“THE BOOK OF MATTHEW”
Lesson: The Olivet Discourse
I. EVENTS THAT LED TO THE GREAT PROPHECIES
A. THE DISCIPLES ADMIRED THE TEMPLE’S MAGNIFICENCE (1) —> They showed it to Jesus
B. HE USED THIS TIME TO AROUSE THEIR INTEREST IN PROPHECY (2) —> Jesus predicted the temple’s utter destruction (2)
C. THE DISCIPLES ASKED THREE QUESTIONS (3)
1. When would the temple be destroyed?
2. What signs would precede Christ’s return?
3. When would the world end?
D. JESUS’ WARNINGS (4-14) —> Do not be deceived
a. False prophets
b. World violence
c. Natural disasters
(NOTE: These signs are the beginning of sorrows)
d. Severe religious persecution
e. Terrible apostasy—betrayal and division
f. Many false leaders—offering false hope
g. A great falling away—sin increasing—love growing cold
h. World evangelism