Signs of the End of the Age

Jesus warned that in the coming persecutions his followers would be betrayed by their family members and friends. I need to take heed to these three admonitions: Don’t Be Deceived - Don’t Be Afraid - Don’t Worry. … More

Prophecy

When Jesus finished teaching He overheard some people commenting on the beauty of the Temple that had been reconstructed (v. 5). But our Lord was not impressed. He told them that the day would come when this beautiful temple would be destroyed (v. 6). Of course, this was fulfilled when the Romans destroyed it in A.D. 70, but also has prophetic significance. Jesus went to the Mount of Olives where Peter, James, and John asked three questions (vv. 7-19):

  1. When would the temple be destroyed ?
  2. What would be the sign of His coming?
  3. What would be the sign of the end of the age?

Jesus’ answer is often referred to as “The Olivet Discourse,” which is the greatest prophetic sermon He ever preached. It refers to the period of time in God’s program called “The Tribulation,” when God will pour out His wrath on the nations of the world.

  1. It will be a time of religious delusion (v.8). In every age there have been those who either claim to be Christ or claim to know when He will return, but it will intensify.
  2. It will be a time of international distress (vv. 9-11). This refers to wars, earthquakes, pestilences, etc. that will be on the increase.
  3. It will be a time of religious persecution (vv. 12-19). This will come from places where it is least expected, such as family and friends, but we must not despair, for God is in control.

Application

 

Jesus warned that in the coming persecutions his followers would be betrayed by their family members and friends. I need to take heed to these three admonitions: Don’t Be Deceived - Don’t Be Afraid - Don’t Worry.

Luke 21:5-19 (English Standard Version)


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