Read – Mark 12:38-13:37
As Jesus taught, He warned the people to watch out for teachers of the Law who inflate their own importance and abuse their power. Such men will receive greater condemnation for leading others astray at God’s final judgment. When will that judgment come? What signs will precede it? The disciples bring their questions to Jesus, as we also can bring to Him our hopes, fears, and uncertainties about His return to take His throne and establish His rule over the nations.
Jesus repeatedly warns His disciples to watch out, don’t be alarmed, be on guard, keep watch, and continue working. Wars, disasters, persecution, and attempts to deceive believers will happen but are not necessarily signs of the end.
Before the end, the good news about Jesus must first be preached to all the nations. Jesus commands us to “go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:19-20)
His presence is our hope in the coming time of trouble.
The earth will experience days of great distress which have never been seen. But God will preserve His children. He will shorten these terrible days and strengthen their belief so that none will be deceived. “I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand.” (John 10:28)
As darkness descends on the day of salvation, the sun and the moon will grow dark. The stars and planets will be shaken from the sky. The time for repentance will be over. At that time, Jesus will unmistakably appear in the clouds in great power and glory to gather all who believe in Him and to condemn those who have rejected Him.
In Scripture, Jesus tells His people all they need to know about the end times to prepare, warn others, and trust in Him. No one knows the day or the hour, but we are to be on guard, be alert, and go about the work He has assigned us, keeping watch and being ever ready for His glorious and certain return.
Reflection and Application: How am I seeking to learn the truths revealed in the Bible, so that I can discern what is true from what is false? Do I appreciate the urgency to share the good news about Jesus with those who’ve not yet believed? Pray for opportunities to talk about Him with a specific person by name. What work has Jesus given me to do until He returns? Do I live expecting Him at any time?
Pray: Come, Lord Jesus. The grace of the Lord Jesus be with God’s people. Amen. (Rev 22:20-21)