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Will the Church God through the Great Tribulation? (2 of 4)
Series: Taken, Believers and the Return of Christ
We are living in the expectancy of the return of our Lord Jesus. I want you to turn in your Bible to Matthew 24, and you might exercise your fingers because we are going to go a lot of places in your Bible tonight.
Matthew 24. Please stand in honor and reverence of the reading of God's holy Word. I am going to read several verses along the way in this chapter, and I will begin with verse 21. Keep in mind that Matthew 24 is a sermon which Jesus preached on the Mount of Olives about His coming again. He divides it up into a topical message really built around the three groups of people in the world: the Gentile, the Jew, and the Church (1 Corinthians 10:32). When you read the Bible always ask yourself the question, to whom is this passage addressed? All of the Bible applies to us, but not all of the Bible is addressed to us. What I mean by that is certain passages are specifically directed to either the Jew or to the Gentile or to the Church. That is what Jesus is doing in Matthew 24.
Verse 21, Jesus said, ''For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor shall ever be.'' Verse 30, ''And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.'' Now look at verse 42, ''Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.'' Verse 44, ''Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.'' Then verses 40 and 41, which I read in our last message, ''Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left.'' Thank you, and you may be seated.
If you heard my last message, y ...
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