Thursday, March 24, 2022
24 1-2 Jesus then left the Temple. As he walked away, his disciples pointed out how very impressive the Temple architecture was. Jesus said, “You’re not impressed by all this sheer size, are you? The truth of the matter is that there’s not a stone in that building that is not going to end up in a pile of rubble.”
3 Later, as he was sitting on Mount Olives, his disciples approached and asked him, “Tell us, when are these things going to happen? What will be the sign of your coming, that the time’s up?”
4-8 Jesus said, “Watch out for doomsday deceivers. Many leaders are going to show up with forged identities, claiming, ‘I am Christ, the Messiah.’ They will deceive a lot of people. When reports come in of wars and rumored wars, keep your head and don’t panic. This is routine history; this is no sign of the end. Nation will fight nation and ruler fight ruler, over and over. Famines and earthquakes will occur in various places. This is nothing compared to what is coming.
-Matthew 24:1-8 The Message
Signs of Christ’s Return
24 Verse 1: Jesus left the temple area and was going on His way when His disciples came up to point out the temple buildings to Him.
Verse 2:, But He responded and said to them, “Do you not see all these things? Truly I say to you, not one stone here will be left upon another, which will not be torn down.”
Verses 1-2 studies: No one knew what the temple looked like in its entirety, but it is said to be beautiful. Herod had helped the Jews remodel and beautify it and also stay friendly to his subjects. Next to the inner temple, where the sacred objects were kept and the sacrifices offered, was a large area called the court of the Gentiles. A reminder that this is where moneychangers and merchants kept their booths. Outside the courts were porches. Solomon’s was 1,562 feet long; the royal portico was accurate, with 160 columns stretching its 921-foot length. Looking at this fantastic and massive structure, the disciples found Jesus’ words about its destruction difficult to believe. But the temple was destroyed 40 years later when the Romans sacked Jerusalem in A.D. 70.
Verse 3: And as He was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things happen, and what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?”
Verse 3 study: The prophet Zechariah predicted that the Messiah would stand when he came to establish his kingdom, in which Jesus was at the Mount of Olives, the same place Zechariah made his prediction.
4 On that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, which is in front of Jerusalem on the east; and the Mount of Olives will be split [a]in its middle from east to west forming a very large valley. Half of the mountain will move toward the north, and the other half toward the south. -Zechariah 14:4 NASB
It’s fitting because the disciples wanted to ask Jesus when he would come in power and what they could expect from them. Jesus’ reply emphasized the events that would take place before the end of the age. However, he also mentioned that his disciples should be less concerned with knowing the exact date and more concerned with being prepared. Living God’s way consistently so that no matter when Jesus came to glory, he would claim them as his own.
Verse 4: And Jesus answered and said to them, “See to it that no one misleads you.
Verse 4 study: The disciples asked Jesus for the sign of his coming and the end of the age. Jesus’ first response was, “see to it that no one misleads you.” The fact is that when we look for signs, we become very susceptible to being deceived. For example, there are many “false power of authority” around the counterfeit signs of spiritual power and authority.
11 And many false prophets will rise up and mislead many people. -Matthew 24:11 NASB 24 For false christs and false prophets will arise and will provide great signs and wonders, so as to mislead, if possible, even the elect. -Matthew 24:24 NASB
The only sure way to keep from being deceived is to say focus on Christ and his words. Don’t look for unique signs, don’t spend time looking at other people; look at Christ.
Verse 5: For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and they will mislead many people.
Verse 6: And you will be hearing of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not alarmed, for those things must take place, but that is not yet the end.
Verse 7: For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places.
Verse 8: But all these things are merely the beginning of birth pains.