The End of the Age

Since I was a youngster, I have heard people talking about the return of Christ.  Certainly it is an important topic.

Mark 13:5-13

Then as He went out of the temple, one of His disciples said to Him, “Teacher, see what manner of stones and what buildings are here!

And Jesus answered and said to him, “Do you see these great buildings? Not one stone shall be left upon another, that shall not be thrown down.”

Now as He sat on the Mount of Olives opposite the temple, Peter, James, John, and Andrew asked Him privately, “Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign when all these things will be fulfilled?”

Jesus answers this question in a typically prophetic manner.  By this I mean that there is a mixture of discourse about events that are relatively soon, the destruction of the temple, and events that are further off, the end of the age.

I.  Warning!  Mark 13:5-13

And Jesus, answering them, began to say: “Take heed that no one deceives you. For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am He,’ and will deceive many. But when you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be troubled; for such things must happen, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be earthquakes in various places, and there will be famines and troubles. These are the beginnings of sorrows.

“But watch out for yourselves, for they will deliver you up to councils, and you will be beaten in the synagogues. You will be brought before rulers and kings for My sake, for a testimony to them. 10 And the gospel must first be preached to all the nations. 11 But when they arrest you and deliver you up, do not worry beforehand, or premeditate what you will speak. But whatever is given you in that hour, speak that; for it is not you who speak, but the Holy Spirit. 12 Now brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child; and children will rise up against parents and cause them to be put to death. 13 And you will be hated by all for My name’s sake. But he who endures to the end shall be saved.

A.  Do not be deceived.  The enemy will try to turn us away from the true faith.  The way to avoid deception is to study the Bible.  It is God’s Word to us and is the source of truth. We should read, and re-read, again and again, the Bible.  We should pray and ask God to help us understand.  We should talk with others, study, and make the pursuit of the knowledge of God through the scriptures a priority in our lives.

B.  The gospel must be preached in all the world.  The Assemblies of God has identified what they call unreached people groups.  They are working hard to bring the gospel to all the world.  They are not alone.  God works through many means to spread His gospel.

C.  The Holy Spirit speaks through us.  This is not just pastors and other professional religious leaders.  God can us all of us.  Many of us have had the experience of having a conversation when we can sense the Holy Spirit speaking through us.  It is a wonderful thing to be led by the Spirit in those moments.  When we are led by the Spirit, we are more effective than if we had spent hours in planning.

In verses 14-27 Jesus speaks about a mixture of events that will occur including the destruction of the temple, and during the tribulation, and the final return.  The message today is not focusing on these details which are addressed in many books and messages.

II.  Near and Far:  Mark 13:28-31

“Now learn this parable from the fig tree: When its branch has already become tender, and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near. 29 So you also, when you see these things happening, know that it is near—at the doors! 30 Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all these things take place. 31 Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.

A.  It is near.  One of the things that I find most fascinating about the predictions of the Lord’s return is that it is worded in such a way that each generation of believers has sensed that the end was near.  I believe that this was intentional.  We are meant to live in an expectancy of the the Lord’s return.

B.  This generation is a Greek word that can mean either generation, or race.  Many scholars believe that a generation is about forty years.  The temple was destroyed in 70 AD and the ministry of Jesus was about 30-33 AD so, a generation before the destruction of the temple is about right.  However, if the reference is not meant to refer to the destruction of the temple but rather the end of the age, the the meaning of race is more appropriate.  The Jewish people managed to survive as a people for almost two thousand years without a homeland.  That is a remarkable feat.

C.  Heaven and earth will pass away.  Some groups teach that this world will be renewed.  I believe that it will be replaced.

D.  Even though this world will pass away and everything will change, the Word of God will not pass away.  It is eternal.

III.  Watch!  Mark 13:32-37

 “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. 33 Take heed, watch and pray; for you do not know when the time is. 34 It is like a man going to a far country, who left his house and gave authority to his servants, and to each his work, and commanded the doorkeeper to watch. 35 Watch therefore, for you do not know when the master of the house is coming—in the evening, at midnight, at the crowing of the rooster, or in the morning— 36 lest, coming suddenly, he find you sleeping. 37 And what I say to you, I say to all: Watch!”

We are not able to predict the day or the hour.  The important thing is to know that it is coming, and to be ready.

Do not be deceived.  Christ will one day return for his people.

If it were today, are you ready?

 

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6 Responses to “The End of the Age”

  1. Neil Says:

    One statement is enough for a mature and evolved spirit to understand the immortal importance of a sentence, of a written line, due to its indestructible invaluable content that teaches how the spirit should act to develop the inner God, or to turn into Spirit and Truth, or to realise in it the teachings of the Bible – YOU ARE GODS.
    There are people who devour books, searching for religions, sects and banners, listening to the incarnate and the discarnate, but they do not change inwardly and do not really blossom… They are like mediocrity that goes around the PERFECTION, without ever reaching it…
    The Exemplary Word warned these people, by saying: “The Kingdom of God is inside each one, it does not come with external signs.”
    Therefore, those who do not know how to LOOK FOR THEMSELVES, and have not FOUND THEMSELVES yet, will have to search high and low, hovering unhappily, in the kingdom of emptiness and painful doubts.
    An old initiatic saying teaches: “The good disciple awaits doing good.”
    The Exemplary Word also taught: “Upon your patience you shall build your souls.”
    These abstracts say to the immature, to those empty spirits: “Learn how to run to your inner self, because it is there that God has placed His Divine Virtues, which, when blossomed, will make you a TOTAL ONE, GOD IN GOD, BECAUSE NO ONE WILL BE CHILD OF GOD ETERNALLY.”
    However, let us remember these wise words: “One word to those who understand it is worth a whole speech to those who do not understand it.”

    All the best. With love, Neil.

    • Pastor Curt Says:

      Jesus said “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life, no man comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6
      As Christians we are able to grow in our knowledge of truth, and we can even have the “Spirit of Truth” within us, but we will never turn into Spirit or Truth in the same way as Jesus and the Holy Spirit.

      We certainly are not Gods. Perhaps you left out the apostrophe and meant to say “You are God’s”. Isaiah 43:1 says:

      But now, thus says the Lord, who created you, O Jacob,
      And He who formed you, O Israel:
      “Fear not, for I have redeemed you;
      I have called you by your name;
      You are Mine.

      My children will always be my children, even though they are grown. When we are mature in Christ, even in eternity, we will be called children of God, not because we are little gods that will mature into gods, but to symbolize the close relationship that God has with us. There are not many gods, but only one.

      May the one God guide you into His Truth.

      • Neil Flesch Says:

        Hi pastor Curt.
        When the so-called Initiatic Wisdom, or Science of the Mysteries, or Science of the Oracles instructs men to know themselves, so that then they may get to know the Universe and the Gods, it instructs nothing but to acknowledge that everything emanates from the ONE ORIGIN, that IN HIM everything moves and everything achieves the purpose..
        Thousands of years later, when Jesus reaffirmed the ‘YOU ARE GODS’, He said nothing but the same truth. However, with the corruption of the Sublime Doctrine of the Path, these and other FUNDAMENTAL TRUTHS have been forgotten, buried under the debris of all sorts of simulations and machinations, seriously harmful to people’s spiritual progress.
        To say that all religions are good is the same as to purposefully insult the TRUTH. No DIVINE OR FUNDAMENTAL TRUTH depends on human opinion in order to be. The TRUTH is good and the mistakes of religion fabricators will have to burst against it.
        Morals, Love, Revelation, Wisdom and Virtue are the positive factors that will make the Inner Christ of the spirit blossom. Pocket, Stomach, Sex, Pride and Selfishness are the factors that, used negatively, shall lead the spirit to weeping and grinding of teeth.
        A new cyclical-evolutionary time is coming to Humanity; but the Law of God and the Divine Model Christ will see those who did wrong, grieving their guilt, because they will not go through any changes.

        All the best. With love, Neil.

      • Pastor Curt Says:

        John 14:6 says “Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” The only truth that I need is found in Jesus and revealed in the Bible. I am concerned about your source that you refer to as Initiatic Wisdom, etc. Galatians 1:8 says ” But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed.” May God guide you in your search for truth.

      • Neil Flesch Says:

        Dear Friend,
        As in Essence everything derives from the One Divine Essence, many are the testimonials given to this truth by the Great Initiates or Christs, and for people with higher intellectual and moral level, such knowledge has profound signification:
        Of the Orphic Wisdom: “Know yourself and you shall know the universe and the gods.”
        Of the Hermes Wisdom: “What is inside and outside, what is above and below, everything is one, because the Origin is only one.”
        Of Jesus: “I am the Origin, the same that speaks to you.”
        Of Zoroaster: “There is only one Truth and only through it shall you attain victory.”
        Of Pythagoras: “From the One everything derives, in the One everything moves and in the One everything reaches the purpose.”
        Of the Hindu Wisdom: “When the children of the One realise this, faster they can reach the Final Union, which is the objective of existence.”
        Of Veda Vyasa: “By offering you the Knowledge of the One Origin, of the One Movement and of the One Purpose, I offer you the One Path, the Right Path. Those who, for any reason or pretext, stray shall have to, through suffering, return to the Right Path in order to be able to achieve the One Purpose.”
        Of Krishna: “All lives or existences, all work and all suffering are for you to come back to Me, the One Lord, the Beginning and the Purpose.”
        Of the Hindu Wisdom: “The Lord is in each one’s deep inner part, but very few are aware of it. Those who come to know that, and make efforts to achieve the union shall enjoy His Eternal Glory.”
        Of the Hermes Wisdom: “The truly wise man is the one who knows he has God within himself and does everything to unite with Him.”
        Of the Hindu Wisdom: “Those who seek the Truth outside them shall certainly find it in the foundations of everything that exists; but those who seek it within themselves and become one with it, are truly wise.”
        Of the Popular Hindu Wisdom: “To search God outside is the best way to waste time and opportunities to reach the Divine Union.”
        Of the Hindu Wisdom: “It is not enough to know that death does not exist. It is necessary to overcome it totally, reaching the Total Union.”
        Of Jesus: “The Kingdom of God is inside each one and it will not come with external signs.”
        Of Jesus: “The Father is Spirit and Truth, and that is what He wishes His children to be.”
        Of the Hermes Wisdom: “What came from the Divine Crucible, to the Divine Crucible shall return, no matter what.”
        Supreme Scientific Document: The First Commandment of the Law of God. No incarnate spirit is capable of defining it totally.
        Supreme Document of Moral Order: The Law of God.
        Supreme Example of Conduct: The one lived by Jesus, who was not born of man and did not leave His tomb full.
        Supreme Messianic Act: The one of Jesus, returning as spirit to Pour Out the Consoling Spirit on the flesh, fulfilling the Divine Promise, as it is totally recorded in the Book of Acts of the Apostles.
        The Best Opinion: The real blind one is the one that does not want to see.
        The Best Warning: No one is hypocritical by chance.
        Proof of Spiritual and Moral Inferiority: Even though man acknowledges the TRUTH to be only one, he keeps creating religious banners, misoneistic clergies, sectarian formulas, exclusivist little churches, closed-doors conspiracies and so many other maniac statutes with its mafia devices, where even God and the Doctrine of the Path have to be subject to ridiculous teachings fabricated by businessmen of such rubbish. Only God knows how much harm these people have caused and keep causing to Humanity. And, as all of this is done on purpose in the name of God for the witless to fall in traps, the rubbish has been working satisfactorily for its exploiters…
        Hygienizing Truth: Does the Law of God command to be slave of any religion, or does it command to KNOW THE TRUTH AND TO PRACTISE THE GOOD?
        Final Sentence: Does the Divine Model Christ command to be slave of any religion, or does He command to SEARCH THE TRUTH THAT SETS FREE?
        Fact of the Hindu Wisdom: It has always been reincarnationist, it has always been revelationist, it has always known about the gradual evolution of spirits. Its mediumistic meetings, the EGREGORES have always been held with all the respect to the Divine Laws and by people with profound knowledge of the Fundamental Initiatic Truths. The exchange between the incarnate and the discarnate has always been common reality in hinduism, although the passive faculties have never been preferred.

        Additional readings to increase knowledge:

        The Great Bibles, once studied, make the Fundamental Initiatic Truths be recognized; Truths that came from remote times, hundreds of millennia ago, and throw out this repulsive thing that is the religious, sectarian fanaticism and the fanaticism for men, books, mediums, etc. They teach that the TRUTH is good, not men or religions.
        A – The Popol Vuh, or Mother of the Bibles, the Atlantis’, mentioned in some very ancient documents;
        B – Ramayana, of Rama, reporting the Great Epopee;
        C – The Zend Avesta of Zoroaster, the Bible of the Persians;
        D – Orphic Wisdom, the Initiatic Fundamentals of Greece;
        E – The Emerald Tablet, of Hermes, the Bible of the Egyptians;
        F – The Book of the Dead, also of the Egyptians;
        G – The Book of the Principles by Veda Vyasa;
        H – The Bhagavad Gita of Krishna, THE SUPREME BOOK OF ANCIENT TIMES;
        I – The Old Testament, starting with Moses and ending in Malachi, reporting profound initiatic teachings, later burnt and lost, then restored in an incomplete and contradictory way. It contains the Law of God or Divine Morals, it promises the arrival of the Christ, Example of Conduct, and the Outpouring of Spirit on the flesh;
        J – The Gospel of Buddha, summarizing the Doctrine of the Thirty Five Buddhas;
        K – The Code of Manu;
        L – The Golden Verses of Pythagoras, or what was left from the burning of the libraries;
        M – The Talmud, the real testament of the Betrayal of Israeli rabbis, contradicting Moses and the Prophets, the Moral Law and the Healthy Mediumistic Cultivation left by Moses, as from Numbers, chapter 11;
        N – The New Testament, proving the prophecies of the Old Testament, that is, the arrival of the Messiah, Example of Conduct, the Outpouring of Revelation or Spirit on the flesh, etc. It is advisable to read it with honesty, because against Jesus and His Immortal Task, all contradictory concepts and all the betrayals would rise, as Prophet Simeon stated, and they are in the world, disguised as true…;
        O – The Koran, the Bible of the Arabs;
        P – The Everlasting Gospel, promised in the Apocalypse, 14, 6.

        All the best. With love, Neil.

      • Pastor Curt Says:

        Romans 1:20 says ” For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse,”

        I understand that there will be glimpses of truth in the writings of others, but the full revelation of God is found in the Holy Bible.

        I disagree with your supreme messianic act listed above. The supreme messianic act is the atoning work of Jesus on the cross.

        II Corinthians 5:20-21 “Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God. 21 For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”

        Colossians 2:13-14 says “And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses, 14 having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross.”

        As I have already stated in an earlier comment, Jesus is the way…no one comes to the Father except through Him.

        Deuteronomy 11:16 says ““Take heed to yourselves, lest your heart be deceived, and you turn aside and serve other gods and worship them,”

        I am concerned that your study of the scriptures of various religions has turned you away from the only One able to save your soul.

        John 3:16 ” For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”

        I pray for you that your eyes may be open to The Truth.

        John 8:32 says ” And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

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