Is there a supernatural world beyond the world that we know? Evidence seems to suggest that such a world indeed does exist. It mysterious in its manifestations and easy to miss buy earthlings like you and me.
That mysterious was manifested, when the disciples of Jesus asked him several questions which the disciples limited to their lifespan. But reaches earthlings century after centuries, and finally reaching us today. From Matthew 24:3, the questions raised, “When well these things be? And what will be a sign of your coming, and of the end of the age? It all has to do with the phrase, “and the end of the age.” Together those three phrases are sequential with one building upon another, then at the end they unite as one. Creating the worse of times ever in the history of humanity. Jesus put it this way, “And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would survive.” See Matthew 24:22a.
From the heavens came a text from God, “I found Israel like grapes in the wilderness. I saw your fathers, as the first fruits on the fig tree in its first season. But they went the way of Baal Peror, (note Judges 3:7, Baal is a false deity. Peror is an ancient city) and separated themselves to that shame. They became an abomination like the thing they loved. See Hosea 9:10.
As discussed yesterday, one of God’s confidants, Micah noted that every one would sit under his fig tree, and no one would make him afraid. The fig tree is representative of both ancient Israel and today’s modern state of Israel. People who travel to Israel have noticed that the leaves of the fig tree appear as ornaments on government buildings. The fig tree answers the questions the disciples asked Jesus.
So what about the, “whence will these things be” of Matthew 24:3? Jesus answered His disciples and us, when he said, “Take heed that no one deceives you. For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ’ and deceive many.'” See Matthew 24:4-5.
Ultimately, Jesus was talking about the Antichrist who will declare himself to be God. Building up to the Antichrists influence and power Jesus said the following would occur. “You’ll hear rumblings about about wars. Don’t be troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. Nations will rise up against nations, and kingdoms against kingdoms. And there will be severe food shortages. Despite scientific advancements an infestation of diseases will haunt humanity. As will earthquakes, perhaps in the least expected places. All these are the beginning of sorrows.” See Matthew 24:6-8.
There seems to be nothing new here that our world isn’t familiar with. But here’s the reality, it’ll worsen exponentially, and we are told that it’s only the beginning of what to expect.
There will be a time, when Christians will be arrested for advocating biblical principles. To the point that it could cause such advocates to lose their lives. With Christians experiencing direct and personal confrontational hate by people from all over the world. Jesus said, “It’ll be for My name’s sake.
So severe will these times be that many Christians will be offended by those who will not forsake Christ and what He expects from His followers. Then even Christians, who oppose their threats and stances will turn to hatred. Causing a different breed of Christians to emerge that Jesus simply calls false prophets. Nevertheless these false prophets will persuade many to exit their association with Jesus. Jumping starting bizarre frenzy of lawlessness up to a level never before known by humanity.
If it brings any comfort, and it should, for the determined and committed to Jesus. Who said, “But he, who endures to the end shall be saved.” See Matthew 24:9-13.
Horrific times, indeed! But how do we determine those times? Answer! From the lesson about the Fig tree taught by Jesus. And, that’s the discussion for tomorrow
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