Soon and Very Soon

Series: The Gospel of Matthew

Soon and Very Soon

September 12, 2021 | Paul Duppenthaler

Does it seem like Jesus is taking forever for His Grand 2nd Coming? Today's message makes it clear that He will return, that life will be difficult while we're waiting, but also that He has given us all we need to be able to survive and even thrive with anticipation as we wait. An old spiritual song says, "Soon and very soon, we are going to see the King." It's truer today than ever, and His impending return is welcomed by the church. When we know we have an eternally bright future, we can make it through even the toughest seasons of life. Join us as we listen to Jesus' instructions that will prepare us for His return.

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Soon and Very Soon

Matthew 24:21-31 NIV 


Matthew 24:21-22 For then there will be great distress, unequaled from the beginning of the world until now—and never to be equaled again. If those days had not been cut short, no one would survive, but for the sake of the elect those days will be shortened. 

Many believe that this foreshadows Jesus’ 2nd Coming.

Signs:  false teachers, wars, natural disasters, persecution, apostasy, along with gospel growth.

Matthew 24:8 All these are the beginning of birth pains. 


Matthew 24:23-28 At that time if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Messiah!’ or, ‘There he is!’ do not believe it. For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. See, I have told you ahead of time. So if anyone tells you, ‘There he is, out in the wilderness,’ do not go out; or, ‘Here he is, in the inner rooms,’ do not believe it. For as lightning that comes from the east is visible even in the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. Wherever there is a carcass, there the vultures will gather. 

Until His Return, Jesus gave us  directed by His  and empowered by .

Col 3:16 Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God.

Acts 9:31 Then the church throughout Judea, Galilee and Samaria enjoyed a time of peace and was strengthened. Living in the fear of the Lord and encouraged by the Holy Spirit, it increased in numbers. 


Matthew 24:29-31 Immediately after the distress of those days ‘the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from the sky, and the heavenly bodies will be shaken.’  Then will appear the sign of the Son of Man in heaven. And then all the peoples of the earth will mourn when they see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven, with power and great glory. And he will send his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other.

2 Peter 3:10–13 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare. Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming. That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat. But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells. 

Let us live holy and godly lives as we anticipate the day.

Hebrews 10:24–25 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

Series Information

In our continued study of Gospel of Matthew, we see how God’s promises in the Hebrew Scriptures to bring salvation to his people Israel and to the whole world are being fulfilled with the coming of Jesus the Messiah. Our response to this joyful news should be to go into all the world and make disciples of Jesus the Messiah.

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