Minister’s forum: The end of the age
November 2, 2005
In Matthew 24:3 one of Jesus’ disciples asked the question, “…when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?” That question has been asked over and over and recent events have caused us to ask this question again.
Jesus gave several clues to when the end would come, and let’s look at some of them briefly. Matthew 24:4 “Take heed that no man deceive you.”
1. In verse 5 Jesus says, “For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.” We have had several in the last few years.
2. In verse 6, “…wars and rumors of war,” (and we have several going on now.)
3. Verse 7, “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.” Have you watched the news lately?
4. “There shall be famines.” We are told that there are more people dying of starvation than at any time prior in history.
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5. “And pestilences.” There are diseases that are out of control in many places around the world, such as HIV and hepatitis.
6. “And earthquakes in different places.” Some sources say there have been more earthquakes in the last 100 years than in the previous 2,000 years.
If we only look at these six things, it’s easy to see how we could be close to the end as described by Jesus. All of these things are happening and seem to be increasing in our lifetime. Even secular sources are asking what is going on? Many who don’t believe in God want to quote Nostradamas or the Inca Indians to explain what is going on. We all seem to notice that things seem to be a little crazy.
Remember Jesus said that no man knows the day or the hour, so I am not trying to make any predictions. I am simply saying that I believe we are in the ballpark of the end times. Watch the fig leaves. The most important thing is that we live our lives in such a way that shows we believe Jesus is coming back.
See John chapter 14, “Let not your heart be troubled; ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am there ye may be also … Jesus saith unto him I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me … Philip saith unto him, Lord, show us the Father, and it sufficeth us. Jesus saith unto him, have I been so long time with you and yet hast thou not known me.”
If you can, read all the chapter. Are you ready to meet Jesus Christ? Think about it. No one knows when his hour has come.
-Jerry Foster is pastor of Calvary Chapel.