In these few words Jesus tells us what the last days will actually look like. Previously he spoke of birth pains - now he speaks of the delivery stage. He indicates that these times will be categorized by:
- Persecution and Hatred: Followers of Christ will no longer live in ease and comfort. Reminiscent of attitudes in totalitarian countries where the gospel is not tolerated.
- False Prophets: Also reminiscent of countries where the gospel is banned. People will arise with a message that perverts the image of God and his message.
- Lawlessness will increase and Love will grow cold: As God is removed from the culture the influence of the Holy Spirit will be diminished. Consequentially immoral acts will arise while acts of love and charity ebb right up until the last day.
- Perseverance: Those who endure persecution and do not capitulate to false prophets will see the salvation of God on that last day.
Jesus ends by speaking of a day when the whole earth will hear the gospel of the kingdom. On that day the end will come. Blessed be the name of the Lord!
Lord, you are sovereign over all events - now and in the last days. Help me to trust in you.