Comparison of the Gospels and Revelation
|Matthew 24:4 -12
“You will be hearing of wars and rumors of wars…because lawlessness is increased most people’s love will grow cold”
The four horses of the Apocalypse, and the Martyrs.
Therefore when you see the Abomination of desolation….
|Revelation 10-13, 17 – 18
The saints are given into the hands of the Antichrist (Satan), and the beast.
|Matthew 13:40-41; 24:29
the Angels sent out to remove the lawlessness from the kingdom of heaven; “the sun will be darkened, the moon will not give its light, and the stars will fall”
|Revelation 8- 9, 14 – 16, 19
The Angels are sent out to remove the lawlessness from the kingdom of heaven. The sun darkened, and moon not giving its light, and stars falling are described in the 3rd, 4th, and 5th trumpets.
Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear.
|Revelation 1-5, 7, 20 -22
The LORD’s Day, and thereafter.
Parable of the Harvest – the good and bad grow up until the time of the harvest, Matt 13:30; the harvest in Revelation 14:15 is described as a harvest of grapes.
The Mustard Seed – the growth of the kingdom of heaven will be great. The birds of the air are described as the workers of Satan in verses 4 and 19. The phrase “birds of the air come and rest in its branches” is from Daniel 4:12 and describes the kingdom of the beast, the corrupted kingdom of heaven. The reason for that corruption is described in the next verse.
the leavened kingdom – Jesus described the false teachings of the Pharisees as leaven, see Matthew 16:6. Leaven represents the falsity in the Church. Paul told us that we eat the “unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.” The unleavened flour represents “unleavened truth,” and the leavening of the flour represents the corruption of the truth.
a woman – the woman is undoubtedly the Great Harlot in Revelation.
three measures of meal – most commentators recognize that the expression “three measures,” by Jesus was not arbitrary, and that there must have been some specific reason for the number three. But, they are at a loss to determine what the reason for three is. Here, we need some careful thought.
The Greek expression here is “ἀλεύρου σάτα τρία” (flour, measures, three). The Greek word σάτα, sata, actually comes from the Hebrew word “seah” meaning “measure.” We find the same expression, “three measures of meal” in Genesis 18:6. The word “seah” can also define a specific quantity of dry flour, but the primary meaning is simply “measures” or “measurements.”
The measurements of the true Church are the measurements of truth, these are the three measures of unleavened flour. In Ezekiel 43:10-11, we learn that these “measurements must be strictly adhered to.”
The Bible gives us three measures of doctrine that must be adhered to, in order to be saved.
- We must “know…the one true God” (John 17:3).
- We must “obey the Gospel of Jesus Christ,” (2 Thessalonians 1:8). This includes the need to be baptized and remember Christ’s death “in like manner” to Christ, and the Apostles.
- We must do the will of God, and keep His commandments (Matthew 7:21).
The leavening of the true measurements came by Tertullian, in 190 AD. He was the father of Latin Christianity, whose number is 666 (lateinos). He corrupted the “three measurements” of truth.
- He proposed the Trinity.
- He discounted the need to baptize “in like manner,” in living water. The need to baptize “in like manner,” in living water, was recognized by Justin Martyr and the Church in 150 AD, as we can read in Justin Martyr’s first Apology.
- He said that Sunday should the day of rest, and not Saturday.
He did not speak without a parable – see also Matt 13:11, the secrets of the kingdom are only for His disciples to understand.
the parable of the tares – the good and bad grow up together in the kingdom of heaven.
the end of the age – this parable will be described in Rev 8, 14, 16, and 19 where we see the Angels who remove the the lawlessness from the kingdom.
send forth His Angels – who we see in Rev 14.
furnace of fire – described in Rev 14:10.
shine forth as the sun – the Spirit of Christ, as the Body of Christ, will shine forth as the sun, see Rev 1:16; 10:1; 12:1.
Matthew 24/Mark 13/Luke 21
Jesus’ explanation of the end time events is in two parts, similar to Daniel’s visions. First He gives an overview, in Matthew 24:4-14, and then He gives a detailed explanation in verses 15-31. The detailed explanation begins with the appearance of the Antichrist, and takes us to the end of the world.
An Overview of the Events that precede Christ’s Return
Matt 24:1-2/ Mark 13:1-2/Luke 21:5-6
not one stone – from Daniel 9;26, this verse will introduce Daniel 9:27, as described in Matthew 24:15, and Mark 13:14. From here, we begin the comparison the destruction and restoration of the physical Jerusalem, to the spiritual Jerusalem, New Jerusalem. Both were given into the hands of the Gentiles, until they were finally restored.
Matt 24:3/Mark 13:2-4/Luke 21:7
what will be the sign? – Jesus answers this clearly in verses 15-29.
Matt 24:4-5/Mark 13:5-6/Luke 21:8
many will say “I am the Christ” – an entire line of Popes said “I am Christ on earth.”
Matt 24:6-8/Mark 13:7-8/Luke 21:9-11
wars, famines, earthquakes – see Rev 6:1-8, these are the plagues over a fourth of the earth, the four seals, the four horsemen.
Matt 24:9-13/Mark 13:9-12/Luke 21:12-19
then they will deliver you – Luke gives the opposite message to Matthew, and quotes Jesus saying: “but before all these things, they will lay hands on you and persecute you,” (Luke 21:12-19). We can’t really ascribe any significance to the statement: “then they will deliver,” to place it sometime after the wars, famines and earthquakes. Indeed, the persecution of the saints, had already begun in the Apostolic age. The detailed chronology of events begins in verse 15.
Matt 24:14/Mark 13:13/
this gospel will be preached…and then the end will come – the conclusion of the overview.
The Chronology of Events Preceding Christ’s Return
In Matthew 24:15-28, Mark 13:14-27, and Luke 21:20-27, Jesus describes the desolation and restoration of the Sanctified Church, “New Jerusalem.” His true disciples fly to “the mountains,” this is the flight of the Woman into the wilderness, described in Revelation 12. After the Sanctified Church has been restored (described in Revelation 8:4-5), seven trumpets will precede Jesus’ return. Jesus introduced these trumpets in Matthew 24:29, saying: “the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light” (fourth trumpet), “and the stars will fall from the sky” (3rd and 5th trumpet).
Below we compare Christ’s message in the Gospels, with the Books of Daniel, and Revelation.
standing in the holy place – Christ’s Church is desolated when the “man of sin” is revealed,” (2 Thessalonians 2:3); the Antichrist is “given a mouth,” and desolates the Church. The “place of his Sanctuary was cast to the ground,” Daniel 8:10.
Let him who is on the housetop – the same expression is used also in Luke 17:31, where the appearance of Christ is described, but here in Matthew, we are describing the appearance of the Antichrist. In both cases, the warning is the same. We must give ourselves wholly to the attention of our salvation. This is explained in Luke 17:32, do not look back, as Lot’s wife did.
such as has not occurred since the beginning of the world until now, nor ever will – this was the tribulation of the Antichrist, Satan, against the saints. It was incredible from the view of the world because the “Church” inflicted great suffering upon the saints, through religious wars and burning at the stake.
wherever the corpse is the vultures (eagles) will gather – His return will coincide with the Battle of Armageddon, as described in Isaiah 34:15-16; “the eagles/hawks will be gathered there” – “and His Spirit (Word, in the Targum) has gathered them.”
the sun will be darkened and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will fall – in the 4th trumpet we find: “a third of the sun and a third of the moon and a third of the stars were struck…” (Revelation 8:12); and the stars falling are in the 3rd and 5th trumpets (Revelation 8:10, 9:1).
In summary, Jesus prophesied two events that must precede His return:
- The Great Tribulation from Satan, and
- The Seven Trumpets from God
in perplexity at the roaring of the sea and the waves– some might think this is a prophecy of anxiety regarding climate change in the last days; but is more likely the crashing of the waves of the sea in the second trumpet, in Rev 8:8-9
The saints once again have the “guarantee” of salvation, “blessed are the dead, who die in the Lord from now on” (Eph 1:13; Rev 14:13).
The outpouring of the Holy Spirit brings the hour of God’s judgment (John 16:9, Rev 14:6); the wrath of Almighty God; the Holy Spirit is the fire that proceeds from the Ancient of Days, to destroy the kingdom of the beast, as described in Daniel 7:10 and Revelation 16:8-9.
coming in the clouds – from Daniel 7:13
shall gather His elect – from Isaiah 34:16