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Luke 21:28,36

THE MOUNT OF OLIVES

Mar 15, 1970 am

THE MOUNT OF OLIVES HEARD THE LAST GREAT SERMON OF THE LORD BEFORE HIS DEATH ON CALVARY

  • Jesus was weary from days of verbal conflict with the Jews headed home to Bethany- three miles east
  • Down into the Kidron valley- 200 feet below the temple, then  up the Mount of Olives- 500 feet- almost half a mile
  • As Jesus rested, His disciples came to Him with questions about the timing of His prophecy

The answer Jesus gave is called the Olivet Discourse - Luke 21, Mark 13, or Matt 21

THE QUESTION THAT SPANNED CENTURIES  - LUKE 21:7

The night before Jesus was captured on this same mountain, He opened up to his friends about the future

JESUS HAD OFTEN TOLD THEM OF THE DESTRUCTION OF THE GREAT TEMPLE IN JERUSALEM

  • In the first part of His ministry, He had told them of His death and resurrection - John 2:19, and they thought He was speaking about the temple.
  • In Luke 19:44 He wept as He told of the coming destruction of Jerusalem - for 70 AD
  • But as they journeyed away from Jerusalem, a greater prophecy for future destruction was given- v.6

THE DISCIPLES UNDERSTOOD THE SERIOUSNESS OF THE PROPHECY, AND WANTED TO KNOW THE TIME V.7

  • As they rested near the top of the hill, looking back over sunset over Jerusalem, they asked
  • While Jesus rested He opened His heart to tell them the future- with its woe and dread, and joy
  • This was not given to the multitudes- and you have to be close to Jesus to understand today

THEY WANTED TO HAVE A SIGN, AND BECAUSE OF THEIR CLOSENESS TO THE LORD THEY RECEIVED IT

  • Jesus had refused to give the Pharisees a sign - Luke 11:29 - other than His resurrection-
  • But Jesus gave His disciples a sign that would mark the end of this age- v.20-24
  • And in 70 AD they mistakenly applied it, v.21 and delivered saints to Pella/from Titus

Are you close enough to the Lord for His spirit to deliver you from greater destruction?

WARNING - BEWARE OF THE COURSE OF THE AGE!

The Bible tells us the good and bad, and in this part it is a warning of the bad- see it!

JESUS SAID "BE NOT DECEIVED" V.8 AND TODAY SATANIC FORCES SEEK TO CONFUSE AND DECEIVE!

  • Josephus claims that at the time of Jesus the land was overrun by "Messiahs" - false ones
  • Our land today- confusion reigns- uncertainty, so many claiming to be right - all Christian?
  • The people of America have accomplished more than any other in world history - now confused!

JESUS SAID "BE NOT TERRIFIED" V.9 WITH WARS, AND COMMOTIONS, GOD SAYS BE NOT TERRIFIED

  • There are "wars" - and we have nations at war today - mankind using its knowledge to kill
  • There are "commotions" - riots - upheavals in every part of the world- civic suicide by kids
  • There are natural conflicts v.11, the great battle of nature against mankind - ecology!

JESUS SAID "BE NOT SILENT" V.15 OUR JOB DURING THE TERRIFIYING CONFUSION IS TO WITNESS!

  • Those who know Jesus will face hardship- v.12 -and so does every person in history-
  • But we have a purpose- v.13 the way we face hardship should be a testimony of God's grace
  • No matter how the world might betray you- be true to the Lord, and use your mouth to speak

For if we stand true in the midst of the storm- v.19 we win - by possessing our souls.

BE READY FOR THE COMING OF OUR LORD

As Jesus faced Calvary, the concern of His heart was that His disciples be true till He come

JESUS GAVE HIS CLOSE DISCIPLES THE SIGNS OF THE END, AND WE HAVE THEM RECORDED HERE

  • "When Jerusalem is encompassed with armies" - v.20 fulfilled many times- reminding of final time
  • The key is v.24- a change of control from Gentile hands to Jewish- fulfilled in June 1967
  • The first time in 1900 years- the Jews control Jerusalem- next great conflict is the beginning of Armageddon

JESUS SAID "WHEN YOU SEE THESE THINGS... LOOK UP... LIFT UP YOUR HEADS... REDEMPTION DRAWS NIGH" V.28

  • Look at v.25, we live in a time when leaders do not know what to do!  Perplexity
  • V.26 a time when heart failure is a leading cause of death, and escapism is a major problem
  • This generation shall not pass- till all be fulfilled-v.32 - so get ready!  And He tells how!

JESUS SAID "TAKE HEED TO YOURSELVES" V.34  THE MATTER OF SAVING FAITH IS INDIVIDUAL AND PERSONAL

  • We are warned about drinking - (to escape), or caring too much for THIS life- that we forget
  • Satan has his snares- to catch every soul that does not turn to Jesus v.35, do YOU know Him?
  • The Christian needs to be very serious- watch and pray - no easy way v.36 - will you do this?

There is no shortcut to being ready when the Lord shall come- and no way to stop Him!

THIS PROPHESY IS ABOUT TO BE FULFILLED; WE HAD BETTER GET READY TO MEET THE LORD

  • If you do not know Jesus Christ as your Savior - we have personal workers to help you!
  • If you do know Him, but are not living like you should - quit playing church and clean up your life
  • If you are not witnessing, it may be too late tomorrow - why not accept this joy task today?