Tag: great glory
Scripture reading for February 26th: Mark 13
As Jesus and His disciples were leaving the temple for the last time, the disciples were admiring the beautiful buildings. Jesus remarked that, “Not one stone will be left upon another, every one will be thrown down.” (Mark 13:2) This shocked the disciples and they asked Jesus when this would happen and what would be the signs that this prophesy would be fulfilled. Jesus proceeded to warn them about their need to be watchful and the signs to come!
“Watch out that no one deceives you.” (Mark 13:5) Jesus warned them that deception would come and many would fall for the false instead of waiting for Him. Many would claim to come as the Christ. Wars and earthquakes, conflict with nations, and famines would precede the coming as the ‘beginning of birth pains.’ (Mark 13:8)
“Brother will betray brother to death and a father his child. Children will rebel against their parents and have them put to death. All men will hate you because of Me, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved.” (Mark 13:12-13) Times would become perilous for disciples of Jesus. Persecution and hatred would be normal for His followers before the end and His return. Jesus warned them in advance!
“But in those days, following that distress, ‘the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from the sky, and the heavenly bodies will be shaken.’ At that time men will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory. And He will send His angels and gather His elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of the heavens.” (Mark 13:24-27) We who believe in Jesus Christ long for that Day!
Scripture reading for February 5th: Matthew 24:29-51, Psalm 25, Proverbs 7:6-23
“When the trumpet of the Lord shall sound and time shall be no more, When the morning breaks eternal bright and fair, When the saved diverse shall gather over on the other shore, When the roll is called up yonder, I’ll be there.” (Gray)
This old hymn has a lot of theology in it from Matthew 24 and Jesus teaching His disciples what it would be like at the end of the age. “At that time the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky and all the nations of the earth will mourn. they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky, with power and great glory. And He will send His angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather His elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other.” (Matthew 24:30-31)
Jesus told the disciples that He would come back on the clouds of the sky in power and great glory. When this happened, the people of the nations of the earth would mourn. This event would happen suddenly and many will mourn because they know that they have not made preparations that they could have made. Those who were ready would be gathered by the angels from all over the earth. This event is what we call the “rapture” or “catching up” of believers.
It is described in 1st Thessalonians 4:13-18 in more detail. The trumpet will sound and first the dead in Christ will rise. Those who believe and are living on the earth will be caught up next to meet the Lord in the air. This will all happen in a moment, “in the twinkling of an eye” at the last trumpet. (1st Corinthians 15:51-53) We will then always be with the Lord.
Jesus warned His followers that they must be ready because this would happen suddenly and at a time when no one expected. No one would know the day or hour, but those who knew the Lord would live in a state of readiness. They would be trusting in Christ and doing what God had asked them to do. (Matthew 24:42-46) Those who were not ready and doing what Christ asked them to do when this event occurred would be left out! They would suffer with the hypocrites! Get ready for the trumpet!
Scripture reading for October 28th: Luke 19-21
Luke also records a discussion Jesus had with His disciples about what conditions on earth would be like when He would return. This discussion took place as they were leaving the temple during the last week of Jesus’ time with them. Jesus made the comment that not one stone would remain upon another; all would be thrown down. (Luke 21:5-7) The disciples asked Jesus when this would happen and what the sign would be that this was about to take place.
Jesus told them some signs of the end that are a repeat of Matthew 24 and Mark 13. Jesus warned them about possible deception by false teachers and false Christs. He warned them about wars and revolutions in various places. He told them of nations in conflict and great earthquakes and natural disaster occurring . These were to happen right before His return. (Luke 21:8-11) But before all of this, Jesus warned them of persecution in their personal lives. His followers would be taken before kings and governors because of the name of Jesus and some would be imprisoned. This would give these disciples the opportunity to be witnesses for Jesus. They were not to worry about what to say, but would be given the words when the time came. (Luke 21:12-17)
Jesus told these first followers that they would see Jerusalem surrounded by armies and know that its desolation was near. They were to flee and not look back. Jerusalem would be given over to the Gentiles until the time of the Gentiles was fulfilled. God was in charge of all things and knew the end from the beginning. Jesus revealed to these close friends what would happen, and in recording it what the future also held for those at the end of the times of the Gentiles. (Luke 21:20-24)
The very end of the age would bring a time of anxiety and terror upon the earth. Great signs in the sun, moon and stars would add to the concern. “At that time they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.” (Luke 21:27-28) Jesus will return. “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.” (Luke 21:33) Are you ready for this great event?