The Last Days According to Jesus

The Last Days According to Jesus July 14, 2017

What are some things that Jesus said would be happening just prior to His return?

The End of the Age

After Jesus and the disciples walked out of the Temple, they asked Him, “Tell us, when will these things be, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age” (Matt 24:3)? Notice that there are actually three questions: “When we these things be” (the destruction of the Temple), “What will be the sign of your coming,” and what will be the sign “of the end of the age?” We already know the answer to the first question because it was in AD 70 that Jerusalem was destroyed by Titus and huge numbers of Roman legions who spread out with a “scorched earth” policy with the remaining four legions left to the siege of Jerusalem. Josephus describes it: “As the flames went upward, the Jews made a great clamour (sic), such as so mighty an affliction required, and ran together to prevent it; and now they spared not their lives any longer, nor suffered anything to restrain their force, since that holy house was perishing . . . thus it was the holy house burnt down,” (Josephus, Antiquities of the Jews. xi. 1.2). Josephus writes that more than a million Jews may have died due to the fires, famine, and violence (The Jewish Wars, 6). Some of the disciples or apostles lived to see that come to pass, but the remaining two questions the disciples asked are concerned with what’s going to happen prior to Jesus’ return and when will the end of this age be. The last two questions appear to be what will happen after the fall of Jerusalem. Also, at first, it might seem that these last two questions will be answered at the same time by Jesus’ return, but the sign of His coming and the end of the age may not be simultaneous events. Let’s read Jesus’ prophecy of these things to see whether that is true or not.

Matthew 24:4-5

“See that no one leads you astray. For many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and they will lead many astray.”

You could say that Jesus is saying, “Be careful that nobody leads you into another gospel” or teaching about “another Christ” which is not about Him at all. I don’t think He’s referring to people who actually say and believe they are Jesus, but those who profess to teach what Jesus says, saying, “This is how Jesus is,” when really they are saying, “This is a Jesus that we’re comfortable with.” Even though Jesus spoke twice as much about hell as heaven, they don’t like “that Jesus.” He’s not safe.

Matthew 24:6-8

“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 these are but the beginning of the birth pains.”

What day this week hasn’t there been a rumored war? Global tensions have risen of late, terrorism makes daily headlines, and yet Jesus said, don’t be alarmed. This must happen first, but it’s not the end. It could be signaling His return is near, but first we must add all of the worldwide famines brought about by devastating droughts and floods, and earthquakes happening in diverse areas (ask Oklahomans!), and as you have read, it’s just “the begging of the birth pains,” but not the birth itself.


Matthew 24:9-10

“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. And then many will fall away and betray one another and hate one another.”

You cannot bury your head in the sand about the increasing severity of persecution. One a six-year period, “more than 1.3 million Christians and other non-Muslim people have been killed in this African nation — more than Bosnia, Chechnya and Haiti combined” [1.] There are more people betraying their own family members over their conversion to Christianity than can even be estimated. Many have fallen away from what they once believed and these same many have now turned on their family and friends because of their trust in Christ. They hate us…but really, it is Christ they hate. That’s what Jesus wanted us to remember (Matt 10:22; John 15:18). Our response is to love them and pray for them (Matt 5:44), and not hate them back. That’s not what the children of God do (Matt 5:45).

Matthew 24:11

“And many false prophets will arise and lead many astray.”

The way Jesus puts it, this doesn’t sound like it will be just a few false prophets, but He says there will be many, and these many will lead many astray,” so if you’ve got many false teachers, you’ll have many who are lead astray of the truth. Obviously there are so many other gospels out there that not even a book can cover them all, and many of them are often opposed to each other.

Matthew 24:12-13

“And because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold. But the one who endures to the end will be saved.”

If you live in Chicago, you have no trouble believing that violence or lawlessness has increased. The love of many has grown so cold that the ten bucks in your pocket could be worth more than your life. The escalation of violence in movies and video games has only primed the pump of violence, and today is seems to be like Noah’s day Jesus said (Matt 24:38-39), when “the earth was corrupt in God’s sight, and the earth was filled with violence. And God saw the earth, and behold, it was corrupt, for all flesh had corrupted their way on the earth” (Gen 6:11-12), and the flood came when no one expected, and they were all swept away in God’s judgment, which in our day comes with the return of Christ (Matt 24:36-44).

Matthew 24:14

“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.”

This is the last sign Jesus gave in this paragraph before He spoke about another event, the abomination of desolation, so the last question, “What will be the sign ‘of the end of the age’” is answered here. When the gospel of Jesus Christ is proclaimed (or published) around the world, the end will come and the Son of God will return. Are we approaching the time when “the whole word” receives the testimony through satellite broadcasts, smart phones, hotspots, the Internet, missionaries, and mouth-to-mouth?


There was an abomination of desolation in AD 70, where the Temple was not only destroyed, but it was treaded upon by the Gentiles. Jerusalem’s judgment was in effect Christ’s judgment on the Jewish people who had rejected Him and then called for His crucifixion. No wonder Jesus said, “do not weep for me, but weep for yourselves and for your children” (Luke 3:38), and some will pray for the rocks to “‘Fall on us,’ and to the hills, ‘Cover us.’” (Luke 23:20). This explains one of the seven “Woes” Jesus gave the Pharisees: “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often would I have gathered your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing! See, your house is left to you desolate” (Matt 23:28), and indeed it was desolate after AD 70, and makes sense of His statement, “Wherever the corpse is, there the vultures will gather” (Matt 24:28). Indeed, there were over a million Jewish corpses for the vultures to feast on thanks to the Romans. Up to this point in their history, it was the greatest tribulation the Jews had ever experienced, and on such a massive scale (Matt 24:21-22). That’s why Jesus told them, don’t go back to the house for anything and pray that it doesn’t happen in the winter, especially if they have young children (Matt 24:16-2). When will Jesus’ return? I don’t know, and it’s none of my business. I believe we must live as if He’s coming back today.

Article by Jack Wellman

Jack Wellman is Pastor of the Mulvane Brethren Church in Mulvane Kansas. Jack is host of Spiritual Fitness and also the Senior Writer at What Christians Want To Know whose mission is to equip, encourage, and energize Christians and to address questions about the believer’s daily walk with God and the Bible. You can follow Jack on Google Plus or check out his book Teaching Children the Gospel available on Amazon.

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  • pud

    Yeah! That glorious happy day with blood up to the bridles! Can’t wait huh jack?

    You are an evil man…a sick man…a very deluded man

    1. There is NO evidence anyone name of jesus ever existed.
    2. jesus never said anything! No name authors said he said this or that
    3. It is sick to revere a deity whose purpose is this bloody orgy drama you so love

    Demonstrate that just ONE of your infantile deranged claims is actually true..just one!

    You don’t “believe” in a god, you believe in a BOOK! A stupid, deranged, psychotic BOOK written by Iron and Bronze Age religious know nothing lunatics.Worse, you peddle this horrific blood thirsty wicked fantasy to children, This is criminal, immoral and just plain sick. WAKE UP!

    What a horrible way to orchestrate a life…you’ve totally wasted yours.

    • Evermyrtle

      Just think pud, it makes no difference what we believe, we each one will stand before HIM, JESUS CHRIST and HIS FATHER, GOD, and be judged, . You cannot choose then to believe!! If you have a bible check Matthew 25:31-46, if you don’t believe, I suggest you read it anyway, if you dare read it, if you re not afraid to read it!!!This is a fantastic scripture selection!!

      • pud

        I’ve read your ridiculous primitive nonsensical BOOK written by ignorant savages in an ancient time of rampant superstition and religious zealotry. I’ve also actually STUDIED the origins of your CULT and KNOW how it came about. Unlike bumpkins like you, I care about what is TRUE and I don’t care one bit what anyone “believes” unless they can show it to be TRUE!

        I’ve challenged you to demonstrate a single thing you’ve swallowed like a dumb sheep and you have failed to do so every time…nuff said

        • Ivlia Blackburn

          Am interested. Have read a couple of items on the actual origins of Christianity and would be genuinely interested to discover what you have read about the origins. I ask for non religious purposes, purely academic. There are a lot of opinions out there but not much written provable evidence. I would really be interested to know what/who you have studied and can it/they be found on the internet. Many thanks in advance.

          • Jackson100

            I think pud is busy 🙂 The best author is Richard Carrier. See his book On the Historicity of Jesus. Blessings!

          • pud

            There are several schools of thought…The “myth” theory being the most prominent. There are many sources of information and youtube has a number of documentaries as well as lectures where you can gain a tremendous insight into christian origins. Google Robert Price, Richard Carrier or youtube the origins of god etc and you’ll have hours of information. I don’t think there will ever be a definitive answer as cults evolve over long periods of time absent modern historical recording but I think it’s reasonable to assume that all religions evolved from previous superstitions reflecting the culture and times in which they developed. One of the best docs I’ve ever watched was called the history of god on youtube. It gives you a good sense as to how monotheism developed from paganism, how they borrowed from previous beliefs and how they reflected the circumstances of the times and geographies from which they arose. You’ll certainly come away realizing that current religious practicioners are willful idiots and lunatics.

      • pud

        Prove it! Show it! Demonstrate it! Come on! Clearly if you’re so confident in this gibberish you can defend your absurd claims right?

      • Jack Wellman

        Spot on!

        • pud

          No it isn’t. Demonstrate it. Show it. Prove it or wallow in your willful delusions

    • Doug Barron

      Boy! A wasted life?! Look in a mirror! You are wasting your life in pursuing this maniacal psychotic obsession and infatuation with Pastor Wellman. You are becoming dangerous. Get some help before it is too late.
      Puddles; you truly need help!

      • pud

        Not just him dummy….Your repulsive CULT. Wellman just happens to be the author of this rubbish and provides the forum …hello? Start your own blog and I’ll bash your nonsense too.

        • Mary Tessier

          Father forgive him he dose not know what he’s doing.

          • pud

            LOL There’s that “father” thing again….Are you still a child? I mean other than mentally?

          • Jack Wellman

            Well said.

          • pud

            “does” not “dose”…poorly said and absurd.

          • Jack Wellman

            Poor pud…she is worried about spelling and not worried about Judgment Day. Pray for this poor woman.

          • pud

            OH NO!!! Judgement day!!! When the timeless transcendent omnipotent all powerful “being” crushes the bad ants in his ant farm and gives a sugar cube to the good ants. LOL You make your “god” a pitiful senseless capricious tinkerer. You don’t even realize how much you diminish your “creator” by painting “him” as this petty loser with nothing to do with his eternal time then to read your thoughts and punish you for lusting after a sexy blonde on the beach. You truly have the mind of a child and worse you have zero interest in ever changing!

            The spelling is indicative of the IQ level of people who subscribe to your cult delusions and superstitions

    • Ivlia Blackburn

      No comment as to belief, my religious beliefs are my own and no business of anyone else. As to Jesus never being mentioned. Josephus mentions him briefly and in a very uncomplimentary way, but he also mentions a number of others who also claimed to be the Messiah or Son of God. Jesus managed to get himself crucified by his actions towards the Jews, the Romans didn’t want him dead cause they could see what was going to happen, it was the Jews who called for him to die. Again, can be found in the records. Other than this there is very little mention of him in official records, until Paul comes on the scene. Whether his version of Jesus is the same as the real person, all I will say is that the person he talks about and the person Josephus talks about would appear, on paper at least, to be two completely different people.

  • pud

    Private message me so that we can make arrangements to transfer all your worldly possessions to my name seeing as you’ll be joining jesus in the clouds any day now ok?

  • If compassion, healing-mercy and loving kindness were our guide, then hell wouldn’t be necessary, would it?

    • D.M.S.

      Hell was created for Satan and his demons.

      • “Satan” and “demons” are fictional beings. There is no empirical evidence for their existence as literal beings.

        • D.M.S.
          • Have an enjoyable day, D,M,S.!

          • D.M.S.

            You have a blessed day as well, sir.

  • The textual version of Jesus, as you said, speaks about hell more than heaven. Isn’t this version wrong? If the textual version is the real Jesus, then he lacks compassion, healing mercy and loving kindness towards all.

    • D.M.S.

      Those who go to hell are the ones who have chosen to go to hell. Such as yourself. When people deny that Christ Jesus died on the cross for all of our sins and God the Father raised Jesus from the dead.
      God doesn’t send us to hell. The lost choose to send themselves to hell by denying Christ Jesus existence.
      Take care, neighbor.

      • Really? What fantasy world do you live in?

        • D.M.S.

          Not the one that you live in, that’s for sure.

          • Why do religious people need to invent a place called hell? Isn’t it just scare tactics for a religion based on fear? Why not focus your thoughts on compassion, healing-mercy and loving kindness? Would not such a practice ennoble and empower the human spirit by helping to improve a person’s mental and emotional well-being?

          • D.M.S.

            We Christians didn’t create hell, God did.
            But you will be living your entire eternity there by your own choosing.
            I hope someday soon, that you come to the realization that our Savior Christ Jesus gave His life for all of our sins and repent of yours before its to late to do so.
            Your eternity will be of your own choice.
            Take care, neighbor.

          • Dan Dupree

            The Jewish religion doesn’t mention hell( except for rebellious angels) nor heaven for humans. Shaitan was a concept picked up from other Arabic and semantic tribes.
            Hell came hundreds of years later from the Norse good hel.
            The author correctly suggest that the Apocalypse was seen by early Christians as occurring then.
            The book of revelations was written in the vague language that all fortune teller, mystics and charlatans use to avoid specifics some some parts can appear to have come true.
            Christians have been using that language to convince almost every generation that the end times were imminent.
            Why would anyone want to live that way?
            Why not give up any persecution complex and work to build a more peaceful and inclusive world?

          • D.M.S.

            Because mankind can’t build a peaceful world without GOD.

          • Dan Dupree

            Humankind can’t build a peaceful and benevolent world following a vengeful tribal tribal god.
            Will you avoid your gods words to be stewards of this wonderful green earth because you pray for the end to show, in your hubris, you would create the end days. Even if it wasn’t in your gods timing?
            Shame, shame and shame again on those that pretend to know the will of of God.
            Unless you created IT in your own image.

          • D.M.S.

            Ah, yes Satans distortions,
            I know them well.

          • You’re delusional. Satan is a mythical being.

          • D.M.S.

            No, you’re a delusional being.

          • What empirical evidence can you offer for the existence of Satan and demons? There is none. Evil is caused by people, not Satan and his demons. There is no more evidence for their existence than there is for the existence of fairies. It is you who is deluded.

          • D.M.S.


          • Well, your pal, Joshua had faith. He butchered defenseless women, little children and babies then burned the Canaanite cities to the ground just as his barbaric god commanded. Faith can make you do crazy things and believe nonsense like the existence of Satan and demons as literal, personal entities that actually exist.

          • D.M.S.

            I’ll be more than happy to do just that. On the same day that the world gets rid of mankinds pride.
            Until man’s pride is completely gone. I’ll put my trust in Christ Jesus. He has no pride.

          • What day is that? Jesus still hasn’t come back after nearly 2000 years. After all, no one can levitate into the sky.. It is contrary to the laws of physics

          • So your god is a vicious god who tortures people forever for finite errors in finite time. Give me compassion, healing mercy and loving kindness any time.

          • D.M.S.
          • He’s one who didn’t know the day nor the hour when he would return. Isn’t God meant to be omniscient?

          • Hallelujah! He’s not god!

      • duffman1953

        Your fictional god created hell, and as a being who is omniscient, omnipresent, Omni…. well, everything, he creates certain humans KNOWING they will live a particular life and will end up after death being tortured for eternity in a hell HE CREATED! What an absolute monster he is! If he doesn’t know the past, present and future of every human being then he ain’t a proper god is he?
        “Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is not omnipotent.
        Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent.
        Is he both able and willing? Then whence cometh evil?
        Is he neither able nor willing? Then why call him God?”
        (Epicurus, philosopher of ancient Greece)

      • rtgmath

        What of those who have never heard the gospel, or had any reason to believe it? Especially those who “heard” from a totally unworthy messenger such as yourself? Why would anyone think your message was the right one? What evidence do you show? And how can God hold someone who has ever had the opportunity to understand what the gospel means accountable for believing? I mean, if someone couldn’t look at you, your words, and your life, and realize that God loves them, cares for them in the here and now, will keep his promises in the here and now, and really wants them to be saved forever, then do you even believe the gospel yourself?

        You are the only gospel many will ever see. Too bad for them, huh?

  • pud

    Mountains and mountains of actual EVIDENCE that prove the delusional infantile christian fantasy story is just that…

  • Is Jesus coming again? He hasn’t come in nearly 2000 years. His ability to come again depends on whether he rose from the dead and the nonsense about him ascending into heaven. It’s against the laws of physics.

    • Evermyrtle

      Don’t worry about it, HE will take care of it! Remember, if you know anything about HIS WORD, HE did not give any dates about HIS return!
      Revelation 21:1 And i saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Read the rest of this chapter and chapter 22, it is all wonderful news for HIS people!

  • Coach Tom

    A couple of points I’d like to toss into the debate…….

    1.) An interesting perspective/response to the Resurrection debate that I came across is shared via the following video clip……

    It’s actually quite arrogant and deliberately deceiving to label the men and women of that age as ignorant religious lunatics. We may possess more knowledge and information than the folks living during the biblical era. But we aren’t any smarter. Our brains are not bigger or more complex. In fact, anthropologists and sociologists have stated that lack of external information storage and retrieval required men and women to commit their experiences to memory and learn to use a variety of mnemonic triggers to recall and articulate events. Socrates wasn’t a lunatic. Plato wasn’t a lunatic. Josephus wasn’t a lunatic. Moses was an Egyptian prince and certainly wasn’t a lunatic. (Heck, he was full of doubts through the entire Exodus anyways!). Finally, Paul and his learned physician accompanist Luke, weren’t lunatics either. Two thousand years is a blink of an eye given the age of the universe so casting our ancestors as primitive, superstitious and dumb only points fingers back at ourselves.

    2.) Asking Jack to prove the existence of God – a belief based mainly on personal faith and experience – is no different than Jack asking John Arthur and others to prove God doesn’t exist. John can say he sees no empirical physical evidence while Jack says the evidence of the order and majesty of the universe, the nature of our biology, etc. is conclusive evidence for a Designer. As many secular materialist and rationalist philosophers have determined (Descartes, Heidegger, Wittgenstein, Polanyi) it is obvious that many of the phenomena resident in our existence cannot be proved (yet?) by science. Consciousness, sentience, love, beauty, our very existence itself. So is life an illusion? What is its meaning? Does that chair over there exist. Do you exist? How do you know? Does God exist? How can you be so certain He doesn’t?

    3.) More than a few have made the argument that “Modern secularism has largely kept the moral ideals of biblical faith while rejecting the view of the personal universe in which those ideals made sense and from which they flowed as natural implications”. (Charles Taylor, A Secular Age)

    Further, Nietzsche pointed out that if one doesn’t believe in God but one believes in the rights of every person and the requirement to care for all the weak and the poor, then one is still holding on to Christian beliefs, whether one will admit it or not.

    Another voice maintains that “Humanistic beliefs of most secular people then should be recognized as exactly that – beliefs. They cannot be deduced logically or empirically from the natural world alone. If there is no transcendent reality beyond this life, then there is no value of meaning for anything.” (Tim Keller, Making Sense of God).

    And let’s not forget that Nietzsche’s “Man of the Future” were inspirations in the 20th century to totalitarian figures of both the Left and the Right. Science tells us a lot but it doesn’t make moral judgements. And it can be terribly misused w/o ethical and moral restraints.

    So if rationalism and materialism is predicated on the survival of the fittest i.e.: the strong eating the weak, then it is logical to maintain that those who argue that every person has a human dignity to be honored – are making an enormous leap of faith against all evidence to the contrary.

    • rtgmath

      “So if rationalism and materialism is predicated on the survival of the fittest i.e.: the strong eating the weak, then …” STOP. Stop right there. You are basing your conclusion on a False Premise. Thus your logic is invalid.

      Rationalism is not predicated on the survival of the fittest. It is a system saying that opinions and actions should be based on evidence, reason and knowledge, not emotionalism or blind faith. You mischaracterized what rationalism is — you lied!

      One thing I have found out about so-called Believers. They are all too willing to lie for their God, when God says He hates and rejects those who love and create lies! Funny, that.

      You have no truthful premise set. Therefore you have no logic to base any conclusion on. Theologically, I’d say you need to repent.

      • Coach Tom

        Lied? As in knowingly and deliberately stating a falsehood? Hardly deliberate. Mistaken certainly for stereotyping or tagging rationalists with a major truth of the evolutionary process. But I’m not going to lose a whole lot of sleep over that.

        Besides I’ll look on the bright side and be grateful you didn’t call
        me a racist, bigot or hater

        • rtgmath

          Hmmm. Well, you need to understand that from my perspective, the conflation is deliberate. Neither rationalism nor materialism has anything to do with Huxley’s attempt to interpret a single facet of evolution to justify the oligarchs of his day.

          I don’t have time to go into the details of evolutionary science, but your characterization is gross and inaccurate on any number of levels. The way you used it indicates you meant it as a deliberate slur against the ideas named.

          But you must have had commenters who have tried to enlighten you. You have access to more information than you could have ever dreamed of in years past, and so if you still cling to false notions, you are still spreading lies. Thou shalt not bear false witness, the Lord commands. That sin is a serious issue.

          And those of us in the sciences see this entrenched and deliberate ignorance and untruth every day coming out of the conservative and fundamentalist camps. If you can’t tell the truth about us, then we figure you can’t be telling the truth about God.

          You see, your sin, and the sins of others like you, are far worse than you imagine. By your untruths, lies, mischararacterizations and contempt, you drive people away from faith in Christ. You (and others) set yourself up as a representatives of what faith should be, and then you display your prejudices and ignorance in all their glories. No wonder scientists and others get bitter. They don’t hate God. They hate how you falsely represent them.

          You use freely the tools they provide for you. Computers. Internet. Medicine. Energy. Transportation. Civilization. Yet you (and others) scurrilously defame them and their work.

          Scientists are not going to leave their brains at the door. Many of them can be reached, but not when untruths (deliberate or not) clutter the way. Prepare ye the way of the Lord. Make every path smooth. Fill in the ditches, level the mounds. Preach justice and equity.

          You might be surprised.

  • BrotherRog

    Great article. On a related note, Certain fundamentalists are apparently thinking that the end of the world, apocalypse, and/or the “rapture” will take place this Saturday. They might have a point, except that this year isn’t the year they think it is. FYI, This isn’t actually The Year of Our Lord, 2017, it’s actually 2021 at this very moment.

    “Who knows? Maybe something big will happen in 2012! … but 2012 isn’t this coming year. It already took place 4-6 years from ago!
    Strange piece of trivia. Jesus wasn’t born in the year 1 A.D.
    A.D. comes from the Latin “Anno Domini” means “the year of our Lord” so when we say 2011 or 2012, whether we know it or not, we’re employing the Christian calendar and we’re saying “the Year of Our Lord 2012.” B.C. comes from the English “Before Christ.”
    Wait a minute Roger, did you say that “Jesus wasn’t born in the year 1 A.D.”? If B.C. means before Christ, doesn’t that mean that Jesus was born in 1 A.D.?
    Yeah, that’d make sense — if it weren’t for the mistake.”


  • Ejaz Naqvi

    Thanks for making people pause and ponder. One comment on: “You cannot bury your head in the sand about the increasing severity of persecution. One a six-year period, “more than 1.3 million Christians and other non-Muslim people have been killed in this African nation — more than Bosnia, Chechnya and Haiti combined”
    I wish you would have added all cases of genocide, including those of Rohingyan Muslims that is ongoing as we speak.