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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. 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.
After Jesus' exchange with the scribes, Pharisees and Sadducees in Chapter
23, Jesus left the temple. As they were leaving, the disciples began to remark
how great the temple was, and how beautiful the stone work. Some of the
foundation stones were as much as 70 feet long, 10 feet wide and 8 feet high!
But Jesus had just said in Matthew 23:38, that this "house shall be left
Jesus took this opportunity to explain that their focus should
be on the spiritual and not on the physical. Yes, there are things beautiful in
this world - many things. And we certainly should recognize them. But, the
Christian's focus should be on spiritual things. Jesus was not
making less of the beauty of the temple, He was making more of the
temporal nature of things, and how we should be constantly reminded that only
spiritual things last.
As discussed earlier (See Matthew 23:37-39), Titus came in 70AD and destroyed
Jerusalem. In that destruction, every stone of the temple was broken or
There are many beautiful churches in the world today. And we certainly admire
the dedication and devotion of saints who have given to build them. However,
what is more important is the souls that either come or don't come to
church! All that is in this temporal world shall be burned away! But how many
shall enter the "New Jerusalem?"
I have had the privilege of traveling to other countries and visiting many
churches there. Some of them are nothing but poles, thatch roofs and dirt
floors! They are just as effective in the spiritual work of evangelism
and education of the saved! Yes, I admire the great cathedrals - especially
their great glass work and stone work. But the more important work is preparing
for the time when these things shall be gone, and only what is
done for Christ shall matter!
Jesus' statement certainly changed the focus of the disciples! They
were graphically reminded of "the end," and began to wonder about how and
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? 4 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.
Jesus sat down on "the mount of olives," and the disciples gathered round Him
as they often did. They were ready to sit at His feet and gather in the
informative teaching of the Master. This is the difference between
those who are saved and those who are not. Those who are saved are continually
sitting at the feet of the Master, learning to live according to His will.
But this time was different.
The disciples had three questions: "WHEN" would be the end; "WHAT" would be
the sign of Jesus' return; and what signs would point to "the end of the
I think it is very important to begin with Jesus' FIRST statement:
"Take heed that no man deceive you!"
Deceit is the trickery of the devil. Satan is condemned to the "lake of
fire and brimstone" where he shall be "tormented day and night for
ever and ever." (Revelation 20:10)
And that ole devil wants company!
Satan will do anything he can to deceive people! Those
who have not Christ, those who believe not the Word of God, can easily be led
But through faithful study, diligent prayer, and determined effort
ministering for Christ, His people CANNOT be deceived! ((See Mark
At times, Christians may become wobbly, but by taking heed they
won't fall down! The truly converted are "born again" by the "incorruptible Word
of God" (
1Peter 1:23), and "sealed in the Spirit" (
Ephesians 1:13), and they shall not be deceived by the trickeries of
However, Christian, remember Jesus said "TAKE HEED! Be
LISTENING and LEARNING!
And the FIRST thing to "take heed" of is IMPOSTERS!
5 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.
Christians are certainly concerned with the "signs of the times." But their
FOCUS is not on the signs, nor on "when." Their FOCUS is on JESUS! The focus of
the Christian is to "know the Truth" (John 8:32)!
Do you know how agents of the FBI learn to spot counterfeit bills? They FIRST
learn what the REAL ones look like!!
Yes, the Christian is to be LISTENING and LEARNING by studying the Bible. And
there are many subjects discussed in the Bible. For instance, the Bible
how to treat one another,
that we must WORK for a living,
that we should pay TAXES,
that children are to be obedient to parents and respect elders of authority,
and, many other subjects, including "the end times."
But, I'm afraid, many folk are majoring in the
The PRIMARY subject of the Bible is JESUS! ((See Revelation 1:1)) The Greek word for "revelation" is apokalupsis. It means disclose, or unveil. The MAJOR purpose of the Bible is to teach us CHRIST and Who He is; so that we will know the "Truth!" Then, we will be able to spot "counterfeits!"
Before going on with the reading and comprehension of the remainder of
Chapter 24, and with Chapter 25, we should establish the CONTEXT of this speech
by our Lord.
It is imperative, that though many things happen in the world, we Christians
be PRIMARILY FOCUSED upon two things:
and LIVING LIKE HE WOULD!
Jesus said in Mark 13:22, "For false Christs and false prophets shall
rise, and shall shew signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible,
even the elect." But the true Christian is continually studying the
Bible, and learning the "Truth!" The acts of some of these "false Christs" have
been, and will be, very strong delusions indeed. But there is security in
KNOWING CHRIST! It IS possible for those who have been
"enlightened" to fall away from Christ (See Hebrews
6:4-6). It is possible for a person to be "enlightened" about Christ, and
never repent and be saved. It is NOT possible for those who have
been genuinely SAVED to "fall away" from Him Whom they KNOW!
Now, there have been many who came saying they were the Christ, the Messiah.
And some of their proofs have been very, very convincing. But, it is NOT
possible for a Christian, continually studying the "Truth," to be fooled by an
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. 7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. 8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.
In the thousands of years since man was created, there have been relatively
FEW years without WAR! Yet, when news of a war circulates, many become
distraught. Jesus said, in effect, "When you hear of a war, don't get in a
clamor!" Wars happen because people are sinners!
Wars have been declared because of land disputes, moral issues, defense
issues. War DOES happen. And there WILL BE a "war to end all wars." Jesus will
one day come and fight against the devil himself, and those that are "deceived"
into following the devil. There is a spiritual sense of finality when one
considers THAT war; because JUDGMENT of all mankind follows! ((See Revelation
There are also "Famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes,"
happening in different places all the time. These things destroy lives. And,
yes, we should be concerned about them; and administer aid to those harmed by
But let me say again, our PRIMARY FOCUS should be on two things:
and LIVING AS HE WOULD!
Jesus also said, "see that ye be not troubled." The
Greek word used here is throeo. It means to be overwrought, or so
overcome that no predetermined train of thought can be produced. The
reason Christians don't become "troubled" in this world is because Jesus
gives us "peace that passeth all understanding."(Philippians
Another reason that Christians do not become overwrought about circumstances
in the world is because Jesus said, "these things must come to
pass!" The popular singing group, "THE MARTINS," have a song
about this. IT says, in part, "It didn't come to STAY, it came to PASS!!" All
things in this world are temporal. And all shall one day PASS AWAY! But Jesus
lasts for ETERNITY!!!
Notice that Jesus said, "All these are the beginning of
They are "travailing pains" for the "end" which is "not yet!"(vs 6)
They are things we must deal with in our lives, while our FOCUS is upon
KNOWING CHRIST and LIVING AS HE WOULD!
9 Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake. 10 And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. 11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. 12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. 13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.
The "travailing pains" lead to DEATH! Jesus is foretelling the fact that many
Christians will be persecuted, mailigned, beaten and DIE as a result of the
world's hatred for them.
For instance, in the Roman persectution of Christians, when ONE was caught,
MANY were FOUND! By capturing one Christian, and grueling him/her, others were
found and also captured.
Again, the warning about "false prophets" (Vs 11).
But look closely at verse 11. I'm afraid we are seeing this today! Iniquity
certainly "abounds" in our world today!
Jesus had said, "By this shall all men know that ye are my
disciples , if ye have love one to another." (John 13:35) The
"this" was the LOVE the disciples showed for one
another! (See John
The persecutions by the world, and the betrayal of many Christians has caused
the deep abiding LOVE of one another to be LESSENED! And genuine care toward the
world in general has waned. Not many years ago, Christians studied hard and
learned how to witness to the lost. Now, few do.
However, Jesus gives hope in the next statement (vs 13). What Jesus was
saying here is that those who are saved WILL "endure to the end." They are not
afraid of malignment; neither are they afraid of DEATH! The love and hope of God
rests IN them, and they do not fear what man can do! (See Psalm
14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.
In Colossians 1:6, Paul says the Gospel was preached in "all the world." And in Colossians 1:23, Paul describes it as having been preached to "every creature."
16:15, Jesus told His disciples to preach the Gospel to "every creature."
That small group of disciples (about 500) did exactly that!
They were persecuted, and chased. But as they went, they
preached! And, in all likelihood, by the time of John's writing of
Revelation (about 95AD), the Gospel had literally reached the entire known world
at that time!
But the end has not yet come! Why? It has been noted by many scholars that
Jesus probably was referring to the "end of the age" of the Jewish nation
prophesying and witnessing of Messiah to come. And that age ended with
the fall of Jerusalem and the destruction of the temple. But there is yet
another age to be fulfilled: that of the Gentiles (See Romans
11:25). And Jesus promised to be "WITH" all His disciples until the "end" of
that age! (See Matthew
Again let me emphasize the purpose of all disciples of Jesus:
to KNOW Christ,
and to LIVE as He would!
And to do those two things, the Christian of today is to preach the "Good
News" of Jesus wherever he/she goes!
God will determine "the end!" Until then we should stay with our
primary focus. The "end" shall not be determined until the "GOSPEL" has
done its complete work in the world, and the last who WILL be saved IS
So, regardless of how big a mess this world is in, KEEP PREACHING JESUS!
15 When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:) 16 Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains: 17 Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house: 18 Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes. 19 And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days! 20 But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day: 21 For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. 22 And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened.
What exactly is "the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the
prophet?" Perhaps these verses would give some context to Jesus'
11:31, and Daniel
These verses speak of an abominable destroyer, and perhaps Luke
21:20 gives us some insight as to exactly WHAT, or WHOM it is. The armies of
the Roman empire came into Jerusalem and literally destroyed it (and the temple)
in 70AD. During that destruction, it is said, by the historian Josephus, that
Romans idols were set up in the temple area before its destruction. He also
stated that they sacrificed to their idols in that place! (See "The Works
of Josephus," "War of the Jews," Book 6, Chapter 6, Section 1)
This was certainly an abominable act in the time after Jesus had left the
"house" of Jerusalem "desolate" (See Matthew
23:38). The "age" of the Jewish people prophesying of a Messiah "to come"
was then over, and the "age of the Gentiles" was ushered in.
During the destruction of Jerusalem, by the Roman armies, thousands upon
thousands of Jewish people ran! They HAD to run, or be killed! Christian Jews
were included! Many ran to Pella, "a town in the territory of Gilead; according
to Eusebius, it is beyond the Jordan, 6 miles (10 kilometers) from Pella , on
the mountain road to Gerasa; site unknown but may be modern `Wadi Yabes.'"(from
The Online Bible Thayer's Greek Lexicon and Brown Driver & Briggs Hebrew
Lexicon, Copyright © 1993, Woodside Bible Fellowship, Ontario, Canada. Licensed
from the Institute for Creation Research.)
They ran to the mountains. Those who were taking their evening respite on the
"rooftops" of their houses, fled. They ran in haste, and took very little with
Luke 21:24 adds this to the statement: "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." Fromt that time to this Jewish people, and Christians alike,
have suffered many "calamities!" They have been maligned,
persecuted, beaten, skinned alive, crucified and other atrocities!
And, if this were to continue, none of them would be physically "saved" in
the world (Verse 22). But "for the elect's sake those days shall be
Titus had originally determined he would starve Jerusalem to death. But the
affairs of Rome, concerning other areas of the world, demanded his presence in
Rome itself. Thus, he took Jerusalem by storm, and some escaped. God has a way
of ordering the affairs of this world to benefit His people, even in the most
difficult of times!
23 Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not. 24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. 25 Behold, I have told you before. 26 Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not.
Jesus had told them "before" (See above on verse 5) of
"false Christs." Many have indeed "risen" over the
centuries. And some have shown "great signs and wonders." And let
me reiterate the commentary on verse 5: Jesus said in Mark 13:22, "For false
Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall shew signs and wonders, to
seduce, if it were possible, even the elect." But the true Christian is
continually studying the Bible, and learning the "Truth!" The acts of some of
these "false Christs" have been, and will be, very strong delusions indeed. But
there is security in KNOWING CHRIST! It IS possible for those who have been
"enlightened" to fall away from Christ (See Hebrews 6:4-6). It is possible for a
person to be "enlightened" about Christ, and never repent and be saved. It is
NOT possible for those who have been genuinely SAVED to "fall away" from Him
Whom they KNOW!
Now, there have been many who came saying they were the Christ, the Messiah.
And some of their proofs have been very, very convincing. But, it is NOT
possible for a Christian, continually studying the "Truth," to be fooled by an
27 For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
When Christ does come again, it will be VERY FAST! When one sees lightning,
it appears QUICKLY, and flashes across the sky from one place to another.
Perhaps reading Zechariah
9:14, and 1Thessalonians
4:15-17 will help understand this better.
The destruction of Jerusalem can be seen as Christ "coming" in
judgment against unbelieving Jews. It can also be seen as His
"coming" to disperse believing Jews into the world with the
Gospel. It can also be seen as a future event, in which He shall come to
"end" the "fulness of the Gentiles" (Romans 11:25).
28 For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together.
Those "dead," unbelieving Jews were the "carcase" where the Roman armies
gathered. The "eagles" represent the devourer; which may be God's instrument -
the Roman government, or God Himself!
By the providential act of God, the Roman armies came and destroyed the city.
God still rules over the acts of men!
But the Jewish nation, as a whole, were not READY! They had been too
focused on the "events" of the world, and did not believe Jesus was the Messiah.
They were too preoccupied with tradition, and not fulfilling their
primary purpose for God. They were not ready for His coming as SAVIOR,
and then they were totally unprepared for His judgment!
Now, I'm gonna step off in some deep waters here. Let me connect a couple of
Scriptures which have already been discussed.
First, Jesus said, "..the end is not YET." The end of Jerusalem, at that time, was certainly not the "end times" we refer to today.
Second, Jesus said, "..watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man."(Luke 21:36).
Now, I agree that the "end" of the age of the prophecy of Messiah to come was
at the destruction of Jerusalem.
But I also believe there is ANOTHER time reference here. There is another "end," YET TO COME!
You may not believe in a rapture as I do. And I'm certainly not going
to tell anyone that they should be a pre-tribulation rapturist as I am.
But I will say one thing. If it happens, we should be READY! Because when the
"Devourer," Jesus comes, we certainly don't want to look like a "carcase!" A
dead body with no works!
And that's certainly a reason to be sure and focus on our primary
purpose: to KNOW Christ, and to LIVE as He would!
29 Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: 30 And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. 31 And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.
We could begin to discuss symbolism here, and get many various
meanings from the Scripture. For instance, the "sun..darkened, and the moon
shall not giver her light, and the stars fall from heaven...." Symbolically,
this could mean falling of kings and kingdoms, unexplainable calamaties, etc.
Or, it could be taken literally to mean exactly what Jesus said!
The word "immediately" (Greek: eutheos) can be interpreted with
varying definitions: soon, shortly, or even immediately. It is translated
"immediately" in Matthew 8:3, and "shortly" in 3John 14.
Did Jesus mean that "soon" after, or "shortly" after that "tribulation" these things would occur? I believe He did. "Shortly," or even "immediately" certainly means SOON. To God, "a thousand years as one day." (2 Peter 3:8) We have been seeing kingdoms fall for over 2000 years; and we have certainly seen many unexplainable calamities! One day "soon," or "shortly," we shall see "..the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory!" I believe that is an event that could happen ANY DAY NOW!
When that happens, there will be a great SHOUT, the sound of a TRUMPET, and
the "dead in Christ shall rise," and those that "remain shall be quickly
changed!" (See 1Corinthians
15:51-57.) I love what Paul says in verse 58 of that same text:
"Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always
abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is
not in vain in the Lord."
In other words, BE READY! Be focused on the primary purpose: KNOWING
Christ, and living as He would!
32 Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh: 33 So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors. 34 Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled. 35 Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away. 36 But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.
Remember, Jesus is talking to believing disciples. He wanted them to believe
that He could come AT ANY MOMENT!! The reason Jesus wanted them to believe that,
is because He wanted them to LIVE as if He could come at any moment. He was
inspiring them to WORK: to do the work of "proclaiming" the GOSPEL!
And soon, in their realm of life, they would see many of the things Jesus
spoke of. Kingdoms would fall, there would be earthquakes, pesitlences, famines.
There would be a tremendous persecution of Christians.
So when they would "see all these things," they were to know that the time
was "near, even at the doors!"
My friends, the time is STILL "near!" It is "even at the doors!" The
"generation" of Christians (Gentile Christians) spreading the GOSPEL is not yet
fulfilled! But it COULD be fulfilled at any moment!
Now, I must ask this question: Are YOU READY? Are you going about life with
your primary focus?
The next two verses (Verses 35 and 36) give us two things that should inspire
every Christian to live as this day were the last day before Jesus
First, God's Word is TRUTH. It will NEVER perish! All the things of earth will one day perish. Even the stars, sun and moon will be folded up like a garment (See Hebrews 1:12). But God's Word "shall NOT pass away!" Therefore, let us focus upon what God has said, is saying, and will say. Let us focus on proclaiming that truth to all the world.
Secondly, "of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of
heaven, but my Father only." The time is "not YET," for we do have
today! But the time is "shortly" to come! And we, knowing not WHEN, must be
going about life preaching the Gospel to EVERY CREATURE. ((The reason Christians
need to preach to the cat, the dog, the bird, the cow, etc....is because we need
37 But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. 38 For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, 39 And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
What was happening in the "days of" Noah? People were having parties,
working, getting married, going fishing - doing all the normal things of
enjoying life. But one thing they were NOT doing, was believing
When Jesus comes again, it's going to be like THAT! That's the way people
are. Fewer than 20% of the population of the world believe in Christ. And much
fewer than that are actually working in His ministry performing the primary
focus He proclaimed.
But, as it was in Noah's day, "the flood CAME!" And all those
who didn't believe were washed away IN the flood! In fact, of all the people in
the world at that time, only EIGHT were saved! (See 1Peter
Christian, how many people do you know who are living like it was in Noah's
day? THOSE are the people to whom you should be proclaiming the Gospel like it
was the LAST day you'd have an opportunity!
THIS is the central focus in the speech from Jesus in Matthew 24 and 25. Don't get off so far on the study of "the end times" that you forget your primary purpose!
40 Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left. 41 Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left. 42 Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.
This is yet another admonition to be constantly working in the ministry of
Not many years ago, early one morning, Ann was still asleep and I had the
bright idea to prepare her breakfast. So I went to the kitchen and got the eggs
and bacon out of the refrigerator. Then I got the skillet out of the cabinet. As
I was spraying the skillet with "Pam," I dropped it! That skillet landed on our
tile floor with a LARGE clatter! It awakened Ann, and she immediately looked by
her on the bed, but I wasn't there. She came into the kitchen and said, "WHEW!
I'm glad you're still here! I heard a loud bang, and thought the rapture had
occured, and you were GONE!" he he
Can you imagine working with someone, and all of a sudden they VANISH? That's
what it'll be like.
Now Jesus, again, sums this up with an admonition to be WATCHING -- READY!
43 But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up. 44 Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.
And here's yet another example leading to diligence in ministry for our
Now if a man owns a house, and didn't watch carefully, a thief could come in
and steal everything! But if the owner was WATCHING, and PREPARED, the thief
wouldn't have been able to steal from him!
Be "READY!" And the way to be ready is to be doing the things that our Lord
said were important. I cannot emphasie enough, the importance of LEARNING
Christ, and LIVING like He would!
46 Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing. 47 Verily I say unto you, That he shall make him ruler over all his goods. 48 But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming; 49 And shall begin to smite his fellowservants, and to eat and drink with the drunken; 50 The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of, 51 And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
As if to put a final punctuation mark upon the preceding statements,
Jesus tells a story about a servant who is supposed to be doing the work of his
master. Jesus is the Master, we are the servants.
If we are faithful, we shall be rewarded.
If we become lax, there is a real problem!!! See what Jesus said in verse 51. Now, we know that, if a person is saved, He will not be "cut asunder," and be appointed a place with "hypocrites!"
The indication I get from this is that those who are genuinely saved will not
become lax! Of course, we are ALL going to be lax at times. But the genuinely
saved will not be continually lax!
It's almost the same as what Jesus said earlier, "he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved." (Matt 24:13)
The meaning there is that those who are saved shall endure to the end!
At the risk of over redundance, let me emphasize that the PURPOSE of this
speech to the disciples is to inspire them to the work of the ministry.
I hope it has that effect upon ALL Christians!
PLEASE CONTINUE WITH US IN BIBLE STUDY TOMORROW.