“But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, 25 And the stars of heaven shall fall, and the powers that are in heaven shall be shaken. 26 And then shall they see the Son of man coming in the clouds with great power and glory. 27 And then shall he send his angels, and shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from the uttermost part of the earth to the uttermost part of heaven.
28 Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When her branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is near: 29 So ye in like manner, when ye shall see these things come to pass, know that it is nigh, even at the doors. 30 Verily I say unto you, that this generation shall not pass, till all these things be done. 31 Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away. 32 But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father. 33 Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is. 34 For the Son of man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his servants, and to every man his work, and commanded the porter to watch. 35 Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning: 36 Lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping. 37 And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch.” Mark 13:24-37 (KJV)
BELIEVE EVERYTHING HE TEACHES
The Word of God clearly tells us that there will be a time when all chaos will break lose in the heavens; the sun, nor moon will give their light; the stars will “fall”; the heavenly bodies will all be “shaken”. The Bible tells us, “…By Him all things consist” that is “are held together” (Col. 1:17). At the time shortly before Jesus returns to reign on earth, and after the Antichrist has wreaked havoc on the earth is when these things will take place. God’s hand removed possibly to show who was really in control of things. This will be a very chaotic, frightening, and deadly time for residents of planet earth. People of earth have always wanted a world without God, and at this time they get what they want. LOOK OUT.
When these things come about then, know that Christ will come with “Power and great glory”, and set up His kingdom on earth. Jesus will send out the angels to gather the “elect” which is most likely all those who were saved during the seven years of tribulation, the 144,000 Jewish witnesses, etc., and call them to serve in His kingdom. These will come from all over the earth. There will be a resurrection of the dead who died for their testimony for Christ, and their bodies and spirits will be united once again.
Look at the signs. The parable of the “Fig tree” is that you can know when it is time for the figs. We can know when the time of Jesus’s second coming is near. We cannot set dates or a time, we do not know, but the signs give us a clue that it is near.
This generation of people will not pass away until all these things are done. What generation? The generation who witnesses these events taking place. How long is a generation? It varies, depending on who you ask. It can be 40 years, or 70 years, even 100 years. That is three thoughts. It is most important for us to not be carried away by the years, but to think of the event and the signs which we all can see.
In verse 31 we have the assurance of the immutability, and eternalness of God’s Word. All of heaven and earth will pass away, but God’s Word will stand forever. That is how we can know that these events which we are looking at will truly come to pass. God is Truth. His Word is Truth. His Son Jesus is Truth in flesh. We can put our trust in Him.
No one knows the day or the hour. Not even Jesus as He walked among us in the flesh knew when He would come again. Now, however, back on His throne, and in His glory He knows the exact day and hour. As He was here on earth He was God incarnate, but limited His omniscience according to the Father’s discretion. Now He has been given all things.
It has been given to God’s people, for our day and time, to be diligent, awake and alert to the goings on around us. Jesus has ascended into the heavens, is seated at the right hand of the Father, and we are waiting His return, but that has responsibilities we are to practice, and live. Take heed to God’s Word, His guidance, direction. Watch and pray, for we do not know when He will come again. The Master of the House is returning. WATCH.
-Tim A. Blankenship