Are you Concerned about the future?

Part 3 Matthew 24


Intro: There are 2 events that are mentioned in Bible Prophecy that could be the next event on the Prophetic Calendar

A)One is the Rapture of the Church – ( Explain )


B) The other is a Battle the Ezk the Prophet – prophesied would occur in the last days – Ezk 38


C) There are 2 great Battles described in the End times ( One is the battle of Armageddon – Rev 16

1)   Which takes place after the 2nd coming of Christ


D) The Battle of Armageddon takes when the Anti-Christ rallies all his followers from all over the world to fight against God & they are wiped out

1)   That will be the last battle in the History of the world


But the other battle talked about in the end times is the Battle discussed in Ezk. 38

A)It describes a time when some of the Arab nations surrounding Israel join forces & link up w/ Russia to invade Israel


B) And Although Israel is severely out manned & out gunned / God is going to give them a remarkable victory

1)   Why will these Islamic nations want to invade Israel – Hatred !!!


C) There is a long standing Hatred that the Arab nations have for the people of Israel

1)   It dates back to the days of Abraham & his sons Isaac & Jacob


D) God’s Promise to Abe – a Son / a Nation / a Land / Abe tries to help God out – Hagar & Ishmael – Father of the Arab nations 

2)   Finally Isaac the Promised Child is born & there have been problems ever since


The Hatred that many of the Arabs have for Israel has its roots in Islam

A) Mohammed – The last hr will not come until the Muslims fight the Jews & the Muslims Kill them –


Koran:Surah 5  Take not the Jews & Christians as friends Slay the Idolators – ( the non Muslims


B) Not every Muslim feels this way but most of those in the Middle East do – Hate Israel & the Jews with a passion

1)   Syrian Minister of Defense – The hatred for Israel that we indoctrinate into the minds our Children from birth is Sacred


C) In Egypt – 9th grade textbook – declared Israel shall not live if the Arabs stand in their Hatred

1)   5th grade text book – The Arabs do not cease to act toward the extermination of Israel


D) No Arab maps even show the existence of Israel


So the Arab nations around Israel will attack because of their shear hatred of Israel & their desire to take over that country / Jerusalem

A)But what about Russia ? Simple – Oil – Russia will get sucked in because of the need to boost their crumbled economy


B) We see the stage being set already for this great battle Russia has already been selling arms to nations like Iran & Iraq

1) As well as providing Nuclear Scientist to assist those nations in their desire to develop Nuclear weapons


C) And the Present Palestinian / Israeli conflict has only caused the Hatred of the Arabs against Israel to Heighten 




Tonight I want us to consider the growing Hostility toward Israel and how that plays into the Prophetic picture

A)And then I want to conclude by giving some reasons why I believe the Bible clearly teaches the rapture will happen before the Tribulation.


B)First growing Hostility: v.9  "Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name's sake.


 C) Now Jesus is talking here about Persecution in general – it is definitely on the rise – against both Christians & Jews

1)   Each year approx. 350,000 Christians are Martyred for their faith in places like Sudan / Africa & China


D) But I think the real focus of Jesus words is directed toward Israel – they would be hated by all nations

1)   Much of that hatred would center around Israel’s Capital city of Jerusalem


Zech.12 2 "Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling  to all the surrounding peoples, when they lay siege against Judah and Jerusalem.

3 "And it shall happen in that day that I will make Jerusalem a very heavy stone for all peoples; all who would heave it away will surely be cut in pieces, though all nations of the earth are gathered against it.


Jer. 29:18 Jerusalem would be a reproach to all nations


Jerusalem is one of the most talked about cities in the world

A)There is more verbiage printed about Jerusalem than all other cities combined in the UN Records


B)The UN security counsel devotes 1/3 of it deliberations to discuss the city of Jerusalem

1) Recent UN meeting one world leader stood up & Protested can’t we talk about something else besides Jerusalem


September 2, 2001

DURBAN, South Africa -- A human rights forum running parallel to the U.N. World Conference on Racism ended spitefully with a declaration that branded Israel a "racist apartheid state" guilty of "war crimes, acts of genocide and ethnic cleansing."

The declaration, adopted by a majority of the 3,000 delegates from 44 regions to the World Conference's Non-Governmental Organization forum


Recent Summit meeting of Arab leaders -

Iran's Khomeini "The only way to end the crisis in the Middle East is to dry up its roots. What is at the roots of this crisis? It is the Zionist regime that has been imposed on the region,"


Lebanese President Emile Lahoud warned the summit leaders against failing to adopt a "strong and united stand" against Israel, STATING


"If Arab leaders do not rise to the challenge, the Arab peoples will give up on us,"


Iraq's representative, the deputy to President Saddam Hussein, called for a Muslim holy war.

"Iraq's position is to call for the liberation of Palestine... through a jihad, (Holy War) which is the only way,"


To date the UN Has condemned Israel 370 times for Defending herself


The Current conflict between Israel & the Palestinians began when Israeli Prime Minister Sharon – went up on temple Mt

A) Palestinians Protested –


B) Camp David talks fell apart because Arafat – despite everything that Barak wanted to give him – wanted Jerusalem too

1)   We won’t rest until Jerusalem is the Capital of the Palestinian state


C) The Muslims claim that it belongs to them – although it is not mentioned once in the Koran as being one of their holy cities

     1) Yet Jerusalem is mentioned directly in the Bible 811 times /

D) If you count the references to Zion – 152 times

1)    Other titles the Holy City the City of God – over 1000 times the word Jerusalem appears in the Bible


And Yet the Muslim world continues to Press this point & it is quickly becoming the most sensitive issue in the world today{ like the bible said

A)So there is this growing Animosity toward Israel in the world today that is going to increase in Intensity & in scope in the last days


B) Leading up to this time when those nations will join w/ Russia to attack Israel once & for all.

1) But What is preventing this from happening Now ? One thing The U.S.


C) So the U.S. needs to somehow be taken out of the way before an attack can occur – How will that Happen – 3 possible Scenarios


#1 The U.S. turns it’s back on Israel ceases to be her supporter – Possible but not likely while Bush is in Office


#2 The U.S. gets attack by a Nuclear weapon – Sept. 11 showed us we are Vulnerable – Hatred against us in growing


WASHINGTON/KABUL (Reuters) - President Bush, planning the biggest U.S. military buildup since the Cold War, issued his third warning in a week on Friday to "axis of evil" countries he accuses of seeking nuclear, germ or chemical weapons.


Bush, who  condemned Iran, Iraq and North Korea as the "axis of evil" in his State of the Union address on Tuesday, "People say, 'What are the consequences?' They will find out in due course if they can't get their house in order. The mighty United States will do whatever it takes to defend our security," "Make no mistake about it, if you threaten us with weapons of mass destruction, if you threaten our allies and friends with weapons of mass destruction, we will do whatever it takes to protect our people," Bush said.


As a result   He was condemned in Iran as a bloodthirsty maniac and in North Korea Bush's comments this week were little short of declaring war and accused his administration of "political immaturity and moral leprosy." while Russia said Washington should not try to turn its war on terrorism into a campaign against individual nations.


 Although the hatred against the US is growing I think that the event of us being attacked is also highly unlikely because we have the largest nuclear arsenals in the world & one of the most powerful Military

A)Most people are smart enough to know that although they might cause us to be severely damaged – they would be obliterated


B) Scenario #3 – Rapture cripples our country – makes us a non factor


C) And if Ezk 38 happened soon after – make since as the AntiChrist sets up One world Government & religious system – Remove Christians & Islam


Tonight I want to conclude by giving 7 reasons why I believe the Bible Clearly teaches the Rapture will happen before the Tribulation


Reason #1 – Message in 1 Thess 4:18 - "Comfort one another w/ these words"

A.)           We noted that in 1 Thes. 4 Paul is talking about the Rapture when we are Caught up to meet the Lord in the Air


B) He ends that thought w/ this Exhortation 18  Therefore comfort one another with these words.

 1) See Key thing / This Teaching is to comfort us - not freak us out!


C)     Now if rapture is at the end or middle of Tribulation - that is not very comforting!  Flee and hide – try to avoid  Anti-Christ - Martyred

1.) I would rather die now!


E) No Comfort in that Message :  Bear up / get Ready / SURVIVAL


REASON #2 Not appointed unto Wrath

A)    In 1 Thes. 5 Paul continues discussing this theme of the Rapture of the Church – which He says comes as a Thief / also the day of the Lord


B)    Day of the Lord Begins at the Rapture & ends at the end of the 1000 yr. Reign of Christ

1)   So it includes the time of Tribulation. When the Wrath of God is being Poured out –


C)   And on that thought Paul offers these words of Encouragement

9  For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ,10  who died for us, that whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with Him.11  Therefore comfort each other and edify one another, just as you also are doing.


D.)    Now why hasn't He appointed us to wrath?

1)   The wrath we deserve was paid for at Calvary!  It was poured out on Jesus absorbed by Jesus!



Reason #3    Pre-Tribulation is Escapism – you’re right!!!!!!!!!!

A.)    Luke 21:34-36 - Talking about end times parallels Matt.24/ talking about the events of the Tribulation


B.)    And in v.36 - Jesus says watch and pray that you will be counted worthy to escape and stand before the Son of Man’


C) Now if this wasn't an option   Jesus would have said - watch and buy

      weapons, gold, store food, get ready go through it!

          1.)     but He doesn't - He says - pray counted worthy to escape!





REASON #4 Tribulation. Is Known as the Time of Jacobs Trouble Jer 30:7 -

A) Purpose of that time is to shake up Israel - called time of Jacob's trouble - not the churches trouble


B) In ROM 9-11 - God not through with Israel - time coming

          Jews will be saved some now!  All then

2)   Zech where wounds?  House of friends { JACOB’S TROUBLE



Reason # 5 – We are to be Looking for the Coming of Jesus Christ

Titus 2: 11  For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, 12  teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age,

13  looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ,


A)    So here in Titus we are instructed on how we are to be looking for the coming of Jesus Christ


B) But those who embrace the mid & Post Tribulation. view points are

      not looking for Jesus appearing / but Antichrist

1)   Nowhere in scripture are we -told to be looking for Antichrist! 

Why? not going to be here



Reason #6   The types in the O.T.

A)     Luke 17  Like the Days of Noah :  In the story of Noah we have a beautiful picture of what will take place in last days


B)     At the time of Noah God was judging the earth w/ the flood. God's  wrath is being poured out on wicked mankind!  Gen. 6

1)   A world – forsaken God – Given over to Sexual Immorality /  

      Violence – Selfishness – Perversity – just like our World


C)     Now during the flood the Lord protects Noah & his family in the

          ark – Now they are a type of the nation of Israel

          1)      Who God is going to protect during the time of the Tribulation.


D)     Ok where is the church in this picture?  Gen. Ch. 5 the church is

          seen in the person of Enoch / a contemporary of Noah

          1)      Enoch   walked w/ God & was not .....took Him !   Rapture!


E)      Enoch is a type of the church taken out before judgment begins!



2nd Type look at found in Gen. 18,19   Story of Lot!

A)     Again in Luke 17 Jesus said it would be like the times of Lot

          rampant ( Homosexuality )   We see that growing as well


B)     In the Story  God sends angels to destroy the cities of Sodom     &

         Gomorrah for their wickedness!

          1)      There weren’t 10 people in that city who worshipped God!

                   Abe said spare it for 10 righteous /God said yes


C)     2 Pet.2:7 IT SAYS THAT the Lord delivered Righteous

          Lot  from the destruction .

          1)      Lot & His daughters are a picture of the church that is

                   not preserved through the judgment


D)   But are taken out - removed before the  judgment can begin!


3rd illustration in the book of Daniel 3 / Shad/ Mesh/ Aben.

A)     King Neb. makes a statue . demands to be worshipped

          much like the Antichrist will during the Tribulation.


B)     Shad. ...... Abendego  refuse & are thrown into the fiery furnace

          Neb.  Didn't we throw 3 men into .......... like the Son of God!

          1)      A beautiful picture of What the Lord is going to do for

                   Israel during the Tribulation time

C)     Question where is Daniel ? He is absent from this story most

          likely taken away on Business / Dan. is a type of the Church.


So we have the Diff. types in the Bible that also pt. to the

fact that the Rapture will take place before the Tribulation.

A)     God taking out Enoch , Lot , Dan. ( The Church ) Before

          the judgment begins


B)     And Preserving/  Noah Shad. .....Abendego ( Israel ) thru the time

          of Judgment !



Reason #7   The Jewish wedding Ceremony  

AA)       Beautiful picture  In Jewish culture marriages were most often

Arranged    ( EXPLAIN)


A.)    Kids came of age where they could actually be married - one thing that

         needed to take place first was home prepared


B.)    So the boy - bridegroom would begin to build a dwelling place for he  

             and his bride

          1.)     the wedding couldn't take place until it was finished! Now Who                              determined when it was finished?  - Father


C.)    This is so great in comparison to our situation

John 14 - Jesus says - going to heaven prepare a place for you - my bride - (betrothed to the Lord)


D.)    He said - I will come again and receive you to myself

          1.)     but also says - no man knows the day or the hour of that coming except - Father!


E.)     But Jesus said - we should know the times and seasons - understand when things are getting closer!


Now the bridegroom would be working on the house and the bride would get reports from friends – relatives   ( Times / Seasons

A.)    Walls are up / roof is on / windows in / front door is up/ it could be any day now! - finished


B.)           Over the years it became the custom of the bridegroom to surprise his  

          bride in the middle of the night - early morning


C.)    He and his groomsmen come into town to her house making a lot of

        noise!  Awaken Bride and her bridesmaids -needed to be ready


D.)    Check this out!  Bridegroom and bride would then go to this    house he prepared - stay 7 days!

          1.)     family and friends - party - celebrate - at the end of the 7 days - bride would be presented!



Incredible picture of what the bible teaches of Christ and His church

1.)     betrothed to Him

2.)     Gone to prepare a place

3.)     No one know day or hour except Father

4.)     Bride gets reports - we know times and seasons

5.)     Bridegroom comes - 7 year feast - presented at 2nd coming