The disciples asked Jesus what would the signs given before His return to earth the second time.Jesus graphically identified the conditions of the end times. He gave clear and specific warnings to the believer to be ready.
Mark 13 : 4
Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign when all these things shall be fulfilled?
Wars and Rumors of Wars.
The warning Jesus gave that there would be wars and rumors of wars just before His coming is important. Some people have dismissed the coming of Jesus because there have been wars and rumors of wars. But the kinds of conflict this century have eclipsed anything in previous history. They are not normal situations.
The newness of aircraft,motorized vehicles including massive tanks, drones,weapons of mass destruction, chemical warfare, constant threat of nuclear weapons have turned this century into a new kind of battlefield.
Perilous Times are Here.
The conditions in our world today reflect the description given by Paul in his second letter to Timothy ( 11 Timothy 3: 1-5).
It seems there has never been a time in history when people are so self-centered, greedy, boastful, disrespectful, betrayers, and proud than in our time now. Never before has there been more wide-spread child abuse, sexual abuse, sex trafficking,molestation, incest as today.
Disobedience to parents have gone from simple acts of rebellion and challenge to full-scale divorce of children from their parents, it gets worse, the bizzare and ĥideous murder of their parents. The lack of their gratitude to parents has become an epidemic.
Mark 13 : 12.
Jesus did warned that; the brother shall betray the brother to death, and father the son,and children shall rise up against their parents, and shall cause them to be put to death. Everyone wants to be liked by others, but the Scriptures reveal that before the coming of Christ there shall be ones who will face death for their faith in Jesus Christ. Some will be imprisoned because of their love of the truth.
More than a Biblical Reference.
The current global political climate, the biblical phrase ‘wars and rumors of wars’ has become more than a biblical reference. It is a striking reminder of how easily wars can erupt beyond the rumors, perilous times peace becomes so fragile and fades away. Let us strive to be agents of peace,diplomacy and hope rather than fear mongering and division.