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)

And while some were speaking of the temple, how it was adorned with noble stones and offerings, he said, "As for these things that you see, the days will come when there will not be left here one stone upon another that will not be thrown down." And they asked him, "Teacher, when will these things be, and what will be the sign when these things are about to take place?" And he said, "See that you are not led astray. For many will come in my name, saying, 'I am he!' and, 'The time is at hand!' Do not go after them. And when you hear of wars and tumults, do not be terrified, for these things must first take place, but the end will not be at once." Then he said to them, "Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be great earthquakes, and in various places famines and pestilences. And there will be terrors and great signs from heaven. But before all this they will lay their hands on you and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues and prisons, and you will be brought before kings and governors for my name's sake. This will be your opportunity to bear witness. Settle it therefore in your minds not to meditate beforehand how to answer, for I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which none of your adversaries will be able to withstand or contradict. You will be delivered up even by parents and brothers and relatives and friends, and some of you they will put to death. You will be hated by all for my name's sake. But not a hair of your head will perish. By your endurance you will gain your lives."

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