Study of Matthew 24:1-14 ~ My answers to BSF study questions
Scripture reference links in this post are from the New American Standard Bible.
3. a. Matthew 24:2 Truly I tell you, not one stone here will be left on another; every one will be thrown down.
b. Luke 21:7 The disciples asked, “Teacher, so when will these things be? And what will be the sign when these things are about to take place?””
c. Matthew 24:3 includes a different phrase following the word “sign”: …sign of Your coming and of the end of the age?”
d. Challenge question—
Destruction of the temple as prophesied by Jesus occurred In AD 70 at the hands of the Romans under Titus.
It’s Interesting how often God showed mercy by delaying judgment for a period of forty years. According to the historian Josephus, this event occurred forty years after the ministry of John the Baptist.
4. a. Luke 21:5-36—
- Jesus’ followers will be persecuted, imprisoned, betrayed by family members, and even killed. There will also be opportunity to witness under the power of the Holy Spirit. This will happen BEFORE the other things mentioned. Luke 21:12-19
- Destruction of the temple in Jerusalem—”not one stone will left on top of another.” Luke 21:6 I think the passage about the destruction of Jerusalem in Luke 21: 20-24 occurs at the same time. Matthew Henry’s Commentary says over one million Jews were killed at that time.
- Age of deception, wars, and rebellions—”Indeed, these things must take place first, but the end won’t come right away. (HCSB)” Luke 21:9
- Coming of the Son of Man—Great signs in the sun, moon, and stars which likely provoke roaring seas and waves. Calamities of such magnitude cause people to die of fear. But we should not fear. On the contrary, we should look up, “because our redemption is near.” Luke 21:25-28 As I mentioned earlier, we have seen many of these devastating signs in recent years.
b. Luke 21:24 — The phrases “to all nations” and “until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled” sound like Jesus’ return will be many years later. Of course, it’s easy to read it that way now.
5. a. Troubles Jesus said would come:
- Wars and rebellions—Ukraine, Syria, North Korea, Iraq
- Earthquakes—Japan was the most recent devastating example. The tsunami and ongoing damaged nuclear reactor situation…
- Famines—I had to Google famines because the most recent one that came to mind was Ethiopia. I see it is on the list at least three times. Somalia has also been in the news. In my lifetime, Africa has been hit repeatedly. I also notice, war and bad governance were to blame in many of the famines. Not just a lack of rain.
- Hatred and persecution of believers in all nations. not just pagan countries.
b. What did Jesus say would happen before the end will come?
- Many will falsely claim to be the Messiah.
- Signs in the sun, moon and stars
- Nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea. (Tsunamis?)
- People will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world. (So many people suffering from depression and so many suicides)
- The heavenly bodies will be shaken.
- This generation will not pass away until all these things (which includes the coming of the Son of Man) have happened.
c. I’m not sure if the question is asking how I see it happening now or how I see it happening in the future? Since a previous question asked for current events, I’m going with future.
I don’t subscribe to the pre-tribulation rapture of believers. As noted above, I have seen many signs in my lifetime.
If the sign of Israel becoming a nation once again (1948) is the beginning of the generation that will see Jesus’ return, it is conceivable we are in that generation now. 1946 was the beginning of the “baby boom” in the US. They represent a large population who may still be living at that time. Of course, that is a big “if.”
Most of the scholars with knowledge of the Messianic prophecies totally missed it because they envisioned it differently.
I’m sure many thought Hitler was the anti-Christ.
Current scholars differ in the way they envision the second coming. In recent years, two well-publicized “prophets” predicted the date of Jesus’ return.
I plan to be ready—praying that I “may have strength to escape all these things that are going to take place and to stand before the Son of Man. HCSB)” Luke 21:36
This lesson seemed to go on forever. I’m still not sure I got it all done because I skipped around. I’m calling it done.