Often we read the Bible without noticing whom Jesus is talking to. The audience may be the crowd, or the enemy, or the believers: those who want to follow Jesus, or those who already follow Him, or those whom He has called to follow Him and they have responded positively. Of course often He is talking to His first twelve disciples or the 72 whom He calls, disciples too and sends out for short mission trips. Today we read the very important chapter of Matthew 24 in which Jesus foretells the future.
Who are the audience? His disciples. What does He wants His disciples to take heed? What shall we take heed today? The answers that Jesus has given are:
Be wise, faithful, pay attention, be discerning spiritually, flow in the gifts of the Holy Spirit, see the unseen behind the seen, have the words of God inside, not be troubled by the external adverse circumstances, be separate from them and flee when the time comes to do so, be ready for the return of Jesus, and meanwhile continue to be faithful to feed the brethren in Christ with solid food from the Bible (the word that will not perish).
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Bible verses are quoted in parts with added boldness.
Then Jesus went out and departed from the temple, and His disciples came up to show Him the buildings of the temple.
2 And Jesus said to them, “Do you not see all these things? Assuredly, I say to you, not one stone shall be left here upon another, that shall not be thrown down.”
The Signs of the Times and the End of the Age
3 Now 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 end of the age?”
4 And Jesus answered and said to them: “Take heed that no one deceives you.
6 And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled;
9 “Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake.
15 “Therefore when you see the ‘abomination of desolation spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place” (whoever reads, let him understand), 16 “then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains.
20 And pray that your flight may not be in winter or on the Sabbath. 21 For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be. 22 And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved; but for the elect’s sake those days will be shortened.
23 “Then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘There!’ do not believe it. 24 For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. 25 See, I have told you beforehand.
26 “Therefore if they say to you, ‘Look, He is in the desert!’ do not go out; or ‘Look, He is in the inner rooms!’ do not believe it.
32 “Now learn this parable from the fig tree: When its branch has already become tender and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near. 33 So you also, when you see all these things, know that it[d] is near—at the doors! 34 Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all these things take place. 35 Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.
44 Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.
45 “Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his master made ruler over his household, to give them food in due season? 46 Blessed is that servant whom his master, when he comes, will find so doing. 47 Assuredly, I say to you that he will make him ruler over all his goods.