THE KINGDOM OF GOD, WITH MORE TO COME
October 19, 2014
Luke 17:22-37 ESV:  And he said to the disciples, “The days are coming when you will desire to see one of the days of the Son of Man, and you will not see it.  And they will say to you, ‘Look, there!’ or ‘Look, here!’ Do not go out or follow them.  For as the lightning flashes and lights up the sky from one side to the other, so will the Son of Man be in his day.  But first he must suffer many things and be rejected by this generation.  Just as it was in the days of Noah, so will it be in the days of the Son of Man.  They were eating and drinking and marrying and being given in marriage, until the day when Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all.  Likewise, just as it was in the days of Lot—they were eating and drinking, buying and selling, planting and building,  but on the day when Lot went out from Sodom, fire and sulfur rained from heaven and destroyed them all— so will it be on the day when the Son of Man is revealed.  On that day, let the one who is on the housetop, with his goods in the house, not come down to take them away, and likewise let the one who is in the field not turn back.  Remember Lot's wife.  Whoever seeks to preserve his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life will keep it.  I tell you, in that night there will be two in one bed. One will be taken and the other left.  There will be two women grinding together. One will be taken and the other left.”  And they said to him, “Where, Lord?” He said to them, “Where the corpse is, there the vultures will gather.”
Jesus has already told us that the kingdom of God is here now, He also wants to make clear, there is more to come.
- Jesus will leave before He can return.
- While Jesus is gone, some will claim He has returned.
- Jesus’ return will be unmistakable.
- Jesus must die before He can return.
- Jesus will surprise most when He returns. It will not be good for those who are surprised.
- Only those sold out for Jesus will be safe when He returns.