The Signs of Christ’s Coming, Part 1 Podcast by Pastor John MacArthur for Grace to You
Starting this morning, we have the privilege to begin a series for which I have waited for many, many years, and that is a study of Matthew 24 and 25, known commonly as “The Olivet Discourse” because it is a sermon given by our Lord to His disciples on the Mount of Olives. The theme of this great sermon is the second coming of Jesus Christ. It is a sermon from our Lord about His coming and the end of the present age and the establishment of His kingdom. Any expository Bible teacher would love to be in this passage, and I certainly am thrilled to be here. And I have the feeling we’re going to be here for a while because there’s so much in Matthew 24 and 25 to deal with. The whole sermon is triggered by the question of the disciples. The answer the Lord gives is the longest answer to any question recorded in the New Testament. Its insights are absolutely essential for any understanding of the future, and I trust that, as we move through, you will be as thrilled and as excited as I am in studying these tremendous truths about the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ.
The Bible says a lot about it, the Old Testament prophets, particularly Isaiah, Ezekiel, Zechariah, the New Testament, the book of Revelation, and we’re familiar to one degree or another with what the Bible has to say about the future. The hub of much of it is found in the prophecies of Daniel, especially when compared with Revelation. And I think sometimes in all of those pursuits, Matthew 24 and 25 sort of gets left out. And yet when it came to our Lord speaking on this subject, this is what He said, and in my mind it therefore must be treated with tremendous emphasis. It’s our Lord’s own teaching on His return in glory to establish His kingdom, and we’re going to see it as we pass through chapters 24 and 25.