One of the greatest book chapters of the Bible for end time studies and to increase recognition of events to happen is Matthew 24. Many think theologically may not be what Jesus is saying is the end in and of itself. Pay close attention to this series.
Matthew 24 [NKJV]
A Bible student or casual reader must keep scripture in context and one is the fact that Matthew was originally written in Hebrew. Only later was it translated into Greek (Septuagint) by order of Ptolemy of Egypt, a former general in Alexander the Great’s army. This alone identifies the original market (people) to whom this book is written. Evidence of to whom this book is intended is found by understanding the Book of Matthew was/is addressed to the Israeli populations, Hebrew speakers. Matthew 1:1-17 begins the lineage of Jesus with Abraham. By comparison, Luke 3 begins the lineage of mankind with Adam through Jesus. Matthew was/is intended to convince the “Jews” that Jesus is in the line of King David AND the promised Messiah. This means that the primary target market of Matthew is not to Gentiles but Hebrew Israelis.
We begin with a sentence from Matthew 24:13… “Whoever reads, let him understand”.
We add as insight Hosea14:9… “Who is wise? Let him understand these things. Who is prudent? Let him know them. For the ways of the LORD are right; The righteous walk in them, but transgressors stumble in them”. One cannot understand something s/he has not previously studied or at minimum, examined. One cannot know without pursuing information. This sums up Matthew 24:13. Without knowledge one cannot understand. We state this in this article to challenge those who claim to not understand the Bible, so s/he tries to excuse him or herself for not reading it. That is NOT a reason. It is an excuse to not take the time to seek knowledge. With knowledge eventually comes understanding.
Study note: Jesus answers them saying, “Where there is a [a carcass/food], there the vultures [eagles] will gather” [Matthew 24:28]. The lesson is in that day when the returned Lord is gathering his “elect” he will attract them as eagles [vultures] are attracted to food. “Where there is a carcass [food to feed upon during the time of our Lord’s presence], there the vultures/eagles will be gathered together.” This may seem like an odd example to be used in scripture. Perhaps even a bit contrary. The core of this passage: Matthew is pointing out that when there is food to be had, those who seek it will get it. The same is true of Bible study. There is food to be found, but who actually seeks it? Going to church by itself is not the spiritual answer. Jesus in making this comment in the Mount of Olives Discourse may be using Job 39:30 as his backdrop. We do not know as no additional clarity is offered in either Job, Matthew 26:28, or where it is used once again, Luke 17:37. Some commentators say the vulture/eagle is an example of Roman power. The point does not change. Are we attracted to the food the Bible has to offer?
The food of “present truth” now provided by our Lord, and the gathering of his saints to it, fits the description of Jesus’ prophecy. The present call is not out of one “grinding mill” into another “grinding mill” (differing denominations). Instead, it is a gathering together into and onto Christ himself. The *gathering ones come together because they “hunger and thirst after righteousness” and truth and each is eating thereof. To the seventh and last Church of Laodicea our Lord gave this admonition, “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.” (Revelation 3:20)
*Does one easily find in today’s church, regardless of denomination, a gathering together of believers seeking to satisfy their spiritual hunger and thirst or is it more of going to church for the purpose of going to see others and give the appearance of spirituality? Bring an unsaved friend so “we can worship together???” This is being unequally yoked.
In Matthew 24:41, the mill is a place where food is prepared. The spiritual “food” that Christendom (Catholicism as well as the many various Protestant Churches) had prepared for the flock was poor. Consequently, each “grinder” was obliged to prepare what is given him by his own denomination. Presenting truth gathers some of the grinders and leaves others—one is taken and another left. In Luke 17:37 Jesus’ disciples ask where these people would be taken. It is then that Jesus answers them essentially saying, “Go where the food is and find the seekers” (paraphrased to emphasize those who seek).
We do not wish to teach you what to think, but what to think about.
Rev. Dr. Jstark