And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world? Matthew 24:3
I think of the disciples living in a time so different than my own. However, they were experiencing some of the same things I do today.
Just before this verse, Jesus was departing from the temple, and the disciples came to him to show him the buildings of the temple. They probably thought how grand and beautiful and strong they were. Jesus surprised them by telling them that not one stone would be left on another that wouldn’t be thrown down.
Then the disciples asked him about the end times, and what would be the sign when he returns at the end of the world?
That would be the kind of question I would want to ask Jesus — When will be the end of the world? They asked him privately, but Jesus openly answered them.
First, he started with a warning: “Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying I am Christ; and shall deceive many.”
Many churches today are telling people that they are the place to find Christ. But inside some of them, you will find ungodly entertainment, buying and selling, and you will be told what your ‘itching ears’ want to hear. Instead of the truth, lies are being told. What God called abominable and detestable, these things you will find are accepted in these ‘false churches’ that are confessing Christ. They are places of deception, beware of them! (Not only my advice, but Jesus’ warning) Test all things that are told to you with the Word of God.
Next, Jesus says, “And ye shall hear of wars and rumors of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.”
With all the chaos in the world, how does one “not be troubled”? I read in the news about secret prisons where the U.S. is holding prisoners indefinitely, and where some have been tortured. I read about children being killed by stray bombs, about ISIS beheading Christians and killing people by the hundreds, and putting them in mass graves. There are stories of many countries having their leadership challenged with riots. I admit, I am troubled.
Jesus says to see to it, not to be troubled. So, I am going to try to have more faith, and believe these times are in his hands.
Are we close to the end times? Jesus says more about the signs and times to come. I will write about them in my next daily post. If you would like to read with me, check out Matthew, Chapter 24.
Dear Lord, thank You for telling us what to expect when the end comes. Many generations have experienced troubling times. So many things make me think that you are preparing to return soon. Most of all, I know you’ve been patient, not wanting anyone to perish. Thank you for being slow to wrath and anger, and for saving me. Many people that I know have not received You as their Savior. I pray that You would send workers, and that many more would come to You. I pray that Your children will not be deceived in these days. Protect our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. Keep us in Your care. In Your name I pray, Amen.