In response to the disciples question about “when will these things happen and what will be the signs when all these things about to happen,” Jesus in reply redirected the disciples futuristic mindset toward present obedience saying two things: Do not be deceived that perjurers multiply and do not be frightened that panics intensify, admonishing them that signs do not presage the end.
Do not be Deceived that Perjurers Multiply
And Jesus began to say to them, “See to it that no one misleads you. 6“Many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am He!’ and will mislead many. —Mark 13:5-6
Stay focus on Your Present Obedience against future speculations because false impressions are self-inflicting.
Stay focus on Your Doctrine because greater treats are not coming from without but within the household of faith.
Do not be Frightened that Panics Intensifies
“When you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be frightened; those things must take place; but that is not yet the end. 8“For nation will rise up against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; there will be earthquakes in various places; there will also be famines. These things are merely the beginning of birth pangs. —Mark 13:7-8
The End is Yet to Come, Life must go On concentrating on watchfulness and faithfulness in the present.
The Beginning of what Lies beyond is Coming with much more—and much worse suffering, fear, and trembling.
With all these things, the new social order emerging will validate the character of the church rather than annihilate her existence. The realities of the already not yet events of the kingdom of God are in full display. Pay attention, stand firm!