"Re: Jay -- End Times Guidance in Matthew 24-25"
This message is a
sort of reply to your recent post about the end times. These comments
are not my original thoughts but are paraphrased from Gary Keasler's
book A Deeper Jesus which I would recommend to you and others
interested in end times ideas spoken about in the Old and New
In Matthew Chapter 24 and 25 we have
description of what will occur in the end times. In Matt 24:3 the
disciples asked "What shall be the sign of thy coming?" and "the end of
These two questions are answered in Matt 24:30
"the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great
glory" and Matt 31 "gather together his elect".
further, we see a repetition of Matt 24:30-31 in Matt 25:31-32. Matt
25:31 "come in his glory" and Matt 25:32 "separate them one from
another" shows more about when the elect are gathered. These verses
clearly refer to the judgment of the nations at the Second Coming.
So then, what do the verses between Matt 24:31 and Matt 25:32 refer to?
clearly refer to the rapture. The coming without a sign like in the
days of Noah Matt 24:37 and the taking of one and leaving of another
behind Matt 24:40-41 like a thief Matt 24:43-44 is descriptive of the
rapture, not the Second Coming as described in Matt 24:30-31 and Matt
Clearly then, the subject between Matt 24:30-31
and Matt 25:31-32 continues the subject of the rapture introduced in
Matt 24:32, i.e., in the verses between Matt 24:45 and Matt 25:30, we
have parables that tell us how we need to be doing so as to be ready
for the rapture, not about some other unrelated topics such as social
norms or a second infilling of the Holy Spirit. No, I believe they are
about how to be ready for the snatching away at the rapture and the
following Judgment Seat judgment of believers.
We need to
read the parables given between Matt 24:45 and Matt 25:31 as
instructions of how we should be acting and thinking to be ready to
become the Bride of Christ. We need to confess all unconfessed sins for
forgiveness and ask for the power of the Holy Spirit to continue
working in us to do the will of the Father. Truly, "something wonderful
is about to happen" (from the film 2010 about the monolith!) but it
will not be the creation of another sun, but rather the return of the
great and wonderful Son that already exists!