tells how Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, and the disciples came to ask when the temple would be destroyed.
Jesus replied that they should be careful that no one leads them astray. He said that many would come in his name, or authority
, and say that they are 'Christ', or anointed
. In doing so, they would lead many astray.
He said they would hear of wars and rumors of wars. They should not be alarmed, for these things must take place. Still, this would not be the end. Nation would rise up against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There would be famines and earthquakes in various places near and far. These were not the end; they are only the beginning of the birth pains.
He said the would deliver them who came in the name of Jesus into tribulation, putting some to death and hated because they stood for His name. Many would fall away, and betray one another and hate one another.
Jesus said that many false prophets would arise and lead many astray. Because lawlessness would be increased, the love of many would grow cold. He said that those who endure until the end would be saved.
He said that this gospel, that Jesus Christ came and lived a perfect life, died for all men, and rose again would be proclaimed throughout the whole world. It would be a testimony to all nations.
After His Gospel went to all nations, the end would come.
As Christians, we should ask ourselves: Do we see the signs of the end in our time? How many come and say they have the authority of God, or that they are anointed? How many have been led astray by them? How many nations are at war? How many famines and earthquakes do we see all around us? How many are waiting on death row in other countries for becoming a Christian?
How many false prophets have risen up, convincing thousands of 'prophesies' that are either false, or were never prophesied? How many churches have become lawless, and the love of the members grown cold? How many spread some other message to all the nations, instead of His Gospel? Don't we realize that once the original Gospel goes to all nations, we can go home to see Jesus?