Not Yet…

Matthew 24:3-8
3. And 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?
4. And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.
5. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.
6. And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.
7. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.
8. All these are the beginning of sorrows.

When Jesus’ disciples came to Him with questions, they didn’t yet know of the Church and its existence. That was later revealed more fully to the Apostle Paul.

Everything Jesus told His Jewish disciples was from a Jewish perspective or vantage point. They were looking for the literal kingdom that would come. They wanted to know the signs to look for.

We’ve had wars, rumors of wars, famines and earthquakes since Jesus spoke these words. Jesus knew all these things would be happening. He said they must come to pass.

These things Jesus foretold are only the beginning of sorrows. We’re not yet in what is commonly referred to as the Tribulation or Great Tribulation.

I believe the New Testament Scriptures teach that the Church will be rescued in the Rapture before the time of Tribulation. That doesn’t mean we won’t go through troubles and sorrows of all kinds before that happens.

But the end is not yet here.

Can you imagine how horrible things will be for those who will enter the Tribulation? As the saying goes, “You aint seen nothin’ yet.”

I’m confident I won’t be on the Earth when the Tribulation comes. What about you?

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