What Jesus Did! 'Gathering His Chosen!' — Matthew 24:29-31

Saturday, November 11, 2017

"Soon after the trouble of those days, this will happen: 'The sun will become dark, and the 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."
— Matthew 24:29-31
Illustration of Matthew 24:29-31 — "Soon after the trouble of those days, this will happen: 'The sun will become dark, and the moon will not give light. The stars will fall from the sky, and everything in the sky will be changed.' "

Key Thought

Once again, much debate is spent on Matthew 24 trying to decide whether or not Jesus is talking about the Fall of Jerusalem or the End of Time, or both. The key point, it seems to me, is that when Jesus comes, there will be no doubt that he has come. It won't be a secret meeting of just the "few and faithful" who are in his inner circle. Everyone will know. Those not ready will be terrified. Believers will rejoice because their ultimate salvation and vindication are near. They will get to go home in victory and share in the presence of the Son and the Almighty forever. So under times of great distress, we are not to believe the rumors and innuendo from Satan that Jesus isn't coming. He is coming, and when he comes, it will be in triumph.

Today's Prayer

Holy God, by your sovereign power, please rescue all of those who believe in you and are looking forward to the coming of Jesus. May his return find me waiting with great anticipation. 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

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About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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