24:2 1 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.
(1) The destruction of the city, and especially
of the temple is foretold.
And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.
(2) The Church will have a continual conflict
with infinite miseries and offences, and furthermore, with false prophets,
until the day of victory and triumph comes.
24:6 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 a end is not yet.
(a) That is, when those things are fulfilled, yet
the end will not come.
24:7 For nation shall rise against nation, and
kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and
earthquakes, in b divers places.
24:8 All these [are] the beginning of c
(c) Literally, "of great torments",
just like women in childbirth.
3 But he that shall endure unto the end,
the same shall be saved.
(3) The gospel will spread abroad, angering the
world and the devil ever so much: and those who continually believe will be
24:14 And this d
gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the e
world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.
(d) Joyful tidings of the kingdom of heaven.
(e) Through all that part of the world that
people live in.
When ye therefore shall see the f
abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy
place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)
(4) The kingdom of Christ will not be abolished
when the city of Jerusalem is utterly destroyed, but will be stretched out
even to the end of the world.
(f) The abomination of desolation, that is to
say, the one who all men detest and cannot abide, because of the foul and
shameful filthiness of it: and he speaks of the idols that were set up in the
temple, or as others think, he meant the marring of the doctrine in the
Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his g
(g) This is a sign of how great the fear will be.
24:20 But pray ye that your
flight be not in the winter, neither on the h
(h) It was not lawful to take a journey on the
sabbath day; Josephus, book 13.
24:22 And except i
those days should be shortened, there should no k
flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened.
(i) Those things which befell the people of the
Jews in the thirty-four years, when the whole land was wasted, and at length
the city of Jerusalem was taken, and both it and their temple destroyed, are
mixed with those things which will come to pass before the last coming of the
(k) The whole nation would utterly be destroyed:
and this word "flesh" is a figurative word for "man", as
the Hebrews used to say.
24:24 For there shall arise
false Christs, and false prophets, and l
shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if [it were] possible, they
shall deceive the very elect.
(l) Will openly set forth great signs for men to
5 For wheresoever the m
carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together.
(5) The only remedy against the furious rage of
the world is that of being gathered and joined to Christ.
(m) Christ, who will come with speed; and his
presence will be with a majesty to whom all will flock, just like Eagles.
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:
(6) Everlasting damnation will be the end of the
security of the wicked, and everlasting bliss for the miseries of the godly.
24:30 And then shall appear the n
sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the o
tribes of the earth p mourn, and they
shall see the Son of man q coming in the
clouds of heaven with power and great glory.
(n) The exceeding glory and majesty, which will
bear witness that Christ the Lord of heaven and earth draws near to judge the
(o) All nations, and he alludes to the dispersion
which we read of in (Genesis
10-11), or to the dividing of the people of Israel.
(p) They will be in such sorrow, that they will
strike themselves: and it is transferred to the mourning.
(q) Sitting upon the clouds, as he was taken up
24:31 And he shall send his angels with a great
sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the r
four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.
(r) From the four corners of the world.
24:32 7 Now
learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet s
tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer [is] nigh:
(7) If God has prescribed a certain order to
nature, much more has he done so to his eternal judgments; but the wicked do
not understand it, or rather they mock it: but the godly make note of it, and
wait for it.
(s) When its tenderness shows that the sap which
is the life of the tree has come from the roots into the bark.
24:34 Verily I say unto you,
This t generation shall not pass, till
all these things be fulfilled.
(t) This age: the word "generation" or
"age" is here being used for the men of this age.
Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.
(8) The Lord now begins the judgment, which he
will finish in the latter days.
24:36 9 But
of that day and hour knoweth no [man], no, not the angels of heaven, but my
(9) It is sufficient for us to know that God has
appointed a latter day for the restoring of all things; but when it will be is
hidden from us all for our sake, so that we may be all the more watchful, so
that we are not taken as those were taken in the flood years ago.
24:38 For as in the days that
were before the flood they were u eating
and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered
into the ark,
(u) The word which the evangelist uses expresses
the matter more fully then ours does: for it is a word which is used of brute
beasts: and his meaning is that in those days men will pay attention to their
appetites just like brute beasts: for otherwise there is nothing wrong with
eating and drinking.
Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
(10) Against those that persuade themselves that
God will be merciful to all men, and do by this means give themselves over to
sin, that they may in the meantime live in pleasure, void of all care.
24:41 x Two
[women shall be] grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other
(x) The Greek women and the barbarians ground and
Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.
(11) An example of the horrible carelessness of
men in those things in which they ought to be most careful.
And shall y cut him asunder, and appoint
[him] his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of
(y) That is, from the rest, or will cut him into
two pieces, which was a most cruel kind of punishment: with which, as Justin
Martyr witnesses, Isaiah the Prophet was executed by the Jews: the same kind
of punishment we read of in (1 Samuel
15:33) and (Daniel