Matthew 24:3 As he sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately, saying, "Tell us, when will these things be, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the close of the age?" 4 And Jesus answered them, "See that no one leads you astray. 5 For many will come in my name, saying, 'I am the Christ,' and they will lead many astray. 6 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. 7 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places. 8 All these are but the beginning of the birth pains. 9 "Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and put you to death, and you will be hated by all nations for my name's sake. 10 And then many will fall away and betray one another and hate one another. 11 And many false prophets will arise and lead many astray. 12 And because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold. 13 But the one who endures to the end will be saved. 14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.
If we want to learn the truth we need to ask Jesus questions. The disciples asked Jesus when the temple would be destroyed and what would be the sign of His coming and the end of the age. Matthew 24:4-31 gives us Jesus' answer, the information we need to know concerning His coming to end this present evil age and why we need to know it.
There are two reasons Jesus gives us concerning why we need to know the signs of His coming. Reason one is so we won't be led astray by people claiming to be the Christ and doing great sign and wonders (Matthew 24:4-5, 24). Reason two is so that we will not be alarmed when we hear of wars and rumors of war (Matthew 24:6).
Today go through Matthew 24:7-14 and note down on paper or mentally what events are only the beginning of birth pangs and what will happen before the end comes, ushered in by the return of Jesus. Are you prepared to endure all that is going to happen? Are you proclaiming the gospel as one called by Jesus to accomplish His world wide initiative to have the gospel of the kingdom proclaimed throughout the world by the time He returns? Peter instructs us that we have the resources to endure to the end, accomplish the work Jesus has given us to do and to live a godly life through it all in 2 Peter 1:3-11.
We need to learn Jesus' answer to His disciples and teach it to our children and all who name the name of Christ. Why? Jesus doesn't want His disciples to be led astray or alarmed while they wait for His return.