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The Matthew 24 series on Jesus’ “Olivet Discourse” continues. This week covers Matthew 24:15+ and focusing on Daniel chapters 2, 7. Note how the Gentile empires will eventually be destroyed as they give rise to the Antichrist. It is this identification of the Antichrist, his rise to power, and the Antichrist’s abomination of desolation which marks the mid point of the Tribulation where the he steps into the Jerusalem Temple and claims himself to be God. This apostasy signals the great tribulation. It’s all part of the birth pangs that will occur during the tribulation period which further reveal signs of Christ’s second coming return.
Perilous Times – ‘15 “Therefore when you see the abomination of desolation which was spoken of through Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place (let the reader understand), …21 For then there will be a great tribulation, such as has not occurred since the beginning of the world until now, nor ever will.“‘ Matthew 24:15, 21 NASB
The Secret Is Revealed to Daniel – ’21 It is He who changes the times and the epochs;He removes kings and establishes kings; He gives wisdom to wise men And knowledge to men of understanding. 22 It is He who reveals the profound and hidden things; He knows what is in the darkness, And the light dwells with Him.’ Daniel 2 NASB
Vision of the Four Beasts – ‘2 Daniel said, “I was looking in my vision by night, and behold, the four winds of heaven were stirring up the great sea. 3 And four great beasts were coming up from the sea, different from one another….’ Daniel 7 NASB
Do Not Love the World – ’18 Children, it is the last hour; and just as you heard that antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have appeared; from this we know that it is the last hour.’ ’22 Who is the liar but the one who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This is the antichrist, the one who denies the Father and the Son.’ 1 John 2:18, 22 NASB