Signs of the End of the Age: Mark’s sequence of events is like Matthew’s. It seems like Jesus is giving instructions to prepare his followers for his physical absence. He describes the many things that could create fear and confusion in the church, and we have indeed seen this throughout history.
We have lived, in the West, in a period of freedom, prosperity and peace, so it is easy to think of this as normal. But the church has suffered persecution, martyrdom, and false teaching. The one constant is that Christ’s church survives. As we see troubling challenges arise in our day and generation these words of Jesus are meant as assurance, for He knows that these troubles will come, and he provides for his people the strength to hold their faith to the end. The One thing we can know about the future, in the midst of fear and uncertainty, is that God is with us, and He wins!
Perseverance and endurance are strong themes in the New Testament. Jesus gives his people all that we need to abide in hope and faith as we continue the great works he has called us to do.
The early church prayed, “Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness.” (Acts 4:29)