Signs of the times


Jesus left and was going away from the Temple when his disciples came to him to call his attention to its buildings.
 "Yes," he said, "you may well look at all these. I tell you this: not a single stone here will be left in its place; every one of them will be thrown down."
 As Jesus sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him in private. "Tell us when all this will be," they asked, "and what will happen to show that it is the time for your coming and the end of the age."  Mat 24:1-3.

The temple of Jerusalem  -built by Herod- was a stately and beautiful edifice. So beautiful that it was said that if one had not seen Herod's temple, one had not actually seen a beautiful building! When the disciples looked at it and the huge blocks of stone in its walls, it was impossible for them to imagine that it all could somehow be demolished. "Who could even want to destroy something that was so beautiful? We have some troubles with the Romans, but they are civilised folks and now we have this Roman peace and the world is in order, whether that order is to our taste or not", the disciples might have thought.

It was against this background that Jesus answered the disciples' question concerning His coming and the end of the age.

 Jesus answered, "Watch out, and do not let anyone fool you.  
Many men, claiming to speak for me, will come and say, 'I am the Messiah!' and they will fool many people. 
You are going to hear the noise of battles close by and the news of battles far away; but do not be troubled. Such things must happen, but they do not mean that the end has come. 
Countries will fight each other; kingdoms will attack one another. There will be famines and earthquakes everywhere.
All these things are like the first pains of childbirth.
  "Then you will be arrested and handed over to be punished and be put to death. Everyone will hate you because of me.
  Many will give up their faith at that time; they will betray one another and hate one another.
  Then many false prophets will appear and fool many people.
  Such will be the spread of evil that many people's love will grow cold.
  But whoever holds out to the end will be saved.
  And this Good News about the Kingdom will be preached through all the world for a witness to all people; and then the end will come.
 "You will see 'The Awful Horror' of which the prophet Daniel spoke. It will be standing in the holy place." (Note to the reader: understand what this means!)
  "Then those who are in Judea must run away to the hills.
 Someone who is on the roof of a house must not take the time to go down and get any belongings from the house.
  Someone who is in the field must not go back to get a cloak.
  How terrible it will be in those days for women who are pregnant and for mothers with little babies!
  Pray to God that you will not have to run away during the winter or on a Sabbath!
  For the trouble at that time will be far more terrible than any there has ever been, from the beginning of the world to this very day. Nor will there ever be anything like it again.
  But God has already reduced the number of days; had he not done so, nobody would survive. For the sake of his chosen people, however, God will reduce the days.
  "Then, if anyone says to you, 'Look, here is the Messiah!' or 'There he is!'---do not believe it.
  For false Messiahs and false prophets will appear; they will perform great miracles and wonders in order to deceive even God's chosen people, if possible.
  Listen! I have told you this ahead of time. Mat 24: 4-25.

We may think these thinks as self-evident. But 2000 years is a long time and humankind has tried and tried to improve things like this and like that, but ... Jesus knew, yes Jesus knew. Heresies, wars, famines, earthquakes, persecutions, mutual hate, false propheths, lawlessness...

These signs show how Jesus' return is evident. So is the coming of His antagonists, the antichrist, too -with his sorceries and his "new world order." But Jesus Christ is the Victor, and His saints will overcome the evil through faith in Him.

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