Turning Off The Fire-Alarm 1

This is a seven part series on the subject of Matthew 24, the Olivet Discourse, that Jesus gave on the Mount of Olives, shortly before Gethsemane.

Please either read my notes below or listen to the audio clip above or both at the same time!

Let me begin with a short story:

I heard of a warehouse owner who was constantly being annoyed by the fire-alarm going off all the time. He asked the advice of a friend who told him how to switch the alarm off. And it worked! He was no longer bothered by the alarm at all. Sadly, soon after, a small fire started at the back of the warehouse, the switched-off alarm did not go off and the warehouse burnt to the ground.

Hopefully, the story above shows the dangers of willfully ignoring warning signs!

The Olivet Discourse of Matthew 24 has always stood as a challenging encouragement to all generations. As we enter the very end-times, these precious words of Jesus have become a blazing light-house, casting its vivid warnings and sage advice to those who are prepared to listen.

Many have sought to ‘turn off’ the fire-alarm warnings of Matthew 24 by various theological stances. This study briefly explores some of these stances.

Using sparse brush-strokes, we will explore Pre-Tribulation Rapture theory, Post-Millennialism, Symbolism and Escapism and see how they act to dilute the ordained warnings contained within Matthew 24.

I hope these notes, over the next four days, will be both challenging and encouraging.

We live in the most blessed of days.

The hour is late, dear friends, and it is time to prepare our hearts to face the golden storm that is approaching.

Maranatha.

Tomorrow we explore Pretribulation Rapture theory and how it affects our understanding of Matthew 24. To get there now, please click here.

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