Inductive Bible Study: Listening to God’s Word

As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately. “Tell us,” they said, “when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?” Jesus answered: “Watch out that no one deceives you… You will hear of wars and rumors of wars… Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of birth pains.” Matthew 24:3-8

Jesus gives the above prophetic warning to His disciples (and to us) in Matthew 24: 3-8. He describes what will happen before He returns at His second coming. He calls this period of time the “beginning of birth pangs.” Paul also reiterates this same thought in Romans 8:19-23. Although it is worded a little differently, it parallels closely what Jesus said to His disciples when they asked the question “…when will this happen and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?”

I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed
in us. For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed. For the
creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who
subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and
brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God. We know that the whole creation
has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. Not only so,
but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly
for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies. Romans 8:18-23

The escalation of wars—nation against nation, kingdom against kingdom—is very apparent in today’s times, as are all the natural disasters we are experiencing. Apparently, we are witnessing the “beginning of birth pangs” and the “groanings of creation” brought about by our Sin. And as sin increases, the natural disasters become more cataclysmic and Creation’s frustration heightens; i.e., the groanings manifest themselves more violently. We long for Christ’s return, and so does Creation, when once again everything will be as perfect as in the Garden of Eden.

Prophecy is being fulfilled all around us. God will do any and everything He needs to in order to get our attention. At times, He even uses Creation to draw us to Him. Our job is to speak out about why such cataclysmic events are taking place. We need to spread the Good News that salvation is available to everyone through the blood of Christ.

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