There is no doubting that Jesus spoke of an end of days. Theologians through the years have debated the validity of the discussion of end times and what it means for the church. Jesus was clear to his disciples–there will be an end of days, and the people of God will suffer and be tempted to walk away from God to avoid the pain. As he taught the group, much of what he discussed could easily apply to the modern times. The important thing that the disciples needed to hear was not the circumstances surrounding the end times, but that they needed to be ready when the end of days, does in fact,come.
That message plays as loudly today as it did when 1st delivered 2000 years ago. We, as a body of believers, need to live as if each day could be the end. We, in America, still have the amazing gift to worship God freely and openly. Across the globe, not so much. Europe, Asia and the Middle-East continue to grow more antagonistic to the Church and to Israel. What used to be a sad but secret truth, has now grown to become the norm and not the exception. Whether or not, however, Jesus returns in our lifetime, the critical thing is that we live ready for his return. Our faith is an active one–one that not only requires commitment, but it also requires preparation by seeking him in fellowship, prayer and study of his word. We cannot take for granted the fact that the freedom to worship is a gift–one that could be taken away in a heartbeat.
The bottom line is simple–we need to walk and live as though each day could be the last and we could become a persecuted church. Trust God, follow him, fellowship with other believers, and remember, this world is not our home.
God Bless You
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?”
4 Jesus answered: “Watch out that no one deceives you. 5 For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and will deceive many.6 You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. 7 Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. 8 All these are the beginning of birth pains.
9 “Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me. 10 At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, 11 and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. 12 Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, 13 but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved. 14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.
15 “So when you see standing in the holy place ‘the abomination that causes desolation,’ spoken of through the prophet Daniel—let the reader understand— 16 then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. 17 Let no one on the housetop go down to take anything out of the house. 18 Let no one in the field go back to get their cloak.