The disciples were asking the same question we are asking today. What will be the sign of His coming and when will the end of the world be? They were oppressed by an occupying army. They lived in poverty, being drained of all of their resources by Roman taxes. And they asked, “When will you come and set things right? What should we look for?”
Our world is on fire right now, and we find ourselves asking the same questions as the disciples. “When are you going to return, Lord? Our world is in a mess.”
The Bible compares the increasing troubles in our world as being “the beginning of birth pangs.” Having witnessed the birth of all nine of my children, I have a vivid mental image of what birth pangs are. The closer you get to the birth of that new blessing, the frequency and intensity of the labor pains increase dramatically, so that just before birth there is no relief from the pain.
You can’t help but get the idea that the frequency and intensity of the signs Jesus told us about in Matthew 24, are becoming alarming. That’s why we need to understand two very important things
First of all, it is certain that what we are seeing now will get worse with time. Nation will rise up against nation, the Church will be persecuted, and difficult living conditions will spread worldwide.
Secondly, we need to remember that the God of heaven, our heavenly Father as believers, has it all in His control, and He tells us repeatedly in His word, “Let not your heart be troubled. Don’t worry. Don’t fear.” Just rest in the assurance that He takes care of all those that belong to Him.
So, children of God, while the troubles in the world are disturbing, be at peace. Your redemption draws close.