What Sign Will Signal The End Of The World

Jesus Responds to the Disciples’ 3rd Question

End-Times Timeline
End of the World
Jesus’ Return
Matthew 24
Signs
Published

Tue, October 24, 2017

Modified

Fri, January 06, 2023


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?”

I have created a spreadsheet 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, interpretations, etc., to a bare minimum.  The whole point is to determine what the Word of God actually says, not what I, or anyone else, think it says.

What Exactly Does Jesus Say

Discussion Prompted By Disciples

Mat 24:1 NLT

1 As Jesus was leaving the Temple grounds, his disciples pointed out to him the various Temple buildings.

Mat 24:2 NLT

2 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

NOTE - Jesus answers these questions in the reverse order they are listed in Matthew 24:3.

Mat 24:3 NLT

3 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 24:4-6 NLT

4 Jesus told them, “Don’t let anyone mislead you,
5 for many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah.’ They will deceive many.
6 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 24:7-8 NLT

7 Nation will go to war against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in many parts of the world.
8 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

11 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 The Whole World
Mat 24:9-14 NLT

9 “Then you will be arrested, persecuted, and killed. You will be hated all over the world because you are my followers.
10 And many will turn away from me and betray and hate each other.
11 And many false prophets will appear and will deceive many people.
12 Sin will be rampant everywhere, and the love of many will grow cold.
13 But the one who endures to the end will be saved.
14 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
  • Martyrdom
  • Worldwide Hatred Of Christians
Luk 21:12-19 NLT

12 “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.
13 But this will be your opportunity to tell them about me.
14 So don’t worry in advance about how to answer the charges against you,
15 for I will give you the right words and such wisdom that none of your opponents will be able to reply or refute you!
16 Even those closest to you–your parents, brothers, relatives, and friends–will betray you. They will even kill some of you.
17 And everyone will hate you because you are my followers.
18 But not a hair of your head will perish!
19 By standing firm, you will win your souls.

Part 2 - Jesus’ End-Time Timeline - “What Sign Will Signal Your Return?”

Part 3 - Jesus’ End-Time Timeline - “When Will All This Happen?”