Jesus foretells the destruction of the temple, the signs of the End of Days. Only God the Father knows when Jesus will return. So be vigilant!
VERSE 1. As he went out of the temple, one of his disciples said to him, “Teacher, see what kind of stones and what kind of buildings!”
stones … buildings. We humans are impressed by great construction projects.
VERSE 2. Jesus said to him, “Do you see these great buildings? There will not be left here one stone on another, which will not be thrown down.”
VERSE 3. As he sat on the Mount of Olives opposite the temple, Peter, James, John, and Andrew asked him privately,
asked him privately. These four were an “inner circle.” Sometimes they asked him questions privately.
VERSE 4. “Tell us, when will these things be? What is the sign that these things are all about to be fulfilled?”
VERSE 6. For many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am he!’ and will lead many astray.
VERSE 7. “When you hear of wars and rumors of wars, don’t be troubled. For those must happen, but the end is not yet.
VERSE 8. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in various places. There will be famines and troubles. These things are the beginning of birth pains.
VERSE 9. But watch yourselves, for they will deliver you up to councils. You will be beaten in synagogues. You will stand before rulers and kings for my sake, for a testimony to them.
first be preached. Before Jesus Christ returns in glory, we Christians must first take his gospel to every nation on earth. However, after two millennia, we have still not evangelized the whole world. We Christians have often been quite lukewarm about evangelizing the world. We have overlooked entire people-groups.
all the nations. What does it mean to preach the gospel to all the nations? Let’s say we wish to evangelize a city of 15 million. Let’s say a missionary team toils for several decades, and establishes a new church of 40 people. That would be an exemplery accomplishment. However, could we say that have successfully evangelized 15 million people? Probably not.
VERSE 11. When they lead you away and deliver you up, don’t be anxious beforehand, or premeditate what you will say, but say whatever will be given you in that hour. For it is not you who speak, but the Holy Spirit.
VERSE 12. “Brother will deliver up brother to death, and the father his child. Children will rise up against parents, and cause them to be put to death.
Jeremiah 9:4. “Everyone beware of his neighbor, and don’t trust in any brother; for every brother will utterly supplant, and every neighbor will go around like a slanderer.
VERSE 13. You will be hated by all men for my name’s sake, but he who endures to the end will be saved.
You will be hated by all. Jesus does not promise us an ideal storybook lifestyle. We will encounter hardship for the sake of the gospel. There will be persecution, possibly even from within our own families.
VERSE 14. But when you see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing where it ought not” (let the reader understand), “then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains,
the abomination. This denotes idolatry and its detestable practices.
of desolation. The abomination of desolation is the presence of an idolatrous person or object in the temple. It was so detestable that it caused the temple to be abandoned and left desolate.
An “abomination of desolation” had taken place in 167 B.C. The Syrian ruler Antiochus Epiphanies built an altar to the pagan Greek god Zeus over the altar of burnt offering. On it, he sacrificed a pig.
Jesus speaks of another “abomination of desolation.” Perhaps it was the occupation and profaning of the temple in 67- 68 A.D. by the Zealots. They installed a usurper named Phanni as the high priest. Jewish Christians were forced to flee to Pella.
standing where it ought not. That is, in the temple.
VERSE 15. and let him who is on the housetop not go down, nor enter in, to take anything out of his house.
VERSE 16. Let him who is in the field not return back to take his cloak.
VERSE 17. But woe to those who are with child and to those who nurse babies in those days!
VERSE 18. Pray that your flight won’t be in the winter.
VERSE 19. For in those days there will be oppression, such as there has not been the like from the beginning of the creation which God created until now, and never will be.
oppression. The Greek word is thlipsis. It means distress, tribulation.
VERSE 20. Unless the Lord had shortened the days, no flesh would have been saved; but for the sake of the chosen ones, whom he picked out, he shortened the days.
shortened the days. Is time itself sped up? Or is the number of days reduced?
VERSE 21. Then if anyone tells you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or, ‘Look, there!’ don’t believe it.
VERSE 22. For there will arise false christs and false prophets, and will show signs and wonders, that they may lead astray, if possible, even the chosen ones.
VERSE 24. But in those days, after that oppression, the sun will be darkened, the moon will not give its light,
VERSE 25. the stars will be falling from the sky, and the powers that are in the heavens will be shaken.
powers that are in the heavens. That is, the heavenly bodies.
will be shaken. This could refer to a destabilization of the cosmos. Or it could refer to a perturbation of the spiritual forces of evil.
VERSE 26. Then they will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory.
VERSE 27. Then he will send out his angels, and will gather together his chosen ones from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of the sky.
VERSE 28. “Now from the fig tree, learn this parable. When the branch has now become tender, and produces its leaves, you know that the summer is near;
VERSE 29. even so you also, when you see these things coming to pass, know that it is near, at the doors.
VERSE 30. Most certainly I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things happen.
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SUMMARY: Nobody knows when Jesus Christ will return. However, every few years, somebody claims they figured it out. They announce the date. Sadly, some Christians believe them. Harold Camping claimed that Judgment Day would happen on May 21, 2011. He was wrong. He was a false prophet. Jesus Christ warns us against being taken in such frauds.
VERSE 32. But of that day or that hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.
only the Father. God the Father is the only one who knows when Jesus Christ will return in glory. Here are some other verses that bear witness to this reality:
Deuteronomy 18:20. But the prophet who speaks a word presumptuously in my name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or who speaks in the name of other gods, that same prophet shall die.
Not every self-proclaimed prophet is authorized by God. A false prophet is dangerous. In ancient days, the community was required to put him to death. Even if a false prophet is sincere, the sad truth is that he fills people with false hopes based on a lie.
Deuteronomy 18:22. When a prophet speaks in the LORD’s name, if the thing doesn’t follow, nor happen, that is the thing which the LORD has not spoken. The prophet has spoken it presumptuously. You shall not be afraid of him.
If his prophecy does NOT happen, we can be certain that the message was NOT from God. Do not fear a false prophet. Do not fear his prophecy.
Jeremiah 23:16. The LORD of Hosts says, “Don’t listen to the words of the prophets who prophesy to you. They teach you vanity. They speak a vision of their own heart, and not out of the mouth of the LORD.”
Do NOT listen to them. They fill people with false hopes. They speak from their own minds. They do not speak from the mind of God.
Matthew 24:4. Jesus answered them, “Be careful that no one leads you astray.”
People will indeed try to mislead us. Its inevitable that people will make predictions like this. But keep in mind that they are charlatans.
Matthew 24:36. But no one knows of that day and hour, not even the angels of heaven, but my Father only.
If even Jesus himself does not know when Judgment Day will happen, neither will any of us, including Harold Camping and his radio station and his website, WeCanKnow.com.
Matthew 24:44. Therefore also be ready, for in an hour that you don’t expect, the Son of Man will come.
Judgment Day will happen when we’re not expecting it. It won’t have a website and thousands of volunteers announcing it to the world.
Matthew 25:13. Watch therefore, for you don’t know the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming.
Jesus himself says we don’t know when it will happen.
VERSE 34. “It is like a man, traveling to another country, having left his house, and given authority to his servants, and to each one his work, and also commanded the doorkeeper to keep watch.
VERSE 35. Watch therefore, for you don’t know when the lord of the house is coming, whether at evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or in the morning;
VERSE 36. lest coming suddenly he might find you sleeping.
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