OPENING PRAYER: Father, please help me not to miss heaven.
PREVIOUS KNOWLEDGE: The leader should ask the members to explain how a Christian can grow to the full stature of Jesus Christ.
MEMORY VERSE: Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh. – Matthew 24:44
BIBLE TEXT: Matthew 24:3-44 (KJV)
Mat 24:3 Later, as Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, his disciples came to him in private and asked, “When will this happen? What will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the world?”
Mat 24:4 Jesus answered: Don’t let anyone fool you.
Mat 24:5 Many will come and claim to be me. They will say that they are the Messiah, and they will fool many people.
Mat 24:6 You will soon hear about wars and threats of wars, but don’t be afraid. These things will have to happen first, but that isn’t the end.
Mat 24:7 Nations and kingdoms will go to war against each other. People will starve to death, and in some places, there will be earthquakes.
Mat 24:8 But this is just the beginning of troubles.
Mat 24:9 You will be arrested, punished, and even killed. Because of me, you will be hated by people of all nations.
Mat 24:10 Many will give up and will betray and hate each other.
Mat 24:11 Many false prophets will come and fool alot of people.
Mat 24:12 Evil will spread and cause many people to stop loving others.
Mat 24:13 But if you keep on being faithful right to the end, you will be saved.
Mat 24:14 When the good news about the kingdom has been preached all over the world and told to all nations, the end will come.
The Abomination of Desolation
Mat 24:15 Someday you will see that “Horrible Thing” in the holy place, just as the prophet Daniel said. Everyone who reads this must try to understand!
Mat 24:16 If you are living in Judea at that time, run to the mountains.
Mat 24:17 If you are on the roof of your house, don’t go inside to get anything.
Mat 24:18 If you are out in the field, don’t go back for your coat.
Mat 24:19 It will be a terrible time for women who are expecting babies or nursing young children.
Mat 24:20 And pray that you won’t have to escape in winter or on a Sabbath.
Mat 24:21 This will be the worst time of suffering since the beginning of the world, and nothing this terrible will ever happen again.
Mat 24:22 If God doesn’t make the time shorter, no one will be left alive. But because of God’s chosen ones, he will make the time shorter.
Mat 24:23 Someone may say, “Here is the Messiah!” or “There he is!” But don’t believe it.
Mat 24:24 False messiahs and false prophets will come and work great miracles and signs. They will even try to fool God’s chosen ones.
Mat 24:25 But I have warned you ahead of time.
Mat 24:26 If you are told that the Messiah is out in the desert, don’t go there! And if you are told that he is in some secret place, don’t believe it!
Mat 24:27 The coming of the Son of Man will be like lightning that can be seen from east to west.
Mat 24:28 Where there is a corpse, there will always be buzzards.
The Coming of the Son of Man
Mat 24:29 Right after those days of suffering, “The sun will become dark, and the moon will no longer shine. The stars will fall, and the powers in the sky will be shaken.”
Mat 24:30 Then a sign will appear in the sky. And there will be the Son of Man. All nations on earth will weep when they see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.
Mat 24:31 At the sound of a loud trumpet, he will send his angels to bring his chosen ones together from all over the earth.
The Lesson of the Fig Tree
Mat 24:32 Learn a lesson from a fig tree. When its branches sprout and start putting out leaves, you know that summer is near.
Mat 24:33 So when you see all these things happening, you will know that the time has almost come.
Mat 24:34 I can promise you that some of the people of this generation will still be alive when all this happens.
Mat 24:35 The sky and the earth won’t last forever, but my words will.
No One Knows That Day and Hour
Mat 24:36 No one knows the day or hour. The angels in heaven don’t know, and the Son himself doesn’t know. Only the Father knows.
Mat 24:37 When the Son of Man appears, things will be just as they were when Noah lived.
Mat 24:38 People were eating, drinking, and getting married right up to the day that the flood came and Noah went into the big boat.
Mat 24:39 They didn’t know anything was happening until the flood came and swept them all away. That is how it will be when the Son of Man appears.
Mat 24:40 Two men will be in the same field, but only one will be taken. The other will be left.
Mat 24:41 Two women will be together grinding grain, but only one will be taken. The other will be left.
Mat 24:42 So be on your guard! You don’t know when your Lord will come.
Mat 24:43 Homeowners never know when a thief is coming, and they are always on guard to keep one from breaking in.
To prepare is to make ready for a particular purpose, it also means to put things in readiness. Brethren, from today’s bible text Jesus gave us a lengthy description of many signs that would precede His second coming. It is now over two thousand years after the death, resurrection and ascension of Christ. Therefore it is pertinent for any heaven minded person to address the state of his/her preparedness for the second coming of our Lord, Jesus Christ.
LESSON AIM: To encourage Christians not to lose focus of their eternal home.
TEACHING OBJECTIVES: At the end of the lesson, members should be able to:
i. Explain the pilgrimage status in this world.
ii. And stay prepared always waiting for that great day.
TEXT REVIEW: Matthew 24:3-44
i. Jesus is coming again whether some people believe it or not.
ii. Jesus took time to explain from the text, those things that will take place before His second coming.
iii. Please take heed so that ‘if I had known’ will not be our last statement.
TEACHING METHOD: The leader should use the discussion method.
TIME MANAGEMENT: Share the teaching time using the suggested time schedule.
LESSON OUTLINES: There are three outlines:
1. THE SECOND COMING OF CHRIST AS RECORDED IN THE BIBLE:
- It was revealed to Daniel and recorded. – Daniel 7:13-14
- It was revealed by Jesus in Matthew 24:30-31
- Jesus hold His disciples of His second coming again. – John 14:1-3
2. WHAT ARE THE SIGNS OF HIS SECOND COMING?
- No one knows the exact time except the father in heaven. – Matthew 24:36
- It will be immediately after the tribulation. – Matthew 24:29
- Many will not believe or care about it like in the days of Noah. – Matthew 24:37-39
3. HOW CAN I PREPARE MYSELF FOR HIS SECOND COMING?
The Lord is coming only for His saints. These are Christians who are faithful and are genuinely born again. Are you one of them? – 1 Thessalonians 4:14-17
Therefore as Christians, we must:
- watch for His coming. – Matthew 24:42-44, Philippians 3:20
- don’t be carried away by the cares of the world. – Matthew 24:38
- live a life of holiness. – 1 Peter 1:16, Hebrews 12:14
ACTIVITY: Is there any possibility that Jesus Christ will come back?
SUMMARY: Please stay focused. Don’t be double-minded for the second coming of Jesus Christ is at hand.
CONCLUSION: God has said it and it was also foretold by His prophets while Jesus Himself had declared that His second coming is certain. Now, the question remains: “Are you prepared?”
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