The dangers Jesus warned of in Luke 21:7-36 are what His church has faced from the beginning. There have always been deceiving teachers, persecution, and disasters. But what He says is that each of these areas will increase and intensify as Christ's Coming draws near.
- There will be religious deception (Luke 21:8). “Be not deceived!” is Christ's admonition to us, and we must take it to heart.
- There will also be global distress (Luke 21:9–11). “Be not anxious!” is Christ's admonition to us, and we must take it to heart.
- There will be religious persecution, public (Luke 21:12–15) and personal (Luke 21:16–19). “Be not afraid!” is Christ's admonition to us, and we must take it to heart.
How can we be ready for the deception, distress and persecution? Let’s look at these verses together and see how we can be ready.
8 And He said: “Take heed that you not be deceived. For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am He,’ and, ‘The time has drawn near.’ Therefore do not go after them.
I will—Know God's Word so I won’t be deceived.
John 8:32 And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”
Acts 17:11 These were more fair-minded than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so.
9 But when you hear of wars and commotions, do not be terrified; for these things must come to pass first, but the end will not come immediately.”
I will—Trust God’s Promises so I won’t live a fearful life.
2 Timothy 1:12-14 For this reason I also suffer these things; nevertheless I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that Day.13 Hold fast the pattern of sound words which you have heard from me, in faith and love which are in Christ Jesus. 14 That good thing which was committed to you, keep by the Holy Spirit who dwells in us.
13 But it will turn out for you as an occasion for testimony. 14 Therefore settle it in your hearts not to meditate beforehand on what you will answer; 15 for I will give you a mouth and wisdom which all your adversaries will not be able to contradict or resist.
I will—Speak for Jesus in any circumstance.
Acts 4:31 And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness.
Acts 5:20 “Go, stand in the temple and speak to the people all the words of this life.”
16 You will be betrayed even by parents and brothers, relatives and friends; and they will put some of you to death.
I will—Purpose to never quit even when those closest to me fail me.
Mark 13:13 And you will be hated by all for My name’s sake. But he who endures to the end shall be saved.
“ True believers are “are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation” (1 Pet. 1:5). The guarantee of our perseverance is built into the New Covenant promise. God says: “I will put My fear in their hearts so that they will not depart from Me” (Jer. 32:40). Those who do fall away from Christ give conclusive proof that they were never truly believers to begin with (1 John 2:19).”
17 And you will be hated by all for My name’s sake.
I will—Expect that life will be hard and full of trials.
2 Timothy 3:12 Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.
18 But not a hair of your head shall be lost.
I will--Trust Jesus with my fears about physical death .
Psalm 23:1 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.2 He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. 3 He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake. 4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. 5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over. 6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me All the days of my life; And I will dwell in the house of the Lord Forever.
19 By your patience possess your souls.
I will—Give my emotions into Christ's care and live in the peace He gave to me.
Philippians 4:6-7 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
We can learn from the Destruction of the
20 “But when you see
I will—Believe God's Word about the future!
We can learn from Christ's description of His Return (Luke 21:25–28).
27 Then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.
I will—Trust Christ's Promise that He is coming for me.
John 14:1-3 “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in
28 Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near.”
I will—Wait for Jesus daily and even more when I realize I am living at the end of the age.
Titus 2:11-13 For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, 12 teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, 13 looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ,
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