See that you are not troubled.


False prophets, as well as wars and rumors of wars, characterize the whole of the present age.  From the John MacArthur study Bible, notes for Matthew 24:6.

Even though we see chaos and confusion around us, the Lord’s Saints are not to be troubled.  Be encouraged that all of this was explained and taught to us beforehand (Mark 13:23), and therefore any storms should not come as any surprise whatsoever.

When we find ourselves in tumultuous times, the safest place to go for answers is God’s Word.  From the In Touch devotional by Charles Stanley, May 27, 2020.

How Will We Know?


Jesus will return to earth in the same manner in which He left (Acts 1:9-11; Daniel 7:13,14; Revelation 1:7). The psalmist said that God uses “clouds” as His chariot (Psalm 104:3), and Isaiah 19:1 pictures the Lord riding on a cloud.  Although these “clouds” could be natural, they more likely describe the supernatural “glory cloud” that represented God’s presence in Old Testament Israel.  While Christ possesses “great power and glory,” His return will be accompanied by visible manifestations of that power and glory – He will redeem the elect, restore the devastated earth, and establish His rule on earth.

Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for Mark 13:26.

Do Not Believe It


Satan will cause false christs to appear in an attempt to deceive the elect into leaving their places of refuge.  False teachers will claim that Christ is in their midst or is back in Jerusalem or elsewhere in Judea.

Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for Mark 13:21.

An Entirely New Existence


Believers will experience an entirely new existence in which they will have perfect spiritual relationships with everyone else.  Believers will be like angels in that they will be spiritual, eternal beings who will not die.

Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for Mark 12:25.