Commentary By: Gordon King
Jesus Christ gave us many signs to watch for signifying the closeness of His return for the church. He goes on to tell us that when these things begin to happen look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near!
“Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near.”
He wasn’t talking about everything that was written in Luke 21 already happening, no, but beginning to happen! What things was He talking about anyway?
The very first thing that Jesus mentioned was deception, to not be deceived because many shall come to deceive, we are told this in Luke 21 and also in Matthew 24.
“And He said: “Take heed that you not be deceived. For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am He,’ and, ‘The time has drawn near.’ “
“And Jesus answered and said to them: “Take heed that no one deceives you.5 For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many.”
“Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many.”
So according to our Lord and Savior deception will play a key role in the end times, and it will be a major sign to watch for, and it’s the very first thing that Jesus warns us about. And isn’t that what we see now taking place in the world? Of course it is, deception is happening throughout the world at record speed!
“For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places.”
He tells us that nation will rise against nation, and what does He mean by this? Nation in Greek is ethnos, and it means ethnic group. So ethnic group will rise against ethnic group. Do we see this happening in the world today? Of course we do, and it’s on the rise! Ethnic groups are being pitted one against another, and that’s why we are hearing so much about racism, we are being pitted against each other by the very ones that say they are against it. This my friends is also another deception and a sign of the times! These deceivers say that we are systemically racist, and that we must have social justice, they are not attempting to unite people but tear them apart and keep us segregated.
Jesus said that kingdom shall rise against kingdom. Well, once again we see it happening everyday. Threats from kingdoms against other kingdoms, threatening to wipe them out, threats of war, violence, and hatred.
He tells us that there will be famines, and there are nations in the world today suffering from famine. This is only the beginning, for it will get worse!
The following is from an article posted by The Guardian just last year:
The world is facing widespread famine “of biblical proportions” because of the coronavirus pandemic, the chief of the UN’s food relief agency has warned, with a short time to act before hundreds of millions starve.
More than 30 countries in the developing world could experience widespread famine, and in 10 of those countries there are already more than 1 million people on the brink of starvation, said David Beasley, executive director of the World Food Programme.
“We are not talking about people going to bed hungry,” he told the Guardian in an interview. “We are talking about extreme conditions, emergency status – people literally marching to the brink of starvation. If we don’t get food to people, people will die.”
Jesus tells us that there will also be pestilences (diseases). Well, I don’t really have to say too much about this one, for all of us are victim to the Coronavirus (Chinese Flu) Pandemic. In fact, many of these predictions that Jesus told us are tied together, the virus, the famines, the deceptions. And look at where the pandemic is leading us, into the formation of a One World Government! The pandemic isn’t going away any time soon, and it is in fact being used as a tool in order to implement many draconian measures and laws against us.
Then He tells us that there will be earthquakes in various places. Well, that’s another one that I don’t really have to talk too much about. For all of us have seen some very dramatic earthquakes over the past several years, and they are not going to quiet down any time soon. The increase in both the number and intensity of earthquakes has risen dramatically over the past decade, and I don’t believe that they will stop but actually intensify!
“Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake.”
The Lord Jesus tells us that we as His followers will be delivered up to tribulation, that they shall kill us, and we will be hated by all nations (ethnic groups) for His name’s sake. This means that there will be increased persecution against Christians. And are we not seeing a rise in the persecution of Christians in the world today, of course we are! And this my friends is only the beginning. Laws are being passed to silence us, and we are being censored from speaking the truth! And now there is a purge going on in the minds of those that seek our destruction, a purge to silence us, a purge to get rid of us one way or another.
“And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold.”
Jesus tells us that lawlessness will abound, and the love of many will grow cold. This couldn’t happen in our lifetime, could it? Of course it not only could but is! Lawlessness in not only on the rise but it is abounding and the love of many is growing cold! You don’t have to take my word for it you can see it happening for yourself. Enough said.
We need to be watching for these signs:
- Ethic groups rising against other ethnic groups
- Kingdoms rising against other kingdoms
- Increasing Christian persecution
- Lawlessness abounding
- The love of many growing cold
Do any of you see these things beginning to happen? If you do then what should you be doing?
The Lord said that when you see these things beginning to happen, then look up and lift up your heads for your redemption draws near!
Well my friends, I don’t know about you but I see all of these things beginning to happen, all of these signs are here now and they are intensifying! I am looking up and lifting up my head for my redemption is drawing near!
God gave us these warnings not in order to instill fear within our hearts, on the contrary, He gave them to us in order to comfort us, knowing that our redemption is close at hand, that He is at the door!
Do not be sleeping, do not ignore the signs that the good Lord gave us to be watching for. For the time is near for both the rapture of the church and the beginning of the Tribulation period. God is still in control, He is still sitting on the throne, and His plan is falling into place.
God bless my friends! Maranatha!