For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.Matthew 24:38-39
Matthew 24 is undoubtedly one of the most encouraging, yet often misunderstood, chapters in the New Testament. In this chapter, we have Jesus Himself giving very explicit details about events leading up to and during the time that He returns to earth. Almost the entire chapter consists of words spoken by Jesus.
According to Jesus, there’ll be twelve signs that we will see happen in our world, prior to His second coming:-
- There would be false Christians (Matthew 24:5)
- There would be wars and rumors of wars (Matthew 24:6-7)
- There would be famines (Matthew 24:7)
- There would be pestilences or widespread diseases (Matthew 24:7)
- There would be earthquakes in new or different locations (Matthew 24:7)
- There would be persecution, killings, and hatred of the Jewish people (Matthew 24:9)
- There would be many people who are easily offended (Matthew 24:10)
- There would be widespread betrayal of one another (Matthew 24:10)
- There would be widespread hatred of people against other people (Matthew 24:10)
- There would be many false prophets that will deceive the masses (Matthew 24:11)
- There would be widespread injustice, immoral behavior, crime, and unholiness (Matthew 24:12)
- There would be a coldness or indifference to others instead of love (Matthew 24:12)
Chronology Of Matthew 24
Jesus departed from the temple, and His disciples came up to show Him the buildings of the temple. By showing Him the buildings, Jesus’ disciples were probably keen to show Him the achievements of men, and how mighty they are with their accomplishments.
However, Jesus said to them, “Do you not see all these things? Assuredly, I say to you, not one stone shall be left here upon another, that shall not be thrown down.” His statement was like a smack in their faces, giving them a futuristic viewpoint as to how it will all end for men.
And out of curiosity and possibly fear, the disciples then came to Jesus PRIVATELY, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?”
The Great Tribulation
Jesus said from verses 15 to 22, “Therefore when you see the ‘abomination of desolation,’ spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place, then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. Let him who is on the housetop not go down to take anything out of his house. And let him who is in the field not go back to get his clothes. But woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days! And pray that your flight may not be in winter or on the Sabbath. For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be. And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved; but for the elect’s sake those days will be shortened.
While the identity of the “abomination of desolation” (AOD) is often referred to as a person, or the anti-Christ standing in the holy place, I beg to defer on this point. Nowhere in the Bible stated that the AOD is a person, other than the clue that it shall be seen standing in the holy land.
Now, what Jesus spoke after he mentioned about the AOD, is interesting, but yet alarming. The AOD will cause people in Judea to flee to the mountains. The AOD will cause people to climb onto their housetops, and Jesus warned them not to go down into their homes to take anything out. And those working in the fields, are told not to return, to get their clothings.
Jesus also said woe to those whom are caring for their children. And Jesus told us to pray that our “flights” may not be during winter or on the Sabbath.
Does this appear to be like people in Judea, or in Israel, or people from any parts of the world, responding to seeing a person standing in the holy land, a person whom they believed to be the anti-Christ? If we go by today’s standards in our churches, if a person is identified as the anti-Christ, our pastors and preachers would probably take the matter to the pulpits, to denounce that person. Then, they’ll form groups to pray for their own protection and call out that person publicly as from the devil. And the last thing they’ll probably do, is to flee for their lives.
Whereas the fools will use their social media to spread wildfire and rumors, hoping to garner more likes on their pages, with what they are posting.
But what men is likely to be doing, will not even come close to what Christ told us to do. Jesus told men to flee to the mountains. Jesus knew some people will be on their rooftops on that day. And Jesus also knew that some will be at their workplaces, possibly signifying this will occur in broad daylight. What would be so terrifying that people would flee, or climb up to their roofs, and only wanting to come down to take their belongings and run?
And I don’t think the AOD is going to be a person standing in Jerusalem. It will more likely be something more frighthening, that Christ Himself had to warned us to flee for our lives. The abomination of desolation, will be what it is literally called; it will be something that will desolate our cities.
No One Knows the Day or Hour
Jesus said, “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only. But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. FOR AS IN THE DAYS BEFORE THE FLOOD, THEY WERE EATING AND DRINKING, MARRYING AND GIVING IN MARRIAGE, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.”
It follows, why men will continue eating, drinking and merry-making. Because they have no idea what is coming, just as they have no clue either when it is coming. For if they knew, they would have put on sackcloths and fast, instead of preparing for feasts and parties. This is what Christ Himself described as the coming Great Tribulation.
Jesus Spoke Of Two Important Events
In Matthew 24, Jesus initially spoke about the tribulation that is coming to evil men. Then, He spoke about His impending return.
Jesus said, “IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE TRIBULATION OF THOSE DAYS the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. THEN THE SIGN OF THE SON OF MAN WILL APPEAR IN HEAVEN, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.
Nope, it will not be as in how your pastors and preachers said it would be, that after you die, you shall go to heaven. We are not going to heaven, but heaven is coming to us, and Christ is going to appear therein, from the clouds. Fools don’t understand what this means, because they never bother to study cloud formations, thus their inability to distinguish between what is naturally occurring, against what is not.
It shall soon come to pass, that a substantial number of evil men shall be wiped away while they are partying, as a result of some catastrophic calamity that will likely drive a lot of people to flee for their lives.
It shall also soon come to pass, that some people shall be taken away. Jesus said this clearly, “Then two men will be in the field: one will be taken and the other left. Two women will be grinding at the mill: one will be taken and the other left.” (Matthew 24:40-41)
And it will also come to pass, that many will not be taken, and shall remain on earth to face the remaining turbulent days of God’s wrath.
In Malaysia, we have seen record floods in recent days, and the earth opening itself to swallow up land and streets in the town of Puchong. The seasonal weather is becoming more apparent than ever, that darker days are simply awaiting men ahead. But yet no one will know, and no one will be bothered to know. Not even our pastors or those preachers who claim that they are anointed to speak to men, on behalf of God.