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Make That Time Short! - Matthew 24:15-22

"Daniel the prophet spoke about 'the terrible thing that causes destruction.' You will see this terrible thing standing in the holy place (the temple)." (You that read this should understand what it means.) "At that time, the people in Judea should run away to the mountains. People should run away without wasting the time to stop for anything. If a person is on the roof of his house, he must not go down to get things out of his house. If a person is in the field, he must not go back to get his coat. At that time, it will be bad for women that are pregnant or have small babies! Pray that it will not be winter or a Sabbath day when these things happen and you have to run away. Why? Because at that time there will be much trouble. There will be more trouble than has ever happened since the beginning of the world. And nothing as bad as that will ever happen again. But God has decided to make that terrible time short. If that time were not made short, then no person would continue living. But God will make that time short to help the people he has chosen." (ERV) Full Text

Key Thought

As Jesus talks about the destruction of Jerusalem, he reminds the disciples to be alert to some signs that would signal the time for Jerusalem's ultimate destruction. Two messages stand out in this passage: God loves people and does not want them lost. God still remains in control even during difficult times.


Today's Prayer

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Almighty God, I don't know when my time of testing will come, but give me strength to face that time and emerge through it as your faithful child, no matter what anyone else says about me or does to me! Please protect my heart from absolute capitulation to what is evil. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.


Today's Verses in Context


"Daniel the prophet spoke about 'the terrible thing that causes destruction.' You will see this terrible thing standing in the holy place (the temple)." (You that read this should understand what it means.) "At that time, the people in Judea should run away to the mountains. People should run away without wasting the time to stop for anything. If a person is on the roof of his house, he must not go down to get things out of his house. If a person is in the field, he must not go back to get his coat. At that time, it will be bad for women that are pregnant or have small babies! Pray that it will not be winter or a Sabbath day when these things happen and you have to run away. Why? Because at that time there will be much trouble. There will be more trouble than has ever happened since the beginning of the world. And nothing as bad as that will ever happen again. But God has decided to make that terrible time short. If that time were not made short, then no person would continue living. But God will make that time short to help the people he has chosen. At that time, some person might say to you, 'Look, there is the Christ! ' Or another person might say, 'There he is!' But don't believe them. False Christs and false prophets will come and do great things and miracles. They will do these things to the people God has chosen. They will do these things to try to fool his people, if that is possible. Now I have warned you about this before it happens. "Some person might tell you, 'The Christ is there in the desert!' But don't go into the desert to look for the Christ. Another person might say, 'There is the Christ in that room!' But don't believe that. When the Son of Man comes, he will be seen by all people. It will be like lightning flashing in the sky that can be seen everywhere. {My coming will be clear, the same as} any time you see vultures gathering, you know there is a dead body. "Soon after the trouble of those days, this will happen: 'The sun will become dark, andthe moon will not give light. The stars will fall from the sky, and everything in the sky will be changed.' "At that time, there will be something in the sky that shows the Son of Man coming. All the people of the world will cry. All the people will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds in the sky. The Son of Man will come with power and great glory. The Son of Man will use a loud trumpet to send his angels all around the earth. The angels will gather his chosen people from every part of the earth. "The fig tree teaches us a lesson: When the fig tree's branches become green and soft, and new leaves begin to grow, then you know that summer is near. It is the same with these things that I told you would happen. When you see all these things happening, you will know that the time is near, ready to come. I tell you the truth. All these things will happen while people of this time are still living! The whole world, earth and sky, will be destroyed, but the words I have said will never be destroyed!

Matthew 24:15-35 (ERV)

 



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Dan 11:31-35 (ERV)

I am the Lord! I am the only God. There is no other God. I put your clothes on you, but still you don't know me. I do these things so all people will know that I am the only God. From the east to the west people will know that I am the Lord, and there is no other God. I made the light, and I made darkness. I make peace, and I make troubles. I am the Lord— and I do all these things.Isaiah 45:5-7 (ERV)

Gen 19:17 (ERV)

 

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