Signs of the Times & End of the Age
Despite what is going on in our world today with the covid, floods, wild fires, famine etc, this is one of the most exciting times in the history of mankind!
Why do we say this? Well because all that is transpiring is pointing towards something that Jesus told us would be happening; signalling a period of history that would see the beginning of the world’s stage being set for His return.
Now as He sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?” 4. And Jesus answered and said to them: “Take heed that no one deceives you. 5. For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many. 6. And you will hear of wars and rumours of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. 7. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. 8. All these are the beginning of sorrows.
Notice that Jesus says in verse 6 “See that you are not troubled”. There may be things going on in the world that will understandably give the average person cause for concern, but Jesus wants us to be able to see past all of things in anticipation for His soon coming.
Jesus said signs indicate the season
“Now learn this parable from the fig tree: When its branch has already become tender and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near. 33. So you also, when you see all these things, know that it is near—at the doors! 34. Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all these things take place. 35. Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.
He scolded people because of their lack of discernment
Luke 12: 54-56
Then He also said to the multitudes, “Whenever you see a cloud rising out of the west, immediately you say, ‘A shower is coming’; and so it is. 55. And when you see the south wind blow, you say, ‘There will be hot weather’; and there is. 56. Hypocrites! You can discern the face of the sky and of the earth, but how is it you do not discern this time?
Jesus expects us to discern the times
“And there will be signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars; and on the earth distress of nations, with perplexity, the sea and the waves roaring; 26. men’s hearts failing them from fear and the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 27. Then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. 28. Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near.”
We should be comforted by His soon coming!
1 Thessalonians 4:14-18
For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus. 15. For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep. 16. For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. 17. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. 18.Therefore comfort one another with these words.