“And the Good News about the Kingdom will be preached throughout the whole world, so that all nations[a] will hear it; and then the end will come.” Matthew 24:14
Are we passively to enjoy the life of the Kingdom while we wait for the Lord to return and complete all things? Yes, we are to wait, but not passively. Perhaps the most important single verse in the Word of God for God’s people today is the scripture verse quoted above.
Many have conducted conferences and offered messages that search Bible prophecy and scan the news to understand the signs of the times. Such searching is to decide how near the end we are. This verse above gives the clearest statement in God’s Word about the time of our Lord’s coming.
At the start of chapter 24, we find the disciples admiring the magnificent temple. Jesus announced that temple would be destroyed, which provoked the question —
“Tell us, when will all this happen? What sign will signal your return and the end of the world?” – Matthew 34:3
Believers will suffer hatred so long as This Age lasts. People will stumble and deliver up one another. False prophets will arise, iniquity will abound and the love of many will grow cold.
This is a dark picture, but this is what’s expected of an age under the rulers of this darkness. However, the picture is not one of unrelieved darkness and evil.
We’re caught up in a great struggle — the conflict of the ages. God’s Kingdom works in this world through the power of the gospel.