Matthew 24 / Joseph Smith--Matthew

Scriptural Highlights

A study of this lesson will help us recognize the signs that will precede the Savior's Second Coming and encourage us to prepare for this great event.

The Impending Destruction of Jerusalem

  1. Jesus' final teaching in the temple.
  2. JS-Matthew 1:2-4: "And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple; and his disciples came to him, for to hear him, saying: Master, show us concerning the buildings of the temple, as thou hast said--They shall be thrown down, and left unto you desolate.
         "And Jesus said unto them: See ye not all these things, and do ye not understand them? Verily I say unto you, there shall not be left here, upon this temple, one stone upon another that shall not be thrown down.
         "And Jesus left them, and went upon the Mount of Olives. And as he sat upon the Mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying: Tell us when shall these things be which thou hast said concerning the destruction of the temple, and the Jews; and what is the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world, or the destruction of the wicked, which is the end of the world?"

The Dispensation of Persecution & Martyrdom

  2. READ JS-MATTHEW 1:5-10. Signs to precede the destruction of Jerusalem.
  3. READ JS-MATTHEW 1:11-15. How to avoid destruction.
  4. Jerusalem and the Abomination of Desolation.

Signs To Precede The Second Coming

  1. In verse 21, Jesus makes the transitition from the ancient time to the Last Days, the time preceding the Second Coming.
  2. V22: "For in those days there shall also arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders, insomuch, that, if possible, they shall deceive the very elect, who are the elect according to the covenant."
  3. V23: "Behold, I speak these things unto you for the elect's sake; and you also shall hear of wars, and rumors of wars; see that ye be not troubled, for all I have told you must come to pass; but the end is not yet."
  4. V27: "And now I show unto you a parable. Behold, wheresoever the carcass is, there will the eagles be gathered together; so likewise shall mine elect be gathered from the four quarters of the earth.
  5. V29-30: "Behold I speak for mine elect's sake; for nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.
         "And again, because iniquity shall abound, the love of men shall wax cold; but he that shall not be overcome, the same shall be saved."

The Second Coming

  1. The abomination of desolation at the Second Coming.
  2. The glories attending our Lord's return.
  3. When will the Son of Man come?
  4. Watch, Pray, Take Heed, Be Ready!


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