Main point summary
When will Jesus’ reign on Earth begin? Signs given by Jesus include the presence of false prophets, wars and famines and earthquakes, persecution of the saints, hatred for followers of Jesus, even by one’s own family. But he also gives commands in light of the occurrence of these signs. He tells us to be alert and not alarmed. He tells us to not be led astray. He tells us to be on guard and to not be anxious in our time of Trial but to trust that the Holy Spirit will speak through us. He tells us that we must bring the Gospel to all the Nations. And he tells us we must hold fast until the end. Jesus gives us multiple commands of what it looks like for us to be obedient in this time of waiting and he tells us what our reward will be—salvation. Yes, we should eagerly desire Jesus to come back and work towards that (note: bringing the Gospel to the Nations is the only command he gives that correlates to his return). But he is more concerned about us holding fast to the end in our life on earth. Not all of us will be on earth when Jesus comes again. But all of his will die and either receive eternal salvation or eternal damnation. Our primary focus should be on keeping the faith until the day we die, not in knowing when he will return.
And as he sat on a the Mount of Olives opposite the temple,
Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, which was opposite the temple he had just prophecies would be destroyed,
b Peter and James and John and c Andrew asked him d privately,
And Peter and James and John and Andrew asked him a question privately.
“Tell us, e when will these things be,
They asked when these prophecies will take place?
and what will be the sign when all these things are about to be accomplished?”
What will be some signs that these prophecies are about to be accomplished?
And Jesus began to say to them, f “See that no one leads you astray.
And Jesus answers them (command), do not be led astray
g Many will come in my name, saying, h ‘I am he!’
Because (sign), people will come claiming to be me,
and they will lead many astray.
And people will follow them.
And when you hear of wars and rumors of wars,
In addition, when you (sign) hear of wars taking place,
i do not be alarmed.
(Command) do not be alarmed.
This j must take place,
Because these must take place
but the end is not yet.
However wars will not be how the end comes
For k nation will rise against nation,
But indeed nations will wage war
and l kingdom against kingdom.
And kingdoms will battle kingdoms
There will be m earthquakes in various places;
There will also be (sign) earthquakes
there will be n famines.
These are but the beginning of the birth pains.
These are just the beginning of the end.
o “But p be on your guard.
So (command) be alert and ready,
For they will deliver you over to councils,
Because they will try you before groups of men,
and you will be beaten q in synagogues,
And you will be physically assaulted in your places of worship,
and you will stand before r governors and s kings
And you will be delivered to political leaders,
for my sake,
Because of me, Jesus,
t to bear witness before them.
In order that you can speak the Gospel.
And the gospel must first be proclaimed u to all nations.
And (sign and command) the gospel must first be brought my missionaries to all the nations that have not heard what I have done and who I am.
And when they bring you to trial and deliver you over,
And when they capture you and make you stand trial,
v do not be anxious beforehand what you are to say,
Do not be anxious about what you are going to say,
but say w whatever is given you in that hour,
Instead say whatever is GIVEN to you at that time,
x for it is not you who speak,
Because you will not be the one speaking,
but the Holy Spirit.
Rather it will be the Holy Spirit speaking through you.
y And brother will deliver brother over to death,
Also at that time, a brother will turn in a brother because he is a Christian... knowing it will cause his death.
and the father his child,
Likewise a father to their Jesus following child,
and children will rise against parents
And children will turn on their parents because they are Christians,
and have them put to death.
And desire for them to be put to death.
z And you will be hated by all for my name’s sake.
People will HATE you if you claim me as Lord.
a But the one who endures to the end
BUT, if you hold fast and continue trusting me and walking in obedience to me,
will be saved.
You will be saved from eternal judgement.
Do not be led astray by false prophets. Instead be alert and expect nations to rage and famine to occur and natural disasters to happen. These things must take place and are just the beginning of the end.
Be on your guard because you will be persecuted for my sake
The gospel must first be proclaimed to all the nations
Do not be anxious when you are on trial for my sake—the Holy Spirit will speak through you.
Family members will deliver family members over to their deaths because they are Christians.
And all will hate those who follow Jesus
But if you endure to the end, you will be saved.
A handful of Jesus, disciples asked him when the prophecies of His earthly reign will take place