Grace Bible Church
Robert R. McLaughlin
Thursday January 7, 2020
Pastor Rick Kabrick
What does Jesus say About the Rapture and Tribulation? A Detailed Look at LUKE 21.
It seems like this poor widow putting in two mites was a welcome sight to a weary Jesus, who endured a storm of questions from HIS enemies.
GOD doesn’t love a tither more than a non-tither. If you want to tithe go ahead.
8 And He said, “See to it that you are not misled; for many will come in My name, saying, I am (He), and, The time is near.
These false Messiahs were numerous in the immediate centuries following Christ.
There have been many others since the time Jesus said this warning, and they still exist today.
If you don‘t believe in anything, your belief is in nothing and you will believe in almost anything.
When anyone rejects the truth, they are vulnerable to great deception.
“It was a time,” says Tacitus, “rich in disasters, horrible with battles, torn with seditions, savage even in peace.”
Both Matthew and Luke make it clear that Jesus spoke both of the coming destruction of Jerusalem that occurred in 70AD and of the ultimate end of the age just before HIS return in the Second advent.
All or any persecutions that we as Christians may go through are opportunities for our testimony as well.
When we start to defend our actions or beliefs from the viewpoint of the flesh, we get emotional, but we are to be filled with the HS. If your filled with the HS, living inside that PPOG, HE will bring to mind that doctrine that we have learned.
Here in the US you might lose your youtube channel, in Iran you lose your life. It’s all relative is it not?
In 165BC or so, Antiochus Epiphany sacrificed a pig on the alter of the Temple in Jerusalem. As bad as that was, the main event will occur in the future during the second half of the Tribulation Period.
Some of these things indeed happened in 70 AD there is no doubt about that. And there is no doubt that Jesus was referring to that in one realm.
It is probable that these very words of the LORD here in LUK 21:20-24 probably saved many who heeded the warning just before 70 AD.
Hopefully the same will be true during the tribulation.
I wonder if we would have recognized the signs first and then actually acted upon them second.
“It is very remarkable that not a single Christian perished in the destruction of Jerusalem, though there were many there…”
Would you have been among them? Would you have listened? Are you listing now?
Literal or figuratively it is a very bad time.
The age of grace has continued for a very long time. But when the time for judgment finally arrives, things will be wrapped up quickly.
But, Jesus here was speaking to the the ultimate fulfillment of HIS return at the end of the age.
This scroll contains the judgments of GOD; the fact that it is written on both sides indicates the extensive nature of the judgment pending.
First seal (vv. 1-2) – the Antichrist is let loose upon the world
Second seal (vv. 3-4) – wars begin and peace is lost
Third seal (vv. 5-6) – famine breaks out
Fourth seal (vv. 7-8) – the ultimate result of war and famine, which is death
Fifth seal (vv. 9-11) – persecution of GOD’s people, which brings more of God’s vengeance on the world, but not until their evil has been filled up with the last martyr’s death
Sixth seal (vv. 12-17) – a great earthquake along with other celestial upheavals
REV 8:1, “When the Lamb opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour.
First trumpet (vs. 7) – one third of earth, trees, grass is burned up
Second trumpet (vv. 8-9) – one third of the sea creatures die and ships are destroyed
Third trumpet (vv. 10-11) – one third of the waters polluted and many die.
Fourth trumpet (vs. 12) – one third of the sun, moon, and stars are darkened
Fifth trumpet (vv. 9:1-11) – Locusts/demons are released to torment people
Sixth trumpet (vv. 9:13-19) – Four bound demons are released to kill one third of humankind
First bowl (vs. 16:2) – Horrible sores those with mark of the beast
Second bowl (vs. 16:3) – Everything in the sea dies
Third bowl (vv. 16:4-7) – All the waters are polluted
Fourth bowl (vv. 16:8-9) – The sun burns and scorches people
Fifth bowl (vv. 16:10-11) – Brings complete darkness over Antichrist’s kingdom
Sixth bowl (vv. 16:12-16) – The Euphrates dries up ; the kings of the East come, and the scene is set for the battle of Armageddon
Seventh bowl (vv. 16:17-21) – Produces a great earthquake; cities of nations fall; a huge hailstorm occurs
ACT 1:10-11, They were looking intently into the sky as He was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them. “Men of Galilee “why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus who has been taken from you will come back in the same way you have seen Him go into heaven.
Jesus assured believers on the earth at that time to be ready, because the time of great tribulation they experience will not last forever, but Jesus will return in glory soon.