Now when these things begin to take place, straighten up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near. —Luke 21:28

            The disciples asked, “When will these things happen? And what will be the sign that they are about to take place?” Jesus responded—

  • Don’t be deceived. Many will come in My name
  • You will hear of wars and rebellions
  • Nations and kingdoms will rise against each other
  • There will be earthquakes, famines and pestilences in various places
  • There will be fearful sights and great signs from heaven
  • Before this they will seize you and persecute you
  • Because of My name they will deliver you to synagogues and prisons
  • They will bring you before kings and governors
  • Use these as opportunities to witness
  • He will give them the words to say that adversaries won’t be able to resist or contradict
  • You will be betrayed by parents, brothers, relatives, friends
  • Some of you will be put to death
  • You will be hated by everyone because of His name
  • Jerusalem will be surrounded by armies— you will know her desolation is near
  • Those in Judea— flee to the mountains, get out of the city, stay out of the city
  • The day of vengeance has come
  • Those days will be miserable for pregnant women and nursing mothers
  • Great distress will be on the land and wrath against this people
  • They will fall by the sword and be led captive to all nations
  • Jerusalem will be trodden down by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled
  • There will be signs in the sun, moon, stars and on earth dismay among the nations
  • They will be bewildered by the roaring sea and surging waves
  • Men will faint from fear and anxiety over what is happening on the earth
  • The powers of the heavens will be shaken
  • Then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory

We do know this— our redemption is drawing nearer! The mockers may say, “Where is this ‘coming’ he promised? Ever since our ancestors died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation.” These people say this because they are “following their own evil desires” and “they deliberately forget that long ago by God’s word the heavens came into being and the earth was formed out of water and by water. By these waters also the world of that time was deluged and destroyed. By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the Day of Judgment and destruction of the ungodly” (II Peter 3:4). Mockers mock but their mocking doesn’t change the truth! Rejoice! Our redemption is drawing nearer!

Dear Father may we be about Your business when Jesus comes. Yes, I look so forward to see Him and being with Him forever and with all those who love Him. May I be faithful until that day in the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Jesus. So be it!

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