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Exegeting
Matthew 24 - 25

    Much of prophecy is written in apocalyptic language, which makes use of signs, symbols, and cosmic metaphors. Moreover, apocalyptic literature revolves around vi­gnettes and themes, not chronology. Conse­quently, events described in apoc­a­lyptic pas­sages often seem both (1) enigmatic and (2) jum­bled and out of or­der. However, not all pro­phetic passages are written in apoc­alyptic lan­guage; some are written us­ing straightfor­ward lan­guage and ex­hib­iting an eas­ily dis­cerni­ble time­line. And that’s largely true of Mat­thew 24, Mark 13, and Luke 21 - which is why these three chap­ters should be the starting point for any­one want­ing to take up the study of Bib­lical proph­ecy. The following two videos take up Matthew 24 and 25.  Both are taken from my book Facing the Storm (Press here to purchase).

Video #1 The Tribulation and Its Lead-up
​Matthew 24:1-31

Video #2 The Parabales of Readiness and Judgment
​Matthew 24:32-25:46

     Both videos are based on my book Facing the Storm, a commentary on Jesus' Olivet Discourse, Matthew Chapters 24 and 25. 
     The timeline Jesus sketches out in Matthew 24:1-31 can be used as a kind of “coat rack” on which to hang apocalyptic passages, fitting them to a chronol­ogy they otherwise lack. Moreover, once an apocalyptic passage is fit­ted onto the time­line, the timeline itself is often furnished with details that clarify and en­hance its meaning. The same timeline is revealed in Mark 13 and Luke 21. Press this link to take you to a graphic depicting that time line and displaying the harmony between Matthew 24, Mark 13, and Luke 21.