by Stuart Briscoe

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NOTE: This sermon is part 1 and 2 of a 4 part sermon series. Two sermons outlines are included in this download.


Part 1: The Beginning of the End
Series: When Will Christ Return?
Stuart Briscoe
Matthew 24:1-28

After speaking out against the sad spiritual condition of Israel, Jesus predicted that the Temple, the center of the nation's religious life, would be destroyed. The disciples assumed that meant the end of the world and immediately wanted to know "WHEN?"

I. Questions and Assumptions.

A. The disciples' questions.
1. When will this tragic event occur?
2. What "sign" will there be that it is about to happen?

B. The disciples' assumptions.
1. If the Temple is destroyed, that is "the end of the age."
2. The "end of the age" will happen at the "parousia" of Jesus.

C. The contemporary relevance.
1. Scripture teaches there will be an end (telos.). vv. 6, 14
a. 1 Corinthians 15:20-28
b. 1 Peter 1:9
c. Philippians 3:19

2. Scripture teaches that Christ will return: "parousia"; "adventus."
a. John 14:3, 28; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 2 Peter 3:4

II. Answers and Statements.

Part 2: The Coming of the Son of Man
Series: When Will Christ Return?
Stuart Briscoe
Matthew 24:15-35

In response to the disciples' questions about the destruction of the Temple, Jesus promised that the gospel would be preached to all nations, and he predicted they would face major challenges and difficulties. Then he went into further details.

I. The Unprecedented Time of "Great Distress." vv. 15-21

A. "The abomination that causes desolation" - the defiling of the Temple. v. 15
B. The prediction of Daniel that needs to be understood.
C. The fulfillment in the siege of Jerusalem A.D. 66-70. See Luke 21:20f
D. The unprecedented savagery of the Roman destruction.
E. The call to the believers to escape when they see what is happening - A.D. 68.
F. The uniqueness of the event - never before or since. v. 21
G. "The beginning of birth pangs" includes these atrocities.

II. The Unrelenting Opposition to the "Elect." vv. 22-28

A. The period of distress-the time between the Advents-will get worse. v. 22

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