One of the convincing proofs that Scripture is true is that it is history written in advance. It is a little glimpse into the truth that Jesus is the beginning and the end. He knows the first. He knows the last.
The disciples questioned Him. He had told them that there would be an end to life as they knew it. So of course, they wanted a time line.
“‘Teacher,’ they asked, ‘when will these things happen? And what will be the sign that they are about to take place?’ He replied: ‘Watch out that you are not deceived. For many will come in my name, claiming, “I am he,” and, “The time is near.” Do not follow them. When you hear of wars and uprisings, do not be frightened. These things must happen first, but the end will not come right away.’ Then he said to them: ‘Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be great earthquakes, famines and pestilences in various places, and fearful events and great signs from heaven. But before all this, they will seize you and persecute you. They will hand you over to synagogues and put you in prison, and you will be brought before kings and governors, and all on account of my name. And so you will bear testimony to me. But make up your mind not to worry beforehand how you will defend yourselves. For I will give you words and wisdom that none of your adversaries will be able to resist or contradict.’”
Jesus did not give them a time specific answer. He gave them a challenge to watch. They were to keep their eyes open. In other words, “Pay attention!”
That is a great challenge to us as we study the Scripture. Do you want to know a key to understanding it?
Stop, look, listen. What is this saying to me? Have I read this before and if so, when and where? How does this fit into my world today? How can I apply this to my life? What am I challenged to embrace? What am I challenged to adjust?
There are so many things that claim to change our lives.
This one does!