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The Olivet Discourse is the sermon given by Jesus to His disciples at the Mount of Olives in Matthew chapter 24, Mark chapter 13, and Luke chapter 21 about the times related to the Lord's coming, which the Left Behind series deals with.


  • The preaching of the gospel through all nations (Matthew 24:14) occurs throughout the Tribulation. During the latter half of the Tribulation, there are reports of angels preaching in lands that do have sufficient exposure to the gospel. For example, in The Remnant, an angel preached to Muslims who resisted Carpathianism, enjoining them to accept Jesus Christ as their savior and telling them that their martyrdom without Christ would be in vain.
  • The abomination of desolation (Matthew 24:15), as mentioned in the book of Daniel, of which Jesus warns those in Judea to flee to the mountains when it appears. This was fulfilled when Nicolae Carpathia defiled the Temple by sacrificing a pig on the altar and attempting to set up a golden image of himself in the Temple, which resulted in such a backlash from the Jews that Carpathia ended up breaking the seven-year agreement he had made with the state of Israel.
  • The Flight of Judea to the Mountains (Matthew 24:16-20) as God's people fleeing from Carpathia's dominion. Also at that time, the Tribulation Force put into effect Operation Eagle that would transport the Jews fleeing from Carpathia to God's chosen place of protection called Petra.
  • The Great Tribulation (Matthew 24:21) is a period of unprecedented trouble to a degree never experienced from the creation of the world to its end. It occurs after the Abomination of Desolation.
  • False Christs and False Messiahs (Matthew 24:24) performing great signs and wonders to deceive the undecided to follow the Beast and take his mark. The false messiahs appeared in the second half of the Tribulation as Nicolae Carpathia wanted to fight low morale among his followers due to the catastrophic effects of the second Bowl Judgment and to draw more people to him. The type of miracles they performed often imitated the miracles performed by Jesus as described in the four gospels. The verse also says that were it possible, the miracles would also deceive the very elect. This could refer to the protection that God would offer believers, preventing them from being impressed by these miracles, just as God prevents believers from taking the mark by given them the grace and courage to accept martyrdom.
  • The darkening of the son and moon, the falling of the stars from heaven, and the shaking of the powers of heaven (Matthew 24:29) occur during the Glorious Appearing as this is also seen to constitute the seventh Bowl Judgment where 100-pound hailstones fall from the sky and a global earthquake levels all the mountains, while raising up Jerusalem.
  • The sign of the Son of Man (Matthew 24:30) appearing in the sky, prior to Jesus coming in a great cloud to send His angels to gather His elect from one end of heaven to the other. In the Left Behind series, this "sign" appears in the form of a cross made of electrical energy.
  • The Gathering of the Elect (Matthew 24:31) may be interpreted by the Left Behind series as Jesus teleporting the believers to the Valley of Jehoshaphat to be among Jesus' right in the sheep and goats judgment. The unbelievers were also transported to the Valley of Jehoshaphat to be among the condemned on Jesus' left.