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9. The End of the Worlds
(Matthew 24:32-36)
32Now learn this parable from the fig tree: When its branch has already become tender and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near.33So you also, when you see all these things, know that it is near – at the doors!34Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all these things take place.35Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.36“But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only. (Isaiah51:6, Matthew5:18, Acts1:7, Mark13:28-32, Luke21:29-33,12:39,40)


Christ foretold that the earth, the moon, and the stars will certainly pass away. The Holy Spirit also revealed these events to the Apostle Peter and explained them in his second letter, verses 3:8-13. Yet, God, in utmost compassion, promised to create a new heaven and a new earth in which righteousness and peace dwell. Christ's followers shall live with God as one family in eternal joy.
Keep Christ's words in your heart, for they are the greatest treasure to humanity. They carry us from the perishable to the everlasting, and from sin to righteousness. Listen to the word of Christ more than you watch the television. Believe in its power and act accordingly, then you will partake of God's new world. If you have to travel, flee from you country, or resort to a hiding place from the destruction to come, the most important thing is to put the Holy Bible (rather than money, gold, or clothes) into your bag, for it is the spiritual nourishment for your soul. Be wise, and never separate yourself from your Lord's printed word. His words will never change even if the whole universe passes away. His words are unchangeable, and Christ Himself is the Word of God.
The Word of Christ is more sure and lasting than heaven and earth. Has He spoken? And shall he not do it? (Isaiah 38:15) When the pillars of heaven and foundations of the earth disappear, the Word of Christ shall remain in full power and virtue.
We have to confess that many things will happen in order to pave the way for the coming of Christ, though we do not know all the details. Only fools pretend to know everything. Christ, in humility, admitted that no one knows the hour of the end of the universe but His Father. After His resurrection and triumph over death, He testified that all authority in heaven and earth had been given to Him. In his vision on the island of Patmos, the Apostle John saw that the slain Lamb was the only one worthy of opening the scroll and breaking its seals, including the interpretation of the last days. Thus, the history of mankind is in the hands of Christ.

Prayer
Lord Jesus, We worship You because You are the King of Kings, the Lord of Lords, and You have in Your hands the future of all mankind. Forgive us our negligence and indifference. Teach us to think about the end of the universe that we may be prepared for Your coming, not in despair, but with thankfulness. We glorify You for Your words, which declare to us that You are our certain Hope.
Question
What did Jesus declare about the parable of the fig tree?
PART 1
THE PRELIMINARY PERIOD IN THE MINISTRY OF CHRIST
(MATTHEW 1:1 – 4:25)
PART 2
CHRIST TEACHES AND MINISTERS IN GALILEE
(MATTHEW 5:1 – 11:1)
PART 3
THE UNBELIEVING JEWS AND THEIR ENMITY TO JESUS
(MATTHEW 11:2-18:35)
PART 4
JESUS’ MINISTRY IN THE JORDAN VALLEY DURING HIS JOURNEY TO JERUSALEM
(MATTHEW 19:1 – 20:34)
PART 5
JESUS’ LAST MINISTRIES IN JERUSALEM
(MATTHEW 21:1 – 25:46)
PART 6
CHRIST’S SUFFEINGS AND DEATH
(MATTHEW 26:1-27:66)
PART 7
THE RESURRECTION OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST
(MATTHEW 28:1-20)