Category Archives: Signs and Seasons

KNOW TIMES AND SEASONS?

SYNOPSIS – Jesus did not command his disciples to know and calculate the “times and seasons” of his return in glory – Acts 1:6-8

Are followers of Jesus tasked with knowing and calculating the “times and seasons” of the end? Did he or the apostles command disciples to “know the times and the seasons”? Or are believers even able to decipher key “signs” and, thereby, to perceive the nearness of his return and related events so they may prepare for any eventuality?

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WARS AND RUMORS OF WARS

SYNOPSIS – Jesus warned us not to heed claims by deceivers who pointed to manmade and natural catastrophes as “signs” of a rapidly approaching end – Matthew 24:4-8

Jesus began his ‘Olivet Discourse’ with a sharp warning – Beware of deceivers – They claim his authority and, upon it, spread rumors about wars, earthquakes, and other calamities. Such men will “deceive many.” But contrary to their claims, the “end is not yet.” This warning is repeated several times in the discourse:

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THREE REPEATED WARNINGS

SYNOPSIS – Three specific warnings were repeated by Jesus in his Olivet Discourse to help his disciples avoid deception

The final block of teaching by Jesus before his death is commonly referred to as the ‘Olivet Discourse.’ It was given to his twelve disciples while on the Mount of Olives shortly before his arrest (Matthew chapter 24, Mark 13, Luke 21). Three warnings are repeated in his discourse that disciples of Jesus must heed – About deceivers, the timing of his return, and the need for constant vigilance.

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Deceivers and Tumults

SYNOPSIS:  The Olivet Discourse opens with warnings about coming deceivers who will deceive many with false expectations about the end of the ageMatthew 24:4-14.

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Jesus began his final discourse by warning of coming deceivers who claim his authority and spread rumors about various calamities in order to “deceive many.” This warning is repeated at pivotal points in the Olivet Discourse – “Many false prophets will arise and deceive many,” false messiahs and prophets will show signs and wonders in order to “deceive even the very elect” of God (Matthew 24:4-8; Mark 13:5-8; Luke 21:8-11). Continue reading Deceivers and Tumults

Key Sign of the End of the Age

SYNOPSIS:  Jesus declared, definitively, that the “end” will not come until “this gospel of the kingdom of God is proclaimed to all nations.”

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Whenever the subject of the Second Coming is raised, the inevitable question of what “sign” or “signs” will precede it is asked. Popular preaching invariably points to wars, earthquakes, tsunamis, famines, and similar catastrophes as harbingers of the end. But Jesus gave a most definitive answer:  The completion of the mission of the Church. Continue reading Key Sign of the End of the Age

Know the Times and Seasons!

SYNOPSIS:  Contrary to a popular belief, Jesus did not command his disciples to know and understand the “signs” and “seasons” of his return in glory. Instead, it is “not for you to know times and seasons.”

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End-time prophecy teachers often stress that Jesus commanded us to “know the times and the seasons” – his disciples must understand the signs of the end so they can discern the nearness of his coming and related events and, thus, prepare to meet him. This claim has been repeated so often it is taken as an established fact. But did Jesus ever say anything like this? Continue reading Know the Times and Seasons!