Matthew 24:1-8

Sunday, September 3rd, 2017

THE OLIVET DISCOURSE:

THE DESTRUCTION OF THE TEMPLE

AND THE FIRST HALF OF THE TRIBULATION

INTRODUCTION:

 

The Problems of the King includes the narrative about Jesus (19:3 - 23:39) which we have already looked at, the Olivet Discourse (24:1 - 25:46) which we are beginning with this message, and the concluding statement, Matthew 26:1-2(1) And it came to pass, when Jesus had finished all these sayings, he said unto his disciples, (2) Ye know that after two days is the feast of the Passover, and the Son of man is betrayed to be crucified.

 

In the Olivet Discourse Jesus predicts the destruction of the temple (24:1-2), the first half of the tribulation (24:3-14), the great tribulation (24:15-28), and the second coming of Christ (24:29-31). Also included are the parable of the fig tree (24:32-35), the fact that the day and hour of Christ’s return are unknown (24:36-44), the parable of the wise and the evil servants (24:45-51), the parable of the ten virgins (25:1-13), the parable of the talents (25:14-30), and the judgment of the sheep and the goats (25:31-46).

We see that –

    I.     JESUS PREDICTS THE DESTRUCTION OF THE TEMPLE – 24:1-2

 

Matthew 24:1 And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to shew him the buildings of the temple..

 

And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple suggests after Jesus went out and was going away from (i.e. departing from or proceeding away from) the temple.

 

And his disciples refers to His 12 apostles.

 

Came to him is approached (Him).

 

For to show him the buildings of the temple is in order to show Him the buildings of the temple.

 

Matthew 24:2 And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.

 

And Jesus said unto them is and Jesus said to them (i.e. to His disciples, i.e. the twelve apostles).

 

The structure of see ye not all these things? indicates that a yes answer is implied. It is understood in the sense of you see all these things, don’t you? and implies yes, you do.

 

Verily I say unto you is truly I (Jesus) am saying to you (disciples).

 

There shall not be left here one stone upon another suggests a stone will in no wise (or will absolutely not) be left (or remain) here on a stone.

 

Not is the strongest negative in the Greek language.

 

That shall not be thrown down, where that refers to stone, is which will not be thrown down.

 

Once again, not is the strongest negative in the Greek language.

 

It indicates that the buildings of the temple will be completely demolished.

We also see –

  II.     THE FIRST HALF OF THE TRIBULATION – 24:3-14

 

Matthew 24:3 And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?

 

And as he sat upon the mount of Olives is and while He (i.e. Jesus) was sitting on the Mount of Olives.

 

The disciples came unto him privately is the disciples (i.e. Jesus’ apostles) approached Him privately.

 

Saying introduces what they asked Him in the sense of and were saying or and were asking.

 

Tell us indicates that they want Jesus to answer the questions they are about to ask.

 

The first question is, When shall these things be? Matthew does not answer this question, but Luke does in Luke 21:20-24 .

 

Luke 21:20-24 – (20) And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with (i.e. surrounded by) armies, then know that the desolation thereof (i.e. its devastation or its destruction) is nigh (i.e. is near). (21) Then let them which are in Judaea flee to the mountains; and let them which are in the midst of it depart out; and let not them that are in the countries enter thereinto. (22) For these be the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled. (23) But woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck, in those days! for there shall be great distress in the land, and wrath upon this people. (24) And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.

 

The Roman armies will surround Jerusalem in A.D. 70 and destroy it.

 

The second question is, And what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?

 

The sign suggests the distinguishing mark by which something is known in the sense of the indication.

 

Of thy coming is of Your advent (or arrival).

 

And of the end of the world is and of the completion (or close) of the age.

 

Matthew 24:4 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.

 

Although Matthew does not record Jesus’ answer the apostles’ first question, he proceeds to record Jesus’ answer their second question.

 

And Jesus answered and said unto them suggests Jesus answered and declared to them (i.e. to His disciples, the twelve apostles).

 

What Jesus said is, Take heed that no man deceive you.

 

Take heed is be watching out or be taking care.

 

That no man deceive you is that no one (or nobody) mislead you (twelve apostles) or lest someone mislead you.

 

Matthew 24:5 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.

 

For many shall come in my name suggests because many will come pretending to be Me.

 

Many is a large, but indeterminate, number.

 

Saying, I am Christ is saying, I am the Christ (or I am the Messiah).

 

And shall deceive many is and they will deceive (or mislead) many.

 

There is a similarity in Matthew 24:4-8 with the first six seals in Revelation of Jesus Christ 6 . Note the similarity in verse 5 with the first seal in Revelation of Jesus Christ 6:1-2 where the Antichrist is the first seal.

 

Revelation of Jesus Christ 6:1-2 – (1) And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, Come and see. (2) And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer.

 

This is the Antichrist.

 

Matthew 24:6 And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.

 

And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars is and you will hear about wars and reports of wars.

 

See that is see to it that, pay attention that, or watch out that.

 

Ye be not troubled suggests you not be inwardly aroused, disturbed, or frightened.

 

For all these things must come to pass indicates the reason they should not be troubled.

 

All these things refers to the wars and reports of wars.

 

Must come to pass is must happen, must take place, or must occur.

 

But introduces a statement in strong contrast to all (these things) must come to pass.

 

The end is not yet means that it is not yet the close (or the conclusion) of the age.

 

Matthew 24:7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.

 

For introduces a further explanation of verse 6.

 

For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom indicates that nations and kingdoms will go to war against other nations and kingdoms.

 

There is a similarity in verses 6-7a with the second seal in Revelation of Jesus Christ 6:3-4 where there is warfare.

 

Revelation of Jesus Christ 6:3-4 – (3) And when he had opened the second seal, I heard the second beast say, Come and see. (4) And there went out another horse that was red: and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword.

 

And there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.

 

Famines occur when there is too little food supply for the people with the result that many people have too little to eat.

 

Similarly, in the third seal in Revelation of Jesus Christ 6:5-6 there is famine.

 

Revelation of Jesus Christ 6:5-6 – (5) And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast say, Come and see. And I beheld, and lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand. (6) And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine.

 

Pestilences are plagues or diseases.

 

Death and martyrdom are the fourth and fifth seals in Revelation of Jesus Christ 6:7-11 .

 

Revelation of Jesus Christ 6:7-11 – (7) And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see. (8) And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth. (9) And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held: (10) And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth? (11) And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.

 

Earthquakes are violent shakings of the earth.

 

In divers places is in various places, from place to place or in place after place.

 

Similarly, the sixth seal is an earthquake in Revelation of Jesus Christ 6:12-14 .

 

Revelation of Jesus Christ 6:12-14 – (12) And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood; (13) And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind. (14) And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places.

 

Matthew 24:8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.

 

All these is all these things and refers to the wars, rumors of wars, famines, pestilences, and earthquakes mentioned in verses 6-7.

 

Are the beginning of sorrows refers to the first half of the tribulation.

 

The beginning refers to the start of something which will be ongoing.

 

Of sorrows suggests of woes as a prelude to the second coming of Christ.

 

These verses about wars, rumors of wars, famines, pestilences, and earthquakes are not speaking about present-day wars, rumors of wars, famines, pestilences, and earthquakes occurring before the rapture. These are things that will occur during the first half of the tribulation which begins with the rapture. They are not signs that the rapture is coming soon. There are no signs for the rapture. The rapture is imminent, which means that it could come at any moment.

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