3 As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives opposite the temple, Peter, James, John and Andrew asked him privately, 4 “Tell us, when will these things happen? And what will be the sign that they are all about to be fulfilled?”
Don’t we all want to know the answer to these questions? Don’t we want to know when is the last moment to repent before all destruction breaks loose? It is newsworthy, even if people are skeptical, whenever someone claims to know when the end of the world will be. Jesus said for us to be on our guard; he said, “Watch out that no one deceives you.”
Terrible things may happen, persecution and suffering. What we experience now as people of faith may be nothing compared to what could come in the future. Jesus speaks of war and natural disasters, along with betrayal within families, hatred and death sentences simply because one professes faith in Christ.
The main thing, Jesus says, is to know the messiah well enough that one recognizes a fake. If we maintain a real relationship with him, we will know falsehood when we see it. If Jesus does not know the day of his return, then we cannot know it ahead of time either. All we can do is keep our eyes on him.
There is much in the world waiting to deceive and lead us astray, Lord. Create within us the urgency to know you well enough so that we will recognize a fake when we see it. Keep us close to you through your word in scripture, and constant in prayer. In Christ’s name we pray. Amen.