The beginning signs are referred to as the Beginning of Sorrows.
DISCLAIMER For Series- These scriptures should NEVER be looked at separately in regards to what the Bible offers. To understand the core truth of these scriptures it is imperative you also study the rest of the Bible, and know it well. Knowing the full context will help you understand the rest. This is a study that must be done to enrich your life with Christ, not one of curiousness, but of holiness.
I want you to be informed. For the most part, I’m not going to try to sway people’s thoughts one way or the other. I might point out some things that I personally take to heart, but most of these things are because of BLUNT scripture.
Blunt- direct or plainspoken.
One of the keys to understanding scripture is to take scripture that is blunter than symbolic first before trying to decipher other parts. It’s like, finding the corner pieces of a puzzle first. Trying to put the frame together before filling the rest in.
Something else to hold onto if you see a symbol in one part of the Bible, in most places, it will have the same meaning in other parts of scripture. This is important in understanding context when other scriptures are more symbolic. Which is why I encourage you to start with the blunter scriptures first. The Gospels are perfect for this reason.
Matthew- Chapters 24, 25
Mark- Chapter 13
Luke- 17:20-37, 21:-07-38
I’m not going to be able to cover all of these in this post, it is going to take some time. I’m going to try to break up the main topics so it is easier to understand and you do not feel bombarded with too much information. Beginning with the signs of the times.
Christ and the disciples are sitting on the Mount of Olives. Jesus had mentioned how “not one stone shall be left here upon another, that shall not be thrown down.” He was referring to the buildings of the temple as the disciples had pointed them out to Him prior.
The disciples then ask Him three questions.
- When will these things be, referring to the temple?
- What will be the sign of Christ’s coming? *Matthew 24
- What will be the sign(s) of the end of the age?
I talked about in the last post of this series how the End of Times may be a lot different than what people think, especially after looking at scriptures. After Christ’s ascension, the apostles in the New Testament, in other books, believed they were in the End of Times. As do many people in today’s world. So were the apostles wrong? Are we wrong?
It’s really important to think of a timeline. That’s how we are able to pick out certain pieces of information and determine “when” exactly these events occur. Mind you, this is NOT to determine a specific day and time for particular events to occur or particular people to show up/do certain actions. NO! This is about knowing what we are told. Scripture does indicate, as Christ shows, that certain events happen before others.
And with this, I’m relying on Christ’s words.
Beginning Of Sorrows (Birth Pangs)
False Christs – Christ says many will come in His name saying they are Christ. These false teachers will deceive many. (Matt 24:04-05, Mark 13:05-06)
Rumors of Wars & Wars – Christ encourages us NOT to be troubled by these things. They have to happen, but this is not the end (Matt: 24:06, Mark 13:07)
Nations Fighting, Famines, Pestilences, & Earthquakes – Christ continues explaining not only the nations will be fighting against other nations. But kingdoms will be fighting other kingdoms as well. Americans have issues with Americans, for example. But then America could have issues with another country.
Famines will occur, not one but many. Pestilences, this means epidemic diseases in which many are killed. Again, Christ emphasizes many epidemic diseases will happen. He also says earthquakes in various places. Not one, but multiple. As the years have gone by, we continue to see multiple earthquakes happening in spots that surprise many. (Matt 24:07-08)
Mark mentions instead of pestilences that there would be troubles. (Mark 13:08)
These all must happen first Christ indicates and they are all considered the beginning of sorrows.
I’m going to stop here for this post. Next time I am going to cover the events that occur after the beginning of Sorrows.
Are you familiar with these scriptures?
Monthly Scripture – (NKJ) Proverbs 18:13, “He who answers a matter before he hears it, it is folly and shame to him.”
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