Gilbert House Fellowship #97: Matthew 24-25

The destruction of Jerusalem by the Romans in 70AD -- a painting by David Roberts (1796-1849)

The destruction of Jerusalem by the Romans in 70AD — a painting by David Roberts (1796-1849).

MATTHEW 24 and 25 are among the most important chapters in the New Testament. Jesus spells out the future days of vengeance on Israel, the days of Tribulation, and the return of the Messiah to reign on Earth.

We discuss these chapters and why their intended audience was the Jews (although some scholars disagree, arguing that Matthew 24 and 25 apply to the Church and not to the Jewish people). We consider the parables of the Ten Virgins and the Talents in light of their application to the Jews alone, and the judgment of the sheep and goats in Matthew 25 being a judgment of Gentiles during the Tribulation, with salvation for those who showed kindness to “the least of these my brothers” — the Jews.

This contradicts a new teaching that incorrectly interprets Matthew 25:31-46 as a judgment of nations, rather than people — the lesson being that believers must ensure that they’re living in a “sheep nation” and not a “goat nation” (presumably by taking control and forcing people to behave) to avoid being sent “into eternal punishment”!

Click here for the complete archive of our New Testament Bible studies to date, and click here for the Old Testament studies to date.

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