Then he said to them: “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be great earthquakes, famines and pestilences in various places, and fearful events and great signs from heaven. But before all this, they will seize you and persecute you. They will hand you over to synagogues and put you in prison, and you will be brought before kings and governors, and all on account of my name. And so you will bear testimony to me.” (Luke 21:10-13)
Jesus predicts the Jewish/Roman war from 66 to 70 AD, the great Pompeii, Italy earthquake in 62 AD and a smaller earthquake when Jesus died. Josephus, a historian born a few years after Jesus was crucified, wrote much of what we know about the first century post Jesus. Thomas Coke’s commentary on the Bible (studylight.org) states: “Josephus, in his relation of the signs and prodigies which preceded the taking of Jerusalem, mentions that a star hung over the city like a sword, and a comet continued for a whole year; that the people being assembled to celebrate the feast of unleavened bread, at the ninth hour of the night, there shone so great a light about the altar and the temple, that it seemed to be bright day, and this continued for a half an hour.” Acts 11:28 tells us there was severe famine during the reign of Claudius (41-54 AD).
Jesus knows the future of his apostles. They will be seized, persecuted, and imprisoned before his predictions happen. When they are taken, He asks they tell others about Him.
Jesus knows our futures and His great plans for us. When we follow Him and use the power of His Holy Spirit, wonderful things will happen.
Dearest Father in Heaven, thank you for Your love. You know the possibilities within me and my capabilities with the power of Your Holy Spirit. Please advise and nudge me so I will fulfill the plans You have for my life. In Jesus’ precious and holy name, I pray. Amen.