Matthew 24 (the little Revelation) exposited verse by verse

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In brief: Each of the Gospel writers had their chapters on "the coming of the Lord". Matthews' occur in chapter 24 of His gospel, likewise with Mark 13 and Luke 21. You will find no such chapter in the Gospel of John, because he wrote a whole book on the subject (Revelation). But they all deal with the same thing. Although many a time, Revelation shoots way ahead into the future and for example talks about the lake of fire and great white throne judgment. Matthew, Mark and Luke dont do this. But the MAIN theme of all these is the NEXT coming (not the 2nd coming) of Jesus. I.E. the “soon” coming “day of the Lord”, day of wrath, day of judgment, behold the Judge is standing RIGHT AT THE DOOR.

Matthew 24:1 Jesus came out from the temple and was going away when His disciples came up to point out the temple buildings to Him. 24:2 And He 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.”

It is important to get the time frame for the rest of the chapter. Our time frame, that is, is in the years before and right up to when the Temple comes down. Then, just in case you missed the first hint, Jesus caps it off at the end with " Matthew 24:34 Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled .
Premills and Dispys ignore this setting of the time frame, just as they ignore the book of Revelation when it says: Revelation 1:1 The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to show unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; ... Revelation 1:3 ... for the time is at hand.

Matthew 24:3 As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately. “Tell us,” they said, “when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?”

At least the disciples, by now (for they frequently got things wrong in the past) understood that all these things were related. Not as the premills and Dispys of today, who think; OK, the first one happened in 70 AD, but the sign of your coming, well I think I see signs of His 2nd coming in the world right now 2000 years later, so the disciples were wrong there, and the end of the age, well that hasn't even happened 2000 some years later. So these are three very different, not related in time, questions. That is what the average pastor thinks of Matthew 24 today. They are dead wrong.

The disciples are right. And Jesus answers their questions, not the question of "when will the second (physical) coming be. These are two different "comings" separated by at least 80,000 years. No, Matthew 24 deals with His coming in wrath and judgment against the Jews, in the Last Days (of Judaism) to end the age and leave only the church age or millennium standing. So, it is good to keep in mind, WHAT WAS THE EXACT QUESTION to which Jesus was giving an answer.

Matthew 24:4 Jesus answered: “Watch out that no one deceives you. 24:5 For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and will deceive many.

See verses 23, 24 and 25 below. But keep in mind that Jesus was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. These verses apply only to pre 70 AD Jews. Not to the whole world, nor to us today. They don’t "primarily" apply to us. Only secondarily (by way of example or learning lessons from history that has ALREADY happened) do they apply to us today. Their "primary" application was to the audience Jesus was speaking to in 30 AD. Note, who was supposed to "watch out"? You and Me? Or those Jews Jesus was addressing at the time, way back then.

Matthew 24:6 You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. 24:7 Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.

see: Are there "Wars and rumors of wars" yet?

Matthew 24:7b ... There will be famines and earthquakes in various places.

The earthquakes happened in approx 60-64AD and wiped out the cities of Collasae, Laodicia, Heiropolis, and Campagnia. per Tacitus and Eusebius. If you want more detail about these quakes, see the link: Earthquakes in the first century

Matthew 24:7b ... There will be famines and earthquakes in various places.

When did the famines happen, pre 70 AD?

Jesus may be referring to the Roman Army besieging city after city in Judea, starving them into submission from AD 68 thru 70, or He may be referring to literal less man made famines, like:

Acts 11:28 One of them, named Agabus, stood up and through the Spirit predicted that a severe famine would spread over the entire Roman world. And this took place in the reign of Claudius.

To be continued: