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Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message #50 | Passion Week 2012 (#3)

On yesterday we talked about what Jesus Christ did on the Monday immediately following Palm Sunday. Today, as we continue this week-long series titled "The Most Exciting and Eventful Week in History", we will talk about what Jesus Christ did on Tuesday of what many call Passion Week.

The Bible says in Matthew 24:1-3, "And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to shew him the buildings of the temple. And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down. And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?"

On Tuesday of Passion Week, Jesus Christ goes with his disciples to the Mount of Olives and answers their questions: "When shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?" This is a long discussion which is called the Olivet Discourse. It takes up two entire chapters in the book of Matthew -- chapters 24 and 25 -- so we will not be able to cover all of it today. In these chapters, Jesus Christ covers a range of topics which include: the destruction of the Temple and the judgment of Israel, the coming persecution of Jesus' followers, the events leading up to the last days, the Antichrist's desecration of a new Temple, the second coming of Jesus Christ, and the judgment of the Gentile nations. In the second half of the Olivet Discourse, Jesus also relates three parables which demonstrate what he had just been talking about -- the parable of the unfaithful servant, the parable of the ten virgins, and the parable of the talents.

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