Jesus prophesied of the destruction of Jerusalem, and the disciples asked when it would happen. Part of His answer included this,
“And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of sorrows” (Matthew 24:6-8).
Most people today quote the beginning of verse 6 when they hear in the news of modern warfare, concluding that this must be the end of the world.
However, Jesus spoke of the destruction of Jerusalem and the Jewish sacrificial system, but then He added that the end would not be yet. All the reports of war did not signal the end. There would be worldwide trouble as the Lord was preparing to demolish His once beloved city, and as He was preparing to crush the whole system that had been in place for roughly fifteen-hundred years.