Today's Daily Bread
THE TIME OF THE LORD'S RETURN
1. The desolation of Jerusalem (20-24)
The time of the Gentiles will end when Jesus comes again. Before he comes, though, Jerusalem will be trampled on by the Gentiles. It is a time of God's punishment and wrath and every prophecy of scripture about the end times will be fulfilled. Jesus warns the people of Judea to flee to the mountains and the people of Jerusalem to escape the city when they see the armies surrounding them. It will be a time of intense severity, with many taken prisoner and many killed. Jesus says it will be very difficult for women who are pregnant or nursing young ones.
2. Redemption is near (25-28)
The time of tribulation will be unlike any other in the history of the world. There will be signs in the sun, moon, and stars. Nations will tremble at the roaring, tumultuous seas, and even the heavenly bodies will be shaken. People will be overcome with terror and wonder what is becoming of the world. But then it will happen: "At that time they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory." The tribulation will end as Christ begins his reign on earth. Those who belong to Christ can persevere during the tribulation by holding on to the knowledge that he is coming. They are to stand up and lift up their heads because their redemption is near. Christ will come!