What Jesus Really Said – When These Things Begin to Come to Pass, Look Up

Speculators like JD Farag have been really latching onto what Jesus stated in Luke 21:28:

And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.

The question is, “what things”? What was Jesus referring to that would begin to come to pass, thus heralding their redemption?

To get the answer, you don’t have to look very far. Obviously they are the things that Jesus had just told them about in the previous verses. And Speculators are quick to point out that we are seeing these things mentioned of the Lord:

  • Threats of war and unrest in the world (vs 10)
  • Great earthquakes in various places (vs 11)
  • Famines and pestilences (vs 11)
  • Fearful sights and great signs from heaven (some teach that the eclipses, meteors and star patterns portend these things in vs 11)
  • In increase of hatred for Christianity or the Bible (vs 17)
  • Signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars (vs 25)
  • Upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity (vs 25)
  • The sea and the waves roaring – hurricanes (vs 25)

We are told by the Speculators that these things ARE in fact beginning to come to pass, all at once, and therefore our redemption – that is, the rapture – is nigh (or “near”).

Let’s put aside the fact that all of these things are fairly routine and nobody really has any proof that they have increased since Jesus spoke these words, nor do they have any data that suggest how much they will increase before the end. 

The real weakness of this pervasive teaching is that Jesus mentioned many other things in the same passage that clearly NO Speculator would claim has “begun to come to pass”. Not even remotely.

  • Unbelieving, apostate Jews giving up Christians to be imprisoned and beaten for their faith (vs 12). In fact, according to Jesus, this was to happen BEFORE all of the earthquakes, wars and rumors, etc.
  • Along with this persecution, Jesus stated that He “will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay nor resist” (vs 15). I have yet to see even one example of this happening anywhere in the world, let alone an increase in frequency.
  • Jesus also insinuates that supernatural protection would accompany the new Christians as they were being persecuted (vs 18).
  • Jerusalem literally under siege (vs 20). If this were beginning to come to pass, where is the mass exodus of Jews out of Judea that Jesus commands in verse 21? I am sure the Speculators’ answer will be that this is beginning to come to pass with various nations threatening Israel, or turning their backs on them via the UN. Fine. Then you aren’t reading verse 20 literally, because that speaks of an actual, physical siege on the city.
  • If the siege in verse 20 is being carried out today, then we should logically next see “Jerusalem trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled”. Which is a real problem for futurists, because according to them we are already in the “time of the Gentiles” today – and that “time” will end at the rapture.
  • The powers of heaven shall be shaken (vs 26). I have never heard a single Speculator explain what that means, or how it is being played out today.
  • And finally, the Granddaddy of them all: Verse 27, the verse RIGHT BEFORE the one the Speculators love to quote: And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. When has this begun to come to pass, and why is it never mentioned?

The fact is, this was a literal conversation Jesus had, with His literal disciples, in front of the literal temple that stood in 33 AD. Jesus says the word “YOU” in the conversation over and over again. YOU means YOU, not THEM. When Jesus told the disciples that they would be persecuted for their faith, by their own Jewish brethren, He meant what He said. And we know that happened (Acts 8:1).

We also know supernatural things followed the disciples (Acts 5:12). The apostles routinely healed people (Acts 5:15, Acts 8) they were released from prison supernaturally (Acts 12, Acts 16). We know a great famine occurred at this same time (Acts 7:11). We also know that Jerusalem was literally besieged for around 3.5 years, from AD 66-AD 70, finally falling to the Romans. The destruction of the temple occurred as well, “in this generation” just as Jesus said it would.

10 thoughts on “What Jesus Really Said – When These Things Begin to Come to Pass, Look Up”

  1. So, by you falsely making these things an issue in regard to salvation, haven’t you done what these you are excoriating have done? The Bible never makes getting the timing of these things right a salvation issue. So any debate about the timing of these is an in-house debate. Not an, I’m saved because I belive the timing is this and you’re not because you believe something else, debate.

    Salvation is dependent upon a true and saving faith in Jesus. And since it can easily be shown that anyone who believes the doctrine of original sin has denied the doctrine of Christ, until that has been taken care of, that should be where the focus of one’s ministry should be. Because if people do not believe the doctrine of Christ 1John1:7-11 makes it clear that it won’t matter what they think the timing of these things in Luke21 is.

    1. Edwitness,

      Sorry to be so late in approving your comment. But where in this article did I state (or even hint) that these things were salvation issues?

      I do believe some of these people preach a false Gospel – one of escapism rather than being saved from their sins. But that isn’t in view in this post. Please explain.

  2. J. D. Farag is at it again. In his Oct. 31, 2021 Prophecy Update he said the Rapture will happen soon because all the signs are in place. Apparently he forgot what he said in the June 5, 2016 Prophecy Update when he said that when an mother was dilated at a 10 the baby was due shortly . Then he went on to say as far as the rapture was concerned we are at a 10. All I have to say if a mother was dilated at a 10 for over 5 years that baby would not survive just like J. D.’s phony rapture dates. Do you agree Bruce ?

  3. We are at the doors, please make yourself ready! In my prayer life to the LORD He has graciously shown me many things. In early Dec. of 2021 I felt compelled to ask Him just what is going on with worldwide plandemic upheaval, because it is to weird to be normal. He answered and said “go to Nebuchadnezzer’s dream. I didn’t think much of it for a another day or so because I new the dream. I was prompted again to go read (Daniel 2) so I studied it slowly. At 2 verse 43 kjv it says “And whereas thou sawest iron mixed with miry clay, they shall mingle themselves with the seed of men: but they shall not cleave one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay.
    I thought” ” who are they” ? then the LORD put in my mind “The demon powers” . That is what the fake vaccines are. They are demon DNA. But is saye’s they will not cleave to one another as iron cannot mix with clay. So this wicked experiment will not work. The next verse may add to your end time conversation “And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever.” I am quite astounded myself with this revelation. I hope this gives you some serious food for thought. Blessings in Christ!

  4. Bruce I need your opinion. On J D Fraga January 16, 2022 Prophecy Update he said ” If your Church promotes getting the vaccine or requiring it you should leave the Church. If that’s true people should leave his Church because he’s a false teacher! What do you think.

    1. I caught that as well. People should be able to make up their own minds about issues like the vaccines, and JD Farag as one with “spiritual authority” (for good or bad) is out of line for pressuring people.

      Absolutely people should leave his church. He is proving himself a false prophet and teacher with each passing week.

  5. I was listening to J D Farag Prophecy Update of 3/6/2022 titled I DON’T KNOW WHAT TO BELIEVE ANYMORE. Of all people to make a statement like that. A man who has made false prophecies for years. It should be titled I CAN’T BELIEVE WHAT J D SAY ANYMORE! Bruce correct me if I’m wrong.

    1. You are 100% right! I wondered that too. And when is he going to go behind the pulpit and apologize for being wrong about the vaccine mandates? I am putting some videos together about that on my Youtube channel.

  6. I was watching J D Farag Prophecy Update of 4/1/2022 and he read a story that Corrie Ten Boone had wrote. I found it interesting he would read something by Corrie Ten Boone because she hated the pretrib rapture teaching. In fact she said anyone that taught was a false teacher. J D needs to do his research better!!

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