Concerning The End The Age
From My Notes by Pastor Ron Campbell
As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately. “Tell us,” they said, “when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?”
~ Matthew 24: 3
The disciples asked Jesus a two-part question concerning the end times, “When it will be?” to which Christ didn’t answer. However, when the disciples asked the second part, “What shall be the sign of your coming?” He did.
Jesus told the disciples about events that were current and at hand, such as the destruction of Jerusalem, the end of the Jewish church and state, the calling of the Gentiles, and the setting up of Christ’s kingdom in the world. Our Savior cautioned his disciples to stand on guard against false teachers.
He also told of wars and great commotions among nations. Those who will not hear the messengers of peace will be made to hear the messengers of war. But where the heart is trusting in God, it is kept in peace, and is not afraid. Christ doesn’t want his people to have troubled hearts, not even in troubled times. If we looked ahead to the eternity of misery that lies before the obstinate refusers of Christ and his gospel, we can truly say the greatest earthly judgments are only the beginning of sorrows. Jesus foretold of the rapid spreading of the gospel in the world. He preached his gospel openly. The end of the world shall not come until the gospel has done its work.
Until the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, let us give diligence to make our calling and election sure; then we may know that no enemy or deceiver shall ever prevail against us.
In times of persecution even strong believers will find it difficult to be loyal. To keep from being deceived by false messiahs, we must understand that Jesus’ return will be unmistakable; no one will doubt that it is he.
Remember, if you have to be told that the Messiah has come, then he hasn’t. Christ’s coming will be obvious to everyone.