Coming to Jesus (24:1-3)
Times of Great
Coming of the
Son of Man (24:29-31)
Knowing that the
Time Is Near (24:32-35)
Hour of His
Coming Unknown (24:36-44)
Good Servant and
Evil Servant (24:45-51)
Temple, sign, end, deceive, abomination of desolation, tribulation, coming
of the Son of Man, know, do not know, watch, be ready,
faithful and wise.
1a. 2, 15-20,
possibly 21 also.
1b. 4-14, 21-28,
1c. 27, 29-31,
36-44, possibly 15-20 also (cf Lk
(9-10). Deception of false prophets (11). Lawlessness (12).
3. Cosmic chaos
(29). Sign in heaven (30). Great mourning (30) Son of Man
coming on the clouds with power and great glory (30). Sending
out of angels with a great sound of a trumpet to gather the elect (31).
He will come at an unknown hour (36, 42, 44).
4. Take heed that
no one deceives us (4). Do not be troubled (6). Endure to the end (13). Do not
believe false alarms (23,26). Know that the end is
near when seeing the signs (32-33). Watch (42). Be ready (44).
1. When will the
temple be destroyed? What will be the sign of Christ’s coming? What will be the
sign of the end of the age?
2. They were
impressed by the beauty of these magnificent structures (Mk 13:1; Lk 21:5).
3a. Rise of false
prophets (5,11,24). Wars and rumors
of wars (6,7a). Famines, pestilences, and earthquakes
(7b). Persecution and hatred (9-10). Lawlessness leading to decrease in love (12).
3b. The preaching of the gospel in all the world (14).
4. The gospel
will be a witness to the whole world (14). All peoples will have a chance to
hear the gospel and repent before the final judgment comes. The gospel, which
proclaims the final judgment, serves as warning to all (Rom 2:16). For those
who refuse the gospel, their unbelief will be the reason for their condemnation
5. Armies will
take the city of Jerusalem
and kill its inhabitants (Lk 21:20).
6a. They will
claim to be the Christ and draw many followers (5,11).
They will show great signs and wonders (24).
6b. We should discern whether their doctrines and conduct
conform to the teachings of the apostles (Gal 1:6-9; 1Jn 4:1-6).
7. The coming of
Christ will be visible throughout the world. He will not be in the desert or in
the inner rooms (26).
8. Jesus is
quoting a proverb (cf Job 39:30). If the “for” in 28
is linked to 26 and 27, then it would mean that just as it is impossible for
vultures to miss the carcass, it would be impossible for anyone to not see the
coming of Christ. But if 28 is a continuation of 21 and 22 and refers to the
period of great tribulation, it may mean that a great number of people
worldwide will die during this period (cf Lk 17:37).
9a. The period of great distress predicted in 4-28.
9b. The end of all things and the coming of Christ.
10. He is
stressing the certainty of His predictions. Against the drastic changes and
final chaos that will take place, Christ’s words will stand firm through the
ages. So we can always remind ourselves of Christ’s promises and warnings about
the end time as we eagerly wait for his coming.
11. We should be
ready at all times. If someone who knows when the thief will come would prepare
for that hour, how much more should we be ready since we do not know the hour?
12. The people of
Noah’s generation ignored Noah’s warning. The flood came suddenly and destroyed
them all. We must be watchful and not lose sight of Christ’s coming. Our hearts
must be sober and not be entangled by the cares and pleasures of this world (Lk 21:34-36).
13. He will come
suddenly when people do not expect Him. While everyone still carries out their
daily routines, some will be taken (probably referring to the gathering in 31)
while others left behind.
14a. He was
faithful in carrying out the duties that the master had entrusted him. He was
wise because he was able to manage the entire house and was always ready for
the master’s return.
14b. Being ready
does not mean being idle. God in His grace has given each of us gifts to help
build up the church. It is our responsibility to minister the gift to others so
that everyone in God’s house may enjoy the manifold grace of God and be ready
for Christ’s return (1Pet 4:7-11; Heb 10:24,25).
15. He made the
false assumption that the master will delay in his return. But false assumption
is the very thing that Jesus warns us against. Since we do not know the day nor the hour, we must be ready at all times.