Re-examining the Olivet Discourse

Re-examining the Olivet Discourse – Pete Garcia –

Note: Earlier this week Ariel Sharon was buried next to his wife on his farm in South Israel. It was a sad day for Israel (and the world) to lose one of most respected leaders. To see where we are on God\’s prophetic time clock we are re-examining the biblical evidence of the return of Christ. In an earlier brief we examined the Olivet Discourse from Matthew 24 through to Matthew 24:31. While it answered some questions, ending the discussion where I did evidently raised some new ones. What about v. 36-44? I\’ve never understood about the unknown day and hour, the comparison to the days of Noah and especially the points about two men/women and one being taken and the other left. Do these verses refer to the rapture or the tribulation? The unknown hour seems to refer to the rapture, but does it really mean that a time of great tribulation will come upon all the people of the earth at an hour unknown to them? To briefly recap, we left off with Matthew 24:31: \”And He shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.”

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