The End of the Age
Matthew 24:6-8 And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of sorrows.
My heart breaks for the innocent lives lost in the current Russian aggression against the people of Ukraine. But whenever conflicts like these arise the question always comes up, “Are we in the last times?” Jesus’ disciples asked Him the same question, “…what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?” (Matthew 24:3) And Jesus answered with a warning, “Take heed that no one deceives you.” (Matthew 24:4)
Jesus said wars will come and go. Disasters will come one right behind another and their intensity will increase as time goes by, but this isn’t the end. Don’t let anyone fool you. All these things are just the beginning of sorrows. There is a great Tribulation coming at the end of human history, but we aren’t there yet.
That doesn’t mean the current conflict won’t be painful; it most certainly will be. But these things are only stepping stones leading to a time of great Tribulation unlike anything the world has ever known. They are difficult and sometimes excruciatingly painful. Hard times are with us, and even harder times are ahead. Jesus promised it would be that way, so we shouldn’t be surprised by it.
But one day Jesus will return. Scriptures says no man knows the day or hour. But when He comes He’ll usher in a New Age, an age where there will be no more suffering or sorrow and peace will reign. In the meantime let us pray for peace in Ukraine.
Have a God Filled Week,