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The Beginning of Sorrows

Now, let's consider some things that are mentioned in the book of Matthew, chapter 24 (KJV). In verse 1 we find Jesus leaving the temple. He went up to the Mount of Olives. His disciples came to Him and pointed out the buildings of the temple. Jesus said, in Matthew 24: 2, "...See ye not all these things?...", referring to the temple, its buildings. Then He told His disciples that the temple, etc..., would be destroyed. (See the rest of Matt. 24: 2.). According to Dr. Meyer and other researchers this not only refers to the temple and its buildings, but it carries beyond the temple area. It included all of Jerusalem, for that is what was destroyed. (That did happen in 70 A.D. when Titus, the Roman general, and his army destroyed it. Read Luke 21: 20 - 23, and the first part of verse 24. Not only was the temple destroyed, but Jerusalem was destroyed too. See Daniel 9: 26, Luke 19: 42 - 44.). And as Jesus sat upon the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him and asked Him concerning His coming and the end of the age. They asked, "...when shall these things be?..." (Jerusalem and the temple being destroyed) "...and what shall be the sign of Thy coming, and of the end of the world (age)?" Those are the 3 questions that they asked. And they are found in Matthew 24: 3.

The end of the age (Read NASB for the word "age".) would seem to be more correct than the end of the world because the end of the world does not happen until 1007 years after the end of the age. (See II Pet. 3: 1 - 14, Rev. 20: 1 - 7, 10, 11 - 15, 21: 1.). The Rapture will happen at the end of the Age.

Then, in Matthew 24, verses 4 - 7, Jesus gave the disciples the answers to their questions.

Jesus said,
"...Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in My name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. And ye (you) shall hear of wars and rumors of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences (epidemics, diseases), and earthquakes, in divers (various) places. All these are the beginning of sorrows." (Matt. 24: 4 - 8)

These are the signs that Jesus gave to His disciples in verses 4 - 7, in response to their questions that they asked in verse 3. These signs, in Matthew 24: 4 - 7, are the beginning of sorrows. (According to Luke 21: 12, the temple, and so forth, would be destroyed before these signs could begin.). And the "beginning of sorrows" are happening now in our day (Matt. 24: 3, 4 - 8). They are the signs that point to His (Jesus') coming in the Rapture, and they are happening now as they have never happened in all of human history. It is true that there have been earthquakes, famines, and epidemics, etc... in the past, but never on as wide a scale as they are today.

By the way, the sign that Jesus talked about in Matthew 24: 30 is simply the sign of His appearance in the sky as He returns to earth in the Revelation/Second Coming. Every eye shall see Him at that point. (Read Rev. 1: 7, Zech. 12: 10, Phil. 2: 5 - 9, 10 - 11.). So, do not get these signs (the beginning of sorrows) mixed up with that sign in Matthew 24: 30. And do not place any of the 7 seals, of Revelation chapter 6, verses 1 - 16, and chapter 8, verses 1 - 5, with those things that are mentioned in the above verses either. Because, if you do, your findings will be wrong.

It is true that the disciples asked for one sign. However, Jesus gave them many signs, and they are called the beginning of sorrows. The beginning of sorrows began at the time of the First World War, and they are on the increase. They are as follows: deception, false christs, earthquakes, famines, pestilences, wars and rumors of wars, nation rising against nation, kingdom against kingdom, and so forth. Jesus said, "All these are the beginning of sorrows." (Matt. 24: 8).

Mark, in the 13th chapter, verse 8, recorded another one "...troubles...". Luke 21: 9 records this: "...ye shall hear of wars and commotions...". And in Luke 21: 11 Jesus said, "...great earthquakes...", "...fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven.". In Luke 21: 25 we read, "And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring;". And Luke 21: 26 says, "Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.".

Once the Rapture takes place there will be no need for these signs to continue. Those who are on earth after the Rapture happens will then experience the 7 seals, and the 7 trumpet judgments. This will take place during the tribulation period (the 70th week of Daniel), which will last 7 full years, a week of years. See Daniel 9: 27. Then the 7 vial judgments will follow, during the 30 days to which Daniel 12: 11 refers.


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