…and believing Gentiles can take heed also, for as long as the Bride remains!

Refers Luke 21:5-36

v5-7 And while some were talking about the temple, that it was adorned with beautiful stones and votive gifts, He said, “As for these things which you are looking at, the days will come in which there will not be left one stone upon another which will not be torn down.” They questioned Him saying, “When therefore will these things happen? And what will be the sign when these things are about to take place?”

Jesus was outlining here for the Jews primarily and especially, the times that would be coming upon them, leading up to the end of the age. A question had been asked, about just when the temple would be destroyed (the immediate), but also with it, (here in LUKE) the understanding that this would mean the actual end of all things (the ultimate).

Jesus reply brought about the answer as to the when, and to the sign, that would indicate the when the very end would take place.

Here is a list of the 10 THINGS Jesus had said as to the ACTIONS (the TO DO’s) that were required from the faithful elect:

1. See to it that you are not MISLED (I AM He).

2. Do not go AFTER them. (False teachers, false prophets). 

3. Do not be TERRIFIED (of wars and disturbances).

4. Make up your minds NOT TO PREPARE beforehand to DEFEND yourselves.

5. By your ENDURANCE (you will gain your lives).

6. When you SEE Jerusalem surrounded by ARMIES, then RECOGNISE that her desolation is near. (Flee to the mountains. Do not enter the city. Leave it).

7. (When these things begin to take place) STRAIGHTEN UP and LIFT up your heads (because your redemption is drawing near).

8. (When you see these things) RECOGNISE that the KINGDOM OF GOD is near.

9. Be on GUARD, (so that your hearts will not be weighted down with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of life).

10. KEEP on the ALERT at all times, PRAYING (that you may have strength to escape all these things that are about to take place and to stand before the Son of Man).

If you want something to remember all these 10 things by then…”MAT de ASK GAp“. That is, each of the letters here stands for each single key word in the above list in order of the outline. Can you work out what each letter stands for?

The sign? Keep an eye out for those armies, and the leaves when they start to sprout in the springtime, heralding the coming of summer!

The generation that Jesus spoke to at that time did not pass away until the temple was destroyed 40 years later in AD70.

Is the generation that will not pass away around now, that also will see ushered in the kingdom of God on earth?! Watch this space. Or rather, watch His place!

After all is said and done, and everything is shaken and melted, and new heavens and earth arrive, there are just 3 things that remain and survive…

YOU……….JESUS……….and the KINGDOM of GOD!  

That is…

FAITH……….HOPE……….and LOVE……….these 3 abide.