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will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There
will be earthquakes in various places, and famines. These are
the beginning of birth pains.
13:8 (read 13:1-8) - NIV
has always been sensational preaching that we are in the end times!
This message has been preached from the first generation of
Christians up to this day. In every new generation there are people
who insist they have received new revelations that the end is near.
They all use these same biblical texts and use these same arguments
pointing to the signs of wars, earthquakes and famines. These things
have always been present in the history of our "civilization."
Even after two thousand years of this prophetic preaching no end has
come. They should begin to suspect that they are “barking up the
warned against this kind of preaching, saying that it is false.
History proves its falsehood. This passage is a warning not to run
after the end of time fads that are always present in church circles.
Fads lead us to nowhere.
discussion began with disciples’ admiration of the sumptuousness of
the temple and surrounding buildings. Jesus informed them that all of
that would be destroyed without trace. Amazed, they asked: "When"
The question was wrong and he replied as they should have asked the
question. Jesus did not speak of "When"
but of "What".
described the violence of wars, earthquakes and famines as the
"beginning of birth pains”. The pains are actually birth pangs
of something new. The temple represented power, oppression, pride and
human self-aggrandizement that are destined for destruction, and
something new would be born in their place.
birth is painful, but the pain has purpose: to launch new life into
the world. When we use these words of Jesus to support unhelpful
speculation about the end of history we completely miss the message
of the gospel. These are not words of warning and fear, but of
comfort. In the divine economy, tragedies are not the end, but are
openings to something new and better. Tears can wash our face, making
it ready for a smile. This is hard to believe, especially in times of
suffering, when we are in agony and unable to see beyond the pain. It
is a message to keep us from falling into despair.
and destruction are factors that we have inherited from human
history, and the news reports are dominated by it. Everything that we
build is designed to be destroyed and disappear without a trace. We
will all die and be forgotten, just like the billions of human beings
who have been born and died before we came along.
disciples were deceived by the huge buildings. We also deceive
ourselves by our accomplishments and forget that everything is
transitory in life. But the pain of destruction may be offset by the
hope of the birth of something better in its place.
can be victories in disguise. In the divine economy there is no
absolute tragedy. In the long run even tragedies contribute to future
well-being. The gospel message is this: by grace, life can be born
13:1-8 – NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION (NIV)
Jesus was leaving the temple, one of his disciples said to him,
“Look, Teacher! What massive stones! What magnificent buildings!”
you see all these great buildings?” replied Jesus. “Not one stone
here will be left on another; every one will be thrown down.”
Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives opposite the temple, Peter,
James, John and Andrew asked him privately,“Tell
us, when will these things happen? And what will be the sign that
they are all about to be fulfilled?”
said to them: “Watch out that no one deceives you.Many
will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am he,’ and will deceive many.When
you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be alarmed. Such things
must happen, but the end is still to come.Nation
will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be
earthquakes in various places, and famines. These are the beginning
of birth pains.