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Olivet Discourse: Matthew 25 Timeline

With the opening of Matthew 25, there are three parables given by the Lord to indicate the conditions and judgments that will occur immediately upon His return to this world.  However, to assist in the understanding of the significant events that lay between today at the time of this writing, and the return of the Lord and His kingdom, there are several major events yet to occur, which are outlined in the timeline below.  The following base timeline is used for the book of Revelation, and is useful now for understanding the events yet to occur.  Information concerning the construction of this timeline can be found on web site, on the page titled the interpretations of the timelines.  

The main events to occur before Matthew 25, are:

  • The rapture of the church:  shown below on the left side of the timeline, with the red arrow pointing up
  • Those in the church will stand before the judgment seat of Christ, 2Corinthians 5:6-10; shown on the left side of the timeline, with the blue vertical box
  • The seven years of tribulation, in Revelation chapters 6-19:  shown in the middle of the timeline
  • The marriage of the Lamb; shown on the right side of the timeline, in the silver box before the return of the Lord
  • The return of the King of kings and Lord of lords, Revelation 19:11-19; shown on the right side of the timeline, in the purple arrow pointing downward
    • The call to the marriage supper of the Lamb, Revelation 19:9-10; shown on the right side of the timeline, in the silver box below the millennium blue arrow, this will be a 1,000 year long supper
    • The glory of the Lord resides in His temple, Ezekiel 43:1-5, more is written on this on the page Mark 13 timelines
    • The Lordís return from the wedding, Luke 12:34-40

The next timeline illustrated the constituents of those on earth during the millennial reign of Christ:

  • Survivors of the tribulation, Matthew 25
    • The remnant of Israel, Revelation 12
    •   The faithful Gentiles
    • The unrighteous
  • Those who return with Christ with their resurrected bodies
  • The resurrected Old Testament saints, Daniel 12

The actual events that are presented in the form of three parables in Matthew 25 are shown in the following graphic, which builds on the base timeline above.

Finally, the following table provides a list of all the covenants that the Lord made with Israel and mankind.  With the Lord's return to be the King of kings on the throne of David, He will have fulfilled every covenant and promise that was made to His people Israel.  There were eight covenants that the Lord had made to:  Adam, Abraham and the children of Israel, King David, and all of Israel.

# Covenant Scripture Fulfillment
1 Adam and his test with the tree of knowledge Genesis 2:15-17 Restoration through Christ, Romans 6,
1Corinthians 15:45-50
2 With Adam and Eve concerning the womanís seed, the Redeemer Genesis 3:15 Born of a Virgin by the Holy Spirit, Luke 1:26-33,
Matthew 1:17-18
3 With Noah establishing government Genesis 9:12-17 The government shall be upon His shoulders Isaiah, 9:6-7
4 With Abraham to establish the nation of Israel Genesis 12:1-3 Restoration and refinement , Zechariah 12:10-11, 13:8-9
5 With Moses concerning the law Exodus 19:5-8 Holiness unto the Lord, Zechariah 14:20-21
6 With Israel to return them to the land for the Millennium Deuteronomy 30:3-10 Establishment of the millennial temple and the division of the land, Ezekiel 40-48
7 With David establishing his throne forever 2Samuel 7:4-17,
Psalms 2
Return of the King of kings and Lord of lords,
Revelation 19:11-16
8 With Israel and the new covenant Jeremiah 31:31-34 Blood of the new covenant, Matthew 26:27-29


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