Luke 21:9 NKJV But when you hear of wars and commotions, do not be terrified; for these things must come to pass first, but the end will not come immediately.
Luke 21:11 NKJV And there will be great earthquakes in various places, and famines and pestilences; and there will be fearful sights and great signs from heaven.
Though most Christians universally agree that Jesus was speaking about the destruction of Jerusalem in 70AD, many believe that He was also speaking of the climate of the world prior to his second coming. Regardless of how you interpret the Scripture, Jesus’ advice not to fear still holds true.
We live in a volatile world with wars and commotions erupting constantly around the globe. In addition, the frequency of earthquakes and other natural disasters are also on the rise. The nightly news is constantly filled with armed conflicts, civil unrest, and devastating storms, all of which are fearful sights. Still we do not need to fear. Jesus knew they would take place.
No matter how you interpret the passages in Luke 21 or Matthew 24, the Lord is not surprised. He is the Alpha & the Omega, the beginning and the end. He saw your present circumstance before you were ever in it. He saw the decisions lawmakers and world leaders would make and nothing surprises Him. That’s good news for us. That means that our loving Father knew what would take place and is working to lead away from harm before we get in it. For the circumstances beyond our decision making control, we have promises that He has provided a way of escape (1Cor 10:13).
So listen to Jesus, “…do not be terrified.” Jesus isn’t surprised of the circumstance and He has a plan for you to bring you through it in victory.
“If we let things terrify us, life will not be worth living.” –Seneca