Tuesday, September 13, 2011

A Morning Cup of Tea : Signs of the End of Time...Or...

In chapter 24 of Matthew the disciples came to Jesus privately to ask about the end times. Jesus had just pointed to the temple and said it would be destroyed to the point that not one stone would be left standing on another (v2).
 This chapter can be a little confusing because Jesus does speak of end times, but he also speaks of something that the disciples will see in their own time --the destruction of Jerusalem and the fall of the temple.
   About the destruction of Jerusalem and the temple, Jesus told them they would see the signs for it. It was going to happen and it was going to be awful. But stay faithful till the end. But as for the end of time, there really isn't going to be a sign that He is coming. 
  Since the time of the destruction of Jerusalem there have been wars and rumors of wars, earthquakes and floods, and people claiming to be Christ. False prophets have been around for awhile. And life has gone on, good and bad. 
  Jesus tells us in verse 36 But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.  That means not even Jesus himself knows when the end of the world is coming. Just as a thief in the night does not tell the house owner when he is coming, there isn't going to be a last minute chance to get one's life in order.
  The time is now to choose whether we will live for God or not. Until the time of Jesus' coming, life will go on. There will be wars and rumors of wars. We will continue to have earthquakes, floods, and such. People will continue to live their lives good or bad. And their will be those who claim to be Christ and those who claim to be for Christ. Until the end of time or the end of our earthly life comes we should be continually studying God's Word, continually praying, continually working the fields, staying faithful to then end. Don't worry so much of signs. When it happens no one knows but it will happen.

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