STUDY. Noah, Jesus and the End Times. By Fabian Massa

Translated from Spanish to English with Google Translator.

Noah’s Ark, Philadelfia Art Museum, USA Edward Hicks, 1846
Chapter XXIV of the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus gives the disciples a message announcing the end times. Importantly, from verse three, the message was for the disciples and not for other people.

This time, I want to focus on some fundamental concepts:
1.  The revelation of prophecy is for believers: Jesus is addressing his disciples and not the people. Throughout the N.T. the vast majority of messages are given to discipleship. The prophecies are for believers, because in order to receive need to have faith in the Word of God.
4-Take heed that no one deceives you Jesus. 5 For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Christ’ and will deceive many. 6 You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but try not to panic. Such things must happen, but not yet the end. 7 Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. 8 All these are the beginning of sorrows [1].
   2. The call to follow in the path is for believers:
9 “Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and hated by all nations because of my name. Stay in spite of persecution, martyrdom and death. We see that Jesus did not paint a “rosy evangelical life” as many preachers (the most popular) tend to do today.
10 At that time many will turn away from the faith will betray one another and hate; Clearly the message is for the Church and not to the unconverted.
11 and emerge a great number of false prophets will appear and deceive many. A false teacher will not necessarily mean great blasphemies, as this would be so obvious that almost no one would fall into the trap. These false teachers will introduce small lies, falsehoods disguised traps into which fall those not trained in hearing the Word of God.
12 because lawlessness will abound the love of many will grow cold. Obviously about love of the congregation, because we know that in the world, outside of God, no love but selfishness.
13 but he who stands firm to the end will be saved. Attention to this phrase will be saved who are faithful to the end. This clashes with the “Evangelism Ligth” which asserts that only by making a prayer of commitment the person is free of Judgment.
14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then shall the end come. This gospel that announces a judgment of God for sinners, which states that kept in holiness necessary to enter the Kingdom of God (Hebrews 12:14).
3. The exhortation to seek to understand ALL Scripture: The Bible begins in Genesis and ends in Revelation and from cover to cover, the author is the Holy Spirit of God who inspired men to write His message. To fully understand the Bible is necessary to read it in full.
15 “So when you see standing in the holy place ‘the abomination that causes desolation,’ spoken of by the prophet Daniel (let the reader, you understand), 16 those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. 17 He who is on the housetop not come down to take anything out of his house. 18 And he that is in the field return back to take his cloak. 19 How dreadful it will be in those days for those who are pregnant or breastfeeding! 20 Pray that your flight be not in winter or on the Sabbath. 21 For then shall be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until now, nor ever shall be. 22 If those days were shortened, no one would survive, but for the sake of the elect will be shortened. 23 Then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ Or ‘There it is,’ do not believe it. 24 For false Christs and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. 25 See, I have told you beforehand. He who reads, who understands, There is a whole development of this paragraph correlated with Daniel 9 in
4. The exhortation to be aware of the signs: The signs are obvious, but only the receive those who know scripture.
29 “Immediately after the tribulation of those days,
“‘The sun will be darkened
    and the moon will not shine;
the stars will fall from heaven
and the heavenly bodies will be shaken. ” A direct reference to Isaiah 13:10 and 34:4.
5. The exhortation to be attentive to reality: God has always used reality and nature to give signs and notices. Today the signals are output published in newspapers and especially online. Unfortunately most of those gathered not read the Bible and therefore do not know what God has spoken through the prophets of their children and in recent times by Jesus himself (Hebrews 1.1)
32 “Now learn this lesson from the fig tree: As soon as its twigs get tender and its leaves, you know that summer is near. 33 So also, when you see all these things, know that it is near, at the doors.
6. The exhortation because of God’s judgment coming upon all mankind:Jesus brings to mind the story of the Flood in the days of Noah (Genesis 6) and says that in the end times (We’re standing on them) happen as has already happened:
37 The coming of the Son of man shall be as the days of Noah. 38 For in the days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, 39 and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all . So shall also the coming of the Son of man. 40 Then shall two be in the field: one will be taken and the other left. 41 Two women will be grinding: one will be taken and the other left.
The warning is for the Church, it is known that those outside of the Way will be swept away on the Day of Judgment, so the appeal is to the Church.
Week 70 is about to begin, only that we remain in Christ will enter the Kingdom of God. Are we ready?
[1] All the verses of this study are of the NIV Bible.


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