â€¢ Luke 21:5-19
I had a busy day Saturday on call for my work, so I did not get to hunker down and deal with the text satisfactorily to give you a decent message this Sunday. So…
Here’s a message by Rev. Jonathan Fisk of St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church in Springfield, PA, which I think gives a good take on Jesus’ emphasis in Luke 21. The style is contemporary; the message is solid. Premillennial dispensationalistsâ€”this is not your grandfather’s prophetic discourse.
Luke 21:5-19 (NIV)â€”
Some of his disciples were remarking about how the temple was adorned with beautiful stones and with gifts dedicated to God. But Jesus said, â€œAs 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.â€
â€œTeacher,â€ they asked, â€œwhen will these things happen? And what will be the sign that they are about to take place?â€
He replied: â€œWatch out that you are not deceived. For many will come in my name, claiming, â€˜I am he,â€™ and, â€˜The time is near.â€™ Do not follow them. When you hear of wars and uprisings, do not be frightened. These things must happen first, but the end will not come right away.â€
Then he said to them: â€œNation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be great earthquakes, famines and pestilences in various places, and fearful events and great signs from heaven.
â€œBut 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. And so you will bear testimony to me. But make up your mind not to worry beforehand how you will defend yourselves. For I will give you words and wisdom that none of your adversaries will be able to resist or contradict. You will be betrayed even by parents, brothers and sisters, relatives and friends, and they will put some of you to death. Everyone will hate you because of me. But not a hair of your head will perish. Stand firm, and you will win life.