As Jesus came out of the temple and was going away, his disciples came to point out to him the buildings of the temple. 2Then he asked them, “You see all these, do you not? Truly I tell you, not one stone will be left here upon another; all will be thrown down.” 3When he was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will this be, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?” 4Jesus answered them, “Beware that no one leads you astray. 5For many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am the Messiah!’ and they will lead many astray. 6And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars; see that you are not alarmed; for this must take place, but the end is not yet. 7For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places: 8all this is but the beginning of the birthpangs. 9“Then they will hand you over to be tortured and will put you to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of my name. 10Then many will fall away, and they will betray one another and hate one another. 11And many false prophets will arise and lead many astray. 12And because of the increase of lawlessness, the love of many will grow cold. 13But the one who endures to the end will be saved. 14And this good news of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the world, as a testimony to all the nations; and then the end will come. (Matthew 24:1-14, NRSV)
Beware you are not led astray. I worry about this that I am the one to lead others astray.
For we know that lots of terrible stuff is going to happen before the end is here, but a lot of terrible stuff has already happened, how do we really know when Jesus is coming back and if the things we are enduring are the final days?
My easy answer is we don’t. We just have to hold on and know that when Jesus does return we will know it. Until then we should just keep loving as he told us to and helping others see that love.
As his followers, we will endure lots of strife because the world doesn’t know him or believe him. But we are to stand firm in our convictions and know that all of his promises are true and he is coming back for us. Let us not be deceived or led astray into thinking we have missed him or someone who isn’t him is him. We must love one another so the world will still see his love for us all.