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Jesus and the future (Part 11)

After Christ’s return and Judgment Day, the eternal states of heaven and hell begin.  Let’s look at descriptions of hell first. In hell,  unbelievers will experience damnation and eternal separation from God in both body and soul. Hell is pictured as a place of weeping and gnashing teeth (Matthew 8:12), where both body and soul will [&hellip

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Jesus and the future (Part 10)

After Jesus returns to earth and the dead are resurrected, judgment will commence. Isaiah 24:21 says, “In that day the LORD will punish the powers in the heavens above and the kings on the earth below.” In other words, both the natural and supernatural realms will be subject to judgment, whether the inhabitants are demonic [&hellip

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Jesus and the future (Part 9)

When Christ returns on the last day, all people will be resurrected.  If death can be defined as separation of the soul from the body, the final resurrection reverses this consequence of the Fall into sin. Ecclesiastes 12:7 notes “the dust returns to the ground it came from, and the spirit returns to God who [&hellip

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Jesus and the future (Part 8)

Matthew 24:30-31 records the return of Christ as Jesus said, “At that time the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and all the nations of the earth will mourn. They will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky, with power and great glory. And he will [&hellip

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Jesus and the future (Part 7)

In Matthew 24:21-29, Jesus returned to the other question that the apostles posed, “What will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?” Just before the Lord’s return, signs would appear that would make His return clear to Christians. “For then there will be great distress, unequaled from the beginning [&hellip

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Jesus and the future (Part 6)

In the next part of Jesus’ revelations regarding the future, He turns His attention to Jerusalem in 70 AD. Matthew 24:15-20 finally answers the apostles’ initial inquiry: when will the destruction of the temple in Jerusalem take place? “So when you see standing in the holy place ‘the abomination that causes desolation,’ spoken of through [&hellip

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Jesus and the future (Part 5)

The last days will not be dire for Christians alone. Jesus also related that the world would get worse, not better. He said there will be an increase of wickedness. Contrast Jesus’ perspective of the future with the previous worldviews. It is not a glorious future of peace and harmony due to world government, a [&hellip

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Jesus and the future (Part 4)

Our discussion of the future according to the Bible continues with information on the Antichrist.  In 2 Thessalonians 2: 1-3, Paul also warned that the “man of lawlessness” will be revealed. Another term for him is the Antichrist. “Antichrist” literally means “in place of Christ,” so this individual will be both a substitute and opponent [&hellip

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Jesus and the future (Part 3)

Matthew 24:9-14 deals with a time called the Tribulation Age—a time of worldwide persecution of Christians. Jesus said, “Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me. At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray [&hellip

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Jesus and the future (Part 2)

Let’s continue to look at the future according to Jesus as found in Matthew 24. To begin, Jesus described signs that occur every day. They are commonplace in a sinful world inhabited by sinful people, but are not indicators of the last days. This is called the New Testament Age (or Church Age), the era [&hellip

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