When the Seas Become Angry
January 16, 2005
1. Chapter 21 is referred to as the Olivet Discourse. This
discourse or discussion takes place on the Mt. of Olives between the Lord and His disciples, concerning the coming destruction of Jerusalem (vs. 6), "There shall not be left one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down. The disciples then asked Him when all this would take place. He begins by foretelling of coming events prior the final destruction of Jerusalem and His return to earth.
a. The destruction of Jerusalem is a two-fold prophecy,
first fulfilled in A. D. 70, with the Roman Emperor, Titus, and will again take place in the last half of the tribulation period, when the antichrist will cast the Jews out of the Temple (vs. 24).
2. Some of the signs prior to the Lord's return will be
disease, famine, pestilence, earthquakes and signs in the heavens: In (vs. 11), we read, "And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven."
3. We understand that there are no signs for the rapture of
the church; however, when we see events taking place that point to the tribulation period, we know the coming of the Lord is at hand.
a. Jesus said in I Thess. 5:4, 5, "But ye, brethren, are
not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness."
4. In our text (vs. 25), it says, "And there shall be signs
in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring."
5. When I heard about the Tsunami in Indonesia and saw
the destruction of life in its path, I couldn't help but think of this verse ("...the sea and the waves roaring...men's hearts failing them for fear...").
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