God has given us a tremendous amount of information in the Scripture about the return of Jesus. Given how much information is in the Scripture, there are several questions we must answer such as, “Why is there this much information in Scripture about this event?” and “How does this information reveal God’s ultimate intention for the church and how do we cooperate with God to see that plan come to pass?”
In Matthew 24:14, Jesus gives a very specific prediction that must be fulfilled before He will return. Because this is such a critical prophecy, it is important for us to understand the context of the prophecy so that we are aware of all that is required to fulfill the prophecy and how it relates to the events of Matthew 24:4-13 and 24:15-31.
Right now the entire earth is focused on the crisis around Jerusalem. While most people on earth try to understand the conflict in the Middle East politically, the crisis is really a spiritual issue that can only be understood spiritually. The enemy knows that God’s plan for this age will be finished on this piece of land and this is why Jesus told us in Matthew 24:15 that we must understand the trouble that will come to Jerusalem.
The Scripture gives us a lot of information about the geography of the end-times. These passages provide practical information to help us understand what will happen before and during the siege on Jerusalem. God has given us information about specific regions so we can partner with the Holy Spirit and what He is doing to prepare for the end of the age.
Just as the Scripture gives us specific information about God’s plan for the region of the Middle East, He also gives us specific information about the expression of the church in this generation. It is our responsibility to understand these descriptions of the church and to labor to build the church according to the pattern God has given.