Monday, 29 September 2014

Signs of The Times

Signs of The Times


Signs of The Times . . .

Jesus teaches His disciples to have humility, repent, and be prepared for the day He comes again.Through the Parable of the Wedding Feast and the Parable of the Thief in the Night, Jesus Christ teaches His disciples to patiently wait for the significant signs that will precede His Second Coming.

"'Teacher,' they asked, 'when will these things happen? And what will be the sign that they are about to take place?'"
—Luke 21:7 (NIV)

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Through the Parable of the Wedding Feast and the Parable of the Thief in the Night, Jesus Christ teaches His disciples to patiently wait for the significant signs that will precede His Second Coming. 

Main Characters:
Jesus and the disciples; a king, his servants, and the townspeople; the Thief and the selfish man

Scriptural References:
Isaiah 9:6; Matthew 21:1-46 ; Matthew 22:1-14; Matthew 24:1-44 ; Mark 13:1-37; Luke 12:36-47; Luke 21:5-36

Overall Theme:
Jesus Christ uses parables to teach His disciples how to patiently guard for the signs that will precede His Second Coming. Watch and learn how those closest to Jesus misunderstand the meaning of His stories. Even with these insights, will we, too, misunderstand the signs of His coming today?

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Summary:
Jesus uses the parables of the King’s Wedding Feast [Matthew 22:1-14] and the parable of the Thief in the Night [Matthew 24: 42-44] to help His disciples better understand what will happen before His return.

In the first parable, Jesus teaches that the proud will refuse His invitation, but the meek and humble will accept it and come as they are. In this story, a king invites the people of the city to the wedding feast of his son.  But the proud people harm his servants and reject the king twice, saying that he should be hosting a celebration for them.  In contrast, when the king’s servants extend the invitation to the poor and outcast, they accept with great humility and are so astonished that the king would even choose them.  In this way, Jesus teaches that many are called but few are chosen.

When describing the signs of the times, Jesus cautions His disciples to be on the alert as one would be for a thief that comes in the night.  In this story, a selfish man loves his money more than helping others. So when he neglects the people’s warnings about the night thief, he is robbed of his riches and cries out in anguish.  In this way, Jesus teaches that we are to be ever so watchful.

Jesus also teaches about warning signs of the end times,  the darkening of the sun and moon, the stars falling from heaven, wars and rumors of wars, and the Son of man returning to the angels’ trumpet call.

Background:
Jesus teaches us to be humble, to repent, and to be prepared for His Second Coming. There are many signs, but only those who know Him will recognize their significance. Those who accept the King’s invitation will find themselves richly blessed in Heaven.

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