From the Top of the Mount of Olives You Can See Forever
Dr. J. Vernon McGee
(This message is also included in the hardback book, J. Vernon McGee On Prophecy,
Copyright 1993 by Thru the Bible Radio.)
A great many thoughtful and knowledgeable people are wondering if we are approaching the end of this civilization as we know it. At the present time there is an unusual interest in what the Bible has to say about the conclusion of man's little day upon this earth. Any study which deals with these final events is incomplete without a careful examination of the words of the Lord Jesus Christ Himself during His earthly life. These are recorded in Matthew 24 and 25. We call these two chapters the Olivet Discourse simply because they were spoken by our Lord to His disciples while they were together on the Mount of Olives.
Now as we approach this study, it will help us to keep in mind that in the four Gospels we have the Lord Jesus Christ presented in the fourfold aspect of His glorious coming to this earth, and it takes four Gospels to present Him. The first Gospel, the Gospel of Matthew, presents Him as King. He was born a King and He is a King. In the Gospel of Mark, Jesus is presented as the Servant. Then in the Gospel of Luke He is presented as the Son of Man, and in the Gospel of John He is presented as the Son of God. So you have Him presented in this fourfold way. Therefore, when you are reading any one of these Gospel records, it is well to remember what the writer is attempting to emphasize.
Now in the Olivet Discourse Jesus is speaking of last things, events that have to do with His Kingship. It has nothing in the world to do with the church. Unfortunately, men have been attempting to read some nineteen hundred years of church history into the Olivet Discourse. They have been superimposing the church upon a discourse in which the church is not even mentioned and has no place at all. If you keep that in mind it will be helpful to you indeed. (See chart at ...
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