Today in 2020, we are approaching civil war. Throughout the course of history, we can always find terrible events that have affected civilization. Few people realize the tribulation the South faced after our own War Between the States. Under military rule, property was taken and blacks were given political positions without proper elections. Poverty was a way of life for many decades in the South. Yet, all these events are minor compared to the tribulation that whites have faced in the war against Germany. Where is justice for the Germans?
In our passage, Jesus described the destruction of Jerusalem as one of the troubles that would happen before His coming. We see in this passage, Jesus’ depiction of fleeing refugees before the Roman army when they attacked in 70 AD. The word “then” in our text is emphasizing this time of stress. We should also consider it a time of unusual trouble, as we have seen during the 20th century. This could mean that our Lord’s redemption is near, for certainly we need His deliverance once again, as we see evil prosper at every hand. “And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh” (Lk. 21:28). This is Luke’s advice during horrendous times.