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The Book of Matthew

Chapter 24
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Verses 1-14 Cover the entire Gospel Age

[1] And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to show him the buildings of the temple. [2] And Jesus said unto them, See you 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.

Verses 1-2  Expanded Bible Comments

And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to show him the buildings of the temple. [2] And Jesus said unto them, See you 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.
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Where had Jesus been teaching? In the temple.
What did the disciples want to do? They wanted to show him the temple. Clearly they were very impressed by it.
What did Jesus tell them about the temple? "There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down."
Did Jesus here tell his disciples the truth? If so, has this already happened or is it in the future? This happened on August 2, 70 A.D. (the 9th of Av). The Romans set the temple on fire and the fire burned the temple so thouroughly that the gold on the walls of the temple melted into the cracks between the stones. The Roman soldiers literally removed each stone of the temple in order to get to that gold.

[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 presence, and of the end of the age? [4] And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. [5] For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. [6] And you shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that you be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. [7] For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. [8] All these are the beginning of sorrows. [9] Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and you 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.

Verse 3  Expanded Bible Comments

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 presence, and of the end of the age?
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Where were Jesus and his disciples? "Upon the mount of Olives."
Were the common people with them? No. "As he sat.. the disciples came unto him privately.."
The Three Questions
1) "When shall these things be?" – What things? The things Jesus had just said to them about the temple. "There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down."
2) "What shall be the sign of thy presence?" – Are we sure it is the word "presence" and not "coming?" One Hundred percent yes!
Strong's G3952
παρουσία
parousia
par-oo-see'-ah
From the present participle of G3918; a being near, that is, advent (often, return; specifically of Christ to punish Jerusalem, or finally the wicked); (by implication) physical aspect: - coming, presence.
It is the exact opposite of the Greek word:
Strong's G666
ἀπουσία
apousia
ap-oo-see'-ah
From the participle of G548; a being away: - absence.
Phil. 2:12
3) "..and the end of the world?" (KJV) – Is it really "the end of the world?"
Strong's G165
αἰών
aiōn
ahee-ohn'
From the same as G104; properly an age; by extension perpetuity (also past); by implication the world; specifically (Jewish) a Messianic period (present or future): - age, course, eternal, (for) ever (-more), [n-]ever, (beginning of the, while the) world (began, without end). Compare G5550.
No. Rotherham says "the conclusion of the age." Most other translations say "end of the age," or words to that effect.

Verses 4-5  Expanded Bible Comments

And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. [5] For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.
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What was our Lord's first response to his disciples' questions? "Take heed that no man deceive you."
What characteristics are shown by this response? Loving concern, acting as the "Good Shepherd," etc. It may also good for us to notice that his first response was to give them warning.
Did Jesus warn us about a coming deceiver? No. He warned us about many decivers.
How could such a deciever be recognized? They would claim to be the Christ or a Christ.
How many would be fooled by such this deception? "Many!"

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Verses 6-8  Expanded Bible Comments

And you shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that you be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. [7] For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. [8] All these are the beginning of sorrows.
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Does the hearing of wars and rumors of wars indicate the end of the Age is here?
When the Lord's people hear of these, how are they supposed to respond?
When the saints observe "All thest things" coming to pass, what does it indicate to them?
What about when "nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places." What does this indicate?
Is there a difference between "nation rising nation" and "kingdom against kingdom?"
What is meant by "earthquakes in divers places?"
What do all these things indicate?

Verse 9  Expanded Bible Comments

Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and you shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake.
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When is "Then?" D566, D584
Are the Lord's people really to be "afflicted" during the Gospel Age? R5173:24; John 16:1-3; Rev. 6:9-11.
Why would the saints "be hated of all nations?" John 16:3

Verse 10  Expanded Bible Comments

And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.
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When is "then?"
"Then shall many be offended." Who are the "many" that are "offended?"
Of those who are offended, what two things will they do?

Verse 11  Expanded Bible Comments

And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.
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What is a false prophet? Isa. 8:20.; Jer. 5:23,26-28,31; Deut. 13:1-3; 18:22
Where did these false prophets come from? Acts 20:30.

Verse 12  Expanded Bible Comments

And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.
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What would cause this condition: "iniquity shall abound?" Rom. 12:2
What is the result of this abounding iniquity? Rev. 2:4; 2 Thes. 2:10,12

Verse 13  Expanded Bible Comments

But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.
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Endure what?
For how long is one to endure?
What is the result of "enduring unto the end?"

Verse 14  Expanded Bible Comments

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.
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What is to be preached "in all the world?"
To how many nations is this to be preached?
To what purpose is this to be preached to all nations?
When is this to be done?
What is the "gospel of the kingdom?"
Strong's G2098
εὐαγγέλιον
euaggelion
yoo-ang-ghel'-ee-on
From the same as G2097; a good message, that is, the gospel: - gospel.
Gal. 3:8 Gen. 12:3 Gal. 3:16,29

Verses 15-22 have a double application, literally to the Jewish Age and figuratively to the end of the Gospel Age of which the Jewish Age was a shadow
[15] When you 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 you 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.

Verse 15  Expanded Bible Comments

When you therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)
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Verse 16  Expanded Bible Comments

Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains:
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Verse 17  Expanded Bible Comments

Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house:
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Verse 18  Expanded Bible Comments

Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes.
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Verse 19  Expanded Bible Comments

And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days!
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Verse 20  Expanded Bible Comments

But pray you that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day:
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Verse 21  Expanded Bible Comments

For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.
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Verse 22  Expanded Bible Comments

And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened.
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Verses 23-26 contain words of warning against false Christs
[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 show 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.

Verse 23  Expanded Bible Comments

Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not.
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Verse 24  Expanded Bible Comments

For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.
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Verse 25  Expanded Bible Comments

Behold, I have told you before.
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Verse 26  Expanded Bible Comments

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.
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In verse 27 our Lord reaches their question regarding his parousia
[27] For as the bright shining cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the presence of the Son of man be. [28] For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together. [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: [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. [31] And he shall send his angels with a great trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

Verse 27  Expanded Bible Comments

For as the bright shining cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the presence of the Son of man be.
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Verse 28  Expanded Bible Comments

For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together.
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Verse 29  Expanded Bible Comments

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:
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Verse 30  Expanded Bible Comments

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.
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Verse 31  Expanded Bible Comments

And he shall send his angels with a great trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.
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[32] Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, you know that summer is nigh: [33] So likewise you, when you 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. [35] Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away. [36] But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only. [37] But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the presence 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 Noah entered into the ark, [39] And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the presence of the Son of man be. [40] Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left. [41] Two grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left. [42] Watch therefore: for you 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. [44] Therefore be you also ready: for in such an hour as you think not the Son of man cometh.

Verse 32  Expanded Bible Comments

Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, you know that summer is nigh:
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Verse 33  Expanded Bible Comments

So likewise you, when you shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors.
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Verse 34  Expanded Bible Comments

Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.
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Verse 35  Expanded Bible Comments

Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.
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Verse 36  Expanded Bible Comments

But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.
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Verse 37  Expanded Bible Comments

But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the presence of the Son of man be.
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Verse 38  Expanded Bible Comments

For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark,
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Verse 39  Expanded Bible Comments

And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the presence of the Son of man be.
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Verse 40  Expanded Bible Comments

Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
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Verse 41  Expanded Bible Comments

Two grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
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Verse 42  Expanded Bible Comments

Watch therefore: for you know not what hour your Lord doth come.
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Verse 43  Expanded Bible Comments

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.
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Verse 44  Expanded Bible Comments

Therefore be you also ready: for in such an hour as you think not the Son of man cometh.
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[45] Who then is the 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. [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.

Verse 45  Expanded Bible Comments

Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season?
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Verse 46  Expanded Bible Comments

Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing.
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Verse 47  Expanded Bible Comments

Verily I say unto you, That he shall make him ruler over all his goods.
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Verse 48  Expanded Bible Comments

But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming;
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Verse 49  Expanded Bible Comments

And shall begin to smite his fellowservants, and to eat and drink with the drunken;
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Verse 50  Expanded Bible Comments

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,
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Verse 51  Expanded Bible Comments

And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
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