Luke 21:24-28 KJV
 And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.
 And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring;
 Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.
 And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great
 And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.
There was a time in the past, when the Christians in Jerusalem fled for safety, across the Jordan River to a city named Pella. None of the Christians were killed by Romans because they followed the advice of Jesus and left Jerusalem before the Romans arrived.
We see however in Luke 21:24, non-Christians and Jews did not pay attention to Jesus’ warnings and the Romans killed all of the Jewish people that had remained in Jerusalem. Jesus had given people the warning, but not all chose to listen.
The same is happening today. Jesus told us that he is coming again and that we need to be ready. Christians are paying attention and obeying His Word, but many others are not.
Some authors believe all of these verses are referring to past events when the Roman armies arrived and destroyed Judea.
However, most scholars agree that the author Luke, has changed his view at verse 25 to tell of things to come – signs referring to Jesus’ second coming: still; today a future event.
Luke tells us that there will be many signs signalling that the end times are drawing near. They will be seen in the heavens, moon and stars.
We know that the moon can affect the earth. For instance, the moon’s gravitational pull on the Earth is the main cause of the rise and fall of ocean tides.
Lately we have been witnessing many tidal waves, earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanos erupting, climate changes, forest fires, etc. Could these events be the beginning of what verse 25 is speaking of?
Astrologers have been following the signs in the skies (blood moons, eclipses, alignment of stars) and are sharing their findings that line up with The Biblical Word.
Verse 26 declares that “men will faint from fear and anxiety over what is coming upon the earth, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken”.
Today, we have a small glimpse of what is going to grow and get worse. We all seem to sense that a larger crisis will eventually arrive. It’s as if we are all holding our breath, just waiting for the “big catastrophes” to start taking place.
Whether they start with homes along the coastal fault lines falling into the ocean, tidal waves, hurricanes, wars or even diseases, is not known. Although all of these situations are already happening, we “instinctively feel” that something bigger is just sitting on the horizon!
What does the Bible tell us of the signs that the Tribulation (beginning of End Times) is near?
- People will be deceiving one another.
- Wars will break out – not only country against country but people against people.
- Terrorism everywhere
- Uprisings and riots
- Shootings – today crowds are being targeted for no reason (bullying is a big reason for children shooting other children)
- Famines – weather wrecking crops, prices of food rising daily, there are more people using food banks or going hungry than ever before.
- Diseases – look what is happening right now (Jan 2018) with the flu bug. Those with the flu are dying as well as their caregivers. Schools are being closed while being disinfected. Diseases of all kinds are running rampant.
- Disasters such as tidal waves, earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanos erupting, climate changes, forest fires, etc. are everyday occurrences.
- Disloyalty – people are betraying each other, even friend against friend and family member against family member
- Economic Trouble – Governments (and officials) are no longer trusted, stealing from the top down is happening, countries are deep in debt, people’s jobs are being replaced with machines with no other means of income available.
- Sin – sex is rampant and will continue to run wild. An example is to look at the news today. Even top officials are being accused and convicted of multiple sexual misconducts and rapes.
The above events are not going to get better – they will only become worse as time goes by. And soon the Prophecies of Revelation 6 will begin.
Luke 21:26 is speaking of times which will be the most horrendous time ever, the time just prior to Jesus’ second coming. Jesus has assured those (who have come to Jesus during the Tribulations) believers who are still alive during the great tribulation, to be ready because He is coming to end all of the calamity. He will take those who have been faithful during the Tribulation with him to glory.
How should we be living right now? “Accept Jesus as your Saviour” so that you can be taken at the rapture and you will not have to endure the seven years of Tribulation.
Live your life now in obedience to God.
Matthew 24:14 tells us that when the “Gospel is preached to the whole world – and then the end shall come”.
With radio, TV, internet, etc., today’s technology make this prophecy a reality to be seen worldwide.
No matter where in the world we are, the Gospel of Jesus can be seen or heard.
I believe this shows us that we are living in the final days before Jesus comes.
I pray for those who don’t know you Lord. I pray that as people all over the world hear about you, they will come to you.
I pray for eyes to be opened to see, for ears to hear, for minds to understand that there is only a short time left before judgement day, to realize that Jesus is waiting for them to repent and become a member of Gods family forever. I pray that many will find you before it’s too late.
I know Father that you are not wanting for anyone to perish and some think that you are delaying too long. But I believe Father that you are patient and waiting for those last “few” to change their hearts. Thank you Lord for your grace. 2 Peter 3:9
Father, I thank you for your love, that whomever comes before you, asking for forgiveness of their sins, will find mercy and grace through Jesus Christ.
In the Holy name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, I pray