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Illustrated Sequence

This page will be under constant construction for some time as items are added, and better illustrations are acquired.

In Matthew 24 and in Mark 13, Jesus Christ answered the disciples' questions, "When shall these things be, and what shall be the sign of your coming?"  It is important to understand the context of Christ's answer almost 2,000 years ago, realizing the entire history of the Church must happen, and the Church would be guided by these words from that time.  Also it is important to know that God the Father had not yet given Christ the Revelation of the final framework of the end time events.


In these beginning phrases Christ informed them that wars, famines, earthquakes would continue to occur, as indeed they have throughout the history since.  Notice Christ's instructions though: "See that you be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet."  [See above]  or as Mark 13: 7 reads, "And when you shall hear of wars and rumors of wars, be you not troubled, for such things must needs be, but the end shall not be yet."  This time that Christ referred to as 'The Beginning of Sorrows" extends from the time this was spoken until the end time.  Christ clearly said that these events, though they must occur, were not the specific sign of His coming.

Christ continues in His answer that has guided the Church throughout all its eras and in Matt. 24: 14 (as shown in the frame above) He gives the one great sign of the end time.  Mark 13: 10 gives the following wording: "And the gospel must first be published among all nations."


This was not possible until the modern era.  Until modern communication systems were invented no one could publish the gospel to the entire world.  Since the innovation of the Internet this has now become possible.  Anyone with a computer and access can receive this information.  Notice that this will be done "for a witness to all nations".  It does not require belief.  It will happen regardless of man, but God through His mercy will see that warning is published.

Basic Timeline

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