3 耶穌在橄欖山上坐著，門徒暗暗地來說：「請告訴我們，甚麼時候有這些事？你降臨和世界的末了有甚麼預兆呢？」4 耶穌回答說：「你們要謹慎，免得有人迷惑你們。5 因為將來有好些人冒我的名來，說：『我是基督』，並且要迷惑許多人。6 你們也要聽見打仗和打仗的風聲，總不要驚慌；因為這些事是必須有的，只是末期還沒有到。7 民要攻打民，國要攻打國；多處必有饑荒、地震。8 這都是災難（災難：原文是生產之難）的起頭。9 那時，人要把你們陷在患難裏，也要殺害你們；你們又要為我的名被萬民恨惡。10 那時，必有許多人跌倒，也要彼此陷害，彼此恨惡；11 且有好些假先知起來，迷惑多人。12 只因不法的事增多，許多人的愛心才漸漸冷淡了。13 惟有忍耐到底的，必然得救。14 這天國的福音要傳遍天下，對萬民作見證，然後末期才來到。」
If possible, read the whole chapter to see the full picture of what is happening here. Then focus on the following section:
3As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately. "Tell us," they said, "when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?"
4Jesus answered: "Watch out that no one deceives you. 5For many will come in my name, claiming, 'I am the Christ,' and will deceive many. 6You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. 7Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. 8All these are the beginning of birth pains.
9"Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me. 10At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, 11and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. 12Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, 13but he who stands firm to the end will be saved. 14And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.
- Think about the fact that Jesus Christ will return to this earth. Does this promise make me happy? Or is it like a danger to me? Make a list of what I might lose on that great day. Then make a list of what I will gain. Why is it hard for some Christians to believe that Jesus will return?
- Imagine that Jesus will return in a month’s time. What would be different in my church? What would I
- Let this question linger in my heart for a while. Wait for God to show me how I may get ready for Jesus’ coming.
Prayer & Journaling:
Stay with God for a little while longer. Continue to converse with God and listen to what he wants to tell me. Then write down any thought and/or prayer in the 2011 “Spiritual Journal” book.
Explain to children the meaning of Jesus’ second coming. Throughout the years people have set many different specific times for Jesus’ return. These false prophets usually get a following. Discuss how we should react to such predictions. What is the proper attitude to have about Jesus’ second coming? (See 25:13)