Bible Proficiency Project
Week 21, 5/25 - 5/29, 2020

Holy Week - Wednesday / April

I.     Monday — Matthew 24:15-28, Mark 13:14-23, Luke 21:20-24   The Great Tribulation

1.     Why does Jesus point to Daniel’s prophecy of the Abomination of Desolation?

2.    Who does Jesus say will see this abomination of desolation in verse 15?

3.    What does Jesus’ warnings about fleeing indicate and instruct the disciples to do?

4.    Why do you think it is called the “great tribulation”?

5.    What historical lesson should the church learn from this pouring out of wrath?

6.    Why does Jesus say the days were shortened?

7.    What warning does Jesus leave for the church regarding false christs and what is the remedy?

8.    What does Jesus’ picturesque language in Matthew 24: 27-28 refer to?

II.    Tuesday —  Matthew 24:29-31, Mark 13:24-27, Luke 21:25-28  Coming Again

1.     What does the phrase immediately after the tribulation mark for us in Jesus’ conversation?

2.    Is this tribulation referring to Jerusalem’s destruction

3.    What is meant by the sign of the coming of the Son of Man on the clouds?

4.    Will people be able to read the signs and prepare for Jesus’ coming again?

5.    What is the first thing that happens after Jesus appears on the clouds?

III.   Wednesday — Matthew 24:32-35, Mark 13:25-31, Luke 21:29-33   Signs of the Times

1.     What is being taught about signs from the parable of the fig tree?

2.    What season is the church now in and what is next?

3.    How do we reconcile these things happening in this generation with a longer view of the gospel period?

4.    What does Jesus say that indicates that the period of tribulation will come to an end?

IV.  Thursday – Matthew 24:36-51, Mark 13:32-37, Luke 21:34-38  Be Ready!

1.     What question does Jesus begin to answer in Matthew 24:36?

2.    What is Jesus’ answer to this question?

3.    What should we think about people who claim to predict when the Lord will return?

4.    How are the days of Noah a warning to us today?

5.    What should we be doing in preparation for the Lord’s coming again?

6.    What does it mean to live in anticipation of Christ’s imminent return?

V.    Friday — Matthew 24  Review  (Signs of the time & This Generation)

1.     Submit your questions to me at rcushank@gmail.com and we will use them for our review. If you don’t

       submit any questions then there will be nothing to chat about.

     ANSWERS

​I.     Monday —Matthew 24:15-28, Mark 13:14-23, Luke 21:20-24   The Great Tribulation

1.     The disciples were enraptured with the beauty and magnificence of the temple and could not envision its

       destruction. But Jesus points to Daniel’s prophecy to show that it is necessary that after the Messiah has

       come that the temple order and sacrifices must come to an end along with the entire governmental

       existence of Judea.

2.    The words, when you, seem to indicate that the disciples will see this temple destroyed and some of them

       are still alive in 70 AD.

3.    Jesus paints a picture of the horrific nature of the destruction of Jerusalem to give the disciples no room to

       desire or cling to a hope of its survival. He does so that the disciples might educate the believers in their

       day not to be caught in Jerusalem or even Judea when the day of destruction comes. Don’t linger, get out

       of there in a hurry or you will die.

4.    Jesus goes on in Matthew 24:21 to say that the destruction will be worse then has ever taken place in the

       history of man – extreme cruelty and suffering for a span of three years that Jerusalem was under siege.

       But Luke gives us another aspect that intensifies the horror and it is that these are days of vengeance –

       whose vengeance? The vengeance of God against the covenant-breaking by Israel whose cup of rebellion

       has now filled to the brim and wrath is now poured out.

5.    Since the Lord executed his vengeance on those men for their incurable contempt of the Gospel,

       accompanied by incorrigible rage, let their punishment be always before our eyes; and let us learn from it,

       that no offense is more heinous in the sight of God than obstinacy in despising his grace (Calvin).

6.    By this Jesus points to the definite period of time being short and not on-going. This is done because God

       remembers His covenant with Abraham and will not utterly extinguish the Jewish race, but will preserve a

       remnant of Israel (see Isaiah 1:9, 10:22, Rom 11:5) for the elect’s sake.

7.    Jesus speaks of coming false christs and prophets who would even show great signs and wonders

       designed to deceive. This speaks to the importance of never allowing doctrine to be overshadowed by

       show.

8.    Given what proceeds it would appear to be speaking to the nature by which the true gospel would so

       rapidly spread and fill up the whole world. In verse 28 it might be a reference from the lesser to the greater

       as the picture is of birds (vultures) coming from far and near to gather to pick at one carcass. How much

       more will the elect be drawn to where Christ is preached and the gospel held dear?

II.    Tuesday —  Matthew 24:29-31, Mark 13:24-27, Luke 21:25-28  Coming Again

1.     This is a mark that Jesus is ending His answer to when the temple will be destroyed. He now enters into a

       discussion of the second question of what will be the sign of Your coming again?

2.    I believe that this is referring to the general persecution of the church during this final period of history up

       to and until the consummation. While the kingdom of God is present in part through the presence of the

       church it has yet to realize God’s design of the fullness of the kingdom that comes with the Second Coming

       of Christ. 

3.    When Jesus comes again it will be through a visible display of His power and majesty for the whole world

       to behold. This will mark the end of the age of tribulations and there will be no doubt as to who Christ is.

4.    No, it will be sudden as a thief in the night. Therefore, His people are called to be always ready for His

       return.

5.    All of God’s elect are gathered together by His angels in a celebratory fashion with the sounding of

       trumpets.

III.   Wednesday — Matthew 24:32-35, Mark 13:25-31, Luke 21:29-33   Signs of the Times

1.     That you can judge from how the tree begins to change from being hardened through winter to becoming

       softer wood for new growth in the spring that you have different periods, and that while in the one you can

       anticipate the coming of the other.

2.    The church is in the days of tribulation period now so that we know the next period to come will be the

        fullness of the kingdom.

3.     Jesus makes clear that the persecutions to come upon the disciples and the church in their life will be a

       sign to the church going forward of calamity to come. But that there will be a time-definite so the church is

       to persevere.

4.    Heaven and earth (this world as we know it) will pass away, but My words (promise) will by no means pass

       away.

IV.  Thursday – Matthew 24:36-51, Mark 13:32-37, Luke 21:34-38  Be Ready!

1.     When is the end of the age?

2.    No one knows except the Father.

3.    That they are wrong and false prophets.

4.    Even though Noah warned that God said judgment was coming people did not believe him because life

       was going along as normal. So it is today and people are not listening to the warnings to repent and

       believe, and like in Noah’s generation the world will be caught off guard when the judgment comes but

       then it will be too late.

5.    We are to be living faithful lives in service to God.

6.    It means to live every moment as though Jesus could return at any moment.