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The End of the World

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A Sermon on Luke 21:34-36

Watch Yourselves

“But watch yourselves lest your hearts be weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and cares of this life, and that day come upon you suddenly like a trap. For it will come upon all who dwell on the face of the whole earth. But stay awake at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that are going to take place, and to stand before the Son of Man.” (ESV)

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How will this world come to an end? The Bible teaches that Jesus will return in glory to judge the earth and consummate all things. Jesus tells us that we will not know the day or the hour of his coming, and for this reason we are to be ever faithful and vigilant to live as Christians called to be holy. However, some have ignored this teaching and attempt to predict when Jesus will return. This leads to speculation and creates division in the church. Working from Luke 21:34-36, Dr. Lloyd-Jones says that the biblical answer is to trust that Jesus will be faithful to his word to return and complete the salvation of all believers. The church is to look to Christ to make the world new at his coming and set all things right. This is our hope amidst the many trials and hardships that come from living in a fallen world. We are beset by the schemes of the devil from the outside, and from our sinful desires from within. This is why we ought not to trust in ourselves, but only in Christ Jesus. Because at his coming he will judge the whole world in righteousness and truth. Those who are still in sin and rebellion will be condemned, but those that believe are saved through his righteousness.


Additional Scripture Translations

Luke 21:34-36, New American Standard Bible

34“But be on your guard, so that your hearts will not be weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of life, and that this day will not come on you suddenly, like a trap; 35for it will come upon all those who live on the face of all the earth. 36But stay alert at all times, praying that you will have strength to escape all these things that are going to take place, and to stand before the Son of Man.”

Luke 21:34-36, King James Version

34¶ And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares. 35For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth. 36Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.


About Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981) was a Welsh evangelical minister who preached and taught in the Reformed tradition. His principal ministry was at Westminster Chapel, in central London, from 1939-1968, where he delivered multi-year expositions on books of the bible such as Romans, Ephesians and the Gospel of John. In addition to the MLJ Trust’s collection of 1,600 of these sermons in audio format, most of these great sermon series are available in book form (including a 14 volume collection of the Romans sermons), as are other series such as "Spiritual Depression", "Studies in the Sermon on the Mount" and "Great Biblical Doctrines". He is considered by many evangelical leaders today to be an authority on biblical truth and the sufficiency of Scripture.