Sermon Notes

Sermon Notes – 12/2/2018
Are You Ready for His Return?Matthew 24:32-51; Mark 13:28-37; Luke 21:28-36

Introduction

Jesus is on the Mount of Olives teaching His disciples about the _____of His coming and the end of the age

His “coming” refers to His appearing as _________which ends the present age and begins the next

The beginning signs include the “______________,” persecution, apostasy and the preaching of the gospel

The signs in the middle period are the ____________of Desolation, the Great Tribulation and false prophets

Signs in the __________will appear prior to the coming of the Son of Man in the clouds – every eye will see

The ____________will gather the elect and the wicked for the Sheep & Goat judgment (Matthew 25)

The Parable of the Fig Tree Matthew 24:32-36; Mark 13:28-32; Luke 21:29-33

The Signs of the SeasonMatthew 24:32; Mark 13:28; Luke 21:29-30

A parable is a true to life story given to make a point – when a fig tree puts forth its ______, Summer is near

You can tell the nearness of a Season by the signs of it in ___________around you

The Signs of His ComingMatthew 24:33; Mark 13:29; Luke 21:31

When you see the signs Jesus has detailed, then His coming as conquering King is _________, at the door

Revelation 19:11-21 – Jesus ____________the anti-Christ and his armies, ending the Tribulation period

The Certainty of His ComingMatthew 24:34-35; Mark 13:30-31; Luke 21:32-33

The events of this time period will occur within the generation alive at its ____________

These things are more sure than the continuation of heaven and earth which _______________- 2 Peter 3:10

Allegorical interpretation has resulted in ______ideas about “this generation” and the events of eschatology

The Conditions of His ComingMatthew 24: 36-41; Mark 13:32; Luke 21:26-34

An Unknown DayMatthew 24: 36; Mark 13:32

There is a big difference between knowing the season an event will happen and the _________it will happen

The ____________predict dates for Jesus return though Jesus states only the Father knows the day and hour

William Miller started the ______________movement with his date predicting in the 1830’s and 1844

Ellen G. White followed the teachings of Miller and started the __________________Adventist

Charles Taze _____________, founder of Jehovah’s Witnesses, was affected adventism, and set many dates

Evangelicals have been affected by date settings – the late Harold ____________is an example

The signs of the season of Jesus’ return will be easily recognized, but _______the Father knows the day of it

As the Days of NoahMatthew 24:37-39

People did not heed the preaching of ______or the warning of the ark – they were too busy living normal life

People will think everything is just fine – Peace and Safety! – too busy living _______life to notice the signs

A Sudden JudgmentMatthew 24:40-41

The near context of verse 39 indicates it is the _____________who are suddenly taken away for judgment

The ones left are the ____________who survived the Tribulation and will populate the Millennium

The illustrations emphasize the ______________of His return and lack of preparation by the people

The Warning to Be ReadyMatthew 24:42-51; Mark 13:33-37

His AdmonitionMatthew 24:42-44; Mark 13:33

You would be __________if you knew when a thief would try to break in

If you know a thief would try to break in, but did not know when, you would __________be on the alert

The Faithful SlaveMatthew 24:45-47

Christians are motivated by their ____for the Lord and desire to please Him – they look forward to His return

The Evil Slave Matthew 24:48-51

Even fear will not motivate the evil because they ____________the day of reckoning is a long way off

__________in serving the Lord is a mark denoting the difference between true and false professions of faith

Those with false professions of faith will be ___________ along with the wicked as Christ’s return

Mark 13:33-17 – Be on the _________! You do not know when the Lord will come

Conclusion

You can only be ready for the Lord’s return if He is your Lord and ____________

Don’t be caught ______________by a false profession of faith

If you are ready, then __________! If you are not, then get ready!

KIDS KORNER
Parents, you are responsible to apply God’s Word to your children’s lives. Here is some help. Young Children – draw a picture about something you hear during the sermon. Explain your picture(s) to your parents at lunch. Older Children – Do one or more of the following: 1) Count how many times references are made to Jesus’ coming 2) Discuss with your parents how to be prepared for Jesus return.

THINK ABOUT IT!
Questions to consider in discussing the sermon with others. What is the context of the Olivet Discourse? What questions are being answered by Jesus in this discourse? Why is He not talking about His return for the church – the rapture? What will happen during the first part of the Tribulation period? The middle part? The end? What is the point of the parable of the fig tree? What signs will precede His return? What will be the nature of His return? What will Jesus do when He returns? What generation will not pass away before all these things take place? Why are there so many speculative interpretations of what that means? How certain is Jesus return? When will the present heavens and earth pass away? Why is it folly to try and set dates for Jesus return? (Including for the Rapture). In what ways is date setting a sign of a cult? Why are evangelicals caught up in date setting at times? What was it like in the days of Noah just prior to the flood? What was Noah doing? What were people doing? What will people be doing when Jesus returns? Why does Jesus return catch so many people unaware? Who is taken away? Explain. What will happen to the wicked at the end of the Tribulation period? What will happen to the righteous that survive the Tribulation period? What preparations would you make if you knew a thief would try to break in at a certain time? What preparation should you make if you know a thief will try to break in, but you don’t know when? What preparations should you make for the return of Jesus? What are the characteristics of the faithful slave? What should be the characteristics of the faithful Christian? What are the characteristics of the evil slave? How do those characteristics also reveal those who have false professions of faith? Jesus will return for His church prior to the tribulation period at an unexpected time – Are you ready for that return? If not, what do you need to do to get ready?