John certainly heard the Olivet discourse; however, he did not verbatim record it in his gospel account. He gives great detail on the things of the Olivet Discourse and much more in Revelation. Something is however very important in his gospel account as we study end time prophecy. Jesus gives His Church timeless instructions in Chapters 14, 15, and 16. Jesus prays for His Church in Chapter 17. We must be born again by the Holy Spirit. We need to know how the Holy Spirit will lead, guide, teach, keep and protect us in tribulation.
Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also
John 14:2 In my Father's house are many mansions: if [it were] not [so], I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
John 14:3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, [there] ye may be also.
John 14:4 And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.
John 14:5 Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way?
John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
John 14:7 If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him.
John 14:8 Philip saith unto him, Lord, shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us.
John 14:9 Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou [then], Shew us the Father?
John 14:10 Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.
John 14:11 Believe me that I [am] in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works' sake.
John 14:12 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater [works] than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.
John 14:13 And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
John 14:14 If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do [it].
John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
John 14:16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;
John 14:17 [Even] the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.
John 14:18 I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.
John 14:19 Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also.
John 14:20 At that day ye shall know that I [am] in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you.
John 14:21 He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he thatloveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.
John 14:22 Judas saith unto him, not Iscariot, Lord, how is it that thou wilt manifest thyself unto us, and not unto the world?
John 14:23 Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.
John 14:24 He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father's which sent me.
John 14:25 These things have I spoken unto you, being [yet] present with you.
John 14:26 But the Comforter, [which is] the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
John 14:27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
John 14:28 Ye have heard how I said unto you, I go away, and come [again] unto you. If ye loved me, ye would rejoice, because I said, I go unto the Father: for my Father is greater than I.
John 14:29 And now I have told you before it come to pass, that, when it is come to pass, ye might believe.
John 14:30 Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me.
John 14:31 But that the world may know that I love the Father; and as the Father gave me commandment, even so I do. Arise, let us go hence.
This would be a great Chapter to memorize. This is great tribulation preparation. Don't worry. Trust God. Trust Jesus. He has prepared a place for us and He is coming back for us. Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. The miracles that Jesus did, we will be able to do. We may not be able to buy or sell but we will live supernaturally in the great tribulation. The fulfillment of the greater works mentioned in verse 12 will likely be in the great tribulation. WE MUST NEVER FORGET THAT IT IS GOD WHO DOES THE MIRACLES IN THE NAME OF JESUS SO THAT GOD GETS ALL THE GLORY. God delights to do miracles for us if we ask as Jesus would ask. That the Father may be glorified. Who would want to be able to buy or sell when we can just ask God to glorify Himself with a miracle to meet our need? Who would want government health care if we could simply lay on hands asking for healing in the name of Jesus for the glory of God? Why does everyone want to miss such a time? If we love Jesus we will prove it by the way we love, care, and share with the other believers in tribulation. We have The Comforter in great tribulation. The great tribulation will provide the Church with its greatest opportunity to glorify God. Why does everybody want to miss it? What is our highest reason for being other than to glorify God? Do you really believe or do you just have fire insurance? How do we come to be able to live such a supernatural life of faith? The answers are in chapter 15 and 16.
John 15:1 I
am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman.
John 15:2 Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every [branch] that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.
John 15:3 Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.
John 15:4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.
John 15:5 I am the vine, ye [are] the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.
John 15:6 If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast [them] into the fire, and they are burned.
John 15:7 If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.
John 15:8 Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.
Here is great tribulation preparation. We must draw our life from Jesus the true vine not from our own self efforts. We can bear fruit only if we find our life is in Jesus. The pruning of the great tribulation will help us branches bear much more fruit. We will ask for a miracle and it shall be done for the glory of God and to bring many souls to faith in Him.
As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in
John 15:10 If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love.
John 15:11 These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and [that] your joy might be full.
John 15:12 This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.
John 15:13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
John 15:14 Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.
John 15:15 Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.
John 15:16 Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and [that] your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.
John 15:17 These things I command you, that ye love one another.
Here is great tribulation preparation. We are called to holiness. The law is made perfect in love. If you love someone you will not lie to them. If you love someone you will not steal from them. If you love someone you are happy to share with them. If you love someone their well being is as important as your own well being. We are to love one another as Jesus has loved us. It is sad today how churches are often known for their unkindness and hypocrisy more than they are for their love and truth. We must love one another in deed and in truth. It may now be somewhat optional but it will not be optional in great tribulation. King Jesus commands us to love one another.
If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before [it hated]
John 15:19 If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.
John 15:20 Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.
John 15:21 But all these things will they do unto you for my name's sake, because they know not him that sent me.
John 15:22 If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had sin: but now they have no cloke for their sin.
John 15:23 He that hateth me hateth my Father also.
The New World Order of Antichrist will blame every problem and catastrophe on those narrow-minded, bible believing, Jesus people.
If I had not done among them the works which none other man did,
they had not had sin: but now have they both seen and hated both
me and my Father.
John 15:25 But [this cometh to pass], that the word might be fulfilled that is written in their law, They hated me without a cause.
John 15:26 But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, [even] the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me:
John 15:27 And ye also shall bear witness, because ye have been with me from the beginning.
If the world hated Jesus than it will hate His followers. Does the world hate your church? Maybe it is not following Jesus closely enough to be hated by the world? The world hates holiness. Is there enough holiness in your church to make the world hate it?
These things have I spoken unto you, that ye should not be
John 16:2 They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, thatwhosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service.
John 16:3 And these things will they do unto you, because they have not known the Father, nor me.
John 16:4 But these things have I told you, that when the time shall come, ye may remember that I told you of them. And these things I said not unto you at the beginning, because I was with you.
John 16:5 But now I go my way to him that sent me; and none of you asketh me, Whither goest thou?
John 16:6 But because I have said these things unto you, sorrow hath filled your heart.
John 16:7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.
John 16:8 And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:
John 16:9 Of sin, because they believe not on me;
John 16:10 Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more;
John 16:11 Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged.
John 16:12 I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now.
John 16:13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, [that] shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.
John 16:14 He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew [it] unto you.
John 16:15 All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, that he shall take of mine, and shall shew [it] unto you.
John 16:16 A little while, and ye shall not see me: and again, a little while, and ye shall see me, because I go to the Father.
John 16:17 Then said [some] of his disciples among themselves, What is this that he saith unto us, A little while, and ye shall not see me: and again, a little while, and ye shall see me: and, Because I go to the Father?
John 16:18 They said therefore, What is this that he saith, A little while? we cannot tell what he saith.
John 16:19 Now Jesus knew that they were desirous to ask him, and said unto them, Do ye enquire among yourselves of that I said, A little while, and ye shall not see me: and again, a little while, and ye shall see me?
John 16:20 Verily, verily, I say unto you, That ye shall weep and lament, but the world shall rejoice: and ye shall be sorrowful, but your sorrow shall be turned into joy.
John 16:21 A woman when she is in travail hath sorrow, because her hour is come: but as soon as she is delivered of the child, she remembereth no more the anguish, for joy that a man is born into the world.
John 16:22 And ye now therefore have sorrow: but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man taketh from you.
John 16:23 And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give [it] you.
John 16:24 Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.
John 16:25 These things have I spoken unto you in proverbs: but the time cometh, when I shall no more speak unto you in proverbs, but I shall shew you plainly of the Father.
John 16:26 At that day ye shall ask in my name: and I say not unto you, that I will pray the Father for you:
John 16:27 For the Father himself loveth you, because ye have loved me, and have believed that I came out from God.
John 16:28 I came forth from the Father, and am come into the world: again, I leave the world, and go to the Father.
John 16:29 His disciples said unto him, Lo, now speakest thou plainly, and speakest no proverb.
John 16:30 Now are we sure that thou knowest all things, and needest not that any man should ask thee: by this we believe that thou camest forth from God.
John 16:31 Jesus answered them, Do ye now believe?
John 16:32 Behold, the hour cometh, yea, is now come, that ye shall be scattered, every man to his own, and shall leave me alone: and yet I am not alone, because the Father is with me.
John 16:33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.
It is true that much of what Jesus said here was to prepare His disciples for His death, burial, and resurrection. There is also much encouragement for His Church then, now, and especially at the time of the end. He told us that a time would come when people would think they were serving God by killing His people because they do not really know God or Jesus. Jesus had to return to be with the Father so that we could have the Holy Spirit. He told us these things to encourage us to hang in there and endure to the end. The world hates the Spirit of Holiness because He makes everyone aware that they are sinners and need a Savior. The prince of this world is judged. Our victory in the war that Antichrist wages on the saints is absolutely certain. The Spirit of Truth must be our teacher and guide. The Holy Spirit will show us how we may give God the most glory. The Holy Spirit will show us what is coming and the way we need to go. The Holy Spirit will manifest the power and glory of Jesus through us. That should cause us to shout with joy. However, for a short time, the world will be doing the rejoicing while we are sorrowful. Our sorrow for the short time will be turned into great joy forever. This joy will be so great that we will not remember any of the sorrow. Whatever we ask of God, in the name of Jesus, we shall have that we may be full of joy. Do you believe? Do you just have fire insurance? God loves you. Why? Because, you love His Son Jesus, and you believe that God the Father sent Him to solve your sin problem. You believe thatJesus died to pay the required price for your sins and the sins of all the world. Jesus asks, "Do you now believe?''. Jesus tells us, "In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world."
These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and
said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son
also may glorify thee:
John 17:2 As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him.
John 17:3 And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.
John 17:4 I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do.
John 17:5 And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.
John 17:6 I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world: thine they were, and thou gavest them me; and they have kept thy word.
John 17:7 Now they have known that all things whatsoever thou hast given me are of thee.
John 17:8 For I have given unto them the words which thou gavest me; and they have received [them], and have known surely that I came out from thee, and they have believed that thou didst send me.
John 17:9 I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine.
John 17:10 And all mine are thine, and thine are mine; and I am glorified in them.
John 17:11 And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we [are].
John 17:12 While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled.
John 17:13 And now come I to thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they might have my joy fulfilled in themselves.
John 17:14 I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.
John 17:15 I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil.
John 17:16 They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.
John 17:17 Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.
John 17:18 As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world.
John 17:19 And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might besanctified through the truth.
John 17:20 Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word;
John 17:21 That they all may be one; as thou, Father, [art] in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.
John 17:22 And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:
John 17:23 I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.
John 17:24 Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world.
John 17:25 O righteous Father, the world hath not known thee: but I have known thee, and these have known that thou hast sent me.
John 17:26 And I have declared unto them thy name, and will declare [it]: that the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them.
The purpose of prayer is to glorify God. How God may be glorified should be the roots of our prayer. His Church has nothing to fear knowing that Jesus is at the right hand of the Father continuing to pray like this for us. In verse 15, John uses a peculiar combination of Greek words that are found only here, and in Revelation 3:10. No one seems to have much trouble understanding the meaning John tried to express with tereo ek here in verse 15. There is general misunderstanding of tereo ek in Revelation 3:10. This will be discussed as we study Revelation. It would be great to memorize this complete prayer that Jesus continues to pray for us. It is most uplifting to think about Jesus being at the right hand of the Father continuing to pray like this for us! Jesus has given us eternal life. If we are killed, our eternal life continues with Jesus. He has given us the power and authority to use His name. We belong to Him and He is well able to take care of us. We are with Him, and He is with us, in the presence and power of His Holy Spirit. Jesus wants His joy to be in us in fullness. The world hates us because of His Spirit of Holiness being in us. The world hates holiness. He may not take us out of this world that hates us. He will take care of us and keep us until we come to Him at our death, or He sends His angels to bring us up into His victory parade at the Rapture.