Posts Tagged ‘Signs of the times’

Luke 12:54-56 Look Around You

They only help when you pay attention

They only help when you pay attention

Today our reading is short and straight to the point. Luke is sharing with us snippets of teachings Jesus did before the crowds. Today’s teaching is about being alert to the signs.

There are signs all around us that alert us to what is going on. Jesus identifies meteorological signs that are common knowledge in His day as His examples. The main industry in the area was farming so His audience well recognized the truths contained in these signs. As farmers they lived and died by the weather so they watched it closely.

Jesus is talking about another group of signs though. These were being ignored or played off as something else entirely by the religious leaders. Jesus was referencing prophecies being fulfilled right in front of their eyes and the miracles being performed on a daily basis. These signs should have been just as obvious to those looking. But unlike the farmer who WAS looking, the religious leaders of the time were burying their heads and refusing to look. Read more »

Matthew 24:32-35 Lessons from the Fig Tree

Summer is on the way

Summer is on the way

Jesus and His disciples are still on the Mount of Olives. Jesus is also still teaching them about the end of days and what to expect. Today He uses an analogy to describe the signs of His coming. His words are the source of some controversy for us today. What did He really mean? I won’t pretend to have any answers for you, as I am not an expert in end time prophecy. But I will share my opinion, and anything else He puts on my heart today.

The signs that Jesus has been describing to His disciples so far are very disturbing! He has promised earthquakes, famine, wars, torture and death. We see only one two positive signs mentioned in everything He has shared so far. Those two signs outweigh all the negatives, if one is on the right side of them. The positive signs are His gospel being preached to the WHOLE world, and the trumpet of the Lord sounding to bringing His people home. The reward for faithfulness to Him in the midst of all the surrounding trouble is eternal life with Him. Read more »