Recognizing the signs of the times
Recognizing the signs of the time
The religious leaders demanded a sign from Jesus because they didn’t recognize the signs of the times. The religious leaders wanted to trap Jesus by asking him for a sign from heaven. The motivation for this was not out of faith but an attempt to trap him so that the ministry God was doing through him would discredited and they maintain power as the religious leaders. They remember the past when the LORD did signs in the heaven. The sun stood still for Joshua and Israel when conquering the promise land. The Lord sent manna from heaven to feed Israel while in the wilderness. Moses told the people what they were to do with it. The Lord cause it to thunder to verify Samuel’s message to the nation of Israel. The Lord turned the clock backwards for Hezekiah through Isaiah his messenger. God sent fire from heaven to destroy the messengers that Ahaziah sent to Elijah. These religious leaders refused to accept the signs that he was doing in the lives of people. Jesus’ response to them was that they knew how to interpret the signs of the changing weather but that they couldn’t interpret the signs of the times concerning Jesus. The religious leaders should have studied the Old Testament to see what had already taken place. Daniel’s prophecy concerning the rising of the fourth kingdom which would be the Romans Empire had taken place. The prophecy concerning the messenger who would go before the Lord to prepare the way in the Spirit and power of Elijah was fulfilled in John the Baptist. Jesus was born in Bethlehem the city of David. The signs and miracles that Jesus was doing was confirming that He was the Messiah-the Son of God in their presence. Yet they didn’t have eyes of faith to see what the Lord was doing. Jesus calls this group of religious leaders an evil and adulterous generation because they didn’t walk by faith. He reinforced to them the only sign that would be given to them was the sign of Jonah. His death burial and resurrection would fulfill the promises concerning the Messiah. As believers and followers of Jesus Christ we need to recognize the signs of the times. The second coming of Jesus Christ is closer than it has ever been. What the Scriptures say about the nations during a time of iron and clay is true concerning Daniels prophecy. We are living in that time. The kingdom of God will continue to grow stronger. The persecution of the Church is increasing. The nation of Israel is being solidified. Let us recognize the signs of the times and share the good that Jesus Christ is the only one who can save us from our sins and cause us to be born again.