Sermon on the Mount or Olivet Discourse
Therefore, be on the alert for you do not know when the master of the house is coming, whether in the evening at midnight, or when the rooster crows or in the morning in case he should come suddenly and find you asleep. What I say to you, I say to all, be on the alert.”
That is an unmistakable message, an unmistakable command drawn out of a really unmistakably clear portion of Scripture. It leads me to say this, “I have been teaching the Word of God for many, many years, fifty years, let’s say, 43 or so here at Grace Community Church, my view of what our Lord taught in His Olivet Discourse, this sermon given on the Mount of Olives during Passion Week on Wednesday night to His disciples, as to His return has not changed. That is to say my eschatology has not changed in all these 50 years. It has stood the test of relentless study in the New Testament, as you know, through every word and every phrase and every verse of the New Testament. It has withstood the study of the Old Testament, namely the prophets. I’ve gone through the major prophets and the minor prophets in some detail, preached carefully through the book of Daniel, gone back and written commentaries on many of these things and written notes on the Study Bible on every passage virtually in the Bible and my understanding of eschatology, the doctrines related to the return of Christ in the end of human history, have not changed at all. This is a very important thing to say because your theology has to stand the text test. It has to survive every passage in the Scripture intact to be validated because all of Scripture has one author, God, who never contradicts Himself. And so, I say to you after all these many years of teaching on matters related to the Second Coming of Christ, that I am exactly where I was at the very beginning. (Matthew 5-7 (KJV)
I also want you to understand that eschatology and what the Scripture says about the end times is not hard to understand. I should be living testimony of that because I am not anybody especially gifted intellectually. I am simply like you, I open the Bible, I apply the same principles of interpretation to eschatological passages and prophetic passages that I do to narrative passages or dialectic passages, and I come up with what is a clear interpretation. You are going to get an illustration of that even as we look at the text this morning.
There is a trend in evangelical theology today that basically wants to discard the discussion of the Second Coming. You can go to conference, after conference, after conference and you can be listening to the leading speakers and preachers and Bible teachers and you can be at a lot of conferences for a long time before you would hear anybody come up with a definitive message on the Second Coming of Christ. People have bought into the fact that it is…it’s something about which we can be confused. I don’t think that’s the case. I don’t think the Lord wrote His Word to make anything unclear. That’s why Revelation starts out by saying, “Blessed is the one who reads this and understands,” which assumes that you can understand it, not if you are a theological professor, or a Greek expert, after all, the books of the New Testament were written to a generation of new believers and they could understand because it can be understood by the same interpretive principles used to understand any ancient document and any discourse in any language in any place.
So the Word of God can be understood as eschatology can be understood. I’ll go a step further. It must be understood. I don’t know how people can assume that God blew the ending and that it was really clear until the end, as if the end was something to throw away, or sort of write your own ending, or come up with any view you want. I think the specificity with which the beginning is indicated in Genesis 1:2 is consistent with the way the ending is presented. I think Genesis 1 and 2 is to be understood exactly the way it is written and so is the ending, and namely the book of Revelation and all other prophetic portions of Scripture that connect to the book of Revelation. So all that to say that what we are going to look at, we are going to assume that we can understand in the very simple sense that we can understand anything written in Scripture. http://www.godsplan.org.uk/gathering.htm
Matthew 24:4-5 (KJV)
4 And Jesus answered and said unto them, “Take heed that no man deceive you.’
5 ‘For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.’”
Luke 21:4 (KJV) For all these have of their abundance cast in unto the offerings of God: but she of her penury hath cast in all the living that she had.
Penury (the state of being very poor: extreme poverty). And; for those who are materially orientated, and desire wealth, even if they had the wealth, it would be back in the hands of businessmen and women within twelve months. (Just think about that).
Revelation 6:1-2 (KJV)
6 And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, Come and see.
2 And I saw, and behold a white horse: and He that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto Him: and He went forth conquering, and to conquer. http://www.godsplan.org.uk/secondadvent.htm
Matthew 24:6 (KJV) And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.
Luke 21:9-10 (KJV)
09 But when ye shall hear of wars and commotions, be not terrified: for these things must first come to pass; but the end is not by and by.
10 Then said he unto them, “Nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom:”
Revelation 6:3-4 KJV)
3 And when He had opened the second seal, I heard the second beast say, “Come and see.”
4 And there went out another horse that was red: and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword. http://www.godsplan.org.uk/leadcontainer.htm
Matthew 24:7a (KJV) For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom:
Luke 21:11 (KJV) And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven.
Revelation 6:5-6 (KJV)
5 And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast say, “Come and see.” And I beheld, and lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand.
6 And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, “A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine.”
Matthew 24:10-13 (KJV)
10 “And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.’
11 ‘And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.’
12 ‘And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.’
13 ‘But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.’”
What do these two verses in the (KJV) mean to us?
2 Peter 3:5-6 (KJV) (Companion Bible)
5 For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water:
6 Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished:
Then to Genesis 1 : 1 & 2a (Companion Bible & read the margins); the first book of the Bible for its relation to the other books of the Pentateuch; Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy, as well as to the Hebrew Canon of the O.T. It is ascribed to Moses; see Mark 10:2—8. Genesis is no part of the Hebrew Title, which is simply Berēshīth, which means “in the beginning”, because it is the book of all beginnings. Genesis is Greek which is generation, Creation, for its being complimentary to the Apocalypse, Revelation.
Revelation 22:13 (KJV) I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last. http://godsplan.org.uk/gentont.htm
Matthew 5:1—48 (KJV)
01 And seeing the multitudes, He went up into a mountain: and when He was set, His disciples came unto Him:
02 And He opened His mouth, and taught them, saying,
03 “Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.’ http://www.godsplan.org.uk/kingdom.htm
04 ‘Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.’
05 ‘Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.’ http://www.godsplan.org.uk/state.htm
06 ‘Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.’ http://www.godsplan.org.uk/spiritualmaterial.htm
07 ‘Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.’ http://www.godsplan.org.uk/christianrace.htm
08 ‘Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.’ http://www.godsplan.org.uk/providence%20.htm
09 ‘Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.’
10 ‘Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.’ http://www.godsplan.org.uk/paganism.htm
11 ‘Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for My sake.’ http://www.godsplan.org.uk/markofcain.htm
12 ‘Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.’ http://www.godsplan.org.uk/evilproblem.htm
13 ‘Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.’” http://www.godsplan.org.uk/parables.htm
14 ‘Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.’
15 ‘Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.’
16 ‘Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.’ http://www.godsplan.org.uk/ethicalimplications.htm
17 ‘Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.’
18 ‘For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.’ http://www.godsplan.org.uk/jehovah%27skingdom.htm
19 ‘Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.’
20 ‘For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.’
21 ‘Ye have heard that it was said of them of old time, Thou shalt not kill [murder]; and whosoever shall kill [murder]shall be in danger of the judgment:’
22 ‘But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca (worthless), shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.’
23 ‘Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee;’
24 ‘Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift.’
25 ‘Agree with thine adversary quickly, whiles thou art in the way with him; lest at any time the adversary deliver thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and thou be cast into prison.’
26 ‘Verily I say unto thee, Thou shalt by no means come out thence, till thou hast paid the uttermost farthing.’
27 ‘Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery:’
28 ‘But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.’
29 ‘And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.’
30 ‘And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.’
31 ‘It hath been said, Whosoever shall put away his wife, let him give her a writing of divorcement:’
32 ‘But I say unto you, That whosoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery: and whosoever shall marry her that is divorced committeth adultery.’
33 ‘Again, ye have heard that it hath been said by them of old time, Thou shalt not forswear thyself, but shalt perform unto the Lord thine oaths:’
34 ‘But I say unto you, Swear not at all; neither by heaven; for it is God's throne:’
35 ‘Nor by the earth; for it is His footstool: neither by Jerusalem; for it is the city of the great King.’ http://www.godsplan.org.uk/stars.htm
36 ‘Neither shalt thou swear by thy head, because thou canst not make one hair white or black.’
37 ‘But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil.’
38 ‘Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth:’
39 ‘But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.’
40 ‘And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloak also.’
41 ‘And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain.’
42 ‘Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away.’
43 ‘Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.’
44 ‘But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;’ http://www.godsplan.org.uk/teachingofjesus.htm
45 ‘That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for He maketh His sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.’
46 ‘For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same?’
47 ‘And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so?’
48 ‘Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.’” http://www.godsplan.org.uk/Bereshith.htm
Matthew 6:1—34 (KJV)
01 “Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven.’
02 Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.’
03 ‘But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth:’
04 ‘That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret Himself shall reward thee openly.’
05 ‘And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, ‘They have their reward.’”
06 ‘But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.’
07 ‘But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.’
08 ‘Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask Him.’
09 ‘After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.’
10 ‘Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.’
11 ‘Give us this day our daily bread.’
12 ‘And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.’
13 ‘And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.’”
14 ‘For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you:’
15 ‘But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.’
16 ‘Moreover when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.’
17 ‘But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thine head, and wash thy face;’
18 ‘That thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father which is in secret: and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly.’
19 ‘Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:’ http://www.godsplan.org.uk/teacher.htm
20 ‘But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:’
21 ‘For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.’
22 ‘The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.’ http://www.godsplan.org.uk/gifts.htm
23 ‘But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!’
24 ‘No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.’ http://godsplan.org.uk/education.htm
25 ‘Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?’
26 ‘Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?’ http://www.godsplan.org.uk/godcontrols.htm
27 ‘Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?’
28 ‘And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:’
29 ‘And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.’
30 ‘Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is cast into the oven, shall He not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?’
31 ‘Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?’
32 ‘(For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.’
33 ‘But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.’
34 ‘Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.’” http://www.godsplan.org.uk/kingdom.htm
Matthew 7:1—29 (KJV)
01Judge not, that ye be not judged.
02 For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.
03 And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?
04 Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, “Let me pull out the mote [splinter] out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam [plank] is in thine own eye?
05 Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye. https://anoutsidersojourn2.wordpress.com/2015/02/27/hypocrites-and-snakes-a-brood-of-vipers/
06 Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you. http://www.godsplan.org.uk/lifeofjesus.htm
07 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:
08 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. https://vimeo.com/11731116
09 Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone?
10 Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent?
11 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?
12 Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.
13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:
14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. http://www.godsplan.org.uk/lastend.htm
15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?
17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. http://www.godsplan.org.uk/doctrineofdemons.htm
18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit; neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. http://www.godsplan.org.uk/godcontrols.htm
21 Not everyone that saith unto Me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of My Father which is in heaven.
22 Many will say to Me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in Thy name have cast out devils? and in Thy name done many wonderful works?
23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from Me, ye that work iniquity.
24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: http://www.godsplan.org.uk/benefitofchrist.htm
25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.
26 And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:
27 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.
28 And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were astonished at his doctrine:
29 For He taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes. http://www.godsplan.org.uk/lifeofjesus.htm
If the Shepherds themselves are lost; or corrupt, how can we as sheep expect them to teach us the TRUTH?
Only by teaching yourself can you be truly, led into the TRUTH. http://www.godsplan.org.uk/parables.htm
http://www.godsplan.org.uk/book1.htm (Paradise Lost).
http://www.godsplan.org.uk/kingdom.htm (Paradise Found).