The disciples of Jesus had three important questions for Jesus on the night before he was crucified.
“As He sat upon the Mount of Olives, the disciples came unto Him privately, saying, tell us, when shall these things be? And what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?”
- When will these things happen?
- What will be the sign of your coming?
- What will be the sign of the end of the world?
The close friends of Jesus, his most loyal disciples, had three questions for him. Jesus answered those questions.
He answered the questions!
These three questions and the answers Jesus gave have been debated, argued, and fought over for the last two centuries. Jesus gave the answers but how many of us don’t have any idea what He said or what He was referring to? Lost in the debate is the fact that Jesus gave some answers to the burning questions bible students have toiled over ever since he left this earth.
If Jesus gave the answers many have been seeking we should be aware of what he said. Read the passage, ask for direction and understanding, read it again, sit in silence and listen…read it again. That’s a good start to understanding what Jesus said.
Leave the commentaries and the online debates among scholars for another time. Let the Holy Spirit tell you what Jesus said.
I remember a solo backpacking trip up through Little Yosemite Valley many years ago. I set out to hike up to Half Dome and ascend the back side and enjoy the terrific view. As the trail veered left away from the Merced river I changed course and decided to take a path I hadn’t chosen before. Instead of trekking up the familiar trail toward Half Dome I decided to continue up the river and see what new sights I had been missing.
I was not disappointed. Some of the most peaceful and beautiful scenery was my reward for taking a new path. The river was so beautiful, being at the same time powerful and dangerous but also peaceful and serene. I sat down on a large granite boulder and dangled my feet over the powerful but peaceful river and enjoyed a quiet conversation with the Lord.
Just like the disciples on the night before he was crucified, I was able to sit down and have a talk with the Lord. That should be our starting point when we are looking for answers in the Bible.
Talk to the Lord. Give Him your questions.
So what’s the answer to the questions?
The wars, famines, pestilences, and earthquakes are not the signs we should be looking for. Jesus said these are just the beginning of trouble.
“These are the beginning of sorrows.”
The signs of the end are these.
“And this Gospel of the Kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations, and then shall the end come.”
“When you therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place…”
“For as the lightning comes out of the east and shines even to the west, so shall also the coming of the Son of Man be.” Like lightning blasting across the sky from east to west.
“And then shall appear the sign of the Son of Man in heaven.”
The debate will continue about their meaning but Jesus gave us answers.
If you had three questions for Jesus about the end of the age what would they be?