Collateral Damage (three)

For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened. Matthew 24:21,22

The Destruction of the Temple at Jerusalem
The Destruction of the Temple at Jerusalem (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Despite various trials and persecution—tribulation—we learn from the Bible of G-d’s continued concern for His Elect. G-d demonstrated it, and recorded it to encourage us. G-d has been straight with us. Take Matthew 24, for instance. The disciples have commented on the Temple. These disciples are beginning to understand that thought Y’shuaJesus is Messiah, it’s not as they’d expected: He isn’t yet the Messiah who came to conquer. These disciples have yet to understand entirely Y’shuaJesus’s role as a suffering servant Messiah, either. So when they commented on the Temple, Y’shuaJesus seized this moment as an opportunity to share a little insight with them. He could easily have introduced the subject with something like: Hey, remember when I sent you out in pairs to preach? I gave you power, told you everything would be alright. Well, there’s a future coming that’s gonna be a bit hairy. There’s some things that will happen before I establish my Kingdom on Earth. There are gonna be some trials and suffering amongst y’all.

Matthew Henry commented on the question the disciples asked about when the destruction of the temple was to take place: “But Christ, in his answer. . . looks further than their question, and instructs his church, not only concerning the great events of that age, the destruction of Jerusalem, but concerning his second coming at the end of time, which here he insensibly slides into a discourse of, and of that it is plain he speaks in the next chapter, which is a continuation of this sermon.”

Zephaniah describes these particular times in this way: “Therefore wait ye upon me, saith the LORD, until the day that I rise up to the prey: for my determination is to gather the nations, that I may assemble the kingdoms, to pour upon them mine indignation, even all my fierce anger: for all the earth shall be devoured with the fire of my jealousy. For then will I turn to the people a pure language, that they may all call upon the name of the LORD, to serve him with one consent.” Zephaniah 3:8,9.

Lord Bless, Keep, Shine upon those who are counted as His Sheep. May the rest of the peoples be stirred to seek the LORD before His indignation and fierce anger are poured fully poured out upon the Earth.

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