Signs of the Times (1)
“What will be the sign of Your coming?” Mt 24:3 NKJV
When the disciples came to Jesus and asked Him, “What will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?” He told them things were going to get worse before they got better. Then He added these words: “See to it that you are not alarmed” (v. 6 NIV). Jesus used the word “alarmed” only on this occasion; it means “to wail, to cry aloud.” In essence, what He was saying is this: “Don’t fall apart when bad things happen.” For the next few days let’s look at some of the signs Jesus said would herald His return. Spiritual deception. “Watch out that no one deceives you. For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many” (vv. 4-5 NIV). Notice, there’ll be many deceived, as well as many deceivers. Jesus also said they’ll come “in my name” masquerading as ministers of God and claiming special status and superior spirituality. They’ll boast of insider information and adorn their teachings with phrases like “God told me,” implying they have access to information the common people like you don’t have. Don’t be misled. Jesus also warned, “False Christs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and miracles to deceive even the elect” (v. 24 NIV). Multitudes and miracles—when you see them, be careful. Satan can counterfeit both. Be doctrinally diligent. Focus on one question: Is this person pointing listeners to Jesus? There is only room for one name on the marquee—and that’s His!