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The Second Christmas – Part 5

“THE SECOND CHRISTMAS – Pt. 5”

INTRO: Does the pre-trib view hold up to biblical scrutiny (Matt. 24:34; Rev. 1:1, 3, 9; 22:10; 17:10; Dan. 9:24-27)?

What About The Tribulation (Lk. 21:5-21, 27, 32, 36)?

  1. Context: destruction of the Jerusalem temple (vv. 5-6).
  2. Two Questions: When? Preceding signs? (v. 7)
  3. Signs that the temple is about to be destroyed (vv. 8-19).
    1. Jesus called this the tribulation in Matt. 24:9, 21.
  4. When they saw the armies surrounding Jerusalem, they were to flee the city to escape harm (vv. 20-21).
  5. Abomination of desolation (Matt. 24:15) – the soon desecration & destruction of the temple.
  6. Then they would see the coming judgment of Jesus (v. 27; Isa. 9:1; Ps. 104:3; Acts 1:9; Dan. 76:13-14).
  7. That generation would see all these things (v. 32).
  8. They would escape all these things by fleeing the city (vv. 36, 20-21), not via a rapture (Ps. 1:5; Rom. 14:4).

What About The Antichrist (1Jn. 2:18, 22; 4:3; 2Jn. 1:7)?

  1. These are the only verses that mention the antichrist!
  2. There were many antichrists already in the world.
  3. Anyone who denies Jesus is an antichrist.
  4. Was John referring to many antichrists at any given time?
  5. What about the other names (Dan. 7; Thess. 2; Rev. 13)?
    1. None of these passages mention the antichrist.
    2. Preterists – contemporary to that time (Nero).
    3. Historicists – office of Papacy (538 A.D. – 1798 A.D.).
    4. Futurist – future individual (many guesses, mostly dead)

What About The Mark Of The Beast (Rev. 13:16-18)?

  1. Symbolic (Ex. 13:9; Deut. 6:6-8; Rom. 2:29; Col. 2:11; Rev. 3:12; 7:2-3; 9:4; 13:1, 11; 14:1)?
  2. Buying & Selling (Rev. 13:16-17).
    1. This says nothing about a cashless society.
    2. Buying & selling temple access (Matt. 21:12-13)?

What About The Future (Rev. 21:1, 3-7, 23, 25, 27)?

You may have a better future than you realized! Jesus is coming! Be ready! Be victorious!