1. The Times ahead of Time.
2. The Dark Times ahead.
LUKE 21: 5-8
5 Some of his disciples were remarking about how the temple was
adorned with beautiful stones and with gifts dedicated to God. But Jesus
said, 6 “As for what you see here, the time will come when not one stone
will be left on another; every one of them will be thrown down.”
7 “Teacher,” they asked, “when will these things happen? And what will
be the sign that they are about to take place?” 8 He replied: “Watch out
that you are not deceived. For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I
am he,’ and, ‘The time is near.’ Do not follow them.
LUKE 21: 9-11
9 When you hear of wars and uprisings, do not be frightened. These
things must happen first, but the end will not come right away.” 10 Then
he said to them: “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against
kingdom. 11 There will be great earthquakes, famines and plagues in
various places, and fearful events and great signs from heaven.
LUKE 21: 12-20
12 “But before all this, they will seize you and persecute you. They will
hand you over to synagogues and put you in prison, and you will be
brought before kings and governors, and all on account of my name. 13 And
so you will bear testimony to me. 14 But make up your mind not to worry
beforehand how you will defend yourselves. 15 For I will give you words
and wisdom that none of your adversaries will be able to resist or
contradict. 16 You will be betrayed even by parents, brothers and sisters,
relatives and friends, and they will put some of you to death. 17 Everyone
will hate you because of me. 18 But not a hair of your head will perish.
19 Stand firm, and you will win life. 20 “When you see Jerusalem being
surrounded by armies, you will know that its desolation is near.
LUKE 21: 21-26
21 Then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains, let those in the city
get out, and let those in the country not enter the city. 22 For this is the time
of punishment in fulfillment of all that has been written. 23 How dreadful it
will be in those days for pregnant women and nursing mothers! There will
be great distress in the land and wrath against this people. 24 They will fall
by the sword and will be taken as prisoners to all the nations. Jerusalem
will be trampled on by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are
fulfilled. 25 “There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. On the earth,
nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the
sea. 26 People will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the
world, for the heavenly bodies will be shaken.
1 I watched as the Lamb opened the first of the seven seals. Then I heard one
of the four living creatures say in a voice like thunder [it’s like saying, a
great storm is coming], “Come!” 2 I looked, and there before me was a
white horse! Its rider held a bow, and he was given a crown, and he rode
out as a conqueror bent on conquest. 3 When the Lamb opened the second
seal, I heard the second living creature say, “Come!” 4 Then another horse
came out, a fiery red one. Its rider was given power to take peace from the
earth and to make people kill each other. To him was given a large sword.
5 When the Lamb opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature say,
“Come!” I looked, and there before me was a black horse! Its rider was
holding a pair of scales in his hand. 6 Then I heard what sounded like a voice
among the four living creatures, saying, “Two pounds of wheat for a day’s
wages, and six pounds of barley for a day’s wages, and do not damage the oil
and the wine!” 7 When the Lamb opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of
the fourth living creature say, “Come!” 8 I looked, and there before me was a
pale horse! Its rider was named Death, and Hades was following close
behind him. They were given power over a fourth of the earth to kill by
sword, famine and plague, and by the wild beasts of the earth.
27 At that time they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with
power and great glory. 28 When these things begin to take place,
stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing