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In 20-19 BC, Herod the Great obtained permission from his subjects to rebuild the Temple of Zerubbabel The Temple was an architectural masterpiece, completed a few years before its destruction in A.D. 70 Mt. 23... Mt.24:1-3 –The buildings would be destroyed –Jesus was always practical How to face adversity?How to face adversity?
I Do Not Be Deceived, 4 Warning: they will deceive many We should not think of this passage as a simple proof that Jesus could foretell the future, but as a series of prophecies to help believers –In adversity, people are open to con men –Deception continues to destroy souls
II Beware of Friendly Fire, 10 entrappedMany will be entrapped, like an animal caught in a trap –Aged Jews suffered so much from the internal war that they longed for Romans to deliver them! –Hundreds were killed before the altar –Old women with food had hair torn for not sharing PersecutionPersecution would produce similar results in Christians
What some Christians would do Betray one anotherBetray one another (as v.9) –Disasters bring out the worst in some – even Christians –Some would succeed Judas. 2 Co.11:26; Ph.1:15-16 Hate one anotherHate one another –Persecution would reveal traitors w/in the church and enemies without –Jesus taught His disciples to love as He had loved them. Ga.4:16
III Do Not Lessen Your Love, 12 IniquityIniquity = lawlessness –Real love is impossible for the lawless person (he knows only selfishness) love lessensWhere apostasy, treachery, internal hatred, heresy, and worldliness abound, love lessens –Church troubles; hypocritical brethren; worldly friends = a formula for apostasy
IVKeep On Keeping On, 13-14 IV Keep On Keeping On, 13-14 In Josephus: of the heroic endurance of the Maccabees –It is not enough to start the race The endThe end (13-14), not of the world, but of the trial –The principle is the same for us It takes perseverance to continueIt takes perseverance to continue
V Know The Word, 15 The Lord’s people read the Bible 1. The Lord’s people read the Bible Biblical illiteracy is as large a problem to the church as functional illiteracy is to the nation 2. They can understand it Jesuswhoever reads let him understand –If Jesus said whoever reads let him understand, He expects them to understand Daniel Matthew –If Matthew added the words, he expects us to understand Jesus
3. Reading it will protect them from apostasy and let them escape the horrors of the siege of Jerusalem 4.Reading it w/o obeying it will not save them from anything – We study to obey
VIDo Not Lean On The World, 16-19 VI Do Not Lean On The World, 16-19 In time of war, country people entered walled cities for protection –Not in this case! Better to lose possessions than lifeBetter to lose possessions than life –Pregnant women and young mothers could not leave their burdens behind as the men could; they must leave home when they need quiet and rest
VII Don’t Forget To Pray20 VII Don’t Forget To Pray, 20 1.The Lord’s people pray 2.Prayer makes a difference 3.Prayer would not remove the disaster, but would give them strength to make it through 4.Christians could not pray that Jerusalem would be spared; they could pray that God’s will be done
VIIILive In Light Of Eternity 36-51 VIII Live In Light Of Eternity, 36-51 that day and hour36, that day and hour defines the measures we use in fixing a date –But in this case, no one knows when it is coming of the Flood coming of the Son of man37-39, the coming of the Flood resembles the coming of the Son of man
many yearssuddenly V.37 1. Noah must have worked on the ark for many years, but then, suddenly, the Flood came. V.37 eating and drinking 2. The people were eating and drinking –Necessary items… –But an insane replacement for preparation V.38 –These activities continued until the day Noah entered the ark. V.38 too late V.39 3. After Noah was shut inside the ark and the Flood came, it was too late for the people to be saved. V.39
takenblessing leftdoom40-41, two people in the field; one is taken (to share in the blessing), the other left (to his doom); and two women grinding... –There is a separation –God will honor our choices 42, an admonition to watch keep watching –Present tense: keep watching 43-51, constant readiness is the only safety –Delay is not the same as cancellation!
Problems (Ps.105:16-22) 1.Provideus with greater opportunities 1.Provide us with greater opportunities 2.Prove our integrity 3.Producea sense of dependence 3.Produce a sense of dependence 4.Prepare our hearts for service 5.Promotespiritual maturity 5.Promote spiritual maturity
“Contrary to what might be expected, I look back on experiences that at the time seemed especially desolating and painful with particular satisfaction. Indeed, I can say with complete truthfulness that everything I have learned in my 75 years in this world, everything that has truly enhanced and enlightened my experience, has been through affliction and not through happiness”“Contrary to what might be expected, I look back on experiences that at the time seemed especially desolating and painful with particular satisfaction. Indeed, I can say with complete truthfulness that everything I have learned in my 75 years in this world, everything that has truly enhanced and enlightened my experience, has been through affliction and not through happiness” (Malcolm Muggeridge)