When some were talking about the Temple, remarking how it was adorned with fine stonework and votive offerings, Jesus said, ‘All these things you are staring at now – the time will come when not a single stone will be left on another: everything will be destroyed.’ And they put to him this question: ‘Master,’ they said ‘when will this happen, then, and what sign will there be that this is about to take place?’
‘Take care not to be deceived,’ he said ‘because many will come using my name and saying, “I am he” and, “The time is near at hand.” Refuse to join them. And when you hear of wars and revolutions, do not be frightened, for this is something that must happen but the end is not so soon.’ Then he said to them, ‘Nation will fight against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be great earthquakes and plagues and famines here and there; there will be fearful sights and great signs from heaven.’
Jesus in our gospel today was asked WHEN will be the end, and WHAT are the signs of the end times?
Instead of answering the question, Jesus indicated that it is not a QUESTION of WHEN or WHAT, but it is rather a QUESTION of HOW should we prepare for it. He said two things we would do: First that we would not be deceived by the false messiahs; second that we would not join in the company of the false messiahs. In our time, we already have heard or even had walked with some false messiahs. Jesus warns us again to identify the false messiahs from the only TRUE one. No other but Jesus is the true one. If there is someone who would claim to be the messiah but are refusing to acknowledge our only LORD and Saviour and is spreading a false hope and promises, we’d better stay away from that person.
But how to identify the false from the true?
Well it all goes back to our relationship with Jesus. How real and how true are we in our relationship with Jesus? Is he our friend? Or is he a nuisance in our lives? The more real and true our relationship with him, the more we’ll recognize the false messiah and the false prophecies, from the true one.