Matt.24:1-14 – And Jesus answered and said to them, “See to it that no one misleads you. For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and they will mislead many people. And you will be hearing of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not alarmed, for those things must take place, but that is not yet the end. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places. But all these things are merely the beginning of birth pains. Then they will hand you over to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations because of My name. And at that time many will fall away, and they will betray one another and hate one another. And many false prophets will rise up and mislead many people. And because lawlessness is increased, most people’s love will become cold. But the one who endures to the end is the one who will be saved. This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come”.
Normally in my daily blog I have a scripture and a quote from a commentator on the verse as well as my own comments. Today, I quoted the best of the best, Jesus of Nazareth. In this familiar passage (I hope you took time to read it carefully again) the Lord is answering questions about the end of the age and the coming kingdom. We are all very familiar with this age, the only thing we know of the coming one is the glimpses the Lord gives us through His word and the visitations of His Spirit. We are obviously in the final birth pangs of this kingdom, creation itself is testifying that the kingdom of God is about to replace the kingdom of this world. The spirit behind the culture and political system of this generation knows what is about to happen and desperation has set in. For the Christian we are experiencing the conflict, the joyful anticipation of what is coming and the unpleasant circumstances we experience everyday in this world. It’s not easy for any of us but thankfully He has not left us as orphans to fend for ourselves. More than ever we need to feast on His Word and drink deeply of His Spirit, He strengthens us daily for everything we have to deal with. In the meantime we are the light of the world. The lost have no hope, that is our job while we are here, shine as lights in the midst of the darkness of the closing moments of this age.