New Heavens and New Earth – Isaiah 65

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Superficial Worship (65:1–7)

In the final nine chapters of this book (cf. Isa. 58–66), Isaiah confronts the false religion of some within Israel, exhorts the nation to repent, and describes the future blessings of God’s people. Continue reading New Heavens and New Earth – Isaiah 65

Vision of the End – Revelation 7

Read the Passage: Revelation 7

Reminder: The book of Revelation is structured around seven parallel sections, each describing the time between Jesus’ first and second comings. These sections can be delineated into chapters 1–3, 4–7, 8–11, 12–14, 15–16, 17–19, and 20–22.

Protection of the Saints (7:1–8)

In Rev. 6:12–16 John had described the events that surrounded the opening of the sixth seal. Continue reading Vision of the End – Revelation 7

The Seven Churches – Revelation 2–3

Read the Passage: Revelation 2-3

Reminder: Revelation is structured around seven parallel sections, each describing the time between Jesus’ first and second comings. These sections can be delineated into chapters 1–3, 4–7, 8–11, 12–14, 15–16, 17–19, and 20–22.

The Seven Churches – The seven churches mentioned in Rev. 2–3 were real churches, but are also paradigmatic for seven types of churches throughout history. Note that each of these congregations likely began as a result of Paul’s missionary efforts. Jesus’ address to these churches follows a similar six-component pattern: salutation, self-designation, commendation/condemnation, warning, exhortation, promise. Continue reading The Seven Churches – Revelation 2–3

The End of the Age – Mark 13

Read the Passage: Mark 13

Suffering of Believers (13:1–20)

Mark 13 contains what has become known as the Olivet Discourse. This chapter records Jesus’ response, while sitting on the Mount of Olives, to His disciples’ questions about: (1) the timing of the destruction of Jerusalem, which they errantly understood to be the end of the age, and (2) the signs of this event (cf. Mark 13:1–4). Christ addresses the disciples’ first question in Mark 13:5–20. Continue reading The End of the Age – Mark 13

The Olivet Discourse – Matthew 24

Read the Passage: Matthew 24

Suffering of Believers (24:1–25)

Matthew 24 contains what has become known as the Olivet Discourse. This chapter records Jesus’ response, while sitting on the Mount of Olives, to His disciples’ two questions about: (1) the destruction of Jerusalem, and (2) the timing and events related to His second coming (cf. Matt. 24:1–3). Christ addresses the first question in Matt. 24:4–25. In His reply, Jesus speaks about the destruction of Jerusalem, but also He describes the state of the world between His first and second comings. Continue reading The Olivet Discourse – Matthew 24

The End Times – 2 Peter 3:1-18

Read the Passage: 2 Peter 3:1-18

Knowledge (3:1–9)

Peter begins this chapter by referring to his first letter to the churches of Asia Minor, which we know as 1 Peter. That epistle, along with the current one, was written in order to “stir up your pure minds by way of reminder” (2 Pet. 3:1; cf. 1:13; 2 Tim. 1:6; Heb. 10:24). That which Peter wanted to remind his readers of was “the words which were spoken by the holy prophets” (2 Pet. 3:2). Recall that Peter had earlier mentioned the prophecies written by “holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit” (2 Pet. 1:21). Continue reading The End Times – 2 Peter 3:1-18