A Double Prophecy

Luke 21: 5-11
Dn 2:31-45 / Dn 3

As for what you see here, the time will come when not one stone will be left on another; every one of them will be thrown down.
(Luke 21:6)

No stone upon a stone or throne
Can last on earth in God’s design,
Have faith, the Word of God alone
Will stand until the end of time.

Some of His disciples were remarking about how the temple was adorned with beautiful stones and with gifts dedicated to God. But Jesus said, “As for what you see here, the time will come when not one stone will be left on another; every one of them will be thrown down.” His disciples asked, “Teacher, when will these things happen? And what will be the sign that they are about to take place?” He replied: “Watch out that you are not deceived. For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am he,’ and, ‘The time is near.’ Do not follow them. When you hear of wars and uprisings, do not be frightened. These things must happen first, but the end will not come right away.” Then he said to them: “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be great earthquakes, famines and plagues in various places, and fearful events and great signs from heaven.” (Luke 21:5-11)

Reflection

Nothing lasts long on this earth. Not the most powerful kingdom, not the strongest temple, not even the greatest religion. Only the Word of God lasts until the end of time. The words that our Lord spoke were strange to the ears of His generation – but only because they were meant for all future generations of mankind to profit by. The irony is, they had the Savior in their midst, but they could not comprehend His words of salvation, while we– thousands of years later—can clearly see that Jesus Christ is our eternal salvation. The Jews in His time could not accept His teaching – they had their temple, massive and magnificent, upon which they could put their faith. But just as Jesus had predicted, their great temple was totally destroyed, and the Jewish nation dispersed when “nations (rose) against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.” (Lk.21:10)

We believe in these Holy Words of Scriptures because they are the Word of God Himself. History bears out the fact that all of the predictions of Jesus happened to the Jewish nation and their great temple (which they believed was imperishable). But our Lord was not merely talking about the destruction of the Jewish nation. He was also warning us about His second coming. This apocalyptic discourse is found in the book of Revelation, which speaks about the coming Judgment Day. Already the signs of the coming “end times” have started. Powerful earthquakes, wars, famines, and plagues have happened throughout the world. And, as He predicted, “. . . many will come in My name, saying ‘I am he,’ and ‘The time has come.’” While many are led astray by these false prophets, others in the true Church still do not take these dire warnings seriously, and continue in their sinful ways. Sadly, only a few are blessed to take the Word of God to heart, and strive to sanctify their days. You, my friend are one of the favored ones. Your taking the time to read this reflection proves it.

We thank You, Father for Your Word that has made us steadfast in following Your beloved Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. Grant us the grace to persevere amidst the chaos and deceptions of the world. Amen.

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