24:1 And Jesus went out from the temple1, and was going on his way; and his disciples came to him to show him the buildings of the temple. DESTRUCTION OF JERUSALEM FORETOLD. Matthew 24:1-28; Mark 13:1-23; Luke 21:5-24
And Jesus went out from the temple, etc. See Mark
24:2 But he answered and said unto them,
See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There
shall not be left here one stone upon another1, that shall
not be thrown down.
There shall not be left here one stone upon another. See Mark
24:3 And as he sat
on the mount of Olives1, the
disciples2 came unto him privately, saying, Tell
us, when shall these things be3? and what [shall be] the
sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?
As he sat on the mount of Olives, etc. See Mark
The disciples. Peter, James, John, and Andrew (Mark
Tell us, when shall these things be? etc. See Mark
24:5 For many
shall come in my name1, saying, I am the Christ; and shall
lead many astray.
For many shall come in my name, etc. See Mark
24:6 And ye shall hear of wars
and rumors of wars1; see that ye be not troubled: for
[these things] must needs come to pass; but the end is not yet.
Wars and rumors of wars, etc. See Mark
24:7 For nation shall rise against nation,
and kingdom against kingdom; and there shall be famines and earthquakes in
And there shall be . . . earthquakes in divers places. See Mark
24:9 Then shall
they deliver you up unto tribulation1, and shall kill you:
and ye shall be hated of all the nations for my name's
Then shall they deliver you up unto tribulation, etc. See Mark
And ye shall be hated of all the nations for my name's sake. See Matthew
24:11 And many
false prophets shall arise, and shall lead many astray1.
And many false prophets shall arise, and shall lead many astray.
13:22. This refers to the false teachers which arose in the church. The
apostles bear abundant testimony to their appearance (2 Corinthians
2:1-4; 1 Timothy
1:3-7,19,20; 2 Timothy
1:10,11; 2 Peter
24:12 And because
iniquity shall be multiplied, the love of the many shall wax cold1.
And because iniquity shall be multiplied, the love of the many shall
wax cold. The prevelance of sin tempts and encourages the feeble to
24:13 But he that
endureth to the end, the same shall be saved1.
But he that endureth to the end, the same shall be saved. See notes
24:14 And this
gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world1
for a testimony unto all the nations; and then shall
the end come2.
This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world.
And then shall the end come. Jerusalem, the seat of the old
dispensation, was not removed until the new dispensation was sown throughout
the then known world.
24:15 When therefore ye see the
abomination of desolation1, which was spoken of through
Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place (let him
that readeth understand)2,
The abomination of desolation. See Daniel
4:11. See Mark
(Let him that readeth understand). See Mark
24:16 then let
them that are in Judaea flee unto the mountains1:
Then let them that are in Judaea flee unto the mountains. See Mark
24:17 let him that is on the housetop not
go down to take out things that are in his house:
Let him that is on the housetop not come down, etc. See Luke
24:19 But woe unto them that are with
child and to them that give suck in those days!
Woe to them that are with child, etc. See Mark
24:20 And pray ye
that your flight be not in the winter1, neither
on a sabbath2:
And pray ye that your flight be not in the winter. See Mark
Neither on a sabbath. Jewish tradition limited travel on the
Sabbath day to a distance of seven furlongs [about 0.875 mi. or 1.4 km.].
The early training of many Christians led them to have scruples about
breaking the Sabbath. It is possible that Jesus had these scruples in view,
but by no means conclusive, for in fleeing they would need the support and
friendship of their Jewish brethren, who would be apt, not only to hinder,
but even in those troublous and turbulent days, to show violence to any who
openly disregarded the Sabbath. For it must be remembered that the Jews, not
being guided by the admonitions of Christ, would regard the sudden flight of
the Christians as unnecessarily hasty.
24:21 for then
shall be great tribulation1, such as hath not been from
the beginning of the world until now, no, nor ever shall be.
For then shall be great tribulation, etc. See Mark
24:22 And except
those days had been shortened1, no flesh would have been
saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened.
Except those days had been shortened, etc. See Mark
24:23 Then if any
man shall say unto you, Lo, here is the Christ1, or, Here;
believe [it] not.
If any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is the Christ, etc. See Mark
24:24 For there
shall arise false Christs1, and false prophets, and shall
show great signs and wonders; so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect.
For there shall arise false Christs, etc. See Mark
24:27 For as the
lightning1 cometh forth from the east, and is seen even
unto the west; so shall be the coming of the Son of man.
For as the lightning, etc. The coming of Christ would be an event
needing no herald; every man would see it for himself. See Luke
the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together1.
Wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together.
24:29 But immediately
after the tribulation of those days1 the
sun shall be darkened2, and the moon shall not give her
light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall
THE SECOND COMING OF CHRIST. Matthew
Immediately after the tribulation of those days. Since the coming
of Christ did not follow close upon the destruction of Jerusalem, the word
"immediately" used by Matthew is somewhat puzzling. There are,
however, three ways in which it may be explained: (1) That Jesus reckons the
time after his own divine, and not after out human, fashion. Viewing the
word in this light, the passage at 2 Peter
3:4-9 may almost be regarded as an inspired comment with reference to
this passage. (2) The terrible judgment upon Jerusalem and the corresponding
terror of the judgment day have between them no intervening season of
judgment in any way worthy to be compared to either of them. The two
periods, therefore, stand with regard to each other in immediate connection.
(3) The tribulation which came upon the Jewish people merely began with the
destruction of Jerusalem, other woes followed "at once", and,
coming down through all the centuries of wandering and dispersion, they were
yet unfulfilled and incomplete. See Deuteronomy
The sun shall be darkened, etc. See Mark
24:30 and then
shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven1: and then
shall all the tribes of the earth mourn2, and they shall
see the Son of man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.
Then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven. The coming
and the sign are the same thing. The word "sign" is used in
connection with the coming of Christ to indicate that the nature of the
coming (that is, the manner of its manifestations) will be fully
commensurate with the importance of the event. His first coming in the
manger was not so.
Then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn. The coming will
occasion universal mourning in the unprepared, and apparently the majority
of people will be in that condition. The term "all" is not,
however, to be construed as including all individuals (1 Thessalonians
24:31 And he
shall send forth his angels with a great sound of a trumpet1,
and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of
heaven to the other.
And he shall send forth his angels with a great sound of a trumpet,
etc. See Mark
13:27. To the Jews the trumpet would naturally be associated with the
assembling of the people, for silver trumpets were used to call Israel
24:32 Now from
the fig tree learn her parable1: when her branch is now
become tender, and putteth forth its leaves, ye know that the summer is nigh;
From the fig tree learn her parable, etc. See Mark
24:34 Verily I say unto you, This
generation shall not pass away1, till all these things be
This generation shall not pass away, etc. See Mark
24:35 Heaven and
earth shall pass away1, but my words shall not pass away.
Heaven and earth shall pass away, etc. See Mark
24:36 But of that
day and hour knoweth no one1, not even the angels of
heaven, neither the Son, but the Father only.
But of that day and hour knoweth no one, etc. See Mark
24:37 And as
[were] the days of Noah1, so shall be the coming of the
Son of man.
And as [were] the days of Noah. See Luke
24:38 For as in those days which were
before the flood they were eating and drinking,
marrying1 and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah
entered into the ark,
They were eating and drinking, marrying, etc. See Luke
24:39 and they knew not until the flood
came, and took them all away; so shall be the coming of
the Son of man1.
So shall be the coming of the Son of man. See Luke
24:40 Then shall
two man be in the field1; one is taken, and one is left:
Then shall two man be in the field, etc. See Luke
24:41 two women
[shall be] grinding at the mill1; one is taken, and one is
Two women [shall be] grinding at the mill, etc. See Luke
be ye also ready1; for in an hour that ye think not the
Son of man cometh.
Therefore be ye also ready, etc. See Luke
24:45 Who then is the faithful and wise
servant, whom his lord hath set over his household, to give them their food in
Who then is a faithful and wise servant, etc. See Luke
24:47 Verily I say unto you, that
he will set him over all that he hath1.
That he will set him over all that he hath. See Luke
24:51 and shall
cut him asunder1, and appoint his portion with the
hypocrites: there shall be the weeping and the gnashing
And shall cut him asunder. See Luke
There shall be the weeping and the gnashing of teeth. See Matthew