When some were speaking about the temple, how it was adorned with beautiful stones and gifts dedicated to God, he said, “As for these things that you see, the days will come when not one stone will be left upon another; all will be thrown down.” They asked him, “Teacher, when will this be, and what will be the sign that this is about to take place?” And he said, “Beware that you are not led astray; for many will come in my name and say, ‘I am he!’ and, ‘The time is near!’ Do not go after them. “When you hear of wars and insurrections, do not be terrified; for these things must take place first, but the end will not follow immediately.” Then he said to them, “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; there will be great earthquakes, and in various places famines and plagues; and there will be dreadful portents and great signs from heaven. “But before all this occurs, they will arrest you and persecute you; they will hand you over to synagogues and prisons, and you will be brought before kings and governors because of my name. This will give you an opportunity to testify. So make up your minds not to prepare your defense in advance; for I will give you words and a wisdom that none of your opponents will be able to withstand or contradict. You will be betrayed even by parents and brothers, by relatives and friends; and they will put some of you to death. You will be hated by all because of my name. But not a hair of your head will perish. By your endurance you will gain your souls. (Luke 21:5-19, NRSV)
When I do these posts, I always search for pictures, sometimes off the title, most times I will search the scripture passage. This time I got a lot of pictures about the end of time, signs of the end, the end of the world.
We read passages like this and go, “Isn’t this now?” And generations before us all thought the same.
Is this passage supposed to give us actual signs that will help us know when the world is going to end? I don’t think so because Jesus said there were things about when the end was going to happen that only the Father knew, not even He knew when it would happen.
I think this passage is telling us that there are going to be troubles. Being a child of God does not make life a walk in the park, or all sunshine and roses. But God will be with us through it all.