“…when will these things be?”
– Mark 13:3
Jesus instructed, “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you” (Matthew 7:7). The disciples did just that. When it came to end-time prophecy, they went to Jesus and asked for clarification. What excellent instruction for us today!
During the week of Jesus’ passion, after our Lord’s “Triumphal Entry”, we find Him retreating to the Mount of Olives, a favorite place of His when visiting Jerusalem. As they walked out of the Temple, the disciples marveled at the massive stones it was formed with. Jesus then pronounced its destruction, arousing the interest of His disciples. This was when they began to ask Jesus about the end times and how to identify them.
Our interest in the Lord’s return is often stirred during times of adversity. Why? As a Christian, we know that end times are identified with “the beginnings of sorrows” (Mark 13:8). They are compared to “birth pangs,” starting slow and then intensifying as the day draws near. Signs can be identified, yet nobody knows the time or date of the Lord’s Second Advent. This is why Jesus tells us to be ready at all times, He has told us “all things beforehand” (Mark 13:23).
As a believer in our Lord and Savior Jesus, we must be prepared to share with others what we believe and why we believe it. It is imperative that during times of trials, we can provide words of hope and encouragement. The only way that can be done is by knowing God’s Word. If you find it challenging to study, review the first line of this devotion again. The Holy Spirit will open your comprehension.
“…always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you…”
– 1 Peter 3:15