What Is Jesus’ End-Time Timeline
This is part 1 of Jesus’ End-Time Timeline series as documented in Matthew 24. This article covers Jesus’ response to the disciples’ third question in Matthew 24:3 – “What Sign Will Signal The End Of The World?”
At the end of part 3 of this series, is a pdf of my side-by-side comparison of Jesus’ End-Time Timeline as recorded in Matthew 24, Mark 13 and Luke 21. If you would like the actual spreadsheet, send me an e-mail. Let me know if you need it in .xlsx or .ods format.
NOTE – I am intentionally keeping my comments, opinions, interpretation etc., to a bare minimum. The whole point is to determine what the Word of God really says … not what I, or anyone else, thinks it says.
What Exactly Does Jesus Say
Discussion Prompted By Disciples
Mat 24:1 NLT – As Jesus was leaving the Temple grounds, his disciples pointed out to him the various Temple buildings.
Mat 24:2 NLT – But he responded, “Do you see all these buildings? I tell you the truth, they will be completely demolished. Not one stone will be left on top of another!”
The Disciples’ Three Questions
- When Will All This Happen – Part 3
- What Sign Will Signal Your Return – Part 2
- What Sign Will Signal The End of the World – Part 1
NOTE – Jesus answers these questions in the reverse order they are listed in Matthew 24:3.
Mat 24:3 NLT – Later, Jesus sat on the Mount of Olives. His disciples came to him privately and said, “Tell us, when will all this happen? What sign will signal your return and the end of the world?”
What Sign Will Signal The End Of The World?
- False Christs
- Many Deceived
- Wars And Threats of Wars
The End Is Not Yet
Mat 24:4 NLT – Jesus told them, “Don’t let anyone mislead you,
Mat 24:5 NLT – for many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah.’ They will deceive many.
Mat 24:6 NLT – And you will hear of wars and threats of wars, but don’t panic. Yes, these things must take place, but the end won’t follow immediately.
The Beginning of Birth Pains
- War – Nation vs Nation; Kingdom vs Kingdom
- Global Famines
- Global Earthquakes
Mat 24:7 NLT – Nation will go to war against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in many parts of the world.
Mat 24:8 NLT – But all this is only the first of the birth pains, with more to come.
Luke 21:11 adds …
- Global Plagues
- Terrifying Things
- Great Miraculous Signs From Heaven
Luk 21:11 NLT – There will be great earthquakes, and there will be famines and plagues in many lands, and there will be terrifying things and great miraculous signs from heaven.
The More To Come
- Arrest, Persecution, Killing of Christian Martyrs
- Global Hatred for Christians
- Global Turning Away From God
- Rampant Betrayal and Hatred
- False Prophets
- Many Deceived
- Global Rampant Sin
- Love Of Many Grows Cold
- Gospel Preached To Whole World
Mat 24:9 NLT – “Then you will be arrested, persecuted, and killed. You will be hated all over the world because you are my followers.
Mat 24:10 NLT – And many will turn away from me and betray and hate each other.
Mat 24:11 NLT – And many false prophets will appear and will deceive many people.
Mat 24:12 NLT – Sin will be rampant everywhere, and the love of many will grow cold.
Mat 24:13 NLT – But the one who endures to the end will be saved.
Mat 24:14 NLT – And the Good News about the Kingdom will be preached throughout the whole world, so that all nations will hear it; and then the end will come.
Luke 21:12-19 expands on these signs.
- A Time Of Great Persecution
- Dragged Into Synagogues [Courts] And Prisons
- Stand Trial Before Kings and Governors
- Divine Wisdom Granted
- Family And Friends Will Betray
- World-wide Hatred Of Christians
Luk 21:12 NLT – “But before all this occurs, there will be a time of great persecution. You will be dragged into synagogues and prisons, and you will stand trial before kings and governors because you are my followers.
Luk 21:13 NLT – But this will be your opportunity to tell them about me.
Luk 21:14 NLT – So don’t worry in advance about how to answer the charges against you,
Luk 21:15 NLT – for I will give you the right words and such wisdom that none of your opponents will be able to reply or refute you!
Luk 21:16 NLT – Even those closest to you–your parents, brothers, relatives, and friends–will betray you. They will even kill some of you.
Luk 21:17 NLT – And everyone will hate you because you are my followers.
Luk 21:18 NLT – But not a hair of your head will perish!
Luk 21:19 NLT – By standing firm, you will win your souls.