And they asked him, “Teacher, when will these things be, and what will be the sign when these things are about to take place?” —Luke 21:7

As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately. “Tell us,” they said, “when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?” —Matthew 24:3

            What are signs of the end of the age?  Jesus’ disciples wanted to know and Jesus told them.  Here is what He said—

  • Be careful not to be deceived
  • Many will come claiming to be Jesus
  • They will claim that “The time is at hand!”
  • Don’t follow after these deceivers
  • You will hear of wars and uprisings
  • Nation will rise against nation
  • Kingdom will rise against kingdom
  • There will be great earthquakes
  • There will be famines in various places
  • There will be pestilences in various places
  • There will be fearful events
  • There will be great signs from heaven
  • Believers will be seized
  • Believers will be persecuted
  • Believers will be handed over to synagogues
  • Believers will be put in prison
  • Believers will be brought before kings on account of the Name of Jesus
  • Believers will be brought before governors on account of the Name of Jesus
  • Believers will bear testimony to Jesus
  • Believers are not to worry about how to defend themselves
  • Jesus will give believers words and wisdom
  • Adversaries will not be able to contradict these words and the wisdom given
  • Believers will be betrayed by parents, brothers, sisters relatives and friends
  • Believers will be put to death
  • Believers will be hated because of Jesus
  • Believers are to stand firm and win life
  • Jerusalem will be surrounded by armies
  • Believers are to flee
  • This is the time of punishment of all that has been written
  • Days will be dreadful for pregnant women and nursing mothers
  • There will be great distress in the land
  • There will be great wrath against the people of this land
  • They will fall by the sword
  • They will be taken prisoners to all nations
  • Jerusalem will be trampled on by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled
  • There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars
  • Nations will be in anguish
  • Nations will be perplexed at the roaring and tossing of the sea
  • People will faint from terror
  • People will be apprehensive of what is coming to the world
  • The heavenly bodies will be shaken
  • The Son of Man’s coming will be seen in a cloud and with great glory
  • Stand up, lift up your heads because your redemption draws near
  • When you see these things the kingdom of God is near.

So there is Jesus’ answer to the disciples’ questions about when the end of the age will come.  Consider them and rejoice that we are getting closer!

Dear Father I thank You that You have not left us in the dark as to when the end of this age would occur.  Jesus has given us clear indicators.  Now please give us wisdom to apply these correctly by the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Your Son Jesus.  Yes, may that be so!  And I thank You that by death or by Jesus’ coming we are getting closer to home and will one day finally be home.

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