Scripture reading for July 30th: Matthew 24
Key Scriptures: Matthew 24:27-31 “”For as lightning comes from the east and shines as far as the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. Wherever the corpse is, there the vultures will gather. Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, an the moon will not give its light, and the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. Then will appear in heaven the sign of the Son of Man 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. And He will send out His angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.””
Matthew 24 records one of Jesus’ last teaching concerning what would be the sign of His coming and the end of the age. The disciples had asked Him specifically about the sign and the end and Jesus described coming events leading up to the end. A great tribulation with many falling away and increased wickedness would occur first. Those days would be cut short for the sake of the elect and with great suddenness and publicly displayed glory, the Son of Man would come to earth and gather His elect. This is not the rapture, which occurs before the great time of tribulation and happens discretely, taking believers like a thief in the night. These are those saved during the tribulation and immediately following there will be great signs in the heavens and on earth. The final sign is the appearance of Jesus Christ seen by all earths inhabitants. Those unsaved will mourn as they bow to the King. The elect will be reaped by chosen angels. This is the ultimate sign of the end of the age!
Matthew 24:36 “But concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only.”
Faith confession and prayer: Father God, I trust You to bring this evil age to an end at the time You have chosen. I thank You for mercy and encouragement for those who are truly saved and part of Your eternal family. Help me today to share the sign of the Son of Man and His return to earth with those in need of Your grace and salvation. May no one I know or love have to mourn at Christ’s return.
Matthew 24:44-46 “”Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect. Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom His Master has set over His household, to give them their food at the proper time? Blessed is that servant whom His Master will find so doing when He comes.””