Lesson 2— “Signs of the End”


Introduction

Recently there has been a rise in predictions about and interest in the subject of the end of the world. Based on what is happening in the world, in terms of the economy, climate change, moral conditions and national conflicts, it should be no surprise that people have a focused interest in the matter of the end of the world.

In this Lesson, we will be taking a look at the Bible’s answer to questions about the end of the world. Some of the questions that we will be seeking to answer are, "when will this world end?" "Is the end of the world very close?"

1. What important question did the disciples ask Jesus, while they were on the Mount of Olives? Matthew 24:3

Matthew 24:3

 "And as he sat upon the ________________ of _____________, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the _____________ of thy __________, and of the ___________ of the ____________?"

 

2. Does the Bible reveal the exact date for the end of the world and the Second Coming of Christ? Matthew 24:36

Matthew 24:36

“But of that ___________ and __________ knoweth no _________, no, not the angels of heaven, but my __________________only.”

3. Though the Bible does not give the exact date of Christ’s Coming, can we know when His coming is near? Matthew 24:33

Matthew 24:33

“So likewise ye, when ye shall see all ___________ _____________, know that it is __________________, even at the ____________.”

4. What are some of the signs that Christ gave to indicate the near-ness of His coming?

A. Matthew 24:5, 24—Religious Deception “For _____________ shall come in my _________, saying, I am ______________; and shall ________________ many.

B. Matthew 24:6, 7—National Conflicts “And ye shall hear of ____________ and _____________ of ____________: . . . . For _________________ shall rise against _______________, and kingdom against kingdom:”

C. Matthew 24:7—Natural Disasters “. . . and there shall be ______________, and ______________, and _________________, in divers places.”

D. Matthew 24:12—Increased immorality (also 2 Timothy 3:1-4) “And because ________________ shall abound, the love of many shall wax _____________.”

E. Signs in the celestial bodies Matthew 24:29

“Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the ____________ be darkened, and the ______________ shall not give her light, and the _________________ shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:” (see Rev. 6:12, 13).

F. Matthew 24:14—World-wide proclamation of the gospel

“And this _____________ of the ______________ shall be preached in all the ___________________ for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the ________________ come.”

5. What should be our attitude in response to the appearance of these signs? Luke 21:28; Romans 13:11-13

Luke 21:28

“And when these things begin to come to pass, then __________ __________, and __________ _________ your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.”

Romans 13:11-13

“And that, knowing the _____________, that now it is high time to ____________ out of sleep: for now is our ___________________ nearer than when we believed.“