Today’s selected reading continues in the New Testament gospel account of the life and ministry of Jesus the Christ as written and recorded by the beloved physician Luke. More specifically, today’s passage is found in verses five through thirty-eight of the twenty-first chapter. When you come to this particular portion of scripture you will find it coming directly on the heels of Jesus observing countless individuals entering into the Temple of the Lord to give their tithes and offerings unto the Lord. It was while observing all the many individuals giving their tithes and offerings to the Lord that Jesus observed a poor widow who deposited into the treasury two lowly mites, which was all this woman had. What’s both interesting and unique about this widow is not necessarily that which she did, but rather that which Jesus spoke and declared concerning her. If you read the words which are found and contained within this portion of scripture you will quickly discover that despite this widow only putting in two kites into the treasury of the Lord, Jesus declares that she had given more than all the countless others who were present on this day and had put their own tithes and offerings into the treasury. What makes this even more interesting is that Jesus spoke of all those who came and went after they gave of their tithes and offerings how they each gave or their abundance, but this woman gave of her poverty. We dare not miss and lose sight of this tremendous and wonderful reality, for to do so would be to miss and lose sight of the awesome significance of what this woman truly gave, and how this woman’s gift and offering had so impressed Jesus the Christ. What’s more, is that when you read the words which are found within this passage you will find it suggested that it doesn’t seem to matter in the sight and presence of God how much we give, but rather whether or not we are willing to give from a place of lack and whether or not we are willing to give from a place of poverty. Jesus spoke of those countless men and women who entered into the courts of the Temple to give their tithes and offerings and how they all gave out of and from a place of abundance, but how giving from a place of lack is of more worth than giving from a place of and out of ones abundance. Far too often and far too many times we think about the concept that we need to give out of a place of abundance and how such a reality and manifestation pleases the living God more than giving from a place of lack and from a place of poverty. Jesus wonderfully and powerfully demonstrated in this passage of scripture that it is not a matter of giving out of a place of abundance that truly pleases the Father, but giving from a place of lack and poverty—giving when it hurts, and giving when it seems as though we don’t have much to give at all.
As you continue reading the words which are found within this passage you will fine that directly after Jesus observed this poor widow placing her two mites into the treasury and Jesus commending her sacrificial offering, those with Him began speaking to Him about all the grandeur and glory of the Temple and the buildings within the city of Jerusalem. If you continue reading within this selected text you will find that the disciples and perhaps others began noticing all the grandiose design and splendor of the Temple which stood within the city of Jerusalem, as well as the buildings which stood in the midst thereof. What makes this so incredibly interesting when you think about and consider it is that the Temple which stood in the midst of the city of Jerusalem during these days wasn’t even the original Temple which first stood on the Temple Mount. The temple which stood on the Temple Mount during the days of Jesus was a temple that was known as Herod’s Temple, for it was a temple which he oversaw the building and construction of. This is actually quite unique and interesting to think about and consider, for the disciples and those who were present with Jesus were amazed by a temple which was the second temple which stood in the midst of the city of Jerusalem, and one which wasn’t the original temple. Please don’t miss and lose sight of this wonderful and awesome reality, for although the disciples and those with Jesus might have been impressed with and by the Temple which stood in the midst of Jerusalem during those days, it wasn’t the first, nor was it the original temple which Solomon built during the days of his reign in the days following the death of David his father who was perhaps the greatest king the nation of Israel had ever seen and witnessed. It would be Solomon son of David who would oversee the construction and building of the first Jewish temple and built it according to the design and pattern which his father David had prescribed. It would be Solomon the son of Davis who would take the materials his father David gathered towards the end of his reign and used them to construct the first and original Temple of the living God within the city of Jerusalem. I am sitting here this morning and I can’t help but wonder what that first and what that original temple looked like in all it’s grandeur and splendor. I wonder what it was like to look upon and behold the temple which Solomon built for and unto the Lord within the city of Jerusalem. What was it like to look upon and behold such a magnificent edifice and structure, and what was it like to gaze upon the grandeur and splendor of that first and original temple which Solomon built.
I am convinced that it is necessary for us to consider the first Jewish temple which Solomon built upon the Temple Mount, for this first temple not only teaches us a lesson and speaks prophetically, but it would also foreshadow the second Jewish temple which would stand in the midst of the city of Jerusalem. It would be this first Jewish temple which would stand in the midst of Jerusalem that would not only be great and grandiose, but it would also attract the attention of the Queen of Sheba, or the Queen of the South. Even Jesus Christ Himself mentioned and spoke of this queen of the south when He was speaking to those during His days who asked for and demanded a sign. Jesus would not only reverence the days of Jonah and how the people of Nineveh would rise in judgment with that generation, but Jesus also spoke of the days of Solomon and how the queen of the south would also stand up in judgment with that generation. Consider first the words which Jesus spoke concerning this queen of the south when speaking unto those who asked and demanded of Him a sign, and then consider that which was written in the Old Testament book of First Kings concerning this queen who came up from the south unto Jerusalem to witness and behold the splendor of the Temple, as well as to witness and behold whether or not all the reports which she heard concerning Solomon were in fact true. Beginning first in the New Testament gospel of Matthew and considering the words which Jesus spoke concerning the south, and then transitioning to the words which were written in the tenth chapter of the Old Testament book of First Kings, consider that which was written concerning this queen who had traveled a great distance to look upon and behold the grandeur and splendor of the Temple which Solomon built, as well as all she had heard concerning Solomon himself:
“Then certain of the scribes and of the Pharisees answered, saying, Master, we would see a sign from thee. But He answered and said unto them, An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas: for as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. The men of Nineveh shall rise in judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: because they repented at the preaching of Jonas; and behold, a greater than Jonas is here. The queen of the south shall rise up in the judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: for she came from the uttermost parts of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and, behold, a greater than Solomon is here” (Matthew 12:38-42).
“And when the Queen of Sheba heard of the fame of Solomon concerning the name of the Lord, she came to prove him with hard questions. And she came to Jerusalem with a very great train, with camels that bare spices, and very much gold, and precious stones: and when she was come to Solomon, she communed with him of all that was in her heart. And Solomon told her all her questions: there was not any thing hid from the king, which he told her not. And when the Queen of Sheba had seen all Solomon’s wisdom, and the house that he had built, and the meat of his table, and the sitting of his servants, and the attendance of his ministers, and their apparel, and his cupbearers, and his ascent by which he went up into the house of the Lord; there was no more spirit in her. And she said to the king, It was a true report that I heard in mine own land of thy acts and of thy wisdom. Howbeit I believed not the words, until I came, and mine eyes had seen it: and, behold, the half was not told me: thy wisdom and prosperity exceedeth the fame which I heard. Happy are thy men, happy are these thy servants, which stand continually before thee, and that hear thy wisdom. Blessed be the Lord thy God, which delighted in thee, to set thee on the throne of Israel: because the Lord loved Israel for ever, therefore made he thee king, to do judgment and justice. And she gave the king an hundred and twenty talents of gold, and of spices very great store, and precious stones: there came no more such abundance of spices as these which the Queen of Sheba gave to king Solomon. And the navy also of Hiram, that brought gold from Ophir, brought in from Ophir great plenty of almug trees, and precious stones. And the king made of the almug trees, nor were seen unto this day. And king Solomon gave unto the queen of ASheba all her desire, whatsoever she asked, beside that which Solomon gave her of his royal bounty. So she turned and went to her own country, she and her servants” (1 Kings 10:1-13).
The words which are written and recorded in these two passages of Scripture not only describe Jesus’ words concerning the queen of the South, and how she came from the uttermost parts of the earth to look upon and behold the wisdom of Solomon, as well as the grandeur and splendor of the Temple which stood in the midst of the city of Jerusalem, but we also find the actual account of the queen of the south traveling a great distance in order that she might come unto the city of Jerusalem to commune with Solomon, and to behold the wisdom which the Lord had given unto him. What’s more, is that the author of the book of First Kings described that when the queen of the south beheld everything she saw within the city of Jerusalem there was no more breath in her, and she even made the bold and emphatic statement that there wasn’t half that was told her concerning Solomon, and concerning that which was present within the city of Jerusalem. The Queen of Sheba was literally speechless when she came into the city of Jerusalem and looked upon and beheld the wisdom of Solomon, as well as the splendor of the Temple of the Lord, and all that was present within the city. During the days of Jesus the disciples and those who were with Him spoke of the grandeur and splendor of the buildings and stones which were present in the midst of the city of Jerusalem, and yet I can’t help but wonder what they would have thought and what they would have said if they had been present during the days of Solomon king of Israel and beheld the first Jewish Temple in all its splendor and in all its glory. I can’t help but wonder what the disciples of Jesus, and those who were with Him would have thought if they looked upon and beheld the great beauty and splendor that surrounded the first Jewish Temple which stood upon the Temple Mount within the city of Jerusalem. There is not a doubt in my mind that this first Jewish Temple which Solomon built according to the pattern and fashion that was present within the heart of his father David was in fact of greater beauty and greater magnificence than this second temple which was built on the exact same sight of the second Jewish Temple. There is not a doubt in my mind that the first Jewish Temple which Solomon built possessed a greater beauty and a greater splendor than the second Jewish Temple which Herod had built on the exact same spot the first Jewish Temple was built. The disciples and those who were with Jesus during this week of His passion spoke of the great beauty and magnificence of the buildings and the stones which were present, and yet Jesus—unimpressed by that which He looked upon and beheld within the city of Jerusalem—spoke a sobering message unto His disciples and unto those who were with Him. Consider if you will that which Jesus spoke unto His disciples in response to their awe and wonder at the beauty of the buildings which stood in the midst of the city of Jerusalem:
“And as some spake of the Temple, how it was adorned with goodly stones and gifts, he said, As for these things which ye behold, the days will come, in the which there shall not be left one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down. And they asked him, saying, Master, but when shall these things be? And what sign will there be when these things shall come to pass?” (Luke 21:5-7).
“And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and His disciples came to him for to shew him the buildings of the temple. And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? Verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down. And as He sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? And what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world” (Matthew 24:1-3).
“And as he went out of the Temple, one of His disciples saith unto Him, Master, See what manner of stones and what buildings are here! And Jesus answering said unto him, Seest thou these great buildings? There shall not be left one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down. And as he sat upon the mount of Olives over against the temple, Peter and James and John and Andrew asked Him privately, Tell us, when shall these things be? And what shall be the sign when all these things shall be fulfilled?” (Mark 13:1-4).
It’s worth considering the words which Jesus spoke unto those who would attempt to draw attention to the buildings of the Temple, as well as the stones which were used to build the Temple of the living God in the midst of the city of Jerusalem, for Jesus knew in His infinite wisdom and knowledge that the days would come when not one building of the Temple would remain within the city of Jerusalem, and Jesus knew that the stones of the Temple would be cast down upon the ground. Jesus heard the words which the disciples spoke concerning the buildings of the temple, and Jesus heard the disciples speak of the great stones that were used to construct the Temple which stood in the midst of the city of Jerusalem, and yet Jesus sought to speak to them directly concerning the Temple, and how there was coming a day when not one stone of the Temple would be left upon another which would not be thrown down. What’s even more unique and interesting about this is that if you continue reading the words which are written and recorded within this passage of Scripture you will find that Jesus goes on to speak to this reality, and even reveal unto the disciples that which was going to come upon and befall the city of Jerusalem. Jesus spoke unto the disciples concerning the great destruction that would come upon the city of Jerusalem, and how the days were coming when Jerusalem would be surrounded by an enemy greater and stronger than itself, and how Jerusalem would find itself come to ruin and desolation. If you continue reading with and from the twentieth verse of the twenty-first chapter of this New Testament gospel which was written by the physician Luke you will find the following words which were spoken by Jesus concerning the imminent destruction of the Temple and all that was present within the city of Jerusalem. Consider if you will the words which Jesus the Christ, which were recorded by Luke beginning with the twentieth verse of the twenty-first chapter:
“And when ye shall see Jerusalem compasses with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh. Then let them which are in Judaea flee to the mountains; and let them which are in the midst of it depart out; and let not them that are in the countries enter thereinto. For these be the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled. But woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck, in those days! For there shall be great distress in the land, and wrath upon this people. And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled” (Luke 21:20-24).
Please mark these words and mark them well, for this would not be the first time Jerusalem would be surrounded by armies, and this would not be the first time Jerusalem would find itself coming under siege by a foreign army and enemies greater and stronger than itself. If you turn and direct your attention back to the Old Testament—specifically the books of Second Kings, Second Chronicles, as well as the prophetic book of Jeremiah—you will find it written and recorded concerning the great destruction and devastation which came upon the city of Jerusalem as it was surrounded by enemies and armies stronger and mightier than itself. That which was spoken by Jesus did in fact foretell and speak of things which was still to come upon the city of Jerusalem, as well as upon the Temple which stood upon the Temple Mount in the midst of the city, however, the words which Jesus spoke would also look back to events which had taken place centuries earlier when the Babylonian army under Nebuchadnezzar had surrounded the city of Jerusalem with a great army, laid siege to it, and eventually broke through the wall of the city and utterly destroyed all the buildings which were present in the midst of it—including the Temple which Solomon king of Israel had built decades earlier. I would like to draw your attention to the words which were written in the twenty-fifth chapter of the Old Testament book of Second Kings, for the words which we find written in this chapter bring us face to face with a former destruction, which would ultimately and inevitably be followed by a second destruction which Jesus Himself spoke of in the company and presence of His disciples. Beginning with the first verse of the twenty-fifth chapter of the Old Testament book of Second Kings you will find the following words which were written by the author of this particular book. Consider if you will that which is contained within this chapter concerning the first fall and utter destruction and devastation of the city of Jerusalem during the days of the ancient Hebrew prophet Jeremiah, as well as the days of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon:
“And it came to pass in the ninth year of his reign, in the tenth month, in the tenth day of the month, that Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came, he, and all his host, against Jerusalem, and pitched against it; and they built forts against it round about. And the city was besieged unto the eleventh year of king Zedekiah. And on the ninth day of the fourth month the famine prevailed in the city, and there was no bread for the people of the land. And the city was broken up, and all the men of war fled by night by the way of the gate between two walls, which is by the king’s garden: (now the Chaldees were against the city round about) and the king went the way toward the plain. And the army of the Chaldees pursued after the king, and overtook him in the plains of Jericho: and all his army were scattered from him. So they took the king, and brought him up to the king of Babylon to Riblah; and they gave judgment upon him. And they slew the sons of Zedekiah before his eyes, and put out the eyes of Zedekiah, and bound him with fetters of brass, and carried him to babylon. And in the fifth month, on the seventh day of the month, which is the nineteenth year of king Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, came Nubuzar-adan, captain of the guard, a servant of the king of Babylon, unto Jerusalem: and he burnt the house of the Lord, and the king’s house, and all the houses of Jerusalem, and every great man’s house burnt he with fire. And all the army of the Chaldees, that were with the captain of the guard, brake down the walls of Jerusalem round about. Now the rest of the people that were left in the city, and the fugitives that fell away to the king of Babylon, with the remnant of the multitude, did Nebuzar-Adan the captain of the guard Cary away. But the captain of the guard left of the poor of the land to be vinedressers and husband men” (2 Kings 25:1-12).
The words which we find written in the twenty-fifth chapter of the Old Testament book of Second Kings present us with the tremendous reality that there was a time period prior to the days of Jesus the Christ when the city of Jerusalem would be surrounded by armies and enemies, and when the city would be besieged by an enemy greater and stronger than itself. It would be during the days of the ancient prophet Jeremiah that the city of Jerusalem would be surrounded by enemies, when an army would be encamped against it, and when a famine would take hold of the city during that time. Even the prophet Jeremiah spoke of the destruction of the city of Jerusalem and the siege that was set against it in the thirty-ninth chapter of the prophetic book which bears his name. Beginning with the eighth verse of this particular chapter you will find the following words: “And the Chaldeans burned the king’s house, and the houses of the people, with fire, and break down the walls of Jerusalem. Then Nebuzar-Adan the captain of the guard carried away captive into Babylon the remnant of the people that remained in the dirty, and those that fell away, that fell to him, with the rest of the people that remained. But Nebuzar-Adan the captain of the guard left of the poor of the people, which had nothing, in the land of Judah, and gave them vineyards and fields at the same time” (Jeremiah 39:8-10).
It’s interesting and worth noting how Jesus spoke unto the disciples when they asked Him concerning the signs of the time, as well as concerning the signs of His coming that the days would come when the city of Jerusalem would be besieged, when armies would surround it, and when the city itself would be broken up and be utterly and completely destroyed. When Jesus was asked concerning the signs of His coming, as well as concerning the signs of the end of days and the last days, He emphatically spoke of the great destruction that would come upon and befall the city of Jerusalem—a destruction that would not only consume the entire city, but would also bring about the destruction of the buildings and houses of prominence. The city of Jerusalem would be in this place before, for during the days of the prophet Jeremiah the city of Jerusalem would be surrounded by the army of the Chaldeans, and it would be laid siege to by the same army in order that it might ultimately and inevitably be taken and utterly destroyed. It is incredibly intriguing to think about and consider the fact that Jesus spoke of and foretold a future and coming destruction of Jerusalem—one that would take place less than forty years after that time—and how there would not be left one stone upon another that would not be cast down. Jesus knew that the days were coming when the city of Jerusalem would be besieged by a great army, and when enemies would be at the gate and outside the walls. Jesus knew that the days were coming when Jerusalem would be faced with enemies outside its walls seeking to enter in, invade the city, and completely and utterly destroy it. Jesus. Knew that the city of Jerusalem would ultimately and inevitably find itself dealing with an army and enemy that was much stronger and mightier than itself, and would find itself facing utter destruction and devastation. The words which Jesus the Christ spoke not only spoke to the future destruction of the city of Jerusalem—one that would take place less than forty years from that time—but it also looked back to the previous destruction of Jerusalem, which took place during the days of the prophet Jeremiah. In other words, Jerusalem had been no stranger to devastation and destruction, for centuries earlier Jerusalem would find itself surrounded by a different army in the Chaldeans—an army that would lay siege to the city, and would ultimately and inevitably utterly and completely destroy all the houses and buildings of prominence within the city, as well as the Temple of the living God. Jesus was undoubtedly aware of the fact that there once stood a different Temple on the Temple Mount which itself was burned to the ground by fire, and how the Temple which now stood on the Temple Mount would itself be burnt with fire. IN THE FUTURE DESTRUCTION WE SEE GLIMPSE OF A PREVIOUS DESTRUCTION!
What I find to be so incredibly interesting concerning the words which Jesus spoke unto the disciples is that not only did He speak of the future destruction fo the city of Jerusalem—one that would take place less than forty years from that point in time—but Jesus would also speak of the signs which would not only point to, but also usher in His coming and return. If you ready and study the words which are found in this passage of Scripture you will find that Jesus didn’t merely speak of the destruction of the city of Jerusalem, as well as the destruction of the Temple of the living God which stood in the midst of the city, but Jesus also spoke of the signs which would point to His coming, as well as the Last Days and end of time. If you read the words which were spoken by Jesus on this particular occasion you will find Him speaking of distinct realities concerning the Last Days, and distinct characteristics of the Last Days which would point to the reality that His coming and return were nearer than we think. What would begin with Jesus speaking concerning the Temple and the stones of the buildings being cast down would eventually and ultimately transition to Jesus speaking forth and revealing signs concerning the signs which would point to and reveal the signs of His coming, as well as the Last Days—days which required a great amount of discernment, knowledge, wisdom and understanding within the hearts of the saints and disciples of the living God. What we must recognize concerning the words which Jesus spoke unto His disciples during at at this time is that He spoke of different signs which would serve as a means to prepare ourselves and make ourselves ready for that which was to come. When speaking unto the disciples Jesus began by speaking and warning concerning deception which would be rampant and widespread during those days before transitioning to speaking of natural disasters which would lay hold of the earth. What’s more, is Jesus would go on to speak of one of the enemy’s greatest tactics in the end days—namely, the persecution of the saints in what I would describe as a war of attrition, which was meant to wear the saints down. Furthermore, you will find Jesus go on to speak about signs which would unfold and take place in the heavens and would speak unto men concerning the days in which they are living. After speaking a parable which was meant to warn and prepare them for these coming days, Jesus would conclude His words and remarks by issuing another warning and word of caution unto His disciples—both His disciples during those days, as well as the disciples which would follow thereafter. Consider if you will the words which Jesus spoke unto his disciples, which would point to His coming and imminent return:
“…Take heed that ye be not deceived: for many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and the time draweth near: go ye not therefore after them. But when ye shall hear of wars and commotions, be not terrified: for these things must first come to pass; but the end is not by and by” (Luke 21:8-9).
“…Nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilence; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven” (Luke 21:10-11).
“But before all these, they shall lay their hands on you, and persecute you, deriving you up to the synagogues, and into prisons, being brought before kings and rulers for my name’s sake. And it shall turn to you for a testimony. Settle it therefore in your hearts, not to meditate before what ye shall answer: for I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall not be able to gain say nor resist. And ye shall be betrayed both by parents, and brethren, and kinsfolks, and friends; and some of you shall they cause to be put to death. And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake. But there shall not an hair of your head perish. In your patience possess ye your souls” (Luke 21:12-19).
“And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth night” (Luke 21:25-28).
“And take heed to yourself, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares. For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth. Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man” (Luke 21:34-36).
In bringing this writing to a close, I can’t help but feel the great need to draw your attention to specific words of warning and words of caution which are presented within the words Jesus spoke unto His disciples. I am convinced and believe with everything that’s inside of me that while it might be easy to examine and even get caught up in the various signs of the times which point to the imminent coming and return of the Lord Jesus Christ, there are realities which are much greater and which press upon our hearts and souls even more than signs. There are countless men and women who would seek to understand the signs of the last days in order to explain them, teach them, write books about them, deliver podcasts about them, and the like, however, the truth of the matter is that if the signs don’t prepare your heart and soul for the days in which you are living, and if they don’t cause you make yourself ready for that which is unfolding in your generation, then the signs are absolutely and utterly meaningless within your life. If you read the words which Jesus spoke unto the disciples on this particular occasion you will not only find Him warning warning against deception which would be rampant in the last days, but thou will also find Him warning of persecution which would also lay hold of the saints and disciples of God in the last days. There is not a doubt in my mind that two of the greatest tactics and strategies of the enemy in the last days to distract and destroy men and women are deception and persecution. There is not a doubt in my mind that in the last days the enemy and adversary will flood the streets—even countless churches, ministries and organizations—with rampant and widespread deception in order that he might sweep away countless souls in false doctrine, false teaching, and false words. As if this weren’t enough, and if this doesn’t work, the enemy will resort to and use persecution, affliction and suffering to strike at the very hearts of men and women in the last days in order that he might bring about destruction and devastation within their lives through offense and bitterness. What’s more, is that if you read the words which are found in this particular chapter of the New Testament gospel of Luke, you will find Jesus also warning against allowing our hearts to be overcharged with surfeiting, drunkenness, and the cares of this life, so that the day of the Lord would come upon us as a snare. The words which Jesus spoke at the end of this particular occasion are absolutely remarkable and astounding and bring us face to face with the tremendous and awesome need for us to not only be prepared, but to also give ourselves to discernment within the last days. What’s more, is that we must carefully guard our hearts against those things that would distract us, and would even numb us to what is taking place before and around us in the last days. If there is one thing I would leave you with, and if there is one thing I would urge you to consider in light of everything that has been written, it’s that there is great need for us to not only be aware of what is taking place before and around us in these last days, but it is necessary to guard our hearts from the cares of this life, and from all the snares and traps which the enemy can and will use in the last days to utterly destroy us and cause this day to come upon us unaware as a snare upon an unsuspecting person or beast.