The Beginning of the End Message Series

THE BEGINNING OF THE END
Part 2 – Read the Signs


Matthew 24:1-14

Dr. Mark S. Hartman, Lead Pastor

INTRODUCTION

Matthew 24:32-33 Now learn this lesson from the fig tree: As soon as its twigs get tender and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near. Even so, when you see all these things, you know that it is near, right at the door.

1. The FIRST SIGN: A surge OF wars and threats of wars.

Matthew 24:6-8 You will hear of wars and rumors of wars but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. 7 Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. 8 All these are the beginning of birth pains.

2. The SECOND SIGN: aN INCREASE OF NATURAL DISASTERS

A. Matthew 24:7 …There will be famines and earthquakes in various places.

Luke 21:11 There will be great earthquakes, famines and pestilences in various places, and fearful events and great signs from heaven.

B. Jesus says that in those last days there will be more famines.

C. In the last days there will be more or stronger earthquakes.

D. In Luke 21:11 Jesus said added that there would be an increase of deadly diseases and illnesses.

3. The third SIGN: a rejection of BIBLICAL morality.

A. Matthew 24:12 Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold.

B. 2 Timothy 3:1-5 You should also know this, Timothy, that in the last days there will be very difficult times. 2 For people will love only themselves and their money. They will be boastful and proud, scoffing at God, disobedient to their parents, and ungrateful. They will consider nothing sacred. 3 They will be un-loving and unforgiving; they will slander others and have no self-control; they will be cruel and have no interest in what is good. 4 They will betray their friends, be reckless, be puffed up with pride, and love pleasure rather than God. 5 They will act as if they are religious, but they will reject the power that could make them godly.

4. The Fourth SIGN: a PROPENSITY TOWARDS spiritual DECEPTION.

A. Matthew 24:5, 11 For many will come in My Name, claiming, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many. 11 and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people.

B. There will be a falling way from solid Biblical Truth.

C. I Timothy 4:1-2 The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons. 2 Such teachings come through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron.

5. THE FIFTH SIGN: A WORLDWIDE SPREADING OF THE GOSPEL.

Matthew 24:14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come. (NIV)


CONCLUSION

Matthew 24:32-33 Now learn this lesson from the fig tree: As soon as its twigs get tender and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near. 33 Even so, when you see all these things, you know that it is near, right at the door.