Assignment: The Olivet Discourse
The Olivet Discourse is the lengthy discussion on Mount of Olives Jesus had with the disciples, where He prophesied to them in detail, the signs of His coming and the end of the age.
Olivet, or the Mount of Olives, is a ridge to the east of Jerusalem overlooking the city. In the Old Testament, Olivet was the place where King David fled to escape the vicious plot of his son, Absalom (2 Samuel 15:30).
Discourse, is a lengthy discussion on a topic. The topic of the Olivet discourse is a theme that continues to interest us today: the ultimate fate of the Earth.
Jesus started his predictions with the destruction of the Temple and the disciples were interested in finding out what will happen. Jesus continued to talk about the period that would be characterized by false Christs, wars, famines, earthquakes, persecutions, false religions, as well as the preaching of the gospel. He advised them to take heed and to not be deceived as they will know when the time is drawing near (The lesson of the fig tree).
Jesus told parables such as Noah and the Ark, the thief in the night and the wise servant to show illustrations that no one will know when the Lord is coming.
The third parable was The Parable of the Ten Virgins. In this parable half was foolish and half was wise. The lesson learnt from this parable is that the Lord will return at an unknown hour and that His people must be ready. Being ready means preparing for whatever unforeseen event arises in our lives and keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus at all times while we eagerly await His coming. As seen in the fact that all the virgins were sleeping when the call came indicates that it doesn’t matter what we are doing when the Lord returns. We may be working, eating, sleeping, or pursuing leisure activities. Whatever it is, we must be doing it in such a way that we don’t have to “make things right” (get more oil) when He comes. This would apply to either...