Both the disciples (Matthew 24:3) and Jesus refer to "the end" (Matthew 24:14). That means that there is a time appointed by God in which the world "as we know it" will come to an end. The terrifying events of the Last Days will usher in the glorious Second Coming of Jesus Christ to the earth (Matthew 24:29-31).
If we take no other comfort from the words of Jesus, we ought to rejoice that he clearly is the Lord of history and the master of all earthly circumstances. Because he is the Son of God, he could see clearly into the distant future. He knew about the wars that would ravage mankind, and he knew that his followers would be brutally attacked. He knew that many false messiahs would claim his name, and he also looked to a day when the true gospel would be spread across the earth. No wonder he could say, "See to it that you are not alarmed" (Matthew 24:6). That's a good word for times like these. The very next sentence reads: "Such things must happen." This is not a promise that we will be spared from suffering, but it is a declaration that hard times are foreknown by the Lord. They "must happen" because Almighty God has willed it so.
The world "as we know it" is coming to an end.
There are many things we know and many things we don't know about the future. This much is certain: Jesus is coming again. And his return may be sooner than we think.
Jesus is coming. Are you ready?
Taken from "What Will Be the Sign of Your Coming?" by Keep Believing Ministries (used by permission).