We are studying the Olivet Discourse. In the sermon Jesus revealed a dizzying array of prophecies about the end times. Jesus warned of false messiahs, wars, rumors of wars, nations rising up against nations, earthquakes, floods, and fires all happening before His return. Truly there are troubled times predicted in the age we live in, and they will continue until Jesus return.
It is easy to become troubled in these days, for we live in a world of a 24 hour news cycle. This phenomenon bombards us with a constant stream of wars, rumors of wars, nations rising up against nations, earthquakes, floods, and fires. Not only do we hear about them, we are instantaneously brought into the center of these disasters, wars, and tragedies through the courtesy of television. This constant stream of news is both unsettling, and numbing to our senses, so much so that many are convinced that the end of the world is at hand, or wishing it was at hand.
Two sentences stand out in the sermon. First, Jesus said, “You are not to be alarmed,” (Matt. 24:6), and later, “See I have told you ahead of time,” (25). From the second sentence we learn that God is aware of these tragedies, and allows them to happen for His own Divine reasons, and those reasons are beyond our understanding. However, from the first sentence we learn that whatever tribulation we go through we know in the end our God wins! And if Our God wins, we win if we trust Him.