Jesus predicted what would happen after he left the disciples.
Some came true. Some come true in every generation. Some have yet to come true.
No one Know one knows when Jesus is coming back, so we shouldn’t believe those making predictions. Instead we should live a life of urgency, advancing His kingdom with faith, hope, and love.
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Matthew 24 Notes:
Jesus knew the religious leaders were plotting to take his life, and that His time with His disciples was coming to an end, so he shared with them a glimpse of the future without him.
Jesus told them that the temple would be destroyed, and there would be persecution and hardship as well as false messiahs who would deceive many people.
Now some of what Jesus predicted has already happened – the Temple was destroyed in AD 70 within a generation of when Jesus said it would.
Some events have not yet happened – the return of Jesus to make all things right, for example. When He comes it will be like when the emperor enters a town because people will go out to greet Him and usher Him into town.
Some of the events Jesus predicted happen in every generation- false messiahs and people trying to guess the time of His return.
No one knows when Jesus is coming back, so we shouldn’t believe those making predictions. Instead we should live a life of urgency, advancing His kingdom, and expecting He could return at any time.
One of my favorite verses gives us a clue to when his return will come. Jesus said: “And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.” (Matthew 24:14 NIV)
God’s heart for all nations comes through loud and clear. Every nation, every people group, every language will hear about Jesus before He comes to make all things right.