As Jesus came out of the temple and was going away, his disciples came to point out to him the buildings of the temple. Then he asked them, “You see all these, do you not? Truly I tell you, not one stone will be left here upon another; all will be thrown down.”
When he was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will this be, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?” Jesus answered them, “Beware that no one leads you astray. For many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am the Messiah!’ and they will lead many astray. And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars; see that you are not alarmed; for this must take place, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places: all this is but the beginning of the birth pangs.
“Then they will hand you over to be tortured and will put you to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of my name. Then many will fall away, and they will betray one another and hate one another. And many false prophets will arise and lead many astray. And because of the increase of lawlessness, the love of many will grow cold. But the one who endures to the end will be saved. And this good news of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the world, as a testimony to all the nations; and then the end will come.
Well, I guess it’s good to know that all the terrible things in the world are somehow a part of God’s plan. Jesus predicts wars, famine, natural disasters, persecution, false prophets, and that many will turn away from God as a result of these things. And we certainly have those problems all around us these days. But Jesus says they are just the birth pains. As the old cliche goes, things are going to get worse before they get better.
And things will get better! Jesus says the Good News will be proclaimed throughout the whole world, and that those who have been faithful to Him to the end, throughout all those trials and tribulations, will be saved. So don’t let all the bad things in the world cause you to think, “Where is God? How can there even be a God?” These things are a sign that He is coming someday! Be patient and loyal, and you will see Him one day.
And we can absolutely trust His promise to save us. Everyone else He predicted has come to pass. Even the destruction of the Temple, which would have seemed impossible to the disciples, has happened. It isn’t there anymore. Jesus KNEW what was going to happen, and what is still going to happen. We can trust Him, and His promises. He WILL come to save us.