1Then I saw in the right hand of the one who was seated on the throne a scroll written on the front and back and sealed with seven seals. 2 And I saw a powerful angel proclaiming in a loud voice: “Who is worthy to open the scroll and to break its seals?” 3 But no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll or look into it. 4 So I began weeping bitterly because no one was found who was worthy to open the scroll or to look into it. 5 Then one of the elders said to me, “Stop weeping! Look, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the root of David, has conquered; thus he can open the scroll and its seven seals.” Revelation 5:1 – 5 NET
The prophetic Scriptures were never meant to be read in isolation…
1 Now as Jesus was going out of the temple courts and walking away, his disciples came to show him the temple buildings. 2 And he said to them, “Do you see all these things? I tell you the truth, not one stone will be left on another. All will be torn down!”
3 As he was sitting on the Mount of Olives, his disciples came to him privately and said, “Tell us, when will these things happen? And what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?” Matthew 24:1 -3
Prophecy conferences have been around and quite popular for a long time. People flock to churches, public venues, and conference centers looking to hear the latest insight on how the last days are going to work out. Teachers who are well versed in the subject will spend hours and days regaling their listeners with Scriptures and visual aids as they seek to unpack the prophetic Scriptures.
The First One
In Matthew 24, we have what very well may be the first prophecy conference. Jesus had just told His disciples that the very heart of their faith, the Temple, was going to be reduced to ruble. The led the disciples to ask how this was all going to work out. The explanation Jesus gives provides some tremendous insight into the prophet Daniel’s prophecy concerning the last seven years of the 490 years designated for his people. I hope you will grab your Bible and follow along as we examine Jesus’ teaching together.
Yes, there are visual aids. I’m fast becoming one of “them.”
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Understanding how the end times are going to play out is really not optional. God has given us a lot of information regarding these things. We simply need to do the hard work of digging into them. That should be normal for those who are living in the Reign.
“A period of seventy sets of seven has been decreed for your people and your holy city to finish their rebellion, to put an end to their sin, to atone for their guilt, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to confirm the prophetic vision, and to anoint the Most Holy Place.” Daniel 9:24 NLT
There is one prophecy that is foundational to understanding all the other prophecies regarding the End Times, particularly the ones in the New Testament. That prophecy is the preview given to Daniel, found in the ninth chapter of his book. There Daniel is given a timeline of God’s dealings with his people right up until the end. How it all works together is the subject of this message.
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Sorry, there are no study notes for this message. However, I do encourage you to take notes on this important topic.
Having a clear grasp of what was shown to Daniel is vitally important, particularly to those of us who are living in the Reign.
The various reactions you get when you announce that you are going to talk about the end times is nothing short of interesting. It can be anything from absolute terror to passive indifference.
I’m not sure which one is worse.
We get these varied reactions for a couple of reasons. For one, a lot of what we have been taught about the end of days is either misguided or flat-out wrong. For another, we have failed to see that the end times message is the story of God from the beginning right through to the end of the Book. God has never kept it a secret as to what He has been aiming for since He created the earth and man to inhabit it. We also find that the First Testament is a full-on preview of coming attractions that not only points to Christ’s first coming, but also to His second.
In this message, we go on a whirlwind tour that hits the highlights of what the Old Testament has to say about the end of days. I hope you enjoy it.
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Understanding the end times message is truly critical to anyone intent on living in the Reign.