by John Barnett

A Living Hope in a Dying World
Series: What's Next for Planet Earth
John Barnett
Matthew 24:29-32

True salvation implants an inextinguishable hope within us. Prophecy is probably the most encouraging and affirming study we can do in God's Word and especially prophecy. Prophecy has inspired believers since the very first recorded teaching on prophecy in the earliest days of Christ's church; and it is the hope we have of Christ's return that has inspired believers to face troubles, afflictions, and wearying persecutions. Today, as we read the darkest hours of mankind's earthly journey, note how Jesus weaves into this dark fabric, the rays of HOPE.

As we open to Matthew 24:29 we find Jesus describing one of the more fascinating events during earth's final days. These words mark the crescendo, the finale, and the very last act of the dramatic entrance of Jesus Christ back onto the stage. Please stand with me as we hear Christ speak, and especially notice the 6 words captured in v. 29 and ponder what Jesus described in Matthew 24.

Matthew 24:29-32 "Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 30 Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. 31 And He will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other. 32 "Now learn this parable from the fig tree: When its branch has already become tender and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near.

The enlarged, unabridged version of what Jesus saw coming, is described by John in Revelation 8. As we turn there we are talking about an event that has an:

Impact Felt Around the World

As we head to the end of our Bible, ...

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