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.
<b>Construction of this temple commenced by Herod in 20 B.C. and still under construction in A.D. 70 when the Romans destroyed it. It was made of gleaming white limestone. The eastern wall was covered with gold plates. The disciples, taken up with what was deemed important in the material world, could see the beautiful and expensive buildings which made up the Temple. They wanted to include Jesus in what they thought was important.</b>
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.
<b>But Jesus’ mind, fixed on eternal things, knew that the material world is temporal and passing away. All that mankind can build, no matter how splendid, over time will crumble and pass away, therefore, we must live for eternity. The Temple represented the system of continual sacrifice for sin and that system would be replaced by the establishment of a new covenant (Heb. 10:9), so the significance of the Temple would cease (John 4:21-24). From that time on, the Temple of God would be within and among his people (2 Cor. 6:16). </b>
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?
<b>The disciples asked concerning the end of the world. When will these things happen? What will be the sign of Your coming again? What will be the sign of the end of the age?</b>
4 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.
<b>Questions and predictions about the end of the world will increase, with the rise of “prophets” who claim to know the specifics of Jesus’ return. When we hear these kinds of things, we must know what the Word of God says so we won’t be confused or deceived</b>
5 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.
<b>By saying take heed, Jesus indicates that deception can be avoided. Satan can only deceive those who allow him to do it.
(Eph 6:11) tells us to "put on the whole Armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil." Putting on the whole armor of God (Eph 6:11-18) will protect against the deception of the devil.</b>
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.
<b>Trouble may come but trouble does not have to overcome (John 16:33). For Jesus has overcome the world and in Him we are overcomers (1 John 5:4-5, Rev. 2:4-5,7).</b>
7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.
<b>Nations (or ethnic groups) are rising against one another. Civil rights wars are erupting around the world. Kingdoms (nations or countries) are rising against one another. There are famines, earthquakes and plagues occurring in various places (Luke 21:11). Storms have increased in frequency and intensity (Luke 21:25-26, amp.) The changes in the planet are a result of the earth crying out (Romans 8:22)</b>
8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.
<b>Jesus describes the signs of the times as birth pangs (amp). Many of the signs have increased in frequency and intensity like a woman giving birth.</b>
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.
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.
<b>The "gospel of the kingdom" and much of "Christianity" preached today are not the same thing. The word "Gospel" means good news, or glad tidings. Most religious preaching centers on what we do or should do and not on what Jesus has already done for us. Jesus has purchased a way to the Father through His own death and resurrection, and it is ours if we will just believe and walk in Him (Ro 10:1-13).
Many who have heard the news given by religion, are working to try to earn God's favor. This causes salvation to become something we must do, or work to become, transferring salvation to us. That is not the Gospel of the kingdom. There are still millions of people who have not heard the good news that Jesus alone saves. The “end” is the end of the Great Tribulation (last three-and-a-half years) and the arrival of Christ in His Second Coming.</b>
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.
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.
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.
<b>In the second coming, Jesus will appear to those who are looking for Him</b>
28 For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together.
<b> Be not deceived about the coming of Christ, because everyone will see the Lord coming, as lightning is visible to everyone. Just like eagles are somehow always able to find a carcass, so His followers will be gathered unto Him. Just as eagles feed off of a carcass, so we must feed on Jesus (Joh 6:47-58). A carcass speaks of death also, and that was the means that Jesus used to provide us with His life (Mt 17:22-23, 20:18-19, 28; Joh 10:17-18, and 12:23-24).</b>
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:
<b>God upholds the universe by the “word of His power” (He 1:3). The Word is Christ and the power is the Holy Spirit, when God's word is diminished in the earth, the results will be catastrophic and chaotic. Just as He created everything, without His full sustaining power, gravity will weaken and the orbits of the stars and the planets will fluctuate</b>
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.
<b>The appearance of Christ in blazing, manifest glory as He is seen in His majesty.
He will be visible to every eye and will be in splendor. They shall see that this is indeed the One who was pierced (Rev 1:7) and with great sorrow for now they will know He is truth and the only Way. (John 14:6.) In weeping and mourning for the true Messiah-Savior Who was crucified, but now risen in splendour and glory.</b>
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.
<b>All that have endured to the end and are walking and abiding in the faith of Christ shall be gathered together.</b>
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:
<b>An encouragement to those in the midst of the events, that His return is imminent - 'right at the door" - just as summer is right at the door when one sees the budding and new leafing of trees. Watch and wait in Christ (Ps 27:14, Is 40:31, Ps 130:5-6). </b>
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.
<b>The generation of people living at the time that the tribulation period begins will not all die out before all of the signs prophesied occur and the Lord returns. There are tremendous rewards for ALL believers who look forward to the return of their Savior:</b>
35 Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.
<b>The word of God (Christ John 1) is eternal, when all else has passed away. Confirms the absolute reliability of the eternal Word of God and that He has given us the evidence of His Word, Christ in us the Hope of Glory. (Col 1:27, Lk 16:17; Jn 10:35; Ps 19:9; 12:6.) Heaven and earth will truly pass away 1000 years after Christ returns, (2 Pet 3:10; Rev. 21:1). </b>
36 But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.
<b>No one knows the exact day of Jesus' return, only the Father knows. But Jesus did not say we will never know, for the Father will do nothing, unless he reveals his secret unto his servants the prophets (Amos 3:7).</b>
No one knows the exact day of Jesus' return; only the Father knows
37 But as the days of Noah 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.
<b>Noah was not specifically told the time of the flood. God had warned him of its coming, and that they should be ready, then Noah was moved by faith to build the ark (Heb 11:7). But life on earth carried on as normal, without much thought for God, until the day that Noah was taken safely into the ark by God, who called him in and shut the door. So shall it be when Christ returns, there will be many who will remain outside of Christ in unbelief, which shuts their own door.</b>
40 Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
<b>Believers will not be waiting on a mountaintop for Christ's return, but will be going about their daily business. In (Lu 19:13)Christ warns "Occupy till I come".
Remaining in Christ abiding in Him, be ready for the Lord to come back at any moment, yet work in Him, as if His return is still far off.</b>
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.
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.
<b>The overall point of each parable "be ready! in Him." (John 15:7)</b>
44 Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.
<b>Not because Christ desires to surprise and catch off-guard. But to encourage all to be watchful, these signs of the end times are given to help us to be prepared. Jesus gave these signs of the end times to help us to be prepared. Because in the latter days, there will be a condition of apathy (Mt 24:12) that will tend to lull even the faithful to sleep if we don't take heed to His words.</b>
45 Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season?
46 Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing.
<b>Blessed (empowered in spirit, soul and body) is the servant who abides in Christ at His return and is working in faith. (Jam 2:26).</b>
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.
<b>If the servant begins to doubt that he will return and remain in unbelief, then since he is living like as an unbeliever, he will be treated like an unbeliever and receive the judgment that is already assigned to satan (John 16:11). </b>