Today’s text begins a long, in-depth look at Jesus’ answer to His disciple’s questions about the end times and His ultimate rule. The study of end times was as confusing then as it is now. There are many differing opinions among true believers on this topic. There is no other topic in scripture that creates more excitement among believers yet brings more divided opinions in the Christian world. Because of this, our focus will be Christ’s focus. Jesus seemed to place more emphasis upon His disciples having a ready heart and attitude rather than giving them a crystal-clear eschatological chart. If this were not the case, we would all have a very clear, undisputable picture of His return with no disagreements.
The “Olivette Discourse” (which this section is often called) is Jesus’ longest answer to any question ever posed to Him. It is found in even greater detail in Matthew 24-25 and Mark 13:5-37.
Read today’s text carefully looking for the heart of Jesus’ message. Look specifically for Jesus’ warnings and commands…
Some of his disciples began talking about the majestic stonework of the Temple and the memorial decorations on the walls. But Jesus said, “The time is coming when all these things will be completely demolished. Not one stone will be left on top of another!” “Teacher,” they asked, “when will all this happen? What sign will show us that these things are about to take place?” He replied, “Don’t let anyone mislead you, for many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and saying, ‘The time has come!’ But don’t believe them. And when you hear of wars and insurrections, don’t panic. Yes, these things must take place first, but the end won’t follow immediately.” Then he added, “Nation will go to war against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be great earthquakes, and there will be famines and plagues in many lands, and there will be terrifying things and great miraculous signs from heaven. “But before all this occurs, there will be a time of great persecution. You will be dragged into synagogues and prisons, and you will stand trial before kings and governors because you are my followers. But this will be your opportunity to tell them about me. So don’t worry in advance about how to answer the charges against you, for I will give you the right words and such wisdom that none of your opponents will be able to reply or refute you! Even those closest to you—your parents, brothers, relatives, and friends—will betray you. They will even kill some of you. And everyone will hate you because you are my followers. But not a hair of your head will perish! By standing firm, you will win your souls.” (Luke 21:5–19, NLT)
You also must be ready all the time, for the Son of Man will come when least expected.”” (Luke 12:40, NLT)
May we each strive to continue to stand firm in Him and not be deceived by false prophets, false predictions, and false religion.