Whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.
(John 4:14)

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And he showed me a river of the water of life, clear as crystal, coming from the throne of God and of the Lamb
(Rev 22:1)

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The End Times Commentary

Chapter Three

What will be the sign of the end?

Matthew 24

Being fertile ground for End time prophecies

In this series of messages about the end time events we have covered ‘Who’ really knows the end (from the very beginning Ch. One), the need to be attuned to the Spirit that leads us into all truth (Ch. Two). Previous to that we did a series on prophecy and the prophets. We rest in the promise that YHVH will do nothing without first revealing it to the prophets (Amos 3:7). With this background we are ready to look at what Yeshua (Jesus) said to His disciples in Matthew 24.

Short review from this series:

Because YHVH (The LORD) knows …

Isa 46:10 (NKJV unless indicated) Declaring the end from the beginning, And from ancient times things that are not yet done, Saying, 'My counsel shall stand, And I will do all My pleasure,' (See also Isa 55:11; Isa 48:3-5)

End Time Scriptures are referred to by many terms:

  • The Latter Days Deut 31:29; Dan 10:14
  • The Time of the End Dan 12:4; Dan 12:9
  • The last Days Gen 49:1-2
  • The end of this Age Matt 13:39
  • The day of the LORD… Joel 2:11; Zeph 1:14; Isa 2:12; Jer 46:10; Ezek 30:3; Amos 5:18; Obad 1:15; Zeph 1:14; Mal 4:5; Acts 2:20; 1Cor 5:5; 1Thess 5:2; 2Pet 3:10

We can know…

Hos 3:5; Jeremiah 23:5-6; Jeremiah 33:15-16; Ezekiel 34:23

We have found Him…

John 1:45 Philip found Nathanael and said to him, "We have found Him of whom Moses in the law, and also the prophets, wrote -- Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph."

And He said:

John 14:26 "But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.

John 10:27 "My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.

Rev 3:22 "He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches." *

Our key to understanding the truth is the Helper - "The Spirit of Truth"


The Matthew 24 Prophecy

Chapter Three - Part One

Grant us Understanding

When will these thing be…? What will it be like when Messiah returns?

(The Matthew 24 prophecy with supporting Scriptures)

Matt 24:1 Then Jesus went out and departed from the temple, and His disciples came up to show Him the buildings of the temple. 2 And Jesus said to them, "Do you not see all these things? Assuredly, I say to you, not one stone shall be left here upon another, that shall not be thrown down."

Three questions:

Matt 24:3 Now as He sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying,

  • "Tell us, when will these things be?
  • And what will be the sign of Your coming,
  • and of the end of the age?"

Matthew 13:39

"… the harvest is the end of the age, and the reapers are the angels.

1 Thessalonians 2:19

For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Is it not even you in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at His coming?


Yeshua’s first directive - "Do not be deceived"

Matt 24:4 And Jesus answered and said to them: "Take heed that no one deceives you.

1 John 3:7

Little children, let no one deceive you. He who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous.

Jeremiah 29:8

For thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: Do not let your prophets and your diviners who are in your midst deceive you, nor listen to your dreams which you cause to be dreamed.

Ephesians 5:6

Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience.

Colossians 2:8

Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ.

2 Thessalonians 2:3

Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition,


Anti-Christ(s) and Deception

Matt 24:5 "For many will come in My name, saying, 'I am the Christ,' and will deceive many.

1 John 2:18

Little children, it is the last hour; and as you have heard that the Antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come, by which we know that it is the last hour.

1 Timothy 4:1

Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons,

2 John 1:7

For many deceivers have gone out into the world who do not confess Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist.

Jude 1:18

how they told you that there would be mockers in the last time who would walk according to their own ungodly lusts.

1 John 4:3

and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world.


Wars - famines - pestilences - earthquakes

Matt 24:6 "And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. 7 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places.

2 Thessalonians 2:2

not to be soon shaken in mind or troubled, either by spirit or by word or by letter, as if from us, as though the day of Christ had come.

2 Chronicles 15:6

"So nation was destroyed by nation, and city by city, for God troubled them with every adversity.

Isaiah 19:2

"I will set Egyptians against Egyptians; Everyone will fight against his brother, And everyone against his neighbor, city against city, kingdom against kingdom.


End time Sorrows for the Saints

Matt 24:8 "All these are the beginning of sorrows.9 Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name's sake. 10 And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another.

Matthew 10:21- 22

"Now brother will deliver up brother to death, and a father his child; and children will rise up against parents and cause them to be put to death. And you will be hated by all for My name's sake. But he who endures to the end will be saved.

Matthew 23:34

"Therefore, indeed, I send you prophets, wise men, and scribes: some of them you will kill and crucify, and some of them you will scourge in your synagogues and persecute from city to city, (Speaking to enemies of the truth)

John 16:2

"They will put you out of the synagogues; yes, the time is coming that whoever kills you will think that he offers God service.


False Prophets

Matt 24:11 "Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many.

Matthew 7:15

" Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves.

Mark 13:22

"For false christs and false prophets will rise and show signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.

2 Peter 2:1

But there were also false prophets among the people, even as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Lord who bought them, and bring on themselves swift destruction.

1 John 4:1

Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world.



Matt 24:12 "And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold.

Matthew 7:23

"And then I will declare to them, 'I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!'

Matthew 13:41

"The Son of Man will send out His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all things that offend, and those who practice lawlessness,


Need for endurance to the end …

Matt 24:13 "But he who endures to the end shall be saved.

Matthew 10:22

"And you will be hated by all for My name's sake. But he who endures to the end will be saved.

Rev 2:26

"And he who overcomes, and keeps My works until the end, to him I will give power over the nations --


Gospel must be preached to all nations before the end.

Matt 24:14 "And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.

Matthew 4:23

And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease among the people.

Matthew 28:19

"Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,

Rev 14:6

Then I saw another angel flying in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach to those who dwell on the earth -- to every nation, tribe, tongue, and people --


The "KEY" to knowing we are in the last days

Matt 24:15 " Therefore when you see the 'abomination of desolation,' spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place" (whoever reads, let him understand),

Mark 13:14

"So when you see the 'abomination of desolation,' spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing where it ought not" (let the reader understand), "then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains.

Daniel 12:11

"And from the time that the daily sacrifice is taken away, and the abomination of desolation is set up, there shall be one thousand two hundred and ninety days.

Daniel 9:27

Then he shall confirm a covenant with many for one week; But in the middle of the week He shall bring an end to sacrifice and offering. And on the wing of abominations shall be one who makes desolate, Even until the consummation, which is determined, Is poured out on the desolate."

Daniel 11:31

"And forces shall be mustered by him, and they shall defile the sanctuary fortress; then they shall take away the daily sacrifices, and place there the abomination of desolation.


Summary: It is the Torah, the Prophets, the Hebrew Scriptures and what Yeshua and writers of the NT present to us that gives us a vivid picture of end time events; so that we may know; there is a Creator God that knows the end from the beginning. He reveals the events of end times to us in His inspired written Word; by His Holy Spirit to the churches and those that chose to hear and obey -

Rev 3:22 "He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches."

*The scripture references are not exhaustive; they are to give the essence of their heading

In this Commentary when statements are supported by Scripture it may only be one or two verses; even though many more could be used. Because this is the writer’s understanding (at this time) it may be in some cases subjective; thankfully we have His Word and His Spirit to help keep us on the straight and narrow way.



Understand Prophecy

Prov 1:2 To know wisdom and instruction, To perceive the words of understanding,

Prov 2:3 Yes, if you cry out for discernment, And lift up your voice for understanding,

Prov 4:7 Wisdom is the principal thing; Therefore get wisdom. And in all your getting, get understanding.

Prov 14:33 Wisdom rests in the heart of him who has understanding

Prov 23:23 Buy the truth, and do not sell it, Also wisdom and instruction and understanding.

Prov 28:16 A ruler who lacks understanding is a great oppressor…


Understanding in the Psalms

Ps 49:3 My mouth shall speak wisdom, And the meditation of my heart shall give understanding.

Ps 111:10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; A good understanding have all those who do His commandments. His praise endures forever.

Ps 119:34 Give me understanding, and I shall keep Your law; Indeed, I shall observe it with my whole heart.

Ps 119:73 Your hands have made me and fashioned me; Give me understanding, that I may learn Your commandments.


Being Effective

Mental Humility

Do you have assumptions and thought patterns that prevent you from understanding the truth? Are you able to accurately describe yours? Most people are subject to these things, yet are also blind to them, so they hold them without realizing them. Yours will have less power over you if you are aware of them. Jesus criticized the Pharisees for being blind guides. Others asked if they were blind also. It may seem strange that they would not know, but false certainty is an insidious trap. Yeshua (Jesus) made a great promise in view of these things, that you could know the truth, and be free. Examine your patterns of thinking and acquire the habit of mental humility if you would be truly wise.

(Adapted from a Dale Cresap blog)


Hope for the World.

We are liable to limit God; we are disposed to look for Him only in certain quarters; we are apt to conclude that He works mainly, if not only, in certain prescribed channels. We say He is in the church. And so He is. But He is not confined to this one channel or organization. He fulfills Himself in various ways. In His infinite wisdom He uses a multitude of instrumentalities for the accomplishment of His purposes. I have more hope for the world than some others, perhaps, because I can see God’s beneficent power working where many men see Him not. Like the young man with the old prophet, men’s eyes are closed to the vision of heavenly helpers that throng the mountainside, which the keener vision of Elisha saw. The young man, filled with fear, saw only the spearheads of the Syrian foe, but the prophet’s ears heard the sound of "silver wings slow beating through the hush of night."

J. B. Silcox.


Your future is behind you

Time seems to come at us head-on: the future in front, the past behind. Not so for the Aymara people of the Andes. Because the past is what they have experienced, it lies ahead, where they can see it. The future remains hidden, so it is behind them. That’s because visual evidence is particularly important to the Aymara. Their grammar, for instance, indicates whether you personally saw Joe go to the store (-vna), or learned he was going there (-tayna). You’d also use -tayna if you saw Joe leaving while you were drunk, so your eyesight can’t be trusted. This emphasis on vision frames their view of time.

This article was originally published in the September/October 2017 Mysteries of Time and Space issue of Popular Science.


You might be a redneck if… Jeff Foxworthy

  1. You pick your teeth from a catalog.
  2. You think a hot tub is a stolen bathroom fixture.
  3. People hear your car a long time before they see it.
  4. The gas pedal on your car is shaped like a bare foot.
  5. You prefer car keys to Q-tips.
  6. You take a fishing-pole into Sea World.
  7. You think a turtleneck is key ingredient for soup.
  8. You've ever stood in line to have your picture taken with a freak of nature.
  9. You think the French Riviera is a foreign car.
  10. You go to a stock car race and don't need a program.