Two Types of Servants
Matthew Chapter 24
Believers have been talking about the last days for centuries and still the
Saviour has not returned to this earth. Like a pregnant woman waiting for the
birth of her child, the Church of the Almighty waits patiently for the coming
of the Messiah. A seemingly endless delay has produced a variety of responses
in people's minds. I will list three of them using the Saviour’s
own analogy of a normal pregnancy. The three most common responses are:
He is not coming and never will.
The woman is not pregnant. If anything, she's barren. Poor soul, she's suffering
from a ‘phantom pregnancy.’ Agreed, there are some signs; but
the truth is she's just getting fat. Can't you see it? She's not pregnant at all.
Besides, she and her husband are both very old and are totally incapable of having
a child at their ages. The very idea is laughable. This view is expressed in this
|2 Peter 3:
||3: “Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts,|
4: And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.
5: For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water:
6: Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished:
7: But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.”
Oh yes he is coming, but not for a very long time.
The foolish woman has got her dates mixed up. I'll accept she's pregnant, but
the birth is not going to be for a long, long time - most certainly not in this
century. This view is expressed in the following text. Note how that those who hold
this view usually end up by persecuting believers who are looking forward to the
return of Jesus Christ.
||48: “But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming;|
49: And shall begin to smite his fellowservants, and to eat and drink with the drunken;
50: The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of,
51: And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”
His coming is near and we must be ready.
The woman is pregnant without a doubt and her time is very near. The signs are all too
evident; but we cannot tell the exact day or the hour. We must be ready. This reaction
agrees with the text:
||36: “Watch therefore, for ye know not the day nor the hour when the Son of Man cometh.”
Yahweh forecast these three reactions to the prophecies concerning His Son's return.
He also illustrated the progress of future events with a number of symbolic prophecies
to help us prepare ourselves for Yeshua's return.
1. World Empires
In Daniel chapter 2 we have a preview of several world empires which would
come and go in the course of time. Of each world empire in turn we have
one or two monarchs of renown whose activities with the people of God
have a message to all of us living in these last days. Let us briefly
consider these world empires and their rulers. Read about it in Daniel
- Babylon / the Head of gold
Rulers: Nebuchadnezzar / Belshazzar
- Medo Persia / the Breast and Arms of Silver
Rulers: Darius / Cyrus
- Greece / the Belly of Brass
Ruler: Alexander the Great
- Rome / the Legs of Iron
Rulers: The Caesars
- The 10 Toes / The 10 Horns
The New World Order encompassing all nations.
This is currently coming into existence.
The Little Horn / The Beast / The Antichrist
The little horn is different from the other horns. (Daniel 7: 24) The Beast
- He ascends from out of the Abyss and reveals himself to earth’s inhabitants.
(2 Thessalonians 2: 8, Revelation 11: 7, Revelation 17: 8)
- He rules the whole world for 3.5 years.
(Daniel 7: 25, Revelation 13: 1-6)
- He persecutes those who refuse to accept his authority.
(Daniel 7: 25, Revelation 13: 7)
- He is the Lawless One who enforces the acceptance of the bogus sabbaths.
(2 Thessalonians 2: 3, Daniel 7: 25)
- He poses as God Almighty and is worshipped as God.
(2 Thessalonians 2: 4)
- He leads the world in an all-out attack on the returning Jesus Christ. (Yeshua, the Messiah)
(Revelation 19: 19-21)
2. Signs of Christ’s Return
Read (Matthew chapter 24) where in unmistakable tones the Master has outlined
the events that will occur just before his return.
Compare this chapter with the A Voice In The Wilderness - Canada article
Signs of Christ’s Return and see the online booklet,
Understand The Revelation.
Truth / Falsehood
||4: “Take heed that no man deceive you.|
5: For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.“
Wars / Revolutions
Far East, Middle East, S. Africa, Ireland, Eastern Europe.
Like sores and boils on a diseased man's body, wars and revolutions are breaking out
in many countries. But the world will NOT end with an atomic war.
||6: “And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.”
Biafra / Ethiopia / India
Europe will not escape this sign.
||7:“...and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.”
Spiritual: Loss of faith - no resistance against false doctrine and sin.
Physical: AIDS - no resistance against infection and disease.
Time Magazine stated in 1987 that:
And now we have reached the year 2011, where this is a problem of unimaginable
- 25% of mothers in Uganda carried the AIDS virus.
- 87% of prostitutes in Nairobi were infected.
- 25% of deaths in a hospital in Zaire were AIDS related.
The only answer to AIDS is a return to obedience of Yahweh’s laws.
This means that the sins of
must be given up if AIDS is to be contained. Do not hesitate
to warn your congregations of this earth-encompassing scourge!
Persecution of Yahweh’s People
Persecution of Yahweh's followers, particularly
Israel will increase. So too will
persecution of Sabbath keepers and those who use the sacred names.
||9: “Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake!”
Yahweh’s Name is His Sign,
His Signature, His law and His character. It represents all that
He stands for.
Signs in the Heavens
A change in weather patterns around the world. Stand by for unusual changes in the
atmosphere, the sun, the moon and the stars.(Genesis 1: 14, Matthew 24: 29, Revelation 16: 8)
Sign of the Son of Man
Yeshua the Son of Man is Himself a sign. From His conception, His
birth, His miracles, His death, the period of time He spent in
the grave and His resurrection - all of these are Signs of the Son of Man.
Each and every occurrence in which He is involved is a sign, a signal,
an indication to the whole universe what the Most High is going to do through
the Son of Man. But more than this, Yeshua the Messiah is going to be
seen by all of earth’s inhabitants as He returns to earth. Every
eye will see Him return! (Matthew 24: 30, Revelation 1: 7)
3. Two Types of Servants
The parable of the two servants (Matthew 24: 42-51) sums up the church's reaction to
this awesome message. Basically there are two types of believers.
The Foolish Servant
...My lord delayeth his coming;
And shall begin to smite his fellowservants, and to eat and drink with the drunken;
The Faithful Servant
Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season?
How you react to the Saviour’s message about his return is a good indication of
which type of servant you are.
In the Son’s Name - For the Father’s glory.
Elder: Max W. Mader