THE SERVANT GENERAL
THE NEW EVANGELIZATION
LIVING IN THE END TIMES - 19
November 26, 2015
Jesus predicted the destruction of Jerusalem. “When
you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, know that its desolation
is at hand.” (Lk 21:20). That actually happened in 70
A.D. Jesus also said, “Jerusalem will be trampled underfoot
by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.”
(Lk 21:24b). The “times of the Gentiles” refer
to a period of unknown length from the destruction of Jerusalem
up to the cosmic signs at the end of time. Indeed, Jerusalem
today is divided, troubled, at war. The temple remains unrestored,
with a mosque where the temple used to be.
also spoke of the end times, when “a terrible calamity
will come upon the earth and a wrathful judgment upon this
people.” (Lk 21:23b). It will be much worse than the
destruction of Jerusalem. What would happen at the end? What
shape will destruction and desolation take? A devastating
world war, where people “will fall by the edge of the
sword” (Lk 21:24a)? A massive tsunami, where “on
earth nations will be in dismay, perplexed by the roaring
of the sea and the waves” (Lk 21:25b)? Huge meteorites
hitting the earth or nations engaged in Star Wars-type of
destruction, as “the powers of the heavens will be shaken”
people are unmindful of the end, when “these days are
the time of punishment when all the scriptures are fulfilled.”
(Lk 21:22). If they only knew. “People will die of fright
in anticipation of what is coming upon the world” (Lk
21:26a). For us, we must be awake and watchful. “There
will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars” (Lk
21:25a). We must be prepared. And we must not be afraid, but
rather hopeful and eager for the return of the Lord. “But
when these signs begin to happen, stand erect and raise your
heads because your redemption is at hand.” (Lk 21:28).
The fullness of salvation will be at hand.
we are in the end times, we must intensify our work of evangelization.
We must share Christ so that “the God
of Daniel is to be reverenced and feared” (Dn 6:27a).
The world must meet Christ, to realize who
he truly is, “the living God, enduring forever, whose
kingdom shall not be destroyed, whose dominion shall be without
end, a savior and deliverer, working signs and wonders in
heaven and on earth” (Dn 6:27b-28a). Then as people
live Christ, they will be prepared for his
second coming. “And then they will see the Son of Man
coming in a cloud with power and great glory.” (Lk 21:27).
to the New Evangelization!