17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;
Mark 16:18 They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.
Mark 16:19 So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God.
Mark 16:20 And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.

Luke 24:44 And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me.
Luke 24:45 Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures,
Luke 24:46 And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day:
Luke 24:47 And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.
Luke 24:48 And ye are witnesses of these things.

With Jesus Himself confirming that the apostles had preached the gospel in all the nations of the world, we can confidently rest assure that all prophecies have been fulfilled as Jesus has said Himself in Luke 24:44. And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me.

Now, in Matthew 24, Mark 13 and Luke 21 the disciples ask the same question regarding what Jesus said relating to the destruction of the buildings of the temple.  Tell us, when shall these things be? And in Mark 13:4 the disciples follow up with, and what shall be the sign when all these things shall be fulfilled? And in Luke 21:7 the disciples follow up with the same question with, and what sign will there be when these things shall come to pass? These questions unequivocally refer directly to the destruction of the buildings of the temple. Jesus first tells His disciples to not let any man deceive you, for many shall come in His name, to deceive people that are not steadfast in Christ. Jesus continues to tell His disciples that they will hear of wars and rumours of wars, but tells them to not be troubled, for all those things must come to pass, and that the end is not yet! Understanding that wars and rumours of wars and nation against nations and famines and pestilences and earthquakes are not signs, but simply ongoing events that have been occurring since forever. Jesus tells His disciples that all these things are just the beginning of sorrows! Jesus then tells His disciples what will befall them before all these things take place, they will persecuted, afflicted, hated by all nations and even killed. But Jesus tells them, but if you shall endure all this to the end, you will be saved.
Matthew 24:4 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.
Matthew 24:5 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.
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.
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.
Matthew 24:8  All these are the beginning of sorrows.
Matthew 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.
Matthew 24:10 And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.
Matthew 24:11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.
Matthew 24:12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.
Matthew 24:13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.
Matthew 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.

Mark 13:5 And Jesus answering them began to say, Take heed lest any man deceive you:
Mark 13:6 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. Mark 13:7 And when ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars, be ye not troubled: for such things must needs be; but the end shall not be yet.
Mark 13:8 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be earthquakes in divers places, and there shall be famines and troubles: these are the beginnings of sorrows.
Mark 13:9 But take heed to yourselves: for they shall deliver you up to councils; and in the synagogues ye shall be beaten: and ye shall be brought before rulers and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them.
Mark 13:10  And the gospel must first be published among all nations.
Mark 13:11 But when they shall lead you, and deliver you up, take no thought beforehand what ye shall speak, neither do ye premeditate: but whatsoever shall be given you in that hour, that speak ye: for it is not ye that speak, but the Holy Ghost.
Mark 13:12 Now the brother shall betray the brother to death, and the father the son; and children shall rise up against their parents, and shall cause them to be put to death.
Mark 13:13 And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.

Luke 21:8 And he said, Take heed that ye be not deceived: for many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and the time draweth near: go ye not therefore after them.
Luke 21:9 But when ye shall hear of wars and commotions, be not terrified: for these things must first come to pass; but the end is not by and by.
Luke 21:10 Then said he unto them, Nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom:
Luke 21:11 And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven.
Luke 21:12 But before all these, they shall lay their hands on you, and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues, and into prisons, being brought before kings and rulers for my name’s sake.
Luke 21:13 And it shall turn to you for a testimony.
Luke 21:14 Settle it therefore in your hearts, not to meditate before what ye shall answer:
Luke 21:15 For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay nor resist.
Luke 21:16 And ye shall be betrayed both by parents, and brethren, and kinsfolks, and friends; and some of you shall they cause to be put to death.
Luke 21:17 And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake.
Luke 21:18 But there shall not an hair of your head perish.
Luke 21:19 In your patience possess ye your souls.

In all three books, in all three chapters, Jesus is telling them that they will hear of wars and rumours of wars, nation shall rise against nation, kingdom against kingdom, and there shall be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in divers places. Jesus tells His disciples not to be troubled, for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet! And that all these are the beginning of sorrows! As we can see, these are not signs, but things that have been happening, things that will continue to occur, and that all these things are just the beginning of sorrows. If these things are the beginning of sorrows, then certainly they are not signs of the end, for all these things must come to pass, and Jesus also says, but the end is not yet!
Matthew 24:4
And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.
Matthew 24:5 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.
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.
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.
Matthew 24:8  All these are the beginning of sorrows.

Mark 13:5 And Jesus answering them began to say, Take heed lest any man deceive you:
Mark 13:6 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. Mark 13:7 And when ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars, be ye not troubled: for such things must needs be; but the end shall not be yet.
Mark 13:8 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be earthquakes in divers places, and there shall be famines and troubles: these are the beginnings of sorrows.

Luke 21:8 And he said, Take heed that ye be not deceived: for many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and the time draweth near: go ye not therefore after them.
Luke 21:9 But when ye shall hear of wars and commotions, be not terrified: for these things must first come to pass; but the end is not by and by.
Luke 21:10 Then said he unto them, Nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom:
Luke 21:11 And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven.

Then Jesus continues to tell His disciples that even before all these things take place, the following will happen to them…

Luke 21:12 But before all these, they shall lay their hands on you, and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues, and into prisons, being brought before kings and rulers for my name’s sake.
Luke 21:13 And it shall turn to you for a testimony.
Luke 21:14 Settle it therefore in your hearts, not to meditate before what ye shall answer: Luke 21:15 For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay nor resist.
Luke 21:16 And ye shall be betrayed both by parents, and brethren, and kinsfolks, and friends; and some of you shall they cause to be put to death.
Luke 21:17 And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake.
Luke 21:18 But there shall not an hair of your head perish.
Luke 21:19 In your patience possess ye your souls.

Mark 13:9 But take heed to yourselves: for they shall deliver you up to councils; and in the synagogues ye shall be beaten: and ye shall be brought before rulers and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them.
Mark 13:10  And the gospel must first be published among all nations. see Matthew 24:14
Mark 13:11 But when they shall lead you, and deliver you up, take no thought beforehand what ye shall speak, neither do ye premeditate: but whatsoever shall be given you in that hour, that speak ye: for it is not ye that speak, but the Holy Ghost.
Mark 13:12 Now the brother shall betray the brother to death, and the father the son; and children shall rise up against their parents, and shall cause them to be put to death.
Mark 13:13 And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.

Matthew 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.
Matthew 24:10 And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.
Matthew 24:11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.
Matthew 24:12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.
Matthew 24:13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.
Matthew 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.

Now comes the “sign” of when the buildings of the temple will fall, when the disciples ask, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign when all these things shall be fulfilled? We can see now that these questions and answers apply directly to when the buildings of the temple will be destroyed? When you corroborate Mark 13 and Luke 21 along with Matthew 24, then you can clearly see that this wholly applies to the destruction of Jerusalem and the buildings of the temple when they were destroyed in 70 AD! The “sign” for this comes in the following verses: Matthew 24:15; Mark 13:14; Luke 21:20. Note the statement in parenthesis, (whoso readeth, let him understand). Jesus is telling those, us, that read this, that we must understand this exactly in the context that it is being prophesied. If we don’t understand it, then there will be much confusion and deception of what the actual truth is. There should be no reason not to keep this intact for the events that were to take place then! Jesus then tells His disciples with a warning upon seeing Jerusalem being surrounded by the armies of the Great Roman Empire: (Matthew 24:15, Mark 13:14, and Luke 21:20,) to flee to the mountains, and to those that happen to be on their roofs not to come down to take anything, and neither return to their houses if they are in the fields. Why? Possibly because they would be killed by doing so, whereas if they flee immediately, they would more than likely have enough time to be spared and live. Jesus continues to tell His disciples that, “woe to them that are with child, and to them that are nursing in those days, and to pray that your flight will not be in winter, and neither on the Sabbath day? Why? Nursing mothers and with children will be moving slow, and more than likely on foot. Travelling in the winter would be catastrophic on foot nursing and with children. And if it was the Sabbath day? Probably because many would not do anything because of what the law says about keeping the Sabbath? Many people didn’t believe nor accepted Jesus Christ whom became the living Sabbath, so those people would probably have remained or even delayed their fleeing to where the Roman armies would have caught them! Thus killing them like ducks on a pond. So I ask you, how would those conditions just mentioned even affect Israel today? The areas around Jerusalem today is primarily inhabited by Muslims. Even Jerusalem today is occupied and controlled by Muslims, so where are the Jews in relation to those Scriptural verses? Also, their houses today are not flat like they were in those days for the reasons that they needed them to be back then. So more than likely today, there wouldn’t be anyone on their housetops or roofs? There would be no need for that today. And even if it was in the winter, they have homes to stay in, cars and trucks to flee in, hey, even tanks and other military stuff? But we know that today, Israel wouldn’t be fleeing, they would be fighting, just like they have been since the 1967 war. There really isn’t anything that parallels the Scriptures and today at all? None of those things really fit in place with the events that have been mentioned that had pertained to those days when the great Roman Empire came in and destroyed Jerusalem and the buildings of the temple. And now, here comes probably the Biggest Key phrase yet!?   In Matthew 24:21 and Mark 13:19; to this time and unto this time respectively. Note that Jesus is telling His disciples that what is going to occur in 70 AD will be unlike anything else that has ever occurred before and will never occur again. Jesus is telling His disciples that ever since the beginning of this world, there has not been a great tribulation that will come upon Jerusalem until that time“, unto that time“, and, NO, never shall be; neither shall be; after that specific eventual destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD! People have missed that phrase so often that it has been misused to relate to sometime in the future? If you read those two verses, again, slowly with prayer and understanding, you will come to see that never before that time has there been a great tribulation to this time and never will be again after that time!  Remember,  God had them multiply in numbers as the stars of the sky and of the sand of the waters, so there would have been quite a number of them that would more than fit the quantity of a them being slaughtered?  And the rest fleeing one last time to every nation of the world again! How many times was this suppose to occur?

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) Matthew 24:16 Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains:
Matthew 24:17 Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house:
Matthew 24:18 Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes.
Matthew 24:19 And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days!
Matthew 24:20 But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day:
Matthew 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.
Matthew 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.
Matthew 24:23 Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not.
Matthew 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.

Mark 13:14  But when ye shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing where it ought not, (let him that readeth understand,) then let them that be in Judaea flee to the mountains:
Mark 13:15 And let him that is on the housetop not go down into the house, neither enter therein, to take any thing out of his house:
Mark 13:16 And let him that is in the field not turn back again for to take up his garment.
Mark 13:17 But woe to them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days!
Mark 13:18 And pray ye that your flight be not in the winter.
Mark 13:19 For in those days shall be affliction, such as was not from the beginning of the creation which God created unto this time, neither shall be.
Mark 13:20 And except that the Lord had shortened those days, no flesh should be saved: but for the elect’s sake, whom he hath chosen, he hath shortened the days.
Mark 13:21 And then if any man shall say to you, Lo, here is Christ; or, lo, he is there; believe him not:
Mark 13:22 For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall shew signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect.
Mark 13:23 But take ye heed: behold, I have foretold you all things.

Luke 21:20 And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh.
Luke 21:21 Then let them which are in Judaea flee to the mountains; and let them which are in the midst of it depart out; and let not them that are in the countries enter thereinto.
Luke 21:22 For these be the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled.
Luke 21:23 But woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck, in those days! for there shall be great distress in the land, and wrath upon this people.
Luke 21:24 And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.

After Jesus tells His disciples about the coming events that would later be the destruction of Jerusalem and the buildings of the temple, He reminds them that He has told them beforehand of those things to come! Then Jesus begins to tell His disciples about the “sign” when He would return the Second Time, saying, if you hear that I am in the desert, or in the chambers, do not believe them! Why? Because Jesus already told us how He would return! He tells them that as the lightning comes from out of the east and shines towards the west, so it will be the way I will return! And where the unbelievers are, there will the angels be gathered together. This is to say that Jesus will be taking the unbelievers out first, and then gather together His elect from one end of heaven to the other end. This will take place right after the tribulation of “those days”, our days, meaning, any time after the great tribulation had been completed to where anything after that, would just simply be tribulation that would just be continuing on from that point to that moment when Jesus comes! So, immediately after the tribulation of our days or beyond, depending on when Jesus does return, there will be the “sign” of His return. The sun shall be darkened, the moon also, the stars will fall from heaven as the heavens will be shaken tremendously. Then Jesus tells His disciples that the sign of Him will appear in heaven, and then will all the nations of the world mourn because they will see Jesus coming in the clouds of heaven with all His great power and great glory! And then Jesus will send His angels with a great sound of the trumpet, and the angels will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other! Then shall we all be with the LORD forever and forever and ever! Amen!

Matthew 24:25  Behold, I have told you before.
Matthew 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.
Matthew 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.
Matthew 24:28 For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together.
Matthew 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:
Matthew 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.
Matthew 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.

Mark 13:23 But take ye heed: behold, I have foretold you all things.
Mark 13:24  But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light,
Mark 13:25 And the stars of heaven shall fall, and the powers that are in heaven shall be shaken.
Mark 13:26 And then shall they see the Son of man coming in the clouds with great power and glory.
Mark 13:27 And then shall he send his angels, and shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from the uttermost part of the earth to the uttermost part of heaven.

Luke 17:21 Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.
Luke 17:22 And he said unto the disciples, The days will come, when ye shall desire to see one of the days of the Son of man, and ye shall not see it.
Luke 17:23 And they shall say to you, See here; or, see there: go not after them, nor follow them.
Luke 17:24 For as the lightning, that lighteneth out of the one part under heaven, shineth unto the other part under heaven; so shall also the Son of man be in his day.
Luke 17:25 But first must he suffer many things, and be rejected of this generation.

1Thessalonians 4:13 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.
1Thessalonians 4:14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.
1Thessalonians 4:15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.
1Thessalonians 4:16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
1Thessalonians 4:17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
1Thessalonians 4:18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.

2Thessalonians 1:7 and to give you who are troubled rest with us when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with His mighty angels,
2Thessalonians 1:8 in flaming fire taking vengeance on those who do not know God, and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.
2Thessalonians 1:9 These shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power,
2Thessalonians 1:10 when He comes, in that Day, to be glorified in His saints and to be admired among all those who believe, because our testimony among you was believed.
2Thessalonians 1:11 Therefore we also pray always for you that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfill all the good pleasure of His goodness and the work of faith with power,
2Thessalonians 1:12 that the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you, and you in Him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.

2Thessalonians 2:1 Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him,
2Thessalonians 2:2 That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.
2Thessalonians 2:3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;
2Thessalonians 2:4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.
2Thessalonians 2:5 Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things?

2Peter 3:6 Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished:
2Peter 3:7 But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.
2Peter 3:8 But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.
2Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
2Peter 3:10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.
2Peter 3:11 Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness,
2Peter 3:12 Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?
2Peter 3:13 Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.

Revelation 6:12 And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood;
Revelation 6:13 And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind.
Revelation 6:14 And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places.
Revelation 6:15 And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains;
Revelation 6:16 And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb:
Revelation 6:17 For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?

Revelation 7:1 And after these things I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree.

We know that the apostles went through serious persecution and tribulations, and that if they endure to the end, they will be saved. The same applies to everyone since then, right on up to us and even after us if Jesus tarries and doesn’t come in our lifetime? All generations since then has been going through tribulations and have been persecuted for being Christians, followers of Jesus, just as we have to persevere ourselves. Some going through more tribulations than others, but nonetheless, we all must go through some kind of tribulation and persecution of sort or another, thus the meaning of having to endure to the end to be saved!? If there isn’t any persecution or tribulation for any of us, then what would be the point of us having to endure anything to the end to be saved? Jesus is coming at some point during the tribulation of the time He comes, which would be immediately after the tribulation of those days? Which now is our days or beyond if necessary? The tribulation that has continued from the time the apostles have been persecuted and troubled, through the Great Tribulation of 70AD, and right on through from that generation to generation to generation to our generation and beyond if necessary?

And again we come to another KEY phrase! After initially telling His disciples about wars and rumours of wars, and not to be troubled, for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet, and also about the things that will happen to them, Jesus then answers their question of what is the sign of Him returning? Jesus begins to describe that day by saying, Immediately after the tribulation of those days, the sun shall be darkened, the moon also, etcetera. Then after Jesus finishes with what will take place at His second coming, He goes back to tell His disciples about the coming great tribulation at will culminate in 70AD. Jesus begins to tell His disciples about the fig tree, and how it blooms when the time/season is approaching, and using this parable as an analogy of when they see all the things that Jesus had told them, e.g. the armies of Roman Empire surrounding Jerusalem, then they will know that the prophetic destruction of Jerusalem is upon them. Then Jesus tells them another KEY phrase by saying, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.” Matthew 24:34, Mark 13:30, Luke 21:32. Jesus is telling His disciples that all the things regarding the buildings of the temple, where no stone shall be left upon another, that their current generation will be living to experience the event of when the great Roman Empire will come to Jerusalem to destroy it and the temple, along with killing many Jews and Christians.

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:
Matthew 24:33 So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors.
Matthew 24:34 Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.

Mark 13:28 Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When her branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is near:
Mark 13:29 So ye in like manner, when ye shall see these things come to pass, know that it is nigh, even at the doors.
Mark 13:30 Verily I say unto you, that this generation shall not pass, till all these things be done.

Luke 21:29 And he spake to them a parable; Behold the fig tree, and all the trees;
Luke 21:30 When they now shoot forth, ye see and know of your own selves that summer is now nigh at hand.
Luke 21:31 So likewise ye, when ye see these things come to pass, know ye that the kingdom of God is nigh at hand.
Luke 21:32 Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass away, till all be fulfilled.

Luke 18:31 Then he took unto him the twelve, and said unto them, Behold, we go up to Jerusalem, and all things that are written by the prophets concerning the Son of man shall be accomplished.

Now after Jesus finishes telling His disciples that their generation will not pass away until all things will be fulfilled, Jesus confirms it by saying that heaven and earth will pass away, but His Words shall never pass away!   Then Jesus again gives His disciples another analogy of how it will be in the end when Jesus comes back the second time to judge the unbelievers and to gather His Bride together to take to dwell on the new earth in the new heavens. Jesus tells how it was in the days of Noah, when life was simply going on as usual, normal until the day that Noah entered into the Ark! Then the waters from the earth came up, and the rain fell from the heavens and destroyed all the life on earth. His judgment was that He destroyed the unbelieving evil people and saved Noah and his family. So it will be when Jesus comes the second time to bring judgment upon the earth, when His angels will come and separate the unbelievers from His saints and His angels with gather His saints from the four corners of the world. Jesus will then destroy the earth and everything else, including the heavens and the stars, the sun and the moon. And then shall the LORD bring with Him His bride to dwell on the new earth in the new mansion, the new city Jerusalem, in the new heavens, and thus shall we be with the LORD Jesus forever and ever! Amen!

Matthew 24:35 Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away. Matthew 24:36 But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.
Matthew 24:37 But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
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,
Matthew 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.
Matthew 24:40 Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Matthew 24:41 Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
Matthew 24:42  Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.

Mark 13:31 Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away.
Mark 13:32 But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father.
Mark 13:33 Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is.
Mark 13:34 For the Son of man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his servants, and to every man his work, and commanded the porter to watch.
Mark 13:35 Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning:
Mark 13:36 Lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping.
Mark 13:37 And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch.

Luke 17:26 And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man.
Luke 17:27 They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all.
Luke 17:28 Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded;
Luke 17:29 But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all.
Luke 17:30 Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed.
Luke 17:31 In that day, he which shall be upon the housetop, and his stuff in the house, let him not come down to take it away: and he that is in the field, let him likewise not return back.
Luke 17:32 Remember Lot’s wife.
Luke 17:33 Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it.
Luke 17:34 I tell you, in that night there shall be two men in one bed; the one shall be taken, and the other shall be left.
Luke 17:35 Two women shall be grinding together; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
Luke 17:36 Two men shall be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
Luke 17:37 And they answered and said unto him, Where, Lord? And he said unto them, Wheresoever the body is, thither will the eagles be gathered together.

Luke 21:33 Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away.
Luke 21:34 And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares.
Luke 21:35 For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth.
Luke 21:36 Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.

The Second Coming of Jesus Christ speaks of “the Day”, “that Day” “judgment Day”, as in One Day that will be required by God to Judge, to reward and to destroy all the existing things that He said He would!  There isn’t going to be a thousand years, a millennial reign or any other such event.  We are all living now in the last days of the Last Days, in the thousand year reign of the Thousand Year Reign, otherwise known as the (Millennium).  For the most part, people understand that years and days don’t necessarily mean exactly that?  For example, most people don’t take “time” literal, but for some reason, they take the Millennium Reign as being exactly one thousand years?  Well, give or take, it’s been 2015 years now and counting……………No one knows the hour in which Jesus will come.  But remember this…For all those that have lived before us and have died, they had their “last days” when Jesus visited them at an hour they didn’t know that was coming?  The end of their world was over when they died, which means that they had to be ready at any time since they died on their last day?  Jesus came for them at a time that they didn’t expect, unless of course, the person was saved and endured until the end!

Thank you for reading this all the way through.  I hope I clarified this well enough.

All Praise and Glory to God our Father and our LORD and Saviour Jesus Christ!

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