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A Partial Chronology of Matthew 24

Now, there are a few things that I want you to remember. These signs in Matthew 24: 4 - 7 are signs that point to the Rapture, not the Revelation/Second Coming. I also want you to realize that after the signs are given, Jesus then begins to talk of the tribulation period, the 70th week of Daniel. It starts in verse 9. Then in verse 15 we have the middle of that period, in verse 29 the end of that period. Thus we have the beginning, middle, and end of the 70th week of Daniel. Then Jesus starts all over again in verse 33 talking about the Rapture, as He was in the beginning of chapter 24. (See Matt. 24: 3, 4 - 7.). So, Jesus, in verse 33, begins to talk about the Rapture by telling us about "...all these things,..." (the signs of the Rapture which He explained in verses 4 - 7). Then, when you see them taking place, you can "...know that it (the Rapture) is near...". When those people in the end times "...see all these things,..." (the signs) happening then they can "...know that it (the Rapture) is near, even at the [door].". (Read Matt. 24: 3, 4 - 7, 32 - 33.). And I'm telling you, the Rapture happens in Revelation 4: 1.

Now, let me clarify some things. Don't get the "...all these things..." in Matthew, chapter 24, verse 33 mixed up with the "...all these things..." in verse 34 because each of these verses is telling about a different thing. Verse 34 includes the tribulation period (the 70th week of Daniel) whereas verse 33 doesn't include it. Verse 33 is referring to the signs in Matthew 24: 3, 4 - 7, (See also Matt. 24: 8, 32 - 33.), that point to the Rapture, but verse 34 is in reference to a particular generation who will not all have died before the Lord Jesus comes back in the Revelation or Second Coming.

"...This generation shall not pass away, till all these things be fulfilled." (Matt. 24: 34)

That would include:

  1. Those signs that are given in Matthew 24: 4 - 7, 8.
  2. The Rapture, which takes place between verses 8 and 9 of Matthew 24.
  3. The tribulation period, which starts in verse 9 of Matthew 24 (See Matt. 24: 9 - 29.).
  4. The end of the tribulation period, which happens in Matthew 24: 29.

Luke, chapter 21, verse 28, says, "And when these things (signs) begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.". (See also Matthew 24: 4 - 7.).

Jesus, in Matthew 24: 32 - 35, begins to talk about "...all these things...". He is actually going back to the beginning, to the original questions and answers found in Matthew 24: 3, 4 - 7. Those signs are the "...all these things,...", and they (the signs) are given in response to those questions asked in Matthew 24: 3 by the disciples. The "...all these things..." are referring to the signs only, not to the 70th week of Daniel (the tribulation period). Then Jesus said, "...know that it (the Rapture) is near..." (Matt. 24: 33). That's what they are talking about - His coming. Go back up and read the original questions. They were asking about the destruction of Jerusalem and the temple, and the sign of His coming, and the end of the Age. That's what they wanted to know. Jesus did not tell the disciples when Jerusalem and the temple would be destroyed. But He, instead, gave them many signs that point to His coming and the end of the Age. The disciples asked for one, but Jesus gave them many signs. So Jesus says, "...when ye (you) shall see all these things,..." like earthquakes, pestilences, wars and rumors of wars, etc... then you can "...know that it (Jesus' coming, the Rapture) is near...". This part has nothing to do with the 70th week of Daniel, the tribulation period. (Matthew 24: 3 - 8, 32 - 35, and 36 - 44 also gives us some details concerning His coming in the Rapture.). Do you see the sequence of these events in Matthew 24? I hope you do, because they are very important to see.

Keep that in mind as we read verses 32 - 33, and we will be able to realize that "...all these things..." (Matt. 24: 33) are in reference to those signs given in Matthew 24: 4 - 7, which were given in response to their questions. You see, Jesus originally had been talking about those questions that were asked in verse 3, that had to do with the signs that point to His coming, and the end of the Age. That all happened before He started to talk about the tribulation period, the 70th week of Daniel. Then Jesus discussed the beginning of the 70th week of Daniel in verse 9, the middle of that period in verse 15, the end of it in verse 29. And then, again, in verses 32 - 33, He now has gone back to the beginning and stated all over by talking about the signs once again which had to do with the Rapture (Matt. 24: 3, 4 - 7, 8). The "it" is referring to the Rapture. The "...all these things..." in verse 33 is referring to those signs that were given in Matthew 24: 4 - 7. Those signs are the beginning of sorrows. Those signs are happening now. They are causing a lot of sorrow now. But they have nothing to do with the 70th week of Daniel. Don't try to equate them with the first 4 seals of Revelation because it's incorrect to do that.


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