May/June 2005

Olivet Discourse

A look at future prophecy as foretold in the Olivet Discourse


“What will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?” Jesus’ disciples asked him. This issue answers that question, showing how Jesus’ Olivet Discourse tells of future things to come. Randall Price counters those who believe the Olivet Discourse has already been fulfilled; Rennie Showers describes the future Time of Jacob’s Trouble; and David Larsen discusses Christ’s return and the final judgment.

Features

Emerging Shadows of the Hammer and Sickle

When the Soviet Union collapsed, America breathed easier. “Russia is vanquished,” we said. Well, folks, it’s time to reevaluate our thinking.

Perusing the Future Matthew 24:1–14

Some people believe the Olivet Discourse has already been fulfilled. This excellent article explains why they are wrong.

The Time of Jacob’s Trouble Matthew 24:15–31

There’s no mystery about what the future holds. The Old and New Testaments fit together like a hand in a glove to reveal what is to come.

Illustrations From the King Matthew 24:32–51

Learn what Jesus meant when He answered the question, “What will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?”

The Judgement and Return Matthew 25:31–46

What will happen when Christ returns to Earth? A lot. And not everything will make everyone happy.

More In This Issue

From Bill Sutter’s Desk May/Jun 2005

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Can Abbas Deliver?

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Understanding the Olivet Discourse

Jesus’ instruction to His disciples from the Mount of Olives (Mount Olivet, giving it the name the Olivet Discourse) appears in Matthew 24—25; Mark 13; and Luke 17:20–37. It is one of the Bible’s most...

They Cry in Silence May/Jun 2005

And we labor, working with our own hands. Being reviled, we bless; being persecuted, we endure (1 Cor. 4:12). In a strikingly significant way, this verse expresses what Indonesian Christians practiced in the aftermath...

Finding Eden

Long ago, in the misty echoes of ancient time, there was a first man and a first woman. They walked in the cool, green shade, surrounded by lush, fruitful trees and benevolent beasts. The region...

The Lamb in the Apocalypse

Students of Scripture have long observed that the central message of God’s Word is reflected in the motif of the Lamb, who is Jesus. The Lamb in the Old Testament is seen on the altar. In...

Making the Wrong Assumptions

Never assume anything.” This well-known adage works particularly well when applied to the science of biblical interpretation. Assuming too much about a scriptural text can lead to inaccurate conclusions that miss...

Staying Alive

In answering their questions regarding future events, Jesus gave His disciples a ray of hope: “But he who endures to the end shall be saved” (Mt. 24:13). What did He mean? The key is the phrase...

False Teachers

False teachers can pose a health hazard. Perhaps you remember some from our own time. On November 19, 1978, 913 followers of Jim Jones committed suicide at the People’s Temple in Jonestown, Guyana, by drinking...

Fasting Without Fidelity

Zechariah 7:1–14: A delegation from Bethel arrived in Jerusalem seeking counsel from priests and prophets concerning fasting. They asked whether the annual fast commemorating the destruction of Solomon’s Temple should be continued since a rebuilt...

God and Wisdom Part Two

The Scriptures indicate that the revelation God has given to mankind is wisdom. The statutes and judgments that God gave...

Eye on the Middle East May/Jun 2005

The Palestinian leadership has proven its ability to keep the situation under control. It has also proven its ability to coordinate the activities of all Palestinian organizations, including those who hold tough positions...

Hannah and the God Who Hears Part One

Our greatest tragedies in life sometimes produce our greatest triumphs. And when our answer more clearly than ever and to use our sorrows to draw us infinitely closer to Him. I know from firsthand experience. After...

Israel in the News May/Jun 2005

Two sisters who had not seen each other since the start of World War II have been reunited through the Yad Vashem database. Hannah Katz, 78, and Klara Blire, 81, were separated in 1939...

Zvi May/Jun 2005

Not long ago I got together with some of the men I served with in the army. We first met 56 years ago when we were young. And we served together in all of Israel’s...

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