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The Final Week Before the Cross (Part 4) – The Gospels Merged

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Section 130 – Jesus Predicts His Death

      (Jn. 12:20-36)

4 Now there were some Greeks among those who were going up to worship at the feast. So they came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and asked him, “Sir,” they said, “we wish to see Jesus.” Philip came and told Andrew; Andrew and Philip came and told Jesus.
And Jesus answered them, saying, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. Truly, I tell you the truth, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. He who loves his life in this world will lose it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it to eternal life. If anyone serves Me, he must follow Me; and where I am, there My servant also will be. If anyone serves Me, the Father will honor him.
“Now My soul is very troubled, and what shall I say, ‘Father, save Me from this hour’? No, it was for this purpose I came to this hour. –Father, glorify Your name!”
Then a voice came out of heaven: “I have already glorified it, and will glorify it again.” So the crowd of people who stood there and heard the voice, said that it had thundered; others said, ” An angel has spoken to Him.”
Jesus answered and said, “It is not for My sake that this voice has come –but for your sakes. Now the judgment of this world is beginning; now the ruler of this world will be cast out. And I –when I am lifted up from the earth– will draw all men to Myself.” He said this to indicate what kind of death He was about to die.
At this, the crowd said to Him, “We have heard out of the Law that the JMessiah is to remain forever –so how can You say, ‘The Son of Man must be lifted up’? Who is this ‘Son of Man’?”
So Jesus replied to them, “For a little while longer the Light is among you. Walk while you have the Light, so that darkness will not overtake you; he who walks in the darkness does not know where he is going. While you have the Light, believe in the Light, so that you may become sons of Light.” When Jesus had said these things, He went away and hid Himself from them.

Section 131 – Israel Continues in Unbelief

      (Jn. 12:37-50)

4 Even though Jesus had performed so many miraculous signs in their presence –they still did not believe in Him. This was so that the word of Isaiah the prophet might be fulfilled, where he said:
K “Lord, who has believed our report? And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?”
For this reason they could not believe, for again Isaiah said:
L “He has blinded their eyes and hardened their heart –so that they cannot see with their eyes nor perceive with their heart nor turn to Me so that I would heal them.”
Isaiah said these things because he saw His glory, and spoke about Him. Nevertheless many even of the Jewish leaders believed in Him –but because of the Pharisees they would not confess Him, for fear that they would be put out of the synagogue; for they loved the praise from men more than the praise from God.
But Jesus cried out and said, “He who believes in Me, does not believe in Me only, but in Him who sent Me; and he who sees Me sees the One who sent Me. I have come as Light into the world, so that everyone who believes in Me will not remain in darkness.
“If anyone hears My teachings and does not keep them, it is not I who judges him –for I did not come to judge the world, but to save the world. He who rejects Me and does not accept My teachings, does have one who judges him; the word which I spoke –that will judge him at the last day. For I did not speak on My own authority, but the Father who sent Me has Himself given Me a orders as to what to say and what to speak. And I know that His commandment is eternal life –therefore, whatever I say, I say just as the Father has told Me.”

Section 132 – The Signs of Messiah’s Second Coming

      (Mt. 24:1-3; Mk. 13:1-4; Lk. 21:5-7)

2 Now 1 Jesus 2 was going out of the temple 1 and was walking away, when His disciples came up to Him to call His attention to the buildings of the temple 3 –how it was adorned with beautiful stones and consecrated gifts. 2 One of his disciples said to Him, “Look, Teacher! –What tremendous stones, and what magnificent buildings!”
2 But Jesus 1 –in answer– 2 said to him, “Do you see 1 all these things? 2 –these great buildings? 1 I tell you the truth, 3 concerning these things that you see: The days will come when there will not be one stone left upon another, which will not be torn down.
2 Then as He sat on the Mount of Olives opposite the temple, Peter, James, John and Andrew 1 came to Him 2 and were questioning Him privately, 1 saying, 3 “Teacher –so 2 tell us: When will these things be? –and what will be the sign that all these things are about to happen? 1 –and what will be the sign of Your coming , and of the end of the age?”


(Mt. 24:4-8; Mk. 13:5-8; Lk. 21:8-11)

1 And Jesus answered 2 and began to say to them, 1 “See to it that no one deceives you. For many will come in My name, 2 saying, ‘I am He!’ 1 –‘I am the Messiah,’ 3 –‘The time has come!’ 1 –and they will deceive many. 3 Do not follow them.
1 “And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars; 3 but when you hear of wars and revolutions, 2 and rumors of wars, 1 see to it that you are not alarmed 3 –do not be terrified; for these things must take place first, but the end will not come immediately.
Then He said to them, 2 “For nation will rise up against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, 3 and there will be great earthquakes 2 in various places, 3 –and in various places 2 there will also be 3 plagues and famines; 1 but all these things are just the beginning of birth pains; 3 –and there will be terrifying events and great signs from heaven.


(Mt. 10:17-22; 24:9; Mk. 13:9,11-13; Lk. 12:11-12; 21:12-19)

2 But be on your guard 1 –beware of men– for 3 before all these things, they will lay their hands on you and will persecute you; 1 they will hand you over to councils, 3 deliver you to prisons 1 and flog you in their synagogues; then they will deliver you to tribulation, and will put you to death; and you will be brought 2 to stand 1 before governors and kings for My sake, as a testimony to them and to the Gentile nations.
But when they hand you over, do not worry 2 beforehand 1 about how or what you should say, because you will be given what to say at that hour; for you will not be the ones speaking, but it will be the 2 Holy Spirit 1 of your Father speaking in you. 3 It will turn out to be an opportunity for your testimony. So make up your minds not to rehearse beforehand how to defend yoursleves, because I will give you words and wisdom which none of your opponents will be able to resist or refute.
1 Brother will betray brother to death –and a father his child; and children will rise up against their parents and put them to death. 3 So you will be betrayed even by parents and brothers, and by relatives and friends, and they will put some of you to death. 1 And you will be hated by all nations because of My name 3 –yet not a hair of your head will perish; by your patient endurance, you will gain your true lives.

(Mt. 24:10-14; 10:23; Mk. 13:10)

1 And then many will fall away from the faith, and will betray one another and hate one another. Many false prophets will arise and will deceive many people; and because of the increase of wickedness, most people’s love will grow cold. But the one who endures to the end –he will be saved.
1 So when they persecute you in one city, flee to another –for I tell you the truth: you will not finish going through the cities of Israel, before the Son of Man comes.
1 And this gospel of the kingdom 2 must first be 1 proclaimed throughout the whole world, as a testimony to all the nations –and then the end will come.


(Lk. 21:20-24)

3 20 “But when you see Jerusalem being surrounded by armies, you will know that its desolation is near. Then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains, and let those who are inside Jerusalem get out, and let those in the country not enter the city –for these are days of punishment to fulfill all that has been written. How terrible it will be in those days for pregnant women and nursing mothers! –for there will be great distress in the land and wrath upon this people. They will fall by the sword and will be led as prisoners to all the nations –and Jerusalem will be trampled down by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.


(Mt. 24:15-22; Mk. 13:14-20)

1 “So when you see ‘the abomination that causes desolation,’ –which was spoken of through the prophet Daniel– standing in the holy place 2 where it should not be (let the reader understand), 1–then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. Whoever is on the roof of his house must not go down to take anything out of the house; and whoever is in the field must not go back to get his cloak.
1 “But how dreadful it will be for those women who are pregnant and those who are nursing babies in those days! But pray that your flight will not be in winter, or on a Sabbath. 2 For in those days 1 there will be a great tribulation, such as has not occurred since the beginning of the 2 creation which God created 1 until now –and never will be again. And if those days had not been cut short, no human being would survive 2 –but for the sake of the elect, whom He chose, 1 those days will be cut short.


(Mt. 24:23-31; Mk. 13:21-27; Lk. 21:25-28)

2 “And at that time, if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Messiah!’ or, ‘Look, He is there!’ –do not believe it. For false Messiahs and false prophets will arise, 1 and will show great signs and miracles so as to deceive even the elect –if that were possible. 2 So be on your guard –I have told you everything ahead of time.
1 “So if anyone tells you, ‘There he is, out in the desert,’ do not go out; or, ‘Here he is, in the inner rooms,’ do not believe it. –For just as lightning comes from the east and flashes even to the west, so will the coming of the Son of Man be. –Wherever the carcass may be, there the vultures will gather.
“And immediately 2 after that tribulation 1 of those days, 3 there will be signs in the sun and moon and stars 2 –‘the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will be falling from heaven– and the powers that are in the heavens will be shaken; 3 and upon the earth there will be dismay among the nations, in perplexity at the roaring and the waves of the sea –with men fainting from terror and the expectation of what is coming upon the world.
1 “And then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and all the nations of the earth will mourn –and they will see the ‘Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven,’ with power and great glory. 2 –And then He will send out the angels 1 with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of the sky to the other 2 –from the farthest end of the earth to the farthest end of heaven.
3 Now when these things begin to take place, stand up straight and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”


(Mt. 24:32-42; Mk. 13:28-37; Lk. 21:29-36)

3 Then He told them a parable: 1 “Now learn this lesson from the fig tree 3 –look at the fig tree and all the trees– 2 as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts forth its leaves, you know that summer is near. So also you –when you see 1 all these things 3 happening, you know that the kingdom of God is near 1 –right at the door. 2 I tell you the truth: This generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened. Heaven and earth will pass away –but My words will not pass away.
1 “But of that day and hour, no one knows 2 –not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son– 1 except the Father only. As it was in the days of Noah –it will be like that at the coming of the Son of Man. For just as it was in those days before the flood –they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day when Noah entered into the ark, and they did not understand until the flood came and took them all away– that is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. At that time, two men will be in the field –one will be taken and the other one left. Two women will be grinding at the mill –one will be taken and the other one left.
1 “Therefore, be on guard! 2 Be alert [and pray]; because you do not know when the time will arrive 1 –you do not know on what day your Lord is coming. 3 So guard yourselves, so that your hearts will not be weighed down with wasteful self-indulgence and drunkenness and the worries of this life –and that day come upon you suddenly, like a trap. For it will come upon all who dwell on the face of the whole earth. But you be watchful at all times –praying that you may have the strength to escape all these things that are about to happen –and to stand before the Son of Man.
2 It is like a man on a journey: who leaves his house and puts his servants in charge –assigning to each one his work– and he commands the doorkeeper to keep watch. Therefore, you watch, because you do not know when the master of the house is coming –whether in the evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or in the morning– in case he should come suddenly and find you sleeping. And what I say to you, I say to all: ‘Watch!’ ”


(Mt. 25:1-13)

1 “Then the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins, who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish, and five were prudent. For when the foolish ones took their lamps, they took no oil with them –but the prudent ones took flasks of oil along with their lamps. Now while the bridegroom was delayed in coming, they all got drowsy and fell asleep.
“But at midnight there was a shout: “Look! –the bridegroom! Go out to meet him.’
“Then all those virgins got up and prepared their lamps. “The foolish ones said to the prudent, “Give us some of your oil, because our lamps are going out.’
“But the prudent ones answered, “No, there will not be enough for us and you too; go instead to the oil dealers and buy some for yourselves.’
“But while they were going to buy oil, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding feast –and the door was shut.
“Later the other virgins also came, saying, ‘Lord, lord –open the door for us.’ But he answered, “I tell you the truth: I do not know you.’
“So be on the alert –because you do not know the day or the hour.


(Mt. 25:14-30)

1 “Again, it is like a man going away on a journey, who called his servants together and entrusted his possessions to them. To one he gave five Ptalents, to another two talents, and to another one talent –each according to his own ability. Then he went on his journey.
“Immediately the one who had received the five talents went and traded with them, and gained five more talents. Similarly, the one who had received the two talents gained two more. But the man who received the one talent, went off and dug a hole in the ground, and hid his master’s money.
“Then after a long time the master of those servants returned and settled accounts with them. The one who had received the five talents came up and brought the other five, saying, ‘Master, you entrusted five talents to me. Look, I have gained five more talents.’ His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful with a few things –I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share the delight of your master.’
“Also the one who had received the two talents came up and said, ‘Master, you entrusted two talents to me. Look, I have gained two more talents.’ His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful with a few things –I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share in the delight of your master.’
“Then the one who had received the one talent came up also, and said, ‘Master, I knew that you are a hard man –harvesting where you did not sow, and gathering where you did not scatter seed. So I was afraid, and I went off and hid your talent in the ground. Look here: You have what is yours.’ But his master answered and said to him, “You wicked, lazy servant! –you knew that I harvest where I did not sow and gather where I did not scatter seed. Well then, you should have deposited my money with the bankers, so that when I returned I would have received it back with interest.
“Therefore take the talent away from him, and give it to the one who has the ten talents.’ Because everyone who has some, will be given more, and he will have an abundance –but from the one who does not have, even what he does have will be taken away from him. Now throw this worthless servant into the outside darkness –in that place there will be weeping and grinding of teeth.


“No Contradictions:
Four Gospels Merged: A Harmony”

by R. Totten (c) 2003

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