Every generation has an obsession with the end of the world. Most are tragic endings when the sun explodes, the earth turns on itself, and most tell the story of the end of humanity. We LOVE this stuff!!
Movies like 2012, Armageddon, the whole Left Behind Series, even to some extent the Twilight series, make us feel vulnerable and tease our natural sense of fear into a false sense of pandemonium.
I've never been one who enjoys engaging in the manipulation of people's fears, but…Jesus did have something to say about the time when the world would wind down.
"How Is the world going to end?" the question the disciples asked even in Jesus time.
Matthew 24:1-3 begins to explain,
Jesus left the temple and was walking away when his disciples came up to him to call his attention to its buildings. "Do
you see all these things?" he asked. "I tell you the truth, not one
stone here will be left on another; every one will be thrown down."
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?"
So…evidently there is an "End of the Age" because there are signs that will point to a specific time.
The Question is…What does that mean? What is the end of the age? What age are we talking about here?
Is Jesus setting the stage to reveal the end of the world? Or, is He merely talking about a time when the end of the age of the disciples would be finished?
I can't wait to go through Matthew 24 with you and see where Jesus will take us on the "end of the Age." One thing I want you to remember though,
FEAR IS NOT FROM THE LORD.
For God did not give us a spirit of fear (2 Timothy 1), so as we discuss the coming of the end of the age, let us not be fearful. For greater is He that is in you than He that is in the world. No matter what the world has to offer, we must remember, GOD CREATED IT ALL ANYWAY.
So it doesn't matter if we talk of 'One World Governments,' 'One World Currency,' or even the talk of 'Anti-Christ,' For God is even more powerful than all those things. (although we probably won't cross those words unless necessary)
It just frustrates me that there are those believers out there who continue to use fear to manipulate people to give finances, power, or influence. It's a disgrace to the honor of the King of Kings, and I will NOT be one of those.
So let's talk about Matthew 24, together.
Let's discover what Jesus meant on this, the last of His teachings before the Cross.
May we allow the Word of God to help us re-discover the Christian Worldview.