Tag: end will come
Scripture reading for October 13th: Matthew 24-25
“As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately. “Tell us,” they said, “when will this happen and what will be the sign of your coming and the end of the age?” (Matthew 24:3) Jesus’ disciples were responding to a statement that Jesus made as they had left the temple. He had stated that every stone would be thrown down in the beautiful temple. The disciples knew that Jesus was coming back again and the present age would end. This question is important for us today, because we are still waiting for Jesus to return. Let’s look again at Jesus’ insight!
The first sign of the end, according to Jesus, was the rise of false teachers and prophets. (Matthew 24:4-5) Deception of people by satanic religious lies would be wide-spread right before the end. These false prophets would claim to be sent by God and to speak for God. Some of them would even claim to be “Christ” and many people would fall for their lie!
There would also be an increase in wars and political unrest among the nations. This would be coupled with natural disasters such as earthquakes and famines around the world. These factors would cause much fear and distress among the inhabitants of the earth just before Jesus would come. These things were likened to “birth pains” that preceded the coming of a baby. When they began to happen, look out! (Matthew 24:6-8)
The next sign was persecution of believers. Followers of Jesus Christ would be hated by all nations and put to death for their faith. Because of the persecution, many would fall away and others’ love for Christ would grow cold. There would be those among the faithful who would betray others and false teaching would cause divisions in the body of Christ. This would call for perseverance and patience on the part of true followers of Christ.
The final sign Jesus gave concerned the mission of His followers. “And this Gospel of the Kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.” (Matthew 24:14) As believers in the last day, the mission of reaching the nations must not be dropped! Jesus is patiently waiting for His followers to preach His Gospel to all nations. Are you doing your part?