3 Later, Jesus sat on the Mount of Olives. His disciples came to him privately and said, “Tell us, when will all this happen? What sign will signal your return and the end of the world?”
4 Jesus told them, “Don’t let anyone mislead you, 5 for many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah.’ They will deceive many. 6 And you will hear of wars and threats of wars, but don’t panic. Yes, these things must take place, but the end won’t follow immediately. 7 Nation will go to war against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in many parts of the world. 8 But all this is only the first of the birth pains, with more to come.
9 “Then you will be arrested, persecuted, and killed. You will be hated all over the world because you are my followers. 10 And many will turn away from me and betray and hate each other. 11 And many false prophets will appear and will deceive many people. 12 Sin will be rampant everywhere, and the love of many will grow cold. 13 But the one who endures to the end will be saved. 14 And the Good News about the Kingdom will be preached throughout the whole world, so that all nations will hear it; and then the end will come.
Matthew 24:33 — “So likewise, when you see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors.”
Luke 21:28 — “So when all these things begin to happen, stand and look up, for your salvation is near!“
“What a time to take the news of the day in one hand and the Bible in the other and watch the unfolding of the great drama of the ages come together. This is an exciting and thrilling time to be alive…It is not just Christians that sense something is about to happen. The world knows that things cannot go on as they are. History has reached an impasse. This world is on a collision course. Something is about to give. With increasing frequency, commentators from secular media speak of Armageddon.”
— Billy Graham, The Reason for My Hope, 2013
FOR FURTHER STUDY
Luke 21 • Daniel 12:4 • Matthew 24:37 • 1 Timothy 4:1 • 2 Timothy 3:1-5 • Romans 1 • Ezekiel 38-39 (Russian-Iranian-Led alliance in last days) • 1 Thessalonians 5:3 • 2 Timothy 4:3-4 • Revelation 13:17 (cashless society/mark technology) • 2 Peter 3:3 (scoffers)