Summary: Signs of the end of the age (PowerPoint slides to accompany this talk are available on request - email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Reading: Luke chapter 21 verses 5-38.
• A friend once asked Isidor I. Rabi, a Nobel prize winner in science,
• How he became a scientist.
• Rabi replied that every day after school his mother would talk to him about his school day.
• She wasn’t so much interested in what he had learned that day,
• But she always inquired,; “Did you ask a good question today?”
• Rabi said, “Asking good questions made me become a scientist.”
• In this passage before us tonight:
• The disciples in verse 7 ask two good question;
• The temple in Jerusalem was one of the wonders of the world.
• It was begun by Herod in around 20BC.
• It dominated the city;
• And its golden walls meant it could be seen for miles around.
But much more than that:
• The temple was the heart of Jewish national, cultural and religious identity.
• For them it was the presence of God on earth.
• In verse 5: the disciples draw the attention of Jesus to the wonder of the building.
• In verse 6: Jesus stuns his disciples by telling them its days were numbered!
The disciples then respond to this startling announcement by asking two questions:
• Verse 7a:“When will these things happen?”
• Verse 7b: “And what will be the sign that they are about to take place?”
The response of Jesus in verses 8-36 is fraught with difficulty:
• Is Jesus talking about the fall of Jerusalem or the end of the world?
• Well, the answer is both!
• Many of Jesus’ hearers would have assumed that the destruction of the temple;
• Would be synonymous with the end of the world.
• Notice Jesus is at great pains to separate the two events in verses 8-11;
• Then in verses 12-36 he will give his hearers greater detail.
One more thing to Note before we look at the passage:
• Keep in mind as we read these verses:
• That this is not an all-inclusive teaching on end times,
• Rather it is selective
• Jesus shows us only a broad-brush mural of the end times.
• Other New Testament writers will later add more specific information;
• About the Rapture of the church, the Tribulation, and the millennial kingdom.
• So this is not an all-inclusive teaching on end times, rather it is selective:
• It is a message to Jews by a Jew about the future of the Jewish nation.
• But don’t sit there and think; “this is not relevant to me”;
• Because it contains definite applications for us as Christians today.
I want to divide the passage into three sections:
Section 1: Jesus gave us several WARNINGS.
(1). There will be false messiahs (verse 8)
• There will be false messiahs.
• So do not be mislead.
• Story told of an old sailing ship;
• One day the ships captain caught one of his crew drunk and a sleep on duty.
• The sailor begged the Captain not to record the incident the ships log.