Posts Tagged ‘End times’

Luke 21:10-19 Prosecution’s Purpose

We may not always like the doors God opens, BUT He has a purpose for us on the other side

We are sitting with Jesus and His disciples on the Mount of Olives. He is telling them of the things to come. Jesus addresses the change happening on a global scale first but then He speaks of what will happen to His disciples personally. Jesus finishes our section today with a promise to care for those who endure persecution for His name’s sake.

We looked at Jesus prophecies about the future in both Matthew and Mark. From Matthew’s gospel we drew the blog, “Signs of the End of the Age.” In the blog, “The End is Coming”, from Mark looked at the personal persecution Jesus was predicting for His disciples. Today I feel compelled to look at the why for the persecution promised by Jesus.

Jesus told His disciples that before all the earthquakes and famines and such that they would face personal persecution. “They will lay their hands on you and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues and prisons, and you will be brought before kings and governors for my name’s sake” (verse 12). Jesus pulled no punches here. He told His disciples that they WOULD face these things, not that they might or that other people would. Read more »

Luke 17:20-37 Is It Time Yet?

He is calling "All Come Free!"

He is calling “All Come Free!”

Jesus gives end of days prophecies to His disciples in our reading today. Oh how I wish I could understand every word He shared here! To truly know what is to come.

I’m surprised by the original questioner in our story today. Luke tells us that the Pharisees were the ones who asked when the Kingdom of God would come. Was this in response to Jesus’ proclamation that the Kingdom of Heaven was at hand? Were they earnestly seeking or were they testing Him again?

Jesus answered their question. He told them that the Kingdom of Heaven wasn’t coming like they were expecting it to. They wouldn’t be seeing a king sitting on his throne. It won’t reside in some geographic location. It is a spiritual Kingdom and is in the middle of them right then. I wonder if they understood. Even Jesus disciples expected the flesh and blood Kingdom. We know they didn’t understand until after Jesus’ resurrection. Read more »